Art of the State

Art:

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART presents "Animals With Attitude," wood sculptures of real and imaginary animals by Dallas artist Isaac Smith, through March 30; "Animals in African Art: From the Familiar to the Marvelous," an exhibit of 90 works from central and western Africa, through April 27; "Concentrations 29: Per Kirkeby," large abstracts drawn from the natural world, through April 20; and "Pennsylvania Quilts: Selections From the Landes Dowry," through April 22. 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214/922-1200.

MCNAY ART MUSEUM is presenting "Ruckus Rodeo," a Texas-size installation by Red Grooms, tipping his Stetson to the Lone Star State's rodeo culture, through April 13; and "A Ruckus on Paper and Other Constructions," more work by Grooms in two-dimensional prints and three-dimensional constructions, through March 23. 6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. 210/824-5368.

MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH is presenting "Explorations in the City of Light: African-American Artists in Paris, 1945-65," an exhibition featuring art by Edward Clark, Harold Cousins, Beauford Delaney, Herbert Gentry, Lois Mailou Jones, Larry Potter, and Barbara Chase-Riboud, through March 30. 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. 817/738-9215.

Dance:

HOUSTON BALLET marks the centenary of the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula with a world premiere ballet based on characters from the novel. To music by Franz Liszt, HB's artistic director, Ben Stevenson, creates a story of the bloodthirsty Count looking to add a couple of Transylvanian maidens to his corps of undead brides. March 13-23, Thu-Sat, 7:30pm, Sun, 2pm. $10-$80. Brown Theater, Wortham Center, Texas & Smith, Houston. 800/828-2787.

Music:

KATHLEEN BATTLE proves why she's one of the most captivating vocalists of our time with a solo recital in which she sings arias by Handel, songs by Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Joaquín Turina, and Hugo Wolf, and American spirituals. March 14, Friday, 8pm. $15-$55. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, Houston. 800/828-2787.

Theatre:

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, Shakespeare`s double-trouble farce updated and energized by Undermain Theatre. Ted Davey directs. Through April 5, Wed & Thu, 7:30pm, Fri & Sat, 8:15pm, March 16 & 23, Sun, 2:30pm. $8-$18. 3200 Main, Dallas. 214/747-5515.

DE JAROCHA A POCHA is the drama of a Mexican woman who must face her past and the past of her people after she tries to emigrate to the U.S., told with live music, dance, acting, and puppets for adults. It was created by artists from both sides of the Mexico and U.S. border and is being given its world premiere. March 1-23, Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 3pm. $8. Guadalupe Theatre, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio. 210/351-7787.

THE GREEKS, the gripping dramas of Aeschylus, Euripides, and other ancient playwrights woven into two epic plays, The War and the Murders and The Gods, presented in repertory. Produced by the Alley Theatre. Through May 4, Tue-Sun, 7:30pm, Sat & Sun, 2:30pm. $17-$43. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas, Houston. 713/228-8421.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!, a new musical revue composed of the educational ditties from the animated shorts on Saturday morning TV. Produced by Main Street Theater. Through March 21, Thu, 7:30pm, Fri & Sat, 8pm, Sun, 4pm. $7. Main Street Theater at Chelsea Market, 4517 Montrose, Houston. 713/524-6706.

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