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The Michigan Daily

Friday, January 20, 1984

Page 7

Montage has good image

By Barb Schiele
H ERE IT IS; a weekend in Ann Arbor
... again. You're up for a little
socializing, a few beers, and good dan-
cing, but kind of sick of the same old
thing. Well, you could go sweat on a
2'x4' dance floor a half a foot away from
the band, or maybe go groove under the
disco lights to the "Thriller" video one
more time, but doing something a bit
different sounds appealing. What about
going to hear good, progressive music
in an area spacious enough to dance to
the tunes, or to just sit and talk without
screaming to be heard? Finally,
someone has done something to satisfy
your desires; Howard Stern and Andy
Sriro have taken this ideal atmosphere,
put it in the rectangular space above
the Heidelberg Restaurant on Main
Street, and have called it Club Mon-
tage. This new bar, offering alter-
native entertainment to all of Ann Ar-

bor, makes its grand opening this
Saturday night.
Montage is unconnected aspects of a
film combined to create one complete
scene. Club Montage? It's a com-
bination of different music drawing dif-
ferent people together for one reason.
The bar will attract this variety
because of the music it offers. "We
play modern, progressive. dance
music-Funk," Stern said.
Because the area is "acoustically
perfect," any average bar-goer can
listen and dance to the "high-tech"
music at one end of the bar, or go sit
and talk at the other end. "We wanted
to be different-we're a dance club,
with a bar," Sriro said. There will be a
disc jockey this weekend, but Stern and
Sriro look forward to developing a club
that will feature special events, in-
cluding live bands.
Ann Arbor, being the culture
repository of the Midwest, needed
something a little different. Club Mon-

tage, Stern and Sriro hope, will :fe
totally different from anything local.
"There's just so much entertainment
offered around here," Stern believes,
and "dancing is the best type of social
activity." They've combined dancing
with a type of music not yet available
here in town in order to "spread tIhe
musical culture."
This "alternative entertainment
choice (which is) primarily for studep-
ts" was planned before winter break.
However, the big effort came within the
past few weeks. Despite the recent, ex-
cessive amount of pressure coming
from all sides, Club Montage is now
ready and waiting to be experienced by
all of Ann Arbor.
So do something a little different this
weekend; experience the open at-
mosphere that breaks the mold of the
typical bar scene and come dance to the
funky tunes at Club Montage. There, is
a $2 cover charge and the doors open at
9 p.m. on Saturday night.

Philip Baker Hall as Nixon expiates his guilt in Secret Honor: The Last Testament of Richard M. Nixon at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre this weekend.
Nixon tells h issecret

By Susan Makuch
I T'S DIFFICULT to find anything
honorable in the character of
Richard Nixon, especially during the
much-chronicled Watergate years. But
authors Donald Freed and Arnold Stone
sought to uncover the secret honor that
every human possesses-whether it be
self-justification or exposure of the
Even Nixon, the questionable charac-
ter that he is, must be human enough to
need a sense of honor.
Secret Honor: The Last Testament of
Richard M. Nixon, appearing through
tomorrow night at the Mendelssohn
Theater, concentrates on one man-the
man-and his struggle with his past.
Phillip Baker Hall, fresh from a
critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway run
in the same role, portrays Nixon in a
manic-depressive hysteria that seems
typical of the former president.
The one-man play begins with a pen-
sive Nixon contemplating his life in a
very presidential-looking study. After

fumbling with the ever-present tape
recorder, Nixon-the lawyer-begins
the defense of his client-Nixon, the ex-
"Your Honor, my client has had to
suffer life-long punishment," he pleads
to an unresponsive tape recorder.
Others have lied and cheated, he
professes, but these people haven't
been caught. Watergate was "nothing
more than a convenient hook on which
to hang my client," he yells.
Here we have a crazed, suffering
man just letting loose in the privacy of
his own home. Hall is superb in his por-
trayal of the dehumanized Nixon. He
uses no cheap Rich Little imitation to
draw the audience into his performan-
ce. Hall's ability to hover on the edge of
sanity creates a character that resem-
bles Nixon but in fact, could be about
any power-hungry maniac.
Hall, a veteran of television and stage
productions, gives a three-dimensional
quality to a character many of us only
know second-hand from books or
newspapers. Whether Nixon was-or
is-sane is not the question (Secret
Honor is a fictionalized look at the for-

mer president's life after politics), Hall
portrays a man in desperate
straights-any one of us might act in
the same manner given the extraor-
dinary circumstances. His unadulter-
ated ramblings make it un-
comfortable and difficult to watch
Nixon justify his entire life.
Secret Honor comes to Ann Arbor,
courtesy of director-in-residence
Robert Altman. He discovered the play
at the Los Angeles Actor's Theater and
loved it so much that he decided to in-
vest some capital in the production and
take it to Off-Broadway.
It garnered much critical acclaim
there before Altman made the decision
to film the play. .
Altman says he "just loved the play,"
and thought it would make an in-
triguing motion picture. He plans to
film the movie on location at Martha
Cooke Dormitory next week.
According to Altman, Secret Honor is
"real theater" which fascinates
audiences and critics alike. Con-
sidering the general fascination with
Richard Nixon, it's no wonder Secret
Honor entices the public.

Paul McCartney-'Pipes of
Peace' (CBS/Columbia)
The same young man who led the
1960s through a period of radical social
change, who arranged and co-wrote the
music for that yet-unbettered album
Abbey Road, and who penned his name
to more top singles in the 1970s than
anybody else has recently released a
new album of mushy, melodic songs as
a follow-up to his 1982 masterpiece, Tug
of War.
One listening is all that is needed to
ascertain that the new LP, Pipes of
Peace, is definitely not another
flawless work. In fact, most periodicals
thus far (Rolling Stone, in particular)
have panned the new release, calling it
nonsensical drivel. But one. must
remember that Paul McCartney's wor-
st albums still rank with Beethoven's
Ninth Symphony and Stravinsky's Rite
of Spring in comparison with even the
finest works of a Def Leppard or a
Even though, as a product, the new
LP may not be quite so formidable as
others currently on the market and
does not contain anything that might be
labelled as "vintage McCarthy," it
nonetheless presents its listeners with
several catchy new tunes and fun coun-
ter melodies characteristic of their
creative composer. In general, the
album is listenable and entertaining.

It would be a minor tragedy if
anybody, once intent on purchasing
Pipes of Peace, was frightened off by
the excessively harsh pen of Rolling
Stone record critic Parke Puterbaugh.
As usual, the lyrics are strongly
deemphasized and serve as nothing but
a vocal punch to his instrument-orien-
ted talents. In this case, however, an
album of "la-la-la's" might have been
more worthwhile. For instance, in one
silly love song, "The Other me," Mc-
Carthy serenades his girlfriend with the
following stanza: I know I was a
crazy fool / For treating you the
way I did / But something got a
hold of me / And I acted like a
dustbin lid. How a dustbin lid acts is
apparently left up to the listener.
The typical assembly of McCartney
troops (Stanley Clarke, Ringo, Steve
Gadd, and Michael Jackson) all lend a
hand somewhere on the album and give

it that "all-star" aura. Disregard the
vocals and appreciate the craftsm4n-
ship, the melodies, the genius of Paul
McCartney; and the album becomes a
worthwhile collection.
-Andrew Porter

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Tragedy strikes living room

The truth must be known. "Three's
Company" may no longer bring
erudition and intriguing character
analysis into our living rooms. Yes,
four co-stars, Joyce DeWitt, Priscilla
Barnes, Richard Kline and Don Knotts,
are leaving the ABC-TV series.
Replacements have not been named.
This admirable series will be sorely
missed. It tried, with integrity, to por-

tray, realistically, the trials and
tribulations that occur when two
women and one man live together. Fur-
thermore, it successfully skirted the
menage a trois issue and substituted
tame and pleasant family dialogue. I
know that the many friends that I have
in similar living arrangements say that
"Company" tells it like it is.

Why is Don Knotts smiling? Maybe
he has exciting plans for the future.
Like former "Company" star Suzanne
Sommers, Knotts may opt to join Ace
Hardware or pose for an up-coming
Playgirl feature. Whatever he does, he
and his cronies will always hold a
special place in our hearts.


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