Pushkin would be pleased: Not only is the Houston Ballet about to open its 08-09 season with his Onegin, but tonight the Russian Cultural Center Our Texas will present a sneak preview and discussion of the ballet. The Houston Ballet added legendary choreographer John Crankos version to its repertoire in 2005, and its quick restaging will be a treat for those who love sweeping tales filled with romance, duels and revenge. Its a complex ballet, so enthusiasts will want to attend tonights preview, where several speakers will talk about the production and the art behind it. Principal dancer Amy Fote will discuss what its like to play the lovelorn Tatiana, a role she danced in the 2005 production, and visiting artist Jane Bourne, who staged Crankos ballet in Houston, will discuss the works history. There will be wine and hors doeuvres (sorry, no vodka), but theres still plenty for Russophiles to feast on. 7:30 p.m. 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301 or visit www.ourtexas.org . Free.
Fri., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m., 2008