The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 16,1989-Page 10
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search is the theme of The Final
The plot of Trek 5 is interest-
ingly similar to the initial Star
Trek: The Motion Picture. But it's
not as muddled or confusing -
entertainment is placed above all
other priorities here, and the whole
project subsequently lacks any gen-
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The acting also falls short.
Shatner's Kirk is at its blandest.
Nimoy's Spock remains much the
same, but grows tiring. And
DeForest Kelly's Dr. McCoy trav-
els beyond the mildly comical into
the annoyingly irritating - a one-
liner every two minutes is really
Star Trek V is a fun film, but it
offers nothing more this momen-
tary satisfaction; the intelligence
and memorable plots Trekkies have
come to expect is lost somewhere
in the outer space of its glitz and
gloss. The Star Trek genre needs to
grow and evolve. But instead, this
installment may very well be its
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or waltzes. That's not true. It's
capable of a lot of different and inter-
esting sounds and riffs. Now a lot pf
people are using it and it's beginning
to get accepted more. But it was a
real struggle at first."
Europe offered Queen Ida far more
receptive audiences in the early go-
ing, which helps to explain why
she's taken her band across the
Atlantic a dozen times or more. In
fact, she credits the response she
received overseas with arousing
American interest in her music.
"I think people eventually began
to see how popular I was in Europe
and they wanted to check it out
themselves," she explains. "All of a
sudden it was like,'Wow, this lady is
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really hot over there, we should sively nimble, at times achingly
know more about her."' soulful voice suggestive of a
Another popular Cajun band play- younger, wilder Aaron Neville.
ing at the festival will be Wayne Although Simien and his band
Toups and Zydecajun. In contrast to have been featured on the soundtrack
Queen Ida's performance of a zydeco of The Big Easy, a film in which
music which emphasizes French they also make a brief appearance,
lyrics from her native Louisiana, they've only released a few indepen-
Toups sings sometimes in simple dent singles. Still, the Mallet
English, and always about women Playboys have been a big hit here in
and celebration. His music combines recent shows.
sweet Louisiana zydeco with the live
intensity of rock and roll; this con- WAYNE TOUPS AND ZYDE-
temporary sound includes this CAJUN and QUEEN IDA AND THE
Crowley, Louisiana band in the next BON TEMPS ZYDECO BAND
generation of zydeco music. Hot appear at the Frog Island Zydeco,
tunes from their most recent record, Blues and Jazz Festival in Ypsilanti
Blast From the Bayou, includes the at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, June 23,
desirous "Sweet Joline," the rollick- preceded at 7 p.m. with a tribute to
ing "Johnie Can't Dance," and a New Orleans R&B by Detroit's SUN
smooth remake of Neville Brothers' MESSENGERS. Tickets are $12 at
"Tell It Like Is." the gate; call 487-2229 for info on
Only a little under a week after the the other blues and jazz events going
Frog Island Festival, Terrance on there Friday and Saturday.
Simien and the Mallet Playboys TERRENCE SIMIEN AND THE
will play on June 29th and 30th at MALLET PLAYBOYS bring their
the Blind Pig. Simien and his group squeeze-box to the Blind Pig, 208 S.
are one of the youngest, freshest, and First, for 9:30 p.m. shows on
most explosive zydeco bands to Thursday, June 29th and Friday the
emerge from Louisiana's bayou 30th. Tickets are $7.50 in advance,
country. Having grown up in Mallet, $10.00 at the door; call 996-8555.
Louisiana, a small town 70 miles
west of Baton Rouge, Simien was
exposed to zydeco at an early age. S e the
In his teens he began writing and
playing accordion, assembling a con-
stantly changing circle of musical new s,
friends. His present band contains
one of the httest rhythm sections
around, in which rub-board player
Earl Sally and blues guitarist
Sherman Robertson play a key role.
Also, Simien sings in an expres-
Ann Arbor Civic Thare Ann Arbor Summer Festivat
The Sign in Jue 23 and 24
Sidney Brustein's :00 p.m.
By Lorraine H ansbey 2:00 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Teatre
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