The Michigan Daily
Friday, February 23, 1990
Ministry preaches to senses
BY MIKE MOLITOR
W ILL the Nectarine be able to
handle the wrath of Ministry? I have
a feeling they'll leave the place in
ruins. Although they never were the
type of guys you'd want to bring
home to dinner with Mom and Dad,
on their current tour, supporting The
Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste,
Ministry takes abrasiveness a step
further. Expect an all-out, multi-me-
dia attack on the senses Saturday.
With three video screens, cauldrons
of fire, and a chain link fence, (all of
which will probably have to be
scaled down to fit the Nectarine's
dimensions), and an eight-member
tour lineup, Ministry promises to
deliver more than your typical con-
cert. They may just overwhelm you.
Founded in 1981 by Alain Jour-
gensen (around the time of the birth
of Chicago's Wax Trax Records),
Ministry became the core of a group
of uncompromising musicians that
were known simply as "The Tribe."
Along with Ministry, groups such
as The Revolting Cocks and Pail-
head mixed and matched members,
creating a huge body of work and in-
venting "industrial" music. This in-
novative sound collage of guitars,
synths, drum machines, and, above
all, samplers was a hybrid of dance
music, heavy metal and punk. Truly
original stuff. Over the years, Jour-
gensen and fellow Ministry member
Paul Barker have also collaborated
with several artists, including
Cabaret Voltaire and ex-Dead
Kennedy Jello Biafra.
Regardless of their Wax Trax
roots, Ministry signed to Artista
Records in 1981 and released the in-
Black Filmmakers Series winds up
A self-styled "filmmaker of alternative vision," Michelle Parkerson
arrives tonight to end the Black Filmmakers Series with a flourish. Known
especially for her documentaries on Black women, Parkerson will introduce
Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box and But Then, She's Betty Carter.
Betty Carter represents an effort to document the work of a great,
contemporary Black woman jazz artist, but what stands out in the
documentary itself is its depiction of the complete woman.
Betty Carter climbed within the world of Bebop while raising her two
sons alone. She founded her own record label, BetCar, because she wasn't
satisfied with the commercial record companies and their (non) support of
her art. The film incorporates interviews, still photos of Carter's early days,.
and recent concert footage.
The Jewel Box Review traveled the Black theatre circuit in the '50s and
'60s, performing as America's first integrated female impersonation show.
Parkerson became interested in the only male impersonator in the Jewel Box
Review, Storme DeLarverie, because of the power shift involved in cross-
dressing as a man. Although we are accustomed to seeing men parody
women (e.g. La Cage aux Folles), many are somehow threatened by women
posing as men. Parkerson has been said to feel especially close to this film
because of its strong roots in lesbian sexuality.
But Then, She's Betty Carter and Storme: The Lady in the Jewel Box
will be playing tonight at 7 p.m. at Lorch Hall. Michelle Parkerson will
introduce her films. -Jen Bilik
Rubright and Michael Parent. The
,N THE SPOTLIGH T storytellers come from all over the
country and from different traditions;
it should be highly entertaining.
Skip lunch today and watch sand More culture at the museum:
become art at the Museum of Art. Saturday at 2 p.m., John Patterson
It's not a demonstration of castle leads a song-and-dance journey
building, or magic windows, but the through Black history via the poetry
construction of an intricate, multi- of Langston Hughes. Tickets are
colored Sand Mandala by eight free, available at the gift shop.
This may be the closest you'll get to the faces of Alain Jourgensen and Paul Barker of Ministry. For their Satur-
day night show they'll be somewhat inaccessible, as they 'II be performing behind a chain-link fence.
credibly wimpy sell-out With Sym-
pathy. (Don't expect to hear any of
this material at the show -they say
the record was purely designed to get
a record deal and they hated it). After
the non-success of this effort, the
band moved to Sire Records in 1984
and was told to record their second
work "without constraints." Al-
though the result, Twitch, restored
the band's credibility, it was not un-
til 1988's The Land of Rape and
Honey and its monster single
"Stigmata," that Ministry's current
direction became clear.
Rape and Honey's potent combi-
nation of hardcore metal guitars,
screaming, violent vocals and inno-
vative sampling is continued on
their latest record and should prove
to be intense material for a live per-
formance. Don't expect to leave the
show unaffected. How could you
with eight angry men releasing their
collective agression at you from be-
hind a chain link fence?
The eight member tour line-up
includes, in addition to core mem-
bers Jourgensen and Barker, Revolt-
ing Cocks vocalist Chris Connolly
and Skinny Puppy's Nikev Ogre.
This opens up the possibility of the
band playing non-Ministry stuff.
Whatever the material, though, ex-
pect a spectacle.
Opening the show will be West
Berlin's KMFDM (no typo). An-
other Wax Trax act, the band should
prove to be interesting. Danceable
songs like "Disgust" and "Killing
(For Your Sampling Kit)" will get
the evening off to a good start.
MINISTRY plays at the Nectarine
Ballroom Saturday. The show is
sold out. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Tibetan monks. This painstaking
process started Wednesday, and after
they finish today they'll toss it into
the Huron. So catch this while you
can, today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ark, 637 1/2 S. Main, is
holding its annual Storytelling
Festival' tonight, tomorrow and
Sunday at 8 p.m. Tonight's show
features the quadruple bill of Arlene
Leitch, Owen McBride, Lynn
Yesterday the Daily printed erro-
neous information about the Robert
Hayden festival. The performance of
Angle of Ascent will take place to-
morrow at 8 p.m at the Power Cen-
ter. Gwendolyn Brooks and Rita
Dove will read from Hayden's works
at 8 p.m. tonight and 4 p.m., respec-
tively, at Rackham.
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