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The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, North Carolina • Page 55

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The CDharlottc 0bscrrcr Friday July 2 1993 SECTION Hot buttons uco GO WEST If you have change that jingle jangle jingles then go merrily along to the Radisson Plaza Hotel where the annual Western Film Fair will run Thursday through July 10 Guests include Robert Horton best known from in the late Gordon Scott who played Tarzan when he firing six-shooters Richard Simmons from Preston of the Yukon" and the omnipresent Lash LaRue bullwhip in hand A room full of videos memorabilia and the like will be open 10 am to 1 1 pm each day and mock gunfights will enliven life at The Square at high noon More on festival Tuesday Living Lawrence Toppman Western Film Fair 10 am -midnight Thursday-July 10 Radisson Plaza Hotel Trade and Tryon streets Charlotte Admission- $15 daily ($5 after 6 pm) Autograph sessions panel discussions twice daily memorabilia room old movies shown continually Details: (704) 365-2368 6-10 pm any day HOLIDAY POPS fVJJ Your guide to Fourth of July shows SEI ORRECTION Id(L One of the best things about the Charlotte Pops in the Park series is it provides a much-needed outlet for up-and-coming performers from the area who play 45 minutes before the orchestra concert Take singer-songwriter Randy Fulk who works by day at an industrial transmission shop in Greensboro By night the 34-year-old Lexingtonian composes and performs what used to be called progressive folk in the tradition of people such as Gordon Lightfoot The self-taught musician has been playing since age 8 and wrote his first song at 10 A new demo recording of original material has his hopes high: dream of megastardom I just hope this will lead to a way I can support myself and my family with my musical Dean Smith Pops in the Park 715pm Saturday (with Randy Fulk) and Monday (with McPhail) Freedom Park East Boulevard at Kings Drive Admission- $5 $2 for ages 1 2-1 8 free for 1 1 and younger Details: 332-61 36 9 am-5 pm today Today and Sunday" Blockbuster Pavilion Where: At the amphitheater 707 Blockbuster Blvd off Mallard Creek Church Road (off US 29 1 1 miles north of uptown Charlotte) Time: Following the 8 pm Righteous Brothers concert today (about 10:30 pm) and following the 8 pm Don Henley concert Sunday (about 11 pm) Rain date: None Admission: Detailspage 8F Details: 549-5555 anytime Today through Sunday Carowinds Where: The theme park explodes with nightly fireworks Time: 10 pm each day Sunday the Paladium has Skaggs' Pickin' concert starting at 4 pm it features Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Alison Krauss and Union Station the Osborne Brothers Nashville Bluegrass Band Del McCoury Please see Fourthnext page Compiled by Mara Lee Regional fireworkspage 7F REGGAE WEATHER IHiSF climbs through theai Metallic powdet create sthe feathery look How professional shells work To get the full effect of reggae music you need to hear it live outside in sweltering weather if the sun cooperates get all three Sunday as Eek-A-Mouse one of international stars performs at the Independence Day Reggae Jamfest at Latta Plantation Park Eek-A-Mouse has one of the funniest names in music and his shows tend to be wild he dresses in anything from a silks to a Robin Hood costume Munch on some jerk chicken let the spices and the music settle in you never know what might happen Opening for Eek-A-Mouse is Charlotte reggae band Dub Mystic Tommy Tomlinson Eek-A-Mouse with Dub Mystic 3 pm Sunday Latta Plantation Park 5225 Sample Rd (off Beatties Ford Road) on Mountain Island Lake near Huntersville ickets $1 0 in advance $1 2 at the gate free for 1 1 and younger Tickets available at Caribbean Records Repo Records and Milestone Records Details: 333-7378 1030 a m-6 pm today 1 1 am-5 pm Saturday YOUTHFUL JAZZ MORTAR: Shell-type fireworks are launched from cardboard or metal tubes called mortars which are sunk into the ground or mounted in racks Dozens are used during a professional performance FUSES: A string of woven threads filled with gunpowder One fuse sets off the lifting charge timed fuses burn during flight setting off the bursting charges when desired SIZES: Most fireworks displays use shells 3 to 8 inches in diameter that weigh 1 to 15 pounds THE RECORD: The largest fireworks shell ever fired was called I Part ir and was launched at the Lake Toya Festival in Hokkaido Japan on July 15 1988 It was 57 feet 8 inches in diameter weighed 1 543 pounds and burst to a diameter of 3937 feet i vV'i-f! COVER: Kraft paper rolled into a cylinder six or seven layers thick then glued and tied at top and bottom STARS: Tightly packed balls of chemicals that burn as they sail through the air making bright colors Stars are built up in layers allowing them to change color and end with a bang The way the stars are arranged inside the shell determines the pattern they make Different chemicals used in making the stars create the various colors: BLUE: Copper salts () GREEN: Barium nitrate or chlorate RED: Strontium nitrate or carbonate 0 YELLOW: Sodium salts WHITE: Magnesium or aluminum powder ORANGE AND AMBER: Charcoal or iron BURSTING CHARGE: Gunpowder that explodes when the shell is high in the sky igniting the contents and scattering them into a pattern A shell may contain multiple bursting charges one for each 11 different effect LIFTING CHARGE: Gunpowder explodes to hurl the shell into the air The lifting charge can be ignited either by a burning fuse or by an electrical device called a squib Just what can one expect from a jazz trio from Cherryville? A lot it seems if talking about drummer (and moonlighting psychologist) Joe Lefcoski a bass player and on piano son Jonathan the 18-year-old at the keyboards who adds the sparkle: Jonathan Lefcoski is on summer break from studying piano in New Orleans with jazz great Ellis Marsalis dad of Wynton and Branford You can catch the standard-jazz act Wednesdays this summer at (no relation) John Bordsen Jonathan Lefcoski Trio 5 30-8 30 pm Wednesdays Jonathan's Uptown 330 Tryon St a part of the 5-7 pm Uptown Appreciation Night promotion there No cover Details 332-3663 9 am-midmght Monday-Saturday Inside SOURCE Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel "Fireworks A History and Celebration'1 by George Plimpton Encyclopedia Americana Newsweek "The Guinness Book of Records 1992" Knlght-Ridder Tribune Heigh-ho heigh-ho back to screens LAWRENCE TOPPMAN Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs alt Disney Co is the Scrooge McDuck of the video business: grasping calculating and clever allowing the public a limited time to snatch at animated movies before yanking them out of reach for years That strategy increases demand for classics when Disney re-releases them to theaters But maybe we should be grateful now and then We must see White and the Seven Dwarfs" on the big screen and the newly refurbished print is an eyepop-per White" the only Disney masterpiece never put on video turns up every six or seven years The last tour came in 1987 its 50th anniversary Since then caretakers have used a digital restoration process to remove impurities on the negative and remixed the sound in stereo The result is renewed greatness as if someone had restored a Stutz Bearcat to its original luster no point in reviewing a movie MUSIC: Don Henley plays Charlotte with other ex-Eagles to follow jtkfrr 1 Rating: Nothing objectionable Exrellnnt -Qood Falr -Poo No stars Unacceptable Showing at Delta The Movies Movies at the Lake SouthPark Tower Place Town Cinema Union Square DINING: Want real Greek food? Have it through The Grapevine MOVIE LISTINGS 3F Walt Disney Pictures CALENDAR LISTINGS 8-1 OF i whose plot is familiar to all 6-year-olds (At least 1 hope it is If not we need better-informed 6-year-ols) But since it Please see 3F Snow problem: The heroine and her new chums dance away memories of trouble in White and the Seven.

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