The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 25
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ir FRIDAY •- MAY 9, 1997 -THE SAUNA JOURNAL T MUSIC Song sings praises of irural life 'Songwriter Mark Selby's <tune about Lincoln County jto be premiered at concert ; By DAN ENGLAND * Tlte Salina Journal AHout the concert J • WHEN: 7 p.m. j, Saturday ?« WHERE: J Lincoln Elementary School '- • THEME: "Our Lincoln County Heritage" • TICKETS: $3 for adults and $1 for those 18 and -• under. They can be purchased through Lincoln County schools. I I • LINCOLN — Mark Selby had played in ; Lincoln County several times, but when ;he was asked to write a song about it, he • needed some perspective. j' "So he called the people who knew best »— several residents who have called the 5 county home for years. When he was fin- j ished, Selby had a song. ; The song, "The Middle of Somewhere," j talks about how the perspective of a gradu- \ at'ing high school senior changes as he re; fleets on his life in a small town in Lincoln ' County. At first he can't wait to leave, but as '. the song builds, and he thinks about things '— such as the school where his mother and grandmother went, he realizes that he is "in the middle of everything, everything that made him what I'll be." Selby, a Nashville recording artist who has played in Salina and the surrounding area several times, was commissioned by Lincoln County and a $1,000 grant from the Dane G. r* Hansen Foun! •• dation to write a ; song for a Saturday concert. ; J He actually wrote two. The second, ; ^Sometimes I Feel Like Going Home," > fleals with a person who has been around ! the world and seen all kinds of sights but ' still thinks of home. Selby grew up in a small town in rural Oklahoma. "For a long time, I really tried to keep being the voice for a lot of towns that really don't have much of a voice," Selby said this week from his Nashville home. "But eventually I needed to move here, like a lot of writers need to go to New York." Selby and his brother, Monte, both graduates of Fcrt Hays State University, have recorded some music, and Mark hopes to put out an album of the material soon. Mark is a studio musician and songwriter. He has toured with country music singer Paul Brandt and has written songs for Wynonha Judd, blues guitarist Kenny .Wayne Shepherd and the movie "The Fan." Dave Wiggins, band teacher for Lin- rcoln Elementary and Lincoln High School, got the idea to bring Selby to the cpncert. He played with Selby for three years as a drummer. -•"The $1,000 isn't a whole lot to pay him," Wiggins said. "But I think the fact that I traveled with him had something to do with it." In the 7 p.m. concert, Selby will play a rendition of "Home on the Range" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." The world premier of his two songs will be at the concert as well. A slideshow of the people of Lincoln County will accompany the concert. Lincoln County high school students playing in the concert will wear overalls and John Deere caps. "I'm just trying to do everything I can to make this a giant event," Wiggins said. encore* WHAT'S HOT / D2 BRIEFLY / D3 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 D A special one-hour episode of "3rd Rock from the Sun" on May 18 will feature 3-D action. The stars of the show are French Stewart, who plays Harry; John Llthgow, who plays Dick; Kristen Johnson, who plays Sally; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Tommy. 3-D TV won't be alien to viewers of 3rd Rock'and other shows By JENNIFER BOWLES The Associated Press CULVER CITY, Calif. —A pajama-clad John Lithgow is strapped spread-eagle into a wicked-looking contraption adorned with probing devices. A platinum-haired Jane Curtin is leaning over him, wearing a black, skin-tight dominatrix outfit. "Vee hauv vays of making you talk," Curtin tells her shuddering "3rd Rock from the Sun" co-star in her best German accent. And the comic minds behind the season finale of "3rd Rock" hauv a vay of making this bizarre yet hysterical scene seem more real. It's called 3-D — and in the course of this one-hour episode, suitably equipped viewers will feel they can reach out and touch jungles, Mars and even a Jell-O vat. Both NBC and ABC are turning to the 1950s gimmick to lure audiences during the all-important May sweeps period. So viewers beware: Everything from popcorn to power drills to a football will fly into your living room. Just the thought of 3-D can make even a network executive coo like a kid. "It's just fun. It is," said Michael Becker, ABC's executive director of comedy series. "It's fun and entertaining, and I don't know how to go beyond that. It's very cool." MICHAEL BECKER ABC executive "It's fun and entertaining, and I don't know how to go beyond that. It's fun, it's cool. It's very cool." ABC was up first, kicking off its 3-D episodes this week with "Home Improvement." In all, eight of the network's sitcoms, plus "America's Funniest Home Videos," are featuring 3-D segments throughout the week. NBC, on the other hand, is putting all its techno goodies into one bag, the wacky "3rd Rock," airing at 7 p.m. May 18 on cable Channels 3 and 13 in Salina. All four aliens will have a dream in 3-D, each lasting three to four minutes. Lithgow's character, High Commander Dick Solomon, has a dream that spins off his relationship with Curtin's Dr. Mary Albright and his uncertainty over whether to tell her his inalienable truth. "It's a little strange, I guess," Lithgow explains in between takes of the torture scene. "I have a little bit more empathy for women who have to go through regular internal exams. I'm feeling very exposed but it's far from the weirdest thing I've done in my career." Singer Randy Newman will sing and play the piano in an underwater dream of Harry Solomon (French Stewart), in which Harry sings "Life's Been Good to Me," from Newman's acclaimed musical "Faust." The aliens, said executive producer Bonnie Turner, "have never experienced dreams before. They think there's something wrong with their heads, that they're second-hand bodies or factory seconds." NBC turned to big-screen director Phil Joanou ("U2: Rattle and Hum," "Final Analysis") to film the dream sequences. "It's very rare you have the opportunity to do something that is fantasy-driven in the feature film world," Joanou said. "This gives me an opportunity to flex creative muscles that I don't usually get to do." See TV, Page D2 NOWPLAWNG IN SAUNA *** Good ** Fair * Poor ANACONDA * * * CENTRAL RATED PG-13 A superior action thriller, with a world-class villain by Jon Voight and a worthy co-star: the anaconda, which can grow to 40 feet in length and likes to regurgitate its prey so it can dine again, Jennifer Lopez stars as the leader of a documentary film expedition in the Amazon, Ice Cube is her cJnematographer and Eric Stottz is a scientist. BREAKDOWN *** SUNSET RATED R Kurt RuMeN stars in the taut, skillful and surgically effective story of a man who finds himself trapped in a surrealistic night- mai*, When hto wMt disappears In the middle of the desert, r* got* on • cruttde to discover what happened to her. Good performances by KaWeen Qutalan as the wife, and JT. Walsh as a local truck drtver. Effectively directed and acted, but a final coup de grace eoene ie unnecessary, and unworthy. , (^ ± j|Pjffe>j§j[^IHIj^SLBP^_ll^l^lljP J^E f^^BBiF ^jpf^Hpfv- ' PTWMwBir * ^ip »%F Robin WNftamsAndiWy Crystal star in a bniinJess fttture- by Naales* Ktartl thai they (aHwed tw teen-ager, and go on a KM** f# tot misting boy, eventually teaming up. Lazy wring, pn^otabto situations, dumbed-down characters, and did fjwy need tP htul § drug dealer Into a plot tNa lightweight? THE RFTH ELEMENT *** SUNSET RATED PG-13 One of the great goofy movies, a feast for the eyes if not for the brain. Bruce Willis stars as a 23rd-century cab driver who teams up with a beautiful and powerful alien (Milla Jovovich) to save the world from an influx of evil that occurs every 5,000 years. Spectacular special effects and wondrous visuals redeem a messy plot and a drawn-out last act. UAR.UAR *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Jim Carrey literally hurls himself into the role of a lawyer who finds that, for one day, he simply cannot tell a Be. The premise lent original, but Carrey's manic energy inundates us with ceasoton physical Invention. In a courtroom, in a board meeting, in a one-on-one struggle with a felt-tip pen, he's an inspired slapstick comedian. And a scene where he mugs himself is one of hie career high points. MUROERAT1600 **'/* RATED R Interesting premise, disappointing payoff. A woman is found murdered In the White House, and Washington cop Wesley Snipe? teams up with Secret Service sharpshooter Diane Lane to find the r«tl WBer. Start* promisingly, but then abandons its insider gttmpses and poHce details to embark on a long, ctehed action sequence involving forgotten tunnels. THE SAINT CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Val Kilmer stars as Simon Templar, the gentleman crook who steals for hire. In an adventure inspired by the Bond series, he's hired by a Russian billionaire to steal the secret of free energy from an Oxford scientist (Elisabeth Shue), but finds himself falling in love with her. " 'Dtr-J OS'S M<t S3''I' «• V •'8 l MICROCOSMOS **** ^ -of ART CENTER CINEMA, 150 S. SANTA FE RATED G An astonishing documentary, using uHra-doseup cameras and magnifying lenses to explore the world of insects. The visuals are so sharp and detailed that jf the bugs were cars, we could read their city stickers. Beetles and mantises, spiders and flies, caterpillars and snails, bees and ladybugs go about their daily task of making a living, revealed in almost embarrassing intimacy. The movie dramatically extends the range of our vision, allowing us to see the world of the creatures who most completely and enduringry inhabit the Earth. • VOLCANO *tt MID STATE RATED PG-13 . Tommy Lee Jones does a professional job of helping a routine, assembly-line disaster movie wah surprisingly cheesy special effects. I expected to »ee a volcano towering over LA, but the lava takes a shortcut through the ctty sewer system. SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-BOO-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews@8aljournal.com

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