Macdara Mac Uibh Aille: You should know that the pronunciation of award-winning Irish artist Macdara Mac Uibh Aille's name isn't nearly as scary as the spelling (his last three names are, phonetically, "mack-of-alley"). He comes to Dallas to perform his one-man show, The Voice of the Sea, at two different events. A musician as well as an actor and writer, Mr. Mac Uibh Aille has performed this semi-musical tale of life on a 19th century Irish island at festivals all over Europe. He performs January 17, 8 p.m at the Artcentre of Plano, 1039 East 15th St., Plano. Tickets are $8. Call (214) 424-0745. He also performs during the latter half of "A Taste of Irish Culture" January 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak St. Tickets for this workshop are $12. Call (214) 821-4174.
Judy Carter: Judy Carter was already a groundbreaking female standup comic, having written what is considered the handbook on the form (entitled Standup Comedy), when she broke yet another barrier and announced she was a lesbian. More than that, she began to incorporate stuff about her personal life into her act (the way every other standup on the planet does) and discovered, to her shock and amazement, that her career didn't end. For a brief introduction to her hilarious work, check out her monologue reprinted in the new anthology A Funny Time to Be Gay. Better yet, pick up a copy of her second tome, The Homo Handbook. Carter signs books and gives one performance at 10:30 p.m. at Spankee's Club, 6750 Shadybrook Lane. Tickets are $10-$12. Call (214) 739-4760.
Insignificance: For those who've never seen Nicolas Roeg's marvelous little 1985 comedy Insignificance (and that's a good portion of the population), you'll want to rent it after you check out Stage West's new production of the play on which it was based. Terry Johnson's original script was a good deal less...well, creepy than Roeg's vision of it, but then it wouldn't be Roeg without a touch of the macabre. Johnson explored more straightforwardly the tension of public and private in this fictionalized account of a true-life meeting between Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein. Performances happen Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at 3055 South University Drive, Fort Worth. Tickets are $13-$16. (817) STG-WEST.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: More an opera than a musical, but not quite either, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was clearly not earmarked for nationwide re-release because it is unclassifiable. But outlets like The USA Film Festival exist to catch those critically acclaimed curiosities that pass through the nets of the other film institutions. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is Jacques Demy's tragedy about a young Catherine Deneuve, who plays a shopgirl, falling for an auto mechanic. When those doomed lower classes not only fall in love, but sing their laments to a Michel Legrand score, only the two-ply Kleenex will do. The screening happens at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes, 9450 North Central Expressway. Tickets are $5.50-$6.50. Call (214) 821-NEWS.
L Dor V Dor: From Generation to Generation: Garland resident Aliza Smith, a native New Yorker, studied art at Hunter College and Columbia University Graduate School, taught art for many years, then went back to TWU to earn a master's in both painting and sculpture. Throughout this journey, her work has been preoccupied with the moral lessons of her Jewish ethnicity. The Biblical Arts Center opens a one-woman collection of her two- and three-dimensional artwork entitled L Dor V Dor: From Generation to Generation. The show runs through March 2 at the Biblical Arts Center, 7500 Park Lane. It's free. Call (214) 691-4661.
Michelangelo and His Influence: Drawings from the Windsor Castle: Michelangelo's art work is rarer than gold in the United States--estimates suggest the number runs to ten, including museums and private collections--so any appearance by the Italian master on these shores is an event. Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum hosts a traveling exhibit entitled Michelangelo and His Influence: Drawings from the Windsor Castle to illustrate the influence the man had on both contemporaries and those who followed him. Twenty-two drawings--sketches, really--by Michelangelo accompanies 51 drawings by other painters in Florence and Rome. The show runs through March 30 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Tickets are $6-$10. Call (817) 332-8451.
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