Art of the State

Dance:

DALLAS MORNING NEWS DANCE FESTIVAL features some of North Texas' finest dance artists, performing outdoors for free. Among this year's participants: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklórico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company, and Fort Worth Dallas Ballet. August 29-September 1, Thu-Sun, 8:15pm. Free. Artist Square, by Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora, Dallas.214/953-1985.

UTOPIA DANZA-TEATRO, a contemporary dance troupe from Mexico, performs Veracruz 36deg. C (...nobody looks at the moon at sunset). September 5-8, Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $12. McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney, Ste. 100, Dallas.214/953-1212.

Theatre:

THE FANTASTICKS, Jones & Schmidt's durable musical, starring Austin's own Jaston Williams and Joe Sears. Through September 1, Tue-Sat, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 2pm. $19-$26. Casa Mañana, 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth.817/332-2272.

GRAND KABUKI THEATRE OF JAPAN, honored practicioners of the 400-year-old Japanese theatrical style, perform, with over 70 actors and musicians. September 5-8, Thu-Sun. $10-$65. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm, Dallas.214/443-1000. September 10 & 11, Tue & Wed. $12-$40. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, Houston.713/227-2787.

LIVE AT THE COTTON CLUB, a nostalgic revue dedicated to the music that made Harlem hop, featuring Ted Conerly and the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. Produced by the Hill Country Arts Foundation. September 5-20, Thu-Sat, 8pm. Point Theatre, Ingram. 800/459-4223.

MISS SAIGON, touring version of the musical about love and heartbreak in war-torn Vietnam. September 12-October 19, Tue-Sun, 8pm, Sat & Sun, 2pm. Tickets: $15-$65. Fair Park Music Hall, First & Parry, Dallas. 214/691-7200.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Shakespeare's comedy of a willful woman and the man who woos her, revived by Shoestring Shakespeare Company. August 23-September 15, Thu-Sat, 8pm. $10. 1203 Art Space in St. Paul Square, San Antonio. 210/738-8783.

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