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Equinox Theater's production of Jesus Christ, Superstar is set for the Tower
Theater at 1201 Westheimer
May 16 through June 14.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is scheduled
to close there May 10.
Equinox's Jesus Christ,
Superstar at the Tower will
be the same version the company staged in April at the
Miller Outdoor Theater in
Hermann Park, they said.
The announced staff and
cast included Bruce Bowen
as the production's director,
J. Brent Alford as Jesus,
Tommy Hollis as Judas, and
Maria Ballas as Mary Magdalen.
Preview performances are
planned for May 16 and 17,
with the opening set for May
(Friday, Mayl, through
Thursday, May 7)
(Nina Vance) Alley Theater
(large stage)—615 Texas—
William Shakespeare's Romeo
and Juliet, directed by Louis
Criss and starring Scott
Wentworth and Patrizia
Norcia, 8pm Friday, 5 and 9pm
Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30pm
Sunday, and 8pm Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday.
(Nina Vance) Alley Theater's Arena Stage —615
Hugh Leonard's Da (comedy)
starring Dale Helward and
Robert Donley 8:30pm Friday, 5
and 9pm Saturday, 2:30 and
7:30pm Sunday, and 8pm
Tuesday and Wednesday,
Black-Eyed Pea—2048 W.
Texas Opera Theater's'Face on
the Bar Room Floor midnight
Chocolate Bayou Theater—
George Bernard Shaw's Candida (comedy) 8:30pm Friday
and Saturday, 7pm Sunday.
Comedy Workshop Cabaret
and the Comix Annex—1905
Week In &
(Friday, April 24, through
Thursday, April 30)
Ab and the Rebel Outlaws
Friday and Saturday evenings
at the Exile, 1011 Bell, 659-0453;
Sunday afternoon and Thursday evening at Brazos River
Bottom, 2400 Brazos, 528-9192.
Randy Allen and the Double
Eagle Band (country band)
Friday and Saturday evenings
at Brazos River Bottom, 2400
evening at the Exile, 1011 Bell,
Richard Ellis with Wayne
Lyles (piano and vocal)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
and Wednesday evenings at
Jasmine (straight), 1512 W
Paul English Group (contemporary jazz)
Evenings except Sunday at
Cody's (straight), 3400 Montrose, 522-9747.
The Gathering (jazz folk)
Friday, Saturday and Thursday evenings at Hungry
International (straight), 209
Scott Gertner Quarter O'azz)
Evenings except Sunday and
Monday at Birdwatchers
(straight), 907 Westheimer,
Friday, Saturday and Thursday evenings at Our Place, 1419
Peggy King (piano)
Nightly at Baja's, 402 Lovett,
Friday and Saturday evenings
at 523 Lovett Club (straight),
523 Lovett, 524-0706.
Mickey Moseley (jazz singer)
Friday, Saturday, Wednesday
and Thursday evenings at St.
Michel (straight), 2150 Richmond, 522-0041.
Craig Smith Quartet with
Terry Mason (jazz)
Sunday and Monday evenings
at Birdwatchers (straight), 907
Comedy Tonight 8:30 and
11:00pm Friday and Saturday,
8:30pm Tuesday through
The Ensemble-1010 Tu-
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
(comedy drama), 8:30pm
Friday and Saturday, 5pm
Ira Levin's Deathtrap
Friday, Saturday and Thursday.
Houston Grand Opera's All the
King's Men Friday; Houston
Grand Opera presents Carlisle
Floyd's Willie Stark 8pm
Main Street Theater —
Autrey House, 6265 S.
Edward Albee's The Lady from
Dubuque (comedy melodrama)
(Houston) Music Hall—810
Theater Under the Star's
Gypsy (musical) 8:00pm Friday
and Saturday, 3pm Sunday.
Stages Cabaret Stage—709
James McClure's Lone Star
and Laundry and Bourbon
(comedies) 10:30pm Friday,
Opm Saturday; 3pm Sunday.
Stages Main Stage —709
Gulistan—The Rose Garden
(ballet) 7:30pm Friday, 5pm
Saturday, 7:30pm Sunday, 6pm
Wednesday and 8pm Thursday.
Tower Theater—1201 Westheimer—522-2452
The Best Little Whorehouse in
Texas (musical comedy) 8pm
Friday, 5 and 10pm Saturday, 3
and 8pm Sunday, 8pm Tuesday
Urban Theater's Inner Wonder
(musical) 8:30pm Friday and
Saturday, 5pm Sunday.
Fast moons runs rings
By Andrew FraknoisAN fran. chronicle features
Scientists at Cal Tech recently discovered a new moon
around Jupiter, which turns out to be the fastest-moving
satellite known in our solar system. Its discovery, together with information from the Voyager flyby of Saturn,
provides us with important clues to explain the presence
of thin rings around both outer planets.
The new satellite was discovered by accident as scientists continued to sift through the thousands of photographs from the Voyager mission to Jupiter. It is the
fourteenth moon found around the giant planet and is
nothing more than a chunk of dark rock, perhaps twenty
miles of so across.
Its distinction lies in its speed.
It orbits so close to the cloud tops of Jupiter that it
takes only seven hours and eight minutes to go around.
Thus, the "month" determined by this moon is actually
shorter than the ten-hour day on Jupiter.
(Until this discovery, the record for shortest "month"
in the solar system was held by Phobos, one of the two
moons of Mars, and was a close seven hours and forty
The new moon moves in its orbit at an astounding
67,000 miles per hour, about thirty times faster than the
speed of Earth's moon. But its speed is by no means the
only interesting characteristic the new moon presents to
us. Its location is right at the outer edge of the thin ring,
discovered by Voyager, which surrounds Jupiter's equator.
One of the big problems which emerged from the
Voyager exploration of the Juipter environment was the
mechanism which kept such a thin ring from expanding
or being disrupted.
Now, the new satellite may turn out to be the key. Its
gravity could hold the particles which make up the ring
in a narrow path, preventing their escape.
Support for this view came from the next stop in the
Voyager mission, the system of rings and moons around
the planet Saturn. When Voyager 1 flew by Saturn in
November last year, it took superb close-up photographs
of the thin F ring (discovered by Pioneer 11 a year before)
which revolves beyond the much thicker ring system we
see from Earth.
What Voyager found was that the F ring was, in a
sense, shepherded by two small satellites (called S13 and
S14 for now), one inside and one outside the ring. These
newly discovered moons are also small chunks of rock,
very similar to the new Juipter satellite.
Furthermore, Voyager also found that the smooth
edge of the main ring system around Saturn was apparently the work of yet another small moon (815) orbiting
just outside the main rings.
It seems clear that there is an intimate connection
between thin or sharp rings and small shepherding satellites. But, as often happens in science, one good
answer can precipitate dozens of new questions.
Voyager 1 also discovered that the main ring systems
around Satum consists of many hundreds of individual
ringlets. There just aren't enough moons around to account for all that structure, and astronomers are now
searching for a whole new theory to explain these ringlets. We will keep you informed of their progress in
Fraknoi is a member of the Astronomical Society of the
Pacific, which is making available to VOICE readers prints
and slides of the dramatic new views of Saturn and Its rings
and moons, sent back by the Voyager probe. For more
information and a price list, send a stamped, self-addressed
envelope to: Saturn Pictures, A.S.P., 1290 Z4th Avenue, San
Francisco, CA 94122.