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The Michigan Daily- Friday, March 12, 1993- Page 9

0. J. Anderson acts

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by Kim Gaines
Do you need abreak? Do your brain
and your body ache from studying? Do
you ever wish you could go back to
those easy, lazy, innocent days of child-
If you do, then Performance Net-
work is the place for you to be this
Saturday afternoon! OJ. Anderson will
be presenting a spectacle filled with
comedy, mime, music, audience par-
ticipation and more.
Anderson is the perfect comedian
for the college student -- he's a kid at
heart who loves to make people laugh.
Anderson has worked with such re-
nowned artists as Mr. Rogers, Weird Al
Yankovic, Ernest and the Ringling
Brothers' Clowns.
"It's going tobe apotpourri,"Ander-
son said, "A buffet of silliness and stu-
pid comedy and hopefully the adults
will laugh just as loud as the kids - or
they'll throw tomatoes just as hard!"
The show will be a crazy time where
children can enhance their creativity
and imagination, and adults (or pre-
adults as the case may be) can recapture
the joy of their younger days.
Anderson has worked with kids of
all ages. He started in comedy in the
college circuit and was nominated for

the Top College Entertainer in theUnited
States in 1986 by the National Enter-
tainmentCollege Association. He went
on to perform mostly for grade school
andsecondaryeducation students. Now,
all of his acts have been blended into
one show forall ages. "Beware!"Ander-
son warned, "It's for the strong of heart
- from age five and up, you've gotta
have a ninja heart!"
After working in comedy for over
20 years, Anderson said he is no longer
seeking stardom oreven trying tocreate
art. "It's entertaining and keeping a
good attitude," he said. "It's having a
good time with it, both the audience and
me. "
Anderson said he hopes to see col-
lege students at his show as well. "They
work so hard, maybe they could use a
break and laugh with some kids." Stu-
dents all over this university are prob-
ably desperately in need of a break! So
come join me and a bunch of other kids
for a great time; who knows, maybe the
college students will outnumber the
grade school kids!
O.J. Anderson will be performing
Saturday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m.
and 2:00p.m. at the Performance
Network. Call663-0681 for
reservations and information.

Gritty Cinema
Cinema at its gritty best hits cam-
pus this weekend with the UAC / M-
Flicks showings of "The Verdict"
(1982) and "The Asphalt Jungle"
(1950). Sidney Lumet's "TheVerdict"
stars the perennially masterful Paul
Newman as a lawyer-on-the-skids who
is tackling the case of his lifetime. But
if you catch Newman displaying his
craggy charm, make sure you stick
around for the John Huston noir mas-
terpiece, "The Asphalt Jungle." Now
serving as the standard by which most
pulp-crime films are set (yes, think:
"Reservoir Dogs"), "Jungle" features
the pouty-lipped tough guy
extrodinaire, Sterling Hayden. Years
before getting shot in the throat by
Michael Corleone in "The Godfather,"
Hayden was the brute who imparted to
his girlfriend in "The Killing" the ster-
ling sentiment: "I'm gonna turn that
pretty face into hamburger." "Jungle"
also features a very young Marilyn
Monroe, and a bang-up directing job
by grit-master John Huston. Be sure
and catch both on Friday or Saturday at
8 pm and 10:15 pm in MLB Aud 3.
Call 763-1107.

Women and Poetry
Lt us go now you and I, as the
evening spreads out across he sky,
kind of like a patient etheriszed upon a
table. Not quite T.S. Eliot, and T.S.
probably isn't who you'll be hearing
tonight at the Women's Poetry Read-
ing in East Quad's Halfway Inn at
7:00. Share your own work or some-
one else's (we do recommend "The
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and
the always brilliant Erica Jong). Men
are more than welcome to attend, but
only women can getup thereand share
their stuff. What a great way to spend
an evening. Let usgo now you and, to
the Halfway Inn to read some rhymes.
Ya Gotta Have Art
If you've always wanted to be an
artist, but you never quite seemed to
cutit, maybe you ought tohead on over
to the Ann Arbor Art Association for a
special nighttime workshop on por-
trait-making. Everyone who partici-
pates gets a coupon good for refresh-
ments afterward at the Bird of Para-
dise. The class is from 7-9 p.m. Call

Pianist Alexander Toradze brought the house down at the AASO last year.
Toradze returns
by Jeremy Williams
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's concert this Saturday night will
feature two works for reduced orchestra:Stravinsky's Symphony for Winds and
Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. The Michigan Theater will also be filled
with the sounds of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto when the full orchestra
is joined by pianist Alexander Toradze.
The main attraction of this weekend's Ann Arbor symphony concert is the
soloist, Toradze. He has performed with virtually all of the world's finest
orchestras, including those of New York, Detroit and Leipzig. He comes back
this weekend after last year's performance of Liszt's Second Piano Concerto
with the AASO which brought the house down.
Samuel Wong, the conductor of the AASO, says Toradze is perfectly suited
to the challenges of Rachmaninoff. "Rachmaninoff needs a certain visceral
excitement, and he has just that," he said. The piece's Russian character is also
in Toradze's blood, as he was born in Soviet Georgia. He attended the
Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and later earned a position as faculty at
the Moscow Conservatory.
Toradze has taken home the blue ribbon in a number of contests, including
the prestigious Van Cliburn competition. In 1983, he requested asylum at the
American Embassy in Madrid while on tour with the Bolshoi Symphony
Orchestra of Moscow. At present, Toradze tours as a soloist and holds aposition
as Professor of Music at the University of Indiana, South Bend.
The first piece on the program is Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, written
the same time as the "1812 Overture." All four movements are quite well
known, perhaps because they are an imitation of the Classical style which was
long since out of fashion when Tchaikovsky wrote the Serenade. The second
movement-a waltz -is lighthearted and delicate enough to make it a crowd
favorite. Tchaikovsky created a graciously classical work years after its time.
"The intent was to keep the program thematically unified," Wong said of the
all-Russian program. "The Tchaikovsky gives us a chance to work intensively
as a string choir, while the Stravinsky gives us a chance to work intensively as
a wind choir."'
Stravinsky's Symphony for Winds is a lesser-known work, and it is ex-
tremely demanding on the wind orchestra as an ensemble as well as for the
individual soloists. It is primarily monophonic - the different instruments all
play the same rhythm. It is the most modern work on the program, and also the
least tonal. It was first written as a piano score to honor Claude Debussy in 1920.
In 1947, it was revised and rescored as the Wind Symphony.
This weekend's concert will take the audience through more than 100 years
of Russian musical tradition. In the center ring will be Alexander Toradze, with
side shows presented by the AASO's winds and strings.
THE ANN ARBOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will perform with Alexander
Toradze on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Michigan Theater. Tickets are $12, $15
and $18, with discounts for seniors, students, and children. Call 668-8397.


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