Cracked Up

Conway and Korman make themselves--and everyone else--laugh again

 4/28
All they're doing is re-creating bits from The Carol Burnett Show, but it's still going to be funnier than hell. Onstage Tim Conway is the best physical comedian not named Chris Kataan, and Harvey Korman does this thing where he plays it straight but gets pissed off in the process. On Wednesday, Conway and Korman are Together Again at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, working through five sketches from the show that made them famous and doing their own stand-up on the side. The individual acts aren't bad, but together there's a rapport and comedic rhythm with these guys. Sometimes, it's difficult for even them to keep a straight face. It's pretty wholesome, too, as if the television censors were still watching. But it's not cheap. You'll slap down three twenties and a ten if you want the best seat in the house and $40 if you don't. Skip a credit card payment and you can bring the kids: The funny these guys offer is not an esoteric funny. There's a show at 6:30 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. Bass Hall's located at 525 Commerce St. in Fort Worth's Sundance Square. Call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com. --Paul Kix

Music Maíam
Errollyn Wallen's classical music is un-stuffy, just like her song titles
4/22

Errollyn Wallen composes classical music, but she's not stuffy about it. She takes from jazz, gospel and--dare we say it?--pop. The International Record Review says she's "that rare kind of composer: genuinely new, a breath of fresh air, someone who takes all of our preconceptions and stands them on their heads." Born in Belize and now living in the U.K., Wallen makes her Dallas debut Thursday at the Latino Cultural Center. The concert will include "Dervish" for cello and piano and "Are You Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals?," which features the string quartet NEO Camerata and the vocal soloist Marion Moore. Wallen will share the spotlight, too. NEO Camerata will also perform works by Dallas-based composer Mark Landson. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for those under 12 and $15 for everyone else. The Latino Cultural Center is located at 2600 Live Oak St. To reserve seating, call 214-528-5576. --Paul Kix

Mark Oristano

Dog Gone
4/23

Owning an automobile-driving pooch is the aspiration of many a dog lover. While this dream may never come to fruition, the Dallas Children's Theater brings us one step closer with its play Go, Dog, Go!, in which pups operate cars and do other silly things. The play is Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 23 through May 23, at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Adult tickets are $15; children's are $13. Call 214-740-0051. --Mary Monigold

Monday Night Fever
John Travolta talks sex symbols and sitcoms
4/26

Despite the franchised failure of Look Who's Talking, the maudlin mistake that was Michael or the crimes against hair perpetrated in Swordfish, there's no denying the influence and legacy of John Travolta. Come on, homeboy survived Kotter's "sitcom syndrome," rocked a Potsie/Fonzie hybrid in Grease, made women lust after polyester in Saturday Night Fever and persevered to hang on every dorm room wall after Pulp Fiction. Thus, his unscripted lecture engagement (benefiting the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts) with WFAA's Gary Cogill at the Majestic is big-time stuff. At 8 p.m. Monday, see and hear how Travolta went from unassuming Sweathog to vaguely creepy Scientologist. The Majestic Theatre is at 1925 Elm St. Tickets, $35 to $200, are available through Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000. Call 214-932-6030 or visit www.dallasperformingarts.org. --Matt Hursh

 
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