Night and Day: Thursday, April 21, 2004

One of the most intense movies ever made, the ferocious 1940 romantic comedy His Girl Friday is white-hot with energy and verbal pyrotechnics, ruthlessly satirical in its portrayal of big-city corruption, and bracingly grown-up in its treatment of the two lovers (Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell). For a treat, follow this with the deeply subversive Cary Grant comedy My Favorite Wife at TCU the next night. His Girl Friday screens at 7pm at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $5.50-7.50. Call 817-784-9378.

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Introducing local audiences to contemporary music has been the mission of this year’s inaugural Modern at the Modern series, which wraps up this weekend with performances by a local ensemble and a husband-and-wife piano duo — Alexey Koltakov, whom you may remember from the Van Cliburn Piano Competition three years ago in which he rode his high-energy style to the finals, and Katerina Makarova.

The duo will play a program of pieces for two pianos, including Recuerdos, a Latin suite by the highly versatile William Bolcom, and Lowell Liebermann’s Three Lullabies, commissioned for the 2001 Murray Dranoff Competition for Two Pianos at which Koltakov and Makarova competed. (They won a special prize for their performance of that work.) The concert closes with John Corigliano’s Chiaroscuro, a 1997 piece written for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart. The dissonances are odd, to say the least, with some wind chime and guitar-like effects. The piano technician should be partially credited.

If that isn’t wild and woolly enough for you, Mark Ford and other members of the UNT Percussion Ensemble play his Stubernic and Afta Stuba!, two pieces requiring three percussionists to play a single marimba simultaneously. Let’s hope there’s a next season of Modern at the Modern and more performances like these.

Modern at the Modern begins at 2pm Sat at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $10-25. Call 817-335-9000.

Harry Horner tells his friends he has contracted syphilis, and they’re like, “Ha ha! You can’t have sex any more, and your nose is gonna fall off!” They don’t know that Harry is in fact perfectly healthy, feigning sickness to distract his friends while he seduces their wives. That’s the plot of William Wycherley’s brilliant, cold-hearted 1675 comedy The Country Wife, which is being staged at TCU this week. The play runs Wed-Sun at Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Tickets are $5-10. Call 817-257-5770.

Student directors, designers, and actors will be in charge of UTA’s Spring Play Festival. The show features six one-act plays, including Michael Wright’s I Am the Eggman, which goes inside the mind of a stroke victim; David Ives’ The Universal Language, set in a class teaching a new lingua franca; and Natalie Gaupp’s Liquidation, about a man who learns unpleasant things about his new job. The show runs Thu-Sun at Fine Arts Bldg, 502 S Cooper St, Arlington. Tickets are $5-8. Call 817-272-2669.

Spring festival lovers will have their hands full today. In Euless, Cyndi Lauper headlines Arbor Daze, while up north Brave Combo is the top act at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. Between the two, there are all kinds of opportunities to celebrate the warm weather. Arbor Daze runs Fri-Sun at Hwy 183 & Bear Creek Pkwy, Euless. Admission is free. Call 817-685-1666. The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival runs Fri-Sun at Denton Civic Center Park, 321 E McKinney St, Denton. Admission is also free. Call 940-565-0931.

The Washington-born mezzo-soprano who set the operatic world afire in the early 1990s with her interpretation of Carmen, Denyce Graves, visits UNT for a concert. She’ll be singing an eclectic program that takes in Baroque opera, spirituals, Spanish songs, Brahms, and three evocative pieces by the eccentric 19th-century French genius Henri Duparc. The concert is at 7pm at UNT, Winspear Hall, I-35E & Av D, Denton. Tickets are $17.50-35. Call 940-565-3805.

“School days, school days, good old golden rule days.” If you’re interested in education in northeast Tarrant County, Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber appears with the Grapevine Historical Society to lecture on the history of schools in that area. The lecture is 7pm at Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine. Admission is free. Call 817-498-1420.

Tales of Slavery and Deliverance is a rare traveling exhibit that comes to TCU by way of Germany and Ohio. It features stories from Auschwitz by Holocaust survivor Dr. Anna Ornstein, accompanied by paintings and etchings by Cincinnati artist Stewart Goldman. The show runs Apr 27-May 1 at Moudy Bldg, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-257-2787.

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