The Michigan Daily
Friday, July 10, 1987
Paul Simon conveys messageTI
By Andrew McCuaig
Paul Simon's Graceland concert
at the Pine Knob Music Theater on
June 22 made me more aware of the
significance of his latest album's
contradiction - it's upbeat, harm -
onious sounds were inspired by the
music of oppressed, Black South
And while it appeared that
Simon and his worldwide touring
band were having a blast on stage,
there were constant, subtle rem -
inders of what the performance was
really about. It was easy to see that
there was something more than just
great music going on when jazz
trumpeter Hugh Masekela played
his tribute to Nelson Mandela
entitled, "Bring Him Back Home,"
or when the whole ensemble -
including the ten-member Lady -
smith Black Mambazo - finished
the evening with an acapella sing -
ing of the National Anthem of
Black South Africa.
.Simon's show was not a lecture
- it was a learning experience. The
entire concert had an underlying
message that was not preached or
overdone, but still evident: racism
and specifically Apartheid is wrong,
and people must address it to work
toward a solution. It was a perfect
example of how music can be used
to communicate a message that
people may not otherwise realize.
At the end of an exuberant per -
formance, Simon told the crowd
that we were "Ten thousand people
maybe more, people talking with -
out speaking, people hearing with -
out listening, people writing songs
that voices never shared."
Spaceballs: silly, but funny
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During his film-making car 6r
Mel Brooks has given us spopfs of
Westerns (Blazing Saddles), of '40s
B-film horror movies (Young
Frankenstein), and even of Alfred
Hitchcock classic thrillers (High
Anxiety). Now Brooks, a product of
the Vaudevillesque TV of the '50s,
brings his slapstick, one-liner style
of comedy to a spoof of space
movies in his latest effort,
Apes, Spaceballs contains all the
elements of a classic epic - good
vs. evil, a damsel in distress, a hero
with a secret past, and of course the
supernatural. And, in typical
Brooks' fashion, none of them is
free from an occasional pot shot.
The movies plot is just a vehicle
for a series of skits as story de -
velopment takes a back seat to
humor. In fact, the movie is con -
stantly poking fun at itself. For
instance, during the confrontation
accidentally stabs one of the mem -
bers of the film crew.
Although some of the movies
humor is mundane, Spaceballs
has enough off-the-wall, completely
unexpected skits to soften its
predictability. Instead of loan shark
Jabba the Hutt seeking money from
the Han Solo-like Pullman,
Pullman is faced with a racketeer
even more gruesome - Pizza the
Hutt, complete with pepperonis,
anchovies, and extra cheese.
o The University of Michigan
o o AA Summer Festivat--Organ Series, see July 10;
The calendar combines meeting, lecture workshop and con- Musical Instrument Digital Interface, 8 pm, Power
ference announcements with other events happening each week Ctr; Nightengale, 8 pm, Mendelssohn Theatre. 763-
on campus. It is based on The University Record calendar, and TKTS; Free entertainment: Top of the Park events
is open to all University sponsored groups and organizations TBA, 7 pm; film, Things to Come (1936), 10 pm.
recognized by the Michigan Student Assembly. Items must be *Ruthven Planetarium Theatre --Show, "Summer
submitted in writing by 5p.m. the Tuesday before publication. Illusions," 11:30 am; "The Universe Game," 2 & 3:15
Address all information to: Julie A. Brown, publications *repm, corner Geddes-Washtenaw. 764-0478.
assistant, University Record, 412 Maynard St. Asterisk (*) *Outdoor Rec Prog --Picnic outing to Independence
denotesevents to which admission is charged. Lake, 10 am-4 m, meet at No Campus Rec Bldg. Pre-
reg req. 763-4560.
FRIDAY Sens ,W-1 as,--Safety Class for New Shop Users,
Sess I, 9-11 am, SAB. 763-4025.
JULY 10 *New Jewish Agenda--From Shards of Broken
JL 10Dreams to Fragments of Hope, 8 pm, Truehlood
*Cinema Guild--On the Waterfront, 7:30 & 9:30 pm, Theatre, Frieze Bldg. 662-9217.
*Brecht Co--BAAL: a Profane Hymn to Summer, 8 pm, SU NDAY
Residential Coll Aud, 701 E Univ St. 995-0532.
*AA Summer Festival--Buxetehude Organ Series, JULY 12
5:15pm, First Congregational Church. 763-TKTS; *Cinema Guild--Birth of a Nation , 7 pm, disc follows,
Marcel Marceau, 8 pm, Power Ctr; Free MLB3.
entertainment: Top of the Park events incl The *Ruthven Planetarium Theatre--Show, 'The
Cassini Ensemble (string quartet), 7 pm; film, Universe Game," 2, 3:15 pm, corner Geddes-
Marceau/Lloyd Shorts (1923-75), 10 pm. Washtenaw. 764-0478.
*Arts & Prog/Paint Creek Folklore Society-- Disabled Student Svcs--Sign Lang Club, "Signs of
Danish Dance & Music Concert, 8-11 pm, Mich Unton the Times," 2-4 pm, Mich Rm, Mich Union. Beg-
Ballroom. 936-2443, 681-1688. advanced welcome. 763-3000.
WCBN (88.3 FM)--"Press Watch," 6 pm. *Brecht Co--BAAL: a Profane Hymn to Summer, 1 pm,
*Zen Buddhist Temple--All-day conf, "World Residential Coll Aud, 701 E Univ St. 995-0532.
Buddhism in North America," 7:30 am, July 10-17. For *AA Summer Festival--Nightengale, 2 pm,
sched: 761-6520 Mendelssohn Theater; piano recital, Louis Nagel, 4
pm, Power Ctr Recital Hall; Organ Series, see July 10;
SA TRD AY The Copasetics, 8 pm, Power Ctr. 763-TKTS. Free
entertainment; Top of the Park events incl Ragtime
JULY 11 Charlie & Sister Kate (banjo & piano), 7 pm; film,
*Cinema Guild--The Life of Brian, 7:30 pm; The Cotton Club (1984), 10 pm.
Meaning of Life, 9:25 pm, Nat Sci Aud. Zen Buddhist Temple --Meditation Svc, 5-7 pm, 1214
Packard Rd. 761-6520.
*AA Summer Festival--Organ Series, see July 10;
Free entertainment: Top of the Park events TBA, 7
pm; film, TBA, 10 pm (rain date).
Botanical Gdns--Mtg, AA Cage Bird Club, 7 pm, Aud,
1800 N Dixboro Rd, 763-7060.
Gay Liberation--Lesbian-Gay Male Community Open
douse,8:30 pm, Canterbury House, 218 N Division.
WCBN (88.3 FM)--See July 10.
Women Student Network--Brown bag lunch, noon-
1:30 pm, 350 S Thayer. 763-7080.
Hosp Info Svcs--Mtg, Med Campus Micro Users Grp;
lec, 'Extended and Expanded Memory," 3 pm, Hosp
Am phi (Rm 2A-201). 936-4900.
U-M Flint--Concert, Summer Band & Jazz Ensemble, 7
pm, Univ Ctr Bldg patio. 762-3377.
Inter-Cooperative Council--Sem, P Davis,
"Producer vs Consumer Debate," 7:30-9:30 pm, Mich
Co-op, 315 N State. 662-4414.
*AA summer Festival--Organ Series, see July 10;
Free entertainment: Top of the Park events incl Blue
Dragon Dance Theatre, 7 pm; film, The Magic Flute
(1975), 10 pm.
U-M Flint--Summer Band Concert, 7 pm, Flushing Pk,
*AA Summer Festival--Lee, A Aronson, "Sam
Shepard and Fool for Love UN," 4 pm, Mich League
Lib; Organ Series, see July 10. 763-TKTS. Free
entertainment; Top of the Park events incl The
Chenille Sisters, 7 pm; film, Attack of the Killer
Tomatoes (1980), 10 pm.
*AA Summer Festival --Circle Repertaory Co in Fool
for Love, 8 pm, Power Ctr. 763-TKTS. Free
entertainment: Top of the Park events incl Sonare
III (harpsicord, oboe, bassoon, flute), 7 pm; film,
Paris, Texas (1984).