Night & Day

April 8-14, 1999

April 13
With the old Music Hall razed and construction of the new Hobby Center for the Performing Arts not scheduled for completion until 2002, it would seem that Theatre Under the Stars is, well, out under the stars. But instead of performing al fresco, TUTS is opening its five-show 1999 season at the Arena Theatre. There, it'll revive the 1992 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival, Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls. The classic musical comedy follows gamblin' guys Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit and their respective dolls, Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide, through '50s New York and show-stopping songs such as "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat." Broadway veterans Richard Muenz and Jacqueline Piro star. Next up: Jesus Christ Superstar ... at the Wortham. Guys and Dolls plays Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. through April 18. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway, (800)678-5440. $16-$55.

April 14
Truck driver Joe Harris was blinded in a drive-by shooting at the age of 26. Some 25 years later, he has turned to, of all things, visual art to help him cope with his sightlessness. But Harris's show at Blossom Street Gallery, "Unsurpassed Beauty from the Inner Eye," isn't limited to the abstract creations of the mind's eye. Using thick layers of Braille-marked paints, he turns his canvas into a sort of textured road map of all the things he used to see: flowers, rocks, fruit, trees, bodies of water, the sun. Joe Harris's paintings will be on display Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. through May 4. Blossom Street Gallery, 4809 Blossom, (713)869-1921. Free.

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