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... aweekly

Pop art for the masses AP Phto
Two Muscovites study Andy Warhol's "Still Life" Tuesday at Moscow's
'Pushkin Museum, where an exhibition of U.S. art, including the first public
"showing of pop art and photo-realism, has evoked cautious approval from
the Soviet critics. The exhibit is part of a private exchange between New
A York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Soviet Ministry of Culture.

critic, perhaps best explains why Tiger
Tail is SRO for the entire run: "Ten-
nessee Williams operating on one
cylinder and a third retread remains a.
better playwright than most, and at-
traction must be paid."
A little gueasy, perhaps?
NEW YORK - NBC-TV says its
"Saturday Night at the Movies" film in
which a psychopathic killer terrorizes a
college sorority house will not be shown
by some of its Florida, Georgia and
Alabama affiliates. Those stations will
be provided with another movie in-
The network said in a statement
Tuesday that it was responding to con-
cern voiced by the affiliates because of
the murder of two college coedsthis
month at Florida State University in
As an alternative to Stranger in the
House on Saturday, NBC will offer Doc
'Savage: The Man of Bronze! a camnpy
adventure-mystery that takes "the five
greatest brains" in the world to a small
South American country.
Stations that will carry the alternate
include WALB, Albany, Ga.; WBBH,
Fort Myers, Fla.; WTLV, Jacksonville,
Fla.; WCKT, Miami; WALA, Mobile,
Ala.; WPTV, Palm Beach; WMBB,
Panama City, Fla.; WFLA, Tampa,
Fla.; and WESH, Daytona, Fla.
And the band played on
LOS ANGELES - The. jazz-rock
group Chicago will stay together de-
spite the death of lead guitarist Terry
Kath, who accidentally killed himself
playing with a pistol.

Yes (sigh), even in
grand opera
MILAN, Italy - One spectator didn't
agree, but critics today said American
soprano Shirley Verrett was "unforget-
table" and "beautiful" in a concert at
theScala opera house.
The 38-year-old Metropolitan Opera
'star, a favorite at La Scala, shed tears
after a single cry of "Leave Rossini
alone" rang through the house as she
sang an aria from The Barber of Seville
at the concert Monday night.
"I cried with rage because I was an-
gry about a complaint I did not de-
serve," Miss Verrett said today. When
the packed house erupted into cheers
and calls for encores at the end of the
program, she shed tears of joy, and a
fan supplied her a handkerchief.
The singer called the response "un-
forgettable," and the critic of Corriere
della Sera, one of Italy's leading news-
papers, used the same word to describe
her performance. He said the dissent-
ing spectator showed "a shameful atti-
tude good for stadiums .. . "
The critic for Il Giorno said Miss Ver-
rett's work was "marvelously beautiful
convincing and emotional ... de-
serving the final triumph,,"
Tuesday night at La Scala shouts ofa
"Go home! Change jobs!" were hurled
from the galleries at Italian soprano
Adriana Maliponte when she had trou-
ble with a difficult aria in Verdi's rarely
heard opera I Masnadieri.
Jerome Kern's heart
would have broken
ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard
blamed a hull failure for the sinking of
the Cotton Blossom, 'An early 1900's
paddlewheeler recently opened as a
,restaurant beneath the Gateway Arch
on the Mississippi River.
The steel-hulled boat, named after
the craft in the novel Showboat, began
listing and sank within an hour Tues-
day. It was the second time the vessel
had been towed to St. Louis only to sink
in the muddy river.
Owner Jere Wilmering, who bought
the boat July 4, 1976, spent a year reno-
vating it before opening the restaurant
October 15. Records indicate the boat
passed a hull inspection last April.
Wilmering said the boat was closed
for business because of inclement
weather and only two watchdogs were
aboard when it went down. One dog
drowned when the lower deck settled in
water about 10 feet deep, but the second
dog was on the upper deck which stayed
above water.
"I'm too big to cry, and it hurts me
too much not to," Wilmering said, ad-
ding that he hoped to raise the boat
when the cause of the sinking had been

during his lifetime spoke out more loud-
ly than was politically wise on behalf of
left-wing causes.
Robeson died Jan. 23, 1976, at age 78,
long-retired from the public limelight.
Since then various efforts have been
made by admirers to win widened
recognition of his crusading. Most ac-
tive has been the National 'Ad Hoc
Committee to End the Crimes Against
Paul Robeson.
In large trade press ads and with a
barrage of publicity directed at writers,
the group criticized the present play as
"pernicious perversion." Among 54
signers of the ad were Coretta Scott
King, Detroit Mayor Coleman A.

ing her drug addiction and love affairs
with equal candor.
Her personal saga of triumph and
tragedy is a compelling story of the
pressures and demands of fame, an un-
happy marriage and the struggle to
hold a family together.
Rosemary turned to tranquilizers and
barbituates to maintain her sanity. She
became totally dependent on the drugs
which eventually led to her undoing.
Rosemary had starred in movies, her
own television .series and had sold
millions of records. She played to full
houses on concert tours in the United
States and abroad.
Rosemary hit bottom professionally.
and personally in 1968. She insulted the
audience in a Reno, Nev., club in which
she was playing. She stalked out in a
seething rage brought on by exhaus-
tion, drugs and ravaged nerves.
She was placed in restraints and
flown from the Nevada city to Los
Angeles in a hospital plane. Rosemary
was put in a straitjacket and locked in
the psychopathic ward of a local hos-
Rosemary takes no drugs these days.
She is cutting two new record albums,
Everything's Coming Up Rosie and an
album of Crosby favorites. She has
lined up concerts in Ohio and Florida.
Vicious blacks out
NEW YORK - Sid Vicious, the bass
player for Britain's punk rock group the
Sex Pistols, was taken off a flight from
Los Angeles today, apparently suffer-
ing from a mixture of alcohol and pills,
police said.
Port Authority Police at Kennedy
Airport said TWA informed them that
they had an unconscious man on board
flight 2 from Los Angeles, which
arrived in New York shortly after 6
A police spokesman said Vicious, who
was with an unidentified friend, was
taken to Jamaica Hospital where he
was reported in stable condition.
A spokesman at the hospital said
Vicious, whose real name is John Rit-
chie, had apparently mixed some pills
with alcohol. He described Vicious, 21,
as being "groggy."
He said the bass player for the Pistols
- who have become known as the
naughty boys of rock - was hooked up
to a heart monitor as soon as he arrived
at the hospital's emergency room.
Police said they did not anticipate
filing any criminal charges.
The hospital spokesman said the
friend told nurses, "he saw Richie tak-
ing some pills and drinking."
The Pistols, who have just completed
their first tour of the United States, are
known for such nasty habits as spitting
and vomiting in public.
Best directors
HOLLYWOOD - The Directors Guild
of America Tuesday named five nom-
inees for best director of a feature film
in 1977 -
" Woody Allen, for Annie Hall
" George Lucas, for Star Wars
" Herbert Ross, for The Turning Point
" Fred Zinneman, for Julia
" Steven Spielberg, for Close En-
counters of the Third Kind.
* Victor Ames - A member.of the old
singing group The Ames Brothers, Vic-
tor Ames died Monday in an automobile
accident at the age of 52. Ames was for-
merly the host of a television talk show
in Little Rock, Arkansas. A former
native of Boston, Ames moved to Nash-
ville in 1970 as a director for an enter-
tainment hotel, then later worked as a
booking agent for a Music Row talent

Charles Ahrens -'Broadcast jour-
nalism pioneer and former manager of
United Press International, Ahrens was

The Old Man and the Publishing Hous
Sitting at home in Miami Beach, Leicester Hemingway, Ernest's broth
reminisces about his brother's life and his own life as a writer of fiction. Hf
ingway is 62 years old, and the author of six novels. His latest work, M
Bruder Ernest, gives us a view of the famous American author from his fami

Glitter hits
Webb Pierce, a country music singer
who says it takes flamboyant flash to
distinguish yourself, is currently in-
volved in a controversy over building a
guitar-shaped swimming pool as a tour-
ist attraction near downtown Nashville:

Young, choreographer Alvin Ailey and
author James Baldwin.
Whether greater emphasis in the play
on Robeson's political-racial militancy
- which the ad hoc group wanted -
could have increased theatrical vitality
seems dubious. Abstract -rhetoric, his
main weapon of protest, does not make
stage action.
Ho, hum. Tennessee has
anotherplay out
ATLANTA - Tennessee Williams'
new play, Tiger Tail, which recently
opened in Atlanta and received gen-
erally favorable reviews, is by no
means a "masterpiece."
The story begins when a farmer bur-
ns his neighbor's farm and mill. The
neighbor, played by Nick Mancuso,
comes back to take revenge and find
proof of his neighbor's guilt. He ac-
complishes both these objectives
through Baby Doll, played by Liz Capp.
Steve Warren; a local critic, says
that "... the ambiguous ending robs the
story of what little power it has ... just
don't go expecting Williams at his
lowever, Stuart Culpepper, another

"The group is going to stick togeth-
er," spokeswoman Lisa Liberman said
"But right now all the members are
in shock and not ready to make a state-
ment. The death of Terry is a tremen-
dous loss. Everybody is really shaken."
"The group definitely believes it was
an accident," claimed Daniel Sera-
phine, the band's drummer. "Terry
was one member of the group who truly
never thought of himself as a star and
remained a musician and an artist."
Kath, 31, also a vocalist and song
writer, shot himself Monday at the
home of Don Johnson, a technician for
the group, in suburban Woodland Hills.
Kath, a gun buff who usually carried a
pistol, was playing with an automatic
after a party, Johnson said.
Johnson, worried, asked him to stop,
but Kath assured him that the pistol
wasn't loaded. To demonstrate, Kath
put the muzzle to his head and pulled
the trigger, killing himself. He left a
wife, Camelia, and a 2-year-old son.
C'mon-a my opium den
HOLLYWOOD - Rosemary Clooney
has written an eye-popping autobiog-
raphy, This For Remembrance, relat-


Don't go changing
the subject

NEW YORK - The play Paul Robe-
son seemed hardly worth the fuss it
generated in the black community prior
to opening Thursday night at Broad-
way's Lunt-Fontanne Theater.
Though a long two hours, James Earl
Jones works with great sincerity to por-
tray the noted actor-concert singer who
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