Art of the State

Compiled by Robert Faires and Julie Weaver.

The following is a monthly supplement to the arts section, featuring events and exhibitions from across Texas. Art:

ARTPACE FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART will present Texas Abstract: New Painting in the Nineties, featuring 32 paintings by 12 Texas artists. Through Dec 22. 445 N. Main Ave., San Antonio. 210/212-4900.

ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART features TEXAS REALism... with a twist, a show of representational paintings and drawings by 11 emerging and veteran Texas artists. 201 W. Main St., Arlington. 817/275-4600.

THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM, HOUSTON currently features Derek Boshier: The Texas Years, Wallpaper Works, and an exhibit by acclaimed, controversial Andrés Serrano. 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston. 713/526-0773.

KIMBALL ART MUSEUM is showing Ancient Assyrian Treasures from the British Museum, through Feb 4. A variety of lectures and events will accompany the exhibition. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth.
817/332-8451.

MCNAY ART MUSEUM currently features Elegant Artifice/Persuasive Fictions: Photography by Paul Jeremias, large-scale color images of theatre and opera, through Jan 14. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio. 210/805-1754.

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON is presenting several exhibitions through January, including Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art From the Birmingham Collection, Genesis in the Fire: Sculptural Works From Green Mountain Foundry, Voices of the American West... and more. 1001 Bissonnet, Houston.
713/639-7300.

WITTE MUSEUM is featuring Seek Out Science/Discovering Women, an exhibition highlighting the nation's top women scientists and engineers, through Jan 2. 3801 Broadway, San Antonio.
210/820-2126.

Dance:

BALLET FOLKLORICO PASEO DEL NORTE, Mexican folk dance as presented by this El Paso company. Nov 24-26, Fri & Sat, 7:30pm, Sun, 3pm, at Chamizel National Memorial Theatre, 800 S. San Marcial, El Paso. Tickets: $3-5. 915/857-0415.

THE NUTCRACKER, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet of a girl's Christmas dreams, presented by the San Antonio Symphony and BalletMet. Nov 24-26, Fri-Sun, 2 & 7pm, at the Lila Cockrell Theatre, San Antonio. $15-35. 210/554-1010.

THE NUTCRACKER, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet of a girl's Christmas dreams, as choreographed by Ben Stevenson, presented by the Houston Ballet. Nov 24-Dec 30, Wed-Sun, 7:30pm, Sat-Sun, 2pm, at the Brown Theatre, Wortham Center, Houston. Tickets: $10-60.
800/828-2787.

Music:

DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, performing Kabalevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon; Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Opus 65; with Yefim Bronfman on piano and Andrew Litton conducting. Nov 30-Dec 3, Thu-Sat, 8:15pm, Sun, 2:30pm, at Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora, Dallas. Tickets: $12.50-50. 214/692-0203.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY, performing Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams; Lalo's Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra; Barber's Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance; with Uri Pianka on violin and Christoph Eschenbach conducting. Nov 25-27, Sat & Mon, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, Houston. $10-55. 800/828-2787.

Theatre:

THE BALLAD OF BILLY K: The Tall Tale Adventures of a Singing Cowgirl, a rip-roarin' new solo show by Katherine Griffith, directed by Phill George, presented by Jump-Start Performance Co. Dec 1-17, Fri-Sun, 8pm, Jump-Start Performance Co., 108 Blue Star, San Antonio. Tickets: $8-10. 210/227-JUMP.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Charles Dickens' beloved tale of holiday redemption, presented by the Alley Theatre. Nov 28-Dec 30, Tue-Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, Fri & Sat, 8pm, Sat & Sun, 2:30pm, at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave., Houston. Tickets: $16-42. 713/228-8421.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Tennessee Williams' heart-rending family drama, as directed by Andy Ritch, presented by the Hill Country Arts Foundation. Nov 30-Dec 16, Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm, in the Pavillion of the Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram. 210/367-5122.

A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, a musical revue of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, presented by Stages Repertory Theatre. Nov 22-Dec 31, Wed-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 5pm, at Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Houston. Tickets: $15-18. 713/527-0240.

HANSEL AND GRETEL, the playful operatic rendition by Humperdinck, presented by Dallas Opera. Nov 24, 26, 29, Dec 2, Wed-Sat, 7:30pm, Sun, 2pm, at Fair Park Music Hall, First & Parry, Dallas. Tickets: $20-225. 214/443-1000.

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, a holiday comedy set in a London hospital.Through Dec 23, Fri & Sat, 8:15pm, Sun, 2:30pm, at the Josephine Theatre, 339 W. Josephine, San Antonio. Tickets: $8-$14. 210/734-4646.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, the Frank Capra film adapted for the stage, is presented by Steven Stoli's Playhouse. Nov 25-Dec 30, Fri-Sun, 8pm, Steven Stoli's Playhouse, 11838 Wurzbach, Selma. Tickets: $13.50. 210/408-0535.

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