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ARTS

The Michigan Daily.

Thursday, September 23, 1982

Page 7

W E'VE GOT some good news and
bad news from the Arts staff.
The bad news is that we are discon-
tinuing the Campus Films and That's
Entertainment weekly columns.
The good news is that starting this
Friday you will find in each Daily and
at several places around the city a
weekly arts and entertainment
magazine called Weekend. Inside this
publication will be feature stories on
life in Ann Arbor, profiles of local ar-
tists, book reviews, film criticism,
and theater notes. Plus a description
of every film shown on campus or in
the city and a schedule of what band's
playing at what bar, where the con-
certs are, who's coming to town, and
more, all in a day by day list.
But don't think that the Arts staff is
going to ignore The Michigan Daily.
There's more than enough happening
in this town to keep us busy. We might

be a little inconsistent in days to come
as we figure out the logistics of
juggling both an arts page and the
magazine, yet we're naive enough to
think we can do it.
Of course, getting out a weekly
magazine and a daily arts page isn't
going to be easy. We need more
writers than ever before, writers who
can whip together a pithy sentence
and at the same time still discourse
intelligently on a subject.
Specifically, we're looking for people
who know theater, music of all genres
(including the sadly neglected areas
of jazz and classical), books
(especially books), and just about
any other aspect of the arts.
So all you students out there who
just finished your thesis, adults who
dabble, and even professors who
should know-give us a call at the
Daily. It's not just a job, it's an adven-
ture.

Raiders' imitations

debut on
NEW YORK (AP)- Raiders of the
Lost Ark has come to television in the
form of two network series. It's fine
that TV executives go to the movies.
Maybe next time they won't be out
buying popcorn during the best parts.
ABC's "Tales of the Gold Monkey"
'began Wednesday. CBS' "Bring 'Em
'Pack Alive" starts Friday. Neither will
make us forget Indiana Jones and his
death-defying escapades, although the
CBS copy comes closer in style and
-disposition.
Both imitations take place in exotic
climates before World War II. CBS
found a piece of Hollywood that looks
like Malaya, while ABC turned Univer-
sal Studios into some isles in the South
?acific.
Both borrow heavily from Humphrey
-Bogart films for characters and am-
biance, and from the old serials for
close calls and distressed damsels.
-"Bring 'Em Back Alive" mimics Peter
Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet from
Casablanca, while "Gold Monkey"
swipes Walter Brennan's old rummy
'from To Have and Have Not. But Bren-
nan's lush had more charm.
'There's a greater sense of fun about
r'Bring 'Em Back Alive." Bruce
Boxleitner, a Robert Redford look-
alike, is the swashbuckling animal hun-
ter Frank Buck. Playing the role with
his tongue playfully inside his cheek,
Buck is a jet-setter in the prop age, cap-
,luring animals for the world's zoos and
-female hearts for his own scrapbook.
The makers got the feel of Raiders
down fairly well in the first episode,
*with an authentic-looking tiger chase,
diabolical Nazis, ceiling fans,
sweltering heat, teeming streets, and
wicker, wicker everywhere.
Every 15 minutes, just in time for a
commercial, our hero gets to solve a
'perilous predicament. One time, the
American vice consul drives her car in-
to the swamp, followed by some slimy
crocodiles. After a word from our spon-
.sor, Buck rescues this breathless, blond
beauty by grapevine-to the accom-
paniment of music resembling the
Superman theme.
Patriotism and the blond (Gloria
Marlowe) are always interfering with
Buck's lifestyle. "Politics isn't my
game," he says. But he eventually ac-
'cepts his calling: "We've got a job to do
for Uncle Sam."

'V this fall
This won't keep you on the edge of
your seats, but it might keep you in
them.
"Gold Monkey" won't be so lucky. It
doesn't work as comic book satire or
daredevil derring-do.
An ABC press release says, "High-
flying adventurer Jake Cutter and his
feisty one-eyed dog, Jack, plunge into
danger on a fiery volcanic island where
ferocious man-sized monkeys guard a
coveted giant golden idol when a
sabotaged seaplane and a captivating
American woman agent draw Jake into
a death-defying race with a murderous
German spy and a cunning South Seas
princess..."
Whew. Only the show is more full of
wind.
When a series relies on thrills and
spills rather than characters and plot, it
better deliver some chills. The actors
have been covered in sweat for pseudo-
realism, but "Gold Monkey" confuses
perspiration for energy and ex-
citement.
The first show was an endless series
of fights and flights. The Germans
sould like Arte Johnson from "Laugh-
In," and there is a dumb running.gag
about Jake losing Jack's eye in a poker
game because Jake didn't understand
whether one bark was yess or no.
Thankfully, the mutt wears a patch.
The snake scene in Raiders has been
recreated, but the budget allowed for
only one creature, and it looked more
like a big worm.
The strongest redeeming features of
"Tales of the Gold Monkey" are the
blazing, swirling credits, backed by a
rousing score from Mike Post ("Hill
Street Blues") and Pete Carpenter.
The next 59 minutes don't deliver.

Records
Black Flag-'T.V. Party'/ I've
Got to Run,' 'My Rules' (SST
Unicorn)
It comes bumping and crashing
through your speakers at a full volume
of raucous abandon:
"We've got nothin 'better to do
Than watch T. V. and have a couple
of brews
Don't talk about anything else
we don't want to know
we're dedicated to our favorite shows
That's Incredible!
Hill Street Blues!
"T.V. Party" by Black Flag is the
ultimate trash hit now sweeping the
more selective new wave radio stations
and with good reason.
Like all garage band trash hits, "T.V.
Party" has its quotient of plays after
which it gets a little tiresome, but it has
the gutsy power of punk, a melodic
driving force and blank generation
lyrics that combine for a lot of fun.
Greg Ginn, who wrote "T.V. Party,"
plays a wailing guitar that neatly coun-
terpointsrChuck Dukowski's buzz saw
bass to create a gritty, dirty sound ap-
propriate for a song about the destruc-
tive influence of this mind-warping
medium. The finishing touch is added
by Henry Rollins manic vocals that
sound like the desperate ravings of
some caged and frustrated animal.
On the flip side Black Flag reverts
back to its normal, less artful self with
"I've Got To Run" and "My Rules."
Both songs follow the orthodox rules of
Los Angeles punk with satisfying
results.
But "T.V. Party" appeal cuts across
broader lines because Black Flag tran-
scends its usual material by making
concessions to melody that hard-core
Los Angeles punk doesn't often make.
-Scott Stuckal
Brahms-Piano Quintet in F
minor, Op. 34' (Hungaroton)
The Brahms piano quintet ranks with
Mozart's as one of the great "classical"
style quintets, and remains one of the
Hungarian composer's most popular
chamber works. Performed here with
the Hungary-based Bartok Quartet with
Deszo Ranki as pianist, the work marks
Brahms' transition around 1860 from
the Romantic quality of earlier com-
positions to the more structured,
Beethoven-derived blends of intricate
form and folk song material which con-
stituted much of his later, and arguably
his best, work.
After the initial monotonal statement
of the first movement's (Allegro non
troppo) theme, the piano breaks into a
flurry of notes with an almost military

precision which characterizes much of
the movement except for two lyric
passages with lighter conversation and
murmuring between piano and first
violin. The second (Andante) section is
much more subdued in spirit as well as
tempo, while the third (Scherzo)
movement displays a hearty, country
attention to continuous movement and
full texture. The Finale shows the
Brahms attention to detail and inter-in-
strumental counterpoint at its finest,
with the mournful contemplative
opening slowly building to a frenzy of
parallet and crossing lines between all

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