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The Michigan Daily Sunday, October 3 1982 Page 5

Joe Jackson's the man

By Richard Campbell
It takes guts for a performer to take
his band center stage and croon "a
medley of his greatest hit" a cappella.
But that's exactly what Joe Jackson did
Saturday night at Hill Auditorium.
The funny thing was, the non-
intrumental rendition of "Is She Really
Going Out With Him" was pretty bad,
an embarrassment to the band and
audience alike. But nobody
cared-least of all Jackson.
It's not the great tunes effectively
played that made the concert so en-
joyable. It is that Jackson and his band
appeared to have so much fun enter-
taining the crowd that turned the
evening into a memorable event.
Jackson opened the show with a forty-
minute set good enough to have the fans
bopping up and down from the first
son1g. Yet even this much fun didn't

convey the excitement that was to
follow.
Coming onstage to the Frank Sinatra
recording of "Night and Day" (the title
of his latest album), Jackson unleashed
a set blistering in Latin rhythms, ska,
and rock. He was all over the stage,
playing the xylophone, keyboards, and
saxophone. The music never stopped
for a minute.
The band was in the spotlight at least
as much as Jackson. With two per-
cussionists, a lone bass player, and two
keyboardists, more enjoyable sound
than should be legal had the audience
on the main floor dancing in the aisles
to every fast song.
When Jackson did get around to his
slow songs, most notably "Slow Song"
from Night and Day, the result was
equally electrifying. Stretching out the
last plaintive cry for a slow song until
the crowd was holding their collective
breath, the tune broke into a resoun-
dingly dramatic conclusion.

It's hard to imagine a band more at-
ease or having such rapport with 4n
audience. Jackson could do no wrong oP
stage, chiding the crowd for being
noisy, criticizing his critics, and,
generally hamming it up as much as
possible.
At the last encore Jackson stood,;
head in hands, obviously trying to think
of what he was supposed to do next. Bt.
it was all a put on. Without warning he,
burst into "I'm the Man," a harrowing,
loud song that proved a fitting con-
clusion for a performer who had just;
captured Hill Auditorium and held it in;
complete control for two-and-a-half
hours.
TONIGHT ATt
SECONDCHANC

Joe Jackson and band, centerstage at Hill Auditorium.

.PBS bounces
back from
budget cuts

S NEW YORK (AP) - The Public
Broadcasting Service, facing an uncer-
tain future with government support on
the decline, begins the 1982-83 season
appearing, on thescreen, as robust as
ever.
Back are some of the non-
commercial network's most popular
series - "Masterpiece Theater,"
"Nova," "Great Performances,"
"Mystery," - with "American
Wlayhouse," the drama anthology in-
troduced to considerable acclaim last
season, scheduled to return in January.
The long-awaited "American
Playhouse," which began its inaugural
season with an original television play
by the late John Cheever, will return
Jan. 18 with a live television broadcast
of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our
Teeth," from the old Globe Theater in
San .Diego. The series plans 22
programs for the season.
L The PBS schedule for the fall includes
ive new series to go with the dozen con-
tinuing shows from previous seasons, a
full lineup of public affairs programs,
and a host of television ducumentaries
and specials.
Sunday, Oct. 10, is Premiere Night,
though "Great Performances" will
begin its 10th season the evening of Oct.
4 with a "Live from Lincoln Center"
performance from the New York City
Ballet's recent Stravinsky Centennial
&elebration.
In addition, severalspecial programs
will be broadcast in the week preceding
Oct. 10, including "The Case of Dashiell
Hammett" and a "World Special,"
"The Killing of Sadat," on Oct. 6, "Der
Rosenkavalier" on "Live from the
Met" Oct. 7, and a documentary called
"The Willmar S" on Oct. 8. Political
commentator Mark Shields returns
with "Inside Washington," in 13 parts
on Oct. 9.
* The season's new shows include two
science series, "Nature" in 13 parts,
starting Oct. 10, and "Wild America," a
14-part -production, scheduled to
premiere Oct. 14. The others are
"Screenwriters: Word Into Image,"
starting Oct. 10, and "Six Great Ideas
with Mortimer Adler and Bill Noyers"
and "The Magic of Dance," with
Margot Fonteyn, both to debut Oct. 25.
"Masterpiece Theater" returns for
*ts 12th season on Oct. 1 with the first
episode in a 13-part adaptation of R. F.
Deldfield's "To Serve Them All My
Days." John Duttine plays a shell-
shocked World War I soldier who starts
a new life as a teacher in an English
boy's school.

Subsequent productions include "The
Good Soldier," by Ford Madox Ford,
starting Jan. 9, and "Winston Chur-
chill: The Wilderness Years," starring
Robert Hardy, beginning Jan. 16.
Other "Masterpiece Theater"
presentations scheduled for '82-83 in-
clude Frederick Lonsdale's comedy
"On Approval," March 13, "Drake's
Venture," March 27, another comedy,
"Private Schultz," in six episodes star-
ting April 3, and "Sons and Lovers"
from the novel by D.H. Lawrence,
seven episodes beginning July 33.
"Mystery!" starts its third year on
PBS the evening of Oct. 12 with a 90-
minute dramatization of "Sweeney
Todd," followed by a two-part produc-
tion of "Dying Day," starring Ian
McKellen, on Oct. 19 and 26. "Father
Brown," based on the stories of G.K.
Chesterton, will follow in four in-
stallments starting Nov. 2, with
"Melissa," a thriller by Francis Dur-
bridge, next in line-three weekly
episodes beginning Nov. 30.
'"Nova," public TV's continuing
science series, returns Oct. 12 with
"The Case of the UFOs," and "The
Fragile Mountain," on traditional far-
ming and deforestation in the
Himalayas, to follow Oct. 19.
"Great Performances" continues the
night of Oct. 11 with a new, 90-minute
dramatization of Mark Twain's "The
Mysterious Stranger," with another
major dramatic adaptation, of Sten-
dahl's "The Charterhouse of Parma,"
to follow in six parts beginning Oct. 25.
The fifth season of "The Shakespeare
Plays," a "Great Performances "
presentation, starts Oct. 18 with
Jonathan Miller's -new production of
"King Lear." Other plays scheduled for
the coming season include "Cym-
beline," "The Merry Wives of Win-
dsor," "King Henry the Sixth" and
"Richard the Third."
"Live from Lincoln Center," also
from the "Great Performances" series,
will broadcast the New York City Opera
production of "Madame Buttelrfly" on
Oct. 20.
Movies and specials to be broadcast
in the fall include the highly praised
film, My Brilliant Career, scheduled for
Oct. 13; Hitler's Night of the Hum-
mingbird, a documentary with the air
date to be announced, and To Hear, Joel
Grey on the wonders of sound and
hearing, also to be scheduled.
The "Mark Russell Comedy
Specials" return Oct. 27 and Dec. 15,
with "Soundstage" and "Survival"
back later in the fall.

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