Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada on May 25, 1995 · Page 47
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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 47

Reno, Nevada
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Thursday, May 25, 1995
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INSIDE: COLUMNS 2E B TELEVISION 4E COMICS 6E RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL H RoHan Melton H y Jim Sloan. Features Editor Phone: 788-6338, Fax: 788-6458 Thursday, May 25, 1995 The Essential ETC. Trio teams up for charity at Trinity church The sensational organist and composer, Dorothy J. Fapadakos, comes home to Reno tonight, to show us why she is among the musical toasts of Manhattan. The former Reno schoolgirl will perform in a special benefit at Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Ave. The 7:30 p.m. concert also will feature: Heralded New York City soprano Rachel Rosalcs, best known for her sensational performances as Queen of the Night in Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Mark Lord, Reno, trumpet star extraordinaire. Papadakos and Rosales have J' -A - 3 . -i "I J .) 4'-'' '.&V 4 0"k V been performing together in concert around the nation. Tonight's appearance is special for the chief organist of Cathedral of St. John the Divine AY A quick look at the news, issues and trends that are shaping Sierra life p Movies, not hoops The Sierra Nevada Celtic Society presents its first Celtic Film Festival with the Reno premiere of John Sayles' "The Secret of Roan Inish," filmed in Donegal, Ireland. The acclaimed movie by the director of "Passion Fish" and "Matewan" will be shown at 8 tonight at the Keystone Cinema in the Reno Hilton. A pre-show reception with music, wine, snacks and a Scotch whiskey "tasting" will be at 6:30 at the Sierra Foundation for the Arts, 200 Flint St. Details: 851-3179. Mark Robison Honoring their efforts Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Laura Vargas, a planner for the city of Reno, will be honored at a reception tonight in Reno. The 14th annual Hannah Humanitarian Award is sponsored by the Committee to Aid Abused Women. Tickets are $20 for the reception featuring a no-host bar and hors d'ouvres from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the second floor ballroom of the Clarion hotel-casino. The awards program starts at 6:30 p.m. Details: 358-4150. Wayne R. Melton CBS plans overhaul Not a night will go unchanged next season as CBS tries to climb out of the cellar. After finishing this year in third place, the network on Wednesday unveiled its 1995-96 schedule, which includes 1 1 new series six half-hour sitcoms and five one-hour dramas. - The canceled shows include "Northern Exposure," "Hearts Afire," "Love & War," Papadakos Toll UL3 q 33o"b what y ou really think Dylan on CD-Rom "Highway 61 Interactive," Bob Dylan's elaborate new CD-Rom, is a ; cyberworld hit. Using sound, ; images and words, the CD-ROM is a ; tour through Bob Dylan's career. It includes old photos, film clips and text of interviews, liner notes J and lyrics. When it's , up and running, you ? can quietly sit back t and watch and listen, or you can "interact" by clicking on portions of an image and wandering through the new images that appear. For example, the CD-ROM presents a picture collage. If you click on a building in that collage, you are taken into the building, such as a coffee house where : you can find beat poetry and a jukebox with songs from the era. Click on the tickets laying on the silver tray in the main collage and you will find yourself at Dylan's intimate 1993 Supper Club ?;rformance in New ork City. The maitre ; 'd will greet you in the lobby. You can look at Dylan's works of art on the wall. ; Then you take your place at the best seat in the house and enjoy two exclusive, never-before released-films of the performance. Other artists have experimented with CD-ROMs before, but none have been 3uite as elaborate as lis one. And while fans are mastering the multimedia labyrinth i of data, lyrics, i interviews and songs, the low-tech singer : has yet to find the infobahn onramp. "I wouldn't know how to use it if I had to," Dylan says of the "Interactive" disc. "I , didn't have any input into that. I don't even know what material is on it" The CD runs on . both Macintosh and IBM systems, but requires a higher level of hardware and : software. For instance, you have to ' have a certain amount of random access memory; check the CD-ROM's system ', requirements before ; purchasing. The Dylan disc and CD-ROMs by other artists are available at some, but not all, music and computer-i software stores. Thanks to CD-ROM, a reporter doesn 't have to sit down with a celebrity to get some answers By Guy Richardson Gazette-Journal Thought I'd seen some ups and down, Til I come into New York town. People goin ' down to the ground. Buildings goin ' up to the sky. I swung on to my old guitar. Grabbed hold of a subway car, And after a rocking, reeling, rolling ride, I landed up on the downtown side; Greenwich Village. I walked down there and ended up In one of them coffee-houses on the block.. Got on the stage to sing and play, Man there said, "Come back some other day. You sound like a hillbilly; We want folk singers here. " (TALKING NEW YORK BLUES). 1962. Dylan then and now lengthens See DYLAN, on page 3E Back in 1976, Dylan told TV Guide, "It makes me feel better to write one song than to talk to a thousand journalists." So we asked the database if we'd find Truth in the lyrics. Back came the answer: can 't provide for you no easy answers. Who are vow that I should have to lie? (WHEN THE NIGHT COMES FALLING FROM THE SKY), 1985. Oooooooo. Eerie. All right, let's try another. Young Bob Dylan came blowing out of Hibbing, Minn., in the '50s, a wanna-be folksinger who used sinuses like a musical instrument. So what were those early New York days like, Bob? Ramblin ' outa the wild West, Leavin ' the towns I love the best. W hen great artists create, truth-with-a-capital-t Truth pours "The Five Mrs. Buchanans" and "Due South." "Eye to Eye With Connie Chung" was also canceled, as expected. "48 Hours" survived. Possible for midseason return are "Under Suspicion," torth. i he Truth isn t ODD COUPLE: Andrew Clay and Cathy Moriarity star in "Bless This House." necessarily factual, but it is True. Facts, like statistics, lie through their gums. If you want facts from Bob Dylan, he's interviewed in today's Best Bets. If you want Truth, read on. Just remember, Truthful needn't be factual. All of Dylan's lyrics from his 300-plus songs have been collected on a computer CD-ROM called "Highway 61 Interactive." With a text-search engine as our I Ching, we queried the database of more than 100,000 words, looking for Truth about Bob Dylan. Dylan's 'Unplugged' on target By Mark Robison Gazette-Journal n Bob Dylan's new "Unplugged" in Manhattan, because this is a true homecoming for her. The former Reno student (Jessie Beck, Swope Middle, Reno High, Nevada, Reno) lived in the Biggest Little City forl0years(1969-1979). When she was 9, she began studying with her first piano teacher, the late Loren McNabb, a Reno cabaret performer. Trinity Episcopal was her church. She grew up wanting to become a Duke Ellington or a George Shearing, and she was blessed with a powerful practice ethic and a love of improvisation. In 1 979, at 1 7, she was off to New York City with no clue of what was ahead. Then she entered Barnard College in Manhattan. After getting her degree there in 1 982, she earned her master's degree in organ performance at theJuilliard School. Papadakos was named St. John's main organist in 1 989, just a year after finishing at Juilliard. Now, at age 34, she has illustrious musical credits that lengthen by the week: Carnegie Hall; appearances with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic; guest spots on television, and so forth. She is from an artistic and inventive family. Her mother, Dorothy Johnson, a nurse in Las Vegas, was Miss Oregon and first runner-up in the Miss America pageant in 1 955; her late father, Peter J. Papadakos, was an aircraft builder, noted especially for his development of helicopters. Her brother, Peter, remains in Reno and is an airplane builder and owner and chief executive of Savoy Convention Services. The musical sister has also won critical acclaim for her composing, especially of ballet scores. Tonight's concert launches a campaign to raise money to acquire a state-of-the-art pipe organ for Trinity. The elderly existing organ, as chief organist Arthur W. Johnson will confirm, is about ready for last rites. Dorothy Papadakos practiced on the old instrument as soon as she reached Reno on Monday. She also spent the better part of Tuesday at the keyboard. "I think the organ will make it through Thursday's show," she laughed. "We'll nurse it along." Her performance will range from Gershwin to the Rolling Stones, with many delicious bonuses thrown in. She and trumpet master Mark Lord will team in a set. Soprano Rosales, who hails from Phoenix, Ariz., will perform several songs in the church that is renowned for its marvelous acoustics. The organ funding committee asks a donation of $ 1 2 for admission. The concert will last about 1 hour, 1 5 minutes. For reservations, call 329-4279 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Rollan Melton's column appears Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. His phone number is 788-6313. officially released, particularly packs a wallop. However, if Dylan were to record it in a studio, he'd probably redo the final verse because he gets so carried away with the reading that the last line isn't disc, a few moments feel so good and so right that when the disc ends, it's not enough. A sequel is needed, with less obvious "Under One Roof and "Rescue 911." New comedies: "Almost Perfect," about two overachievers; "Can't Hurry Love," with Nancy McKeon, a look at friendship, love and dating; "If Not for You," starring Elizabeth McGovern and Hank Azaria; "Bless This House," starring Cathy Moriarty and Andrew (no longer "Dice") Clay; "Dweebs," with Peter Scolari and Corey Feldman; "Bonnie," starring Bonnie Hunt as a Chicago TV reporter. The new dramas: "Matt Waters," set in a suburban high school and starring talk-show host Montel Williams; "Central Park West," a sophisticated urban ensemble drama from the creator of "Melrose Place" starring Mariel Hemingway and Lauren Hutton; "Courthouse," starring Patricia Wettig and Robin Givens; "The Client," with Williams, John Heard and Ossie Davis, based on the novelmovie; and "American Gothic," about a small town beset by a demonic force. Associated Press ON STAGE BOB DYLAN B When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday; doors at 6:30 p.m. Where: Reno Hilton's outdoor amphitheater. Cost: $25. B Tickets: Get them at the Reno Hilton box office, at BASS outlets or by calling (800) 225-2277. B Details: 789-2285. delivered as the brutal punchline it deserves to be. His version of "Dignity," a song from 1989 included on last year's unjustly ignored "Greatest Hits Vol. 3," signals where Dylan could be headed. So far this decade, he hasn't released an album of new. See UNPLUGGED, page 3E selections. This album works and it's worth getting because Dylan sounds like he's having fun, he enunciates as much as he can and his band delivers a solid dose of artful country-rock. "John Brown," an anti-war song written in 1963 and never Ellery Queen author Florence Mayberry returns to the scene of her settings VISITING AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING Who: Florence Mayberry, Ellery Queen mystery writer. What: Reception and book signing for Mayberry's autobiography, "The Great Adventure." When: 7 tonight at the Clarion, second floor. By Lenita Powers Gazette-Journal Former Reno resident Florence Mayberry's success as a mystery writer literally began with a dream that turned into the plot of her first published whodunit. "I had a strange dream one night and I couldn't resist jotting it down the next morning." As a child, Mayberry had been a voracious reader and a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries. It was the mystery story Mayberry wrote based on that dream in the early 1960s, however, that marked her breakthrough and the beginning of her work as a writer of more than 40 stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. "I think I was paid $100 for that first story," said Mayberry, who's 88 and wrote her most recent man," Mayberry said. Before she became an Ellery Queen regular, however, Mayberry discovered it took persistence for a fledgling writer to get published. Even after Mayberry's first "dream" mystery was accepted for publication, another story she submitted was quickly rejected. "I had sent them another short story, but, to my sorrow, they sent it back. Then a few years later, I took it out again and sent it back. They bought it and wrote an enthusiastic letter saying what a wonderful story it was and when could they have another?" Mayberry lived in Reno from the 1930s until 1946, and the mystery writer has used the city as a setting for a number of her short stories, including "Smiling Joe and the Twins," which appears in the historical mystery anthology "Once Upon a Crime." thriller for Ellery Queen a year or so ago. One of Mayberry's earlier stories, "In the Secret Hollow," even caught the eye of the legendary Agatha Christie. "It is one of the most original stories I have come across," Christie wrote the editors of Ellery Queen. "... a very remarkable tale and one on which Florence Mayberry should be congratulated." Mayberry is quick to point out that Ellery Queen was not a real person, but the pen name devised by cousins Fred Dannay and Manfred Lee, two New York City detective-story writers who took turns developing plots and writing stories chiefly involving the fictional character Ellery Queen. Before their deaths, they founded Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. "Fred Dannay was the editor for years and he was a wonderful Jus' - -nr -- !. i I A Another Mayberry mystery set in Reno has brought the city a sort of international fame. "One of my mystery stories called 'Woman Trouble' is based in Reno and that story has been reprinted seven times, including in Germany, France, Finland and Italy." See MAYBERRY, on page 3E Craig SailorGazette-Joumal FLORENCE MAYBERRY: She'll sign copies of her autobiography tonight at the Clarion. X

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