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'Breath' 1
By Seth Flicker
"We wanted to come up with the
stupidest name possible," said
Mr. Science, himself, Dan
Coffey.
And they just may have.
Duck's Breath Mystery
Theater has arrived and is
landing at the Power Center
tonight.
This unusual five-man
comedy troupe originally met at
the University of Iowa and have
been performing together for 11
years.
"Duck's Breath was a case of
five guys jelling together and
saying basically, 'Let's be the
Beatles. Let's be a band,'" Coffey
said.
"It brings out the best of the
people in it," he continued. "Five
of us have our own solo activities
but I think when we work well
together in Duck's Breath, it
brings out that the whole is greater
than the sum of it's parts. There's
more happening there than just
five people. It's more zany and
miraculous when it works."
Zany is right. Their
characters range from Mr.
Science (Coffey conducts this
question and answer section of the
show) and Randee of the
Redwoods to Mr. Nifty and Tom
E. Dells (of the Puppet Safari).
"When we're at our best we're
like the collective unconscious of
free associating and babbling."

The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 26, 1986 - Page 9
s gander of a show

This "babbling" can be found
on their two albums Out of Season .
and Born to Be Tiled and on their

"I challenge viewers in Ann
Arbor to put your right brain to
sleep... and part of your left
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various cassettes. Movies are in brain,"said Colley as
the future, as well, for Duck's Science. "In fact, put all your
Breath. It hasn't been sold yet but brain cells to sleep and come to
they are talking about a movie Duck's Breath and let us fill-your
called Zarda! Cow from Hell! mind. Let your instincts guide
Duck's Breath can also be you. In other words, 'Dare to be
heard occasionally on the radio stupid.'"
shows All Things Considered Quack!
and National Public Radio's
Morning Edition. All Things THE DAILY
Considered can be heard on
WUOM at five p.m. daily and- CLASSIFIEDS
WDET and WEMU carry both ARE A GREAT
shows; the Morning Edition WAY TO GET
begins at 8 a.m. Social critic Ian FAST RESULTS
Shoales (a.k.a. Merle Kessler)
can be seen fairly regularly on CALL 764-0557
Nightline with Ted Koppel.
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r, songwriter and activist will appear Saturday at the Power Center.

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By V. J. I
Holly Near
grew up singi
lot of permissi
to walk in the
In ou h'ouse, y
sit down and p
while, or sit
boogie woogie
just start sing
dishes. It was
Saturday nig
folsinger/song
will be provi
Center just
dishwashing
come.
The 8 p. m
Near and pian
"The pianist
quite remarke
tasteful music
orchestra... It
in some way
single pianist
much-freedoi
spot. I can ch
ment or the di
the middle of
the set list, an
F it. He sems
going next. An
It's wonderfu
Ms. Near is
who could ha
way out. She
the Hollywood
to. She has
warm voice, a
is given to
enthusiasm.
by her own R
usually filed
Music, yet he
folk, to pop,
country.
"The c
entertaining
rally. I kno
visible politic

tune with her
Beauchamp the concert's a concert. Out of the wha
musical experience certainly goin
come expressions of my heart, not of n
is a woman who unlike any other musician. So, mor
ng. "There was a obviously that happens in my wha
on around the house concerts, and my sentiment is the tea
front door singing. one that gets expressed!" Top
you could whistle, or Her sentiments have wor
lay the guitar for a sometimes been viewed as thr4
down and, play a unwanted, such as when she sing: som
on the piano. Or about the slain gay supervisor wor
ing while doing the Harvey Milk in Cuba, or singing hav
just around." This about Chilean oppression and garl
ght, Holly Near, nuclear power at Women's Music real
;writer/activist, Festivals. However, Holly lik
ing at the Power believes strongly in the necessity I
how far from of building coalitions. "Nobody pub
she has really lives a single issue in their life. alr
Most people who have some sort of pigE
. show will feature humanitarian perspective don't Mu.
nist' John Bucchino. want people killed and im- last
I tour with--he's prisoned in South Africa, don't mov
able. He's a very want nuclear testing against int
ian who is the full indigenous peoples in the Pacific, rati
's kinda a luxury and don't want to see -gay people pub
s to work with a dyting of AIDS without money for peo
,because there's so research. I think there are some peo
to improvise on the people who are afraid of crit- or h
hange the arrange- icising government policy be- with
irection of a song in cause they somehow confuse that The
the tune, or change with not being patriotic. It's part tho
d John just goes with of the whole idea of the eve
to know where I'm Constitution of a democracy, to hav
nd how to get there . have a critical eye. It's the par
1." citizen's responsibility to be the me
one of those people watchdog. It's because you love peo
ave taken the easy the land you live in that you Whi
could have 'made' it choose to struggle to protect it, not som
i way; but chose not because you hate it. The greatest acc
a liltingly clear, defense we could have of this othE
and in conversation country is not Star Wars, but the
great outbursts of rather food, shelter, education, ant
Her music, put out health. When people have these seer
iedwood Records, is things, then you have a healthy of p
d under Women's society that will voluntarily and
r sound varies from protect itself if it's attacked. That leve
to :Broadway, to 's not such a 'radical philosophy." fun
"Any time people gather peo
oncer t is an together around an idea," she says lim
event. It's not a of her involvements with political cou
w I have a highly and feminist movements, sup
cal reputation, but "music comes out of it.. Part of dem

,voman
times
at art does is to reflect what's
ng on at the time. There's a lot
music in this country that is
re profoundly expressive than
at you hear on the radio. If you
ch yourself not to depend on the
Ten to give you music, and
k a little harder, you'll wade
ough the mundane. There's
ne beautiful and very profound
k being done, though you do
ve to wade through a lot of
bage to find greatness. It's a
I jewel when you find what you
e."
n 1976, Holly came out
licly as a lesbian. She had
eady experienced some
eonholing from the 'Women's
sic' category. However, the
few years she has been able to
ve away from labels, and move
o the realm of a performer,
her than that of a folksinger, or
lic lesbian. "More and more
ple are aware that they have
ple in their family who are gay
esbian, and they've had to deal
h that on a real personal level.
ere really are hundreds of
usands of people who work
ryday and come home and
e regular lives. They're not
ticularly colorful to the
dia... they're not usually the
ple who get in the paper."
ile she feels that being gay is
nething that is more easily
epted today, she added "on the
er hand we are facing one of
most reactionary right-wing
i-gay movements that we've
n in a long time. There's a lot
eople who do not support civil
human rights on many
ls. When you see the sort of
ding that is given to black
ple for social services...it's so
ited and you know this
ntry's policy is not really to
port its citizens. If we're a
nocracy, we've gotta practice
at we preach. We've got to
ke sure we have programs that
port our citizens, whether
y're black, or chicano, or gay,
whatever."
The bottom line, however, for
the concertgoer, is the fun
ue. "I think it's gonna be fun;
ve been having great tour, and
remely wonderful audiences,"
said, practically beaming
ough the phone. Okay. Holly
ar. Performer. Power Center.
irday, September 27. 8 p.m.

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