Who Really Runs America? The Hidden History of the United States: The Eclectic Viewpoint, Dallas' Forum of Extraordinary Science, Unusual Phenomena & Diverse Perspectives, presents a lecture by researcher, journalist, and historian John Judge, who could definitely be called a revisionist in his approach to recent world history. For 26 years now Judge has been studying (and commenting on) the relationships among various U.S. intelligence agencies, their tactics during the Cold War, and their ties to international fascist regimes. Basically, what Judge proposes is a multi-national conspiracy pulling the puppet strings of world affairs, the possibility of which is frequently laughed at or ignored. But the fact remains that history is written by the few for the many, who must rely on those accounts--written, photographed, and broadcast--to piece together their understanding of the globe. How much can you personally verify about the major tragedies and moments of the last 25 years? Judge claims he has hard evidence linking the Guyana mass suicide to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the relationships between the murders of JFK, Robert F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X. To those who are already scoffing, we offer four little words--how do you know? Judge speaks at 8 pm in the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W Arapaho in Richardson. Tickets are $15. Call 601-7687.
A Christmas Carol: Are you a shy person who sat down for what seemed like some perfectly innocent performance, only to discover this production features one or more performers who attempt to involve the audience? If so, then don't repeat the horror by attending the Addison Centre Theatre's presentation of Dickens' hard-candy-coated classic A Christmas Carol. This show is a revamped version of their 1990 revamping, co-produced with the Callier Theater of the Deaf. Both versions have been penned by Addison Centre Theatre artistic director Kelly Cotten, who also wrote and designed them. He takes full advantage, for the first time, of his new "state-of-the-art flexible environmental space" to stage this year's adaptation in promenade-style, which necessitates that the audience mingle with the production in progress. People can, in fact, walk across the stage or view the action from almost any angle in the theater. For the lazy they provide fixed seats on the balconies, but not everything can be seen from there. It's important to note that children under the age of six are not allowed, and the ACT asks that parents keep their young children nearby so they won't get bulldozed. Performances are Thursday-Saturday, 8:15 pm; and Sunday, 2:30 & 7:30 pm through December 11 at the Addison Centre Theatre, 15650 Addison Rd in Addison. Tickets are $7.50-$20. For ticket information call 788-3200.
Manuel Barrueco and Nancy Allen: Although Manuel Barrueco turned heads in 1974 at the age of 22 when he became the first guitarist ever to win the Concert Artists Guild Award (the instrument had been in disrepute ever since the strings started getting dirtied by blues, jazz, and rock 'n' roll), he'd been reproducing Latin-American pop tunes by ear ever since he was eight in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba. He received formal training with legends Juana Mercadal in Miami and Ray De La Torre in New York, well before he became the first guitarist ever to win a full scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory. The pattern which emerges from an overview of Barrueco's legendary career is obvious--he has consistently surprised and bedazzled tutors, judges, critics, and audiences with the new possibilities of his favorite instrument. Barrueco turns 42 this year, more popular than ever, with a string of best-selling titles on the illustrious EMI/Angel label. Over the last few years he's concentrated on the folk compositions of various countries, including Great Britain and Spain. Also on the bill is New York-born, Juilliard-bred Nancy Allen (not to be confused with the Brian DePalma-born, B-movie-bred actress of the same name), who is the most recorded American harpist in the world. The Dallas Classic Guitar Society invites her and Barrueco to perform a dual recital at 8 pm in the Morton H. Meyerson Center, 2301 Flora. Tickets are $8-$30. For info call 1-800-654-9545.
Tomb Treasures From China: You have to sift long through the dim memories of ultra-hyped touring exhibits that have made a stop in either Dallas or Fort Worth during the last 15 years--Pompeii, that tall Egyptian prince with too much eyeliner, The Barnes Collection--to find Great Bronze Age of China, a show which packed 'em in to Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum for several months in 1980 and 1981. That venerable institution plays host to a sequel of sorts--Tomb Treasures From China, which will play in three museums outside of China (its first U.S. appearance already happened at The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco). It's impossible to underestimate the importance that a sense of history plays in the daily lives of most Chinese, especially government officials, so the fact that they released these 62 pieces is a measure of how badly they want to get in good with the United States. Tomb Treasures From China: The Buried Art of Ancient Xi'an picks up where The Great Bronze Age of China left us dangling 13 years ago, with the terra cotta soldier figures from the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.) returning to carry us through the Tang dynasty (618-906 AD), long considered by historians to be the most fruitful cultural period of China's ancient dynasties. The show opens November 20 and runs through February 12 at the Kimbell, 3333 Camp Bowie in Fort Worth. Tickets are $2-$8. For more info call (817) 332-8451.