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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Beck's Show Business Beat The Cedar Kaplds Gazelle; Wed., Nov. 20, 1971 7C By Marilyn Beck HOLLYWOOD (NYT) Helen lleddy lias discovered It's not all llml easy lo gel intu prison when all you're trying to do is provide enter- tainment for inmates. A standard-bearer of the feminist movement since her hit recording of "1 Am Wom- Helen came to the conclusion last year that she should be playing benefits for females in jail, "Who have it so much rougher than men, with no rehabilitation pro- grams to speak of." WEDNESDAY Sat, Nov., 23 Pave DightcBi PANCAKE HOUSE FAMILY RESTAURANT Also serving Steaks, Chops, Chicken and Prime Rib Open 3 a.m. Man. thru Sat. WATERFRONT INN LOUNGE Presenting Guitarist SKIP DYER Monday thru Friday 100FAVE.N.W. Wosf End o! F Ave. Bridge Tho International singing star staged shows at several women's Institutions (his lusl year, but tells mo It's taken her 18 months lo get (he doors In Ihe Sybil Brand In- slHuli) in Eusl L. A. opened to her and her band. She's final- ly accomplishing that feat on- ly after taking her case to Los Angeles City Attorney Hurl Fines. "When we first approached officials at Sybil re- ports Helen's husband-manag- er Jeff VVald. "we were turned down cold and quite rudely. And that's the way the situa- tion remained." The situation abruptly changed last week, reveal the Walds victoriously, when they discussed the mallei' wilh Clly Attorney Pines who imme- diately contacted L. A. Sheriff Peter Pltchcss. As a result, some 725 women in jail will be enjoying an early Christmas present this year: A Dec. Ill performance by Helen Reddy and band. has pushed buck pro- By Frederick M. Winship NEW YORK (DPI) Czech composer Leos Janacek's 10 operas have been so ignored in the United Stales that many music lovers can be forgiven the question, "Janacek His first per- formed in 1904 when the composer was 50, and his "Makropoulos which had its debut in 1926, have been produced by American opera companies infrequently and not always wilh success. Lasl week Hie Metropolitan Opera mounted a major new production of Jan- acek's masterpiece, and it is not likely thai many opera buffs will ask "Janacek again. "Jenufa" will be broad- cast nationally on the Mel's regular Saturday afternoon series Dec. 21, as memorable a Christmas present as listeners are likely lo receive. sung by a strong cast including famed Wagneri- an soprano Aslrid Varney in her first Met appearance since is a work of universal appeal, ebullient, moving, me- Theater Time For Wednesday WORLD "The Mart Ad- ventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob" shorts TIMES "The Trial of I3il ly EASTOWN 1 "Waikin; Tall" F.ASTOWN 2 "Blaxinfe Huddles" MARION Features at 11 3. 7, COLLINS "Walking Tall' "Conversation" lortically expressive, and (best of all) timeless in the way all great opera classics are time- less. Debut Banned It is hard to believe that "Jenufa" was banned by some critics when it had its Amer- ican debut at the Metropolitan in 1924 with a cast including Jeritza, Matzcnauer and Oeh- nian and disappeared from the repertory after only five performances. Perhaps no harder to believe than that the Prague National Theater did not perform "Jenufa" until 12 years after its world premiere in provincial Brno, bringing fame to Janacek when he was a more than mature 62. Musically, "Jenufa" owes small musical debts lo Wag- ner, Puccini and Charpenlier among others, but Janacek's melodic idiom based on speech rhythms predomi- nate. It is woven together with thuines from Czech songs and dances thai give the opera a lilting character in spile of the tragic aspects of ils plot. John Nelson conducted wilh sensi- tivity to the music's strong inner impulses. Opera's Cast It is a story of misplaced love, illegitimate birth, in- fanticide, and love triumphant in a peasant village in Mora- via, of which Brno is (he cap- ital. In the Mot's production, soprano Teresa Kubiak sings the tillc role with fiery clarity in troika with two admirable tenors, William Lewis, her ner'er-do-well lover and Jon Vickers, her persistent suitor. Miss Varney, taking the piv- otal character role of Jenufa's stepmother, displayed the leg- endary power of her low and middle vocal registers, but the upped regisler was occasional- ly strained and wobbly. How- ever, she is a consummate actress and her "welcome back" al the age of 50 was an emotional occasion for those who admired her in starring Wagnerian and Strauss roles during her Met earner. Guenlher Rennerl provided lively staging in muted set- tings of a Moravian village and a domestic interior aptly designed by Guonther Schneider-Scimssen. The major flaw in the production, a gift of Reader's Digest founder Lila Wallace, was Ihe English translation which Norman Tucker made for London's Covent Garden re- vival of the work in 19G8. It seemed stiff and difficult for the cast lo make intelligible to the audience. But a mostly- American cast cannot be ex- pected lo learn the original Czech by role. dticllon uf Its "Woman of (he Year" until January much to the relief of Gone Kelly and Heneo Taylor. Veteran danc- ing star Kelly is directing the TV movie-series pilol and, on foreign promotional flings for his "That's Entertainment" motion picture, hasn't had much time to prepare for the new venture. As for Uenec, who's co-starring wilh hus- band Joe Bologna In the re- make of the Tracy-Hepburn classic, the extra lime gives her a chance lo drop 20 extra pounds. Kelly feels she'll need to lose at least that much to look shapely for the role. Friends of Elizabeth Taylor feel her latest ailments could be more psychological than physical, and report her ego's still plenty bruised over Richard Burton's plans to marry Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. Now that Miss Taylor doesn't seem to stand a chance of getting him back, she's behaving as if she really wants him back that she would give most anything for a reconciliation. Now that John Wayne's taken tip with his very young, very attractive secretary, Pat Stacy, you can expect him to hurry his divorce from Pilar along. The Duke's a member of the old school that holds to the theory you should marry the gal you love. Phyllis Diller certainly hasn't had trouble getting back into the single swing of things since her split from husband Wardo Donovan in September. Last week, as an example, she had dates here in L. A. with Richard Charllon of Phoenix, Carl Stohn (owner of Chicago's Pheasant Run EVERY WEDNESDAY r's Lcsdses Night with FBCKENS FACULTY playing Every Wed., Frl.A Sat. NOW Appearing Every Thursday LOOSE CHANGE featuring Connie with Current Sounds SHOW LOUNGE a 113 "A" Ave, N.W. ON OR ABOUT CEDAR RAPIDS o 2825 Johnson Ave. NW Telephone 362-7529 2843 Mt. Vernon Rd. SE Telephone 363-5568 OPEN Ait WINTER MIDWAY DAIRY QUEEN MT. VERNON, IOWA PHONE 895-8245 Ron. U.S. Pol. Off Am. D.O. Corp.1 1973 Am. D.O. Cotp HELD OVER! 2WD BIO WEEK "IP YOU HAVEN'T SEEN A I'OKNO MOVIE BE FORE, OK IF YOU HAVE ONLY ONE EROTIC MOVIE TO CATCH THIS YLAR THIS IS THE ONE" -AljGoJdslc-in RATED XXXXXX (MITOOKIKi OP TO! HAPPY IIOOfJiK) SHOWS AT I.ATK SHOW KRI. SAT. AT 11: Marilyn Beck George Kacarides (builder of oil tankers from 1'atras, Greece) and Mark London an old friend from right hero in town. Hank Mancini flics to London this week to record the musical score for Blake Edwards' "The Return of the Pink Then, next month, Blake flies over here to get American audience re- action to the film. If the pic- lure doesn't end up with tremendous international audience appeal, it won't be from a lack of effort on Blake's part He's already shown work prints of his "Pink Panther" sequel to groups in England, France, Switzerland and Spain and says lie won't do final editing on the Peter Sellers-starrer until he's compiled reactions of all the sneak-preview crowds. Juliet Prowsc tells me her father, George Polte, is open- ing a chain of golf clinics in South Africa where Juliet was born and where he is a top golf teacher who includes U. S. Masters golf tournament champ Gary Player among those he coaches. Gary (who's from South Africa) and Polte also have plans lo open a siring of golf schools in the U.S. as soon as they get their overseas chain out of (he rough. Walter Pidgeon Feted by Screen Actors Guild LOS ANGELES (AP) Veteran film actor Walter Pidgeon lias received the Screen Actors Guild Annual award "for outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of Ihe acting profession." The award to the 76-year-old Pidgeon was presented by Guild President Dennis Weaver at the Guild's annual membership meeting Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium. "His long and distinguished career has embraced every medium, from operettas and musicals to television and the Broadway Weaver said of Pidgeon. "He has given memorable perform- ances In more Iban motion pictures. During World war II and the Korean war he found lime between pictures to en- tertain troops around the world. Later, lie became campaign chairman of the Hollywood Permanent Chari- ties Committee." Pidgeon has served on (he Screens Actors Guild Board of Directors for 33 years, includ- ing one stretch as president for five successive terms, Weaver noted. Telephone Michael Dooley 377-8081 MICHELE MilCHEALS DIANE HUGHES Now 8 cxdtiilK shows al THE MEETING I'LACK Kuturn cnKyKcint'nt of Hie beautiful Micneli1 and. Itack by popular1 request, DIANE HUGHES, "The Body These Kirls i 2 of Ihc BEST I'KOFESSIONAL DANCERS we've ever had Shows star! a pill matinee. Evening shows ul and cootioiioiis until 2 am. Ill the ONIQUE MOTEL, al 852 A Avenue 2 minutes from downtown. The 8th and 10th Street intersections arc'now ripen! Phono Welcome. Sat. Nov. 23 "ENOCH SMOKEY" Top 40 Band PRAIR8E MOON BALLROOM PralHeburg, Iowa Dress Up Rules Res. 437-2271 Tonight (Wed.) Thurs, Donco To The Music of Iowa s Finest Country Western How more than erer you must see it! WORLD DELORES TAYLOR .nd TOM LAUGHLIN HELD OVER! %md SMASH WEEK! WATERLOO Cross Roads I DUBUQUE Grand MARSHALLTOWN Plaai "THE MAD ADVENTURES OF TOB3' JACOBS" PARAMOUNt: 'JEREMIAH JOHNSON" NOW "THE TRIAL OF BILLY JAdC NOW BURT REYNOLDS "THE LONGEST YARD" DAILY AT 1 -R- NOW OPEN AT W WALTER HATTKAI) ROBERT SHAW "TAKING OF THE PELHAM ONE TWO THREE" ,-R- WOW "THE TRIAL OF TONITE ONLY ALWAYS FREE PARKING ROGER MOORE SUSANNAH YORK COLOR P.O. SHOWS NOW C HE WILL WIN AN ACADEMY AWARD ART CARNEY "HARRY TONTO" NOW thru TUBS. OPEN SHOW JOE Dim mm ROSEMARY MURPHY- FELTON PERRY Wmint liy Ijy W.tlicf IVfuluc Pimlucef Durlc-vA Pr.HI I'niili.u-'ii I'v MM Rnskin Unrein! fcy fliil K.lilson In Coliif HIT r. .1 cl Coip GENE IN STAGE 1 SHOWS i M I'HtilllirTfiJM i p-fsrM "THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE" WALTER MATTHAU- ROBERT SHAW -MARTIN BALSAM ;