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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, November 24, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 Television show receives award LOS ANGELES in the Family, the television series that pokes fun at bigotry, is one of the winners of entertainment "Image" awards from the Na- tional Association for the Ad- vancement of Colored People. The awards were presented at the Hollywood Paladium. All in the Family producer John Rich and co-star Jean Stapleton won Image awards, given for "propagating the im- age of the dignity of all men." Other winners in the televi- sion category were Billy Dee Williams and Cicely Tyson for performances In Brian's Song and Neighbors, and Redd Foxx for Sanford and Son. NBC's Guilty by Reason of Race was named best documentary. In recording, Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers were chosen best singers; the Jackson Five, the Staple Singers and the Su- premes best singing groups, and best gospel album was Amazing Grace. In motion pictures, Lady Sings the Blues was named movie of the year. Best actor awards went to Billy Dee Wil- liams and Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues. Ivan Dixon was voted best director for Trouble Man. For the first time in the six years the awards have been given, Images went to a legiti- mate theatre production. All nice of these awards went to Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope, a musical. THE LETHBRIDGI Live Entertainment FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM LETHBRIDGE SOUTHERN ALBERTA CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "THE color. Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode and Susan Hayward. Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25. Friday shows at and p.m. Adult. Special Saturday afternoon matinee at p.m. "THE FLYING FON- color. Family. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "THE color. Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode and Susan Hayward. Fri- day and Saturday, November 24 and 25. Friday shows at and p.m. Adult. Special Saturday afternoon matinee at p.m. "SEVEN GUNS FOR THE MacGREGORS" In color. Starring Robert Wood. Family. All seats 50c. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "THE WAR BETWEEN MEN AN Techni- color. Starring Jack Lemmon, Barbara Harris and Jason Robnrds. Friday ant! Saturday, November 24 and 25. Friday shows at and p.m. Family. Special Saturday afternoon matinee at p.m. "INDIAN color. Starring Johnny Crawford. Family. TABER Tower Theatre "HOT ROCK" In color. Starring Robert Redford and George Segal. Friday and Saturday, November 24 arv 25. Friday shows at and p.m. Adult. Special Saturday afternoon matinee at p.m. "BIG In color. Circus story. Family. All seals 50c. E Joan Waterfield NTERTAINMENT S.YE BICYCLE BUILT FOR 10 Members of the Shenyang acrobatic troupe from in on a bi- cycle, during Canadian tour, First-of-a-kind show draws raves OTTAWA (CP) It's mostly new, all different for North Americans, this Shenyang Acro- batic Troupe of China that THE EL RANCHO MOTOR HOTEL the AZTEC LOUNGE PIANO and SONG STYfING by "BOBBY VAN" THURSDAY, FRIDAY SATURDAY THURSDAY Everyone Admitted Free of Charge The newest and most unbelievable quality and workmanship in mobile homes! ORDER YOUR 1973 HOME EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT opened a two-month torn- of and South America this week. Take Chao Sung-pai's hand- stand on six brick-shaped wooden blocks. So what? Yes, but the blocks are piled end to end on top of a stool. The stool is balancing on a kitchen chair. The chair is balanced atop another, and another, and an- in all. The legs of the bottom chair rest on four glass candlesticks. The candlesticks are on top of a table. BRINGS GASPS The whole, teetering, 15-foot tower is built up piece of furniture at a Chao, mostly by moving around SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER 14'x68' DELUXE Bay window, fully furnished, biOadloom, color keyed applinnccS, now floor plan con- cept. Three bedrooms. 14'x68' STANDARD Fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, new floor plan, broadloom. UNITED MOBILE (DIVISION OF UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD.) Home of "Vista "Park Manor" Corner Scenic Drive and 3rd Avo. S. Phono 327-1780, 327-0822 (OPEN AIL WEEKEND) the climbing pile handstand fashion. Chao's routine was not necessarily the most spec- 16 acts per- formed by the company of about 60 Manchurian men, girls and boys and a 12-piece Chinese orchestra. The opening of this first-of-a- kind visits by Chinese table-tennis players, doctors and the National Arts Centre audience of about laughing, cheer- ing and applauding almost non- stop for 2K hours. Local critics wrote rave reviews today. In the audience for an occa- sion rated a major diplomatic event, as well as a show-busi- ness first, were Governor-Gen- eral Roland Michener, Prime Minister Trudeau, many of his cabinet, an array of senior bu- reaucrats, politicans and diplo- mats. The turnout of the politically mportant was the biggest any- one could remember in years and at least one Chinese official was jubilant afterwards. It was noted by collectors of significant diplomatic nuances h a t the governor-general, prime minister and cabinet members spent almost an hour at a meet-the-caste Chinese Embassy reception afterwards. The usual staying span for top government people at such events is a 15 minutes or so. Along with the rare skills per- formed with dance-like grace, there is vivid color and music. The silk-pyjama costumes worn by men, women, girls and boys make swirls of blues and reds, greens, orange, turquoise and yellows. A 12-piece band of Chinese in- unfamiliar to North Americans but for a lone face hit the cover of TV Guide which in itself is a mini accolade, but if the ratings continue to climb for television's (lovable) meno- pausal Maude she may yet fol- low (lovable) blue-collar bigot Bunker to the cover, of Time. Bea Arthur Is the leather- lunged liberal in Norman Lear's latest hit, a spin off from two appearances in All in the Family. She is a veiy tal- ented lady indeed, with an in- credible voice and a comedy timing seasoned and sharpened on the New York stage. Now in the hot flashes of suc- ces Maude is a steamroller, only occasionally oiled by senti- ment, in the vanguard of wom- en's liberation and Mr. Lear has got a good thing going for him. His reasoning may be that kitchen sink drama succeeded (for a time) on the stage and that it must follow that bath- room humor must click in the thinner medium of television. The theory, unfortunately, ex- poses a paucity of writing tal- ent riding on the shoulders of a very talented performer. Just how many jokes can be made at the expense of the fe- male biological functions? Let- ting it "all hang out" really no longer requires courage. It merely reveals a commercial opportunism, a seedy shabbi- ness eroding what may be said and done in reasonable taste. And this is no pursed mouth criticism caricatured so wicked- ly by that other talented lady Lily Tomlln. But to the production itself. The actors are excellent, with Miss Arthur quite outstanding. However, the performance be- fore a live audience is suspect. The laughter comes in gales not ripples, leading one to fear the manipulation on cue by some sign brandishing flunkey. And a stage hold for apprecia- tive laughter is not what tele- vision is about. Reference should be made here to the ex- pertise of Lucille Ball who, caught in similar circumstance by her "live" audience, insisted that action and reaction be cap- tured by the camera. Maude suffers, too, from a current comedy cliche, that all lines should be .delivered in a mind hectoring howl. This same syndrome is sapping the Paul Lyndo Show; its absence is a plus for Bob Newhart. I have seen on any stage." George Bain, father of Con and Bon visited the city briefly and filled in some further details. His son, after war service, was convinced he could make it in the theatre. Well he certainly did; as a member of the faculty of the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, at the Stratford fesival, in two seasons at the Royal Theatre, Nassau, most re- cenly as a member of the cast of Twigs the Broadway produc- tion which won Sada Thompson her and which he left for a five year contract with Norman Lear. CHARLES: Getting to Know Charles Dickens provided an uneven but thoroughly enter- taining 90 minutes Monday eve- ning. Any segmet of the novel- ist's life would provide meat for hefty drama, particularly his somewhat peculiar relationship with his sisters-in-law. In at- tempting to cover so much there was an inevitable thin- ning of material but sufficient was offered to perhaps re-cre- ate an interest in his work. Michael Jayston (Dickens) is a frustrating actor. He is equipped with a splendid voice but his eyes remain (as they did as Tsar Nicholas) disturb- ingly dead. Only in the read- ings, so much a part of Vic- torian life, did we catch some of the stretch of the actor. f ON FILM: Dickens, apart from the joyful musical Oliver, has fallen into some disrepute with movie makers. 'Twas not always so. There were several silent versions of David Copper, field before the 1934 editions by George Cukqr which has W. C. Fields as McCawber, Fredie Batholomew, David, Lion- el Barymore and Edna Mae Oliver. Tale of Two Cities was filmed as The only Way with Sir John Martin Harvey in 1926, an earlier version in 1917 starred William Farnum, in 1935 it had Ronald Colman, in 1958 Dirk Bogarde. Dombey and Son, The Old Curiosity Shop, Nicholas Nick- elby, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (with Claude Rains) and the Pickwick Papers have been translated with varying success to the screen. Great Expecta- tions filmed first as a silent, starred Philip Holmes and Jane Wyatt in 1934, and there was a splendid David Lean edi- tion in 1946. The best of Oliver Twist, apart from the musical, was the Alec Guiness film which caused considerable con- troversy because of his inter- pretation of Fagin. THE SCENE: Le Jazz Hot or I moderately cool is served up each Sunday evening at the! Town Chef with Dale Kelche- son Herb Hicks (pi-i Ron Yoshida j and Billy Joe McCaroll I This weekend they will be join-1 ed by Maiira K. Wedge, star of L.M.T.'s Man of La Mancha who will sit in and sing out with the group, a very gracious conclusion to her stay in Leth- jridge. Musicians, playing bas- soon, bagpipes, rauchpfeife or dobra, whatever, are always welcome to "jam." UPCOMING: At the Univer- sity Folk Concert Quichottc (Les Jeunes Comedi- Sculpture (Harold Pfeifer) Community College Comedy Tonight; Yates This Is It (creative Lcthbriclge Symphony (first concert of sea- the ALEX TAVERN Weekend Entertainment THURSDAY- "Stone Clover" FRIDAY- "Barney and the Beer Nuts" SATURDAY- "The Golden Tops" Frontier Dining Room EL RANCHO MOTOR HOTEL Presents Dining and Dancing every Sat. Evening from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. Music by "THE STARLITE TRIO" Family Dining EVERY SUNDAY 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Special Children's Menu) ARTHUR: One of the more pleasant aspects of Maude is the excellently low keyed per- formance of Conrad Bain as the family friend and physician. A tip from old school mate Doug Shackleford clued me in to the fact that Mr. Bain and his twin Bnnner were former residents of this city. The trail led to a scrapbook owned by Helen Ko- vacs containing a yellowing program of the Western Canada High Schol annual Christmas concert of 1942. The second half of the program featured the play The Man Who Wouldn't Go to Heaven, directed by Conrad Bain! Dr. B. Wayne Matkin weighed in with the in- formation that then with the Dental Corps, was his assis- tant a the prisoner of-war camp here. A letter from Stan Sawicki principal of Catholic Central High recalls the "sum- mer of '42" when he and Con- rad were attending the Banff Schol of Fine Arts on drama scholarships. Banff's summer production was Watch on the Rhine. The leading role of an anti Nazi German was played, by tin's 18-year-old kid with absolute conviction." Con's mentor in Calgary was the in- credible Dr. Betty Mitchell. Stan also recalls that the pre- vious winter the youthful Mr. Bain played the part of the stage manager in Our Town tines. most rou- jToday's Showtimes PARAMOUNT Friday and Saturday Short Subjects AVhere Does it Hurt" Last Complete Show Adult Special Matinee Saturday "Forbidden Planet" One Complete Show 2: IS Family PARAMOUNT CINEMA Friday and Saturday Short Subjects 'Up the Chastity Belt" Last Complete Show Adult, Not Suitable for Children COLLEGE CINEMA Friday and Saturday Short Subjects "Bluebeard" Last Complete Show Restricted Adult Special Matinee Saturday "Forbidden Planet" Two Complete Stows Family COMING WED. 29th ONLY MATINEE of 2 p.m. EVENING at p.m. SWITZERLAND SPAIN paramount 1 SL 4th An. South. 327-51 SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT P.M. ONLY 20th Mayor Maffath Dr.. 328-63.00- SATURDAY AT AND P.M. SUNDAY AT P.M. ONLY "oIlDDEN PLANET WALTER PIDGEON ANNE FRANCIS LESLIE NIELSEN With WARREN STEVENS And Introd ucinE ROUBT. THE ROBOT COLOR and, and allowihg for the fact that I was an impression- able youngster then his per- formances were among the best LABOR CLEB CORNER 2nd AVE. AND 13th STREET NORTH EVENING ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY and SATURDAY "THE LINEMEN" MEMBERS AND THEIR INVITED GUESTS ONLYI 4 Eaton's Main Office 2nd Floor Toronto-Dominion Bank, College Mall Theatre Office, next to Leister's All Theatres to p.m. BURTOn IS 'BLUEBEARD] He did away with beautiful women. RESTRICTED ADULT cinema 20th AvC. Mayor Magrath Dr., 3ZO 6309 NOW SHOWING ADULT-MOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN paramount Mi NOW SHOWING Peter Sellers .Where Does It 4 OK DP ran PCM Saw Thert'i a rascal in tho castle and ho found thft right keys! SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN FRANKIE HOWERD Ith SL 4 III Avo. South. 327 bl NOW SHOWING THRU SATURDAY ;