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Loe Angeles (Time & Orange County Calendar What POP MUSIC REVIEW Blasters Tie the Knot -Again -With New Guitarist bGOES ONa Today 8 I'.ni I I.mu1.u. 1 1 1 1 II. l''S.s K Figures in Flux and Count Spatula play rock from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Goodies, 1641 N. Placentia Ava., Fullerton. For ticket information, call (714) 524-7072. John Kay and StappanwoH play at the Orange County Fair, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, at 7 and 9 p.m. Admission: $2 to $4. Information: (714) 751-3247. Country singer Hoyt Axton performs at 7 and 10 p.m. at the Crazy Horse Steak House, 1580 Brookhollow Drive, Santa Ana. Admission: $23.50. Information: (714) 549-1512. Smashed Gladys, Steal Master and Nightmare II play rock from 9 p.m. at Joshuas Parlor, 7000 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster. Cover: $8. Information: (714) 891-1181. Surf & Rescue plays surf-rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Sunset Pub, 16655 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Beach. Cover: $2. Information: (213) 592-1926. Ongoing Paintings by Los Angeles artist Morris Broderson remain on view through Friday at the Laguna Art Museum South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Hours today: 1 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: free. Information: (714) 662-3366. "Gloucester Schooners," an exhibit of paintings of early early fishing boats by Patti Rock and "Chrome Steel," a series of paintings of motorcycles by Jack Knight, are on display through July 18 at the Huntington Beach Library Municipal Art Gallery, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Hours today: 1 to 9 p.m. Admission: free. Information: (714) 842-4481, Ext. 33. Mixed-media art by Roberta Hamphill, Mary Alice Jennings, Mary Cook and Violet Lawton are being shown at the Anaheim Cultural Arts Center, 931 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, through July 30. Hours today: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: free. Information: (714) 533-3460. "New Juice in Orange County," an exhibition of works by seven emerging county artists, continues through Aug. 9 at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine. Hours today: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: free. Information: (714) 552-1018. The Sawdust Festival, an annual celebration of the arts in Laguna Beach, continues through Aug. 28 at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Hours today: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: $2 to $3. Information: (714) 494-3030. The Art-A-Fair Festival continues through Aug. 28 at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Hours today: 1 0 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: $2.50 to $3.50. Information: (714) 497-5838. Starfair, an exposition featuring new-age technology and arts-related exhibits, continues through Aug. 28 at 793 Laguna Canyon Road. Hours today: 1 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: $1. Partial proceeds to benefit local environmental causes. Information: (714) 497-9710. Colored scenes of ancient Egypt on papyrus reproductions by Mike Hussein are on view through Aug. 30 at the Anaheim Cultural Arts Center, 931 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. Hours today: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: free. Information: (714) 637-2087. Upcoming Eduardo Mata will lead violinist Cho-Liang Lin and the New World Symphony in Brahms' Violin Concerto and other works Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission: $8 to $27. Information: (714) 642-8232. Norm Hughes & His Country Western Trio will perform Wednesday at 6:30 at Brea City Hall Park, 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea. Admission: free. Information: (714) 990-7737. The Louisiana Cajun Trio will play old-time Cajun waltzes and zydeco music on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Anaheim Cultural Arts Center, 931 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. Admission: $4. Information: (714) 533-3460. Nibbles And Bits Hall & Oates' concert Thursday at the Pacific Amphitheatre has been rescheduled for Sept. 29 because of "scheduling difficulties with the Orange County Fair," according to an amphitheater spokeswoman. Tickets for the original performance will be honored on the new date. Information: (714) 556-4875. Classes in Bournonville ballet technique will be taught by Tage Wendt at UC Irvine Monday through July 22. A member of the Royal Danish Ballet for nearly 45 years, Wendt founded five Bournonville technique schools in Denmark and for the past two summers at UCI has been teaching the technique devised by 19th-century dancer and choreographer August Bournonville. For information, call (714) 856-6963. By P.ANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer When it comes to musical marriages, the Blasters have been about as lucky in love as Elizabeth Taylor. But like the undaunted bride who's willing to give it yet one more try, the group is trotting back to the rock 'n' roll altar with new member Greg Hormel, the band's fourth guitarist in three years. Treated to an effusive reception Saturday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Hormel is following in three fairly respectable pairs of footsteps: songwriter-guitarist Dave Alvin, who quit in 1986 for solo pursuits and was replaced by local legend Hollywood Fats, who died shortly thereafter and was in turn replaced, ever so briefly, by former guitarist X-tra.ordinaire Billy Zoom. It's as if, after a string of broken superstar marriages, Liz suddenly showed up at church with the mailman in tow. But Hormel's persuasive, take-no-prisoners debut left no question that this is one postman who delivers without having to ring twice. In a familiar set drawn from the band's four albums and rounded out with several choice oldies from the blues-rock-R&B repertoire, Hormel first used his hollow- The real star of the Blasters remains Phil Alvin's pliant voice, which has the purity and power to remind anyone within earshot of the unfettered joy that made them fall in love with rock 'n'roll. body Gibson to squeeze out b-i-g, thick chords that helped the Blasters' all-American sound reverberate down to the soles of your shoes and into the floorboards. Subsequently he alternated between the Gibson and a Fender Stratocaster for a stingy twang that provided caustic, visceral contrast. He's every ounce the guitarist Dave Alvin was but Alvin's strength was always more in his pen than his pick. Hormel doesn't have Hollywood Fats' bottomless well of musical ideas and outwardly effortless technique. Who on the planet does? But his compact solos provid- JOHN FUNG Los Angeles Times Benjamin Stewart embellishes verse with physical accents in epic poem. .',m ... iy P 7 VETO: SCR Contest Among Losers in Continued from Page 1 $44-billion state budget he signed Friday. "Why commit these funds and take us through this up and down? I'd prefer it if they had never given it to us than to give it to us and take it away," said Judith Baca, artistic director of the Social and Public Arts Resource Center in Venice. Her $15,000 grant was to have underwritten the "World Wall," a traveling exhibit of seven 10-by-30-foot painted panels depicting the transformation of the world into a peaceful place. "I'm just terribly devastated. And I'm angry, too," Baca said, adding that she hoped to use part of the money to pay her own salary. The "World Wall" will continue, however, due to a $15,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Baca said. But Martin Benson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory, said the Tony Award -winning theater company's California Playwrights Festival has been imperiled by the loss of its $42,500 grant. The festival would have solicited new plays from California writers, awarded cash prizes to the winners and produced some works on SCR stages. After signing the grant contract with the arts council, SCR assumed it would receive the money, Benson said. "We've bally-hooed the California Playwrights Festival as the centerpiece of our 25th anniversary season, and suddenly the rug is pulled right 2 ed as much rootsy punch and zeal as anyone could ask for. The real star of the post-Dave Al-vinHollywood FatsBilly Zoom Blasters, however, remains Phil Alvin's pliant voice, which has the purity and power to remind anyone within earshot of the unfettered joy that made them fall in love with rock 'n' roll in the first place. Whether on the subtly haunting, solo introductory verse of "Dark Night," the delicately phrased loner's plea in "Help You Dream" or the all-stops-out push of "Marie Marie," Alvin reaffirmed his status as one of the great proto-rock vocalists. The next crucial step for the band will come later this summer when Phil is due to put on his songwriter's hat and try to pick up where Dave left off with return performances in Los Angeles that will showcase new material. For now, the Blasters have passed the first test they've brought the new guy home to meet the family and everyone loves him. We'll have to wait awhile to see whether this promising new union can muster the materials to build a musical home that they can call their own. The opening set by the Ivan Neville Band picked up the family theme from another direction. The newest contribution from the first family of New Orleans R&B he's the son of Aaron ("Tell It Like It Is") Neville Ivan may just strike the widespread commercial success that has generally eluded his famous dad and uncles. STAGE REVIEW 'Venus and Adonis' Takes Stage at the Gem By ROBERT KOEHLER The Garden Grove City Council members who have been reluctant to grant the Grove Shakespeare Festival its $83,000 budget request this year (they've approved only $20,000 so far) might consider stopping by the Festival's Gem Theatre where Benjamin Stewart is performing Shakespeare's epic love poem, "Venus and Adonis." At first, they might think a solo actor dressed in black reading a long poem on an empty stage would precisely confirm their worst fears about the festival. Too highbrow. If they stay to listen, however, they'll find that Stewart's work is a perfect fit with the kind of thing an interesting Shakespeare festival should do: explore all the author's writings, not just the plays. If another of the festival's jobs is to introduce a new audience to and excite them about the writings, "Venus and Adonis" does that nicely. Not only was it Shakespeare's first published work, but the tale of Venus' affecting and futile attempts at seducing young Adonis is a rich sampler of Shakespeare's comic and tragic impuls out from under us." He said his company would try to salvage the competition by making cutbacks in other areas, but said "there's a very definite chance we won't be able to pull it off." Benson, like many others affected by the veto, complained that the arts were already underfunded by the state. California ranks 32nd nationwide in arts funding, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. "The fact that a program as important as this is, with so little cost, has to be lopped off has to be seen as very brutal and shortsighted," Benson said. Mary Ann Bonino, director of Da Camera Society, which would have used its $25,000 grant for the statewide chamber music series, said the cut in state matching funds will discourage corporate donors from giving money to the arts. "What this veto says to me is that California doesn't want to have much of an artistic vision. I think the state deserves better," she said. Democratic legislators agreed. "To Deukmejian it's penny-wise, but to anybody familiar with the arts, it's pound foolish," said Assemblyman Sam Farr (D-Monterey), vice chairman of the Legislature's Joint Committee on the Arts. The California Challenge veto "was totally vindictive," Farr said, asserting that m" ,-m Ivan, who could show Terence Trent D'Arby a thing or two about vocal par sion, offered songs from his forthcoming major -label debut album that proved in the finest Neville tradition how harmoniously up-to-the-minute-sounding R&B can coexist with the timeless soul of the blues. Neville injected such intensity into "Falling Out of Love" that the lyric "Sometimes I feel like I'm running out of es. No play of his travels such a distance from light to dark as this poem. Stewart's accomplishment is to retain the poetry, while making it a text for performance. He enters from the upstage shadows (designer David Palmer's pool of light suggests a sacred space in a hostile world), reads the poem's dedication to the Stewart's accomplishment is to retain the poetry, while making it a text for performance. Earl of Southampton, all the while looking as though he's not sure if he should continue. What will the money-lenders and city fathers think of this? Within moments, though, Stewart leaps headlong into this adventure in elegant verse that is shot through with erotic humor. Stewart's Venus only accentuates the comedy since, for all her intelligence Governor's Arts Funds Budget Cuts Deukmejian was taking revenge on the Legislature's Democrats through the "blood and wreckage" of high-profile programs. Farr said the cut could have been avoided if Deukmejian had not withdrawn a proposal to increase revenue by speeding up the collection of some state taxes. But the Republican governor's deputy finance director, Russ Gould, said that the state's unexpected revenue shortfall of $1.1 billion forced his hand. "It was not malice toward the program," he said, but Deukmejian had determined not to fund new state initiatives this year. The governor "had to take a fresh look at things and re-prioritize," Gould said. While insisting that the veto has harmed their programs, many arts groups said they will probably be able to pull off their projects without the California Challenge money. Gordon Davidson, artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum, said his project, a multi-disciplinary work about Japanese -Americans titled "Sansei," would probably survive without its $50,000 grant. But San Diego Freeway commuters will have to do without a conceptual billboard announcing cultural events under way in Long Beach. The executive director of that city's Public Corp. for the Arts, Lindsay Shields, said she intended to use her $25,000 grant From left, Greg Hormel and Phil Alvin of the Blasters at the Cocch House. Below, Ivan Neville of opening act the Ivan Neville Band. CHRISTINE WALTER Lo Angl Tim time" took on a scorching, other-worldly desperation. And in "Another Daze Gone By," his smoldering, quivering vocal lent this eulogy to a broken romance the air of utter confusion and loss. He may not have inherited his father's creamy-smooth style, but Ivan need apologize to no one for a dark, husky voice that often dredges emotion up from the soul, by way of the heart. and wily experience, she ends up seeming like a woman trying to squeeze love from a rock. Stewart makes her into a powerfully endearing character quite a feat, considering that Shakespeare never conceived "Venus and Adonis" for the stage. Adonis is normally tongue-tied in her presence, and we get the sense that he's attracted but afraid of being smothered. The actor embellishes the verse with physical accents (he gets down m his hands and knees like a wrestling referee while describing Venus tumbling with Adonis on the grass), and gives each line and word equal weight. Listen how, in the last, wrenchingly sad passages, he provides Venus with a spirit of resurrection as she absorbs the tragic loss of her would-be love. Far from poetry on a page, this is theater about a woman who knows how to survive. Performances are at 12852 Main St., Garden Grove, on Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m., through July 23. Tickets.- $12. Information: (714) 636-7213. Martin Benson, SCR artistic director. for "a wonderful, spectacular idea." "It was going to be like the Hollywood Bowl computerized sign, but we were going to have a nationwide contest to design an artsy computerized sign," she said. "Oh, that doesn't sound too good," she quickly added. "Let's call it an artistic computerized sign." milium, .ji-wiw uiuil, ,w r,i,mi. w. cd(c-

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