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The corning fortnight By Suzanne Shelton FEBRUARY GRAB BAG FILM FAREFolks in El Paso like their movies mixedarty stuff alongside thrillers, foreign finds, and American oldiesand it takes a non-commercial film series to do the job; UT El Paso’s February schedule includes Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From a Marriage,” Feb. 13; Kenneth Anger program, including “Fireworks,” “Scorpio Rising,” “Kustom Kar Kommandos,” Feb. 17; “The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob,” Feb. 18; Truffaut’s “Day For Night,” Feb. 20; Eisenstein’s celebration of Bolshevik overthrow of Kerensky government, Feb. 24; Ken Russell’s “Women in Love,” Feb. 27; 10 a.m., 2 and 8 p.m., Union Theatre, University of Texas, El Paso. AND MORE FILMHouston cinemadness is even more esoteric, with these Rice Media Center films on tap in February: Boris Karloff as a shriveled mummy in Karl Freund’s “The Mummy,” Feb. 13; “Bride of Frankenstein,” Feb. 14; “Phantom of the Opera,” Feb. 15; fulllength animated film of George Orwell’s satiric parable “Animal Farm,” Feb. 17; De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief,” Feb. 18; New German Cinema director Werner Herzog’s “Even Dwarfs Started Small,” Feb. 19; B-movie standout Roger Corman’s “The Raven,” Feb. 20; the grisly “Body Snatcher,” Feb. 21; Main Resnais’ “Stavisky,” Feb. 22; Eisenstein’s “Strike,” his first film, Feb. 24; portrait of a Vietnamese village, “Seventeenth Parallel,” by Dutch realist Joris Ivens, Feb. 25; post-divorce struggles with Margarethe Von Trotta directed by husband Volker Schlondorff in “A Free Woman,” Feb. 26; Feb. 26; Lina Wertmuller’s brilliant “Seduction of Mimi,” plus documentary “Hookers,” Feb. 27; Canadian award-winning “Dream Life,” Feb. 28; and Claude Jutra’s “Kamouraska” starring Genevieve Bujold, Feb. 29; 7:30 p.m., Media Center Auditorium, Rice University, Houston. SOUTHWESTERN ARTISTMemorial exhibition of works by late Frank Reaugh, who came to Texas at age 15 and stayed to paint Southwestern subjects; through March 6, Academic Center, University of Texas, Austin. JOHNS & JIMINEXRetrospective of Jasper Johns prints, Janie C. Lee Gallery; sculpture and drawings by Luis Jiminez, Meredith Long Gallery; recent works by realist artist Ann Hunt, Alfred Lee Gallery; Houston. AMERICAN ABSTRACTIONSecond generation of Abstract Expressionists in exhibition 2 The Texas Observer of American paintings of 1950s; also contemporary drawings and prints by Colombian artists; through March 28, University Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. MEXICAN ARTExhibit of traditional toys of Mexico through Feb. 22, Laguna Gloria Art Museum; retrospective exhibition of more than 50 paintings by Mexican surrealist Leonora Carrington, plus drawings by Jose Luis Cuevas, well-known artist of Mexico, through February, Michener Galleries, University of Texas; Austin. FEBRUARY 13 COSBY THE COMICBill Cosby lays it on his music theatre audience, through Feb. 14; Houston Music Theatre, Houston. FEBRUARY 14 BRAND NEW BALLETSValentine program of new dance works, with Greater Houston Civic Ballet performing choreography by Michael Uthoff of Hartford Ballet, plus Margo Marshall’s “Secret Signs,” Bill Chaison’s “Bach et al,” and Chris Lidvall’s new work; through Feb. 15, Blaffer Aud., Kinkaid School, Houston. PATRIOTIC POPSSalute to the Bicentennial, with program of American pops performed by Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Erich Kunzel guest conducting; Music Hall, Fair Park, Dallas. FOR SMALL FRYChildren’s stories, including “”Tiddalik the Flood-Maker,” dramatized by members of New Texas Theatre; 2 p.m., New Texas Theatre, Houston. FRED, THE BLENDERGood old Fred Waring is back, with his blend of choral pablum and charisma; Music Hall, Houston. TEXAS CELLISTTCU’s Select Series features Ralph Kirshbaum, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale who happened to become a cellist and placed in the finals of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow; Ed Landreth Aud., Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth. FEBRUARY 15 STANLEY HALL’S WHIZ KIDSAustin Ballet Theatre again on the Armadillo stage, with repertory performance featuring Terri Lynn Wright and Byron Johnson, who’ve just returned from European auditions with professional contracts; 7:30 p.m., Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. MISS DELLA REESEOne of my favorites, an authentic singer who can carry a tune and has soul besides; Della Reese, in concert; Music Hall, Houston. POETIC POW-WOWTime for the poets to get together again and cast their pearls: Frieda Werden, James Cody, and Roy Griffin in Laguna Gloria Poetry Reading Series; 2:30 to 5 p.m., Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. MISHA, THE PIANISTNot to be confused with the dance world’s Mischa, this one’s a prizewinning pianist, Misha Dichter, in concert; 3 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco; then traveling Feb. 21 to UT Solo Artist Series, 8 p.m., Hogg Aud., University of Texas, Austin. BIG APPLE BRASSNew York Brass Quintet appears in distinguished Houston Friends of Music concert series; Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston. FEBRUARY 16 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGEThis really isn’t Washington’s birthday, but the feds and `crats have it their way, which has nothing to do with Ben Vereen’s stint opening at Fairmont Hotel, except that he’s the hottest thing in show biz since George socked it to that cherry tree; through Feb. 28, Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel, Dallas. IT’S EVERYWHEREIf you don’t get sick of seeing the musical “1776” then this isn’t the Bicentennial year, but the Aggies planned early for their University Variety Series; 8 p.m., Rudder Aud., Texas A&M, College Station. FEBRUARY 17 MAKE MINE JAZZGlen Daum conducts talented UT Jazz Ensemble in concert; 8 p.m. Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. WACO WINDSBaylor Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dick Floyd, perform free concert; 8:15 p.m., Waco Hall, Baylor University, Waco. ALL TOGETHER NOWGeneral recital hosted by Texas A&I Music Dept.; also Feb. 24, 1 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, Texas A&I University, Kingsville. FEBRUARY 19 I CANNOT TELL A LIEThe 22nd is really George Washington’s birthday, and folks down in Laredo stubbornly cling to their weekend celebration of the real thing, with lots of street hoopla and heaven knows what; through Feb. 22, Laredo. RAGGING IN DOUBLETIMEPianists Paul Hersh and David Montgomery try four hands on one piano, performing “Ragtime and Salon Music in the Grand Tradition;” 8 p.m., Waco Hall, Baylor University, Waco. STEINBERG ONSTAGEWilliam Steinberg, retired music director of Pittsburgh and Boston Symphonies, takes the baton before the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for a quartet of concerts; also Feb. 21, 27, and 28, Music Hall, Fair Park, Dallas. :Am.. .tiavyl.OtwaIrew ntlotti ta,s:o