The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton JUNE GRAB BAG ART IN THE STICKSThey may not be the Metropolitan Museum, but the Hill Country Arts Foundation keeps folks in Ingram nose-deep in art; summer workshops include Watercolors with Clay McGaughy; Introductory Painting taught by J. Bryant Reeves; Fred Samuelson on Acrylics & Collage; and Ann Norton teaching Perspective Drawing, through June 12; Hill Country Arts Foundation, near Ingram. AMERICANA, ART BOOKSExhibits at Museum of Fine Arts include “American Scenes: Etchings and Lithographs by Childe Hassam.” through June 27; “The Making of Worcester Porcelain,” exhibition for children, through June 7; “Rare Books From the Romansky Collection, with deluxe art books containing original works by artists such as Calder, Ernst, and Picasso, through July 11; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. JUNE 4 CREEPY CRAWLIESYou’re guaranteed to get em if you go see Lucille Fletcher’s mystery, “Night Watch,” with Nita Elliott as the confused eyewitness; through July 11, Dean Goss Dinner Theatre, Houston. GROWING UP TEXANHelen Handley ranks right up there with Frank Dobie and John Henry Faulk as an ace storyteller, only her stories are all about growing up in San Antonio; through June 5, Creek Theatre, Austin. SOUNDS SEXISTGeorge Haimsohn and Robin Miller call their spoof of Busby Berkeleyish musicals, “Dames at Sea,” with Theatre Under the Stars cast starring Chesley Krohn; nightly except Mondays through July 4, Cabaret Theatre, Shamrock Hilton, Houston. DON’T YOU CRY FOR MEDon’t look now, but it’s “Susannah,” Carlisle Floyd’s compelling opera about Susannah and the Elders with an updated, Appalachian setting and Houston Grand Opera cast led by soprano Diana Soviero in title role; outdoors and free through June 5, also June 7, 9, 11-12. Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston. SOUNDS ODD TO MESherman Hemsley of TV’s “The Jeffersons” goes the dinner theatre route with leading role in “The Odd Couple,” Andre Pavon being the other oddity in the Neil Simon comedy; Granny’s Dinner Playhouse, Dallas. the Normandy landing look like child’s play; Fairgrounds, Baytown. his friends to Spring Concert, which should make D-DAY DOIN’SWillie Nelson welcomes all JUNE 6 2 The Texas Observer JESSE, COME HOMEJesse Colin Young, in concert; Music Hall, Houston. LUST & BEDSORESCloris Leachman opens Dallas Summer Musicals in seven performances of the adult comedy, “Same Time, Next Year,” which takes place mostly in bed; State Fair Music Hall, Dallas. PAST PRIZEWINNERIt won a Pulitzer, was it a century ago? “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” with director Buff Shurr pumping it for life; Country Dinner Playhouse, Dallas. JUNE 9 HILL COUNTRY HOOTThose Ingram folks are at it again, this time with Hill Country Arts Foundation musical “Plain and Fancy,” based on couple’s Amish life; through June 27, Point Theatre, Ingram. JUNE 10 JUMPING WITH JO FFREY–The Joffrey Ballet has a reputation for being young, with-it, and capable of performing classics as well as contemporary ballets like Twyla Tharp’s “Deuce Coupe;” campfollowers will have the chance to see a good slice of the Joffrey repertoire, with different programs through June 12, Theatre for the Performing Arts, San Antonio; then June 14-16, Jones Hall, Houston. BULGARIANS & BARBARIANSKidnapped by Bulgarian soldiers, carried off by Barbary pirates, arrested for heresy in Lisbon, the young lovers of Voltaire’s “Candide” are updated in the Tony Award-winning Leonard Bernstein-Richard Wilbur-Hugh Wheeler musical, in its Southwest premiere; through July 11, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Dallas. MUSIC & MIRTHVictor Borge, with the same double-entendres and sly jokes mixed with a little playing of the piano; 8 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. JUNE 15 SCARLETT IN HIGH CIf you can stand it, “Gone With the Wind” is now a musical, and the blooming Unmentionable is to blame! Atlanta in flames, in three-part harmony! Chorus line cannonades! Rhett reduced to hoofing! The South rising in a grand finale; through June 27, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas. BABYSITTERThose talented actors at New Texas Theatre provide two-a-day kiddie shows, with imaginative storytelling and songs; 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 15, New Texas Theatre, Houston. JUNE 16 BLAZING SADDLESBlazing lights and echoing sound rolling through Palo Duro Canyon, waves of singers and dancers sweeping across stage, a burst of movement and familiar song, more bursts bringing back the sights and sounds of the 1800s as “Texas,” the hype of all hypes, the musical drama of Panhandle history, opens its eleventh season; nightly except Sundays. through Aug. 21, Pioneer Amphitheatre, Palo Duro Canyon, near Canyon. “Our republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations.” Joseph Pulitzer
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