New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, March 8, 1991Herald Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
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Gala dance Saturday
Tickets for the Blue Ribbon Gala Dance, sponsored by Comal County Junior Livestock Association, still are available at Comal Saddlery; High Brehm Hats, New Braunfels; Frank's Western Wear, New Braunfels; Kanz Feed Store in Sattler and Bulverde Lumber and Hardware. All area ag students and the Comal County Extension Service office will be selling tickets. The dance is Saturday at Wursthalle from 9 p.m. to I a .rn. with music by Gay Blaker and the Texas
Honky Tonk Band.
The Watering Hole Saloon, 1390 Old McQueeney Road, will play host to Bobby Lloyd and his country music tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. RJ. Vercttc will take his country and western dance music to the Watering on Saturday from 9 p.m. to I a.m.
The loci band. The Gaze, will be playing at The Shanty at Canyon Lake from IO p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight.
Hear some Texas swing with Alvin Crow at Gruene Hall Saturday night.
Doncaster will present a Fashion Show at the Woodlands at Canyon Lake Golf and Country Gub March 22. A Chinese luncheon buffet will be served beginning at 11:30 ami. The Fashion Show starting at noon will include styles for day and evening, as well as sport and casual clothes. The charge for the luncheon is $6 per person. Reservations may be made by calling Toby Lohr at 625-3369 or the Woodlands Country Club at 899-3301. Door prizes will be given.
‘Silence’ a rare feminist slasher flick
By JOE BELK Staff Writer
The Silence of the Lambs mixes intensity and emotion with a unique flair, feeding on two Oscar-caliber performances and deft direction by Jonathan Demme.
The film — certain to be one of the best of the year — is a feminist slasher movie, which has got to be a first. The anonymous ‘American Girl’ victim is given some brains and composure rather than just shrieks, while the heroine is one of the more well-rounded, competent and complex women you’ll see on film.
Jodie Foster plays FBI trainee Garice Starling, who is given a chance by bureau higher-ups to interview a psychopathic killer in hopes of obtaining information on an at-large serial killer known as Buffalo Bill.
The incarcerated killer is Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a psychiatrist with a penchant for eating his victims. Lecter treated Buffalo Bill briefly during his inchoate stages of psychosis, and has some insight into his m.o. — the only problem is that he normally doesn’t like to share information.
Both Foster and Hopkins are phenomenal in their respective roles, with the developmental scenes between them ranking among the movie’s most involving.
As Clarice, Foster portrays a woman excelling in the male-dominated profession of law enforcement. The level of her work doesn’t make her any more readily accepted, perhaps even less so.
Still, she stands her ground at all times and even forces the issue of being treated equally and with respect. Attractive but not at all glamorous, Garice is a rare heroine who does the ground work herself and does not require male assistance to get out of a crisis.
The character of Lecter is drawn in by all of these aspects of Clarice’s personality, and even more so by his accurate perception of the ghosts of her past.
The film reverses all of the conventions of its genre
— including in the things missing from the film are an underlying romantic theme between Clarice and her boss, a stalking of Clarice by Lecter — who is otherwise an equal opportunity flesh eater — and an actual slasher killing.
Foster is an ideal choice to play Garice, more for her acting skills than her history as a target of an American psychopath. (Her Hinckley exorcise is called Five Corners, and along with this is among the standout performances of her distinguished career).
Just as fortunate for the movie is the choice of Demme as director — a more obvious, heavyhanded filmmaker such as Alan Parker or Oliver Stone would have ruined this by hammering down the story’s points.
Instead, because of the subtlety exhibited by Demme, the often full-force intensity is broken up by the film’s restraint and texture. The expository scenes are anything but forced: clippings and pictures on the FBI wall show immediate insight to the Buffalo Bill character, while the introductions to Garice (a grueling run through an obstacle course) and Lecter (a perfectly calm and upright stance in the dungeon of an insane asylum) have similar impact.
The movie should help Demme as much as he augmented it. One of the country’s most consistent and innovative filmmakers, his movies—even the wonderful Married to the Mob and classic Melvin and Howard
— have always lacked something, usually Ll the storylines.
Still, it’s a major compliment to say this is his best film. Completely enthralling and usually unsettling, for intensity The Silence of the Lambs is in company with the relatively recent mindblowers Dead Ringers and Full Metal Jacket. That’s an unequivocal recommendation — at least for anyone who can sit through it. Grade: A+.
The Spring Concert of Dance, featuring the Opening Door Dance Theatre at SWTSU, will be presented this weekend.
Spring Concert of Dance this weekend
A Spring Concert of Dance will be featured March tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Speech and Drama Center on the Southwest Texas State University Campus.
Presented by the Opening Door Dance Theatre, the professional dance company in resident at SWT, the performance is sponsored by the dance division of the SWT Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Faculty, alumni and professional choreographers will perform seven original modem dances, five premier dances and two encore dances. Three of the selections will be featuring original music by Austin composers.
Senior dance student Amy Bailey will perform her critically acclaimed dance presented in the advance choreography showcase last December.
In aother encore performance,
Opening Door Dance Theatre art’sue director Le Anne Smith Stedman will perform “Vesper Light” which premiered last April in honor of former SWT professor Dr. Ralph Houston.
Each performing choreographer will present their own unique style of modem dance.
“We believe in the beauty of the human spirit and the human body in motion,” Stedman said.
Also performing will be Cathy Fnes, alumni; Dr. Joan Hays, dance professor, Karen Moore, company
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manager, Craig Nazor, new York choreographer currently residing in Austin; and Sandy Rodriguez, company executive director.
Tickets for the coneen are S6 for adults and faculty, S2 for students with IDs in advance and S3 for other students and children. For more information, call the theatre box office at 245-2204.
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Smoking claims sister’s life; her story saves others
DEAR ABBY: When everything — and I do mean everything — else failed, I finally quit smoking when someone sent me the enclosed column you wrote in 1986. Will you please run it again?
GLORIA IN WINNIPEG
DEAK GLORIA: Here it is:
Yes, I will.
DEAR ABBY: About a year and a half ago, a woman wrote you a very moving letter about her sister who had died of lung cancer. Then a Denver woman wrote to say that the letter had caused her to quit smoking. Please run them again. Someone I love very much needs to see those letters in print.
WM McD, TORONTO, CANADA
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DEAR ABBY: I am hurting more right now than I ever have in my whole life. My beloved younger sister died nine months ago. I still can’t believe I will never be abl j to call her on the phone again to gossip and giggle as only sisters do. God, how I miss her!
I asked her doctor what actually killed her, and without batting an eye, he said, “Cigarettes!" Now I feel so guilty because I, her older sister, smoked Thank God, I was able to quit in time. She tried to quit, but it was too late for her.
F r husband and children are inconsolable. I have learned a lot from this terrible experience. A smoker has a lot more to worry about than dying My sister’s stuy in the hospital with lung cancer wiped out her family financially
Abby, why do advertisers make cigarette ads so attractive? Instead, they should run a before and after picture of a oui e beautiful woman vomiting and buld from radiation tiierapy.
J know this letter is Uni long for your column, but if it will help just one person to reach into her purse tor his pocket) and throw that puck of cigarettes in the trash, it will be worth it.
DEAR ABBY On April 6,1 read a letter in your column in the Rocky Mountain News that did something for me that nothing else was able tq do It made me decide to quit smoking
It was written by a woman signed “Grieving,” whose beloved younger sister had died from lung cancer. Her doctor bluntly stated, “Cigarettes killed her."
“GrievingV final paragraphs hit me like a thunderbolt. Abby, please tell “Grieving" that her letter made this 42-year-old, four-pack-a-day woman reach into her purse and throw her cigarettes in the trash! I’ve taken an oath never to smoke again.
Tiki bad she didn’t sign her name. She deserves to be thanked publicly.
PREE IN DENVER
DEAR FREE: She did sign her name, but requested that her letter be signed “Grieving” if published.
However, I telephoned her to tell her what a terrific impact her letter had made and asked if I could reveal her identity. She said, “If you think it will help just one person, go ahead.”
So, orchids to you, Dorothy Sosebee!
DEAR ABBY: Thank you for your continuing efforts to got people to quit smoking.
My beloved brother died last week He was a special person, loved by many. He was a good Christian and we find some comfort in knowing that he is with our Ixird, but selfishly, we want hun here with us now
He knew that cigarettes could kill, but he never thought it would happen to him. He loved us and did not want to cause us all this pain and sorrow.
Abby, please give this message to your readers: If you can’t quit smoking for yourselves, please do it for those who love you.
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