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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, October 28, 1982
A taste of
New Orleans
in Ann Arbor

Page 7

$15/$30 Rebate
See Your Josten's Representative.
Date October 25 th - 29 th
Time 11:00 - 4:00
Place Ulrich's Books
Main Store:-1J9d Electronics Showroom:
549 E. University MORE-INA- 1110 S. University
(at the corner of E. University and S. University 662-3201)

By Sebastian Rotella
The New Orleans sound is coming up
the river - again. Presenting an im-
promptu program of classic jazz, the
Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns to
Ann Arbor tonight at 8:30, in Hill
Auditorium. Tickets are available in
the University Musical Society offices
in Burton Tower, from $5 to $9.
Jazz has changed and evolved
dramatically since a young Louis Ar-
mstrong left New Orleans for Chicago
with his horn. The personnel of the
Preservation Hall Jazz Band are Ar-
mstrong's contemporaries; they range
in age from "Kid Thomas" Valentine
born in 1896, to Alonzo Stewart, born in
1919. They have kept alive a historic,
turn-of-the-century brand of jazz in
clubs, reviews, circuses and carnivals.
They tour throughout the United States
and abroad in three alternating per-
formance groups. Young jazz
musicians flock to Preservation Hall to
listen and learn when the band perfor-
ms at home. Located in New Orleans'

rowdy French Quarter, Preservation
Hall is a museum that swings. The
building has been a private home, an
art gallery, and a tavern in various in-
carnations since 1750. Jazz buffs bought
Preservation Hall in 1961 in order to in-
sure its survival as a sanctuary for New
Orleans jazz. The name derives quite
literally from the desire of fans and
musicians to preserve the roots of this
uniquely American music.
Not quite Dixieland, not quite band
music, the Preservation Hall ensemble
mixes traditional and freeform styles.
In fact, the band plays a largely im-
provisational show based on their in-
stinct for a particular audience. Their
music blends marches, quadrilles,
blues, spirituals and ragtime. Cheering
and foot-stomping crowds have greeted
them around the country. A sound like
this is at its best in a live setting;
history and colorful characters are
reasons in themselves to see the
Preservation Hall Jazz Band tonight at
Hill Auditorium. Besides, these old
guys are going to jam.

Preservation Hall jazz appears tonight at Hill Auditorium.

'Third Halloween

half as scary

By Joshua Bilmes
I regret to inform you that Halloween
III: Season of the Witch lacks the knife-
wielding maniac we have all grown to
know and love. In fact, there is no knife-
wielding maniac to be found in this film
Sas the powers-that-be made the wise
decision to make this film a radical
departure from the first two in the
series. There is still enough blood and
gore to please everybody, but in terms
of setting, plot, actors, etc., the film is
totally different from its predecessors.
Instead of taking place in Illinois, the
film takes place in California, where
writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace
sets a film with more in common with
Invasion of the Body Snatchers than
*Halloween. The similarities include the
town of Santa Mira, where both this and
Body Snatchers (the original) took
place. Santa Mira is the home of Silver
Shamrock, a huge company making
Halloween masks. An elderly toy-shop
owner discovers a diabolical scheme
involving the masks. He is chased by

men in three-piece suits who start the
film off by killing the man. His last
words lead his daughter and a concer-
ned doctor deeper into the film's plot.
Dr., Challis and Ellie Grimbridge,
played by Tom Atkins and Stacey
Nelkin, are very similar to the charac-
ters played by Donald Sutherland and
Brooke Adams in the remake of In-
vasion of the Body Snatchers. Tom
Atkins does a decent job as the docto
who "wants to get to the bottom of
this." Stacey Nelkin is not very convin-
cing, however, and the love interest
between the two never really develops.
Loving or not, the two travel to Santa
Mira, which is accurately depicted by
Dr. Challis as a "company town." Once
there, they meet Connell Cochran, the
jolly Irish witch played by Dan
O'Herlihy, who runs Silver Shanmrock.
They also meet a few supporting
characters which we get to know just
well enough to feel a little sympathy
when they are killed by Silver.
Shamrock's army of three-piece suit

The film rolls on full of death, decep-
tion, and detective work. Eventually,
Dr. Challis discovers the jolly scheme
Connell Cochran has devised for
Halloween which involves a stone from
Stonehenge, computers, the trademark
emblems on Halloween masks, and a
dastardly series of TV commercials.
The good doctor then tries to stop the
scheme and alert the proper authorities
before it is too late. If he does not, it
really will be "the night no one comes
Silly as it all may sound, the film is
rather pleasant once you get used to all
the various things done to people's
skulls. Tommy Lee Wallace has crafted
a horror film that will get you involved
and manages to have a little fun doing
it. The titles proclaiming things like
"Tuesday October 26" had me smiling
a bit. John Carpenter and Debra Hill,
who produced this film as they did the
earlier ones, made the right choice in
not trying to out-gore the earlier films,
which have not been totally forgotten.
Ads appear in this film for TV showings
of Halloween as part of the horrorthon,

which is a small part of Cochran's plot-
The film's "little things" are also
crafted with great care. The main title
sequence designed by John Wash made
an effective start to the proceedings;
his computer graphics went quite well
with the scary John Carpenter/Alan
Howarth music. The true star of the
film may very well be Sam Nicholson's
commercial for the Silver Shamrock
masks. You might very well be hum-
ming it as you leave the theater. The
only real drawback to the film was its
ending, which seemed to disappoint
many of the people in the audience.
Even so, this is a rather decent
Halloween entertainment, and I almost
find myself looking forward to the
thought of a Halloween IV.

Preservation Hall Jazz lad
THURSP OCT. 28 at 8:50
Hill Auioru
Tickets at $5, $7, $8, $9
Tickets at Burton Tower, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Weekdays 9-4:30, Sat. 9.12 (313) 665-3717
Tickets also available at Hill Auditorium
1/2 hours before performance time.


Joe English- Held Accoun-
table' (Refugee)
Journeyman drummer Joe English,
now inaugurating a solo career
fallowing successful relationships with
the Paul McCartney band and later
with the progressive Sea Level, unsur-
prisingly generates little enthusiasm
with his solo release, Held Accountable.
This LP is characterized by a unique
ifarriage of electric rock and religion,
with English blatantly transplanting
his former musical roots with what ap-
pears to be an unmarketable format.
English's new sound however, could
use some fertilization, as his banally
repetitive offerings addressing various
religious concerns left this listener
asleep in the pew.
English, noted in the past for his per-
*spicacity at the drum kit has left his

drum sticks at the altar this time to
concentrate on a sound emphasizing
soothing vocals, bubbly keyboards, and
unpretentious guitar work. In "We Live
When We Die," English notes the em-
ptiness and uncertainty in his life
before discovering Jesus. The song,
marked by angelic backing vocals and
infectious guitar solos, climaxes with
English ferventing proclaiming, "I
must stand and wait for His word; He
has full control; my strength is in the
The disc proceeds through nine more
selections of similar sounding melodies
laced with lyrics resembling songs sung
in Bible school.
Despite its obvious technical shor-
tcomings, Held Accountable represents
an admirable project of English's who
strayed into a field where he had little
familiarily. The effort will undoubtedly

appeal'to some individuals with its in-
corporation of religious convictions into
the context of a Top-40 sounding
musical framework, but English fans
will not be satisfied if they expect a con-
tinuation of the drummer's past
musical accomplishments. The in-
spirational album will probably narrow
the gap to Jesus for English, but it will
also leave his financial status in the
red. Oh well, they say money isn't
-Tom McDonald

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