Art:

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

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART presents Impressions from the Riviera, masterpieces from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection, through February 4. The exhibition is a collection of 70 outstanding artworks by the best and most beloved 19th-century French impressionist artists. Selections From the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Collection is on view through January 14. Across Continents and Cultures: The Art and Life of Henry Ossawa Tanner and American Hooked Rugs, 1800-1930, on view through Dec. 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214/954-0174.

KIMBALL ART MUSEUM is showing The Art of Louis-Léopold Boilly: Modern Life in Napoleonic France through January 14. The show traces Boilly's works from 1780-1830. Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum is also on display, 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. Buffon's Histoire Naturelle: A Suite of Aquatints by Picasso is on view through January 7, and Homer to Pollock: Modern Masters from the Mary and Sylvan Lang Collection is on display through February 18. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio. 210/805-1754.

MILAGROS CONTEMPORARY ART is featuring recent works by artist Dick Wray, ceramics by Grayson Perry, and the Annual Gallery Artists Group Show, through January 14. 112 Blue Star, San Antonio. 210/227-0001.

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. Tina Modotti: Photographs, images by the infamous early 20th-century artist/actress, is also featured. Call and Response: The Third Ward and the Museum is on view through February 11. 1001 Bissonnet, Houston. 713-639-7300.

WITTE MUSEUM is featuring Recovery of the Ancient World, an exhibition tracing the history of archaeology and exploring what we know about daily life and culture in the ancient world, through April 28. They are also sponsoring a variety of holiday activities for youth and adults, including some special "campouts" for kids, held overnight in the museum. 3801 Broadway, San Antonio. 210/820-2126.


Dance:

ALMA Y DUENDE: THE SOUL AND SPIRIT OF FLAMENCO, a dance concert featuring Luis Montero, Gerardo Negrete, and Miguel Rodriguez with San Antonio artists La Chiqui, José Linares "El Patriarca," Diego Heredia, Luis Linares, and DanzaHispana S.A., presented by CityDance. Jan 13, Sat, 8pm. $8. Carver Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry. San Antonio.
210/822-2453.

THE NUTCRACKER, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet of a girl's Christmas dreams, will be presented by several dance theatre's across the state: Fort Worth Dallas Ballet. Dec 23, Sat, 2 & 8pm, Dec 24, Sun, 2pm. $8.25-41. Fair Park Music Hall, First & Parry, Dallas. 800/654-9545; Ballet El Paso. Through Dec 26, Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. $12-36. Abraham Chavez Theatre, Santa Fe & San Francisco, El Paso. 915/532-2200; Fort Worth Dallas Ballet. Through Dec 31, Fri & Sat, 8pm, Sat & Sun, 2pm. $8.25-35. Convention Center, 1111 Houston, Fort Worth. 800/654-954; Houston Ballet. Through Dec 29, $10-60. Brown Theater, Wortham Center, Texas & Smith, Houston. 800/828-2787.

THE NUTTY NUTCRACKER, Tchaikovsky's ballet given a comic spin by the Houston Ballet. Dec 30. $10-60. Brown Theater, Wortham Center, Texas & Smith, Houston. 800/828-2787.


Music:

HOUSTON SYMPHONY, New Year's Eve Gala with guest Michael Feinstein singing and playing his favorite songs by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jules Styne. Dancing follows. Dec 31, Sun, 8pm. $35-85. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, Houston. 800/828-2787.

TEXAS BAROQUE ENSEMBLE presents Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with Patti Spain, sporano and Dale Terbeek, countertenor. Susan Ferré conducts. Dec 22, Fri, 7:30pm. $10-15. Espiscopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest, Dallas. 214/520-2787.

THE SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY will present A Night in Old Vienna, their annual New Year's Eve concert, featuring an all new program of music by Johann Strauss, Jr., and Josef Strauss. The performance will be held at Majestic Theatre, 224. E. Houston St. in San Antonio, TX. Tickets range from $15-46; or, package deals at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel are offered at $195 per couple, featuring tickets to the symphony, dinner and dancing, champagne toast, breakfast, and more. 210/554-1010.


Theatre:

ANNIE WARBUCKS, the sequel to the musical Annie, offered by San Antonio Little Theatre. Through Jan 28, Fri, 8pm, Sat, 7pm, Sun, 2:30pm. $7.50-15. San Antonio Little Theatre, 800 W. Ashby, San Antonio. 210/733-7258.

BLACK NATIVITY, Langston Hughes' gospel and poetic retelling of the Christmas story, produced by Theatre Three. Through Dec 23, Thu-Sat, 8:15pm, Sat, 2:30pm. $10.50-23. 2800 Routh, Houston. 713/871-3300.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Charles Dickens' tale of spirits and holiday redemption, presented by the Dallas Theatre Center. Through Dec 24. $14-29. Kalita Humphrey Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek, Dallas. 214/522-8499.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Charles Dickens' tale of holiday redemption, reading with dinner, presented by the Hill Country Arts Foundation. Dec 21-23, Thu-Sat, 6:30pm, Dec 23, 2pm, in the Medallion Room of the Inn of the Hills, Ingram. 210/895-5000, ext. 740.

THE DEATH OF ATROCIOUS, a 20-minute play about a comic encounter between two women of ancient Rome, offered by the Witte Museum. Dec 27 & 29, Wed & Fri, 11:30am & 1pm. Free with museum admission. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, San Antonio. 210/820-2111.

ENCOUNTER AT PANTHER CAVE, a 20-minute play about a conversation between an ancient shaman and a modern archaeologist, offered by the Witte Museum. Dec 23-30, Tue & Thu, 11:30am & 1pm, Sat, 1 & 2pm. Free with museum admission. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, San Antonio. 210/820-2111.

THE FANTASTICKS, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt's musical of young love, produced by Theatre Three. Dec 29-Jan 7. Tue-Sat, 8:15pm, Sat & Sun, 2:30pm. $10.50-23. 2800 Routh, Houston. 713/871-3300.

JEKYLL & HYDE, a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Gothic thriller, presented by Theatre Under the Stars. Dec 26-31, Tue-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 7pm, Sat & Sun, 2pm. $41-47. Music Hall, Bagby & Walker, Houston. 800/766-6048.

MAAT, EGYPTIAN GODDESS OF TRUTH, a 20-minute play about the ancient Egyptian process of mummification, presented by the Witte Museum. Dec 23-30, Tue & Thu, noon & 1:30pm, Sat, 1:30 & 2:30pm. Free with museum admission. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, San Antonio. 210/820-2111.

PETER PAN, the musical version of J. M. Barrie's fantasy about the boy who wouldn't grow up, produced by the Harbor Playhouse. Through Dec 30, Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $12. Harbor Playhouse, 1 Bayfront Park, Corpus Christi.
512/888-7469.

ROMéO ET JULIETTE, Gounod's operatic take on Shakespeare's doomed lovers, presented by the Dallas Opera. Dec 27, Wed, 7:30pm. $20-225. Fair Park Music Hall, First & Parry, Dallas.
214/443-1000.

VAQUERO Y COWBOY; A CAMPFIRE CONVERSATION, a 20-minute play about two types of cowpokes in the Old West, presented by the Witte Museum. Dec 27 & 29, Wed & Fri, noon & 1:30pm, and Jan 1, 1 & 2pm. Free with museum admission. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, San Antonio. 210/820-2111.

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