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The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton JANUARY GRAB BAG FRENCH, MEXICAN ART “Delacroix and the French Romantic Print” exhibition circulated by Smithsonian Institution, through Feb. 15, Michener Gallery; paintings and drawings by Leonora Carrington, contemporary Mexican artist, through Feb. 22; exhibition of works by Jose Luis Cuevas, influential Mexican artist, through Feb. 29; Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin. BULLSEYE VIEW Exhibition documenting Fort Worth Stock Show, “The Great American Rodeo,” features works by artists Red Grooms, Dave Hickey, Garry Winogrand, Joe Zucker, others; through January, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth. LIBERTY LOAN Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts anted up its treasures for Texas-size loan of American Revolutionary paintings, including works by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart; through Feb. 8, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth. JANUARY 16 OH, SUSANNACarlisle Floyd, composer of the opera “Susannah,” comes to Fort Worth to stage his own work, which deals with original dirty-old-man story of Susannah and the Elders, with title role sung by New York City Opera soprano Patricia Wells; also Jan. 18, Tarrant County Convention Center . Theatre, Fort Worth. SOCIAL SATIRE A. R. Gurney’s “Scenes From American Life” takes a whack at homespun hypocrisy and, warns the Alley Theatre, is not suitable for persons under 18 or those offended by immodest language or truth; through Jan. 25, Arena Stage, .Alley Theatre, Houston. VANISHING WILDERNESS Houston Audubon Society hosts “Vanishing American Wildlife” film, well worth seeing; Music Hall, Houston. JANUARY 17 SOUSA IN HIGH C John Philip Sousa not only ground out marches, he also wrote operettas like “El Capitan” about a zany Peruvian who serves his country as Viceroy but also as rebel leader, with soprano Maryanne Telese and baritone Ray Hickman at the helm of Texas Opera Theatre; also Jan. 18, Kaplin Hall, Jewish Com munity Center; and Jan. 23-25, Cullen Auditorium, University of Houston; Houston. JANUARY 18 FRENCH QUINTET Secolo Barocco, French quintet of baroque music performers, includes Michel Debost on flute, Jacques Chambon on oboe, violinist Jacques-Francis Manzone, bassoonist Amary Wallez, and Joel Fernand Pontet on harpsichord, appearing in Distinguished Artist Series; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. JANUARY 20 HUMORIST AS TWAIN Hal Holbrook brings his one-man recreation of America’s favorite regional writer to life in “Mark Twain Tonight”; 8 p.m., Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas. TROMBONE TIME Andrew M. Russell, trombonist, in faculty recital; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. JANUARY 22 TEXAS PLAYWRIGHT Soon Preston Jones, Texas’ brightest dramatic talent, will be a household word and his plays will be performed nonstop; Alley Theatre follows Dallas Theatre Center’s lead with production of “The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia,” affectionate look at fraternal brotherhood in mythical Bradleyville, a place something like your Texas hometown; through Feb. 29, Alley Theatre, Houston. PIANO CONCERT William Race, pianist, in concert; 8 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin. JANUARY 23 OPERATIC JEALOUSY Star-studded cast performs “Otello,” Verdi’s dramatic opera, with Houston Opera cast; tenor James King as Otello with Evelyn Lear as Desdemona and worldrenowned Sherrill Milnes as Iago; conducted by Julius Rudel of New York City Opera; through Jan. 27 and Jan. 30, Jones Hall, Houston. Editorial and Business Offices: The Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. Telephone 477-0746. EDITOR Kaye Northcott CO-EDITOR Molly Ivins EDITOR AT LARGE Ronnie Dugger Contributing Editors: Steve Barthelme, Bill Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Joe Frantz, Larry Goodwyn, Bill Hamilton, Bill Helmer, Dave Hickey, Franklin Jones, Lyman Jones, Larry L. King, Georgia Earnest Klipple, Larry Lee, Al Melinger, Robert L. Montgomery, Willie Morris, Bill Porterfield, James Presley, Buck Ramsey, John Rogers, Mary Beth Rogers, Roger Shattuck, Edwin Shrake, Dan Strawn, John P. Sullivan, Tom Sutherland. We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy; we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit. The editor has exclusive control over the editorial policies and contents of the Observer. None of the other people who are associated with the enterprise shares this responsibility with her. Writers are responsible for their own work, but not for anything they have not themselves written, and in publishing them the editor does not necessarily imply that she agrees with them, because this is a journal of free voices. BUSINESS STAFF Joe Espinosa Jr. C. R. Olofson Published by Texas Observer Publishing Co., biweekly except for a three week interval between issues twice a year, in July and January; 25 issues per year. Entered as second-class matter April 26, 1937, at ,the Post Office at Austin, Texas, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Second class postage paid at Austin, Texas. Single copy \(current or two years, $18; three years, $25. \(These except APO/FPO, $1 additional per year. Airmail, bulk orders, and group rates on request. Microfilmed by Microfilming Corporation of America, 21 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, N.J. 07452. Change of Address: Please give old and new address, including zip codes, and allow two weeks. Postmaster: Send form 3579 to Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. THE TEXAS OBSERVER The Texas Observer Publishing Co. 1975 Ronnie Dugger, Publisher A window to the South A journal of free voices Vol. LXVIII No. 1 Jan. 16, 1976 Iicorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorporated the Austin ForumAdvocate.