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I don't know who was working harder last Thursday
night. ..Chicago or the security officers at Pershing
Some weeks ago I accused Lincoln audiences of being
unappreciative of Blood, Sweat and Tears as well as other
groups when they appear in town. I cannot say that the
audience which saw Chicago was unappreciative; BUT there
comes a point when even appreciation can be carried too far.
SPECIFICALLY , when people, mostly high school
teenie-boppers, but the cheapest tickets possible for a concert
than leave their seats and come down to sit on the floor in
front of the state, completely blocking the aisles.
Not only do 1 dislike the fact that they are getting better
seats than they paid for, but they were also disruptive to tho
audience members who did pay the price for good seats when
the security officers made them move out of the aisles.
Between running back and forth all night making peop'e
move out of the aisles and trying to regulate the taking of
pictures of Chicago by the audience the security guards earned
their night's wages.
AGREED .THE PEOPLE who caused these minor
disturbances were only a small number of the approximately
7,500 people at the auditorium that night, but they were
enough to be a nuisance.
Chicago was good, playing two sets , each over an hour
long. However, there were a couple of disappointments.
Chicago calls itself a rock-ja?z group. Definitely there was a
lot of rock played Thursday night, but the jazz left a lot to be
desired. Granted, Walt Parazauier took a couple of
jazz-oriented flute solos and trombonist Jim Pankow and
trumpeter Lee Loughnane tried to break free with a solo once
or twice, but the majority of the solo work was held down by
guitarist Terry Kath, who is one heavy rock (but not a jazz)
THERE IS nothing wrong with the factthat Chicago doesn't
play real jazz, they certainly more than make up for it with
their exploding, driving rock; but please don't call them
The other disturbing factor is a problem that plagues many
modern-day groups. That of amplification. Thursday night the
music was so loud that half the time you couldn't hear what
was being sung.
When Blood. Sweat and Tears was in town, they played
even louder than Chicago (but then; they do have two more
members than Chicago has) but at least you could hear what
David Clayton-Thomas was singing. With Kath and
pianist-organist-vocalist Bob Lamm you really had to listen
hard, especially during the first set. An audience shouldn't
have to work like that!
CHICAGO PERFORMED their hits as well as some lesser
known songs off of their albums, bringing the audience to
their feet at the end of the first set. During their second set
Chicago introduced a "non-political" tune called "Song for
Richard and His Friends" with Kath wearing a Nixon mask.
The audience was in such a frenzy when Chicago ended the
second set with "Free" that they gave the seven-member group
another standing ovation. In fact, the applause lasted for
about five minutes. Coming back on stage and doing an encore
of "25 or 6 to 4" Kath and company tore the place up as:in.
The entire audience was standing and rocking through the
When the concert was over everyone, including the
audience, was sweatingand exhausted; but Chicago knew that
they had played in front of an audience that night.
AND I GUESS. Chicago did work harder than the security
Tuesday, the Pershing Auditorium advisory board gave
the bring of the rock musical Hair to Lincoln a crew-cut by
voting the proposal down.
It seems as if some of the board members felt that the nude
scene in Hair was undesirable and would taint the fair name of
rrS TOO BAD that the advisory board chose to ignore the
fact that Mayor Sam Schwartzkopf made the statement that as
far as he was concerned he had no objection to the bringing of
Hair to Lincoln as long as the City Council had no objections,
which evidently they didn't.
No one is forcing anyone to go see Hair, if you would be
offended by a nude scene, don't go to it; but why prevent
those who WANT to go from being able to see the production?
In fact, one would think that the simple idea of Hair being
an extremely large money-making attraction, would
immediately make it acceptable. However, the advisory board
decided against it, but the board might do well to remember
that even a crew-cut grows out again after a period of time.
ALSO, THE concert by Bloodrock which was scheduled for
Pershing Auditorium on June 6, has been cancelled.
Students' spring session
In the Sculpture Garden
10:30 a.m.- Dean Melvin George, Dean C. Peter Magrath,
Lodis Rhodes-Problems of Administration
1 p.m.- Claud Bery-Tripping in Heaven, The Second Birth
1:30 p.m.- Richard Boohar-Political Activism and
Technology , . . ,
3:30 p.m. ALL UNIVERSITY JAM-Bnng anything that makes
6:30 to 11 p.m.- Human Relations Insight League-Blackjack
will play-Phil York will say
Pretty maids ... are greeted by a frustrated student. Ponce,
(John David Carson), in Pretty Maids All In A Row,
Pretty Maids: score after score
Pretty Maids All In A Row, although not the
best film of 1971, is a beautiful hoax on
football fans, the education system and sex.
The director has kept the movie slightly
above an "X" rating by handling sex with a
matter-of- fact attitude as something to enjoy,
regardless of the age of the companion and by
keeping the four-letter words out of the
His choice of characters, such as Sam
Searcher for the detective and Mr. Proper as the
principal and stereotype characters such as the
Secretary and Ponce all add to the farce. The
school counselor and football coach Tiger
sleeps with the pretty maids and then kills them.
As each maid is found dead, the big question is
always "It won't cancel the football game, will
it?" This attitude seemed to fit Nebraska very
The script is far from innovative and the
characters are very shallow, but the actors and'
acresses provide a passable performance.
Ponce, (John David Carson) was especially
well done as the young virgin high school boy.
His reactions to his teacher's anatomy as she
helps those students around him are hilarious.
The rest of the cast played their parts as well as
could be expected within the stereotype molds
Tiger (Rock Hudson) was believable when he
was "testing" the female students, but the
viewer has trouble understanding his
relationship with his wife, as it is only shown
briefly without development. Apparently it was
supposed to show tht he loved only his wife,
regardless of his relationships with other young
Technically the film was below average. The
scene shifts and the filming were poorly done
with few, if any, transitions. The scen?s jump
from place to place with no preparation and it
takes the viewer several seconds each time to
figure out what is happening and where they
I would not recommend this show for those
whose lovers are far away or those who don't
presently have a companion of the opposite
sex. You should see this show with a good
friend not a blind date, and with an open mind
ready for some subtle humor and very symbolic
puns, which could be applied to many people in
Lincoln, and far-from-subtle sexual gestures and
Baritone William Warficld,
acclaimed around the world as
one of the great vocal artists of
the time, will be featured in
Mendelssohn's oratorio tliiah
to be presented Sunday, May
16, by the University School of
Along with Warfield. three
soloists from the School of
Music and the NU Orchestra
and Choral Union will also be
Tenor soloist will be
Raymond Miller, assistant
professor of voice in the
School of Music and director
of the Varsity Men's Glee Club.
Lorraine Gibb, instructor in
voice at the School of Music,
will be the soprano soloist. The
contralto solo parts will be
sung by Kathryn Harney, a
junior in the School of Music.
The oratorio, based on the
Biblical story of the Prophet
Elijah, will be performed in the
NU Coliseum, beginning at 8
p.m. It is free and open to the
A minister and civil rights
activist will speak Thursday at
3;30 p.m. in the Nebraska
Union small auditorium on
"Watts: Problems and Some
Later, at 7:30 p m. Rev. Ed
Hill will hold a rap session at
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Robert Duval and Oonakl FVasence with Don Pedro Cottey. Magpie McOm
and Ian Woife Technicolor Techmscope
Walter Murch Story by George Lucas
Gfisr 6 p.ra.
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1971
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