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Fortnight OCTOBER GRAB BAG DOCUMENTARIESFirst-rate series of documentary films by Frederick Wiseman continues, with “Juvenile Court” and “Law and Order” a look at cops, Oct. 12; powerful study of “Welfare,” Oct. 26; with the filmmaker in person, Nov. 9; Law School Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. LUMINOUS LANDSCAPESJose Maria Velasco painted the Valley of Mexico during the late 19th century, and only once has a collection of his paintings come to the U.S.; exhibition of 42 Velasco works through Nov. 14; “Visions of Courtly India” documents 17th through 19th century India through miniatures from the Punjab Hill states, through Nov. 14; continuing exhibition of colonial art from Peru, through Oct. 31, plus drawings and laser-illuminated holographs by Friedrich St. Florian, through Oct. 24; Michener Galleries, University of Texas, Austin. TEXAS SHORTSAlong with regularly scheduled features of Rice Media Center’s film series, a group of short studies by Texas filmmakers will be screened: “The Newton Boys: Portrait of an Outlaw Gang,” by David Middleton, Jack Landman, and Claude Stanush, Oct. 2; Peter Gill’s “To Sara Lee,” Oct. 14; Media Center, Rice Univeristy, Houston. AFRICAN ART”The Language of African Art” features 100 traditional African sculptures plus photo panels, brought to campus by a National Endowment grant; through Oct. 23, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin. BAYFEST ’76What’s doin’ in Corpus is a big arts-and-eats fair, with entertainment and whatnot over a long weekend; Oct 1-3 along the bayfront, Corpus Christi. THE BIGTIMEThe exhibition comes to Houston on its third stopover after Museum of Modern Art in New York and Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris, which means it’s big stuff, a major exhibition of works by Andre Masson, who with Miro developed “Abstract Surrealism,” one of the isms worth remembering in 20th century art; through Nov. 28, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. TOURING TONSILSTexas Opera Theater of Houston goes on the mad with “El Capitan,” which it performed at Kennedy Center in Washington, and heads Oct. 5 for Beaumont, San Marcos, Marshall, McAllen, El Paso, and Amarillo; watch for it. SURREAL SECRETSExhibition of paintings, sculptures, and writings by Belgian Surrealist Rene Magritte, titled “Secret Affinities: Words and Images”; Rice Museum, Rice University, Houston. OCTOBER 1 AGATHA LIVESEven if Agatha Christie has left us for the Big Mystery upstairs, her detective intrigues remain, especially that beloved play, “The Mousetrap,” with a student cast; through Oct. 2, Theatre One, Ruth Taylor Theatre, Trinity University, San Antonio. BRAVO, BERMANI can already hear the bravoing and Lazar Berman hasn’t begun to play, but the Soviet pianist has a reputation for genius and a performance to match; Louis Lane conducts Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Berman plays Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1″; Music Hall, Dallas. YOU DO, DO YOU?”I Do, I Do” is Tom Jones’ and Harvey Schmidt’s chronicle of marital uppers and downers, with songs that are hummable and local cast; through Oct. 31, Theatre Under the Stars Cabaret, Houston. OCTOBER 3 MONTEZUMA’S REVENGEOh, come now, they’re not that terrible, and they’re called “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, equipped with jaunty tunes like “From the halls of Montezuma . . .”; 7:30 p.m., The Summit, Houston. HE LEFT HIS HEARTBut not his vocal cords, and the show will go on as Tony Bennett brings “San Francisco” and other easy croons to Dallas Symphony Pops Concert; Northpark, Dallas. OCTOBER 5 MADCAP COMEDIESTom Stoppard is funny, and “The Real Inspector Hound” and “After Magritte” are real rib-ticklers, a pair of whodunits acted by SMU cast; through Oct. 10, Oct. 12-17, Margo Jones Theatre, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. AFTER VEGASWill it seem odd without the pinball machines and hecklers? Jamie Lynn and Gingerbread, fresh from a stint in Vegas, find out; through Oct. 9, Steamboat Springs, Houston. THEN THERE’S REINCARNATIONBut Kaufman and Hart didn’t think about that when they wrote “Once in a Lifetime,” produced by Paul Baker’s bunch; through Nov. 6, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas. OCTOBER 11 VOICES OF CHANGEThat’s how Dallas Civic Symphony bills itself, with program of music by DeFalla and Brahms, plus Ross Powell in Nielson’s “Clarinet Concerto”; Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. OCTOBER 15 THE HORSEY SET”Equus” is the blockbuster drama of last season, with stunning set reminiscent of Noh theatre and a not-bad script, brought to Texas by Broadway touring cast; Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts, Austin. Contributing Editors: Steve Barthelme, Bill Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Joe Frantz, Larry Goodwyn, Bill Hamilton, Bill Helmer, Dave Hickey, Molly Ivins, Franklin Jones, Lyman Jones, Larry L. King, Georgia Earnest Klipple, Larry Lee, Dave McNeely, Al Melinger, Robert L. 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