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SECTION B V- - V ''4 J ;post-6a:cttc Wednesday,1 May 28, 1997 INSIDE - ,, i , , .I,.,, MMWH Martin Scorsese The American Film Institute's tribute to director Martin Scorsese leaves viewers with . the impression that the really big stars were out of town. TELEVISION B-6. An eighth-grade student thanks Christopher Rawson for printing some positive news in the paper. THEATER B-2. Rebecca DeMornay's newest pmject, the TV movie "The Winner," used her acting and behind-the-scenes skills. PEOPLE B-3. Fasten your seat belts. It 's going to be a bumpy year for all-terrain racing games on the computer. LIFESTYLE B-7. ALSO INSIDE Abby B-3 Kids' Corner B-4 Horoscope B-5 j I I-wkI UP Li . 2-J OH V Taking stock of Beatles' legacy gives Ringo a new perspective on his past IS By Mark Brown The Orange County Register LOS ANGELES k o really, what's left to ask? Alter 25 years or interviews, albums, k documentaries, books and the eight 'video hours of "The Beatles Antholo gy," could there possibly be any secrets, any scraps left? Well, maybe a couple. Ringo Starr admitted that George Harrison gave him unaudited co-writing help on the early '70s hits "Back Off Boogaloo" and "It Don't Come Easy." That, and there are still Beatles projects in the vaults coming out, including an expanded "Yellow Submarine" movie, the restored "Let It Be," and CD versions of the unreleased "Get Back" and "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" albums. Hey, we didn't say it was earth-shattering stuff. This is about all that's left of one of the most-scrutinized bodies of work on the planet. Now, in the aftermath of the "Beatles Anthology," Starr takes to the road with his All-Starr band as he has for years, with a stop tomorrow in Pittsburgh at the I.C. Light Amphitheatre. This time, perhaps, there's a different perspective on his music, from his fans and from himself. A Comedian likes toppling politicians from pedestals By Bill Steigerwald Post-Gazette Staff Writer Mark Russell has made a great living making fun of one of America's least funny groups Inside-the-Beltway politicians. The Washington, D.C.-based stand-up comedianpianist has been a fixture on PBS, where for 22 years he's been cracking jokes and singing satirical ditties about the many silly doings and serious misdoings of RepublicansDemocrats and lib eralsconservatives alike. Russell, a regular each Saturday on CNN's "Inside Politics Weekend," has oneofhisevery-other-month comedy specials on WQED tonight at 8. But he spends most of his time on the road, where he reportedly gets up to $30,000 per live appearance. He won't be getting anywhere near that sum next Tuesday, however, when he travels to Pittsburgh for a ben efit performance for the local branch of the American Diabetes Association. Tick ets for the 8 p.m. event on the University of SEE RUSSELL, PAGE B-2 if r . - , -v. ' MUSIC PREVIEW Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Where: I.C. Light Amphitheatre, Station Square. When: 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets: $27.50, $22.50, $10 and $5; 391-1111. Like Pete Townshend and Ray Davies before him, Starr said he found going through the band's history and work therapeutic. "I thought it was great therapy for the three of us," Starr, 56, said from his Los Angeles office. "We went over things that we thought were really big at the time, and they aren't that big at all. Those little arguments that form up in your mind. "It just brought back what a great time it was and how close we all were," he said. "We tend to forget that. We did live in a box, and saved each other's lives." Starr hadn't listened to some of the Beatles' albums in years. And like most fans, he hadn't heard any of the outtakes and alternate songs from the vaults since the day the Beatles recorded them. "You don't really sit around playing your own records every day. So we got into them again," Starr said. "It was really exciting. You f :-SP-v, :w-.-, ' , -.'I.-.. ' - m mm VI ACTRESS GETS HER PAWS ON GREAT PART IN 'SYLVIA By Ron Weiskind Post-Gazette Entertainment'Critic Robin Walsh is a dog. No, really. Go ahead, curse me. It's true. Bow wow. D.O.G. Part Labrador, part poodle. And she likes it. Just ask her. "You don't worry about how you look. You don't worry about how you sound. You're just having fun and being silly and I think that everybody wants to do that," she yips. Why, just the other day Walsh hitched a ride home with actor Bingo O'Malley and he had a bag of kibble in the car. How considerate. At least she kept her head inside the window. At the moment, however, she's sipping a designer coffee at the South Side Beehive and looking human again. With her long dark hair and lively eyes, it's clear that she's not a bowser at all. She just plays one on the stage. She's putting on the dog in the title role of A.R. Gurney's romantic comedy "Sylvia," getting its Pittsburgh premiere from Starlight Productions beginning tonight at City Theatre. This is not your usual pickup in the park. A financial broker going through mid-life crisis meets this honest-to-good-ness mutt, finds, in it a vitality missing from his life and takes it home, much to the consternation of his wife, who sees the pooch not just as an impediment to her burgeoning lifestyle but as competition for her husband's affections. Sarah Jessica Parker played the role of the dog in the play's oft-Broadway run. The local production features four of Pittsburgh's most notable performers: Walsh, a veteran of City Theater, the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and the Pittsburgh Playhouse; Bingo O'Malley and Helena Ruoti, who portray the broker and his wife; and Doug Mertz, 1 '1 ' V . Ron Coddington sort of get a bit blase 'Oh, that was "The White Album," this was that.' Actually, there was some bloody good stuff going on there. It brings home just how really good that band was. "With the Beatles, it's interesting because it's like it never stopped," Starr said.-"Every year, there's a new generation that just keeps buying those records and are interested in them. The final point is that those records still hold up, you know? The work we put in then is still valid today." The sessions revitalized Starr. Not coinci-dentally, the All-Starr tour has revitalized careers. Mark Earner tried out Grand Funk songs last time around before deciding that maybe he should reform that band. Todd Rundgren, Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons and others have raised their profiles with Starr stints. This year, Jack Bruce, Peter Frampton, Dave Mason, Simon Kirke, Gary Brooker and others make up the first all-British lineup. "I don't sit here like some great genius doing all this," he said. "The hook for this year is 'The British Invasion is on again.' Bryan Adams just called. He could have been in on it, but he's Canadian." Expect the usual assortment of big hits, along with Starr re-creating some of his Bea- SEE RINGO, PAGE B-2 A i. f 1 i f Peter UianaPost-ijazette Actress Robin Walsh with a dog borrowed from Animal Friends, the Strip District shelter. who plays three different characters. Ever the pro, Walsh has been busy researching her part, in spite of the fact that she owns two cats but nary a canine. "But I had two dogs growing up and I have a lot of dog nieces and nephews and a dog stepsister. There are lots of dogs in my family at the moment," she says. The one getting most of her attention belongs to her mother, who lives in Butler and "just got a new puppy six months , ago that is part Lab, and Sylvia is part Lab. And she just had her spayed this all goes on in the play, too." Other cast members also contribute SEE WALSH, PAGE B-7 DAVE BARRY Women refuse Lo wear the truth I believe that, in general, women are saner than men. For example: If you see people who have paid good money to stand in an outdoor stadium on a freezing December day wearing nothing on the upper halves of their bodies except paint, those people will be male. Without males, there would be no such sport as professional lawn mower racing. Also, there would be a 100 percent decline in the annual number of deaths related to efforts to shoot beer cans off heads. There would be no such words as "wedgie" and "noogie." Also, if women were in charge of all the world's nations there would be I sincerely believe this virtually no military conflicts. When there was a conflict, everybody involved would feel just awful and there would soon be a high-level exchange of thoughtful notes written on flowered greeting cards, followed by a Peace Luncheon (which would be salads, with the dressing on the side). So I sincerely believe that women are wiser than men, with the exception of one key area, and that area is: clothing sizes. In this area, women are insane. When a man shops for clothes, his primary objective follow me closely here is to purchase clothes that fit on his body. A man will try on a pair of pants, and if those pants are too small, he'll try on a larger pair, and when he finds a pair that fits, he buys them. Most men do not spend a lot of time fretting about the size of their pants. Many men wear jeans with the size printed right on the back label, so that if you're standing behind a man in a supermarket line, you can read his waist and inseam size. A man could have, say, a 52-inch waist and a 30-inch inseam, and his label will proudly display this information, which is basically the same thing as having a sign that says: "Howdy! My butt is the size of a Federal Express truck!" The situation is very different with women. When a woman shops for clothes, her primary objective is NOT to find clothes that fit her body. She would LIKE for that to be the case, but her primary objective is to purchase clothes that are the size she wore when she was 19 years old. This will be some arbitrary number such as "8" or "10." Don't ask me "8" or "10" of WHAT; that question has baffled scientists for centuries. All I know is that if a woman was a size 8 at age 19, she wants to be a size 8 now, and if a size 8 outfit does not fit her, she will not move on to a larger size: She can't! Her size is 8, dammit! So she will keep trying on size 8 items, and unless they start fitting her, she will become extremely unhappy. She may take this unhappiness out on her husband, who is waiting patiently in the mall, perhaps browsing in the Sharper Image store, trying to think of how he could justify purchasing a pair of night-vision binoculars. "Hi!" he'll say, when his wife finds him. "You know how sometimes the electricity goes out at night and ..." "Am I fat?" she'll ask, cutting him off. This is a very bad situation for the man, because if he answers "yes," she'll be angry because he's saying that she's fat, and if he answers "no," she'll be angry because HE'S OBVIOUSLY LYING BECAUSE NONE OF THE SIZE 8's FIT HER. There is no escape for the husband. I think a lot of unexplained disappearances occur because guys in malls see their wives unsuccessfully trying on outfits, and realize their lives will be easier if they just run off and join a UFO cult. The other day my wife Michelle was in a terrific mood. She had successfully put on a size 6 outfit. This made her feel wonderful. She said: "I wouldn't care if these pants were this big there she held her arms far apart as long as they have a '6' on them." Here's how you could get rich: Start a women's clothing store called "SIZE 2," in which all garments, including those that were originally intended to be restaurant awnings, had labels with the words "SIZE 2." I bet you'd sell clothes like crazy. You'd probably get rich, and you could retire, maybe take up some philanthropic activiry to benefit humanity. I'm thinking of professional lawn mower racing. Dave Barry is a humor colmn-nistjbr the Miami Herald. 1

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