Mary Williford-Shade and Jose Bustamante: Nationally acclaimed dancer Mary Williford-Shade has earned something of a reputation as an angst queen with her ferocious, frenetic style of dance. She teams with Jose Bustamante, a University of Texas at Austin dance faculty member who has choreographed in both Spain and Mexico, for an evening of original dance works synthesized from the various ethnic styles they have studied. Shade's partner, Sandra Lacy, performs with the two of them. Performances are scheduled April 3-5 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m. in The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Tickets are $8-$12. Call (214) 953-1212.
The Compleat Works of Willm Shkspr: It's really important for theater companies to do high-quality productions of William Shakespeare--not just to honor the man's wonderful words, but to spare audiences the drudgery of uninflected, uninspired Shakespeare, arguably the most unendurable theatrical torture ever devised. The WaterTower Theatre performs a huge regional hit entitled The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) that, for the those with weakened attention spans who still desire their taste of culture, packs 37 plays and 154 sonnets into two hours. Bill can be sampled Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. at the WaterTower Theatre of the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Rd, Addison. Tickets are $18. Call (972) 450-6232.
The Pizz: Forbidden Books and Video owner Jason Cohen plans to open a separate gallery space in the near future, but his new music section has been such a hit, he hasn't had time to diversify. He's been running art exhibits for a while, but with this latest one-man show by internationally acclaimed cartoonist hipster The Pizz, he's officially designating his in-store space Forbidden Gallery. It declares itself "Dallas' first gallery dedicated to lowbrow art," and we're forced to agree upon perusing some of The Pizz's marvelously lurid, lushly colorful comic-strip panel paintings festooned with gangsters, devils, temptresses, and strung-out losers. The Pizz says he likes to screw around with icons and archetypes to create a story underneath the single images. The show opens with a public reception April 4, 8 p.m.-midnight at 835 Exposition. It's free. Call (214) 821-9554.
The Texas Herb Growers and Marketers Association: As anyone who picked up last month's stellar Harpers cover article, "Confessions of An American Opium Grower," learned, the U.S. federal government enjoys a lot of elbow room when it comes to prosecuting individuals who grow legal substances that can be used to make illegal products. Members of The Texas Herb Growers and Marketers Association may enjoy poppy seeds on their hamburger buns, but they don't encourage poppy production in personal gardens (not that Texas weather is conducive, anyway). Their annual Herb Market features tons of tools and seeds, as well as seminars and demonstrations to clearly outline for herb growers how to get from plant A to product B. Lecture topics include "Aromatherapy and Natural Skin Care" and "Harvesting and Preserving Herbs for the 21st Century." The market is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Plano Centre, 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. It's free. Call (972) 924-3703.
DanceArt: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, along with Texas Christian University New Century Danscene, serves as host and guide to a young international dance company on the North Texas stop of their first U.S. tour. Just three years old, Hong Kong's DanceArt comes to America under the artistic direction of Andy Wong, who is adamant about introducing humanitarian and community consciousness issues to contemporary dance. Dance titles include "A Journey To Solitude," "The Regeneration from Sterility," and other vivacious names. The dancing begins at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall, 4401 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth. Tickets are $6-$20. Call (214) 871-ARTS.
Carnivals, Fairs, and Parades: Texas Spring 1997 charged in like a lion. The balmy weather also reminds Texans that they must take to the outdoors before the humidity index threatens to fell kids and old people. Award-winning Dallas photographer Paul Greenberg is right on time with his Photographic Archives Gallery exhibit Carnivals, Fairs, and Parades, which includes photos taken guess where. You don't have to be a child-of-all-ages carnival lover to get off on people-watching, which is what this is all about. The show opens with a reception April 5, 7-9:30 p.m., at Photographic Archives Gallery, 5117 W. Lovers Ln. It's free. Call (214) 352-3167.
Singles Fair '97: "Luckily, I'm not allergic to penicillin" and "I'm so lonely" are not among the icebreakers we'd advise using at Singles Fair '97, which celebrates the glorious state of onehood that every single man and woman is currently working hard to escape. (Suggested remedy for the single-serving blues: one night on the town with a couple in a fight they didn't resolve back home). Ten speakers will discuss topics including emotional availability and what men and women want and how it differs. There will also be booths from most of the major singles organizations in North Texas, exhibits offering products and services "related to the singles' lifestyle" (at press time, COYOTE had not been invited to distribute pamphlets), and a singles dance at the end of the evening that should relieve some of the potential cruising pressure of the day's events. The event happens noon-6 p.m. at the Arlington Hilton Hotel, 360 and Lamar. Tickets are $20. Call (972) 241-4876.