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The Michigan Daily

Friday, April 20, 1990 Page

by Mike Kolody
THESE days, mention the word
"poetry," and you are confronted
with groans, screams of anguish,
livid stares of intense hatred, un-
timely bowel actions and yes -
even self-induced vomiting. The
days when a volume of Tennyson
sat in every household are certainly
over. Where once the "Charge of
the Light Brigade" rang majesti-
cally from the lips of readers both
in Britain and the States, the
equally sensational but not quite so
intellectual drone of Who's the
Boss whines on in its place.
But this very weekend, on Earth
Day in fact, something new is
coming in the form of ex-Doors
keyboardist Ray Manzarek and beat
poet Michael McClure.
The status quo response:
This is something pretty new to
most people. It's a show that lies
somewhere on the vaguely defined
boundary between music and verse.
Now hold your lunch for a second,
especially you Doors fans: this
should be a good show. Unlike po-
etry alone, which has a tendency to
lose its powerful meaning with an
ordinary delivery, or music, which
tends to lose its meaning in a suc-
cesion of jangly rhythms, this duo
See MANZAREK, page 11


music merge

Roaches revel in Twilight
Twilight of the Cockroaches is Hiroaki Yoshida's first film. Previously a
producer/director of TV commercials, he was suddenly struck by the trials
and tribulations of life as a roach - all those slippery walls to climb,
compounded by fears of death by Raid. So he turned his hand from selling
Hondas to creating a whole crew of cuddly, animated household pests.
This particular bunch of cockroaches share an apartment with a
depressed divorcee, Mr. Saito. Saito, who doesn't have anyone else to
give his leftovers to, leaves out juicy morsels for his little housemates.
* Never hungry under the beneficent reign of the non-roachist Saito, the
cockroaches are oblivious to the fate of other colonies suffering under the
tyranny of less enlightened regimes. Oblivious, that is, until a soldier
roach from across the way brings horror stories of pesticide raids and
"careless mutilations."
The animated roaches are superimposed on a real set. Everything is shot
from a low-angle roach perspective; pyramid-shaped bottles of wine and
French dressing loom ominously over them on Saito's cluttered kitchen
table. Saito and his girlfriend overwhelm the little louses as they frolick
:around the ketchup. -Sharon Grimberg
Francophone Greek tragedy
I might not have seen Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources (Manon
of the Springs) had my high school French teacher not been particularly
insistent about the art of French film. Madame Vandegrift showed both
these films in class, even though she covered up the television with her coat
during a fleeting moment of nudity in Manon. Lack of censorship is one of
the advantages of seeing both movies on the big screen this weekend.
In Jean de Florette, Gerard Depardieu plays the title character, a tax
.collector from the city who inherits land in the country. He arrives with his
wife, daughter Manon, a hunched back and a heart full of hope and
,expectation. Jean is undaunted by Soubeyran (Yves Montand) and his
nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil), native farmers who have their own plans
for the land Jean has inherited. A tug-of-war between Jean's determination
and Soubeyran's greed ends in tradgedy.
Manon des Sources continues
almost 20 years after Jean de Flo- DON'S TV &
rette leaves off. Jean's daughter ANTENNASERVICE
Manon is a beautiful, impoverished
,shepherd who runs through the coun- EM KES VC ALL
s tryside like Pan with a flute. When WE SERVICE ALL MAKES
she discovers the cause of her fa-
ther's ruin, she avenges the men and
the town that killed his dreams. 113 8th Street
See CINEMA, page 11 66-5064

Ray Manzarek (left) used to be with the Doors, but don't let that turn you off. Heh heh, just kidding. He and
beat relic Michael McClure will be doing their thing at Club Heidelberg on Sunday.

New World Festival redefines the arts

by Ami Mehta
WE live in a truly unbalanced so-
ciety if Elvis (who is dead) and ob-
noxious rappers such as the Beastie
Boys are glorified to the extent that
they are seen as demi-gods or cre-
ative new musicians while other
great artists who have contributed so
much to the world of fine arts are
ignored. Music, among other art
forms, is composed of various gen-
res of artists with a myriad of back-
grounds of which most people are
The University, with the help of
the Minority Affairs Commission
(MAC) and other student organiza-
tions, will show how important mi-
norities in various art forms are in
today's world by saluting them and

their livelihood in a celebration titled
The New World Festival: Redefining
the World.
What began as the brainchild of
LSA junior Chris Washington to
make some sort of aggressive state-
ment in a political and theatrical di-
rection fleshed out into a festival
that will not only take action on the
situation of minorities in the fine
arts but will hopefully produce some
positive reaction on the part of audi-
ences. According to Washington, the
main goals of the festival are to
break down some basic artistic
stereotypes and increase the aware-
ness of underexposed art forms.
The festival's fare, composed of
15 acts, will include performances of
blues, jazz, Native American drum
groups and Congo dancers. Washing-

ton solicited these and other groups
to take part, stressing their unique
art forms and their need for exposure
in the community. By using this
successful strategy, he has attracted
jazz guitarist Bill Banfield to per-
form as well as members of the
Black Greek system who will dance
a Step Show, in which various steps
are put together with an emphasis on
uniformity and precision.
Since this is the first annual New
World Festival, Washington men-
tioned the difficulty of starting from
scratch, but he also acknowledged all
who contributed to its progress. And
although publicity is usually a key
factor in any performance, "This fes-
tival's success hinges on the weather
more than anything because it is go-
ing to be performed on the Diag,"

explained Washington. But, since.
this is Michigan, audience members
may only need to take shelter for
roughly 15 minutes before the
weather returns to a normal state to
continue with the festivities of the
take place on the Diag on Saturday
from 12-3 p.m.
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