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ARTS
Thursday, September 30, 1982

Page 7

The Michigan Daily

Altman's latest film is
a benefit for opera

By Richard Campbell
ROBERT ALTMAN'S latest work,
Come Back to the 5 and Dime
Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean-The film
version of his stage play-previews at
the Michigan Theatre, October 23, at 8
p.m.
Altman, appointed visiting professor
at the University, will be stage direc-
ting the opera The Rake's Progress for
the University's School of Music,
November 4-7. Proceeds from the film's
preview will go toward the opera
production.
The original Broadway cast of Come
Back to the 5 and Dime stars in the film
version: Sandy Dennis, Cher, and
Karen Black. The plot centers on the
members of a rural Texas fan club for
James Dean over a 20-year period.
Best known for films such as

M*A*S*H, Nashville, McCabe and Mrs.
Miller, and A Wedding, Altman's
second feature was a documentary on
Dean featuring the actor's friends and
relatives.
Tickets cost $5 and are available
beginning October 11 at the Michigan
Theatre Business Office, inside the lob-
by, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday, and beginning at 7 p.m.
October 23 in the theatre box office.

Altman
... sneak previews

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Niagra, Destroy All Monsters' lead singer, sings her heart our Monday night at the Chance.

Lookin
By Robert Weisberg
N MONDAY night, when Destroy
All Monsters, the Cult Heroes, and
Ragnar Kvaran played the Second
Chance, and Tuesday, when Non-
Fiction and Glassings David performed
at Joe's Star Lounge, Ann Arborites
had a rare opportunity to catch five
distinctly original bands.
If nothing else the two nights were
proof positive that there are some very
good and creative musicians working in
our midst, and also-judging by the
sparse crowd at Joe's-proof that not
many of us are daring enough to go see
what they're up to.
First to appear before ~ the
predominately darkly-clad crowd was
the recently expanded Ragnar Kvaran
Group. They played their. usual in-
teresting and diverse set, shining on
renditions of the commercially unac-
ceptable "Upstairs" (a poetic-
apocalyptic romp that's awfully hard to
dance to), the near-funky but sweet
"Kilroy Was Here," and their encore
and most popular song, "Wrecked on
Love."
The Cult Heroes' set was at least as
good as their AAMP performance, and
was augmented by the appearance of
former Rational singer-guitarist and
current Hero co-songwriter Scott
Morgan on guitar for sparkling perfor-
Wances of his own "Pirate Music" and
"Long Live the King."
The Monsters, featuring Rob
Stemera on drums, Niagra on vocals,
ex-Stooge Ron Asheton on guitar and
ex-MC5er Mike Davis on bass, may not
have been in top- form-they've only
been practicing for a couple of weeks-
and Niagra, a bit under the weather,
* didn't sound very good at all. But it was

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still fun just to see them and endure
their vintage 1969 punk assault.
Niagra was dressed for the occasion
as usual, wearing a black cape which
she soon removed to reveal a skimpy
black outfit complemented by long
black gloves. She also had her
traditional bottle of Tab, something
that accompanies her at every gig.
They were still using projections
("Visuals by Illuminatis," it said under
the pyramid's evil eye), although these
didn't come off particularly well. And
they played all their big ones, most of
the singles' sides down to an encore of
the manic. "You're Gonna Die,"
demanded by a persistent few die-hard
fans.
Non-Fiction played an infinitely more
interesting set than they did at the
AAMP taping, forgoing the exclusively
poppy dimension they took on then to
demonstrate what they really can do.
All I can say is that if the only time you
ever saw them was at AAMP, go see
them again. They are witty and diver-
se, more so than Ragnar Kvaran and
with a sharper edge to their playing as
well. Despite Larry Miller's illness that,
forced him to stay with the bass instead
of alternating with twin brother Ben on
guitar, the band was at no loss for
energy. We may be seeing at least one
single from them in the near future
besides the AAMP cut, and if it wounds
half as good as they did Monday it'll be
interesting to see what happens.
Glassings David also feature twin
brothers in Duane and David Sheer, as
well as Darryl Sims on drums and Al
Combs on bass. Invited by Non-Fiction
to open the show, they responded by
treating the small, but appreciative
audience to a set drawing on sixties
pop, punk, and psychedelia. David

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bands

Sheer's blue violin actually worked,
which is rare in rock and roll bands. His
sustained waves and organesque solo in
"Misprint" were excellent; his em-
bellishments fit perfectly in "21st Cen-
tury Man."
The band sounded a bit shoddy at
times, but they were also tire funniest of
all the bands, maintaining good humor
in the face of adversity. We'll be seeing
more from them, too: They're hoping to
do some recording and said they'd like
to play in town again.
If you are one of those precious 'few
willing to take a chance you might want
to check out a band from Madison,
Wisconsin called "Sometimes Y" that's
slated to play tonight at the Mile High
Club (located atop the Heidelberg).
Guitarist and songwriter David Reis
says he likes music that's "clean and
not processed," and that's how the band
sounds on their cassette: Not rough, but
/the music has that edge.
They're fairly upbeat and very
listenable, but more consistently
serious and investigative lyrically than
most of our local bands. Though he's a
bit wary of going up against The Who
concert, he looks at the bright side,
hoping that "maybe the Clash will show
up at the Mile High Club." Even if they
don't, judging by their tape and the
good response they've received in New
York and from the music press, it
should be a fun show.

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What is this thing, called love, anyway?
According to cartoonist Skip Morrow (author of the
phenomenally popular The Official I Hate Cats Book and
The Second Official / Hate Cats Book) it's a sentiment
that's grown cute, coy and completely out of hand.
Here, then, is Skip's latest collection of
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a whole new light
on the flip side
of love.
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Another brainchild
from your favorite

We'll be on your
campus
Thurs., OCT. 7

SHOE

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We look forward to meeting with BS Petro-
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environmental responsibilities.
A rrannp fn~r an itrvp

uird rains.
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Treetops Tattler Tribune, and his ace.
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Perfesser" Fishhawk, have been col- -__
lected in this anthology of 270 strips. THE PERFESSER
Carried in over 700 newspapers, Pulitzer Prize-winner
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characters since Walt Kelly's Pogo.
With a supporting cast that includes the
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Perfesser's precocious
nephew, Skyler; and Roz,
the proprietress of the
local greasy spoon, the
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