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1977-The Michigan Daily

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ARCADE. . . a weekly roundup

ouvre hosts Chagall
RIS, France - The Louvre Mu-
and President Valery Giscard
aing paid an extraordinary trib-
[onday to Marc Chagall, the shy
ar-old master of soaring spirits.
card d'Estaing formally opened
4ouvre's exhibition of some 60
nt paintings by the Russian-born
t, who has delighted the world
his gentle wit and boldly colored
ns. Chagall looked somewhat
whelmed at the pomp surround-
the formal opening of the
>ition, considered a rare honor
living painter.
e exhibition includes several
asses from the painter's private
ction, most in the deep blues,
ant reds and luminous yellows
greens that distinguish a Cha-
r Chagall, the exhibition was
her in a series of honors he has
ved in his 90th year...
r his birthday o July 7, world
us musicians gathered at Nice
e south of France to pay homage
iagall, who attended despite his
known reluctance to stray too
-om his work.
11ow Russian exile Mstislav
ropovich, American violinist
c Stern and French flutist Jean
re Rampal all performed separ-
and then joined in playing
py Birthday" for the reclusive
t.
the beginning of the year
all received the Grand Cross of
region of Honor, France's high-
nedal, and this Christmas he will
a distinguished list of guest
rs at French Vogue.

Knievel steps up to bat
LOS ANGELES - Saying he
,believes in taking responsibility for
what he does, motorcycle stuntman
Evel Knievel has pleaded guilty to
attacking the author of a book that
Knievel didn't like.
Knievel is accused of attacking
television executive Sheldon Saltman.
with a baseball bat Sept. 21 at 20th
Century Fox Studios while another
man Knievel refuses to identify held
the victim. Saltman, 46, sustained a

broken arm and wrist.
Knievel said Thursday that he beat
Saltman because "Mr. Saltman
wrote a vicious book of pornography
about me, insulting me, my wife, my
grandmother, my children, my loved
ones."
Borge Bounces Back
Victor Borge returns to Broadway
Oct. 3-30 during a world-wide tour.
When Borge walked out onto the
stage of the .Imperial Theatre the
audience started laughing in antici-

pation. They didn't stop until he
completed the latest version of his
one-man show "Comedy with Mu-
sic."
Fans of the Danish-born comedian
think he is the funniest man who ever
lived and they may not be far from
the truth. He is funny when he strolls
around the stage with off-the-cuff
remarks that show him to be master
of the non sequitur. He is even
funnier when he sits down at the
keyboard of a grand piano, apt as not
to start off with a soaring classic that
ends up as a piece of soporific

kids' recital programs .and report
cards and paper doily Valentines.
Vacationers save travel brochures,
diners collect matchbooks. Saving
paper pasts has a name, and if you're
serious enough about what you save,
you might qualify for membership in
a recently-formed society for savers.
Ephemera is-wastebasket archeol-
ogy, the collecting of printed or hand
written material meant to be thrown
away. "The whole field," says Calvin
P. Otto, "is intended to be those
things which man normally does not
keep." Product labels, bills, greeting
cards, ticket stubs, menus, news-
papers, posters, parking tickets, tour
guides, honorary certificates, promo-
tional material, to name a few.
Why would anyone keep them?
"Why does man keep anything in the
sense of a historic nature," Otto re-
sponds. "What we're really trying to
preserve and what in fact has been
preserved are historic records in
print. It's a copy of that part of
society."
Otto is one of eight founding fathers
of the two-year-old Ephemera So-
ciety and chairman of its North
American office headquartered in
Bennington.
"If you're a collector, you're
probably an ephemerist but don't
know it by its name," he says. The
term ephemera has its origin as a
Greek word, meaning about a day
and relating to something that comes
and goes in a very short period of
time.
The ephemerist in former times
was concerned with the daily posi-
tions of celestial bodies, but the
contemporary use of the word as
coined by the society represents a
person who collects ephemera. "The
Ephemerist" also is the title of the
Journal of the Ephemera Society,
published six times yearly at the
international headquarters in Lon-
don.
Soviet spy flicks
struggling
MOSCOW - Pravda's movie critic
laments the lack of good Soviet spy
movies even though there are "excit-
ing real life models." "A strange
calm has descended on this theme -
the theme of the invisible struggle of
the bold undercover agent," V.
Demin wrote Thursday in the Com-
munist party newspaper.
"As a lover of intrigue, I scan the
movie listings in vain." Demin said
histories, novels and stories about
spies are being published all the
time, but the imagination of film-
makers seems to have run dry, even
though there -are--exciting real-life
miodels for therh to imitate.
"It may sound paradoxical," De-
min said, "but spy films, with all
their fantasy, often present the real
world much better than other kinds
of movies."
According to Demin, there have
been three "waves" of spy films in
Russia, during which periods they
made up a large part of what he calls
"adventure filmsi" Such films, cov-
ering also detective and courtroom
drama, sports and exploration, make

:AP Photo

Birthday Boy

World-famous tnor Luciano Pavarotti holds a surprise birthday card presented to him after the Civic Opera's final per-
farman e of L'Elisir d'Amore.

I -

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popular music, with no change in his
expression.
It is not really a one-man show this
time; now he has the services of
coloratura Marylyn Mulvey in the
second act. Miss Mulvey has a
magnificent voice and probably will
go on to be a star of the Metropolitan
Opera, but with Victor Borge it is all
fun.
She hits an unexpected high C and
Borge crashes to a halt in alarm. She
leans against the piano and he stops
to warn her against such lassitude.
One is reminded of Groucho Marx
and his persecution of Margaret
Dumont in the old Marx Brothers
series - and the audience never
stops laughing.
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up about one-fifth of total Soviet
movie output, he said.
The first wave of spy movies, in the
1950s, introduced the genre and
developed the stock plots and charac-
ters - "the searches, arrests and
disappearances underground, the at-
tempts to rescue friends and the bold,
lucky escapes with the aid of an inter-
national detachment of partisans."'
in the 1960s the spy movie became
more cosmopolitan, and moral ques-
tions were introduced.
In the early 1970s, spy films took on
a documentary appearance, inter-
twining fact and fiction. in realistic
settings. The high point of this wave
was the highly popular television ser-
ial "Seventeen Moments of Spring."
Trash collecting pays off
IOWA CITY, Iowa - He doesn't
speak, he doesn't smile, he doesn't
even blink an eye. But he makes $25
an hour. He's "The Incredible Mr.
Trash."
Attired in top hat ringed with stars,
Christmas tree lights blinking on his
topcoat and Big Mac coveralls, John
DeBrito, 25, stood motionless on a
pedestal at the University of Iowa
last week until a curious onlooker
plunked some coins into his coinbox.
Then his body jerked about, he
started shaking hands, beckoning for
more money and handing out cards
which read: "There are two things in
life to remember: the First and the
Second."
"I found most of the stuff for my
act in a big trash can at a super
market. That's why I call myself Mr.
Trash," said DeBrito. He is trying to
perfect an act to illustrate the need
for recycling aluminum cans. Mr.
Trash says he wants to be a
corporate symbol.
A ward-winning
playwright
NEW YORK - George Rubino has
been writing unproduced plays for
eight years - and now not only will
one of his scripts receive a major
television dramatic presentation, but
he is $20,000 richer.
Rubino, 45, who teaches English in
a Brooklyn, N.Y., high school, be-
came the first winner of the ABC
Theatre Award, aimed at discover-
ing new writers for television.
- "This is myfirst television play,"
Rubino said at the ceremony in which
Fred Silverman, president, ABC
Entertainment, presented him with a
check.
The play is called "The Last
Tenant," about an old man who must
move from the apartment in which
he has lived for more than 30 years
and who winds up in a nursing home.
Silverman said Rubinos script
would be put on the air sometime
next spring.
Composer Raskin dies
LOS ANGELES - Movie score
composer and conductor Milton W.
Raskin died Sunday in a Veterans
Administration hospital. He was 61.
Raskin wrote the music for Law-
rence of Arabia and The Agony and
the Ecstasy, among other films, and
worked at Columbia, MGM, and Walt
Disney studios.
He also composed the theme music
for the television series The Fugitve
and Naked City, and conducted
orchestras for singers Peggy Lee,
Vic Damone, Dinah Shore, and Nat
King Cole.
As a pianist,he played in the bands
of Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman,
Artie Shaw, and Tommy Dorsey
Funeral services were to be held at
Mt. Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Arts Arcade was compiled through the wires
of AP, UPI, and by Arts staffers Jeffrey
Selbst, Renee Shilcusky, Mike Taylor, and
Tim Yagle.
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