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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 7

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/ fl Feather on Frisco State's Hayakawa Digs Duke, Miles, Monk THEATER CLOCK By Leonard Feather :£> Th(! Los AngelM Times LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - At 3 p.m. on a recent afternoon, my v phone rang. A familiar voice identified itself and added the news: "Well, I'm president. The vot<> was 16 to 2,'J I congratulated him, then S. I. Hayakawa and I went on to discuss matters of longer-standing mutual concern, such as Duke Ellington's latest record, the future of the night club scene, and the impact of rock on jazz. The image of Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa casts a flexible shadow that changes shape according to where you stand. ' Opinion Polarized His role at San Francisco State College has polarized opinion: He is either that strong-willed tarn o' shantered law-restorer who dared to stand up to the militants, or he is the conservatives' puppet, enemy of campus freedom, incarnation of all that is awry with the establishment. Like the doctor himself, my own views of him have never (Saturday's ttartiity times at provided by theater marii(eri.) HIVE* HILLS: Ben-Hur-2, 8. PLAZA: The Love «ti»-2, 4, 6, ' 10. Sweet Charily—2, 8. All the World'* a Stage- Holly wood Sets in Discard By drartes ChampHn $ Th* Lot AnoclM Tlmti HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. - A visitor would have been hard shooting on all c teltslsr S. I. Hayakawa Propagandist for Jazz Perhaps, there - were eight $&KE?-?% 2l 4/ 6 ' *' 10 movies which could call HollyCAWtt: Oliver—2, 8. . ^ HOLIDAY: Helronymus Merkin—7:30, Wood their principal Base Of 9:30. RIVIERA: Those Darin? Young Men 2:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30. VARSITY: Mackenn»'$ Gold—2, 4:30, 7, *20. WEST-VUE DRWE-IN: Cartoon»-8 : «. Chilly Chitty Bang Bang—9. Hook, Line and Sinker—11:40. S.'E. 14TH ST. DRIVE-IN: 2001: A -.Space Odyssey—45:45 (repeat one hour—1:25 a.m.). Charro—11:50. PLANTATION DRIVE-IN: True Grit— 9:10 1:15 am. Guns of the Magnif-; feature f nms Icent Seven—11:30. production but half of these wore out of town on locations. There is televMM activity bat as * moviemaking Wwn Hollywood Is goiag through almost unprecedented paralytic calm, conlfamlng in la* evitable long-term trend. An industry which made 600 a year in its CAPITOL DRIVE-IN:'iWackenna's Gold- P rime can ' 1 sav "ho-hum" 9:10, 1:15 a.m. How Sweet it is— when the cameras are turning 11:30. on just four pictures — and in TOWN DRIVE-IN: Cartoons—9. Chilly and'Ou? S - 9 12 8 mKn?° ^ M "*''H"""""""""""'""!".!.!.!!.!... WAKONDA: The April' Fools—1:45, EASTGAT 5 E 4 CIN 7 EM 5 A 9 lit 5 Thc April Fools! 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 —1:45,3:45,5:45,7:45,9:45. i . . ,.'. '.". EASTGATE CINEMA I: Romeo and Juliet! a w eek in which there are at vious philosophy of "sure-fire" box office potential in lieu of artistic achievement has bombed badly. Universal's pictures reportedly averaged less than $1 million at domestic box offices last year and the product does not look markedly better this year. Warner Bros, has again been in suspended animation, awaiting takeover by Kinney Inter- clusively or largely on sound stages Is a thing of the past. The most Interesting filmmakers — not to mention, their audiences — demand the dimensions, the textures, the aura, the reality which only locations can give. Costs have unquestionably invigorated the trend away from national and studio chief- installation of a and production Octane Ratings WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Friday called prevalent gasoline retailing practices "unfair and deceptive" and proposed that octane ratings be "clearly and conspicuously" posted on all gas pumps. Many motorists, the commis- Hollywood-based production. | slon said, are buying higher- Both the very cheap picture! Pr iced 8«s than their cars need _ 2 7 9 - 30 ' been either black or white. To me he was neither a "yellow Uncle Tom" nor a savior of college civilization. My knowledge of Hayakawa in semantics took second place to a long-standing awareness of his role as a propagandist for jazz. Earlier during the day of that telephone call from S. I. to me, the board of trustees of the California state colleges met at their Los Angeles headquarters. Himself the main item on the agenda, Hayakawa flew down for the day. With the fateful meeting due to start any hour, he whisked me to a relatively quiet corner of the big, noisy press room, disposed of a photographer who wanted to take his picture with Gov. Ronald Reagan, then sat talking for a solid hour about jazz and other topics. Big Pop Songs "My original interest was frivolous. In the 1920s I heard the first wave of white jazz bands and big pop songs. My interest lay dormant while I went through the tedious job of getting my Ph.D. in English and establishing myself as a lexicographer and scholar. "Then In the 1940s, while I was a professor of English at the Illinois Institute of technology, I found myself right in the middle of the Negro district. "Finding the community and its music tremendously interesting, I began calling on the great piano pioneers — Jimmy Yancey, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes —and wrote essays on them." (At this time Hayakawa had a weekly column in the Chicago Defender, one of the most influential black newspapers.) "Building a record collection, reviewing records and finding out about these artists at first-hand, I was really soaked up in it. I became terribly conscious that jazz was the Cinderella of the arts. "It was a uniquely American Negro product, essentially an urbanization of folk'music. Its high seriousness in our culture was obscured, yet its influence was international. "In many foreign countries, and of course in the U.S., there was a parallel between the population shift, from rural to urban, and the increased sophistication of the music." At one point during the 1950s, Chicago's WFMT carried a weekly one-hour program, "Hayakawa's Jazs Seminar." "I lectured on the history and sociology of jazz, illustrating my' points with records," Hayakawa recalled. "In those days, too, I traveled with Bob Scobey's Frisco jazz band and other groups, lecturing on jazz history. I even gave lectures with Memphis Slim and his boogie woogie band." Long a friend and admirer of Duka Ellington, he presented Duke with a, fine arts degree at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in 1966 ("this was before Yale conferred a similar degree on him"). During a lull in the college problems last spring Hayakawa was found rejoicing in the Ellington sounds at a San Francisco club called Bimbo's, "I am interested also in the progjgrivti jaa forms. I've lit- tened to a lot of Miles Davis, John Coltranc, Thelonious Monk — well, of course, he's an old timer by now, a founding father — and J. J. Johnson. "I'm particularly intrigued by the experiments of John Handy, the alto saxophonist and composer who, I'm proud to say, was a S. F. State student." On today's pop scene, he says: "The rock culture developed out of Negro culture, but most of what I've heard turns me off. "However, years ago I wrote an article on 'Popular Songs and the Facts of Life.' I'd like to rewrite it, applying my research to the double entendres of acid rock." if Jazz courses for credit are being given regularly at S. F. State. Hayakawa believes that the arts in general, and jazz in particular, can play a vital role in breaking down barriers of understanding. 3,000 at Concert "During the whole period when I was acting president, one of the greatest things that happened was the concert for which 3,000 students came out to listen to Duke Ellington. It was a moment of peace and unity. • "I want to go on doing this kind of thing — with jazz, with dance, with classical music. I want (o have our San Francisco State College Symphony play more often. "We must rally round the arts. They constitute one of the most profoundly unifying influences in society today." Whatever one's political stance in the matter of President S. I. Hayakawa, there is reassurance in the knowledge ;hat under that tarn o' shanter lies a mind in which is stored a sensitive and authoritative understanding of jazz. In the words of one fence-sit- t i n g observer who learned recently of Hayakawa's jazz credentials: "Anyone who digs Miles and Monk and Mahalia — I figure, a cat like that can't be all bad." Name Iowa Native To Head Air Force WASHINGTON, D.C. (-AP) — The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed the appointment of Gen. John D. Ryan, a Cherokee, la., native, as Air Force- chief of staff. General Ryan is a former commander of the Strategic Air Command headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb. PIONEER DRIVE-IN: The April Fools— 9, 12:45 a.m. The Stalking Moon— 10:50. DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE: The Sleeping Beauty (Junior Theater)—10:30 a.m., 2:30. Imported Chips Are Fire Risk WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that some wood fiber chips imported from Formosa for making corsages are dangerously flammable and suggested treating them with "a fire retardant." The commission described the vari-colored chips as about three inches square, almost paper thin and made from a bamboo-type tree. They are sold in hobby shops and stores dealing in artificial flowers and are commonly used in making Hawaiian-type leis and floral corsages. The FTC said its investigators had found the chips being sold in the Akron, Ohio, area, but they have been sold in other areas as well. least eight "Hollywood" pictures shooting elsewhere in the United States and nearly three doxen shooting abroad. Among some extenuating circumstances in the calm is the great Universal mystery. Universal has a neavy and successful TV production schedule. But although the studio is known to have a stockpile of j movie productions ready, noth- boss. Twentieth Century-Fox — beads of perspiration showing on its corporate forehead — is waiting to get some revenues from its vast investments in "Hello, Dolly!," "Patton" and Tora! Tora! Tora!" which collectively represent an outlay of about $50 million. TV Pickup Under its new management team in New York and at the studio, M.G.M. has begun realigning its staff. Its television* and the very expensive picture are now prohibitively expensive to make In Hollywood (the cheap picture because imposed costs as opposed to real costs become proportionately so large a part of the total budget). These days all the world's aj movie stage and sooner or later | all the studio tours will dis-J close is the sight of caravans—: being loaded /or journeys to exotic places. DIAL-A-TANK ' ROME, ITALY .REUTERS) I — Rome motorists who run out j of gas at night can now phone 1 a dial-a-tank service. The scrv i ice resulted from objections to a recent law closing all line stations at 7 p.m. while others are paying for so- called "regular" gas that damages their engines. "In certain instances," the FTC said, "gasolines are being j marketed by the descriptive j grade name of 'regular' which! are in fact of a lower octane : rating than the average accept* able range of 'regular' brands normally marketed." 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