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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas to a Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, September 27,1995There is an art to selfishness that benefits many THE ART OF THE MATTER This would be one rich lady if I had a dollar for every time (in the past 27 years) someone told me how much I’d “done for the community" by creating the theatre. Sometimes I wish I could live up to that noble, unselfish picture...but it’s not true. I did it for me. And anger preceded the selfishness. Twenty-eight years ago, it was decided at City Hall to tear down a wonderful three-wing, outdoor stage in Landa Park, because it had fallen into disuse and disrepair. It was called Peninsula Playhouse and it needed rewiring and a high enclosure built around it to prevent vandalism. True, it would have cost a goodly amount to do that, even 28 years ago, but very close to the same amount was spent to tear it down and raze the concrete seating risers! By that time, “the still, small voice” had made it plain what the Self wanted to do with my life, so you can imagine that I was not a happy camper! But I’d learned by that time that anger can be put to good use by taking its energy and investing it in positive efforts. And though producing good theatre is as necessary to me as breathing, I confess that the entertainment, inspiration, and enlightenment it brings to thousands of others keeps my happiness quotient very high! Another “selfish” act He didn’t ask anyone if his project would please them. He didn’t even check with the Downtown Association or the Main Street director to see if they thought it would add to the attraction of downtown. No, Wayne Rahe planted and nurtured his bougainvillea and hibiscus right on the front sidewalk of the Rahe-Wright building (next door to Langston House) for all the world to see. And it’s a wonder we don’t have traffic jams, even accidents, driving down Seguin Ave. and being met with such a riot of breathtaking colors! That’s exactly what those blossoms do!—make you gasp from the sheer beauty of them! I stopped to chat with him the other day when I saw him out there watering his beautiful “children,” and thanked him for all of us, for brightening our days...literally! He said he was glad if it did that, but he’d cultivated the flowers because he loved them...growing them for himself. We reap the benefit, though. Thanks, Wayne!Artists are like that As sure as you live, if you listen to the beautiful singing of Mary Beth Smith or Cathy Clark, you can be certain that, although they hope their voices please yow, they’re singing because it gives them joy! And the Symphony musicians, though they expect to be paid, couldn’t create the glorious sounds they do if they didn’t love doing it Ask Pat Deltz or Elaine Felder or Sarah Wetz or Grant Lathe or Jack Price if they paint for anyone but themselves. Selfish, every one of them! And we’re blessed by their need to express themselves artistically. It takes a certain degree of courage to do that, you know. To take the eminently wise Joseph Campbell’s advice to “Follow your bliss. You will put yourself on a kind of track that’s been there all the while, waiting for you, and you’ll find the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.” I know the difference You’ll find that some dictionaries disagree on the definition of selfishness, a few putting a moral spin on the word. I like the way old Mr. Webster put it: “Pertaining to concern for oneself.” Hey, that’s not a bad thing. But, just so you know that I know the difference between selfishness and selfishness, I promise that if there’s only one piece of pizza left on the plate, I’ll go halfsies with you! What about you? What wonderful thing have you been wanting to create? Have you been holding back because “there’s not enough time” or you “couldn’t possibly be good at it”? Just do it! Be selfish, and express the wonder and beauty inside you! And we’ll all benefit! (Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing [selfishly] on the arts and humanities.) Arts Entertainment Music big part of Taste of the Town Humid receives nique figurine Master sculptor Paul Tadlock has created a unique figurine exclusively for the Hummel Museum, TThe renowned artist, celebrated for his wildlife sculptures, has put his best talents toward creating a figurine for the benefit of the nonprofit museum. As one of America's most prominent sculptors, Tadlock has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for special community projects, children’s organizations and wildlife conservation. Now he has selected the Hummel Museum to benefit from his support. . The Hummel Museum opened in 1992 as the only museum of its kind displaying the world’s largest collection of original art of Sister Maria Innocents Hummel, the German Franciscan nun whose drawings inspired the weald popular MT. Hummel figurines. For over 20 years, Paul Tadlock has used the world around him as his sculpting studio. From the large animals of Africa, like tire elephant and the black rhinoceros, to toe larger-than-life sports legends, like Ben Hogan and Walter Payton, Tadlock’s creations have found permanent homes in numerous venues. His works grace prominent public buildings, museums, galleries and private collections around the world. The delicate and graceful piece Tadlock has created for the Hummel Museum is entitled “Nature’s Worker.” The figurine depicts a bumblebee as it descends upon a springtime daisy, which is cradled by lush foliage. It’s “a fitting scene from nature’s realm of beauty to introduce at this museum which is dedicated to the life and art of Sister Hummel, whose last name in German is translated into bumblebee,” said Hummel Executive Director John Collins. Made of cold-cast porcelain and individually hand painted, the figurine will be offered at an introductory price of $90. TadJock will be available that day to personally sign each figurine. The figurine signing party will be held at the Hummel Museum on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 12 to 5. For more information, please call the museum at 625-5636. Music—as well as the sweet smells of some of the best cooking in New Braunfels—will fill the air at the Taste of the Town, Oct. 12 at the Krueger Chevrolet building. The Children’s Museum is sponsoring the annual event at the historic car dealership, located at Academy and San Antonio streets, downtown. Kato and the Houseboys (Don Forres, Jack Williamson, Earl Leaveiton and Joe Grist) will be the first band of the night, playing a variety of tunes. Chris and Judy will follow, with a little help from Forres. Forres, who organized the music for the annual fund-raiser, will then join Pete Williams and Dennis Rathbum to finish out the evening. Taste of the Town will feature food and beverages from 22 local and area companies: New City Bakery, Comal Bowl, Oma’s Haus, Max’s Salsa Sabrosa, Block Distributing, Pat’s Place, Sip ‘n Sup, Wholesale Beers, Celis Brewery, New Braunfels Coffee, Huisache Grill, New Braunfels Smokehouse, Granzin’s Bar-B-Q, Cateran, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Molly Joe’s, Guadalupe Smoked Meat Co., TCBY, TJ’s Burgers and More, Dragon Place, Plaza Diner and the Gristmill Restaurant. In addition, Mr. Gatti’s will provide pizza for Pizza and Playtime at the Children’s Museum during Taste of the Town, which will mn from 6 to 9 p.m. Taste of the Town will also feature more They’re back. Kato and the Houseboys, also known as (from left) Jack Williamson, Earl Leaverton, Don Forres and Joe Grist, will be the featured band at the Taste of the Town on Oct. 12 at the Krueger Chevrolet building. (Photo by Jimmi Leaverton) than a dozen silent auction items, to be up for bids the night of the event: A gas fish cooker, donated by Entex; four Texas-Texas Tech football tickets; four tickets to a San Antonio Iguanas hockey game; a handmade batik quilt; four tickets to a San Antonio Spurs game; a set of tickets to the Children’s Fine Ait Series in San Antonio; a set of signed children’s books; admission for a couple to the American Cancer Society gala; season tickets to Circle Arts Theatre; a package of items from downtown merchants, including Collected Memories and the Shepherd’s Shoppe; a Melitta coffeemaker and a selection of gourmet coffees; an original painted pho- tograph from San Antonio photographer Morris Goen; an original photograph from New Braunfels photographer Linda Gabbard; a guide to Central Texas day trips and a picnic basket; a tasting box from the New Braunfels Smokehouse; passes to Schlitteibahn Waterpark; a half-day’s pampering at The Retreat—A Day Spa; and an original art lamp from local artist Mark Nelson. Tickets are $15 at the door and $13 in advance, and are available at the Children’s Museum, Mail-It Plus in the HEB center, Collected Memories and Comal Bowl. For more information, call the Children’s Museum, 620-0939._ DANCI CARD *95 be there1 Ninth Annual Cruana Music Fast Benefitting the United way of Cornel county PKIOAV, OCTO—IA IHS Greene Hal 5:30 pm 9th Annual Greene Music Fest Premier Party Heavy Hors D"Oeuvres • silent Auction (Private) 940 pm Johnny Dee and the Rocket irs (Public) HODO SATURDAY, PCH—11, IMS Roddn I ever Rides, iodin I Stage $300 10 am:    Gecko 'Greene-Eyed* Chil cook cm Check in 12 noon: Cadillac Traxx 240 pm: Morey'Guitar* Tyler 440 pm: Gecko CNU Cook-Off Judging 540 pm: Painted Pony 730 pm: jimmy spacek and Heavy Traffic Greene Hal $100 940 pm: Clay Maker SUNDAY, OCTO— A IHS Rh Annual Greene Nude Fest Mar Garten (Greene Hal), Included with paid admisdon to Greene Mal 1240 pm: John stark 240pm: Braden/O'Connor 3:30 pm: Matt TOOn 5 30 pm The Whoosis Bepile Goodtime Garbage Band 7 30 pm: Terr! Hendrix I Jim Volk CMdrerrs Nee (Next to Buck Pottery), free 140pm: ChrlslJudy 240 pm: circle Arts Theatre/inner circle (Children's entertainment) 540 pm john Stark 230 - 3 30 pm: Mariachi Cardenas Ecos De Mexico (strolling streets of Gruene) cream Meadow, inducted with paid admission to Greene Hal 1230 pm: Michael Daniels Band 240pm Freed at Last 330 pm avis and Judy 540pm Don Forres and Rick Cavender Greene WI. SIM 140 pm Matt Toon 245 pm Caner* walker 440pm PoreyBone HO pm jimmy Spacek and Heavy Traffic 430 pm Quarter Moon omm mew nim to ar wend nut* to Crewe rn on MftrartfSatwa*Erie, Walker two performers at Comal County Fair Jay Erie, the dynamic lead singer for the Blieder’s Creek band, has led the band into fast becoming the most popular group in the Texas area. From performing at the rodeo in El Paso, to appearances in Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and in between, wherever they go they receive rave reviews. Jay already has many credits to his name. He has appeared on the Nashville Network show, “You Can Be a Star,” and was first runner-up in a KJ-97 Radio Battle of the Bands Contest. He has opened shows for such acts as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Steve Wanner, Rodney Crowell, Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, Sawyer Brown and many others. Many of these shows were outdoor concerts and fairs with more than 25,000 in attendance. Jay is gifted with the ability to not only sing but to be a very creative songwriter. As a result, on Dec. I, 1993, he signed an exclusive writer’s agreement with MCA Music, one of the largest publishing companies in Nashville, Tenn. Carlene Walker’s story has the trappings of a dream-come-true tale from the likes of Steven Spielberg. Take a small-town girl, daughter of a crop duster, graduate from a little high school class of 30-plus. Place her in a family of successful local and regional musicians that never thought of her as a candidate to join Jay Erie Carien# Walker their musical ranks. Let the years click by like the rail breaks of a train’s tracks until she is 21. Her single experience as a support vocalist with a popular New Braunfels country-western band lasted a mere couple of months. Six years followed where she worked with the mentally challenged and eventually married an ambitious, but yet to be realized, successful salesman. Together they pledged to fulfill her lifelong dream. On May 21, 1994, Carlene held her first lull rehearsal with the band she would perform with for the next year. Her first booking was within 20 days. Before her band was 60 days old, she was playing the eminent Leon Springs Dancehall. Her third month found her before television cameras filming her part in a Paragon Cable special. Seen by a local talent scout, she was offered a national tour. Her first anniveisary as Carlene Walker the Country Singer was celebrated assembling a road band in preparation for her Aug. 15 departure on her first out-of-state tour. Carlene is the epitome of the modem female country act. A combination of rich vocals and tonic stage presence, her good looks and country-girl charm make for a live performance more characteristic of a seasoned and double-digit, road-experienced singer rather than an upstart and a relative unknown. ■ Other entertainment at the Comal Corral will include the Bohemian Dutchmen, 7 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27; Southbound, 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Sept. 28; Dan McCoy, 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 and I to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30; Wimberley Fire Ants, 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30; Quarter Moon, 9 p.m. to I a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30; Jazz Cowboys, I to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. I; Ed Kadlecek and the Village Band, 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday Oct. I. Betty Mathis and Rosalie Laxton are NBAL’s featured artists this month. Sunflowers theme of next NBAL exhibit Local News. Local News. Hsrald-Zeitim| “Follow the Sun—A Sunflower Exhibit” is the theme of an upcoming art exhibit at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio. A reception, with refreshments including sunflower seeds, is set for Saturday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the gallery. The show runs from then through Oct. 24. The exhibit developed when a group of local artists took photos of and painted sunflowers during a field top. Others caught the “fever” and plans were soon made for a sunflower show. Watercolor and oil paintings will predominate, but the members will also sell hand-painted notecards to benefit the building fund. Sharon Neuhaus is chairing the event. The show closes a week before the opening of the 32nd annual Wurstfest Ait Show, Nov. 3-12 at the gallery. It will be dangerous! Just thinking about it, Gloria (Abigail Smith, laft) becomes excited Hat tog to Suzy (Lara Wright) and the plana aha hat for outwitting some dangerous man, in this scene from “Walt Until Dark.’’ The thriller will I presented this Friday and Saturday at Circle Arts Theatre, with a 3 p n matinee on Sunday, Oct 1. Those presenting pre-purchased tickets o Friday by 6:45 at Tree Tops will receive a two-for-one prime rib specie An additional performance has bean scheduled on Thursday, Oct 5 f benefit United Way. Tickets for all shows are at China-n-Things For’ reservations, call 600-3092, Monday through Saturday, from 3 to 7 p r t ♦ ;