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Tuesdoy, October 10, 1972.
UAC-DAYSTAR PRESENTS

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three

It 's Hippie Humor time!

STEVIE WONDER
SAT., OCT. 28 Hill Aud. 8 p.m. $2.50-4.00-4.50-5.00
Reserved Seats now on sale Michigan Union 1 -6 p.m.
Mon.-Fri., Salvation Records 11-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
also on sale now UNION only: COMMANDER CODY AND
AN OZONE REVUE FRI., OCT. 27-$2-3-3.50.
Sorry no personal checks
THE U-M PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM
USHER APPLICATION
FOR
THE REPERTORY SERIES PRODUCTIONS
NAME_
ADDRESS ___ __
PHONF _U-M l.D.
I wish to usher for (indicate choice of series 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th)
Series A_ Series B_ Series C_ Series D_
SERIES A: Sat. Mat. & Fri. Eve.: Nov. 4, Feb. 9
SERIES B: Sat. Eves.: Nov. 4, Feb. 10
SERIES C: Sun. Mats.: Nov. 5, Feb. I 1
SERIES D:. Sun. Eves.: Nov. 5, Feb. 1
MOLIERE'S 'DON JUAN'-NOV. 4 (Sat. Mat. & Eve.)
'THE GREAT GOD BROWN'-NOV. 5 (Sun. Mat. & Eve.)
'SCHOOLFOR SCAN DAL'-FEB. 9-10 (Fri. & Sat. Eve.)
'LOWER DEPTHS'-FEB. 11 (Sun. Mat. & Eve.) ,
REPORTING TIMES: 2 p.m. matinees; 7 p.m. evenings
This application MUST BE MAILED AND POSTMARKED NO
EARLIER THAN October 12. U.S. MAIL ONLY. ONE APPLICA-
TION PER ENVELOPE AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. YOU MUST
BE A U-M STUDENT TO USHER.
MAIL TO: PTP Office
Mendelssohn Theatre
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope
to expedite notification.

By PAUL TRAVIS
Associate Managing Editor
It was very strange walking
into Hill Aud. Saturday night
for the Cheech and Chong con-
cert. Instead of the massive
banks of electronic equipment us-
ually found on the stage there
were only three lonely mikes.
Overhead a single row of spot-
lights were suspended from the
ceiling by four thin wires.
The crowd was a strange com-
bination of high school kids,
freshmen on their first big date
at the first big social event of
the year, and stoned freaks.
Close to 3,000 of them made this
the second UAC-Daystar produc-
tion to bitak even this year.
Cheech and Chong received
$8,600, and The Persuasions g o t
$1,000. UAC-Daystar and Project
Community split the rest with
UAC-Daystar getting $4,000 and
Project getting $3,000.
At about 8:20, The Persuasions
came bouncing out on stage to
treat the audience to some fine
a cappella singing - the first
I'd heardasince high school. Al-
though these gentlemen had lost
the cool, clear, high tones reach-
able by high school voices, their
singing contained enough energy
and drive to overcome that minor
fault.
Their set consisted of some mov-
ing chain gang songs, some re-
cent pop hits like "Lean On
Me,'' and a few well-done politi-
cal social statements.
Lead singer Jerry Lawson
doesn't have the range of a high
schooler but his high energy,
deep bluesy, rough voice was
tonight
6:00 2 4 7 News, Weather, Sports
9 Eddie's Father
50 Flintstones--Children
56 Commonwealth
6:30 2 CBS News-Cronkite
4 NBC News-Chancellor
7 ABC News-Smith/Reasoner
9 Jeannie
50 Gilligan's Island (BW)
56 Origami
7:00 2 Truth or Consequences
4 News, Weather, Sports
7 To Tell the Truth
9 Beverly Hillbillies
50 I Love Lucy
56 French Chef
7:30 2 What's My Line?
4 You Asked for It
7 Parent Game
9 Protectors
50 Hogan's Heroes

strong enough to well cover
everything except the very top
of the scale. Jimmy Hayes real-
ly deserved his self acclaimed
title of "The third best bassman
in the country." His booming
bass supplied the rhythm to keep
people hand-clapping, and foot
tapping all evening.
For their encore they invited
the audience on stage for a ren-
dition of "In the still of t h e
night." As the crowd broke into
"Duke of Earl," The Persuasions
slipped off stage closing a very
nice set.
Cheech and Chong then walked
on stage with their odd collec-
tion of hats and coats and quick-
ly showed the crowd they were
in for an evening of Hippie Hu-
mor.
Opening line: "Don't t h r o w
anything we can't smoke." Im-
mediately a joint flew on stage.
"You can sure tell we're in Ann
Arbor." Their short sketches and
dialogues centered around dope
and sex and all the side trips.
The audience loved it.
You saw by Hashly Roachclip
the rebuttle to the anti-grass TV
editorial. You got the grass com-
mercial "This weed is really
fart, that's FAR ouT, Folks."
And you got the rap on legalizing
weed 'cause weed smokers get
so hungry they use their r e n t
money to buy munchies. "Down-
er freaks buy 'only two things,
Twinkies, and cough syrup."
You got to see UnAmerican
Bandstand with its advice to the
troubled. "The best way to get
rid of crabs is to shave half of
your hair, start the -other half
56 Who Is
8:00 2 Maude
4 Bonanza
7 Temperatures Rising
9 News_
56 Family Game
50 Dragnet
8:30 2 Hawaii Five-0
7 Movie
"Night of Terror" (1972) Syn-
dicate killer persues young wo-
man.
9 Front Page Challenge
56 Dateline America
50 Merv Griffin
9:00 4 Bold Ones
9 Campaign Report
56 Common Ground
9:30 2 Movie-Drama
"visions . . ." Physics pro-
fessor predicts that someone is
about to plant a bomb
9 Political Talk
56 Black Journal
10:00 4 NBC Reports .
7 Marcus Welby, M.D.
9 News, Weather, Sports
50 Perry Mason
56 Detroit Black Journal
10:20 9 Nightbeat-Sports
10:30 56 To Be Announced
1100 2 4 7 News, Weather, Sports
9 Cheaters
50 That Good Ole Nashville Music
11:30 2 Movie-Drama (BW) _
"Tripoli" '50 Story about 1805
American-led march across the
Libyan Desert to Attack Tripoli
4 Johnny Carson
7 Dick Cavett
9 Movie
"Sullivan's Empire" (1967) A
dangerous jungle search.
50 Movie
"The Hill" (1965) Exposing the
brutality inside a British mili-
tary stockade. Sean Connery.
1:00 4 7 News
1:30 2 Movie
"Blonde's Big Deal." (1949)
Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake.
3:00 2 News

on fire and when the little bug-
gers come running out stab them
with an ice pick." The audience
roared in agony.
There was a fumbling n a r c
routine, and few more downer-
freak jokes, and of course, a
few more obscene jokes and
puns.
There were almost no political
jokes until towards the end they
stopped and said, "We usually
stay away from political humor
because it is such sick humor.
But this is an election year and
we will do everything we can to
defeat Nixon, because too much
dick isn't good for anybody. Es-
pecially since Dick says he'll
pull out, but he keeps sticking
it in somewhere else. We call
him Slippery Dick."
After two funny encores the
audience went home still chuck-
ling. It was a fiine evening and
your ears weren't ringing after-
wards
BIitchingly gorgeous

Daily Photo by DENNY GAINER
Cheech and Chong
-E

By MIKE HARPER
It was all glam and glitter
at the Fisher Theatre Sunday
night as English 'Starman' David
Bowie made his Detroit debut.
Clockwork music heralds his
entrance as three perfectly lo-
cated strobes flash at a fever-
ish pace. His hand drops, t h e
lights switch, and the band is
roaring into "Hang On to Your-
self." Bowie mimicks the lyrics,
each phrase originating a dif-
ferent pose, and yes, he's bitch-
ingly gorgeous -the screwed-
down orange hair, the red lip-
stick and the turquoise eye sha-
dow - all complimenting the
utter death in his painted white
face.
Bowie proceeds through songs
from recent albums, notably Zig-
gy Stardust and Hunky Dory, in-
terchanging the old with the
new, building a queerly-menac-
ing impression with each song,
but moreover winning the aud-
ience with considerable ease and
grace. His every word and ac-
tion is the center of all atten-
tiono and Bowie makes the best
of ,it,laying on the "hazy cosmic
jive."
"Space Oddity," his .hit Eng-
lish single, is performed semi-
acoustically, with just the Spid-
ers' guitarist and Bowie playing,
and their voices accentuated by
echo; the result being strangev
a feeling of joyous relief as as-
tronaut 'Major Tom' just can't
bring himself to return to earth
-"my spaceship knows which
way to go . . ." The song serves
as a starting point for a short
series of quieter ballads, leading
to Bowie's 'tour de force,' a new
piece believed to be entitled "My
Death Waits . .."
"Death" features the artist alone
on on stage, perched high atop a
stool, legs tightly crossed as one
solitary spotlight bathes him in
uneven light. He begins w i t h
harsh images of sexual downfall,

climaxing in the line "My death
waits between your thighs." Bow-
ie, lost in his own self-induced
madness, then pleads for a sav-
iour, but isn't granted one. His
last shriek is cold and calcu-
lating - but to no avail; 'she'
waits behind every door, and he
knows it.
More amazing than the power
of the song is Bowie's perform-
ance -his guitar and voice are
the only sounds heard,. as the
audience plays the silent 'third
party' throughout this seemingly
very 'private' moment.
This pressure is maintained
in a surprisingly-sedate version
of "Suffragette City," and then
an encore about Detroit, winding
the 90 minute concert to its end.
Other than Bowie, the most
impressive member of the David
Bowie and the Spiders from Mars
entourage is g'iitarist Mick Ron-
son. Ronson is certainly at the
top of the drone chord/riffdom
league, is consistently excellent
and innovative at his chosen
craft:
Although Ronson plays soie
keyboards, the majority of that
work is handled by the group's
newest member Mike Dawson.
Generally inaudible on the loud-r
er songs, his strong piano play-
ing serves as the needed filler
behind the basic trio of drums,
bass and guitar when the moods
grow softer and more melodious.
Trevor Bolder (bass) and
Woody Woodmansev (d r u m s)
comprise the basic rhythm sec-
tion, and they are just as master-
ful at their chosen trades. Their
combined effort is one of sheer
gut force; their sound one of
sticking to the basic principle:
(always be) tight.

ARTS

DANCE-The Beryozka Dance Company from Russia will
perform tonight and tomorrow night under the auspices
of the University Musical Society at the Power Center
at 8. Both performances are sold out.
POETRY-University professor Walter Clark reads his poetry
this afternoon at 4:10 in the UGLI Multi-purpose room.
FILMS-Ann Arbor Film Coop shows Creature from the
Haunted Sea and Little Shop of Horrors at 7, 9:30 in
Aud. A, Angell Hall; About this second film Daily reviewer
Larry Lempert writes: In the field of horror parody,
there is a thin line between the hilarious and the gro-
tesque. For those who love to walk that line, Little Shop
of Horrors is the film of the century. But there are two
types of people who should definitely pass it by: a) Those
who tend to pick up catch-phrases. You will go around
growling "FEED ME!" for months, quoting the star of
the film, that indignant, man-eating plant, and b) Those
who dread each trip to the dentist. There 9.5 a sadistic
dentist, played by (you won't believe it) Jack Nicholson,
whose antics will make the heartiest patient squirm in
his chair. Also, Cinema Guild shows Welle's Immortal
Story at 7, 9:05 in Arch. Aud. About this film, Daily
reviewer David Gruber writes that it presents Orson
Welles as a man who, having been ruined by wealth and
age, hires a sailor to beget him a son. Interesting as it
may sound, the film is but a mass of dialogue with very
little visual excitement to sustain it. It leaves the viewer
numb.
UPCOMING THEATRE TIP-George Farquahr's Restoration
comedy Beaux Stratagem opens tomorrow in Lydia Men-
delssohn as the first offering of this season's University
Player's Playbill series. Tickets available in Mendelssohn
box office.

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By RICHARD GLATZER
Aristotle said it best two mil-
leniums ago: "A convincing im-
possibilityis preferable to an un-
convincing possibility." Leonard
Gershe might have profited
(aesthetically, not financially)
from a reading of Aristotle be-
fore writing his big stage hit
Butterflies Are Free. Now it's
not that the story of a blind boy
trying to achieve independence
is an impossible one. After all,
look at Harold Krents, the in-
spiration for Butterflies. Worked
his way through Harvard Law
School, married a pretty and de-
voted coed, and is always wel-
come on Cavett or Lou Gordon
or what have you. Amazing but
true.
But Ripley's Believe It or Not
does not high art (or low art or
middle art) for that matter
make. And a sort of fictionalized
Ripley's is what Butterflies to a
certain extent is. Look how at
ease blind Don Baker (Edward

Albert) is in his apartment! See
how unselfconsciously he jokes
about his handicap! Watch him
walk to the store! Watch him
walk back from the store!
It's a decidedly inane premise,
evenfor a slight Broadway com-
edy. Yet, given .the two bad
legs with which Butterflies is
handicapped from its conception,
the film doesn't do badly at all.
For one thing, Gershe tries to
humanize his hero. Don, it
seems, is trying very hard to
break off from his well-inten-
tioned, overprotective m o t h e r
(Eileen Heckart). He's had a
bad love affair, yet he valiantly
presses on, alone in his ,own
apartment, refusing to return
home to Mom and dependency.
Then into Don's lonely life
comes Mrs. Jill Benson (Goldie
Hawn), a friendly, food-obsessed
nineteen-year-old who earned
name by marrying at sixteen
and getting divorced six days
later. Yes folks, Jill's got her
problems too. She views her mo-

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ther as a rival and consequently
thinks of herself as brainless and
fairly worthless, just another
pretty face. "I just can't be com-
mitted or involved," she- tells
Don. Then they go to bed to-
gether. End of Act I.
Devotees of psychology (not
to mention non-devotees of psy-
chology) might notice a slight
superficiality of characterization
here. No matter. Edward Albert,
self-assured if unexciting in his
first major film role, manages
to be consistently sympathetic.
And Goldie, playing a part that,
thanks to Liza Minelli, has be-
come very much of a contempor-
ary stereotype, does surprising-
ly well. True, it's the same old
Goldie in her same old role; still,
she turns in a funny, warm, and
ingratiating performance.
Act II finds Mom arriving un-
expectedly next morning. Our
two lovers are caught frolicking
in their underwear, and the ten-
sions previously implicit in the
situation are brought to the fore.
Mom must overcome her posses-
siveness. Jill has got to gain
enough self-confidence to enable
her to establish a lasting rela-
tionship with someone. And Don
simply must assert his independ-
ence.
Things turn out predictably,
satisfyingly, making Butterflies
an entertaining, modest filming
of an entertaining, modest play.
Which would be something I
might be more enthusiastic
about were the film not just one
more shiny bon-bon on the huge
pile of escapism (and fifth-time-
around reruns) which the local
movie peddlers have decided to
feed us this fall.
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"Chaplin's finest work. A masterpiece
that epitomizes his creative genius."
-Judith Crist, New York Magazine

With
The Psychology Dept.
Tuesday, October 10
3-4:30

"I SALUTE,

THE CHAPLIN GENIUS"
-Bob Salmaggi, Group W Network

Charlie
. Chaplin in
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