The News BOOKS - TELEVISION - MUSIC - ART - MOVIES - COMINS EVENTS The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas Marge Hess, Editor Saturday, October 9,1971 ALTHOUGH .the American Indian won- with nature. He was a part of nature, his tiered about this confusing environment in life closely woven into the Earth and Sky. which he lived, he experienced n oneness Visit the Planetarium during Oct. and Nov. TV Viewers Making Best of Bad Lot? By JOHN .1. O'Connor (C) 1971 N.Y. Times New» Scrvlc* j NEW YORK - Tn what may be the ultimate in masturbatory experiences this season, the critics who write about television have been appearing on television to discuss television With television interviewers. A new trend? The possibilities are stupefying. But there we were one recent morning, several of us huddled together for two appearances on the same day. One on the air we were, in o fashion, performing —one trying desperately to maintain a statesmanlike cow], another getting a touch rhapsodic about star personalities, still another offering a pallid imitation of Art Buchawald. The predictable result: little more than the viewers getting an unenviable opportunity to see some of the faces behind the bylines. ' One question, however, did keep popping up and it had the curious effect of reducing the critics to pompous platitudes or evasions. It went something like this: since most television fare is so dismal and dull, what would you do to Improve matters if you were in control of programming? The question itself in Irrele- vant to the critic, whose job Is —or is supposed to be —evaluation. The reviewer of books or )lays is hardly expected to a novelist or playwright. It may help but in fact It often linders. But on another level, close perhaps to indulgent fantasy, the question is not unreasonable. Possibilities Improvements? The possibilities grow increasingly dim. Commercial telcvison has evolved into a system more interested in selling "heads" to advertisers than in providing viewers with quality or provaca- tive programming, A multimillion - dollar industry has swerved recklessly Into what appears to be a deadend street. For the hilariously chilling details I strongly recommend a book published this week. It's called "Television: The Business Behind the Box" (Harcourt Brace, $8.95) And it's written by Les Brown, editor of Variety's radio and television department. With fascinating anecdotes and pertinent statistics, the book provides a devastating account of the year 1970 in television land. Brown quotes the viee president of one network: "We don't pick the shows we think will have the best chance of becoming popular. To be honest, we're attracted to those that seem to have the least chance of failing." The least chance of failing That is precisely Une atlitud that leads to what Paul Kleh calls the theory of the "leas formerly working In audienc research for the National Broad casting Company, maintains tha the viewer is given a choici not between good, bette and best, but between bad worse and worst. The viewer in other words, Is stuck with making the best of a bad lot Final Solution The final solution, of course may be an end to commercia television as it is now const! tuted. Cable television, pay TV and video cassettes hay been hovering on the horizon for years and ore finally beginning to come into clearer view. If the viewer Is going to have to pay in order to avoid com mercial rip - offs, it woulc seem he will pay. That stil leaves dangling the question o over-all programming quality but it certainly wouldn't hur U television, in whatever form got away from the "least chance of Tailing" and turned towar the best chance for succeeding Planetarium Stories Retold By JOE OLIVAREZ Hutchinson Planetarium Like all men In all times, the Indians of the North American lontinent wondered aboqt this confusing world in which they ived. They attempted to explain it in delightful stories of ""larth and Sky told around their cam pf ires. "What was the be- jinning of the world?," a child might' ask, and 'the storyteller would weave Hie magic spell! •fe told of how the pictures in the sky were made by the animals and of why the little Fisher/holds a special place in the northern sky. He explained why the sun disappeared from .he sky on occasion and why we can sec a face oh the Moon. In the summer, when the south wind blew, the story o. the wind's love for a dandelion was told as was the story oi why the coyote wails his re grots to the Moon. These and other delightful stories of Earth and Sky arc now being 'presented at the Hutcliinson Planetarium in « new production titled "The Am erican Indian - His Earth and Sky." The stories are woven within a framework of popular constellations now visible in our Kansas sky. Special music arid color projections and effect,' abound and set the mood for each story. Recent public show Ing have delighted both chil dren and adults. The program U, specially suitable for girl and joy scouts and children of al Jie elementary grades. "The American Indian—Hi Earth and Sky" will be shown to the public on Thursdays a 8 p.m.; on Saturdays at 2:3( p.m; and on Sundays at 2:3( and 4:00 p.m. through Octobe and November. Schools and scout groups may request spe cial showings during'the wcel by calling the Planetarium a MO .-2-8620. . "The American Indian — Hi Earth and Sky" is the first in a scries of musically and vis ually beautiful productions in tended to educate through en f/ertainment. Innovations in elude a multiplicity of voices used for the narration and the development of new recording and projection techniques. Coming Events 9—4-H Officers Training Meet Ing, Convention Hall 11-12 — Bloodmobile, Firs Presbyterian Church 12—Reno County Farm Bu reau, annual meeting, Hilton lie-Sing Out, 7:30 p.m., Con vention Hall. JOIN the Indian storyteller ;il the Planetarium during October and November as he unravels for you the mystery of the Earth and Sky, us he did for hiy Indian peers centuries ago. This Week's Highlights Saturday, October 9 11:30 a.m. 1971 World Series, 2, 3, 11 1:30 p.m. NCAA Football, 7, 10, 13—Michigan at Michigan Stale Sunday, October 10 1.2:00 p.m. NFL Football, 6, 7, 12 — St. Louis vs. Atlanta 12:30 p.m. 1971 World Series, 2, 3, 11 3:00 p.m. NFL Football, 6, 7, 12 — Los Angeles ve. San Francisco 3:00 p.m. NBC Pro Football, 2, 3, 11 — Oakland vs. Denver 3:00 p.m. Davis Cup Highlights, 8 9:00 p.m. Country Music Awards, 2, 3, 11 Monday, October 11 7:00 p.m. Drama, 8—"Hogan's Goat" 8:00 p.m. Pro Football, 10, 13—New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys 9:00 p.m. 80 Minutes, 8, 7, 12 Tuesday, October 12 6:30 p.m. National Geographic Special, 6, 7, 12 Wednesday, October 18 6:30 p.m. World Series Pro-Game Show, 2, 3, 11 7:00 p.m. World Series, 2, 3, 11 — The fourth game.
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