The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 3, 1977-Page 5
ARTS ARCADE. . . a weekly roundup
Architecture falls flat
MILWAUKEE - Lloyd Wright, son
of the late Frank Lloyd Wright, sum-
med up his view of modern urban archi-
tecture in one word: "Lousy."
"We're making tombstones for ghet-
tos," the 87-year-old Wright said. "If
you build high rises, you go to Heaven.
If you don't, you go to hell.'
Wright, who said his work had been
influenced by his father's principle of
organic architecture, was architect for
the Hollywood Bowl in 1926, and his
other works included designs for the
Wayfarer Chapel in Palo Verde, Calif.,
various shopping centers and homes.
The Los Angeles architect commen-
ted Friday in an interview while atten-
ding a conference called "An American
Mississippi and all the other places left
behind. The players laugh at the
monotony of the auto assembly line.
Reformed alcoholics sing the praises of
"The Original Bluegrass Opera of
Detroit," a production consisting of five
musician-actors and a slide-show, is an
anthem for thousands of Southerners
who came to Detroit after World War II'
to find work - a song of praise for
anyone who ever left his home to find a
" 'Detroit' is another way of saying 'a
job' to many folks, a ticket to better
times," said author Bud McKirgan. "A
man can ride that bus to the Motor City
and build cars until he has a little nest
egg. Then he can take that hard cash
and go back home, buy the little farm or
LOS ANGELES - Inspired by the
success of the science-fiction epic
movie "Star Wars," the Los Angeles
Philharmonic Orchestra has scheduled
a concert of symphonic space music.
The concert, to be held Nov. 20 at the
Hollywood Bowl, will be conducted by
Zubin Mehta, and will feature a laser
light show and other psychedelic effec-
ts, officials said Friday.
The program was designed to attract
the younger audience overflowing thea-
ters to see the record-setting futuristic
film, "Star Wars," said Philharmonic
spokeswoman Norma Flynn.
Composer of the movie score, John
Williams, has written an arrangement
for the orchestra entitled "Suits from
Star Wars," which Mehta will conduct.
The arrangement is being made avail-
able to symphony orchestras through-
out the nation, said Ms. Flynn, who
prefers that designation. Mehta also
will lead the Philharmonic in excerpts
from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst
and "Zarathustra: Theme from 2001"
by Richard Strauss.
King Swings again
NEW YORK - Benny Goodman gave
a little party to announce that he'll give
a concert in Carnegie Hall in January to
commemorate thefirst jazz concert
held there 40 years ago.
Goodman also headed that concert -
which proved a smashing success - on
Jan. 16, 1938. The anniVersary concert
will be Jan. 17, 1978, because Carnegie
already is booked for the 16th. He said
he'll try to get some of the soloists who
played with him in Carnegie in 1938 to
appear again in 1978.
The King of Swing on Tuesday quoted
himself talking to his wife, "I said, 'I
don't know about 40 years. But I sup-
pose it would be optimistic, really, to
wait 50 years.' She said. 'Not optimistic
NEW YORK - Liza Minnelli dazzles
and "The Act" sizzles.
After all sorts of dire rumors about
production and emotional woes on
cross-country tryout, the star and her
show opened Saturday night at Broad-
way's Majestic Theater.
Whatever repairs were needed -
there are a few patchmarks still visible
- have taken splendidly, and the result
is blockbuster entertainment.
It supposedly takes place in a Las
Vegas night club where a Hollywood
starlet is making her comeback bow.
-The plot is so thin that it becomes in-
visible at times, but does craftily blur to
and fro between real-life Minnelli and
her fictional persona, Michelle Craig.
Minnelli is on stage almost every
minute, with relentless energy and
mesmerizing charm, singing and dan-
cing through a dozen songs and as
many glittering costume changes.
John Kander's score and Fred Ebb's
lyrics provide her with a range of
themes and tempos shaped to display
every facet of a finely disciplines ar-
tistry. Besides belting ballads or
The Alechinsky show is the first of the
Pittsburgh International Series recen-
tly established on a biennial basis by*
the A. W. Mellon Educational and Char-
itable Trust. It replaces the Pittsburgh
International Exhibition, a pioneer
survey show of the work of many artists
established in 1896 and discontinued in
1970 when the survey show had become
common to many American museums.
The new series concept of one-man
shows is a feather in the cap of Leon
Arkus, genial director of the Museum of
Art. He predicts the series will
"provide Pittsburgh with continuing ar-
tistic nourishment through a program
of exciting art shows that will also at-
tract art lovers from all over the coun-
NEW YORK - Symphony conductor
George Solti, severely injured in a fall,
relinquished his baton to his female
assistant and listened, proudly as she
directed the orchestra through one of
Gustav Mahler's most difficult compo-
sitions to a standing ovation in Carnegie
Solti, who suffered a sprained wrist
and strained back, neck and shoulder
muscles in a fall in Chicago on Friday,;
turned over his Chicago Symphony Or-
chestra and Mahler's Eighth Symphony
to Margaret Hillis.
The symphony is 80 minutes long and:
is almost totally choral or vocal-
ensemble music. Hillis is director of the
orchestra's chorus and has often con-
ducted the two ensembles in the choral-
orchestral repertory. So finding herself
in front of the group was not exactly
Hillis did not try to imitate Solti's in-
terpretation of Mahler, but followed her
The Arts Arcade was compiled by
Wendy Goodman, Renee Schicus-
ky, Mike Taylor and Tim Yagle,
from the wires of AP and UPI.
PRODUCTION FELT ITS OATS
America' first automobile company
was incorporated September 21, 1895
when The Duryea Motor Wagon Com-
pany began its operations in Maine.
Examples of Duryea's early cars are
on exhibit in the extensive Transporta-
tion section of Henry Ford Museum,
mellowing sentimental blues, Minnelli
also remembers to act in the intermit-
First hearings are deceptive guides,
but such numbers as the satiric "Hol-
lywood, California," swinging "City
Lights" and gentle "My Own Space"
are special delights.
Carrying the main dramatic load,
such as it is, Barry Nelson portrays the
movie maker who loves, leaves and
returns when our heroine learns to be
self-reliant. George Furth thought up
the book, which could use a bit more
The physical production is an eye-
boggling array of costumes by Halston,
smart lighting by Tharon Musser and
clever backwall scenic abstracts by
Tony Walton. Although reliable report
is that other hands were called in
during final preparation of the show,
Martin Scorsese gets sole program
credit as the director.
"The Act" totals up as suavely
polished diversion, crafted perfectly to
the irresistible talents of a champion
PITTSBURGH - In one giant step -
the award of a $50,000 art prize and a
magnificent retrospective exhibition of
the winner's work - the Carnegie In-
stitute's Museum of Art has regained
its role on the international art scene
for the first time since 1970.
The Andrew W. Mellon prize, the
world's richest for painting and sculp-
ture, was awarded Thursday night to
Pierre Alechinsky, a Belgian-born
painter who has been active in Paris
since 1948. A showing of 169 paintings,
drawings and watercolors,'represen-
ting the bulk of the artist's output,
opened to the public today in the gleam-
ing white splendor of the museum's
modern painting galleries.
THE CENTER FOR JAPANESE STUDIES Presents
The Honorable Fumihiko Togo
Ambassador of Japan to the United States
"Japan-United States Relations:
Current Economic issues"
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
4:00 p.m., Room 200, Lane Hall
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Architecture: Its Roots, Growth and
The name of his famous father, a
native of Richland Center, Wis., who
died in 1959, became synonymous with
revolutionary designs in architecture.
"The architect is supposed to be a
master builder," Wright said. "It is his
charge and obligation to provide a more
salubrious and more appropriate envi-
ronment and he has failed to do so ...
and we're paying for it."
LOS ANGELES - Actress Nanette
Fabray was injured when an elephant
struck her with its trunk during the
filming of "Harper Valley PTA." She
suffered bruises and sprains when the
elephant, flustered by a prankster,
knocked her in the chest with its trunk
and sent her tumbling backward.
DETROIT - It's foot-stomping, ban-
jo-picking good times, shouting the
glories of the union movement in the
It's slow-sung laments of lost dreams
and sweethearts and being stuck in
"Dee-troit" where the only bit of home
is the tiny bluegrass bar on which the
owner keeps jars of dirt from Alabama,
gas station and live the good life from
then on. "Course, I know it doesn't work
that way. About the first thing you have
to do is buy a car, and that means car
payments. And while you're sitting
around in Detroit dreaming of the hills
back home, you might as well watch a
little TV. More payments. Pretty soon,
McKirgan, a magazine writer, wrote
the songs and narration in 1975 as a
series of vignettes for 15 actors and
musicians. The performers, portraying
each of the characters while singing
ballads and playing the banjo, guitar,
fiddle and autoharp, became a tight-
knit group the past two years as the
show skipped from night club to night
club and one small local theater to-the
next. The show has yet to turn a profit.
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