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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A O Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, October 9,1996 Herald Z e i t u n gArts & EntertainmentThe beat builds as Gruene prepares for 10th music fest ' The 10th anniversary edition of the Gruene Music Fest will get under way Friday evening with some outstanding local musicians at the • Gruene Music Hall in historic Gruene. • The festival begins with a private “VIP Pre-' ^    mier Party” from 5:30 to ■    *    8:30 pm. Friday, fol- P    *    lowed by a performance JBKfe I    by Johnn Dee and the Rocket 88’s at 9 p.m. in Gruene Hall. The festivities resume Saturday, starting with the first Gruene Music Festival Golf Classic at 8:30 a.m. at Sundance Golf Course. At noon, participants in the “Gecko Gruene-Eyed” Chili Kookoff will try to earn points toward qualifying for the national chili competition at Terlingua. '' The spotlight will then turn to Trade Lynn at Kent Johnson I p.m. on the Gruene Hall stage. The Dead Crickets will then take the stage at 8:30 p.m., followed by Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band. Tickets for Saturday night’s shows are $6. It will take four stages — the Grist Mill Meadow Tent, the Bier Garten, the Bar (in Gruene Hall) and the main stage in Gruene Hall _ to contain the music on Sunday. Bring your friends, come early and be prepared for a day of pure musical enjoyment. Kicking off Sunday’s activities at 12:15 p.m. on the main stage will be the Wimberly Volunteer Fire Ants. These musicians have made a name for themselves with their unique harmonies and mandolin-laced original songs. L J.B. Braden Braden and Johnson, a guitar and piano duo, will open in the Bier Garten. From ballads to country to blues, their inventive tunes delight audiences. Well-known local artists Chris and Judy Wallisch can be caught in the Grist Mill Meadow sT Tent. One of their songs is jNv    featured    on    the    Texas Tor- nadoes’ latest release. Starting off in the Bar in Gruene Hall are the indomitable Humble Brothers. Their “rode hard and put away wet” sound is gently tamed by some introspective lyrics. Country music fans will be delighted to listen to Matt Toon and the Big Deals. For a foot- tapping good time The Whoosits Bigpile Goodtime Garbage Band is irresistible. Dan McCoy These favorites have appeared at the Folklife guitar sounds. Festival and Night in Old San Antonio. Circle Arts Theatre’s Inner Circle will present youth activities. This group has toured local schools and has received national accolades for its contributions. A well-known songwriter, Dan McCoy, will entertain with his country music. George Strait has recorded a number of his tunes. The solid folk sounds and smooth guitar licks of Brenda Freed and Val Roessling shouldn’t be missed. The duo has a creative and ear-catching sound. The Michael Daniels Band is a must-hear band. Hailing from San Antonio, this group will soothe you with heartfelt lyrics and soulful Michael Daniels The one and only Al Barlow will astound with his whimsical songs and an uncanny ability with words. Terri Hendrix, voted best female vocalist at the 1996 San Antonio Music Awards, will grace the Bier Garten stage with her unforgettable voice and a wide range of original tunes. The Mariachi Michoa-can will perform on the streets of Gruene at 2:30 p.m. Other festival performers include Painted Pony, Pouty Bone and the Squeezetones, Jimmy Spacek and Heavy Traffic and Sisters Morales. Many of these artists performing at the Gruene Music Fest have recorded compact disks and tapes, which will be available at a special booth. Al BartowNames in the News A&E Notes ‘Dangerous Liasons’ opens STSI! theater season ; The theatre season at Southwest ,Texas State University will open with the production of “Dangerous ^liaisons," Tuesday through Oct. 20 on the SWT campus. . Directed by J. Jennings, the show .stars Shea Martin, left, as Le Vicomte de Valmont and Melissa Grogan, right, ap La Marquise de Merteuil, two lovers pursuing outrageous relationships that create havoc in the pre-French Revolution aristocracy.The production is suitable for mature audiences only. . For reservations call (512) 245-2204. ('Submitted by Southwest Texas State University) Lecturer to focus on role of community in art , A guest lecturer who advocates community-based art education will speak to area art educators and students Oct. 1,7 and 18 at Southwest Texas State University. - Peter London, international ait symposium lecturer, will speak on “Community-Based Art Education: Working with the National Landscape” at 11 ,a.m. Oct. 17 in the Chautauqua Room of the LBJ Student Center. • London will focus on his view of \_ the community’s role in art education. London will speak at 2 p.m. that day on “Art: The Language of Ultimate Concerns.” He also will introduce an idea to participants and ask them to create images on that idea. London will then (lad a discussion on art as a form of I meditation and as a tool for personal Mer London growth. London will complete his time in San Marcos with a workshop the following day at Travis Elementary School. He will discuss the need for schools to provide a special outdoor place where students can create art or perform and instructors can teach interdisciplinary subjects. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Department of Art and Design at (512) 245-2611. (Submitted by Southwest Texas State University) Symphony to opon 19th soason this month The Mid-Texas Symphony will open its 19th season in the New Braunfels Civic Center at 4 p.m. Oct. 20. David Mairs, the symphony’s new music director, will be at the baton for the concert that will feature four of the symphony’s own players. Mairs is also resident conductor of the San Antonio Symphony. This is his first full concert as the Mid-Texas Symphony’s music director after conducting the holiday concert in Jackson Auditonum last December. The Oct. 20 concert will feature Robert Cannon and Andrew Gignac in Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Trumpets, P.75, C Major.” Harpist Shana Norton and flutist Adrienne Inglis will be featured in Mozart’s “Concerto for Bute and Harp, K297c, C Major." The orchestra will also perform Tchaikowsky’s “Symphony No. 4, F Minor.” Cannon is the principal trumpet for the Mid-Texas Symphony while Gignac is second trumpet. Norton regularly performs with the Mid-Texas Symphony and Inglis is STAGE photo by JAMES JAHNSEN Buck says, “Don’t sound half bad." Clayton responds, “Means It don’t sound half good, either. Don’t give up your day job.” Lawrence Coop of San Antonio as Buck Ramsey and Franklin D. Williams of Boerne aa Clayton Snodgrass rehearse a scene from the next STAGE production, “Sweet Texas Soul," which opens at Krause House on Bulverde Road Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 3. Call (210) 438-2339 for information or reservations. the principal flutist for the symphony. Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students and $3 for other students. They will be available at the door the day of the concert. Season tickets will also be available at the door. The season ticket package includes tickets for a special concert Nov. 17 marking the 10th anniversary of the opening of Jackson Aifditorium on the campus of Texas Lutheran University. The concert will feature world pianist Barry Douglas with Akira Endo conducting. For more information, call (210) 372-8089. Another theater son comes home to visit Firing up for festival There’s been an embarrassment of nches lately! Lovely moments happening all over the place! Several of those moments had to do with the return of our “offspring,” all grown up and glowing with a passion for life. Mostly, because they’ve chosen, against the odds, to “follow their bliss." They rarely go to bed early, one of the requirements for becoming “healthy, wealthy and wise.” faut they’ve opted for the “healthy” and “wise” part of th|t admonition, because their world of theater and the performing arts seldom lets them count sheep before mid night Firs •irst came the privilege of working with Rob Wicall in th^ very recent production of “Greetings!” The most we’d seen of him before that was in the Taco Beil commercial. (He’s the young man in the striped shirt wife) dances the most energetically in it.) Anyway, Rob spent the majority of his childhood years in New Braunfels, graduating from NBHS, and acting in tho touring youth company, The Inner Circle, then later, creating the unforgettable role of Ellard in “The Foreigner* Update? He performs at Sea World and manages the Water Ski Show, does commercials in S.A. and elsewhere, and has earned an entertainment contract with the Spurs’ Dream Team! That’s our boy! And, of course, I told you about David Houde last week, also a former member of our youth company. Then, last Friday, another theatre "son” made our day! 4    0 111 ARK GORDON, FRONT AND CENTER! The lanky, still boyish, approaching 30, young man dida’t come home alone this time. from the Big Apple, where he lives and works, he brought back his prize — the lovely, raven-haired French lady, known as Anne Gordon, his bride. They’re both fine actors (according to those New York City reviews I read) but their “bliss” these days lies in directing for their theatre company, Millennium Stage. They favor the classics, especially intrigued with historical plays, “because that’s our mission,” said Mark. “It’s exciting to see how humanity has developed through the centuries, and history points the way to future evolvement.” Brave souls! That kind of theater requires long hours of research and meticulous attention to style and details that contemporary comedies and dramas don’t demand. Listening to them, though, I was aware that they didn’t think of their FljgahMh wor^ as 311 ar(luous, exhausting effort. Quite the opposite. Elliott    Their artistic obsession is as neces- Guest    wry as breathing. And they support Column    rhcir “habit” with other jobs, until their theatre can support them. (May the day come soon!) IMAGINE THE JOY! Like Rob Wicall and David Houde, Mark Gordon grew up under our watchful eyes in the theater. Looking back, I remember the mentoring, the demands for excellence, and his enthusiastic response, discovering the God-given talents we asked him to share. Somewhere in the Good Book, it says something about (paraphrasing here!) “not always knowing the fruits of your labor." So how did wet get so lucky! As exciting as theatre is, it can’t compete with seeing how the young ones “turned out,” how they became successful as human beings. Of course, compared to their parents, our contribution was small, but what a return on the investment! (Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate, writing for the Herald-Zeitung on the arts and humanities.) San Marcos potter Billy Ray Mangham, shown demonstrating the art of raku pottery, will be one of the 29 participants at this year’s Texas Clay Festival on Oct. 26 and 27 In Gruene. Madonna happy to and alay In Argentina NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t cry for Madonna, Argentina. The truth is, she was happy to leave you — at least that’s the impression from her diaries. Excerpts from the Material Girl’s private musings appear in the November issue of Vanity Fair. In them she describes the months she spent in Argentina filming “Evita.” She calls the South American nation an “uncivilized country” with “no decent food.” The diaries — which cover Jan. 13 to May 29 — also describe when Madonna first saw an ultrasound of her fetus. “I was stunned when I saw on the ultrasound a tiny, living creature spinning around in my womb. Tap-dancing, I think. Waving its tiny arms around and trying to suck its thumb. I could have sworn I heard its laughing," she wrote. She also denies for “shock value” or----- be Carlos Leon as a “stud service.” “I realize that these are all comments made by persons who cannot live with the idea that something good is happening to me,” she wrote. Madonna’s baby is due about Oct. 15. Mayfield lo make ratum attar paralyzing accident NEW YORK (AP) — People get ready, Curtis Mayfield is back. Six years after he was paralyzed, the soul legend has released a new album, “New World Order,” and the title track is in Spike Lee’s new movie “Get on the Bus.” Mayfield was tuning his guitar in 1990 when a lighting tower fell down on him in Brooklyn, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. “I feel like when I got hit, it knocked everything out of whack,” he says in the Oct. 14 issue of Newsweek. “Now everything is somewhere else. Sometimes it feels that if someone whacked me good another time, it’d knock them all back in place.” Mayfield, 54, recorded the songs prone — singing a few lines at a time until his breath ran out. The album is a triumph to an artist who one thought he’d never make music again. “It’s nice to say, I’m back to living again,” he says. Mayfield’s career peaked with his 1972 soundtrack album for the film “Superfly.” His other hits include, “It’s Alright” and “People Get Ready.” Sculptor proforrod oimpl# Paris lifostyls LONDON (AP) — How much space does an artist need? Not much — that is for someone like Alberto Giacometti. Giacometti spent years living and working in a tiny studio in Paris’ Montparnasse district. Now some of his work is getting some breathing room at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. An exhibition of 230 of his sculptures, paintings and drawings opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. I, 1997. “He is one of the great figures of our time,” Simonetta Fraquelli, an academy curator, said Monday. “It may seem odd to us that Giacometti lived like he did but perhaps his work was suited to that environment. He never wanted to change it.” Curator Patrick Elliott said he ranks Giacometti as one of the half-dozen greatest sculptor of the first half of the 20th century. ;