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The Michigan Daily Friay, January 15, 1982 Page 5
That's Entertainment
selection of weekend entertainment in the Ann Arbor area.

auditions
GETTING OUT and MARY STUART
Thurs. Jan. 21 7 - 10pm
Fri. Jan. 22 4:30 - 7 and 8 - 10pm
Sat. Jan. 23*10 - 11:30am
Sign up outside Rm. 1501 in Frieze
U-M Department of Theatre and Drama

Clubs/Bars

Dance

The Second Chance (516 East Liberty;
994-5360)
Tonight and tomorrow the Chance
features The White Raven and His All
Star Band. The White Raven, formerly
with Dr. Bop and The Headliners, will
perform your favorite oldies and modern
top 40 hits.
Rick's American Cafe (611 Church; 996-
2747)
Emerald City wilierform a mixture
of covers and original pop/rock songs
through tomorrow night.
The Univesity Club Bar (Michigan
Union ; 763-2235)
The * Flexibles' unique punk-rock,
danceable sound will be featured at the
University Club tonight. $1 cover and
drink specials. Strongly recommended.
Their first single on ATC Records has
been receiving favorable reviews.

The University Musical Society
Joffery II, the offspring of Robert
Joffery's famous American touring
company, will be performing an in-
teresting variety of both classic and
modern dance tonight and tomorrow.
The program will be different for both
shows. Both performances start at 8:00
at the Power Center.
University Dance Department
"Dances for 2," a concert of solos and
duets by Willie Feuer and Susan
Matheke, will be presented through
the weekend at the Trueblood Theatre.
For more information call 763-5460.
Exhibits
Alice Simsar Gallery (301 N. Main St.)
"Arcanum I - XIII," a suite of thir-
teen prints by Robert Rauschenberg,

opens tomorrow, with an opening
reception from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The
suite of prints incorporates various
media: silkscreen, silk collage, paper
collage, watercolor and stitching and
was completed by the artist in New
York in 1981.
University Museum of Art
Current works by University of
Michigan School of Art faculty who
have received research grants from the
University's Horace H. Rackham
School of Graduate Studies will be on
view through February 28th. Included
are works in a great variety of personal
styles and media-paintings, sculp-
tures, photographs, metalwork,
ceramics, watercolors, collages, prints,
paperworks, and mixed media
pieces-that reflect the strength and
diversity of the art school faculty.
Concerts
University Musical Society
Dame Janet Baker, perhaps one of

this century's greatest singers, will be
performing at Hill Auditorium on Sun-
day at 4:00. The mezzo-soprano will be
accompanied by pianist Martin Isepp.
The Ark
The Fifth Annual Ann Arbor Folk
Festival takes place tomorrow at the
Michigan Theatre. The artists
scheduled to appear are: David Brom-
berg, Tom Paxton, Kate & Anna
McGarrigle, the Hot Mud Family,
Owen McBride, the Gemini with Percy
Danforth, Joel Mabus, and mime artist
O.J. Anderson. Show times are 2 p.m.
and8p.m.
Prism
Billy Hancock and The Tennessee
Rockets, criticallyacclaimed Mem-
phis-style rockabilly in the tradition of
Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, will
perform one show at Rick's American
Cafe (611 Church) on Monday.

I'

PBS presents 'Life'

Critics award Burt Lancaster

NEW YORK (AP)-The fact that
"Life on Earth" was produced in the
first place is tied directly to David A-
tenborough's supreme confidence in the
British Broadcasting Corp.
"I wrote the entire thing before we
shot a frame, without any regard for
how we were going to do it," says At-
tenborough, an authority on natural
history who once was program director
for the BBC. "I wrote the thing as if
anything were possible.
"We had only one failure," he says.
"I never counted how many species I
mentioned in the text - it must have
been in the thousands. But we never got
a duckbill platypus laying eggs, and the
young coming out and sucking the
mother's milk.
"Of course," Attenborough concedes,
"nobody's ever seen that happen. And
we tried very hard."
Cameramen did manage, however, to
capture on film for the first time -
swimming underwater - the coelacan-
th, a living fossil of a fish found only in
the Indian Ocean.
"Life on Earth," with the coelacanth
or without the platypus, is a
remarkable 13-part series, to be broad-
cast in weekly installments by.many
public television stations. It's about the
evolution of life, from the first simple
organism that appeared about 3,500
million years ago to the complete array
of animals that share the planet today.
"It's a biological story in terms of the
characters, the problems they faced,
solutions which they devised, and the
new problems arising from the
resulting situations which they now
face," Attenborough says in describing
his dramatic approach to the TV series.
"Life on Earth" was three years in
the making, filmed at more than 100
locations in 30 countries on all continen-
ts-in short, the biggest production
ever undertakenby the BBC's famed
Natural History Unit.

Attenborough's storytelling
technique, coupled with the extraor-
dinary camerawork, distinguishes
"Life on Earth" from previous efforts
at documenting natural history.
One problem was to isolate a central
idea for each program in the series.
"How can you do one
program. . . which is going to deal
with a half a million species of birds?"
Attenborough asks, then answers!
"OK, you've been seeing birds all your
life," he says. "What is the essential
feature that makes birds birds? You
think about it, and come up with the an-
swer-that simple instrument, the
feather.
"Having got the perfect insulation,
you now have a warm body that
provides the energy that allows for
flight," Attenborough says. "Once you
grasp that, you understand a whole
heap of profound questions about or-
nithology."
To approach the subject of life that
way, he says, you've got to start at the
beginning. "Someone said when I
suggested that, 'You're crazy. You
can't start there. How can you get
green slime to grab 10 million people by
the throat?'
"My luck was very much a matter of
timing," Attenborough says. "I don't
think I would have been able to make
this series, photographically, 10 years
ago. "
Advanced micro-photography did, in
fact, make green slime interesting, and
Attenborough was able to start at the
beginning.
Attenborough is at work now on a
follow up series, tentatively entitled,
"The Planet Earth." What we missed
in this series," he says of "Life on Ear-
th,", "is the relationship of animals to
the earth. I've written all 12, and the
last one ends up with the human en-
vironment-we'll probably end up in
Manhattan."

I

Atlanti' i
HOLLYWOOD (UPD-Atlantic City
dged out Reds for top honors in this
ear's awards presentations by the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association.
In- ceremonies Wednesday night,
Atlantic City was named best picture of
1981 and also picked up a best actor
award for Burt Lancaster, who played
an-aging gangster, and best screenplay
award for John Guare.
Reds won three awards-for Beatty
as brest director, Maureen Stapleton as
best, supporting actress and for best
9 inematography.
Other awards went to Meryl Streep.as
best actress in The French Lieutenant's
Woman, to Sir John Gielgud as best
supporting actor for his portrayal of a
butler in Arthur, to Randy Newman for
the score to Ragtime, and to the

WINTER SEASON '82'

oPS'R.,eds'
Brazilian Pixote as the best foreign
film.
Reds finished second in the voting for
best movie and its performances by
Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson were
runners-up in voting for best actress
and supporting actor.
Henry Fonda was runner-up for
best actor for his work in On Golden
Pond. Melinda Dillon finished second
for best supporting actress for Absence
of Malice, and the British film Chariots
of Fire was second in voting for best
foreign film.
Barbara Stanwyck was honored with
the life achievement award by the
association composed of 28 film critics
representing the Southern California
print, radio, and television media:

OSCAR'
PETE.RSON
fr solopano
Saturday, January 30
Hil Audiorium -8 P.M.
r Tickets: $950, 8.50, 7.50
reserved, on sale now
Thursday, Februry 18
Power Center-8 P.M.
Tickets: $8.50 reserved,
on sale now,
WD A
QUINTET
Saturday, March 20
University Club
Two Shows -8 P.M. & 10:30 P.M.
Tickets: $6.50 General Admission
On Sale Tuesday, March 2 at 9:30 A.M.
SEASON TICKETS: $22. Save $2.50 and get priority seating. Season Tickets
are available at the Michigan Union Box Office only. Individual show tickets
are on sale at the Michigan Union Box Office and all CTC outlets. Cash
only please.
For more information call 763-6922
Somfething#'s appeing at the U4Cl6b
Enjoy your favorite games
in the comfortable atmosphere
of the University Club
every Monday night 8-12:30
STARTS TIS MONDAY JAN.18
Games Provided-Backgammon,
Cribbage, Checkers, Chess, Cards, etc.
SPECIAL FEATURE THIS MONDAY

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