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-omorrow in Weekend, etc:
Don't quite know what to do this summer? Tomorrow
Weekend, etc. will feature some of the best things to do,
places to go and ways to spend the May-September months.
Wednesday
February 4, 1998

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)ancers light up Power Center

to regroup and pull something together. We have with the multi-faceted character of Billy the
to focus but it Kid. In the 45-minute long multi-media
makes you feel dance/theater piece about Billy's life, each of
more generous as the eight dancers focus on a separate aspect of
a performer when Billy's diverse character. It incorporates acting
you're dealing with a and video as well as diverse styles of dancing
sense of loss, Fogel said. such as ballet, jazz and country line dancing.
T h e North is covered by Jessica Fogel's
S o u t h k"North of Here," a piece that was created
takes on for the opening night of the exhibit,
R o b i n "Monet at Vetheuil: The
W i I s o n ' s Turning Point," at the
"Minstrels Past," an entertaining yet University 's
deeply analytical exploration of the por- Museum of Art. It
trayal of African Americans through is based on
images and specifically through Claude Monet's
the minstrelsy dance movement s art works from the
of the 1800s. 4 trying period of his
This performance type was life when his wife
created in 1820, and was per- Camille died.
formed by white males in blackface Monet's paintings
with mossy hair and white gloves and depict these dismal
lipstick. winter landscapes and
"It was a mockery and attempt to master Fogel's dancers personify
African American cultural expression and the natural elements of ice,
meaning with grotesque, caricatured, high- water and wind. On stage in
ly vivid images and exaggerated dialect," pale blue and lavender toned
Wilson said. silk dresses, they recreate the
The choreography depicts an evolution story of his life and art as the
of dance through the ages and the images music of one of the great mas-
that have been associated with the dance. ters of impressionist music, Claude
The dancers have a forced gaiety in the Debussy, completes the mood of the
dancers that is seen when their energy piece.
doesn't quite match up to the photo The music of the concert is as
images being shown or the slow diverse as the material. Mixes of
music being played. recorded music are common, as well
"The point of this piece is that as live performances. "Looking for
out of that tradition came stereo- Billy" involves a collage score with
typical icons which persisted Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi and
long after the last minstrel show University performer Stephen
ended," Wilson said, . Rush contributing his creative
The West is taken on by the edge. Assistant Music Prof. Eric
husband and wife team of Santos wrote the score to
Bill DeYoung and Sandra Courtesy of David Smith "Minstrels Past" which
Torrijano DeYoung. Linsey Dietz and Michael Phillips involves sampling, or the mix-
"Looking for Billy" deals dance in "North of Here." ing, of different riffs from a

Courtesy of David Smith

Kelly Hirina displays her dancing talent In "Looking for Billy."

variety of songs to make something original.
Merce Cunningham's work uses the music
created by his partner, John Cage. Unusual
electronic-based sounds are made by playing
various objects such as files, drills, feathers
and records over a record cartridge. It is a very
complicated procedure that, while it is differ-
ent each time it is performed, uses a specific
map to guide the improvisation. The four
musicians follow a map laid on top of an
amoeba shape. At the times that they are inside
the amoebae they play sounds and at times
when they are outside of the shape there is
silence.
Cage's music goes well with Cunningham's
dance style, which embraces the concept of

chance. He uses chance procedures to figure out
how his highly technical dances are going to
unfold. For example, he ffps a coin to determine
the number of dancers on stage at a time or what
body part will move.
His dancers in "Changing Steps" perform in
solo, duet, trio, quartet and quintet and they will
hear the music for the first time at the actual per-
formance.
The University Dance Company perfor-
mnances begin ionorrow night and run
through Sunday at the Power Center Allper-
formances start at 8 p.m., except /or Sundays
which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are available
in advance at the Michigan League. For more
intormnation call 764-0450.

South Park' continues with
io concern for old standard

stuck to it,' and all this stuff. We know
what we're doing in the next few
months, so we know we're really
going to be (messing) with people."
This from the guys who had a piece
of talking poo named Mr. Hankey
smeared all over their very special
Christmas episode.
Now it's time to get ready for four
new installments beginning with
"Damien," a half-hour that introduces
an ill-tempered tyke, who happens to
be the son of Satan, to South Park
Elementary School.
Damien brings news (duh). His dad,
the Prince of Darkness, wants to duke
it out with Jesus (who, as fans know,
is the host of South Park's cable-
access show "Jesus and Pals").
This being the 1990s and so near
the foretold apocalypse, the mano-a-
mano confrontation goes to pay-per-
view, billed as the "Boutin' at the
Mountain."
Too bad Jesus, at 135 pounds, looks
like he's going to get his beatific butt
kicked by the bad-as-he-wants-to-be
Beelzebub, who tips the scales at 320
pounds.
To add insult to end-of-the-world
injury, the fight is scheduled on the
same day as Cartman's birthday party.
OMIGOD! What's next? The death
of poor Kenny?
Of course. Of course. Some things
never change.
Look for a Valentine's Day theme
on Feb. I1 in a show called "Tom's
Rhinoplasty." Ms. Ellen, "a totally hot
substitute teacher" (the voice of
Natasha Henstridge of "Species") will
fill in for the always garrulous Mr.
Garrison, who is out having his nose
done.
. On the following week's show (Feb.
18), it's "Mecha Streisand," with

Courtesy of Comedy Central

Kenny, Cartman, Kyle and Stan run from their nemesis, the Grim Reaper.

Leonard Maltin teaming up with Chef
(Isaac Hayes) to save the boys from an
amulet capable of creating the ulti-
mate evil. (Robert Smith of The Cure
will appear as his animated self.)
Last, but certainly not least, is a
cliffhanger. "Cartman's Mom is a
Dirty Slut" is a sure-to-be-tender
episode Feb. 25 in which a father-and-
son picnic raises some serious ques-
tions about Cartman's paternal ori-
gins. (The mystery will be solved in
April.)
Parker and Stone aren't world-
weary sellouts yet - even though
their creation is about to hit the cover
of Rolling Stone magazine; even
though all kinds of celebrities want
to do guest voices on "South Park"
(George Clooney showed up just to
bark); even though they just got back

from Sundance where their pre-
"South Park" features were shown;
even though they themselves are
starring in a film called
"Baseketball;" and are gearing up for
an R-rated "South Park" feature
film.
"People like your stuff - how can
you not like that?" says Stone (the
voice of Kyle, Kenny, Jesus and
Jimbo) who, like Parker (the voice of
Cartman, Stan and Mr. Garrison),
seems truly grateful.

They're not sweating the small
stuff.
"We definitely don't have a clear
vision," says Stone of the long run.
But they do know they're not going to
change the show just because it's so
suddenly popular.
They're still having fun.
"It's just like awesome," Parker
said. "Because of the nature of the
show and the nature of where we are,
there's just absolute freedom. So we
can say whatever the hell we want."

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Courtesy of Comedy Central
The boys of South Park, shown above with Satan, return for new episodes.

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