Events for the week

february 9
A Photographic Tour of Ulster: As a molten hotbed of the decades-old rivalry between Protestants and Catholics, Irish home-rulers vs. English imperialists, Ulster has functioned more as a stage for Northern Ireland's tragedy than a raw container of Irish history. Kay Tiller, a Dallas native of Irish descent, wants to remind her fellow North Texas dwellers that there is much beauty amid the bombing. A Photographic Tour of Ulster is a one-woman show of Tiller's Irish images, which she began collecting 21 years ago on her regular visits to Ireland. The show runs through February 28 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. Call (214) 670-1400.

february 10
Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of an Age: Sure, Impressionist brushman Pierre Auguste Renoir could paint a pretty picture, but the question "Is It Art?" echoes inside our heads if we spend too much time staring at his gauzy portraits of doe-eyed children and busty maidens. The proliferation of calendar, coffee mug, and poster images of Renoir's work has only reinforced the impression of mass-produced disposability that already mars his paintings like an overly ambitious cologne. For the real scoop on why the nationally lauded Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth has devoted so much time and space to an artist of questionable reputation, read Christine Biederman's cover feature "Renoir shmenoir." Renoir's Portraits runs through April 26 at Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Admission is $6-$10. Call (817) 332-8451.

The Two Nations of Black America: Despite charges from some critics that he's too bold and from others that he's not bold enough, Harvard University's Henry Louis Gates Jr. continues to anger and enthrall readers (especially through his always stimulating essays in The New Yorker) with his non-doctrinaire opinions on race and class in America. In an hour-long documentary for the PBS series Frontline that examines "The Two Nations of Black America," he discusses how the two become intricately (and sometimes inextricably) tangled. Why is it, Gates wonders, that at the same time the African-American middle class has swelled to unprecedented numbers, half of all black kids grow up under the poverty line? The episode airs at 9 p.m. on KERA-TV Channel 13. Call (214) 871-1390.

february 11
Linda Genteel: The Piano Princess: We'd be in love with anyone who refers to herself as "The Piano Princess," but since we learned that the self-coronated Linda Genteel learned all her best piano tricks from the late Queen of Keyboards Liberace, with whom she toured around the world for two years, we know that her royal roots are firm. Genteel had already been earning plaudits from Chinese audiences and Las Vegas fans before the legendary showman passed on to that refrigerated mink locker in the sky. She sashays into town to support pediatric cancer research at Children's Medical Center. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in the downtown Dallas Arts District. For ticket info call 1-800-654-9545.

Rise&Shine: If you thought Irving Berlin wrote two kinds of tunes--patriotic numbers and drinking songs--then Theatre Three's Bruce Coleman, Jac Alder, and Terry Dobson want to educate you on the breadth of concerns in the late American master's oeuvre. Rise&Shine is the name of the "new" Irving Berlin musical they're premiering, a collection of Berlin classics and lesser-known material incorporated into the format of a late-'40s morning radio show called Rise&Shine. The show opens February 9 at 8:15 p.m., and afterward runs Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 8:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. through March 8 at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle. Tickets are $5-$25. Call (214) 871-3300.

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