Twirl Girls


When the American Ballet Theatre performs at McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University on November 16 and November 17, two talented Dallas girls will dance with the company. Victor Barbee, associate artistic director, says more than 100 hopefuls in Dallas and Houston auditioned for the coveted parts. Kathryn Boren and Betsy McBride, both students at Ballet Academy of Texas in Coppell, will dance in Mozartiana, choreographed by George Balanchine, with principal dancer Julie Kent and many renowned dancers. Also from Dallas, Amber Miller, a student at the Academy of Dance Arts, and Veronica Phillips, a student at Dallas Dance Academy, will be understudies. Barbee said this is the first time ABT has sought local students to perform. Girls from Austin, Dallas and Houston, all under 12 years of age, auditioned for a chance to dance with ABT. Two Houston girls also will dance with the company at McFarlin: They are Ashley Jung Kamolkulchai and Mindy Phung, both of Houston Ballet Academy. Tickets are from $12 to $125 through TITAS by calling 214-528-5576 or online at --Jim Schutze

Cartoon Capades

Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey, the latest incarnation of Disney on Ice, features a dazzling entourage of the world's most famous cartoon characters on an adventure through tropical islands, arctic lands, screw it. The details won't make or break your decision on this one. Call us crazy, but when you take your kids to Reunion Arena on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m, we're pretty sure that you could give a flip which Disney costumes the ice skaters wear. You're not going to stand up and shout something like "The Little Mermaid? Lilo & Stitch? Where the hell are Mulan and Home on the Range, you philistines?" We're also confident that you're not buying tickets for the sake of amazing ice skating, because, unless we missed a press release, Kristi Yamaguchi isn't dressing as Captain Hook anytime soon. No, the reason you're driving out to Reunion Arena for this stuff is because a few hours of Mickey, Donald and friends skating around will entertain your kids enough to shut them up for a while. Honestly, that's probably the best advertisement Disney on Ice could ever get. The show runs through November 21, and tickets are $10 and up at 214-373-8000. --Sam Machkovech

Idol Worship

So, your candidate lost. Chin up, sourpuss. There's still one more chance to pick a winner. This week, Southern Methodist University holds its own American Idol spin-off, in which 10 shameless songbirds vie for the coveted title of... your Mustang Idol. Do you love the old standards? Think guitars are for the guys in the background? Then Mustang Idol might be your cup of tea--with honey and lemon, of course, to soothe the vocal cords. Finals will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium. Visit --Sarah Hepola

Safe Bette

Apparently, Bette Midler still has a fan base. Apparently, there are people who actually want to hear "Wind Beneath My Wings," who don't wish to the baby Jesus the Divine Miss M would take "From a Distance" literally. And to you, we say: Umm, OK. (Don't be embarrassed. Look, we like Lionel Richie, OK?) We just hope you saved your pennies. Tickets for Tuesday's show at Nokia Theatre start at $80, and we hope some of that dough is "for the boys," Bette. See --Sarah Hepola

Sound Effects

Dare to compare what Abigail Rosen Holmes is about to do with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to what Laurie Anderson did in Moby Dick, which premiered in Dallas some years back when TITAS brought the innovative stage show to McFarlin Auditorium. Performance artist Anderson integrates video, electronic music, singing, dancing and spoken word in extraordinary shows--perfectly blended so that no medium jars another and none is an afterthought. "I can only hope we'd do as well as she does," Holmes says from her office in New York City. "To be fair, what Laurie does is all her own creation. What we do is creating after the fact." What Holmes will create is "a spectacle of high-art rock concert lighting and abstract video," integrated into the live DSO performance of Stravinsky's classical The Firebird in concerts at 8 p.m. November 11 through November 13 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. "Whatever you do visually should be driven by the live performance," Holmes says. "More than integrating, creation wants to come out of the live experience. At its finest, our multimedia effects should just enhance your experience of the classical music and add a bit to the dynamics as they change." Holmes' experience in theatrical light design involves collaboration with pop music icons such as Cher (during her farewell tour), Roger Waters' The Wall concert in Berlin, Peter Gabriel, Janet Jackson and The Cure. "This is my first classical effort," she says, "but then Stravinsky was pop music in 1910." Also on the program are Rimsky-Korsakov's "Cappriccio espagnol" and Tchaikovsky's "Concerto for D Major for Violin and Orchestra," featuring very young (16) violinist Ryu Goto, Manhattan School of Music. Guest conductor Mikko Franck, Orchestre National de Belgique, is also a prodigy at 25. See or call 214-692-0203 for tickets ($8 to $100). --Annabelle Massey Helber


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