November—People, Places, Events, Attractions
Checked anything off your life list lately? No, we don’t mean organizing your garage, putting your kids through college, or writing your will. We’re talking birding: Ever made note of a warbler, a hawk, or an egret? Texas is home to more than six hundred species of winged wonders, and this month you can start on your avian checklist November 9—13 at the RIO GRANDE VALLEY BIRDING FESTIVAL, in Harlingen, where experts will guide you to the best spots for observing red-crowned parrots, green jays, and great kiskadees. Expand your sightings with the state’s spectacular fall migrations: From the Hawk Observation Tower at the BENTSEN STATE PARK—WORLD BIRDING CENTER HEADQUARTERS, in Mission, you’ll have until November 15 to watch as broad-winged hawks, Swainson’s hawks, and turkey vultures swoop into the Rio Grande Valley; then, on November 27, make the twenty-mile trek along Matagorda Island on the WHOOPING CRANE BUS TOUR for a glimpse of the season’s newest winter Texans. You’ll need binoculars, a good guide book, keen eyesight—and maybe a little patience. JESSICA NORMAN DUPUY
The month in dance.
Run of de Mille
Masterpieces get lost and found all the time (recall those four Rembrandts rediscovered this fall), but it’s not often that you witness the recovery firsthand. Now you can score a front-row seat, literally: At its Fall Dance Concert, Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts reintroduces The Four Marys, a seminal but nearly forgotten ballet by the revolutionary choreographer Agnes de Mille (of Oklahoma! and Carousel fame). A story of four female slaves in the antebellum South, the piece made a splash in 1965 at the height of the civil rights movement, but soon after began to collect dust, its casting requirement of four strong black female dancers too difficult for many companies to meet. This year SMU’s dance division, which is quickly becoming known for its preservation of important dance works (above, last year’s restaging of Martha Graham’s Panorama), brings The Four Marys back to life with the recollection powers of original cast member Glory Van Scott and de Mille’s répétiteur, or principal dancer, Gemze de Lappe. “We had only four films from the sixties and seventies to go on, three of which were silent and two of which were printed backward,” explains rehearsal director Shelley Berg. “So we pieced the work together with the choreographic memory of those who knew it well.” (November 3—6 and 10—13 in Dallas.) KATHARYN RODEMANN
(For directions and more information, see Dallas, Music/Dance).
Modern Dance: A Primer
Not wise to the ways of choreographed flailings? Ease your way into the genre with Minus One, a compendium of seven independent dance works coming to Houston’s Wortham Theater Center November 11 and 12.
The Choreographer: Israeli-born Ohad Naharin trained with modern-dance goddess Martha Graham and is now with the