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D4 FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1996 encore! THE SALINA JOURNAL V VIDEO REVIEWS WHAT'S Grant doesn't deliver in 'Nine Months' Despite his labors, he isn't appropriate for slap-happy comic role Friday, Saturday Events for these days can be found on the two-day calendar under the "A Look Ahead" heading on Page A2. 21 Sunday • MUSIC: Ukranian Folk Music Recital by Eric and Wendy Stein and family and Royce Young. 4 p.m., St. John's Military School Chapel. Information: 823-7231. • ABILENE: Annual Concert Series, Arts Council of Dickinson County. 3 p.m., Concert Hall, Tietjens Center for the Performing Arts, Third and Mulberry. Admission: $3 adults, $1 children. Information: 263-0240, ext. 3118. • LINDSBORG: Opening reception for artist Tim A. Lawson. 2 p.m., Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Bethany College. Information: 227-3311, ext. 8121. • MOUNDRIDGE: Singer Pierce Pettis. 4:30 p.m., Old Settlers Inn, 118 S. Christian. Admission: $8 adults, $3 children age 5-12, under 5 free. Information: (316) 3452733. • OSBORNE: Speakers Walter Myers and Ed Petrowski on "America's Economic Nightmare.*2 p.m., Osbome New Gym, 205 N. Washington. Information: 9842584. • WASHINGTON: Wichita Brass Quintet. 4 p.m., Washington United Methodist Church. Tickets: $6 for adults and $3 for students. 325-2206 or 325-2180. • MINNEAPOLIS: Calving school, Kansas State University Extension. 5 p.m., George Washington Carver Inn. Admission: $2. Information: 392-2147. 24 Wednesday • DANCE: Jolly Mixers Club dance. Music by The Sundusters. 8-11 p.m., Moose Lodge, 1700 Beverly. No smoking or drinking. Information: 827-3795. • STORYTIME: Children's Department, Salina Public Library. 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. for ages 3-5.10:15 a.m. for ages Vh to 3.301 W. Elm. Enrollment required. Information: 825-0505. 25 Thursday • EVENT: Open mike night. 7:30 p.m., Coffee Gallery, 104 S. Fifth. Information: 823-5093. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Public Library Board. 4 p.m., Salina Public Library, 301 W. Elm. Information: 825-4624. • PUBLIC MEETING: Kansas Corporation Commission. 7:30 p.m., Bicentennial Center. Information: 800-662-0027. • STORYTIME: Children's Department, Salina Public Library. 9:30 a.m. for ages 1'/ 2 to 3,10:15 a.m. for ages 3-5. 301 W. Elm. Enrollment required. Information: 825-0505. By MAX MCQUEEN COAT News Service W e'll never know if American film-goers really liked v .. v , ... Hugh Grant's "Nine Months" or if they just wanted, a look- see at the British actor who was arrested for soliciting a Hollywood hooker. Nevertheless, they forked over $70 million to see if Grant was as endearing on film as on his police mug shot. Under Chris Columbus' direction, Grant reveals that slap-happy comedy is not his forte. He mugs and grimaces and shrugs his T JAZZ HALL OF FAME 22 Monday 26 Friday • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina City Commission. 4 p.m., Room 103 (may be preceded by study session and/or public forum, Room 107), City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. Information: 826-7250. • PUBLIC MEETING: Youth Task Force High School, Salina Ail-American Prevention Partnership. 7 p.m., Central Kansas Foundation, 1805 S. Ohio. Information: 825-6224. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Chapter of the American Diabetes Association. Speaker Diana Guthrie, PhD. 7 p.m., Conference Room East, Salina Regional Health Center-Santa Fe Campus, 400 S. Santa Fe. Information: 823-8132. • GYPSUM: Public meeting, Southeast of Saline School Board. 7:30 p.m., School Board room, 5056 E. K-4 Highway. Information: 536-4291. 23 Tuesday • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Commission. 10 a.m., Room 103, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. • PUBLIC MEETING: City-County Board of Health. 4 p.m., 125 W. Elm. Information: 826-6600. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina School District Board of Education. 5 p.m., District Office, 1511 Gypsum. Information: 8264700. • PUBLIC MEETING: Tree Advisory Board. 7 p.m., Oakdale Park Offices, 730 Oakdale Park. Information: 826-7275. • PUBLIC MEETING: Youth Task Force Junior High, Salina All-American Prevention Partnership. 7 p.m., Central Kansas Foundation, 1805 S. Ohio. • STORYTIME: Children's Department, Salina Public Library. 9:30 a.m. for ages 1'/ 2 to 3,10:15 a.m. for ages 3-5, 7 p.m. family. 301 W. Elm. Enrollment required. Information: 825-0505. • ABILENE: Walk-In Clinic for Veterans. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., VFW, 317 N. Spruce. Information: 272-3111. • LINCOLN: Quilting class with Verha Mettlen. First of two sessions. 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Art Center, 126 E. Lincoln. Fee: $15. Information: 524-3241. • LINDSBORG: Dr. Daisy Kabagarama on crossing cultures. 7:30 p.m., Lindquist Hall, Bethany College. Information: 2273311, ext. 8121. T BOOK REVIEWS shoulders as if he took lessons at the Macaulay Culkin School of Facial Contortions. Not so coincidentally, Columbus directed the two "Home Alones." Grant is a San Francisco architect who can't bear the fact that his longtime girlfriend (Julianne Moore) is pregnant. He gradually gets used to the idea, no thanks to friends who keep having babies at the drop of a hat (Tom Arnold and Joan Cusack). Robin Williams is unneeded as an off-the-wall Russian gynecologist. Rated PG-13. Indian in the Cupboard Frank Oz has a fanciful family film in the story of a boy whose 3- inch plastic Indian (Native American rap artist Litefoot) comes to life. The same thing happens to any toy the 9-year-old puts in a magic cupboard. They all spring to life and that includes a rootin," tootin' cowboy (David Keith) who doesn't know what to make of his Indian compadre. There is a problem — the juvenile lead. Fair-haired Hal Scardino just doesn't have the depth or breadth to carry a film that has a decidedly melancholy tone. Still, this pretty tame effort should make ideal video viewing for children who are too young for "Jumanji." Specifically, children (and grown-ups) who liked Patrick Swayze's "Tall Tale" should cotton to this subdued fantasy. Rated PG. Lord of Illusions United Artists delayed the release of this Clive Barker thriller again and again. That's usually not a good sign, which proved true in this case. One reader called and said it' was the "worst movie" he'd ever seen. Furthermore, he was disappointed with me for not warning people to stay away from this mishmash about a detective who. enters a world of lurid magic. Scott Bakula is the gumshoe who investigates a magician's bizarre death. True to the film's slight nod to Raymond Chandler/ Bakula's private eye falls for the dead man's fatally beautiful wife (Famke Janssen). -• MGM/UA has added 11 minutes of previously deleted film to the video release. Good or bad, the restored footage can only extend the agony. Now there, you have been forewarned. Rated R. All Star Hockey You can bone up on hockey by watching "Wayne Gretzky's All Star Hockey," a how-to video on the finer (and rougher) points of ice hockey. The tape also includes on-the- ice interviews with 11 National Hockey League players. Among those revealing their tricks of the trade are Detroit Red Wings' Sergei Fedorov, New York Rangers' Luc Robitaille, and Pavel Bure, Russ Courtnall, Trevor Linden and Alexander Mogilny, all of the Vancouver Canucks. Pittsburgh gets jazzed over hall of fame Pennsylvania city to study possibility of getting music museum • MUSIC: Idle Threats^ 7:30 p.m., Coffee Gallery, 104 S. Fifth. Information: 8235093. • MUSIC: Crosswind Jazz. 8 p.m., Salina Country Club. Information: 823-8309. • MCPHERSON: Theater, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." McPherson College. Information: (316)241-0731 ext. 1211. 27 Saturday • EVENT: Kansas Day Celebration. Noon, Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron. Information: 826-7460. • EVENT: Chili Supper, Saline County Association for Retarded Citizens. 4-8 p.m., 4-H Building, Kenwood Park. Admission: $3.50 adult, $2.00 child. Information: 827-5085, 827-5990. • MUSIC: Folk singer Ann Zimmerman. 7:30 p.m., The Coffee Gallery, 104 S. Fifth. No cover charge. • MUSIC: Folk singers Mike Mattson and Teresa Weaver, 2 p.m. Salina Public Library, 301 W. Elm. Free. • LINDSBORG: Music by the Lindsborg Trio. 7:30 p.m., Coffeehouse of Lindsborg, 124 S. Main. Information: 227-2842. • MCPHERSON: Theater, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." McPherson College. Information: (316) 241-0731 ext. 1211. • SCANDIA: The Swingin' Swedes ' square dance. 8 p.m., Scandia old gym. • TALMAGE: Talmage Lions Club Annual Pancake Feed. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Talmage Grade School. 28 Sunday • ABILENE: 'The 34th Star." Historical video. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dickinson County Historical Society. Heritage Center. Information: 263-2681. • MCPHERSON: Theater, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." McPherson College. Information: (316) 241-0731 ext. 1211. • REPUBLIC: Historical video, "Wagon Trains." 2 p.m., Pawnee Indian Village State Historic Site. Free. Information: 3612255. • in the Future • FEB. 3, CONCERT: Pam Tillis with Tracy Byrd, 8 p.m., Bicentenhial Center. Tickets: $22.50, $19.50. 826-SHOW. By TOM BARNES Pittsburgh Post-Gazette P ITTSBURGH — Move over, Cleveland. Pittsburgh is talking about getting its own musical hall of fame — jazz, not rock 'n' roll. The Urban Redevelopment Authority has chipped in $10,000 toward a $50,000 study aimed at determining whether creation of a "Jazz Hall of Fame and Museum" is feasible, probably somewhere downtown. Other study funds will come from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Buhl Foundation and Blue Cross, said Richard Roberts, a jazz buff and owner of a marketing firm. Asked how realistic it is to think of a Jazz Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh, Deputy Mayor Tom Cox, who chairs the urban redevelopment board, said, "We're agnostic on that until we have a chance to scrutinize it more. "But a lot of people thought the Rock 'n' Roll Hame of Fame was a cockamamie idea, but apparently it's outgrowing every other attraction in Cleveland." Cox, who worked in Cleveland from 1989-93, said, "These things add a 'destination asset" to a city. Besides, Pittsburgh has a glorious history in jazz. We thought it was worth $10,000 to take a look at the idea." Roberts said that the city of Pittsburgh's contribution to the jazz world includes pianist Errol Garner, singer Billy Eckstein, guitarist George Benson and many others. Roberts said he hoped the study could start soon and take about eight weeks. It will gauge the hall's potential for attracting visitors, the economic effect on Pittsburgh, the cost of the project and possible funding sources. He estimated the cost at $25 million. Roberts suggested that an exist- ing building would be rehabilitated, rather than have new construction, as happened in Cleveland. He estimated the Jazz Hall's size at 50,000 square feet, about half the size of the Rock Hall. Roberts said the feasibility study will be done by Orion Consulting of Cleveland, which he said worked on the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame project. "We are hoping the study will show the viability of the project," said Roberts. He said he wanted the hall of fame to be one of the "new breed of museums" where visitors would get involved and not just look at static exhibits. Steins / Music remains important to family FROM PAGE D1 "It is a special experience to perform with the family," Eric Stein said. Musical families are a tradition for Stein. The 76-year-old Stein was born into a family of musicians in a German community in the Ukraine. His father was a professional musician and college professor. Eric was the youngest of five children, all of whom learned to play the piano at an early age. But his mother wanted him to be an engineer. "Enough musicians," she would say. "I had to beg. I even cried to get a violin," Eric Stein said. That was when he was about 8 or 9 years old. At 17, he entered the music conservatory in Kiev. Growing up under Communism had an major effect on his family. Stein's father was arrested for political reasons and never seen again. So Stein decided that if the opportunity ever arose to escape, he would take it. When World War II started, Stein's role was still a musical one. "I performed for the Soviet Army, German Army, French Army and American Army," he said. He was in a troupe known as the Front Theater, which performed for soldiers only miles from the front battle lines. The Ukraine was occupied by German soldiers, who eventually were driven out by the Red Army. When the Germans made their retreat, Stein made his escape, following the German army at a distance into what is now the former Czechoslovakia. "For 450 miles we walked," he said. "There was a little rest in between." He slept sometimes in houses when people offered or in barns when they didn't. Once in Bavaria, he entered a refugee camp. In 1949 at the invitation of a Catholic priest, Stein came to the United States, providing musical entertainment on the boat on the way over. "At first, I did not know English at all," he said. But he did know music. His first assignment was to be an organist at the church at Damar, near Hill City in northwest Kansas. Then in 1951, he came to Salina to be the music teacher at Sacred Heart High School and the organist and choir director at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. He started to work part time at Marymount in 1953 and became part of the faculty in 1955, the same year the Salina symphony started. He stayed at the college until it closed in 1989 and has continued his duties with the symphony. Stein has never returned to the Ukraine, even after the breakup of the Soviet Union. He doesn't focus on what he left behind, but the freedom and and family he now has. "People ask- 'Was it hard to adjust?' " he said of coming to America. "It is not hard when you go from very bad to good." Book on Limbaugh misses its mark Al Franken's attempt at humor resorts to desperate jokes By ANNE STEPHENSON Tlie Arizona Republic R ush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" is a title to live up to, and Al Franken doesn't. Beneath the surface he actually seems to take Limbaugh seriously. This book is full of desperate jokes about conservatives and their politics. Franken says he uses tactics he learned from Newt Gingrich himself — "lessons like 'Go Negative Early,' 'Don't Try to Educate' and 'Never Back Off " — but maybe he should have paid more attention. It isn't funny when Newt does it, either. Piecework If you don't love New York, you can skip the first 60 pages (a long lament about what has become of Pete Hamill's fair city) and go to the meat of this book, which is often fine indeed. There's the requisite gritty stuff but also pieces on Mexico and other places Hamill has seen, a section on people he admires and some short but wonderful musings on middle age. Charles Kuralt's America Charles Kuralt resigned from CBS News in 1994, overcome by "a desire for substance and reality." Then he took his dream trip: He went to his favorite places in America at his favorite times of year with no plan or budget. Kuralt's "perfect year" was interrupted only once, when his father died. Kuralt describes it in a few poignant paragraphs before he sets off again for autumn in Vermont. Molina Embroidery Custom Computerized QOC ylACC Embroidery & Monograms 0£J'4UOv) 252 B. S. 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