The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton JUNE GRAB BAG SUMMERKID SPECIALDallas’ new Summertop Series promises a special category of entertainment for the small fry: Circus with renowned clown Emmett Kelly Sr. June 9, Bob McGrath of “Sesame Street” June 24, Mr. Peppermint July 15, and Dallas Theater Center Mime Troupe with Erich Kunzel guest conducting Dallas Symphony Orchestra July 22; 11 a.m. Thursdays, Northpark, Dallas. FLEMISH TAPESTRIESMajor exhibition of sixteenth-century Flemish tapestries premieres in Houston, under sponsorship of Belgian government; woven of wool and silk, tapestries were made by Willem de Kempeneere, head of Brussels atelier during Golden Age of Flemish art, through Aug. 25; also photographs from Wellesley College Collection, including works by Julia Margaret Cameron, through July 15; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston PASS THE POPCORNTime to rev up again for the summer’s most super smorgasbord of films, Alley Theatre Eighth Annual Summer Film Festival, which opens with: Fellini’s “Satyricon” June 18; 3-D classic “Creature From the Black Lagoon” June 19-20; midnight showing of Ken Russell’s masterful “Devils” with that sexy Oliver Reed June 19; Fred and Ginger dancing the “Continental” in “Gay Divorcee” June 22-23; bit of 1944 camp fantasy, “Cobra Woman” June 24-25; midnight showing of legendary bomb, “Myra Breckenridge” June 25; Kate Hepburn and Cary Grant breezing through “Holiday” June 26-27; week of “Bad Guys in the Cinema” beginning with Fritz Lang’s 1922 classic of decadent Berlin “Doktor Mabuse,” which runs 3 hours June 29-30; Lon Chaney in “Phantom of the Opera” July 1-2; Alley Theatre, Houston. MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION Contemporary Houston artists express their spiritual and symbolic natures in works included in “The Modern Icon …Symbols of Transformation” exhibition; through June 29, Museum of Modern Art, Houston. FRED & GINGERFans of Thirties musicals, dance, or Astaire & Rogers will flip over this festival of eight of best films featuring the dancing twosome: “Flying Down to Rio” and “Top Hat” June 18-20, “Swing Time” and “The Gay Divorcee” June 25-27, “Follow the Fleet” and “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” July 2-4, and “Shall We Dance” and “Carefree” July 9-11; Media Center, Rice University, Houston. AFRICAN TEXTILESGirard Foundation collection of weavings and textile arts from African nations, including dancing costume decorated with cowrie shells, hunter’s shirt adorned 2 The Texas Observer by 72 fur-covered amulets, cloak of clipped feathers, raffia wall hangings, indigo-dyed batiks, and other goodies; through July 3, Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. JUNE 18 PICKIN’ A TUNEThis is a collection of country oldies: Boots Randolph, Les Paul, and Floyd Cramer in concert; 8:45 and 11:30 p.m., Northpark, Dallas. FLIPPING THEIR WIGSHouston Symphony returns to centuries of wigs, old lace, and figured bass in “Basically Baroque” festival of music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, and others, conducted by Raymond Leppard of English Chamber Orchestra; June 18 concert includes trumpet soloist James Austin in Purcell’s “Trumpet Sonata”; violinist Ronald Patterson guests June 20-21; Jones Hall, Houston. JUNETEETH RODEONo, it’s not Juneteenth till the 19th, but folks are starting early celebration of Emancipation Day in Texas with second annual Juneteenth Rodeo, largest black rodeo west of the Mississippi, with black cowboys doing their stuff in calf roping, wild bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing, and kiddie calf scramble; through June 19, State Fair Park Coliseum, Dallas. SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT”Oil Town, Texas, U.S.A.,” is title of musical in its world premiere, with cast of 50 locals and text by Texas writer Mary Lou Burkett; through June 19, June 23-25, Harbor Playhouse, Corpus Christi. COWBOY MUSICAL”Corral” was compiled by Allan Albert from yarns, ballads, jokes, diaries, letters, and other sources, under grant from National Endowment, and evolved into a musical anthology of Western Americana, staged by Norma Young from Dallas cast; through June 20, June 23-27, June 20-July 3, Theatre Three, Dallas. JUNE 19 BEER GARDEN JAZZWomack Bros. bring their kind of jazz to outdoor audience; Beer Garden, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. JUNE 20 SYMPHONY GUESTLeonard Pennario shares the stage with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Louis Lane conducting; Northpark, Dallas. BEACHSIDE ARTNational Park Service sponsors free, all-day arts and crafts fair; Malaquite Beach near National Seashore Pavilion, Padre Island. JUNE 22 ANDY WILLIAMS IN TOWNChasin’ those family blues away, Andy Williams makes the middlebrows swoon while making himself a little dough; through June 27, Houston Music Theatre, Houston. BUDDY IS BACKBuddy Miles plays a set; through June 23, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. JUNE 24 ELEGANT ELLAThere’s nobody like her: Ella Fitzgerald in an evening of jazz, with Ned Battista conducting Houston Symphony Orchestra and John Park on solo saxophone; 8 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. JUNE 25 STILL MISSES HONEYBobby Goldsboro brings his lachrymose ballads to Summertop Series; 8:45 and 11:30 p.m., Northpark, Dallas. LES DUDEKHe used to play lead guitar for Boz Scaggs; through June 26, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin.
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