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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 2, 1978-Page 5.

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ARTS ARCADE ... a weekly

roundup

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Soviet literaryr
prize awarded
MOSCOW - Nobel -prize-winning
Soviet author Mikhail Sholokhov, who
wrote And Quiet Flows the Don, has'
been named the first recipient of the
Soviet Epistiania Stepanov literary
prize.
The Soviet news agency Tass said the
prize will be awarded annually for
works "about the staunchness and
heroism of the Soviet people.".
Sholokhov, 72, who also holds the
Lenin prize for literature, was awarded

visited Macon, Ga., to talk with Phil
Walden, president of Capricorn Rec-
ords, about reviving the band, The At-
lanta Journal-Constitution reported
Sunday.
Gregg, Walden and former band gui-
tarist Dickie Betts later met in Miami,
and Capricorn spokesman Mark Pucci
told the paper, "Things are looking
very positive."
The Macon-based Allman band was
one of the most popular rock groups to
emerge from the Deep South, but split
in 1975.

work-study student followed the man
briefly but gave up the pursuit rather
than leave the gallery unattended. Cor-
dova said the etching was worth about
$1,000 and was part of a $108,000 collec-
tion recently donated to the university
by Dorothy Stimson Bullitt.!
Midnight plaintiff
LOS ANGELES-- Dustin Hoffman
says that United Artists violated his
contract rights in the upcoming movies
Straight Time and Agatha by, among
other things, refusing to let him do the
job his own way. Hoffman is suing in
Los Angeles for $185 million and an or-
der blocking distribution of the films.
But do the movies
want him?
LOS ANGELES - All in the Family
producer Norman Lear, the sad-faced
king of situation comedy, is taking an
"extended leave" from weekly televi-
sion that could prove permanent.
"I just have a real need to flex other
creative muscles," said Lear, 55, who
in seven years put 16 situation come-
dies, totalling 1,400 episodes, either on
the networks or in syndication to sta-
tions.
He said Monday that he plans to re-
turn to writing and directing feature
films, study programming for cable TV
or so-called "over-the-air" pay TV, and
work on a public affairs program idea
he has for commercial TV.
But he said he'll also work as a con-
sultant for his two production com-
panies - Tandem Communications,
Inc., and T.A.T. Communications -
when his services are required.
He said at least six comedies he
helped develop - either now on televis-
ion or awaiting their premiere - will
continue, but without him.
They include All in the Family and
Maude, if renewed, Good Times, The
Jeffersons and One Day at a Time, and
America 2-Night, a syndicated series, a
spokeswoman for Lear said.
Lear, whose All in the Family broke
long-time TV taboos against comic
treatment of bigotry when it began in
January 1971 on CBS, emphasized he
wasn't taking leave because he was
tired of the weekly grind.
Asked how long his "extended leave"
may last, he replied: "It's got to be for
a couple, three years, and it could be
permanent."
Lear said he has some ideas fot two.
original movies he'll write and direct,'
but declined to elaborate right now. His

last film, made in 1968, was Cold
Turkey, starring Dick Van Dyke.
"I've been fascinated a long time*
with the growth of pay cable and our
own over-the-air system," he said.
"And somewhere along the line, there's
going to be a lot of thought given the

ence to Utah's Mormon population.
LaMar Smith, KUTV program direc-
tor, said: "We notified all stations in-
volved that the cuttings were going to
be. All the stations agreed."
Smith said one scene that was edited
depicted a college professor removing

Grace Kelly 's
back in film
(sort of)

Fame stalks
Russian Redford

Despite Smith's contention that all
stations agreed to the cut, some affili-
ates were angered by it.
"I don't think other NBC affiliates
should be dictated to by feed stations in
their selection and choice of what
should or should not be edited out of
NBC television programs," said Bob
Krueger, president and general man-
ager of KTVB in Boise, Idaho, who re-
ceived more telephone calls about
Loose Change than he had received at
any other times in his 22 years in broad-
casting.

Princess Grace of Monaco, the
former actress Grace Kelly,
poses with the Film Advisory
Board's Award of Excellence
plaque that she won Wednesday
for her work in the documentary
film "Children of Theatre
Street." Princess Grace narrated
the film, which has also been
nominated for an Acadamy
Award. It was her first movie
work since 1956, when she made
"High Society."

Yuri Solomin says being a celebrity
in the Soviet Union is terrible, "but I
must say that nobody ever died of popu-
larity, and I'd be much more upset if I
weren't popular."
For Solomin, star of 'stage, screen
television and idol of Soviet women,
"terrible" means much the same as it
does to Robert Redford.
"Your life is disrupted and you feel
all the time the eyes around you, as if
someone were always following you."
The Arts Arcade was compiled by
Arts staffers Owen Gleiberman,
Mark Johanison, Peter Manis, Alan
Rubenfeld, Mike Taylor, and Tim
Yagle from the AP and UPI wires.

AP Photo
Miracles do payA
It's a miracle indeed, says comedian Jack Eagle, who has made more money
playing a friar in a Xerox television commercial than any other role in his show
business career.

software, how to program for satellite,
for cable and over-the-air.
NBC makes REEL
big blunder
NEW YORK - A real drama in
NBC's mini-series Loose Change has
unfolded behind the screen as a
technical boo-boo and a censorship dis-
pute disrupted viewing across the na-
tion.
, Monday night, the eastern two-thirds
of .the nation saw almost 17 minutes of
the wrong episode of the three-part
serialization of Sara Davidson's novel
about three women growing up in the
1960's.
James Bess, operations supervisor
for NBC, said a technician who he
declined to identify took the wrong
episode out of a locker.
Bess said the network was deluged
with calls immediately, but by the time
the correct reels were located and set
up, 16 minutes and 36 seconds had elap-
sed. The proper episode was shown in
its entirety, Bess said.
In Utah, Idaho and Montana, viewers
missed 3 minutes and 45 seconds of the
show.Sunday night when. KUTV, the;
feeder station in Salt Lake City, cut out
spicy portions of the program, in defer-

his pants in class while giving a lecture
on author D.H. Lawrence. KUTV. took
out closeups of him unzipping his pants.
"It was better production and view-
ers got the same story," Smith said.

a Communist Party gold medal last Oc-
tober for his contributions to Soviet lit-
erature. He won the Nobel prize in 1965.
Will Cher sing back-up?
A TLANTA - The Allman Brothers
Band may be reunited. Gregg Allman,
the lead singer when the band was the
boss of Southern rock music, recently

Rembrandt rifled
SEATTLE - A black-and-white etch-
ing by Rembrandt has been stolen from
the Henry Gallery at the University of
Washington, school officials say.
UW spokesman Fred Cordova said a
man about 21 years old was seen carry-.
ing the etching, entitled Angel Appear-
ing to the Shepherds, from'the building
about 11:30 a.m. Friday. He said a

Thank God it's not "AM" AP Photo
Stars of the movie "FM" get together in a radio station set in Los Angeles. The
film is a:comedy-dramaabout a pop-rock radio station and its disc jockeys.
From left are stars Cassie Yates, Martin Mull, Cleavon Little, Michael Bran-
don, Alex Karras, and Eileen Brennan.

'

Dodge humors Ark

By LILY PRIGIONIERO
Humorist and storyteller Marshall
Dodge was the host at the Ark this
weekend. He presented a very laid-
back and casual evening, much like his
own humble appearance. Dodge opened
by giving a brief description of the kin-
ds of stories he tells, centering on
American humor, particularly New
,England humor. He gave a
geographical .history of American
humor, describing how the per-
sonalities of each region, from east to
west, are different and the things
people find funny. Then he went into
"Texas brag talk'"\ where his stories
simulated cowboy conversations.
Dodge put on his Texan accent and
told of a man who was trying to kill
himself by various methods. When the
branch of the tree he was supposed to
hang himself with broke off, he fell into
a river and said, "If I didn't know how
to swim so well I mighta drown."
He took his audience on another jour-
ney past the Appalachians towards
New England. After explaining how the
east coast's humor is more "under-
statement humor", which is an ex-
pression of a storyteller who is lacking
in himself rather than his audience, he
said this type of humor was accounted
for by the way the people were
squeezed between the mountains and
the ocean, making everyone closer
together.
Many of his stories were about
coastal humor, which, like English
humor, is so dry and understated that
At times the stories aren't even funny.
He told a story about a man who
became famous for his humming
clams. On his way to a European tour,

the clams got sea-sick and died. Mar-
shall's accents were so precise and his
storytelling quality so down to earth
that everyone enjoyed each story he
told.
Dodge then took his listeners further
inland, where he gave a great imper-
sonation of a Frenchman who was a
"champion moose caller." The French
storyteller boasted how many mooses
he could get to run through New York
City.
Maine humor was his forte'. Dodge's
best story concerned a man, looking for
directions, who asked an "inlander",
"How far's it to Portland?" The man,
seeing how lost the. traveler was,
replied, "Oh, about 3,000 miles the way
you're going." Then the traveler
responded, "Ain't much between you
and a fool is there." The "inlander"
said, "No, just me and this fence I'm
leaning on."

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