The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1998 · Page 25
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; FRIDAY ( MAY 1$, 1698 THE SALINA JOURNAL BLACK DOG ** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Meat Loaf stars as a nasty villain who menaces trucker Patrick Swayze. THE BORROWERS *** SUNSET RATED PG A charming, whimsical family adventure about little people who live in the walls of big people's houses and "borrow" the necessities of life. CITY OF ANGELS *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Nicolas Cage stars as an angel and Meg Ryan is a heart surgeon who, in a moment of despair, can see him. They fall in love. DEEP IMPACT ** 1 /2 CENTRAL RATED PG-13 A comet is headed for Earth and will destroy all life unless a space crew can blow it up first. Robert Duvall, Tea Leonir, Elijah Wood and Morgan Freeman star. GODZILLA CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Starts Wednesday. No review available. THE HORSE WHISPERER *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Kristin Scott Thomas drives her daughter and her horse, who were spooked after a riding accident, West in search of a legendary horse trainer (Robert Redford), who indeed has a healing touch. Too long, but redeemed by the majestic settings and the genuine feeling. LES MISERABLES CENTRAL RATED PG-13 In the latest remake of the Victor Hugo novel, the locations look convincing, but the actors, including Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes, lack passion. U.S. MARSHALS SUNSET RATED PG-13 Tommy Lee Jones reprises his role from 'The Fugitive," this time pursuing Wesley Snipes. • THE SWEET HEREAFTER **** ART CENTER CINEMA RATED R Ian Holm plays a lawyer who visits a small Canadian town where 14 children have died in ; a bus accident. As he promotes a class-action suit, old wounds are opened, and the numbing - 1 grief of the town tends to humble and dismiss * the legal process. The film is sad, touching ! and gentle, one of the best of the year. i® OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION '•'. ** | MID-STATE RATED R j A pregnant woman (Jennifer Aniston) and her ; gay roommate (Paul Rudd) agree to raise her ' . baby together, but can this really work? B ODD COUPLE 2 -• * 1 / 2 CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau struggle : gamely with the characters they created in the : 1968 movie, but the dialogue is mechanical. m PAULIE ** CENTRAL RATED PG A parrot that talks lives happily with a little girl until disaster strikes, and a long series of adventures begins. • PRIMARY COLORS **** CENTRAL RATED R This savvy film looks at a presidential hopeful and his wife who resemble certain White House inhabitants. The movie moves from satire to • something far deeper almost effortlessly. :• QUEST FOR CAMELOT ** MID-STATE RATED G The animation isn't vivid, the characters aren't very interesting, and the songs are routine in this animated feature about a girl's quest for Excaliber. •TITANIC **** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 James Cameron's film of the tragic voyage is • in the tradition of the great Hollywood epics. It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, . strongly acted and spellbinding. From Wire Service Reports encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 BRIEFLY / D3 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 D SALINA ART CENTER HARLEY'S TIME Thirteen O'Clock News' brings Salina artist to public for first time in 20 years By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Harley Elliott used to feel guilty about his impulses. His teacher's words used to echo through his head as he tried to create his mixed-media paintings. "We don't put words in paintings," the teacher told him. When Elliott stopped listening to his teacher and started listening to himself, he began to hit his stride. Now Elliott, the director of education and interpretation at the Salina Art Center, is getting his own show. "Thirteen O'Clock News: Mixed Media Works by Harley Elliott," opens Sunday at the center and will end Aug. 2. The display features 50 pieces of artwork from 1975 to this year. Elliott chose 40 pieces from his collection — he remembers creating 80 but doesn't know how many he's actually done — and 10 pieces from his "100 citizens" collection depicting real-life portraits and images of Native American people using flint pieces. Elliott was a few years removed from a master's degree from New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas and four years into teaching at Marymount College when he hit that stride in 1975. "I was doing mostly pure paintings up until that point," Elliott said. "I just began to feel OK about gluing stuff in my paintings and putting words in them. I began to get rid of things that impeded me in my work." Elliott creates mixed-media images by painting and using things that as a pack rat he has collected through the years. You never know when you might need, say, a doll's shoe for a piece of work. He likes his artwork to have a social context, but he'll let you decide what most of them mean. A painting may sit on his shelf for months before he will add something else to it. He lets the artwork create itself, and he never forces it. — Photos courtesy of the Salina Art Center See HARLEY, Page D3 "A Quiet Night at Home" features an old portrait in which Harley Elliott placed his face on each person. Harley Elliott's show opens at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. Other events are planned in conjunction with his display. They are located at the art center unless otherwise noted. A lecture by Elliott with readings, images and more. 7 p.m. June 5. $3 admission. A gallery walk with poet and friend Ruth Moritz and brother and neon artist Fred Elliott. Noon June 16. $6 a person, $5 for art cenfer members. Lurich is included. Call 827-1431 by June 9 to reserve a lunch. "Prospero's Books," a film on art and literature, at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Art Center Cinema, 150S. Santa Fe, $5 admission. 'The Horse's Mouth," a video from the 1958 film loosely based on English painter and poet William Blake. 7 p.m. July 7. $2 admission. A gallery walk and lunch with artist and friend Brad Anderson. Noon July 14. $6 a person, $5 for art center members. Lunch is included. Call 827-1431 by July 7 to reserve a lunch. "Score" Is one of Elliott's political works in which he followed a concept from start to finish. The splotches of red on sections of stock quotes represent times when U.S. leaders have had a hand in bloodshed for power or financial gain. "Kodaks Bared" is a piece from the late 1970s that grew over time as Elliott used items he had on hand to add to the work. Elliott often begins his works without a concept and lets the art go where It may. TBOOKS Author chronicles country music's explosion But artists claim they didn't know they would be featured in book By JIM PATTERSON The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Author Bruce Feiler, a Southerner by birth, grew up disliking country music because, to him, it was all about "hay and barrels and overalls and hound dogs." But a few years ago, he started listening again, surprised to find his toe tapping to the country beat. So the writer, a native of Savannah, Ga., moved from New York to Nashville to find out more. The result is his new book, "Dreaming Out Loud: Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, Wade Hayes and the Changing Face of Nashville." "Dreaming Out Loud," published by Avon, chronicles country music's leap in popularity once it began speaking to all peo- ple and not just rural Southerners. Critics have liked it, but the people Feiler writes about don't. Brooks and Judd say Feiler used dishonest methods to get interviews with them. Hayes won't comment. Through his knowledge of the genre, Feiler came to believe that country music exploded in popularity because it became less rooted in the South. "Though its fan base is now national and increasingly international, and though its sound and message have become mainstream, country is still the voice of a set of beliefs and feelings that are rooted in a particular sense of American longing that not everyone experiences," he wrote. "It's not the longing for freedom or rebellion that characterizes much of American culture, most notably rock 'n' roll. Nor is it the frustrated yearning for escape and self-expression that characterizes many forms of African-American music, from blues to hip-hop. Instead, it's a yearning for security, for comfort, for family, for happiness, and, especially, in our rootless society, for rootedness." Feiler needed a superstar, a midlevel artist and a beginner to illustrate his theory. He selected Brooks, Judd and Hayes. The book reveals much about the personal lives of the stars. "He was scared of his own mind, of the conflicting emotions that swirled around his head." Feiler wrote about Brooks. "... At the heart of his problem was the fact that Garth knew he could go no higher." Judd comes off as the troubled product of a twisted relationship with Naomi Judd, her mother and former duet partner. The book describes arguments that became physical confrontations. For Hayes' album "On a Good Night," Feiler was a fly on the wall at the recording, the shooting of its cover, the promotion of its singles and its quick fail- The Associated Press Bruce Feller moved to Nashville to write a book about country music after he found he liked the newer material. ure in 1996. In the book, he describes a young singer starting to crack under pressure: "The steady increase in confidence that had been under way for most of the previous year started to regress. ... It (the stress) got so bad, Wade told me, that the hair in his beard stopped growing in places." SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL llournal.com

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