New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
8 O Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, March 20, 1996
German choirs performing
Can cookie-cutter exteriors make the necessary difference?
There’s been something stewing in my head for over two weeks now, and I’ve finally concluded that I need to exorcise the bothersome thoughts that keep nagging me. So pull up a chair, you good old sounding board, you, and help me make sense out of this nonsensical world.
It seems there’s an idea (maybe even a movement) sweeping the education field in our nation, and it finally swept right up to the White House steps. I watched in utter disbelief (a few weeks ago) when even our President gave an intense endorsement of a plan, by a national group of educators, to push for widespread use of uniforms for students in public schools! And you won’t believe the reason. You ready? “To cut down on violence, to have a calming effect.” Whoa!!! Shades of totalitarian regimentation! ... wherever it happened before. Remember Germany, USSR?
My revulsion at this idea has nothing to do with private schools — they state up front that the uniform’s required and you get to choose to send your child there or not. That’s a pony of another hue. But making them mandatory in public schools is tantamount to building a world of “Let’s pretend.'' That’s where my headline question comes in. Are we so naive as to think that the violence perpetrated by children can be fixed from the outside?
While some of us seem ready (even chomping at the bit) to emulate the practice (of the cookie-cutter look) by undemocratic, mind-controlling governments of the past, it's possible that another practice might be far more effective to copy. I’m talking about ‘ * SndoeA alation.” Does that shock you? Okay. Tell me please, what’s wrong with drumming a code of ethics in dear little heads the minute they hit kindergarten? Not religion or ideology —
just good old Golden Rule stuff! Can you imagine a nation built on the shoulders of that generation?!!
I hear you. “That’s the job of parents.” Hello. If parents are doing their jobs, where’s all the violence coming from? I know. Let’s blame the TV movies, “society.” That feels better...
we don’t have to assume responsibility. But a socalled bottom line forces us to admit that the job is not going to get done in too many homes, whatever the reason. And, lest you feel hesitant to place that burden on our teachers, let me ask this: Who has more access to our children? Who cares more about how young people turn out? And is there anything more noble to teach — or more helpful to everyone — than respecting the rights of others? And look at it this way: those who want their kids to grow up dishonest, disloyal, opportunistic, and totally insensitive to others to the point of violence, will have an equal chance at creating unsavory human beings.
A wise man once said...
“Fill your life with so much sweetness, there’s no room left for the bad things.” That’s where the arts, community service, and sports come in. So take that idea, add it to the indoctrination one, and maybe we have a chance at curbing the wild, harmful results of fear and hate. It couldn’t hurt to try, as much as it hurts not to. With the ABCs, let’s teach the BFPs (Being a Good Person)!
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities.)
A youth choir (right) from Velbert, Germany will perform at the Seele Parish House on March 31,1996 at 7 p.m. The program of famous and well liked songs will be sung in German, English, French and Russian. A reception to meet the young singers will be held after the concert. Admission is ^S'/and for more information " call 625-6330.
The third choral concert by the well known Schoenbeck Choir (above) from Germany with 35 singers will perform on March 29,1996 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. A wine reception will follow the program. Tickets will be available at the door for $5. For more information, call Helgard Suhr at 625-6330.Mid-Texas SymphonyArt Briefs
New Braunfels Art League
Photos by Bill Haas
Pictured here are the seven actors who create no less than 56 characters in the Circle Arts Theatre’s upcoming production, “The Dining Room," a warm human comedy, cleverly constructed by A.R. Gurney. Seated from left are Stephen Schaefer, Carol Bissett and Robin Williams. Standing, from left, are Cathy Clark, Eileen Cole, Andy Sims and Dale Wratchford. The show opens April 4 with a champagne party following performance, and a benefit for Habitat for Humanity will be given at 7 p.m. on April 14. Tickets are available at Chlna-n-Things. For reservations, call 609-3092, Monday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m. only.
Rockin’R Riverjam has something for everybody! A new music festival, scheduled for April 6 from noon to dusk at Rockin' R in Gruene, is offering Sumo Wrestling for kids 5 and up. The Three Ring Service from Austin supplies the huge foam filled suits, referees and giant wigs. The cost is $5 or $12 for two kids and a photo. Wrestling will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Seven bands are booked and there will be a drawing for a ‘96 Sunfire donated by Red McCombs at 5 p.m. Get a team up for the Volleyball Tournament, compete in a tubing contest at 1 p.m. or join in the jalapeno eating contest at 3 p.m. Admission to the music festival is $5 or $10 per family. Proceeds to benefit Family Outreach. For more information call Susan Phillips, EVENTS! (210) 609-5030.Cast of “The Dining Room”
The Danville School at the Kuebler-Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast was the headquarters for a recent paintout for 12 members of the Watercolor Art Society—Houston. The New Braunfels Art League will host the showing of their paintings in September at their gallery, 239 W. San Antonio.
Shown painting local scenes are Charlie Brown, Ernest Braren, Tom Waller and Gary Mosier.
Renowned pianist Laura Spitzer will perform with the Mid-Texas Symphony in concert Sunday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in Texas Lutheran College’s Jackson Auditonum.
Spitzer, who travels across the country with Steinway in tow, will be featured in a presentation of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.
Franz Krager will conduct the orchestra as it also presents Promenade and The Great Gate of Kiev from “Pictures at an Exhibition” wntten by Modeste Mussorgsky and orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.
The program will also include performances by two piano students who won the Symphony’s Young Artist Competition in February. They are Josephine Chan and Kasandra Kenneda.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and college age students, and $3 for all other students. They will be available in New Braunfels at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office or Accents.
They will also be available at the door.STAGE’S one-woman show opening
You Caught Me Dancing, by Bernard Sabath, a one-woman show starring Sharon Knibbe will be presented by Actors Theatre of San Antonio at The Main Avenue Studio at 1608 N. Main Avenue. Show dates are Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m. Call Main Avenue Studio at 227-ATSA (2872) for ticket prices and reservations.Men’s Chorale presents program
The Alamo City Men’s Chorale & New Arts Six present a celebration of African and African-American music on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at the Fine Arts Auditorium at St. Philip’s College. Seating is $12, and $10 advance tickets are available at On Main Gifts, 2514 N. Main and Beacon’s Ready-To-Wear, 321 N., in New Braunfels.
Beverly Davis and Jessie Staten (top right) are featured artists this month at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio. Davis works in watercolor, quite often depicting realism or calligraphic design, and Staten is a photographer with photo emulsions and transfers as well as photos. Many of her pictures reflect rodeo subjects.
The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Send submissions for the Arts and Entertainment Page to: Herald-Zeitung Arts & Entertainment 707 banda St., New Braunfels, TX 78130.