THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL ntertainment Lois O'Hourke, entertainment editor, 468-3522 FRI., JUNE 5-SAT., JUNE 6, 1998 What's playing TONIGHT : THE BOOK OF DANIEL -Ukiah Players Theatre New American Comedy Showcase production of "The Book of Daniel" by Stephen Kaplan, a comedy 4bout a New York family's youngest son's Bar Mitzvah. Ukiah Players Theater, 8 p.m. $5/$4. : THE RED SHOW - SPACE performance of the Young People's Drama and Dance Festival. Mendocino College Little theater. 7 p.m. $8/$6. ; SLIDE SHOW - The story of 17 women's climb of Mt. Acongagua in Argentina to raise awareness, funds and hope around breast cancer. Also a performance by the Inland Valley Women's Chorus. Fork's Theater, Lake Mendocino Srive and North State St. 7 p.m. Women Only please. : WAYNE MILLER BAND - Blue Lakes Lodge, 5135 W. Highway 20, Upper Lake. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ALL REQUEST DJ TOM FOWLER Country, rock n' Roll and late night house music. Silver Tip Saloon, 720A N. State St., Ukiah. 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. KARAOKE & DANCE CLUB DJ Karaoke 8 to 10 p.m. Dance Club DJ 10 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Perkins Street Grill Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. No cover. SATURDAY THE BOOK OF DANIEL ; -Ukiah Players Theatre New American Comedy Showcase production of "The Book of Daniel" by Stephen Kaplan, a comedy about a New York family's youngest son's Bar Mitzvah. Ukiah Players Theater, 8 p.m. $5/$4. THE RED SHOW - SPACE performance of the Young People's Drama and Dance Festival. Mendocino College Little Theater. 2 p.m. $8/$6. THE BLUE SHOW - SPACE performance of the Young People's Drama and Dance Festival. Mendocino College Little Theater. 7 p.m. $8/$6. TIMOTHY HULL - Plugged-in acoustic guitar music. ^Jkiah Methodist Church, Snriith and PJne slreSSfakiah. 7:30 p.m. $4/$6. •""• W -ITS A BEAUTIFUL DAY- With special gltest Bill Bottrell in a benefit concert to refurbish the Willits High School auditorium. Willits High School. 8 p.m. $15. SPRING CELEBRATION CONCERT Featuring the First Presbyterian Church Choir. Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, corner of West Perkins and South Dora streets, Ukiah. 7 p.m. RHYTHM AIRS BAND - Over 40s dance and potluck. Bring a dish to share. Bartlett Hall, Ukiah Senior Center, 499 Leslie St. Potluck 6:30 p.m. Dance 7:30 to 11 p.m. $5 members/$6 non-members. WAYNE MILLER BAND - Blue Lakes Ljodge, 5135 W. Highway 20, Upper Lake. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ; OPEN MIKE - HavaJavaJam, 733 S. Main St., Willits. 7 to 10 p.m. .KARAOKE & DANCE CLUB DJ Karaoke 8 to 10 p.m. Dance Club DJ 10 p'-.m. to 1:45 a.m. Perkins Street Grill Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. No cpver. SUNDAY : CD RELEASE PARTY - Featuring singer-songwriter Marilyn DeFrange and Paul Kemp. Also performing: Marjo Lambert. El Sombrero Restaurant, 131 E. Mill St., Ukiah. 1 to 3 p.m. THE BLUE SHOW - SPACE performance of the Young People's Drama and Dance Festival. Mendocino College Little Theater. 7 p.m. $8/$6. WAYNE MILLER BAND JAM SESSION - Blue Lakes Lodge, 5135 W. Highway 20, Upper Lake. 5 to 9 p.m. : ALL STAR KARAOKE - With KJ Tim. Perkins Street, Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. 8 p.m. MONDAY . MONDAY NIGHT NITRO - Come and watch the WCW battle against the NWO. Silver Tip Saloon, 720 A. N. State St., Ukiah. 7 to 11 p.m. 5 to 11 p.m. $3. TUESDAY MITCH UHARRIET - Playing bluegrass and old tyme music on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Ukiah Farmers Market, Alex Thomas Plaza. 3 to 6 p.m. EIGHT BALL TOURNAMENT - Double elimination. Perkins Street Grill Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. 7:30 §ign up. 8 p.m. start time. $5 entry. OPEN POOL NIGHT - Silver Tip Saloon, 720 A N. State St., Ukiah. 9 to 11 p.m. 'The Truman Show' Jim Carrey stars In the "The Truman Show." Film questions values technology brings By ROGER EBERT 6 F™jj^^he Truman Show" is founded on I an enormous secret, which all of • the studio's advertising has been • determined to reveal. I didn't JL. know the secret when I saw the film, and was able 'to enjoy the little doubts and wonderings that the filmmakers so. carefully planted. If by some good chance you donot know the secret, read no further. Those fortunate audience members (I trust they have all left the room?) will be able to appreciate the meticulous way director Peter Weir and writer Andrew Niccol have constructed a jigsaw plot around their central character, who doesn't suspect that he's living his entire life on live television. Yes, he lives in an improbably ideal world, but I fell for that: I assumed the movie was taking a sitcom view of life, in which neighbors greet each other over white picket fences, and Ozzie and Harriet are real people. Actually, it's Seaside, a planned community on the Gulf Coast near Tampa. Called Seahaven in the movie, it looks like a nice place to live. Certainly Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) doesn't know anything else. You accept the world you're given, the filmmakers suggest; more thoughtful viewers will get the buried message, which is that -we accept almost everything in our lives withouf examining it very closely. When was the last time you reflected on how really odd a tree looks? Truman works as a sales executive at an insurance company, is happily married to Meryl (Laura Linney), and doesn't find it suspicious that she describes household products in the language of TV commercials. He is happy, in a way, but an uneasiness gnaws away at him. Something is missing, and he thinks perhaps he might find it in Fiji, where Lauren (Natascha McElhone), the only woman he really loved, has See 'TRUMAN', PageA-7 The Truman Show Truman Burbank Jim Carrey Meryl Laura Linney Marion Noah Emmerich .Lauren/Sylvia Natascha McElhone Mother Holland Taylor Christof Ed Harris Kirk Brian Delate Simeon Paul Giamatti Paramount presents a film directed by Peter Weir. Produced by Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman and Adam Schroeder. Written by Andrew Niccol. Photographed by Peter Biziou. Edited by William Anderson. Music by Burkhard Dallwitz. Running time: 104 minutes. BILLBOARD 'Blues Women' open series Auditions set for UCLO production The Ukiah Civic Light Opera and Mendocino College announce auditions for "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," Wednesday, June 10 at the Mendocino College Little Theatre on the Ukiah campus. Directed by Les Pfutzenreuter, cold readings from the script will begin at 7 p.m. and will include singing from the score. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (of MASH fame), the great Latin playwright Plautus was the inspiration for the authors. The hilarious illogicalities of Latin comedy and the zany nonsense of vaudeville are wedded in a madcap marriage in this romp through the Roman Empire. Pseudolus, a roguish slave to a Roman family, schemes to become free. His young master Hero promises freedom if Pseudolus can obtain a beautiful girl. Philia, whom Hero has seen from his bedroom window. Deliciously unsavory characters, a befuddled father with a shrewish wife, neighbors, strangers and the Roman army are all drawn in the mounting confusion as this side-splitting comedy unfolds. This musical comedy will be presented Aug. 14 through 29 for eight performances. Scripts are available at the Mendocino College Business Office and by contacting Les Pfutzenreuter at 468-3018. CD release party Sunday Singer-songwriter Marilyn DeFrange and Paul Kemp invite the public to join them at their CD release party Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon at the El Sombrero Restaurant in Ukiah. Also performing will be singer-songwriter-artist, Marjo Lambert. The event will be held outside and all ages are welcome. The El Sombrero is located on the corner of 131 E. Mill and Main Street in downtown Ukiah. For more information, call 463-1818. See BILLBOARD, PageA-5 On Sunday, June 14 in Todd Grove Park at 6 p.m. Ken Fowler Auto & Truck Center, The City of Ukiah and KWNE-FM Radio will present the first concert of the 7th annual 1998 Sundays in the Park concert series featuring blues sounds of "Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women." In the span of just eight short years and six albums, Saffire have gone from virtual obscurity to become one of the most popular acoustic blues groups in the world. Their acoustic blues originals and a selection of covers are their alma-mater. The Chicago Tribune describes them boasting, "These three middle-aged women look more like fugitives from a Tupperware party than a typical blues band." But appearances can be deceiving, as these musicians have demonstrated time and again by tearing up the stage with their funny attitude and their high-powered approach to blues. "Honey-in-the-woods harmonies, a sass-and-pepper spirit and enough attitude to make Dennis Rodman blush," says People Magazine, "these middle-aged mothers kick booty!" A 1995 W.C. Handy Award Winning band, "The Uppity Blues Women" continue to mine blues territory rich in music, deep in history, and full of emotion. From local favorites in Fredricksburg, Va. to internationally recognized blues stars, Saffire has shared stages with Koko Taylor, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Willie Dixon who said of the band, "They knock me out." Also, an appearance on the Jenny Jones Show brought Saf- The Uppity Blues Women fire's music and story to millions of viewers around the country and showed that "The Uppity Blues Women" are a force to be reckoned with in the typically male-dominated blues world. It's been just under 10 years since pianist Ann Rabson, already a professional musician while also working as a computer programmer, joined forces with her guitar student, Gaye Adegbalola (a former award- winning 8th grade science teacher), and set course for a full-time music career. Several years of gigging and touring led them to Alligator Records where they recorded their debut album which became one of Alligator's biggest selling releases ever. After several albums, constant touring and continuous radio play, Saffire adopted multi-instrumentalist and a master of all things stringed, Andra Faye Macintosh. With Ann's mature blues piano playing, Gaye's lyricism and vocals and Andra's country- tinged singing and string work, Saffire's music digs deep into the well of acoustic blues and is sure to bring laughter, dancing and cheers.
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