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D-7 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Artist combines East with West in jarring works PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE B SATURDAY, OCTOBF.R 23, 1999 The perfect place for an argument V ' 1, FORUM. Every Sunday, J)Mfiburo,( ftosl-tfazctte By Mary Thomas Post-Gazette Art Critic r. The turmoil that's shaking the streets of Jakarta can be felt halfway around the world in - Carnegie Mellon University's Hewlett Gallery, where walls of powerful paintings by Indonesian j- artist Entang Wiharso envelop the visitor with a cacophony of color that screams "unrest" and Z asks "why?" Z. But the questions aren't all aimed at the so-ZL ciopolitical problems of his native country. Wihar- - so moved to the United States in 19G6, and the fa- - cade of affluence and opportunity here has also - begun to crack under his spiritually informed - gaze. The exhibition title, "Melting Souls," poetically and poignantly describes the 32-year-old artist's observed world. Born in a rural village and reared in a devout Islamic home, he attended the - Art Institute of Indonesia, Yogyakarta, and eventually developed a painting style that broke with .m the traditional mainstream, while retaining some V of its characteristics. He met his American wife, Carnegie Mellon University graduate Christine J Cocca, while she was conducting research on tra- - ditional arts groups in Indonesia, and they now live in Providence, R.I. Wiharso thus stands at the edge of East and J West, between a homeland undergoing rapid cultural changes that were incubated during its colonial history and fed by contemporary global technology, and an adopted nation that's slave to its consumptive habits and blinded to the biases that erode its declaration of equality. Similarly, his lavishly passionate paintings, which have a truth that is almost brutal, combine ., Indonesian traditional with Western pop refer-. ences, ranging from superheroes to Bart Simp- son. In the College of Fine Arts through Friday. - Gallery hours are 11:30 am. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 11:30 am. to 5 p.m. Mondays , through Fridays. Also at CMU, three generations of "Artists .. from Northern China" are showing in the Gradu-: ate School of Industrial Administration through Monday. Of interest is the evolution of style - from traditional compositions, in the elder's - work, to a blend with contemporary (read Western) form by the youngest member of the family. A similar hybridization surfaces in many of :;. the works in "A View From China: Five Contem- porary Chinese Painters," none of whom have I .... 1 , " V 1 Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso questions the direction of contemporary global culture in "Cultural Burden 1999" and other paintings in "Melting Souls" at the Hewlett Gallery through Friday. ART REVIEWS shown in the United States before, at Gallerie Chiz, Shadyside. Zhao Gang shows extraordinary breadth of expression, moving comfortably from abstracted calligraphic placements to geometrically composed, airy village scenes. The very fine "Stream in Mountain at Rain Time" is a moody landscape that benefits from his traditional training and his openness to more recent means of expression. Similarly, Zheng Dong-Wei's "South Asia Autumn Scenery" is an mdividualistic, lush celebration of brushstroke. Also at Chiz is a mass of sculptures by Zsolt Vudy, some of which are good abstract works and some of which are high kitsch; because the artist wasn't discerning in display, the viewer must be. Tall (more than 7 feet) screens formed out of aluminum sheets are highly decorative and done well. At 5831 Ellsworth Ave. through Oct. 30. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 am. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The critters are crawlin' at Studio Z Gallery, South Side, in "dinAgAtors, etc.," featuring papier-mache' sculpture by Gene Fenton and water-colors by gallery director Kathleen Zimbicki. Fenton's expressive, for-fun, oversized bugs and undersized dinosaurs hiss, rear and snarl like those in the old black and white monster films that he says influenced him. The irrepressible Zimbicki fleshes out the show theme with scenes from a rain forest on a Technicolor planet. Her freewheeling brushstrokes and flamboyant palette turn here to cocky kookaburras (or whatever) and grinning gators, but she's still at her best with energized scenes packed with her trademark elongated figures and flora. "The Blind Child" is a winner exotic and enigmatic: the croc is there, but lots more. At 1415 E. Carson St. through Oct. 30. Gallery hours are 11 am. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Carle's bright creatures take wing on the stage By John Hayes Post-Gazette Staff Writer - How do butterflies fly? How far is up? Why can't I do that, and why do . I sometimes feel so alone? t ' For many children the road to finding the answers begins on the pages of Eric Carle's illustrated stories. His primitive cut-and-pasted ' collages and fundamental explorations of natural things seem to " resonate with preschoolers and ; 1 early readers by never lecturing or " talking down to them. With more 20 languages, Carle has been an '" early influence in the lives of mil-" lions of children. 1 1 iiwu uvuuuii pwppi uuua; - brings two of Carle's classic stories vibrantly to life in a black-light show presented as part of this year's Pitts- Durgn international L,niiarens ine-' ater series.' Mermaid Theatre's adaptation of Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Very Quiet Cricket" continues at Pittsburgh- Nearly 20 foam and fabric puppets were handcrafted in the image of Carle's original designs by a team led by director and puppet maker Jim Morrow. Each puppet is painted in bright, fluorescent colors and manipulated under black lights against a black backdrop. Guided by performers Tanis Delaney and Liette Legere, the large three-dimensional creatures seem to move independently like cartoon images on a video screen, a format familiar to ; most of the show's voune audience. At the production's regional debut Sunday at Gateway High c i 1 t t ,.:n . . u f tu ; audience's shushing, giggling and crying quickly disappeared when Virt UfMifn lirrhft' nrm1! nnrl flirt LltC 11WUDC 11 11 HO U1UUUCU C4.il V4 Llll, , first Day-Glo images floated across , the stage. The star of "The Very Huntrrv Cateroillar" slowlv inch- 0. j -.. wjnrmciA oprncc a trpA nranpn sxnn began eating holes in apples. The young crowd responded on cue with . boiling laughter at the young . worm's frequent mishaps. As new STAGE REVIEW Pittsburgh International Children's Theater Presentations: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Very Quiet Cricket." Where and when: Mt. Lebanon High School, Mt. Lebanon, 1 1 a.m. and 2 p.m. today; and Antonian Theatre, Carlow College, Oakland, 1 :30 and 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets: $8; 412-321-5520. foods were added to his diet in progressively increasing amounts, children shouted the names of the fruits and their number. And as if it were in the script, they gasped in unison when the caterpillar emerged from his cocoon as a giant glowing butterfly and slowly soared over the stage. The story is narrated by a pleasant voice and reinforced with clever keyboard accompaniment, which sets the mood for each scene and underscores important events with musical punch lines. Without skipping a beat, the story segues to another part of the forest where "The Very Quiet Cricket" meets a procession of very talkative insects. The young cricket hasn't learned yet to rub his wings together to chirp, but he soon learns how each of the other forest creatures makes its distinctive sound. The spectacular size and shape of some of his new friends, including a huge dragonfly, is dramatized as the image appears at the back of the stage and quickly "flies" to the front, drastically increasing in proportion. As the 45-minute show ends, Delaney and Legere remove their black masks and body suits and reveal themselves to the crowd. During a 10-minute question-and-an-swer period, they explain how black lights make things glow and how the puppets were created. It's a fun parent-child adventure for families who are fans of Carle's work and an accessible way to introduce children to the theater. Kelly statue could grace city Someday, Gene Kelly could be singing . in the rain on a street near you. ; 1 Two Pittsburghers are forming a committee of arts and business people to explore the possibility of commissioning a life-size statue depicting Kelly, his umbrella and the lamppost he swung around in "Singin' in the Rain," his 1952 movie set in Hollywood during the transition from silent films to talkies. "We've received the blessing of the Kelly estate and Turner Enter tainment Co., which owns the likeness," said Aviva Radbord, who is KDKA-TV's weekend assignment editor and public affairs producer. Gene Kelly She and retired Civic Light Opera director Charles Gray have done preliminary research on the statue. "There's no formal announcement that it will be put in a certain place," Radbord said. "Obviously, we'd like to see it in the theater district" Downtown. In addition to location, other specifics need to be nailed down, including li censing, cost, hind-raising, sculptor and medium. "Everybody that I've spoken to has expressed support for the project," including Mayor Murphy, Radbord said. Patricia howry, Post-Gazette Staff Writer t't ill1" yLife: Is it Sacred?"-' jr v PrayingToWuy Spend thirty minutes on issues x that may last a lifetime. Join Bob Abernethy each week and go behind the . headlines for a deeper understanding of the religious?,' and ethical challenges we fare in nur dailu lives. '' " Sf Saturdays at 9:30am on WQED 13, WQEX 16. Religion &Ethics newsweekly ..... u Sf unded by Lilly Endowment lnc;l A presentation of ThirteenWNET New York :h www.thirteen.org V3)l3VOtt SUNDAY SERVICES 8:00 am Holy Eucharist & Sermon 9:1 5 am Christian Education 10:30 am Holy Eucharist & Sermon 1 2:00 pm Holy Eucharist subsidized parking available (50 cents) WEDNESDAY RECITAL October 27 at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Douglas Starr Dan Werner's "Cathedral 01 The Aif Sundays 4:55 & 7:25 a.m. 3WS(94.5FM) m m Calvary Episcopal Chur 315 Shady Avenue at Walnut Street 412-661-0120 www.calvarypgh.org The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis, Rector The Rev. Colin H. Williams, Curate The Rev. Leslie G. Reimer, Associate for Pastoral Care Sunday, October 24, 1999 The Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost Holy Eucharist and Homily 8:00 a.m. and 12:15 Sung Eucharist and Sermon 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Homily 5.00 p.m. NurseryChild Care 9:00 a.m. to Noon CHi p.m. In 1773 Boston Held A Tea Party We started a church The firstTresByterian Church ofTittsSwgfi Join us for Sunda Warship Service at 10:45 am. SincJay School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Robert Leslie Holmes, Senior Minister 320 Sixth Avenue at Vtood Street 471-3436 Alter the 3am tune in to First Words, Sundays at 8:30 PM on 1020 KDKA. Our Strength is in Our Mite The Reverend Dr. William N. Jackson rWilADYSIDE 45 am Classes for all ages UiV?i nn rcnv,rn , . v , 1 1 :00 am Worship lKtimThKlAN 9:06 pm Broadcast on KQV 1410 AM Christmas Bazaar, 13 November 1999, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Amhersun Avenue off Fifth 412.682.4300 www.shadysLdepres.org Child Care Houses of Worshi kOarCommiaiity I 11:00 am: Cornerstone Chorale and Brass SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 8:00 am: Good Samaritan Worship 9:00 am: Morning Glory Worship 9:45 am: Classes for All Ages 1 1 :00 am: Sanctuary Worship with Rev. Hydie R. Houston preaching, "Reforming Boundaries" WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27 9:30 am to 9:00 pm: Walk the Labyrinth J 7:00 pm: Taize Sung Prayers with anointing and prayers for healing f 8:15 pm: Spirituality Classes j inv wiiuearai vj nope East Liberty Presbyterian Church 116S. Highland Ave (4 1 2) 44 1-3800 , http:www.cathedralofliope.org A. A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, P6H. 201 N. Dithridge St. (at Bayard St.) 11 :00 am Church and Sunday School 8:00 pm Wed. Testimony Meeting Reading Room: 412-363-5322 206 S.Highland Ave. Mon.-Fri, 11 am -3 pm LUTHERAN ELCA FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 615 Grant St., Downtown Holy Communion 8:30 11:00 AM Nursery (Sundays) 9:30 12:30 PM Church School 9:45 10:43 AM WEEKDAY WORSHIP 12:1012:30 PM PRESBYTERIAN (USA) THIRD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5th Ave. at South Negley 11:00 AM WORSHIP "Suppose Jesus Were Preaching... Rev. Vance W. Torbert 3rd, Sr. Minister A.Rene'Whitaker, . Interim Associate Minister 9:45 a.m. -10:50 a.m. Coffee-Plus 9:45 a.m. Adult Education 11:15 a.m. Childrens Program PROTESTANT REFORMED " Protestant Reformed M ! X Mission of Pittsburgh - - Trinity Christian School ' 299 Ridge Avenue t'-Pgh. Pa. 15221 (Forest HiMs) Sunday Service 1 lorn & 4 ffiC Into: Rev. Jai Mahtani; 412-372299' NON-DENOMINATIONAL' 7. fit ,.. M SUHOUHCE YOUR eoKBRBstnen mm tnd-A SERVICES EVERT SSTURDif OH fi& ? WORSRWPm. v ; fox mmnm cm m prSkj ' 412-263-1084 (",'. ; J

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