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6-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, April 27, 1996 'A Prairie Home Companion' on TV By ROBERT BARR NEW YORK (AP) — "A Prairie Home Companion" is coming to television, and Garrison Keillor hopes you won't be unnerved by what you see. ••"I hope the disappointment would be brief, brief but intense, and that would be the low point of;the show when they first look at me," he said. "It can only go up from there." JThis Saturday's edition of the r2dio show, a big hit in the small prpnd of public broadcasting ratings, will be taped for airing later that night on public television. Some American Public Ftadio affiliates will carry a delayed simulcast instead of having the show at its usual hour. iThe broadcast celebrates the grand reopening of the World Theater in St. Paul, Minn., which is the show's permanent home. ^Musicians Butch Thompson and Peter Ostroushko will be there, with the commercials for Powdermilk Biscuits and Bertha's Kitty Boutique, and the news of another quiet week in Lake Wobegon. Guests include Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble and JeanRedpath. Given the stern things Keillor has had to say about television, it's surprising to find him facing the cameras. "I could count on one finger the things that I've watched," he said. That included one quarter of the Super Bowl, which served an introduction to America for his new wife, a native of Denmark. "I have lost track of whatever grudge I used to hold against TV," he said. "To me, it's a clean slate." In a way, the show repays a debt to Suzanne Weil, senior vice president for programming at PBS. "She was the person who put me on stage for the first time in my life, doing a reading at the Walker Arts Center (in Minneapolis), I believe about 1971 or 2," Keillor said. "So, she'd been trying to talk me into this, and eventually it sounded exciting." The World Theater has 1,000 seats, 700 fewer than the Orpheum Theater where the show had been camped during restoration. Even in the Orpheum, there was a two-month wait for tickets. "So the TV show is a way, I suppose, for a lot of people to see the show — and a way for me to look at it," Keillor said. "I've never seen it, and I'm curious about it, as anybody would be." He doesn't plan any changes in the two-hour format just for the cameras. "I don't have a mind for visual things. I'm a writer. Writers' imaginations are entirely in their ears,"he said. So he saw nothing wrong, a couple of weeks ago, with putting a woodcarver on the show. "I thought people might be able to imagine him, and would enjoy whatever picture they have in their minds, more than seeing him,'' Keillor said. "Over the course of a couple of hours, he made a nice mess. The carving he came up with was nice, but I think it was better in your imagination." "A Prairie Home Companion" started in 1974 as a local show and didn't go national until 1980. It now reaches 3 million to 4 million listeners a week, making it the highest-rated program on public radio. Keillor is also at work on a sequel to "Lake Wobegon Days," now in its 34th week on the New York Times Best seller list. "I hope my second book will be mean-tempered and cruel," he said. "I don't like to get a reputation for being a mellow person. It means a lot of people call up and ask you for favors." He was on the cover of Time, and now on TV. Is that too much fame for a shy person? "Well, it's on PBS you know, it's not quite like being on CBS," he said. "There are whole vast areas of St. Paul where I could go and nobody would recognize me. I have never been recognized in a bowling alley, so I enjoy going into them. ( "I have never been recognized in the grocery store. So long as I go to supermarkets and not these deli boutiques, if I go to grocery stores that do not sell imported cheeses and French baguettes baked on the premises, I'm safe. And that's most people." Restoration nears completion Ironwork artists work on Old Galveston Square ^GALVESTON (AP)- It's u-n usual to think of biacksmithing as an art, but the two blacksmiths working on Old - Gaiveston Square, due to open ofi The Strand shortly after the May 31 completion date, are ar- ti§ts indeed. 3Mo horseshoes for them. Doug McLean is restoring iron, steel and brass gates and railings that will turn the new shopping mall into a veritable museum of ironwork and Joe Pehoski is creating flowers in metal as perfect in form as those God makes every day. ;J.R. McConnell, developer of OW Galveston Square, has acquired a fine collection of iron gates, arches and doors in vary- mg conditions, all requiring restoration. He has also envi- STo'hed beautiful decor for the 5CCJum of the building that has turned into something breathtaking at the hands of Pehoski. S'ince the gates vary in size, jambs are being built to order for each one. The gates will m'a'rk entrances to the mall and to;^.ease spaces within the mall. Affinal touch will be added with th^ironwork cage for the French elevator, dating to about 1875. A stationary floor decoration for trie' elevator, it is made in six panels. Each panel of the cage has 100 pajrts that had to be taken apart carefully to strip off the old paint and rust, then sanded, 'cleaned and treated and even more carefully reassembled. '!None of the pieces fit together easily." McLean said. Threads on the screws were all obsolete metric measures. Most had to be forced back into the desired pattern. Once reassembled the cage was carefully coated with a recipe from a California blacksmith, Samuel Zellen, known as the father of American bla'cksmithing. One of the gates was thought to be-all steel, but when it was cleaned, bronze decorations were found. This door has its own'jambs that match. Each bronze ornament had to be .'.sandblasted individually. Rust was removed with a needle scale, then a mechanical wire brush was used to remove the last vestiges of paint and rust. The surface was then coated with", a rust inhibitor that burns any~remaining rust away and prepares the surface for paint. It was" then wiped down with turpentine and a primer coat was added before the finish coat. The gates are painted black, deep green, browns or an antique oil finish. A clear lacquer is used over the bronze to inhibit oxidation. A 1910 French gate was found to have bronze rosettes and a copper plate for the door knob. The knob has taken a brilliant finish and almost glows. The door originally had beveled glass panes, but these will not be replaced. Another gate that has been painted green is made of hand- hammered steel and it, too, sports bronze rosettes. To McConnell's delight, this gate was found to bear the bronze letters "0,G,S", perfect for Old Galveston Square. A set of curved gates, dating to about 1890, has its own curved transom. Another gate, of wrought iron, is one large, single gate and dates to about 1910. Among the finest pieces are two arches of museum quality that date to the early 1800s. It takes a blacksmith to appreciate the hammered iron forge work done to lap decorative pieces over vital supports of the arch. When the ironwork is set in place, each piece will have an identifying metal plaque that will give information about its- history, making Old Galveston Square a veritable museum of ironwork. Even more beautiful will be the ironwork decorations of the atrium, being crafted by Pehoski. Balustrades, made by Pehoski, will line the sides of the atrium on all three floors, except on one side, where a garden of ironwork will serve as a balustrade. It consists of lilies, tulips and daffodils in an ironwork bed of long, graceful leaves with butterflies fluttering among them. Lilies are painted white; tulips a deep red; and daffodils a radiant yellow. Each leaf is carefully rubbed with a green patina developed in Italy 100 years ago, made with alcohol, shellac and raw pigments. Bronzing powder is then rubbed over the surface to add highlights. Before building the flowers, Pehoski took real flowers and dissected them, using each part as a blueprint for the flowers he would build from metal. All the pieces were then laid out in his shop in the pattern he intended for the railing and the colors were assigned. The floral group will be carefully bolted into place and will serve to counterbalance the French elevator that will be operated at the other end of the atrium. Pehoski's shop is in Salado where he lives with his wife, Linda, and his son, Justin, 13. McLean has lived in Galveston seven years, coming here from Syracuse, N. Y. He teaches at the Museum of Fine Arts on Houston and sculpts in iron, wood and mixed materials. He and Pehoski both worked onthe"Elissa." To meet their Old Galveston Square deadline, McLean has used a staff of three. Pehoski has three assistants, too. All have left their own shops to do the new ironwork for Old Galveston Square. Pehoski said the ironwork in the square will be an exhibition of the art of biacksmithing for the past 200 years, featuring English, Venetian, art nouveau and other styles. Specifications were that it be historically correct in the Victorian style; have eyecatching $.J 00 v«ith this ad ^Special o/the week... AUJAS (Mexican-Style Beef Ribs) OFF' with this ad *Charbroiled beef short ribs cooked (o your perfection. Served with guacamole salad, rice, refried beans, charbroiled onions and hot flour tortillas. , *Lunch $ 5.95 7 ^Dinner $ 8.95 ' •• Nowhere else in Baytown but. c4ntonlo ' PASTE THE DIFFERENCE" 4 CATERING 2110N. Prvttt Call about our home deliveries.' 427.f59S value; and have a contemporary feel as a work of art. He must also build the panels to fit into varying space, and they must be solid, structurally sound and must slide into spaces varying from 2V a feet wide to 3'a feet wide. The work must also meet all city codes. Pillars supporting the floors of the atrium levels will be built in metal-like vines, winding up to the skylight. In the square's entranceway a fountain with metal plant forms will be featured. The ironwork flora will match that in the balustrades above them. At age 37, Pehoski has 15 years of experience in museum restoration. He attended a biacksmithing school in New Mexico and 15 years later he is still learning — "the creative potential is great," he said. Billy Mumy to appear in 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' By DICK KLEINER NEA Correspondent DEAR DICK — I have a slight problem. I've been a longtime fan of Billy Mumy of "Lost in Space." I haven't seen him in anything lately. Is he still acting? — J.H., Kemah, Texas. Yes, Mumy is still acting. You'll soon see him in NBC's "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." DEAR DICK — Could you please tell me what happened to Lee Manning, the hostess of "Sale of the Century"? I missed a few shows and now they have a new girl. — F.M.J., East Detroit, Mich. Miss Manning, according to the show's spokesperson, "wanted to try other things and \vanted to spend time with her children." DEAR DICK — I was wondering if you could settle a bet between my friend and me. I say Lauren Tewes of "The Love Boat," Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sandy Duncan have glass eyes — E.S., Warsaw, Ind. Davis and Duncan do have artificial eyes but not Miss Tewes. DEAR DICK — Did Judith Light, who plays in "Who's the Boss?," play Karen on "General Hospital"? - J.I.K., St. Clair Shores, Mich. She played Karen on a soap opera, but it wasn't "General Hospital." She was Karen on "One Life to Live" for five years. Dear Dick — I believe that Elmo Lincoln was the first Tarzan. But my friend says I'm wrong. Who's wright? — P.R., Saginaw, Mich. You are. Lincoln played the role in the very first Tarzan movie filmed, "Tarzan of the Apes," in 1918. Enid Markey, by the way, was the first Jane. G/ves Vou The Night •FREE Happy Hour Buffet with Happy Hour Prices 4:30-8, M-F • Join us for our Super Seafood Sunday • Thursday May 1st Dash for Cash A chance to pick up '1000 4537 GARTH RD. • WILLOW CREEK SHOPPING CENTER, BAYTOWN, TEXAS 77521 • 713 / 428-2876 BRIGHTEST STARS Movies' top ticket-sellers f^*^C- ; < -. % ' a o a OJ 1984 1. Eddie Murphy 2. Bill Murray 3. Clint Eastwood 4. Harrison Ford 1. Sally Field 2. G oldie Hawn 3. Kathleen Turner 4. Meryl Streep Source: Boxoffice 1985 1. Sylvester Stallone 2. Eddie Murphy 3. Harrison Ford 4. Michael Douglas 1. Meryl Streep 2. Kathleen Turner 3. Sally Field 4. Glenn Close N€A/Whltn«y Vosburgh o p. .o jpiDTO) 000:0 MOVIEGOERS ARE fickle — but some stars to manage to stay near the top for two years running. Joe Barbera dreams of Bible cartoons By JERRY BUCK LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Barbera's dream — to bring the Bible's greatest stories to life through animation — began back in the third grade at Holy Innocence School in Brooklyn. Later, after he co-founded Hanna-Barbera Productions, he spent another 17 years trying to sell the television networks on the idea of a series of animated Bible stories. The networks kept saying no. "I think they felt, and rightly so," he said, "that any biblical subject would involve a difference of opinion. They just didn't want to get into anything that controversial." The advent of home video finally solved Barbera's problem. Hanna-Barbera recently issued the first six cassettes of "The Greatest Adventure Stories From the Bible." Another 20 video cassettes are in development. Hanna-Barbera is, of course, better known for such cartoon shows as "Yogi Bear," "The Flintstones," "The Jelsons." "Scooby-Doo" and "The Smurfs." Barbera recently took the cassettes to a convention of Catholic educators in Anaheim, where the programs were well received. "It was at Holy Innocence that I found out 1 could draw. I reproduced the famous picture of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. I did it in chalk on the blackboard. Later, I read about Michelangelo lying on his back painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and getting full of plaster dust. With me, it was chalk dust. When my mother found out I was spending all my time doing biblical scenes and neglecting my other studies, she yanked me out and put me in public school." The first six biblical stories are "Moses: Let My People Go." "David and Goliath." "Joshua and the Battle of Jericho." "Noah and the Ark." "Samson and Delilah" and "Daniel and the Lion's Den." Each cassette runs 30 minutes and sells for S19.S5. Such performers as Ed Asner, Lome Greene. Gavin MacLeod. James Earl Jones. Herschel Bernardi, Robby Benson and Mariette Hartley are heard on the tapes. l/Veo/e PLANTATION II ) I" An Aulhi'Mlir Cnjun ({csluuraiu uml OvMer Ilur \^*-S • (>H(i! Huyway Dr. « Opi-n T I ),iv s • 424- !«-t.'i COURSE MEAL ^' a <-ygc I. Seafood Gumbo or Sdod ** M PER 2. Bailed Crnwfith or Shrimp Cocktail • FEtSOM 3. ENTREES: T»uf ctwk«.f I: I. S«MM4 Oyifw</Kc«, *• *-*lni;n. O.I JIL. c. Skrirn^ (tMffM/Wc«, d. FrM WlwU CMfMl/F.F., IxtrMI "-ITTJI W~il r I 4. Fre«N Homemade D«is«rt« BU.U. •firrent" Family Dminy A\ Jr's Resi WEEKEND FAVORITES Veal Marsala S 7.95 Shrimp Scampi S 7.95 Jnirocluciny Sunday Lunch, 1 1-2 p.m. rSuM.-J-n 5 12 V Pruc'H H. ;••...-,.•• | . , . , ' 428-2283 ^ •-.•,• , . --.., : / / ^ SPRING BAZAAR Sponsored by St. JoMph's CalfaoMc Owrdi Sunday, April 27, 1986 11 a.m.-6 p.m. of Cdumbvs Grounds 2600 W. Main BBQ DINNER Adult Plate »5.00 Under 12 $ 3.00

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