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The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton MAY GRAB BAG INNOVATIVE IDEAAlley Theatre has just what Houstonians need at lunchtime: one-act plays for sack lunch audiences; 12:15 to 12:50 p.m. weekdays except Monday, through May 21, Alley Theatre, Houston FESTIVAL BALLET SERIESPrograms focusing on arts and humanities are sponsored by Festival Ballet of San Antonio, with May 7 showing of controversial ballet film “The Red Detachment of Women,” filmed in mainland China; May 14 lecture by Walter Terry, dance critic for Saturday Review; International Theatre, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. `DOODLE’ STILL DANDYWith a trail of enthusiastic reviews, “Yankee Doodle” touring company concludes its statewide trek, with May 6-8 appearance in South Padre Island amphitheater, Isla Blanca Park; and May 14-16 in Zilker Hillside Theatre, Austin. COUNTRY DOIN’STraveling through Texas whilst sniffing the bluebonnets, try Eighth Annual Frontier Fair May 7-8, Bracketville; Shrimporee May 14-16, Aransas Pass; citywide Centennial May 15-16 celebrating birthday of Arlington; and annual Lost Pines Country Fair May 16, Bastrop. May 6 ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOWDoes the John Denver sound carry just as well in the lowlands? Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, also The Summit, Houston, May 8. MAY 7 CALIBAN CONTINUESJames Clouser’s “Caliban,” which Houstonians are likely to be talking about for some time, continues with Houston Ballet in the adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with a marvelous score through May 8, Jones Hall, Houston. PROMENADE POPSConcert featuring . Austin Symphony Choral Union, directed by Morris Beachy, with Austin Symphony Orchestra in program including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Bizet’s “Carmen Suite,” a Beatlemania medley, and more; also May 8, Municipal Auditorium, Austin. HIGH SCHOOL HARRIESUniversity Interscholastic League high school competition continues, with one-act plays from best of state, always worth seeing; through May 8, Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. BROWN’S IN TOWNSavoy Brown, in concert; Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. MAY 8 MR. B. W. HIMSELFB. W. Stevenson takes the Armadillo stage; Armadillo World Headquarters. IT’S WINTER AGAINJohnny, that is, in concert; Coliseum, Houston. MAY 9 RUSSIAN BALLERINAKaleria Fedicheva, who danced with the Kirov Ballet until she left Russia, guests with Greater Houston Civic Ballet, along with Dennis Marshall of American Ballet Theatre in program featuring new ballet by Gilbert Rome; Kinkaid School, Houston. ABT SEASON ENDSAustin Ballet Theatre completes a successful Armadillo season, with your last chance to see company stalwarts Terri Lynn Wright, Victor Culver \(remember his Elvis Johnson, all of whom leave Austin for professional careers; 7:30 p.m., Armadillo World Headquarters. MAY 10 CRITICS’ TURNAustin Circle of Theatres honors Dr. W. H. Crain with gala featuring Critics’ Award for outstanding theatrical achievement in second annual “B. Iden Payne Night” named for the late Shakespearian director; Driskill Hotel, Austin. LIBERTY DUOHerschel Bernardi and Theodore Bikel star in “Proclaim Liberty,” a Jewish Community Celebration, 8 p.m., Music Hall, Dallas. May 12 ROLLING THUNDER REVUEIf you missed ’em elsewhere, pack in for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Bob Neuwirth, with their Hurricane Carter rap modified by victory; 5 and 11 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin; 7 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, May 15; May 16, Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth. _ MAY 13 SHADES OF THE METYou’d think the entire Metropolitan Opera had camped on Dallas’ doorstep with four big performances: Tatiana Trojanos in “Carmen” May 13; Martina Arroyo in the monumental “Aida” May 14; matinee performance of “Le Nozzo di Figaro” with Justino Diaz and evening “11 Tritico” with Renata Scotto May 15; Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas. Editorial and Business Offices: The Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. Telephone 477-0746. 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