Sergio Daniel Tiempo: When you're 22 years old and the world is already hailing you as one of the finest anythings of your generation, it might seem there's no compelling reason to get up the next morning. But Venezuelan classical pianist Sergio Daniel Tiempo is used to such acclaim. Already a nine-year veteran of the international spotlight (he debuted at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw at the age of 14), Tiempo began studying piano at the age of two with his mother, made his stage debut at three, and appeared as a featured performer on Argentinian TV when he was four. He has performed with every major European symphony, recorded a series of albums for the prestigious Victor label, and won enough competition prizes to bust a grand piano top. Don't hate him because he's brilliantly talented (on second thought, go ahead). Sergio Daniel Tiempo makes his Texas debut with the Cliburn Concert Series at 3 pm at the Ed Landreth Auditorium on the grounds of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Tickets are $10-$30. Call (817) 335-9000.
re: Beauty and the Freeway Access Ramp: University of Dallas graduate student Nancy Rebal makes her one-woman exhibit debut in Dallas with a show that serves as her thesis for a master of fine arts degree. Don't call her a novice, though; she's studied in Washington D.C. and California and is already represented by a Denver gallery. Her show at the Hickory Street Annex Gallery, called re: Beauty and the Freeway Access, includes numerous paintings that incorporate panels featuring representation and abstract work. The exhibition's corker is a 22-feet-by 10-feet polyptych entitled Rhapsody, inspired by the great Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca and offered to the city of Dallas as "a healing." re: Beauty and the Freeway Access Ramp runs February 5-26 at the Hickory Street Annex Gallery, 501 Second Avenue in Deep Ellum. Areception for Rebal is held February 12, 4-6 pm. It's free. For information call (817) 268-0918.
Don't Look Now: When a movie can make Donald Sutherland with a perm seem sexy, you know the artist behind the camera is a master at manipulating your senses. That's the perfect way to describe what Nicholas Roeg's eerie 1973 adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's perverse story Don't Look Now does to viewers--comes at them from many different directions, offering explicit sex, supernatural themes, emotional undercurrents of guilt and loneliness, and a subtle but palpable build-up of tension. As hypnotized as you are by the barrage of coldly beautiful images, you feel like Roeg is playing a game with you, artfully wearing your defenses down to deliver a kick in the gut. He does, with a climactic scene that's one of the most irrationally terrifying finales in modern cinema. All jokes about Sutherland's hair aside, he and Julie Christie are as marvelous as usual playing parents who flee to Italy on a vacation to help them deal with their daughter's tragic death. Fate entangles them with a pair of nosy old sisters and a killer who knifes his victims with gleeful enthusiasm. The USA Film Festival screens a new print of Don't Look Now at 7:30 pm at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatre, 9450 N Central Expressway. Tickets are $6. For more information call 821-NEWS.
The Light Crust Doughboys: Texas swing legends The Light Crust Doughboys are so taken for granted around these parts, it's often easy to forget they spawned the likes of Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, and Tennessee Ernie Ford (their association with Slim Whitman might just as well stay forgotten). For the better part of 64 years now they've served as the standard-bearers for Western swing, a fusion of big-band pomp and country grit that's the closest thing this planet offers to a Fountain of Youth (it's certainly done wonders for their ranks, past and present). The Doughboys offer their time-tested mix of rhythmic standards and love songs at 7:30 pm at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E Mockingbird. Tickets are $9, and optional food and beverage service is available. Call 821-1860.
Skulls: If you look at the world around you from a strictly empirical point of view, science becomes pretty dull. If, on the other hand, you begin to really examine the cycles of nature and the animal kingdom, it becomes clear that there really is more than just meets the eye. Without favoring any particular religious tradition, you can acknowledge there's a marvelous order to everything from the change of seasons to the physiological design of a mammal--there seems to be a very real intelligence working behind them. It might be helpful to ponder this while you visit Skulls: Photographs by Francois Robert. The title of this photographic exhibit of works by Robert, a Swiss-born photographer whose work has graced many major U.S. and European magazines, is self-explanatory--these are up-close, black-and-white images of animal skulls, from buffalos to birds to monkeys. Using a variety of different angles and light techniques, Robert wants to show you exactly what a skeletal head is--it's a framework, a practical blueprint, a design. So who or what created it? We didn't claim Robert had all the answers. Skulls: Photographs by Francois Robert is on display through April 16 at the Dallas Museum of Natural History in Fair Park. Tickets are $2 for kids, $3 for adults. Call 421-3466.