New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Arts & Entertainment
Concerts return to Landa Park
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The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the 12th Annual Concerts in the Park music series. Local musicians will perform a variety of music in the beautiful setting of Landa Park.
Families are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes. Concerts are held than 7:30 to IO p.m. Thursday evenings at the Landa Park dance slab.
The 19% season will kick off with a performance by Matt Toon Thursday, May 30. Toon, whose musical influences range from Ray Charles to Buck Owens, will be performing a variety of original songs
and familiar favorites.
Throughout the season music lovers can enjoy a variety of performances by bands such as The Grapes of Wrath, Chris & Judy, Carlene Walker and The Texana Band, to name a few.
July 11 will be a night to remember when Jay Eric and Clay Blaker come together for an evening of country music. Jay and Clay will play for a special cause that night. All attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the SOS Inc. Food Bank. Attendees can enjoy a great performance while helping to feed the hungry in Comal County.
Concerts in the Park are free events that promote local musicians and family-style entertainment. The concerts are made possible by die following sponsors: Gaynes Productions, Miller Genuine Draft, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, The Music Source, Bug-O-Meister Pest Control, KNBT Radio, TCI Cable-vision and the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department.
Read the Herald-Zeitung and listen to KNBT 92.1 FM for concert information and rain-out announcements.
(Submitted by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department.)Revue needs performers
The Community Service Center is once again producing die “Red Stocking Revue” as a major fund-raiser. This is a sparkling musical revue professionally staged by the “Jerome H. Cargill Producing Organization of New York.” Perfomances will be June 21, 22 and 23 at die New Braunfels Civic Center.
The director will turn cast members into a top-notch performers in just three weeks! Their (akra in singing, dancing, acting or having a part in skits will be professionally directed, plus they’ll experience the thrill of being in a New York show. Anyone who warts to be in the show will be included.
All are invited to the Director’s Party at 7 pm on Monday, June 3 at the historic Forke Store in the beautiful Conservation Plaza on Churchill Street At this party, the director will give a general overview of die show and a preview of entertainment Afterward, everyone will have the opportunity to sign up for his general area of interest (participants need to be available for rehearsals for the three weeks prior to the show.)
For information, call Jim and iMelaney Beath, general chairpersons, •629-3016, or Carol Bissett, director’s party, 629-0262.
('Submitted by the Community Service Center.)
New Arts Council officers
New officers elected by The Greeter New Braunfels Arte Council for their 1996-97 board year are already hard at work. They are Elaine Felder, president; Jo Ann Lemmon, secretary; Bob Landrum, treasurer, and Ann Kleeman, vice president. Felder also represents the New Braunfels Art League on the council’s board. Lemmon represents the New Braunfels Music Study Club, Landrum Is a director-at-large and Kleeman is
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Huck Finn chooses hell over Klan philosophy!
Pritchard’s students shine at contest
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Thirteen music students taught by Pat Pritchard competed in the Junior Auditions at San Marcos Saturday, May 19. Judges there rated the memorized performance of all students, who competed against the others in their own category.
Students named A-State Winners also performed for an audience of outstanding students, parents and teachers.
Students from the Pritchard Music Studio, their categories, and their ratings are as follows: Laura Broussard, Piano Primary I, very good; Sheena Broussard, Piano Primary D, outstanding; Josh Furiow, Piano Primary ll, all-state winner, Lauren Janzen, Voice Senior I, outstanding; Amanda Jenkins, Voice Junior I, outstanding; Aubrey Lee, Voice Elementary II, outstanding; Kelly Griffin, Piano Primary I, outstanding; Usa Owens, Voice Musically Advanced OI, all-state winner, Jessi Perring, Voice Senior I, outstanding; Rosalinda Rojas, Piano Primary IL superior, Jamin Scott, Piano Primary UL superior, Eric Schwind, Piano Primary U, outstanding; Lesley Schwind, Piano Primary IU, superior.
Southwest Texas State University played host to this evert, which is sponsored annually by the Texas Federation of Music Clubs.
Art League awards
scholarships to area students
The New Braunfels Art League bas awarded two $300acholanhips to area graduating seniors to assist them in their future art studies. The recipients are Shoo Lopez of New Braunfels High School and Scott Franchowiak of Smithson Valley Highschool
Winners of the poster contest promoting the recent Spring Arts and Crafts Show were Caroline Anderson, first, and Kristal Oehler, second and third. Both students attend NBHS and received cash awards in the judging by NBAL membership at their last meeting.
Let’s face it. As much as we love this place we call home, and as much as we don’t mind bragging about what a unique and wonderful city New Braunfels is, we could very happily do without the attention a certain upcoming visit is bringing to our community.
A good many people have searched both sides of their brains for the best possible way to handle the KKK’s most unwelcome arrival on the first of June. The consensus from church and government officials has been to ignore the vipers in our midst — to stay home — to let diem know how it feels to throw a party to which
nobody comes! It’s called “snubbing,” and that sounds like a winner to me. But I confess that I thought it might be great to have as many of us who cared to form a hand-holding ring around die downtown plaza, with our backs to the gazebo, making a strong, silent statement that the Klan could see. Of course, a few weeks ago, Roger Croteau came up with an embellishment of my idea. It was rather humorous, and we need more of that (laughing our troubles away), but there aren’t many of us brave enough to follow his “moonstruck” suggestion.
Anyway, you can add my vote to “staying away,” but for more reasons than non-support of the Klan’s philosophy of Christian white supremacy and the desire to prevent ugliness erupting in our town. We need to be aware that the best reasons begin in the attitudes of our hearts and the insight of our minds.
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Those “attitudes and insights” can be found in many religious beliefs and spiritual philosophies since Time began ... indeed, Life itself is one lesson after
another. But lately, I have a new textbook.
You can’t prepare a stage production without dissecting and analyzing the' script first. And though the one I’m. working on is an upbeat summer musical. there’s a strong, wonderful message that undergirds all the humor and the foot-stomping songs. It’s a message, that answers the sick kind of thinking that diminishes any human being because of race or creed.
In traveling through “Big River,” there is a moment when Huckleberry Finn has an astonishing revelation. He’s been riding a raft down the Mississippi with Jim, a runaway slave, sharing all kinds of “close calls” with him, and slowly but surely becoming his friend. At one point when Jim talks lovingly about his wife and children and his need to be free so that he can buy his own family, the big black man ■ weeps from pain and longing. Huck turns aside and says to the audience, “It don’t sound natural, but Jim cares for * his people just as much as white folks do for their’n!”
That awareness brings Huck to* straggle with his conscience, because 7 he’s been taught all his life that those who help slaves to get free are “dirty • abolitionists” and are doomed to go to “everiastin’ fire!” WeU, Huck breaks down and prays about his consternation, but as he says, “You can’t pray a 1 lie. So I says to myself, ‘Would you . feel better if you give Jim up?’ No, * I’d feel worse! And what’s the use in leamin’ to do right when ifs troublesome, and no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? So, all right, I’ll go to hell! 1*11 take up wickedness again, and steal my friend Jim out of slavery!”
What joy Marie Twain must have had, poking fun at judgmental selfrighteousness, and through a boy’s confusion, teaching us that the love of our fellow human beings is the only “right” that matters!
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist, writing on the arts and humanities.)
Parnell’s long, winding road leads to Gruene Hall for June 6 show
Lee Roy Pamell has traveled a long and winding road in his career, one that has allowed him to cover a lot of ground, while maintaining an integrity and steadfast commitment to his music that is uncommon in the commercial world.
Parnell grew up, literally, on the lap of the legendary Bob Lit Roy Pamoll Wills.
He leans on the memory of the man he first sang with as a six-year-old boy on a Fort Worth radio station.
Parnell credits Wills’ influence on his decision to pursue music, but his teen-age years found him studiously delving into the work of artists ranging from the Allman
Brothers to Muddy Waters and Freddie King.
The diversity of experience and influence that are Lee Roy Pamell have served to shape this native Texan into one of the most respected and innovative artists in country music today.
“I’m a fifth-generation Texan with a rural upbringing,” he said. “The lyrics to my songs are a very country thing but the heart arui the backbeat of the music is the blues ... I’m really just a product of my environment.
This incredible “product” will perform at Gruene Hall Thursday, June 6. Tickets are SIS and available by calling 629-5077 to charge; cash only at Gruene Hall; or cash/charge at Josephine Street Cafe, 400 E. Josephine in San Antonio.
(Submitted by Gruene Hall.)
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