Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 20, 1998 · Page 3
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL ntertainment Lois O'Rourke, entertainment editor, 468-3522 FRI., MARCH 20-SAT., MARCH 21, 1998 What's playing TONIGHT DEATH OF A SALESMAN - Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama in performance at the Ukiah Playhouse. $10/$128p.m. STAR IN THE WELL - Featuring Andrew Harvey speaking on the "In the Embrace of the Sacred Feminine." Mendocino College Center for the Performing Arts, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah. 7:30 p.m. $10/$12. ALL REQUEST DJ - With Tom Fowler. Don't miss the drawing between midnight and 1 a.m. Silver Tip Saloon, 720 A. N. State St., Ukiah. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. STEPHEN DUANE - Blue Lakes Lodge, 5135 W. Highway 20, Upper Lake. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ALL STAR KARAOKE- Dance Club DJ. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Perkins Street Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. SATURDAY DEATH OF A SALESMAN - Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama in performance at the Ukiah Playhouse. 2 and 8 p.m. $9/$10/$12. ; JUDYFJELL IN CONCERT - With Nancy Schimmel sharing songs and stories of the late Malvina Reynolds. Forks Theater, 40 Pallini Lane, off of 3000 N. State St., Ukiah.-7:30 p.m. $10. THIRD ANNUAL WOMEN'S SONGFEST - Sponsored by the Inland Valley Women's Chorus with singer- songwriter Judy Fjell. Methodist Church, 270 N. Pine St., Ukiah. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 with lunch, $11 without lunch. : UKIAH PROMENADERS - Monthly ho6down. Pomolita Middle School, 740 N. Spring St., Ukiah. Pre-rounds 7:30 p:tn. Plus-level squares 8 to 11 p.m. '•MENDOCINO ART ASSOCIATION WORKSHOP - Featuring local artist Mike Nolan. American Savings Bank, 700 S. State St., Ukiah. : STOMPIN' IRISH MUSIC - Christ's Church of The Golden Rule Ridgewood Ranch auditorium, located seven miles south of Willits off of ^ighway 101. 7 p'rm. $7. < WILDCARD^ Hot Country. Silver Tip $;aloon, 720 A. N. State St., Ukiah. 9 p."m.-1:30 a.m. Cover. r THE WAYNE MILLER BAND - Over 40s dance. Bartlett Hall, Ukiah Senior Center, 499 Leslie St. Bring finger food ta share. Dance 7:30 to 11 p.m. $5 members, $6 non-members. ^STEPHEN DUANE - Blue Lakes Lodge, 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. : ALL STAR KARAOKE - 8 to 10 p.m. Dance Club DJ 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Perkins Street Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. SUNDAY •''DEATH OF A SALESMAN - Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama in performance at the Ukiah Playhouse. 4 ahdSp.m. $9/$10. I HEADLANDS ENSEMBLE - Featuring Mendocino Coast musicians Norbert Banse, violist Marion Crombie and pianist Barbara La Lievre presenting a program of duos and trios by Mozart, Khatchaturian, Elgar and Ernest Bloch. Mendocino College Recital Hall, 100 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah. 3 p.m. $10. Students under 18 are free. : CREATION - Featuring Willits artist and musician Malakai Schindel performing on the flute and didgery-doo. Willits Community Theatre, 37 W. Van Lane, Willits. 7p.m. $5/$10. * THE WAYNE MILLER BAND - Blue Lakes Lodge, 5135 W. Highway 20, Upper Lake. 4 to 8 p.m. - ALL STAR KARAOKE- With KJ Tim. Perkins Street, Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. 8 p.m. MONDAY DANCE LESSONS - Learn the Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Two-Step, jSwing with Terry and Karen Poplawski. fodd Grove Room, 599 Park Blvd. Ukiah. 7-8:30 p.m. $2/$3. MONDAY NIGHT NITRO - Come watch the WCW battle against the NWO. Silver Tip Saloon, 720 A. N. State St., Ukiah. 5 to 11 p.m. TUESDAY : ALL STAR KARAOKE CONTEST All-star karaoke. Perkins Street Lounge, 228 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. Music starts at 9>.m. OPEN POOL NIGHT - Silver Tip Saloon, 720 A N. State St., Ukiah. 6 to 9 p.m. 'Primary Colors' Jack Stanton (John Travolta), the progressive governor of a small Southern state, is joined by his wife, Susan (Emma Thompson) and other supporters during his campaign for the presidency in Universal Pictures' "Primary Colors." Film is honest about political life realities By ROGER EBERT H ere's the surprising thing: "Primary Colors" would seem just about a's good, as tough and as smart if there had never been a president named Bill Clinton. Of course the movie resonates with its parallels to the lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton, but it's a lot more than a disguised expose. It's a superb film - funny, insightful and very wise about the realities of political life. - ~.^"~ The director, Mike Nichols, and the writer, his* longtime collaborator Elaine May, have put an astonishing amount of information on the screen, yes, but that wasn't the hard part. Their real accomplishment is to blend so many stories and details into an observant picture that holds together. We see that Jack Stanton, the presidential candidate in the film, is a flawed charmer with a weakness for bimbos, but we also see what makes him attractive even to those who know the worst: He listens and cares, and knows how to be an effective politician. John Travolta and Emma Thompson play Stanton and his wife, Susan, as a couple who, we feel, have spent many long hours and nights in mind-to-mind combat. Her true feelings about his infidelity remain unexpressed, but she is loyal to a larger idea of the man, and not as hurt that he fools around as that she's lied to about it. Much will be written about how much Travol- ta and Thompson do or do not resemble the Clin- tons, but their wisest choice as actors is to preserve their mystery. By NOT going behind their bedroom door, by not eavesdropping on their private moments, the movie avoids having to explain what perhaps can never be understood: why a man is driven to self- destructive behavior, and how his wife might somehow remain at his side anyway. The movie wisely stays a certain distance from the Stantons. There are no important scenes in which they are alone together in a room. Instead, "Primary Colors" centers its point of view in a character named Henry Burton (Adrian Lester), grandson of a civil rights leader, who doesn't join the campaign so much as get sucked into its wake. Before he has even agreed to join Stanton's team, he finds himself on a chartered plane to New Hampshire with the candidate asleep on his shoulder. Earlier, he saw Stanton at work. At an illiteracy class, a black man (Mykelti Williamson in a powerful cameo) tells of the pain of not being able to read. Stanton empathizes wirtrhim; telling" the story of his Uncle Charlie, who was a Medal of Honor winner but passed up college scholarships because he was ashamed to admit his illiteracy, and instead "just laid down on his couch and smoked his Luckies." Of course, the Uncle Charlie story may not be entirely true, and later that day Henry sees Stanton emerging from a hotel bedroom with the flustered woman who runs the illiteracy program, but for Henry and the other campaign workers it eventually comes down to this: All the candidates are flawed in one way or another, but some have good ideas, and of those only a few might be able to win. John Travolta dominates the movie, in part, by his absence. Nichols and May must have decided it would be a mistake to put him into every scene: A man like Jack Stanton is important because of the way people talk, speculate and obsess about him in his absence. Through Henry, we meet the campaign's inner circle. Richard Jemmons (Billy Bob Thornton), obviously based on Clinton's strategist James Carville, is a cynical realist who provides running commentary on the stages of the campaign. Libby Holden (Kathy Bates), the "dust- buster," is a longtime Stanton confidant and recent mental patient who comes out of retirement, foul-mouthed and lusty, to dig up the dirt before the other side can. And Daisy (Maura Tierney), quiet and observant, is a scheduler who eventually finds herself in Henry's bed, not so much out of choice as default. Of the crowd, Bates is the dynamo, playing a hard-living lesbian with a secret center of idealism; it's an Primary Colors Gov. Jack Stanton ta Susan Stanton Thompson Richard Jemmons Thornton Libby Holden Henry Burton.... Daisy •?±:r:::;.:. 1 . Gov. Fred Picker .... Mamma Stanton.... Universal presents and produced by Mike Written by Elaine Mi novel by "Anonymous Photographed by haus. Edited by Arthur Schmidt Music by Ry Coode Running time: 135 minutes .. John Travol- , Emma ...... Billy Bob Kathy Bates Adrian Lester Larry Hagman .. Diane Ladd a film directed Nichols. ly based on the it 'Michael Ball- odes based on real Oscar-caliber performance. The movie ticks off epij. life. There's a woman from the candidate's home state who claims to have had an affair with him and to have tapes to prove appearance on national TV, it. And a dramatic Where Susan Stanton holds her husband's hand and defends him (her hand snaps away from his us the show goes off the air). It intercuts these with fibtion, created in the novel by "Anonymous," now revealed as ex- Newsweek writer Joe Klein. cy of the teen-age daughter There's the pregnan- of Stanton's favorite barbecue chef. And the popi list Florida governor (Larry Hagman) who looks until his past returns to haunt him. Much of the movie's ethical content revolves not around sex, but around paign should handle dam; turns up about its opponent. Libby argues that See 'COLORS', good against Stanton how a primary camping information it Page A-5 BILLBOARD De Grassi performs at the Playhouse 'Death of a Salesman' closes this weekend Ukiah Players Theatre will conclude performances of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Death of a Salesman," at Ukiah Playhouse, 1041 Low Gap Road, with 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, and a 4 p.m. matinee Sunday. Carole Hester, in reviewing the production's March 5 opening said, "Theatre-goers won't want to miss UPT's current production, 'Death of a Salesman,' a tapestry rich in theme, content and presentation. Director Michael Ducharrne masterfully led the 13-member cast to an opening night long to be remembered. Action and scenes were as tightly performed as the dialogue was sharp. (Doug) Hundley (as Willy Loman) gave one of his finest performances. Ellen Weed tufted in an exceptional performance as Linda, Loman's wife, and Rick Codding was outstanding as Loman's firstborn son, Biff." Rounding out the cast are Nick Brownrigg, Eric Dale, Mercedes DeParnphilis, Chris Dill, K..C. Dill, Jonathan Ford, Robbie Gitlin, Jonathan Hopkins, Jonathan Whipple and Jennifer Woolley. See BILLBOARD, Page A-5 On Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m., the fifth concert in the six- part "Live at the Playhouse" concert series, presented by KZYX & Z Radio, will feature the internationally known acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, Alex de Grassi. Noted as "one of the greatest technical virtuosos of the guitar" by BAM Magazine, de Grassi draws on elements of folk, classical, jazz and world music and has synthesized his own unique brand of fingerstyle guitar. "De Grassi's solo steel-string pieces resemble orchestral overtures more than mere songs. Alex's control and sensitivity are almost as striking as his technical expertise" hails Guitar Player Magazine. De Grassi's concert repertoire will include selections from his previous albums as well as music from his newly recorded album "The Water Garden" which is scheduled for fit for KZYX & Z FM radio station at d the Ukiah Players Theatre. The entire series is sponsored by Ken Fowler Auto & Truck Center, Rainbow Construct Corp. accommodations provided by The S inford House. This concert will take place at the Ukiah Players Theatre, 1041 Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah, and there will be food, wine and beer and refreshments for sale at the ev on, Real Goods Trading and City of Ukiah with ent. Re Alex de Grassi release this spring. This concert series is a bene- tions ,erved seating is $10 and is available at the Ukiah Players Theatre Box Office and Mendocino 3ook Company in Ukiah, Leaves of Grass Bookstore and The Good's Stamp Shop in Willils, Red Rooster Records in Mencpcino and All That Good Stuff in Boonville. "Live at the Playhouse" is a production of Spencer Brewer/Laughing Coyote Produc-

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