Roy Hamric Fortnight By Suzanne Shelton and Bob Yarber; through Dec. 11, 8-p.m.. The Studio, 307 West 16th St., Austin. MORE NUTCRACKINGAustin Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” directed by Eugene Slavin, with Alexandra Nadal and Gordon Leath in lead roles; through Dec. 11, Municipal Auditorium, Austin. CHRISTMAS MADRIGALSVictoria Bach Festival Association hosts Christmas Madrigal Dinner, with instrumental music, mime, dance, and jesters, and appearance by University of Houston at Victoria Madrigal Singers; through Dec. 11, Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall, Victoria. “RED DAWG”That’s the name of a progressive country and western musical, written by Arthur B. Rubinstein and Leland Ball, in its Southwest premiere engagement; through December, Granny’s Dinner Playhouse, Dallas. O’NEILL TWICETwo expressionistic plays by Eugene O’Neill: “The Long Voyage Home” and “The Hairy Ape,” directed by Dorothy Nixon, with student cast; through Dec. 12, Studio Theatre, University of Texas, Paso. WORLD’S AN OYSTERFor Mother of Pearl, progressive country band, in concert; through Dec. 11, Texas Tavern, University of Texas, Austin. DECEMBER GRAB BAG AFRO-AMERICAN ART”Amistad II” exhibition takes its name from a 1839 ship of kidnapped slaves who rebelled and won their case in Supreme Court, and artists represented include Joshua Johnston, Romare Beardon, Jacob Lawrence, Henry 0. Tanner, Charles White, and Elizabeth Catlett; through Dec. 26, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, University of Texas, Austin. ASSORTED GRAPHICSDrypoints by Jim Dine, titled “30 Bones of My Body”; drawings and paintings by Milton Avery, the late American master; prints by European and American artists from the Charles D. Clark collection, through Feb. 6; and first major American retrospective exhibition of works by Carlos Merida, one of Mexico’s most outstanding artists, through Feb. 13; Michener Galleries, University of Texas, Austin. AMERICAN ICONSAll the things that make this myth we call America: a letter by Amerigo Vespucci, one written by Hernando Cortes, a deck of playing cards engraved with illustrations of the New World, a deed signed by the Mohawk Indians, George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, artists’ sketchbooks of American flora and fauna, a copy of the Articles of Confederation, the Louisiana Purchase proclamation, hairs from the head of Martha Washington, and so ongathered in this “America” exhibit, free to the public; Dec. 17 through Jan. 30 except Christmas Day, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth. HOLIDAY OPERATexas Opera Theatre’s touring “Play of Herod,” medieval drama accompanied by authentic medieval instruments, 2 The Texas Observer travels through Houston area: Dec. 12, Cypress Methodist Church; Dec. 16, Palmer Memorial Church; Dec. 19 matinee, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and evening, First Baptist Church of Humble; Dec. 20, Westbury Baptist Church; Dec. 26, St. John the Divine Church; and Jan. 2, Trinity Episcopal Church, Houston. FROM THE WHITNEYBarbara Haskell of the Whitney Museum of American Art organized this exhibition of “American Artists: A New Decade,” with works by Jo Baer, Chuck Close, John Mason, Richard Tuttle, others, reflecting the 1960s’ concern with subtle, subjective experiences, as opposed to the prevailing styles of the time, such as Pop Art; through Jan. 2, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth. AUSTIN ARTISTLee Ross exhibits her oil paintings; through Dec. 18, Academic Center, University of Texas, Austin. TEXAS BOOKLARNTN’How. Texans have educated their young, from the earliest Indian instruction in survival, is documented in photographs, art, and text; through Dec. 14, Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas, San Antonio. GROSSMAN OF GALVESTONJohn Grossman, Galveston photographer, displays his wares; plus exhibit of David Kindersley’s handpainted lithographs, carved stone tablets, and plates; through Jan. 2, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. DECEMBER 10 PATTY CAKE”Patty Hearst Meets Patty Duke” is a three-act, visual arts performance, combining sculpture, music, painting, dancemaking, and “new art fashions,” sponsored by Laguna Gloria Art Museum and designed by Laney Yarber, Robin Gaynes, Victor Weaver, DECEMBER 11 ANOTHER NUTCRACKERBen Stevenson has changed Houston Ballet’s “Nutcracker” a bit, with a harlequin here, a comic touch there, and a revolving cast of Snow Queens and Cavaliers; Theatre for the Performing Arts, San Antonio; then back home Dec. 18-28, Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 12 IT’S AN EPIDEMIC!To match its “Messiah” and “Amahl,” a “Nutcracker” for every Texas stocking: this one from Corpus Christi Ballet, teamed with Victoria Symphony Orchestra; College Auditorium, Victoria. DECEMBER 18 LAID-BACK LINDAConcert by Linda Ronstadt; 8 p.m., Convention Center Arena, Dallas. DECEMBER 19 HOLIDAY HITSBroadway hits sung by Earl Wrightson and Lois Hunt in Dallas Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert; 8 p.m., Northpark, Dallas. CHAMBER CONCERTAnnual Christmas program with Chamber Orchestra of Fort Worth Symphony, conducted by John Giordano; 2 p.m., Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. DECEMBER 23 YOU GUESSED ITThe good old “Nutcracker,” with Dallas Ballet, staging by George Skibine and sets and costumes by Peter J. Hall; also Dec. 26-28, Music Hall, Dallas. . DECEMBER 25 CHRISTMAS DAYDon’t know why that day always has the same magic, but have a merry and think snow. DECEMBER 29 REFINED SUGARJule Styne-Bob Merrill musical “Sugar,” adapted from the Billy Wilder movie, “Some Like It Hot,” presented by local actors and dancers; directed by University of Houston theatre professor Cecil Pickett; through Jan. 2, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston.
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