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SAT 11/16

Combining images and music isn't just for MTV anymore. Inspired by the paintings and writings of Postimpressionist Paul Gauguin, the multimedia presentation "Red Dogs and Pink Skies" is the brainchild of New York composer Bruce Adolphe and avant-garde artist Evan Polenghi. Adolphe says the idea is based on Gauguin's often misunderstood notion that "color is the language of the listening eye." Red Dogs places events in Gauguin's life and art within the context of late-19th-century music, science and literature. At the event, live music will be blended with a slide show and narration by Adolphe. According to him, this introduction to the concepts of color, rhythm and harmony best appeals to kids ages six to 14. Adolphe will answer questions after the concert, and then participants can head through the tunnel to the Southwestern Bell Education Studio for a workshop from noon to 3 p.m., where kids can create paintings based on their Red Dogs experiences. 11 a.m. Saturday, November 15. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300. $10; $6 for kids. -- Greg Barr

Nun Sense

Why should you take your kids to see Nuncrackers, the madcap musical revue featuring singing nuns and groaner puns? Well, if you want the little scamps to grow up right, they need to be exposed to good "habits." Zing! The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 14, and plays Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 23. HITS Theatre, 311 West 18th Street. For information, call 713-861-7408 or visit www.hitstheatre.org. $16. -- Keith Plocek

Composer Bruce Adolphe
Courtesy of Da Camera of Houston
Composer Bruce Adolphe
HITS Theatre's Nuncrackers
Jennifer Wilson-Franco
HITS Theatre's Nuncrackers
Sandy Farmer and tomorrow's literati
Courtesy of Houston Public Library
Sandy Farmer and tomorrow's literati

Telltale Art
SAT 11/16

Sandy Farmer never knows in advance what books she'll read for storytime at the downtown library. "Sometimes I'm in the mood to be a mouse, and sometimes I'm in the mood to be a dragon. I don't know until I wake up in the morning," she says. Fire-breathing or pip-squeaking, her renditions captivate young audiences. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney. For information, call 832-393-1313. Free. -- Keith Plocek

 
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