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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tar out9 in Communist Europe Wednesday, October 24, 1973 LETHBRIDGE HERALD LODZ, Poland (AP) Poland's latest rock show probably the most far out in Communist Europe, is packing them in this tex- tile town with a combina- tion of naked blondes, hard beat and rubber monsters. Called Naga, meaning naked, it is billed as a rock opera. Despite the nudes, the show is likely to go further afield. Contracts are signed with Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union is reported to be interested provided the girls have on a bit of clothing. Naga, whose underlying theme is to show the danger of a world menaced by technological progress, is certainly unorthodox in presentation. Even the way its theatre Naked blondes boffo in Polish opera programs were published strikes an odd note. Because of last-minute dif- ficulties they were printed in the publishing depart- ment of a nearby psy- chiatric hospital. In the show three of Poland's top pop stars, portray frightened humans being chased and enveloped by out-of-control robots. They also have to cope with giant blobs of rubber that resemble the pulsating body of an oc- topus. Director Jerzy Krechowicz concentrates on visual impact. Using a kaleidoscope of flashing lights and psychedelic patterns beamed on both singers and stage, the show is inventive and shocking. In one scene, long-haired singer Wojciech Korda after finishing his number turns to a curvaceous blonde standing beside him and pulls off her black gown, leaving her stark .naked. There are several nude scenes. In one, a .flabby rubber monster, looking like an overgrown gorilla, carries off a naked blonde in his arms. In the background a rock group twangs out heavy beat. "I wanted to show truth in a new says song writer Grzegorz Walczak, "in a communicative and uninhibited way... thanks to which the awareness of truth becomes more un- iversal." Reaction to the show in the Polish press has been mixed. Trybuna Ludu, voice of the Communist party, concedes Naga is ex- perimental and interesting, but criticizes the lyrics for their lack of Combat those Miserable Fall Colds For relief of coughs and sore throats due to colds 18's 79 Decongestant to relieve the misery of colds Coricidin 'D' 1.49 SHOPPERS DRUG MART Centre Village Mall Phone 328-8442 New help for the underdog meaning. Although Naga has been playing to packed theatres, audience response is also mixed. Said a student: "For Poland it's some achievement against prudery and anyway it's a step forward to freedom of expression in art." A young girl: "I loved it. It was beautiful, the most beautiful play I've seen in my life. I love rock and beat, and here it was at its highest level-wonderful music." Another girl was less enthusiastic: "I didn't like it at all. Too loud and a bit monotonous. Those lighting effects are good but if you see a repetition of the same thing for an hour and a half you get bored." Manager Jerzy Schoen is hoping to take Naga even- tually to the West. "We were approached by RCA Italiana in he said, "and we're also awaiting the finalization of a contract with West Ger- many and possibly West Berlin, too." WINNIPEG (CP) Don Bailey, executive director of three half-way houses in Winnipeg, knows how it feels to be an underdog. The 30-year-old ex- convict has first-hand ex- perience of the fears prisoners know when leav- ing the almost-protective custody of penal in- stitutions and the dejection caused by family breakups. Throughout most of his life, Mr. Bailey turned to writing as a diversion from the loneliness that often haunted him. But he held up an east-end Toronto bank in 1965 and was given five years for armed robbery. The fear of leaving prison to become self- sufficient was almost enough to make him refuse parole. "Inside I was really im- portant, but outside I was nobody and he said in an interview. Once outside, he return- ed to his former profession as a camera technician, but quit when his marriage went on the rocks and became lonely and depressed. Through an advertise- ment for a writer, he began work with the Toronto Christian Resource Centre, organizing various programs and later helping Centre Village ATTENTION! 9 Church Groups Clubs Charitable Organizations Centre Village Merchants Association it sponsoring a CHARITY BAZAAR November 15th-l6th-17th and Invite You to Attend During this 3 day period we open the Mall to all Charitable Organizations interested in raising funds for their individual causes and we invite your group to attend. Tebles will be supplied by the Mall. RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW Any Interested Group is Asked to Call 328-8835 by Monday, Nov. 5th to Reserve a Table for the Bazaar "The Mall That Has It All" to launch Springboard, a group that offered assistance to convicts in- side the walls and their families outside. His writing never stopped and has recently appeared in magazines and anthologies. Two blocks of poetry have been published, a book of short stories is due out in September and a near- autobiographical piece has been accepted for publication. "It's about a guy getting out of he said. "It contains a fair bit of what I went through." If present plans work out, Mr. Bailey will leave his job next April and return to Toronto to es- tablish similar half-way houses. He also hopes to start an exchange program for self-help groups across the country working with prisoners. The writing will continue as well. HAWAIIAN DAYS atthe Jean Jungle HI-RISE BAGGIES Clearing at Price A SELECTION OF Tops and Shrinks during it Price "Get Into Our Pants" Centre Village Mall ROYAI CERTIFIED SERVICE tffl Royal Certified Service ALL THE BANKING SERVICES YOU'RE LIKELY TO NEED IN A SINGLE PACKAGE Become a Charter member before Jan. 15th, 1974 and enjoy unlimited FREE P.C.A. chequing (no service The Royal Bank OF CANADA A. J. KIRR, MANAGER, CENTRE VILLAGE BRANCH Extended Hours for Your Convenience 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays ;