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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, December H 1770 THE tETHBRIDGE HERAID -11 e, a v- rpELEVISION viewers who X missed the UNICEF Christmas special on Channel 11 Tuesday missed one grand show. Featuring children from around the world taking the United Nations general assem- bly seals normally occupied by speechifiers a n d shoe thumpers, tire one-hour show had talent to burn: Bill Cosby telling a confused fairy tale, driving the children to ds- iighted near-distraction; lUcii- BILL COSBY Children's show anl Burton relating a wistful, bittersweet story of one of his childhood Christmases in Wales; and Barbni Streisand singing a low-keyed, utterly smashing rendition of The Best Gift. It's often hard to tell whether children are enjoying the same programs as adults, but in this case, the special was, as Variety would say, socko, for both groups. During Miss Streisand's num- ber, a camera zoomed in on EARBRA STBEISAND of sheer delight one mini-delegate, her mouth agape, completely enraptured by both the song and the sing- er. Christmas unfortunately also brings a rash of heavy handed family entertainment, fea- luring performers' mothers, fathers, daughters and great- grandmothers-lwice removed. The Bing Crosby special last week, with Bing, Kathy Crosby ar.d their children, was affec- tionate, pert ajid not too senti- mental. At least Der Bingle didn't trot every last living and half living member of his family on stage. By contrast was Johnny Cash who tin's week presented tire Evcrly Brothers, their father, Cash's wife, child, brother and just about every other relative. All the program needed was Cash's neighbor's pet chin- chilla. The show was unalloyed hokum, particularly the bit where Johnny and wife June Carter crooned over their son. Cash rc'ay have a large fol- lowing, but surely we don't have to be taken into the nur- sery for some ittsy biltsy cutesy diddikums, Christmas notwithstanding. NOTES: One of the great de- lights of Christmas on both radio and television is the pres- ence of choirs. During the past week or forthcoming week, lis- teners get or got a chance to hear the Ray Coniff Singers, Defasco Choir, Canadian Chil- dren's Opera Company, Robert Shaw Chorale, and a myriad others. It seems a shame that we don't get more choirs, in- cluding male groups, throughout the year on the broadcast media It's also interesting that tiie rock music cullure has little to say in the Christmas milieu. Perhaps tin's is because Christmas is of a pre-rock era of a sentimental traditional statement which rock cannot lap into because of ils reliance on fleeting love, revolution and enforced group logetherness The one sing- ing artist who seems to have become almost synonymous with seasonal popular songs is die late Nat King Cole. We don't hear much of his music during the summer months; during (he current season, he's almost omnipresent. MORE: Now to the tough world of crass commercialism, i.e., TV commercials. The agency which produced the popular Alka Seltzer ads with the recipe-mad bride and the queasy groom, has had the ac- count removed from its lists. The reason: not enough sales. It just proves the old media Dictum that critical acclaim does not mean bucks in the hank Theatre Calgary's 1970-71 season original play, the science fiction rock musical, Trip, runs Jan. 7-23 at the Allied Arts Centre in Calgary. Last year's original effort, You Two Stay Here, the Rest Come With Me, also by TC artistic director Christopher Newton and musical director com- poser Allan Rac, was such a hit it played at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa The 52nd annual Canadian Play- writing Competition, sponsor- ed by Ottawa Little Theatre, has set its deadline for sub- missions for March 15, 1971. The competition calls for origi- nal one-act plays of not more than 45 minutes and not less than 25 minutes playing time. J'op prize is a fair amount of 'lory, plus tbs Solangc Karsh iird, consisting of a medal and a plaque. For more info, give me a call or write: Flic Chairmen of the Canadian Playwriling Competition, Mrs. Roy MacGregor Watt, 244 Pow- ell Avenue, Ottawa 0m. To all new, potential or thinking it over playwrights, eat your hearts out: The lousctrai) by Agatha Christie ..its its ISfh year ?nd onn month of a straight run Christ- mas Day in London For travellers, Katharine Hepburn stars in the Broadway semi-hit Coco at Toronto's O'Keefe Cen- tre March lli-27 Dick Van Dyke's new series, which starts in January, has finally found a new TV wife for ils slar: Hope Langc, of the now- defunct, apparently popular SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mciyfair Theafre THEATRE CLOSED TODAY AND FRIDAY, December 24 and 25. "EL color. Starring John Wayne, Robert Mitclium and Charlene Holt. Saturday, December 26 matinee at p.m. Evening at and p.m. Family. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theafre THEATRE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, December 24 and 25. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. In color. Starring Elvis Presley and Ina Balin. 2 days only. Saturday and Sunday, December 26 and 27. Saturday shows at and p.m. Family. PICTURE BUTTE Cinema Theafre "THE CHRISTMAS color. Starring William Hol- (len, Virna Lisi and Bourvil. Friday, Saturday and Sun- day, December 25, 26 and 27. Shows each night at p.m. Matinee Saturday at p.m. Family. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre THEATRE CLOSED TODAY. "AN ELEPHANT CALLED color. Starring Virginia McKenna and Dill of "Born Free." Friday and Saturday, De- cember 25 and 26. Friday shows at and p.m. Family. Special matinee Saturday, December 26 at p.m. color. Family. TABER Tower Theafre "A BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY" In color. Starring Fabian Forte, Jocelyn Lane and Adam Roarke. Thurs- day, December 24 shows at and p.m. Adult Not Suitable (or Children. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 25, 26 and 27 "PUFF 'N Jack Wild, Billy Hayes and Martha Page. Plus "LOST color. Starring Lloyd Bridges. Friday shows at and p.m. Saturday matinee at p.m. Family. Get more out of life Take the family to a CGRA plans name change CALGARY (CP) The Ca- nadian Good Roads Associa- tion, founded in 1914, says it will change ils name to the Roads and Transportation As- sociation and broaden its scope of operations in 1971. The association said in a news release it will widen ils field of concern to include all forms of transportation with the emphasis on urban prob- lems. It will also continue its tradi- tional role in tlie development of safer highways. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. His former series' wife, Mary Tyler Moore, is doing just fine on her own series The Allied Arts Council of Ldh- bridgc's Festival of One-Act plays is still looking for local residents who will take on the ;ob of directing. Scheduled to run in late January, the festi- val has been ham-strung by a lack of people who will slcp in and begin, as well as promise, productions. Up to now, a num- ber of shows have been prom- ised but none has actually been set. It makes one wonder if Lclhbridge is the cultural centre it likes to think it is. Besides, there are many form- er members of Coaldalc Little Theatre, Our Town Workshop, r.nd Playgoers of Letlilmdgc, who have done excellent work in the past, who could encour- age theatre newcomers and who are desparately needed but who have not come for- ward. The council's festival is designed as a workshop effort, net a near professional show- case. There are many in the city, youngsters and oldsters alike, who would love to by their hand at theatre, if some- one would take hold of direc- tion. Support your local Allied Arts Council And again, a heartfelt Merry Christmas lo one and all. PHILCO-FORD COLOR TV JACK'S TV 302 13th St. N. TALL PLANT Giant kelp, towering up 123 feet tall, will grow a foot a day under the right conditions. 11KSTKA1NT LIFTICI) The last of British witchcraft laws was repeated as recently Holiday Show Times I'AKAMOUNT Short Subjects "Looking Glass War" Last Complete Show PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects "Hello and Goodbye" Last Complete Sliosv COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects "Ghost Italian Style1' Last Complete Show Friday PARAMOUNT Shorls "Scrooge" Last Complete Show Short Subjects "Love Story Last Complete Show V COl.LKGK CINK.MA Shcrl Subjects "Rio Lobo" Last Complete Show PARAMOUNT Saturday Short Subjects "Scrooge" Last Complete Show PARAMOUNT CJNEMA Short Subjects Stury" Last Complete Show COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects "Rio Lobo" Last Complete Show NOTHING NKW Early Koman surgeons CAPE NAMED Cape Horn at the tip of Smith joyed considerable success in j America was named by Willcin their removal of tonsils goiters. Schouten, who rounded it in IMC. Allied Arts Council of Lefhbridge Presents A Christmas Pantomime Starring FRANK FEATHER5TONE Yates Memorial Centre Sat., Dec. tint! p.m. Mon., Dec. and p.m. Tues., Doc. p.m. Tickets On Sale at Ulster's Adults Students MAKE UP A PARTY COME TO EL RANCHQ CABARET SATURDAY NIGHT, BOXING DAY "JUST US" Be sure to get your tickets for El Rancho's New Year's Eve Frolic featuring Calgary's famous Bobby Van Quartet. Tickets on sale at main desk and restaurant cashiers! Admission Si.25 (Side Entrance) f p.m. to 1 a.m. REFRESHMENTS and FOOD AVAILABLE! May 1he essence of Chrislmas once again fill your heart and home sviih peace and lasting serenity. Our Best Wishes, too, for a HAPPY and PROS- PEROUS NEW YEAR from the GERMAN CANADIAN CLOB CHRISTMAS DANCE Boxing Day, Dec. 26th at p.m. CfUB HAU-9lh Ave. and 6th St. N. Music by "THE DIAMOND -1" MEMBERS AND GUESTS WELCOME SAftTA BRINGS YOU JOY and FUN WITH ENTERTAINMENT FOR EVERYONE ALL THEATRES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY TILL P.M. ALL SHOWS START AT 7 P.M JOHN WAYNE A Howard Hawks Production "RIO LOBO" A Cinorna Center Films Preseniat: Co-siarring Jorge Rivero-JenniferONeil'Jack Elam -Victor French -Susana Dosamantes SCROOGE'IS A BRILLIANT "A SPIRIT-WARMING, SOUL-SATISFYING, MEMORY-WARMING, IS A SUPERB MUSICAL! MAGAZINE 'SCROOGE'... A SPECIAL HOLIDAY TREAT! A wonderful tale of She true spirit of Christmas, Albert Finney gives a masterful MAGAZINE "'SCROOGE'IS A HOMPING MUSICAL! Albert Finney is MAGAZINE "'SCROOGE' IS A DELIGHT1 A gift for theatre- "WHAT A PLEASURE! A MUSICAL TREAT. An inspired comb- ination of talent.wit and good intentions." SCROOGE'IS A PERFECT TREAT! Cheerful abandon." MAGAZINE "SCROOGE'IS THE MOST DELIGHTFUL. CHRISTMAS MOVIE PARAMOUNT PIC1URES PRESEN1S SPECIAL ROAD SHOW ENGAGEMENT All MacGraw Ryan O'Neal The Years Best Seller ALBERT flNNEy "SCROOGE" EVANS and KENNETH MORE ALEC GUINNESS U.R. ADMISSION PRICES SATURDAY MATINEE EVENING AIL BOX OFFICES OPEN I >J il u f 1 'I I Adulli....... 1.50 1.75 SHOWS START Students l.OO 1.25 CONTINUOUS THEREAFTER Children......50 .75 A HOWARD 6. MINSKY- ARTHUR HILLER Production John Ray Mill and ;