Dallas Chamber Orchestra: Continuing its sixth concert season highlighting the plushest of chamber orchestra standards, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra divides their latest program into three performances over two days and two locations. Dvorak's Trio for Two Violins and Violas, Boccherini's Quintet in D Major for Strings, and Brahms' Sextet for Strings is delivered sans conductor. Performances are March 7, 8 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, Hillcrest and Spring Valley; and March 9, 2 and 7 p.m. at Caruth Auditorium on the ground of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $10-$17. Call (214) 871-2787.
Likeness and Landscape: The Daguerreotype Art of Thomas M. Easterly: If our image of the American 19th century is stark and a bit rough-hewn, the reason is probably because the photographic images from the early-to-mid 1850s were daguerreotypes, an early technology that produced images on silver-colored plates. Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum presents an exhibition of portraits and landscapes by Thomas Easterly, an artist who continued to specialize in this difficult medium long after handier photographic processes had been created. The show runs through June 1 at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. It's free. Call (817) 738-1933.
Kathleen Battle: We can't think of an artist more appropriately named than tempestuous diva Kathleen Battle, whose masterful phrasing and unwavering control are topped only by her reputation for relentless perfectionism...and, according to some, outright abusiveness. Difficult artists aren't a rarity in the world of opera, but Battle made history when the Metropolitan Opera effectively ended its association with her because of her temperament. This spicy songbird flies into Dallas for a Cliburn concert that includes Handel, Wolf, Liszt, Strauss, and Turina. Her performance starts at 8 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora. Tickets are $25-$85. Call (214) 335-9000.
Extra Fancy: This Los Angeles-based quartet has just one of a million heartbreak stories in the naked music biz--their 1996 major label debut, Sinner Man, withered on the vine from lack of promotion, and Atlantic dropped them unceremoniously (they learned about the decision on the Internet). What makes the saga of these psycho-surf rockers somewhat different is the out gayness of lead singer Brian Grillo. Corporate confusion over how to market a hard rock act to the gay community was perhaps the major impediment to the hype machine. They arrive for their first-ever Dallas show, and rumor has it that Extra Fancy live is a rollicking experience that was only dimly reflected in their mixed-bag debut album. The band appears at 9 p.m. at the Orbit Room, 2809 Commerce. Call (214) 748-5399.
Photos by Albert Chong, Jose Fors, and Kent Barker: The Pan American Gallery presents a photographic exhibit of works by three artists who hail from places that are foreign, even a little strange to most Americans--Cuba, Jamaica, and Dallas. Jamaican native Albert Chong studied in New York and California and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Cuban Jose Fors has won prestigious awards at international art festivals and still resides in Havana. Native Dallasite Kent Barker is a nationally sought commercial photographer who relocated to Taos, New Mexico. Curated by Cynthia Mulcachy of the State Thomas Gallery, the show opens with a reception March 7, 6-9:30 p.m. and runs through May 3 at 3303 Lee Parkway in Turtle Creek. Call (214) 522-3303.
The Dallas Auto Show: There will be about 700 cars under the roof of the 1997 Dallas Auto Show, some of which you can afford, and others so expensive that the only way you'll drive them is as a valet at The Mansion. The beauty of the Auto Show is that almost every vehicle, from Matchbox cheap to Cadillac process, is open. The rich Corinthian leather of their seats beckons to be sat upon the way any fantasy lover would. Your bottom tingles, your hand trembles at the touch of the classy dashboard. Just be careful--you probably won't be able to afford the stain removal fees, either. The show happens March 12-16 at the Dallas Convention Center in downtown Dallas. For information call (214) 637-0531.
Avner the Eccentric: Don't hate Avner the Eccentric because he's a mime. The vicious mime-bashing in Bobcat Goldthwait's classic comedy Shakes the Clown was just one blade of pop culture ugliness aimed at the hide of this classical European art form (it's not all in America, however; Avner was arrested for public buffoonery while studying in Paris). The Dallas Theater Center hosts Exceptions to Gravity, a performance by the man who balances ladders, dances with paper cups, and tames napkins, all in the name of universal comedy. Performances are Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. through March 23 at the Arts District Theater, 2401 Flora St. Tickets are $15-$26. Call (214) 522-