Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on July 8, 1987 · Page 10
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Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California · Page 10

Santa Cruz, California
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Wednesday, July 8, 1987
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E ITDlt D-ttai 5 DTI DTTD DTl1tT W A-10 Santa Cruz Sentinel Wednesday, July 8, 1987 QSEffitEEB FINAL NIGHT nsscsniiiiii Falcone: the Stradivarius of pianos .14. 6C1 "Cloak"! jm DON JOHNSON 30 L 1 f Si Alice's Restaurant 9.30 Thur., Fri., Sat. ATtMMS, CA.' CINEMA 427-1711 EE VIM Wl ANOOUlftAGt Hum PRICK UP YOUR EARS 8,1S -MSO Crda lulu. . TURTLE DIARY 6,30 4 10,15 mil ENDS WEDNESDAY THE I RINGE DYvTXI.KRS : NIGHTLY 7.15 & 9:05 (Pli) Jmammm,mm rr M ft I . JLT 1 xrSg fj- 't&ii&A W Mf3'i.: ., .. JR. ," I A GEM . IRRESISTIBLE Neweek 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD 40"'" flirt- MAN FACING SOUTHEAST u la ' iV'rv. i ir;j van: ,(,( , , I .. r, HOLL YWOOD SHUFFLF. FINAL NIGHT 7:05 & 8:40 HOt NIW WWWIL 'OOAl SOUNDS! 10 10 hwraNvrw5 final night sraNIimODEON-w mmmmm i PLUS- "Kathleen Turner is a Marvel" Newsweek STARTS TOMORROW! "One hell of a trip." -Bruce Williamson, PLAYBOY By KAREN McGRATH The Associated Press HAVERHILL, Mass. - The Falcone Piano Co. is in the land of passionate purchases, where Rolls-Royce dealerships flourish and boutiques selling sable enrich the terrain. The purchase of a Falcone (pronounced Fal-cone-eee) piano is like the purchase of an exquisite gem it's a non-compromising, once-in-a-lifetime gesture. At the Falcone factory in Haverhill, one can see the fine craftsmanship and artistry of the instrument: the white spruce of the piano's soundboard, or the Brazilian rosewood of its outer shell. "I wanted a piano that could whisper with no effort, but create a phenomenal amount of power without distorting the instrument. I built it," says Santi Falcone, the 42-year-old Sicilian who emigrated to Massachusetts with his family when he was 14. Falcone learned to tune pianos while a student at the Santi Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He eventually was hired by The Boston Conservatory of Music to maintain its pianos. He was one of the few piano tuners in Vietnam during his Army tour of duty in the early 1970s. "These generals would send their helicopters to pick me up so I could tune their pianos," he says. With $13,000 in savings from military pay, Falcone returned to the United States in 1971 and opened a small retail store, the New England Piano & Organ Co. In five years, he built the enterprise into seven retail outlets with revenues of more than $2 million. Still, Falcone felt he wasn't doing what he wanted. "You can't reinvent the wheel, so I knew I couldn't reinvent the piano," he says. "I just wanted to improve it." He spent $400,000 in four years to study the manufacturing and construction of his dream piano. He learned the best locations to buy the essentials, the wood, the ivory, the Falcone says one of the secrets of his pianos' tone is the sounding board. Each is made of white spruce or Sitka spruce, woods whose fibers are soft and contract and expand easily, allowing the sound from the piano's strings to virtually flow through. He doesn't consider Steinway & Sons or the Baldwin Piano and Organ Co. to be competitors. Both companies market their pianos on a mass level, while Falcone makes only 120 pianos a year. He can sell his for less money, because transactions for a Falcone piano are conducted directly between manufacturer and buyer. Still, his pianos are expensive. A 6-foot-1 piano sells for $19,900. The 7-foot-4 model goes for $25,700, while the 9-foot concert grand sells for $37,600. "Musical instruments are works of art, and my piano is no exception," says Carolyn Refsnes Kniazzeh, an artist who has a Falcone in her living room. Kniazzeh remembers seeing her first Falcone at a concert. It looked and sounded "ravishingly beautiful." She very quickly decided that she wanted one. Leif Bakland, a dentist, took out a second mortgage on his home to finance his $23,750 Falcone, which has yet to be delivered. "I shopped around and looked at a lot of different pianos. None impressed me as much as the Falcone. None had the uniformity, the brightness and clean sound of the Falcone," he said. Falcone has had offers from companies to market his pianos on a wider range, but he has refused. Each piano takes at least 600 man hours to build. The perfection and intricacy of each instrument would decline on a larger level, he believes, and he's unwilling to make that compromise. There's a six-month waiting list for orders. Falcone eventually plans to increase the work force at the Haverhill factory to 150 workers and build 1,000 pianos a year. msv - i iimnmiy LJoyf lavzied Showtime Room 7:00, 10:40 Peggy Sue 8:33 st iu:i: i AP Laserplioio At 8:45 & 12:00 EDDIE MURPHY Santi Falcone makes the Rolls-Royce of pianos. BIEVBHIXJHILLS THE HEATS BACK ON! At 10:30 PRIVATE INVESTIGATION castings, parts for the keyboard action. Finally, in 1982, he built a piano he says can't be duplicated the Falcone grand. "There are trade secrets, I have mine," he says. "My process of putting a piano together is unique." About 60 people, including woodworkers, ironworkers, tuners and painters, are employed at Falcone's factory in Haverhill, about 30 miles north of Boston. The piano literally begins at the ground level in the six-story factory. Level one is where the woodworkers bend and shape the outer shell of the curved grand structure. Plates are drilled on level two. Ribs underneath the sounding board are added on level three. By the time the piano is on level six, its strings are being manipulated by a tuner. st kk.i; II -At 8,45 & 12:00 In & CdallwlfcUllUiJMUil ;wsoo Cool is the rule for Kool and the Gang STARTS TOMORROW! "PURE DELIGHT...A SCATHING PORTRAIT OF ARISTOCRACY. RELIGION AND MORALS. THE FILM HAS JOINED WARMTH AND SATIRE IN AN ALMOST SEAMLESS EMBRACE." MICHAEL WILMINGTON, LOS ANOKLII TIME! " WISE AND WITTY.. ." -WILLIAM WOLF. OANNETT NKWI SERVICE ii i m ) epiiip H'JilM-illH m At 10:30 H I THURSDAY f luu I . R V LL "ATI J - IHIIIIF FREY J N MTttH OUR FATHER) 1 1 jmaj i inr f MEL BROOKS "SPACEBALLS" ipgi DAILY IMS. 3:15. 6:15. 7:16. S:15 sonny NO PASS ENGAGEMENT NO FAMILY DAY NO BARGAIN MATINEE By LARRY McSHANE The Associated Press NEW YORK - The new Kool & the Gang album is a hit. They have another single, "Stone Love," topping the charts their second from this record. And they're starting a sold-out national tour. So what else is new? Success has become the rule rather than the exception for the band, which has recorded more hit singles (16) during the 1980s than Michael Jackson, Prince, The Police or any other act. But the band feels a change coming on a change their next record should reflect. "We just feel a yearning to do something exciting," said bassist Robert "Kool" Bell. "Maybe a little funkier it's hard to say right now. But it will definitely be a change. "We're constantly being challenged as to what direction we want to go. So I think our next album will be a big surprise to a lot of people to ourselves, actually." Don't expect a radical change from the Gang, though. They learned the hard way in the late 1970s that change won't pay the bills. "We had a period in the mid-'70s when we had hits like 'Hollywood Swingin' and 'Jungle Boogie,' and all that was fine," Bell recalled. "And then our next album took a different direc tion, and people said, 'Wow, they sure did make a radical change.'" That led into a decline of several years when the band, which formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs of Jersey City, N.J., suffered some hard times a stretch which ended in 1979 when lead singer James "JT" Taylor joined the band. "It was like he'd been there all the time," said guitarist Charles Smith. "It was part of our destiny at the time that another element would come into play. It wasn't the time until then," Bell said. If it was fate which brought Taylor into the band, it was Taylor who brought the band back to the charts. Their first album featuring JT and his smooth vocals now the focus of the band's sound produced the hits "Too Hot" and "Ladies' Night." The comeback was capped the next year by "Celebration," the mega-hit single and album, and followed in succession by a string of hits: "Get Down on It,""Steppin' Out,""Let's Go Dancin',""Big Fun,""Fresh,""Cherish" and "Joanna," among others. "What we try to do is come up with a great song first. I think a good song will sell good black, white and all the markets," said Bell. "I think that's important, to write a good song first." "Seventy-five percent of the music you hear on the radio is what you call tunes," agreed Smith. "Twenty-five percent are songs." "And songs will last forever," said Bell, warming to the discussion. '"That's What Friends Are For' that's a song. 'Cherish' that's a song," continued Smith, putting in a plug for the band. '"Climbing Jacob's Ladder' that's a song. It has a story, a good message, it's believable." The band knows how to write songs, as its records show. But their ability to crack the pop market and crossover in categories from rhythm and blues to adult contemporary has also resulted in charges of selling out and a refusal to vary from a proven formula. "Should we quote Bryant Gumbel?" asks horn player Dennis Thomas, drawing laughs from Smith and Bell. '"Perfectly polite pop.'" "As you get older, and your responsibilities get greater, you have to look at the business of the business," Bell said. "You do become somewhat formulated and follow a certain pattern." Expect the formula to vary a bit as the band of the '80s heads into the '90s. "We enjoy such a variety of music that our whole musical concept is based on variety jazz, Latin, rock and whatever else we can fit into the music," Thomas said. "We can play some country and Western if somebody is going to listen to it." BUT T1t SCHWARTZ W1LBE WITH YOUI CROCODILE DUNDEE" I I POtflVSTCHgOl (PG) Daily 3:46, 7:60 Co-Hit "STAR TREK IV" I OOLBYSTEBEOl (PG) Daily 1:40. 6:40. 9:36 NICKELODEON Lincoln A Cadoi BEST PICTURE 1986 OSCAR WINNER I I POLHYSTEREO Sun. - Thurs. 2:40, 6:50 Co-Hit m..-1 rfp"?f!f7r. MWHP'iwyfj "LETHAL WEAPON" fl 12:45. 4:50, 9:OOl H WALT DISNEY'S (G) American Heart 'Association E ' BENJI-THE HUNTED" Daily 1 :00, 3 :00, 5 :00, 7 :00, 9 :00 - ..itAOD n NO PAS 8 ENGAGEMENT PASTA U0WS WERE FIGHTING FOR VOURLIFE E '.'.IVIWIJd NBC-TV extends ratings win streak THI PLACE WITH THE WAIN ABOUND THE CIltINO tMMIIIIMIII)HnrT SCREEN a JSCREENX I SI 324 IIU, FRONT ST, Tonight ISHTAR 6,30 & 10:25 PtOJECT X 8,30 Tonight ARIZONA 6,30 & 10,15 HOOSIERS 8,15 1 436-9409 cvsttn HOfTMJW i Warren deatty DINNER RISING ARIZONA Co -Hit HOOSIERS co-Hr PROJECT X share, the "CBS Evening News" had a 9.5 and 22 and ABC's "World News Tonight" had a 9.1 and 20. The rating is a percentage of the nation's estimated 87.4 million households with television. The share is a percentage of the audience tuned in during a particular time period. The week of the Fourth of July is traditionally one of the lowest viewing weeks of the year for the networks. This year, the networks' total average rating was 30.8, compared to 47.7 for the regular season that ended in April. CBS' news rating was higher than its prime-time NEW YORK (AP) - CBS regained second place in the news ratings last week, but its prime-time schedule dropped to third for only the fourth time this season. NBC continued two winnings streaks 23 weeks in a row in prime time, 12 weeks in a row for "NBC Nightly News." All three of the network newscasts have been close together in the Nielsen ratings, but the "CBS Evening News" had spent an unprecedented five weeks in a row in third. According to ratings from the A.C. Nielsen Co., "NBC Nightly News" had an average rating of 9.7 and a 22 UNITED flRTI&TE , MATINEES DAILY AT ALL THEATRES r 6 TIL 9 PM TXJW77.T1 3 lit, A CAPITOLA RD 476-B84I 1?4 PACIFIC. SANTA CRUZ 475 0616 MARTIN SHEEN 'THE BELIEVERS" ir DAILY: 1:00-3:15-5:30-7:60-10:05 KEVIN COSTNER-SEAN CONNERY AND ROBERT DENIRO AS AL CAPONE "THE UNTOUCHABLES" (R) DAILY: 12:15-2:45-6:15-7:45-10:15 TUESDAY NIGHT . Vz DOZEN $395 OYSTERS O) WITH GARLIC BREAD, BBQ'D ON THE HALF SHELL Tmm National holiday takes DENNIS QUAID-MARTIN SHORT "INNERSPACE" ipg) DAILY: 1 2 :30-2 :50-6: 1 0-7:40-1 0:00 IN DOLBY STffffO STEVE MARTIN-OARYL HANNAH "ROXANNE" (pg) DAILY: 12:20-2:30-6:00-7:15-9:40 out of box office $ WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOMEMADE CHICKEN RAVIOLI MATS ONLY: "THE CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE" (G) DAILY: 1 :10-3:10 EVES ONLY: "RIVER'S EDGE" (R) DAILY: 5:20-7:20-9:30 ELISABETH SHUE "ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING" (PG 13) DAILY: 12:45-3:00-5:20-7:30-9:50 E95 795 8 Ox. SH?ID WITH CHOICE OMSK, MCATSAUCtO BOTH, INCLUDES 6AHLIC BBEM MUD. NEW YORK STEAK BAKED POTATOl A GARLIC BREAD RANCHO OEL MAR CENT! R M&-6M1 ' MICHAEL J. FOX "THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS" (PG 131 DAILY: 1:00-3:16-6:30-8:00-10:30 DAN AYKROYD-TOM HANKS "DRAGNET" ipg ,3. DAILY: 1:40-3:50-6:00-8:15-10:30 THURSDAY NIGHT 155 SO IIVEt. SANTA CRUZ 436-1383 95 36 EDDIE MURPHY "BEVERLY HILLS COP II" (ri DAILY: 1:00-3:05-5:10-7:30-9:45 gross to $23.5 million. Finishing second again was Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs," a spoof of the popular "Star Wars" movies. "Spaceballs" took in $4.8 million for total earnings of $18.4 million in two weeks. A new offering, "Innerspace," a science fiction-comedy-adventure about an Air Force test pilot's miniaturized journey inside a supermarket clerk's body, jumped into third place with $4.7 million in ticket sales. "Beverly Hills Cop II," now in its seventh week, held fourth place with $4.5 million in ticket sales for a total gross of $126.2 million. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER "PREDATOR" (R) DAILY: 1:00-3:15-6:30-8:00-10:30 HOLLYWOOD (AP) - The rockets' red glare of Independence Day took some sizzle out of the summer box office, with such favorites as No. 1 "Dragnet" and third-place "Witches of Eastwick" each dropping by a third. The film industry has been looking toward a record summer as the hits poured out and business surged beyond $100 million a week, and it is unlikely that the holiday dip in ticket sales will stop the trend. "Dragnet," the rowdy comedy starring Dan Aykroyd as the nephew of Sgt. Joe Friday, earned $7 million in its second week, bringing its total PHAWniS SERVED WITH 4 DIFFERENT SAUCES MO SOOUfl AVE.. SANTA CRUZ 423.3000 JOHN LITHGOW "HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS" ipgi DAILY: 12:30-2:45-6:00-7:30-10:00 JACK NICHOLSON-CHER "THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK" IRI DAILY: 1:46-4:30-7:15-10:00 in DOLtr srwio OPEN FOR BREAKFAST SAT & SUN 44 FRONT STREET SANTA CRUZ 426-1944 jOrwJbloclunW

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