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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page6A    ■    Wednesday,    June    29,1994Arts & Entertainment Herald - Zeitung Champaigne opening kicks off Circle Arts Theatre’s ’Little Shop1 A musical like no other! Circle Arts Theatre presents 'Little Shop of Horrors,* set ta tomorrow night (Champaigne Opening) through the end of July on every friday, * Saturday and Sunday. Two performances (July 7 and July 14) will benefit the New Braunfels Children's Museum and the New Braunfels Art League, respectively. Don't miss this widely-acclaimed Broadway hit featuring brilliant talent of a local flavor. Stars Paul Padilla, Lara Wright, J. David Clark, John Iverson, Kyle Andrews, Steve Derkacz, Toni Marsh, Jo Beth Henderson, Charnel Mead. Music is directed by Dennis Whitehead, director is Roberta Elliott. For ticket information, reservations and times, call 609-3092. Briefs Concerts in the Park / Linda Station, 381 Landa St. (629-3311) - Thursday. Songwriter's night Saturday night. Tho Craze, beginning at 8:30 pm / Splinters - 482 Solms Road. (608-9910) Friday, Triple Ray (country. rock). /watering Holt -1390 Old McQueeney Road. (625-0046) Thursday, free dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 8 p.m. Broken Fences (DJ), Saturday. Broken Fences (DJ) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. / The Shanty - Corner of FM 306 & FM 2673. Canyon Lake (964-3992). Thursday. 9 p.m. Jamm Night (musicians & bands). Friday. Rockin Horse begins at 9 p.m., Saturday. Rockin Horse begins at 9 pm J Banya Under Pats Saloon-904 S. Seguin (625-1223) Wednesday night is karaoke night. Thursday, Cross Roads; Friday • Crossroads (DJ) and Saturday night - Cajun Luau, begins at6 p.m., bikini contest, live Cajuq ' bands. : / Gruana Hall-1281 Gruene Rd (606-1281.) Wednesday. Chris & Judy, 7:30p rn to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Mary Cutrufello, 7:30 p.m to 11:30 pm. no cover; / O’ACM Cantina A Patio - Corner of River Road & Huaco Springs Road. (620-7238.) Special line up for July 4th weekend - Wednesday, Jules Gaiecia. Thursday. Mark Beeno; Friday. Revival Brothers; and Saturday, Quarter Moon. Sunday, Joe King Carasco. ■ June 30 —■ County band the Grapes of Wrath ■ July 7 — Rock band the Stingrays ( JiJuly 14 —Rock band Hat Trick ■ July 21 — Folk band The Whoosis Bigpile Goodtime Garbage Band ■ July 28 — The U S Army Chorale g Aug 4 — Tejano/Country band Texana ■ Aug 11 — Original group Terri Hendrix, Al Bartow and Friends ■ Aug. 18 —Rock artist Monty “Guitar" Tyler ■ Aug 25 — Country band Cadillac Traxx ■ Sept 1 — Rock band The Craze » ■ Sept. 8 — Country singer Jay Erie Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Landa Park. Free to the public; no glass containers; weather permitting In case of rainout, concerts may not rescheouie. Freedom’s Prologue You may have noticed that the name of this column has changed. And I don’t have a good reason...exactly. It just felt like time to re-arrange the furniture. You know how we women like to do that. Besides, since I seem to look at life through art-colored glasses, it seems appropriate. Wish I could take credit for the new title, but it belongs on Mark Lyon’s doorstep. I was tossing ideas around with him, and his idea won die toss. Essentially, though, the column will remain the same, except as I change. And that usually takes a little while. Th* Source Every time it gets close to Independence Day, the same inner dialogue begins, mulling over words like ‘freedom” and “liberty” and ‘license” and “privilege” and “rights” and time itself begin with. Art, to me, is the result of a search for Truth and Beauty. However high-sounding and idealistic that definition seems, those elements arc essential to our sense of well-being. The dictionary calls art “the activity of creating beautiful things.” I wasn’t far off the mark. Before the “activity” comes the need, the hunger, the “search” to be able to express oneself, in words, on canvas, in song or dance. Then, there are those who take their liberty (“the freedom to act as one chooses”) to the extreme of license (“excessive or undisciplined freedom”). Their “artistic” expression, in whatever form, is intended to shock or titillate, created solely out of the need to say, “See how clever I am!’’ Well, here’s a pie, Jack Homer. Go sit in your comer! (Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities.) Grapes of Wrath to play Concerts in the Park The Concert in the Park June 30 will be The Crane*! of Wrath Concerts in the Park are held at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday through the summer at the Landa Park Concert Shell. They are free to the public. No glass containers. Rained-out concerts may not be re-scheduled. Wagenfuehr Buckhorn Barter Shop Muaeum summer skid ^ ■— Degins The Wagenfuehr Buckhorn Barber Shop and Collections Museum, 521 W. San Antonio Street, began its summer schedule June 4. It is open daily I p.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesday. Special display for. June will be Mr. Wagenfuehr’s collection of over IOO international dolls in native costume, as well as many other items. This museum is owned by the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Admission is charged. County tin* fenct towns ■AAnAlnai Im la meeting m «iuy During the month of July, beginning and intermediate country line dance classes will meet at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center on Landa Street. For information call 629-2106 JOY announces Belinda and th* Beast'production The Joy Creative Arts Groups of the Comal County Seniors Center announces plans for their fall dinner theatre, “Belinda And The Beast” to be presented September 8,9 and 11,1994 “Belinda And The Beast” is a wild and woolly version of a favorite folktale and will be done with imagination and a sense of humor as only the JOY Group can do it. At the present time JOY members are busy expanding the script to adapt it for their production and adding music to it. If you are a script writer...or would like to be, there is still time to incorporate your ideas and suggestions. Contact Jean Heck, the JOY Director, by leaving a message for her at the Seniors Center, 629-4547 Free aummer piano seminar for parents of be0nn*rs A free summer Saturday seminar will be held for parents of beginning piano students. The two-hour seminar will give parents a basic keyboard knowledge so parents can help children learn faster. The Ivory League Piano Studio is making this available to all parents in the community Dares will be July 16, and Aug 13 from IO a m. to noon Call Cheerily Koehler ar 629-0498 to register. Blastoff with piano Mi New Braunfels Community Education offers Blast Off With Piano for children ages 7 to IO, to see how much fun piano can be. The course allows students to try piano to see if they are interested in music. Three different four-day sesaions in June and July will be offered. Fee is $35 plus $4.50 for muse. To register or find out more, call 620-4200 tradition began before Business is picking up! Photo by BILL HAAS Mr. Mushnlk (Kyle Andrews, cantar) and hit assistant, Ssmour (Paul Padilla) ara dslightsd whan a customer (Stave Derkacz) spends a lot of money In the almost-bankrupt Skid Row Rower Shop. The acana is from "Little Shop of Horrors," the musical comedy opening tomorrow at Circle Arts Theatre. Benefit performances will ba given on July 7 for the Children's Museum and July 14 for the New Braunfels Art League, no passes redeemable on those nights. Tickets for all shows are on sale at China N' Things. For reservations call 609-3092, Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. only. Lights!, Camera!, Action! To one local actor, those words hold special meaning By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer To Myles Kuykendall, the cries of ‘Lights!, Camera!, Action!,’ mean something. Always have. Always will. It gets in your blood, so he says. Through the years, he has seen them all, from the great ones like John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart to the new breed of western stars like Tommy Lee Jones. He has worked with them, albeit from the background, as one of the thousands of nameless faces that make the big screen come alive. He started back dunng the war, the big one, World War ll. He helped make those famous, or infamous, training films for the Navy, from how to shoot a cannon to keeping clear of certain diseases for most of his years, Kuykendall has been involved with the security business, keeping an eye on movie sets and many times working his way in as an extra, both sides of the camera as he calls it. “I enjoy it,” he said. “But remember, two percent of the actors rn Hollywood make 98 percent of the money.Jt’s important to have the behind-the-scenes people ” For the most part, Kuykendall’s roles as an extra have come in the westerns He recently returned from Bracketville, Texas where Republic Pictures is filming a mini series for television based on James Michener’s ‘Texas” Kuykendall has ridden horses and done stunts in several westerns and is part of the Alamo segment of the mini-series “Riding, shooting, getting killed. All that kind of stuff," he said Kuykendahl worked on the John Wayne movie, “The Alamo,” filmed in the same loca tion He said this version is only one segment of the larger mini-series and contains some differences “Neither the John Wayne version or the ongi-nal version of the movie about the Alamo showed the burning of the bodies,” he said Kuykendall played one of the defenders, or rather several, as actors in his case are often asked to play more than one role. He may walk down one side of the street, turn the comer and come back across the street nding a horse, all in the same scene, and all in the background The series which stars such notables as David Keith, John Schneider and Grant Show in the Alamo scene was produced for telev ision and video, which Kuykendall claims is less meticulous than a big-screen process Kuykendall has seen both He once rode Festus Hagen’s mule in a sequence for TV’s famous “Gunsmoke” senes and was there for the filming of the movie, “The Wild Bunch” to name a few “I was there with Ken Curtis (who played Festus) on the set of ‘Gunsmoke’ and these three ladies came up Of course he didn’t have on his outfit and didn’t talk like that normally They were disappointed until he went into his act and you should have seen their faces light up ” Kuykendall has observed quite a few of the stars, from working as security for them to playing the stunt or backup roles. When asked to describe stars he has met, he refers to an old Clint Eastwood movies "The good, the bad, and the ugly is what I call them. Ben Johnson (who played in many westerns) and guys like Jimmy Stewart, they are the cream of the crop,” he said Kuykendall has been involved in other movies as well In one job, he guarded the set of “Raggedy Man’’, a Clint Eastwood movie set here in Texas, for several months while the actors were on strike In “Mississippi Burning,” he was stuntman in the scene where the civil Mytos Kuykendall rights workers’ car goes into a ditch For all his traveling, Kuykendall has remained a Comal County man and has lived in New Braunfels the past 23 years “They told me, ‘Miles, you can do a lot more work if you live out in California,’ “ he said “But that place is an outdoor nuthouse.’’ Kuykendahl will continue to hang around Texas, traveling from one set to another He is scheduled to be on the scene when the “Wild Bunch” crew, Johnson, Bo Hopkins, and Ernest Borgninc reunite “The westerns are coming back,” he says. “I’d bet my best poker hand on it.” He’ll be there, somewhere on the set, somewhere in the business And maybe, just maybe, he’ll get on horse, play a dead man, or simply mesh with the surrounding, leaving the stars to ride off into the sunset. finally, “responsibilities ” And no matter how circumspect I pride myself in being, no matter how right opposing viewpoints BOTH sound, I still wind up with the same conclusion year after year. And it’s this: If you want to think logically about ANYTHING (and I can’t think of anything more precious than freedom) you have to start with the source. Where did the whole idea begin? That’s a rhetorical question, friends, because you and I both know. . .but sometimes, some of us forget. We know that, before Time began, the Timeless ONE took a deep breath, crossed fingers, and set us free to get ourselves in and out of our own messes. Talk about someone having faith in us! Elizabeth Elliott NOTE: Those who can’t conceive of the Creator of all life, need not read the rest of this column there will just be more of the same Now, where were we?...oh, yes, we were acknowledging that the TRADITION of freedom began with God. That’s why it’s laughable, in a sad sort of w ay, w hen men decide they know what’s best and “right" for others, assuming a rank that God doesn’t pull on us! It doesn’t matter what labels they wear, what public honor they receive. The Pharisees were well thought of in their day. What matters is that we remember The Source of our Freedom and allow no one to diminish it. On The Other Hand Considering artistic freedom, there’s a distinction between art and degradation. But not all of us share the same definition of “art” to ;