Page 2


footprints. So, for that matter, did Uncle Elmer. Just like at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. I suspect that Mrs. A. was widowed.’ At any rate, there came a time when she was alone and she no longer needed 1,900 square feet of house all to herself. The place was divided into a duplex and the garage was made into a second kitchen. The dividing was pretty easy. It was just a matter of locking the doors between the hallway and the living room and sealing off one entrance to the kitchen. We’re now in the process of reuniting the two halves of the house and deciding what immediate changes and improvements we want to make. The problem is that there are so many things we want to renovate that it’s overwhelming. But some friends have volunteered their help and Molly Ivins came up with the idea of assigning volunteers their own “problem areas” on which to concentrate. \(M.I. views the house as the ultimate challenge for one of those house decorating magazines. She thinks our house has enough strange nooks and misplaced crannies to My sister Karen chose the back yard for her problem area. Her plan was to uproot all of the plastic flowers in the front yard flower the concrete, and lodge all of the faded plastic dafodils and roses in the holes. I vetoed that scheme and personally transplanted all the plastic directly into the trash can. Molly chose for herself a weird closet-like area off the garage kitchen, a rectangular space with a plastic accordion door. I would have definitely called it a closet, except for the fact that it has two windows and an airconditioner in it. I had best not mention M.I.’s suggestion for her problem area, lest I offend some of our more delicate readers. It’s really a moot point now, anyway. I took a break from the typewriter a few minutes ago to check on Mike’s progress. He had moved from the living room to Molly’s problem area and he crowbared it out of existence. Now it’s all just part of the garage kitchen. Oh, well, there’s lots more problem areas up for grabsthe entire garage kitchen, for example; the fake concrete fireplace with the recessed neon lighting; the eroding cliff on the north side of the house. And then there’s Louie. Louie must be the largest cat outside of a zoo in the entire state. He’s yellow and he’s mean and he came with the house, which is unfortunate, because we have a 4t medium-sized spayed male cat who thought he was really hot stuff until he met up with Louie. Now our cat stays indoors all day long, menacing my pot plants, sharpening his claws on the furniture, and trying to salve his wounded ego. Any reader who would like a good guard cat, for growling at strangers and being generally disagreeable, is welcomeindeed, is imploredto come fetch Louie and take him home . . . if you think you’re able. Readers are also invited to adopt other problem areas of a less menacing nature. At times I wonder whether we’ve gained a house or indentured ourselves to a white elephant. Still, we are on one of the highest hills in Austin and we have a stellar view of the city. In the evening when the sun goes down and the lights the town start winking on below us, I begin to think that this Upper Geekdom ain’t so bad after all. K.N. Fortnight . CHAMBER MUSICHighly-rated St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in afternoon concert; 4 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. PRIME MIMEMarcel Marceau, who has cornered the mime market, plies his trade in oneman performance; 8 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. ROSE ON CELLOCellist Leonard Rose guests with Victor Alessandro conducting San Antonio Symphony Orchestra; 8:30 p.m., Theater for the Performing Arts, also 7:30 p.m Feb. 2, Laurie Auditorium, San Antonio. RELIGIO-ROCKAndre Crouch and his Jesus music; 8 p.m., Convention Center Theatre, Fort Worth. , FEBRUARY 1 MIGHTY FINEGuitarist David Bromberg in concert; Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. FEBRUARY 2 TORCHER TORMEMel ;Tonne still sings with smoke in his voice; through Feb. 14, Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel, Dallas. PIANO PERFORMANCEFaculty recital featuring pianist Dane Evans; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. FEBRUARY 3 MUSICAL MISCELLANYGeneral recital for Texas A&I musicians; 1 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, Texas A&I University, Kingsville. FEBRUARY 4 GRAB THE BRASS RING”Carousel,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical about smalltown good-girl falling in love with a carnival bully to the tunes of “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “If I Loved You”; through Feb. 8, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston. SOKOLOFF DANCERSAustin’s interesting little modern dance troupe, Michael Sokoloff Dance Ensemble, in series of performances; through Feb 7, Zachary Scott Theatre, Austin. FEBRUARY 5 DANCING DOLL”Coppelia,” traditional ballet about peasant girl disguised as a doll, features Houston Ballet dancers in Frederic Franklin’s version to music by Delibes; through Feb. 7, Jones Hall, Houston. OPERA WORKSHOPDr. Robert Scott directs student cast in “The Indian Princess,” opera workshop production; through Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Jones Auditorium, Texas A&I University, Kingsville. FEBRUARY 6 FESTIVAL BALLETRonald Sequoio and James DeBolt’s Festival Ballet of San Antonio premieres several new works, including DeBolt’s “We Got Rhythm” to Gershwin tunes, Sequoio’s “Four Last Songs,” and “Sonata Amabile,” choreographed by guest artist-in-residence Thomas Enckell, plus “Le Corsaire” pas de deux; also Feb. 8, International Theatre, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. FEBRUARY 8 HARPIST GUESTSNicanor Zabaleta, harpist, guests with Houston Symphony Orchestra through Feb. 10, Jones. Hall, Houston. AMERICAN BALLET THEATREStarstudded troupe, straight out of New York and presumably towing the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, and Martine Van Hamel, in three evenings of ballet; beginning with yet another “Swan Lake,” also Feb. 9 program of “Pillar of Fire,” “La Bayadere,” and “Fancy Free;” Feb. 10 “La Sylphide” and “Las Hermanas,” under sponsorship of Dallas Civic Ballet Society; State Fair Music Hall, Dallas. FACULTY PIANISTDanille Martin guests with University of Texas Symphony Orchestra in program of Wagner’s “Faust Overture,” Manuel de la Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain,” Dvorak’s “Scherzo Capriccioso,” and “Sinfonie Concertante” by Frank Martin; Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. FORT WORTH CONCERTPianist Leonard Pennario, appearing with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; also Feb. 10, Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth. FEBRUARY 10 HARLEM DANCERSArthur Mitchell brings his Dance Theatre of Harlem to Austin for threeday residency, with classical ballet performances through Feb. 11, Municipal Auditorium, Austin. STRING SOLOISTSSofia Soloists, string orchestra, appears in Baylor Distinguished Artist Series; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. DEPARTMENTAL DOINGSDepartment of Music performers get together for departmental recital; 1 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, Texas A&I University, Kingsville. FEBRUARY 12 HOUSTON BALLETRegular repertory series features premiere of -Quartet in D” by James Clouser, who recently resigned as Acting Artistic Director, plus visit by New York City Ballet stars Patricia McBride and Helgi Tomasson and the stunning Clouser work “Con Spirito;” through Feb. 14, Jones Hall, Houston. January 30, 1976 15