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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta t, 1S74 TNI Water field Academy Awards show improved They did it again. Not better just again. Well, perhaps the Academy Awards show was a bit better this year, but it still remains a relentlessly witless evening. And yet everybody watches as the show bumps opposing programming in the television ratings. Liza MlMlli got things off in fine style with a neat piece of specially prepared material; more extensive use of film clips kept' the show from grinding to a hajt and there was David Nlven. Too bad Mr. Niven had to be the final host. His wit and charm, put to the test by "the streaker" were a major contribution to whatever success the evening had. In the opening slot Reynolds manhandled the stint taking the opportunity to belabour viewers for a certain cynicism, and reaching his cornedic apogee with a "Bronx Diana Ross started bravely' but faded, lumbered by the vagaries of the teleprompter which also left most of the starry presenters squinting or glassy-eyed. Director John, Huston delivered a "Sermon on the Mount" attack on critics of the awards which caused a deathly tension filled silence before launching on his over- age leprechaun act. And then, sa'ving all was Niven. Biggest surprise of the evening were all ths awards won by The Sting and not by The Exorcist which had been touted as a shoo-in to garner the major share. American Graffiti which probably did more to return audiences to fairly regular movie-going was ignored. Beautifully edited, written and directed with decency and honesty it deserved better. Acceptance speeches as usual invoked Mom, Heaven and the American Way, but awards should be given to Edith Head for'hers whkh was crisply professional, to Francois TrvffaHt for the most charming and to Jeha Honteman who said it all and beautifully, So it's all over for another year but there's a measure of comfort for some of the losers. Golden Globes (Hollywood foreign press awards) went to Al Pacino Marsha Maton (Cinderella Liberty) and American Graffiti. The National Society of Film Critics recognized LJv Ullman New Land) Marlon Brando (Last Tango) and Graffiti for its screenplay. New York film critics chose Joanne Woodward (Summer Wishes) and in a quick run round of major critics Vincent Canby (N.Y. Times) and Jay Cocks (Time) chose American Graffiti, Judith Crist top- listed Serpico with 0 Lucky Man as runner-up, Gene Shalit liked Bang the Drum Slowly arid John Simon (Esquire) opted for The New Land. Shades of Ed Sullivan. Hugh Downs who exited from NBC's Today Show, turned up to host Variety in the debut hour of a proposed series on show biz. Titled from the "bible" of the business it had none of tine gritty pow and bombast of the parent print medium. The lip-synching of the singers was appalling, David Merrick with a glossy clip from The Great Gatsby contributed only the advance sale figures for the movie, and a cut from Stacy Reach's Hamlet to the commercial was at the least unfortunate. If this show is not merely to be an inadequate retread of the Sullivan format it better get out of the studio and into the niteries where new acts are Enjoy Your Vacation at the RAINBOW HOTEL GREAT FALLS, MONTANA Special Rates Single Double LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE SOCIAL and DANCE Saturday, April p.m. MOOSE HALL 3rd Avenue South Music "FIORINO" For Members and Invited Guests Onlyl RED COACH LOUNGE presents nightly for your entertainment APR Y FORD TAVERN Entertainment Thurs., FrL, Phone 327-3191 4th Ava. 7th St. S. SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "GODSPELL" in color. Friday, April 16, shows at and p.m. FAMILY. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "JESUS CHRIST SUPER STAR" in color. Friday, April 5 show at p.m. FAMILY. Saturday Matinee: "HELL FIGHTERS" in color. Show at p.m. FAMILY. MILK RIVER Sunland Theatre "PETE 'N' TILLIE" in color. Starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. Saturday show at p.m. ADULT, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "OEAF SMITH AND JOANY EARS" in color. Starring Anthony Quinn. Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. Friday show at and p.m. ADULT. Saturday Matinee: "BIG MOUTH" in color. Starring Jerry Lewis. Saturday show at p.m. FAMILY. TABER Tower Theatre "ENTER THE DRAGON" in color. Starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon and Jim Kelly. Friday, April 5 shows at and p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. Satur- day Matmee. "MRS. BROWN YOU'VE GOT A LOVELY Show at p.m. FAMILY. playing, into rehearsal halls and movie tots. The city's current pride and v the new Public Library been doing land office business. Its all-purpose room (let's hope it can be given a more attractive name than that) gives a new dimension for performing arts in the city; for Children's, intimate, experimental theatre, for In this last connection the Allied Arts Council will launch its use with a concert by Constance Channon. Monday, April 15. Miss Channon is not only a concert pianist of repute, but has the rare ability of establishing rapport as she discusses her program with her audience. The intimacy of the new performing area (seating maximum is 200) should contribute to the pleasure her recital will give, open a door to imaginative use of this new centre and unleash all kinds of creative talent. And more from the Arts Council. It will again sponsor the summer musical, this year a Dick Mells production of Damn Yankees. The summer production is designed to give young people experience in all areas of production (but never think that oldsters, to aaslst and advise are excluded) and this year's selection should be a sure-fire hit. The songs are Seat: Whatever Lola Wants, jart, Who's Got the Pain (when they do the Two Lost Souls. Gwea Verdon starred in the Broadway production with Ray Wakrten. (My Favorite Martian) as the devilish Mr. Applegate. Checking down the original credits discovers a listing (one of the baseball fans) of Jean Stapleton who weekly gets "stifled" by Archie in All in the Family. On the boards in Taber, Calamity Jane, in .Foresmot South Pacific Saturday, the Student Art Snow at U of L At the Yates Sunday evening, the Festival Concert. Wednesday, again at the Yates, the U of L Choir with Leanne Kloppenborge, piano stil! sessions of the Festival to enjoy and while movies have had to have a bye this speech arts adjudicator Walter Kaasa reports that if it's laughter you're after you shouldn't miss No Sex Please, We're British. t assures farmer aid in grasshopper war OTTAWA (CP) The federal government is more prepared than ever to help Prairie farmers wage war on grasshoppers, Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan told the Commons yesterday. "We are in a better position than we ever were to control Mr. Whelan told Bill Knight Mr. Knight raised fears of a severe outbreak of the insects and asked what Ottawa will do to control them. Mr. Whelan replied that the government is ready to estab- lish control centres, complete' with insecticides and staff, in the West. He made no reply when Mr. Knight asked if the government plans to harvest grasshoppers and market them as exotic foods. Mr Knight said grasshoppers are selling at a pound in Japan. CALENDAR OF THE ARTS Co-ordinated by the Allied Arts Council Con- tact Bowman Arts Centre, Weekdays 10 a.m. 5 p.m Telephone 327-2813. CURRENT EVENTS Tonight and Saturday Musical: Calamity Jane, W.R. Myers School, Taber, 8 p.m. Tonight and Saturday Musical: South Pacific, Foremost Community Hall, 8 p.m. Sunday Annual student exhibition and open house, U of L Physical Education and Fine Arts Building, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8-13 Exhibit: Lethbridge Sketch Club, Centre Village Mall. April 10 Concert: U of L Choir, Yates Centre, p.m. COMING EVENTS April 15 Concert: Constance Channon, pianist, Library Gallery, 8 p.m. April 17 Concert: Calgary Philharmonic, Yates Centre, p.m. CONTINUING EVENTS To April 12 Exhibit: Water colors and drawings by Susan. Bobbins; photographs by Bill Pratt, Bowman Gallery, 10 a.m.-6y p.m. Sir Alexander Gait Museum; Monday-Friday p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p m CROSS SECTION QUARTET IN SACRED CONCERT Saturday, April 6th p.m. LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd Avenue South GERMAN CANADIAN CLUB REGULAR DANCE Sat., April 6th p.m. Music By: "JACK BLECH" Members and Invited Guests Only Memo to avoid newsmen mistake CLENDAJACKSON ...second Oscar American country music hits Russia New York Times Service MOSCOW I Streetcars rattled through the evening outside the Palace of Culture of the Railway Workers' Institute in Moscow, but inside the sound was strictly Nashville songs of love forlorn and good men gone wrong, of fast-rolling diesel trucks and jambalaya, crawfish pie and a file gumbo. American country music had hit the Soviet Union at last, in the lanky person of George Hamilton 4th, a North Carolina born singer well known in Nashville and other points, but not yet in Moscow. Hamilton, for 13 years a regular with Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, had been invited by the United States Embassy to spend several days explaining country music to a few selected Russian audiences. "Maybe people music is a better Hamilton said in an Appalachian twang that sometimes challenged his Russian interpreters. "It's music of the plain people, the working people." Hamilton illustrated what he meant by flat-picking his guitar or by playing a tape recording of several old country music classics. His audiences followed his literate commentary with Russian language scripts They were delighted by his singing but puzzled by the references to "hillbilly" and "bluegrass." all of which defy translation into Russian. The description of his own earlier hit, "Break My as "a nitty-gritty, up-tight, folk country, psychedelic Show Times OTTAWA (CP) A in the secretary of state department, telling four officials not to talk to the press, was described officially Thursday as a mistake and a misleading one to boot. The memo was credited to Gerald Rayner, assistant undersecretary for corporate management in the department, and was distributed to four program chairmen. It said: "Mr. Rayner has asked that I remind you all not to talk to the press. He wants all media inquiries to be re- ferred to pur information services division. Mr. Rayner feels they are more capable of co-ordinating any replies desirable and can 'turn off certain kinds of questions. Please inform your staff accordingly." It was written by an execu- tive assistant to a program manager in the department. And Thursday it was pub- lished in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Mr. Rayner was unavailable Thursday while he attended departmental meetings, but a department spokesman said the memo was issued "inadvertently" from notes Mr. Rayner scribbled on the margin of an internal memo. The spokesmen added that the remarks were badly worded. "He didn't mean to 'turn off questions. What was meant is that information people knew what offidals are expert in certain fields and inquiries can turned over to them." Mr. Rayner's notes were written on an internal memo concerning a Canadian Press story which said Feb. 5 that government officials were looking into the possibility of establishing day care centres. The CP story said a "group in the secretary of state department is in the early stages of development of a departmental day care centre." It also described similar studies by the Public Service Commission. The state secretary spokes- man from the information division said the CP story was "slightly inaccurate" because the departmental study "was the early stages of a feasibility study, that's all." The CP story in fact said ex- actly the same thing but this portion was not included in newspaper clips seen by the secretary of state and leading to the short-lived memo to avoid the press. Anyway.'said the official, when Mr. Rayner received a report on the subject, "he scribbled a note on the margin to the effect that all inquiries should go to the information division and they could refer reporters to experts on various subjects. Friday. April 5 PARAMOUNT THEATRE SATURDAY MATINEE STING 2.15 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 2-15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT THE STING 700 9 15 TWO COMPLETE SHOWS: 7 00 9 15 PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects. 715 915 NO SEX PLEASE WE'RE BRITISH- 7 40 9-45 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9'15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA SATURDAY MATINEE Short Subjects. 2 15 DAY OF THE DOLPHINS 2.50 ONE COMPLETE SHOW. 2 15 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Short Subjects- 700 9-15 DAY OF THE DOLPHINS' 7'35 9-50 LAST COMPLETE SHOW Saturday. April 6 PARAMOUNT THEATRE THE STING 700915 TWO COMPLETE SHOWS. 7 00 9 15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects 715 915 NO PLEASE WE'RE BRITISH. 7 40 9.45 LAST COMPLETE SHOW. ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 700 915 DAY OF THE DOLPHINS 7'35 9'50 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 915 THIS WEIKIND at the LIQION FRIDAY: Albertans" SATURDAY: Shearer and The Lamplighters" Vlmy Gordon Duo" MIMMftS ANOINVITVD ONLY love ballad" stopped them cold. Hamilton ottered one taped song from the 1920's by a then popular group called Gid Tanner And The Skillet Lickers. "Do you know what a skillet Hamilton asked and drew only silence. "It's a frying he explained. "These people were very earthy and they cleaned their skillets by licking them after they had finished eating." Any confusion could not be blamed upon Hamilton, a smooth performer who was so conscientious in his explanations that, after three lectures, he had to soothe his throat with hot Russian tea before he could sing. American country music, though it bears a resemblance to some Russian folk music, is virtually unknown here It is seldom played by the Voice of America Western records circulating among Soviet youth are almost exclusively confined to rock music. When Hamilton in one lecture described some country music greats from the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, only the last elicited a flicker of recognition. "Da, DEhonny cooed a young blonde. "Dzhonny Kesh." Nonetheless, the 37 year- old Hamilton was thoroughly at home when he spent one evening jamming with several intent young Russian guitarists, who quickly grasped the simple chords if not all the lyrics of his songs. After one of his performances, a young man with a pick-up rock group in Moscow came shyly forward to tell Hamilton that he wanted his group now to start playing some country songs. paramount TONITE thru. SAT. at and p.m. ...mier of 7 Academy Awards, including "Best Matinee Saturday at p.m. RUJL ROBERT NEWMAN REDEORO HURRY Last 6 Days ROBERT SHAW A GEORGE ROY HILL FILM THE SUNG ADULT A RICHARD DZANUCK DAVID BROWN PRESENTATION NOW SHOWING paramount cinema At p.m. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THi POSTIE STARTS DELIVERING PORNOGRAPHIC LITERATURETO THE WRONG HOUSE? YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT! CoLnte FttiE oraens A JOHN WDOLF NOW SHOWING At p.m. college cinema UNWITTINGLY, HE TRAINED A DOLPHIN TO KILL THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE OUT OF THE DOLPHIN' TAKES OFF LIKE A FOREST RRE, WITH A THRILL A MINUTE. THERE IS STILL THE MOVIES. MATINEE SATURDAY I.M. JOSEPH E. LEV1NE presents FAMILY GEORGE CSCOTTin m a MIKE NICHOLS film 7fc DOLPHIN Executive Producer PX i n SHRVINO WF tVFR XWPH ;