143 Articles

Classical Music |
August 31, 1981

Sixteen Strings

As befits masterpieces, Beethoven’s string quartets have been recorded a hundred times. Our trusty critic guides the novice through a maze of choices.

Music |
August 1, 1981

Trial by Piano

Why knock yourself out for two grueling weeks at a piano competition in Fort Worth? For $12,000—and a string of concert bookings money can’t buy.

Classical Music |
May 31, 1981

Mozart Is As Mozart Was

Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are two centuries apart, but their ideas about music are exactly the same.

Dining Out |
April 30, 1981

A Good Catch

Schrenkeisens’ is so elegant you’ll think you’re in the big city, but the fish is so fresh you know you’re on the coast. Ninfa’s runs thirteen Mexican restaurants across Texas, and amazingly, they can all cook.

Dining Out |
April 1, 1981

Miracle on Main Street

Le Select gives Houston fine French cooking in simple surrounds and at unbeatable prices; Hedary’s, a Lebanese outpost in Fort Worth, offers adventurous Cowtowners some exotic alternatives to beef.

Dining Out |
March 1, 1981

China Towns

In San Antonio, everything that glitters is in the Golden Palace, where the food is as gaudy as the décor. Austin’s OMei China gives you a zap on the mouth.

Dining Out |
February 1, 1981

French Toasts

Two new restaurants in Dallas and Houston will save you a trip to Paris.

Classical Music |
February 1, 1981

Going for Baroque

Dallas Civic Opera lured audiences back to the eighteenth century with its American premiere of Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso.

Dining Out |
January 1, 1981

High Texana

Alan’s Texas Cafe in Austin is good eats with Alan; Don’s in Houston has Cajun food worth ragin’ about.

Theater |
December 1, 1980

Home, Bittersweet Home

An Alley Theatre world premiere, To Grandmother’s House We Go was a play about family foibles that really hit home.

Dining Out |
December 1, 1980

Cowboys and India

Beef is king at Cattlemen’s in Fort Worth; food fit for a rajah is yours at Houston’s Taj Mahal.

Classical Music |
September 30, 1980

A Fan’s Notes

Arnold Shoenberg is the century’s most maligned composer, but to know him is to love him.

Theater |
August 31, 1980

Shock Tactics

Houston’s Equinox Theatre has fine actors and directors, but its raunchy sex and violence can make you squirm. The nineteenth-century Granbury Opera House is a fetching setting for Texas Meg.

Dining Out |
July 31, 1980

Lasagne and Old Lace

Try pasta and veal at Sergio’s in Dallas—that’s Italian! For an outstanding Sunday brunch, put your stock in Austin’s Green Pastures.

Classical Music |
July 31, 1980

Bring Home the Bach

Mozart and Beethoven made an appearance, but Johann Sebastian was the guest of honor at Victoria’s annual Bach Festival.

Dining Out |
June 30, 1980

Grape Days Coming

Move over, Jett Rink. The West Texas wildcatter may give way to a new breed: the West Texas vintner.

Classical Music |
June 30, 1980

Magic Wands

Two guest conductors in Texas are wizards at their work; three Houston Grand Opera productions are enchanting.

Theater |
May 31, 1980

Once More With Fonda

When NBC televised The Oldest Living Graduate, it broadcast the flaws of live TV drama. Theatre Three’s Second Stage Festival deserved a larger viewing audience.

Dining Out |
May 31, 1980

Stir-fried and Refried

You can find the spice of your life at Uncle Tai’s in Houston; you don’t have a choice at Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth - except good, reliable Tex-Mex.

Classical Music |
May 31, 1980

The Little Symphony That Could

The Texas Little Symphony’s April concert was no whistle-stop - it was Carnegie Hall. Two chamber groups, Voices of Change and Syzygy, take the Twentieth Century Limited.

Classical Music |
April 30, 1980

Chief of Staff

A Dallas composer is reviving medieval music in a modern context, while two new classical groups attempt a chamber music renaissance.

Dining Out |
April 1, 1980

All Show and No Souffle

While the Pyramid Room in Dallas relies on pomp, two of its rivals in French dining are putting foot before pretension.

Theater |
March 1, 1980

Theater in a Suitcase

On its Houston stop, the Acting Company unpacked performances for Texas theaters to live up to. Austin’s Center Stage is in the know but lacks the how.

Classical Music |
February 1, 1980

The Foreign Legion

Dallas Civic Opera is a grand old lady who knows her European opera. But sometimes she gets a little senile.

Theater |
January 1, 1980

Life After SMU

When Stage #1 opened as a halfway house for theater graduates from SMU, the participants weren’t pitied but applauded.

Classical Music |
January 1, 1980

The Trill of It All

Houston and Dallas opera companies could fudge on shoe sizes when it came to casting Cinderellas, but the voices had to fit just so.

Theater |
December 1, 1979

Why the Alley?

For the sake of the audience, it’s a question that needs to be asked. College productions of A Doll’s House show why actors go to school. Fort Worth has good actors and good producers—but not, alas, in the same theater.

Classical Music |
December 1, 1979

The Big Loser

A young Russian defector blows his chance to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and goes on to find fame and fortune.

Classical Music |
November 1, 1979

Semiconductors

The leaders of Houston and Dallas symphony orchestras start off the season with two perplexing concert series.

Food & Drink |
September 30, 1979

Cutups

Can’t hull a strawberry? Can’t boil an egg? Can’t wash leafy vegetables? Relax. Help is on the way.

Classical Music |
September 30, 1979

It’s a Lulu!

Even incomplete, Lulu was a great opera. Now it’s finished, and Santa Fe Opera got the stage the coveted U.S. premiere.

Classical Music |
July 31, 1979

Who Needs Nelson Eddy?

Houston Grand Opera’s spring festival of operettas proved that golden-voiced, handsome men aren’t out of style. Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Mahler festival had its good days and its bad days.

Classical Music |
June 30, 1979

Talent Clout

Houston Opera Studio’s students learn their way into the limelight.

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