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i AT THE ARTS FESTIVAL SCORPIO SURPRISES BRIGHTEN 35th YEAR W " vw - ' W 7 ait,: a 1 . 7 ' - A ! , - i - V ' , '" X HH1H ' Saturday, June 4, 1994 C-12 DOSSIER "WWW I- Delia J. Crews Name: Delia J. Crews Occupation: News anchor of WPXI's "Starting Today" (5 to 7 a.m.) and the noon news. Born: July 13 in my mother's home town of Florence, S.C. Accomplishment you're proudest of: My two children and giving birth to Pittsburgh's first early morning half-hour newscast. First job: Bank teller. Secret vice: Soap operas and clothes! What three words describe you best: Positive, hard working and somewhat moody (I can't be "up" all the time). Dream vacation: Relaxing on a tropical island with luscious palm trees, white sand, clear turquoise blue ocean and sky where I can totally forget bad news. What you'd like to get around to doing one of these days: Visit Africa to trace my family roots. Things you can do without: People who give less than 100 percent while taking life for granted. Persons you'd most like to have dinner with: Carole Simpson and Thalia Assuras, my idols at ABC News. Who would play you in the movies: My daughter! She knows what I'm like and can mimic me to a "T." TV show you try not to miss: "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Three things that can always be found In your refrigerator: Water, milk and Gatorade. People may be surprised to know: I catch catnaps during commercial breaks. Just kidding although I'd like to since I get up at 1:30 a.m.! Compiled by Robert Bianco, Jim McMahon, Donald Miller, Leslie Rubinkowski, Barbara Vancheri and combined wire services. INSIDE No excitement in family film "The Princess and The Goblin," a ;new family film, stretches a fairy tale into a movie. Spe Page C-7. By Donald Miller Post-Gazette Art and Architecture Critic The Three Rivers Arts Festival offers some surprises in its 35th year. Most of its regular features are still on hand, but there is a different sensibility. That difference is the result of better jurying, more interesting invited shows, less emphasis on Sculpture at The Point and a firmer grasp of what should interest the public. The quality of the individual visual arts is high even though there are few show stoppers. Most provocative is fiThe Temple of Confessions" by Mexican-bom installation and performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena in the Wood Street Galleries. Here the visitor is encouraged to confess his problems of an intercultural nature in order to be liberated from them to two living Aztec-like priests (Gomez-Pena and an assistant). Realistic ethnographic paintings on black velvet decorate the walls. Veiled and penitent female disciples mortify themselves by crawling about and freezing in poses. It is the first art performance I have attended in which my shod feet were lightly rubbed. But if by this installation we could be cleansed of negative ethnic stereotypes, we would all be better and more beautiful. As for the work itself, it is somewhat ambiguous and, like any strange environment, hard to grasp at first You may but don't have to get down on your knees to confess. If you leave vowing privately to be better and more understanding, you will have felt the point of it all. MUSEUM FETES FRED ROGERS Fred Rogers, a man who regularly dispenses advice, patience and kindness on his television Krogram, will be on the receiving end tonight when e gets the first Outstanding Friend of Children Award from the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. It honors an individual whose work has had a powerful influence on the lives of children. "No recipient could lend more radiance to the Children's Museum than Fred Rogers," says Maggie Forbes, executive director of the museum. "He speaks simply and eloquently to millions of children. Anyone who listens picks up a powerful message to us all: Individually and collectively, we must cherish our children." The award will be given as part of today's 7 p.m. benefit for the Alyce Link Christin Memorial Fund supporting the museum's educational programming. Also on tap are performances by a vaudevillian duo called Pete & Pop, the Children's Festival Chorus, Flow Band, Spoon Man Krews, and Stephen and Other Dummies. Rich Rossi, pastor of First Love Church in Cranberry, will fly to Chicago Wednesday to tape Jerry Springer's talk show. Somewhere between 500 and 600 people showed up Thursday at Graffiti in Oakland for the maverick minister's blend of rock music and spiritual healing. (Also on the bill were the Earthworms, progressive folk rockers.) Rossi is expected to discuss and demonstrate faith healing, exorcism and ESP on Springer's show, which airs here weeknights at 1:35 a.m. on WTAE. Town crier Emily Bell of the Post-Gazette will be featured during WPXI's morning newscast today. The segment originally was taped for NBC's "Weekend Today," which is not shown in Pittsburgh. Dr. Jeanne Hanchett of the Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill will receive the Miracle Doctor of the Year Award during the 1 lth annual Childrens' Miracle Network Telethon, to air from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow on WTAE. Hanchett will be recognized for her work in the treatment of children suffering from Prader-Willi STAR WATCH CLOSE SILENT The sun is fast setting on Glenn Close's West Coast performances in "Sunset Boulevard." Close isn't set to leave until June 26, but laryngitis has kept her from seven shows this week and her prognosis is uncertain . . . Oscar-winning cowboy actor (for supporting actor in "The Last Picture Show") Ben Johnson has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "I don't know why in the hell you all waited so long to give me the star," the 74-year-old Johnson said Thursday. "You waited till I got so old I couldn't hardly enjoy Lorrie Morgan gave her bus driver husband Brad Thompson $65,000 and a pickup as part of their divorce settlement. The country singer and Johnson, both 35, married in 1991 while he drove a bus for country singer Clint Black. . . . A man accused of shooting to death the road manager of the rhythm and blues group Boyz II ri iA m " John HellerPost-Gazette Ceramic sculptor Joseph Mannino's mouth of Buddha bench in USX plaza offers rest to Maurice Ran-some of Homewood. Artist Christopher Janney, whose "Soundstair" began its touring life in the 1979 festival, is back with "Sonic Forest" 24 8 foot high aluminum columns emitting harmonic sound and birdsong on PPG Place. The piece suggests not only actual nature but also a new techno-natureforthe urban environment. Janney's work shows considerable growth over 15 years ago. Another invited show a large display of works by The Sculpture Guild of New York, taking up the PPG Wintergarden is more conservative in the modern mode and an oasis for those who may find Gomez-Pena too intense. TUNED IN TO TV ON 'SUNSET' Glenn Close Return to show uncertain Men was convicted of second-degree murder. Christopher Babbington, 22, also was convicted of aggravated battery for wounding the manager's assistant. Charges against two other men were dismissed Tuesday because of a lack of evidence. 'r " ;:; i- .... V , x" ' Thematically, the show is allied to Ursula von Rydingsvard's large wooden sculptural rollers, as in the rolling mill sense, whose minimal sensibility may recall the sequential placements of sculptor Carl Andre. See it while looking toward the Portal Bridge for greatest impact. "Visual Traditions" in the Bell Atlantic Building is a collaboration between the festival and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' minority arts program. The assembly room is hung with mostly two-dimensional art in a variety of styles and proficiencies. Among the finds is self-taught artist Maria I. Hess, W 7 I.' Vwr" Vj iWmf n "-mi"- jmrt'' : L: M 1 L. i The Children's Museum will honor Fred Rogers. Syndrome, a rare congenital abnormality that results in obesity, behavioral problems and in some cases, mental retardation. John Wilson, CEO of the institute, will be on hand along with parents of children treated at the facility. This is the ninth year the institute has taken part in the Utah-based telethon, which has raised more than $650 million since 1983 for 160 hospitals that . care for children all over the country. WTAE's Sally Wiggin will host the local portion of the telethon. Among celebrities taking part in the national portion: Bob Hope, Bo Jackson, Marie Osmond, John Schneider, Merlin Olsen and Rich Little. Last year, the telethon raised $348,000 for the Rehabilitation Institute, which has treated children with congenital disorders, injuries or disease for 91 years. The institute recently opened a new wing and now provides an expanded out-patient service, a day school, and adult services for those recovering from hip surgery, strokes or heart attacks. S P O T An uncompromising critique of people , and events In the SPOTLIGHT: Pink Floyd f anai No Boy, it's getting so you more. Warhol Museum cafot Keep the art, give us a cappuccino. Andy would approve. And take a cut. Spike Loot Trash-talking Knicks fan inspires game-winning rampage from Pacers' Reggie Miller. Do the right thing, Spike. Shut up. Tho weather godst Day after day of perfect weather? In Pittsburgh? Spotlight smells a setup. World War II volst Anything you want this week, it's yours. Cash in quick, before boomers start whining about how you took the last good 'Angela in tho Outfield"! Remake moves angeli cally assisted baseball nia. Guess they figure the Pirates , whose Pittsburgh landscapes are like blends of John Kane and Grandma Moses: tiny people in larger scale cityscapes. The ethnic mood becomes touching in well-known Pittsburgh artist Adrienne Heinrich s installation, "Grandmothers," shown in an Equitable Plaza arbor. See-through photographic portraits of six black women are exhibited together with their audiotaped commentaries and overhead lights, triggered by viewers walking into the environment The concept is brilliant The specially printed photographs SEE ARTS, PAGE C-10 CITY SCENES PIANO LADY TO GREET GRADUATES Margie Baiter, the unofficial piano teacher to the stars, will speak to the Class of '94 at Winchester Thurston School on Thursday. Baiter, an alumna of the school, helped actress Holly Hunter brush up on her musical skills for "The Piano" and tutored actor Tom Cruise on the harpsichord for the film "Interview With a Vampire." Baiter, who grew up in Squirrel Hill and whose parents live in Oakland, has called California home since 1979 when she moved there to work as a TV production assistant. Baiter, who is an actress, singer, pianist songwriter and improv player, will address the first graduating class to include boys in the school auditorium starting at 7 p.m. Call ifRogersweek." For the first time ever, according to Newsweek picture editor Guy Cooper, all three cartoons on the magazine's "Perspective" page came from one cartoonist the PG's Rob Rogers. All right one of the cartoons was misidentified as coming from some "Cammuso" guy, but anyone who knows Rogers' work recognized those tell-tale Rob-like faces (not to mention the name in the corner, for crying out loud). The People page is very Eroud of Rogers, but don't let im know it. Next thing you know, he'll want a Dossier. L I G H T drugs, no crime, no trouble. can't count on anybody any war for yourselves. team from Pittsburgh to Califor are beyond divine intervention. r Robert Bianco BY TIM MENEES MABELS EDDY Folks are set for a huge weekend in this quiet (read "boring") river hamlet having combined two celebrations into one flag-festooned musical gala: The Mabels Eddy D-Day Arts Festival. Last night Mayor Russ Clinton crowned the first-ever Miss Mabels Eddy Arts Festival, , who turned out to be a cocktail waitress named Darla, fueling rumors of a long-running and sordid affair. "I wasn't aware," grumbled Clinton political foe Millard "Mr. Used Kara" Patman'there'd -. even been a contest." Darla looked lovely as she rode in the back of the mayor's old Chevy truck ("Speaking of pickups, Patman scoffed) to Town Park. They were greeted by members of the Vets Club, who fired a 245-gun salute, sending Clinton scrambling for cover. Said Commander Ollie Cromwell: "It was an accident," ; After a medley of service songs by the Mabels Eddy High School Fighting Catfish Marching Band and the Mt. Lebanon Professionals Without Partners Glee Club, Darla opened the festival. Clinton had cautioned her against christening the art pavilion with a bottle of Bud Light. We had dispatched Max The Fax Dog to the VFW for some good WWII tales, but he thought we said veterinarians and hightailed it to France with Chopper Joe where he filed this report: NORMANDY While Chopper Joe landed on Cherbourg Middle School (he promised to bring back some chocolate mousse), I'm sitting in a small sidewalk cafe, sharing a bottle of -cheap French red with Edith, a sad-eyed poodle who fought in the Resistance. We can relate: I've fought many wars with foreign veterinarians. We met on a misty bluff above the sea. She thought I was a typical pushy Yank with tons of money and no culture; I said at least American women shave their legs. (Editor's Note: We axed the rest. It contained gratuitous anti-French remarks as well as several unkind references to Germans and Canadians. We believe our readers demand more substance and less trash, except, of course, when it comes to Darla.) Organizer Esther Primm claims this is the best festival yet. It has a new "My Kid Can Do That!" art exhibit, and loads of crafts from Edna Patman's crocheted computer covers and the crowd favorite: refrigerator magnets with scenes from Sharon Stone movies. OKU On stage this weekend, besides the MLPWP, are Pittsburgh bluesman Duquesne Slag, the Neville Island Brothers Polka Band, local C&W crooner Jerry Lee Jones, Monworf rockers Pancreas, and Jim Ferlo & MamboMania. Sadly Primm had to cancel the annual film festival after receiving only one entry, "Marilyn," touted as the story of the powerful temptress behind Dan Quayle. Max The Fax Dog Sez: You people sure won't defend to your : death my right to say it! :

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