The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 09, 1973, Page PAGE 6, Image 6

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One Saturday night a couple weeks ago, as I sat down to a
half-thawed TV dinner, I started fiddling with the FM dial.
Moving the tuner to the 90.3 region, I detected the
unmistakeable tones of Miles Davis pouring from the speaker.
I was dumbfounded that any radio station would play Miles
Davis. The station sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it.
After about five minutes of music, the disc jockey announced
it was KRNU's (the UNL School of Journalism radio station)
Jazz Show.
Talking to Jeffrey Johnson, one of the Jazz Show's two disc
jockeys (Marvin "Cottonpicker" Crenshaw is the other one)
the Jazz Show is just that pure, unadulterated jazz from 6 to
9 p.m. every Saturday night
During last week's show Johnson featured the Modern Jazz
Quartet, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dizzy GilftSpie and
Nina Simone. Future shows will feature Wayner Shorter,
Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, John Coltrane, Clifford Brown,
Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Yusef Lateef and Eddie Harris.
The Jazz Show fills a large cultural void in the Lincoln radio
scene, which conventional stations, AM or FM, have ignored.
The Jazz Show is different from conventional radio
programs, it's freely organized with no confining, strict
schedules. The disc jockeys like to rap about the artists they're
playing, and if the show has a drawback, it's that it's too
informal. But jazz is a free, informal style of music.
It's difficult to compete with the Top 40, and Johnson says
that any encouragement, such as a letter to KRNU, co the
School of Journalism, would be appreciated. Hopefully the
Jazz Show's' audience will continue to expand, proving that
jazz still remains a powerful form of music. KRNU should be
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Bean and friends . . . hang around in one of the
vignettes from The Life and Times of Judge Roy
'Judge Roy Bean erratic
Review by Larry Kubert
Picture a series of vintage photographs,
complete with yellowed paper, sepia-toned
figures and ornate frames. What you have is The
Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, a series of
interesting but unrelated vignettes.
Director John Huston and First Artists
Productions partner, Paul Newman, who stars
in the title role, can't seem to decide whether
they want to make a historically accurate
movie, a spoof on westerns or another Butch
Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. As a result,
Judge Roy Bean is a combination of all three,
leading to an erratic, confusing and often
entertaining motion picture. , . 1
The problem surfacing in Judge Roy Bean is r
whether or not an audience will tolerate this
hodgepodge, which introduces one character as
an antagonist to Bean, kills the character off,
then moves on to another. The plot line is
precariously slim.
The movie centers on outlaw Bean who rides
into a small West Texas town, populated by
criminals and prostitutes. Hoping they will
accept him, he is instead promptly set upon,
beaten up, robbed and run out of town.
Saved by a Mexican girl, Bean returns to the
town and kills the population, after which he
declares himself judge. He then sits back
waiting to "kill all of your kind."
If one accepts the vignettes as individual
performance pieces, many are well handled. It
is only when one tries to fit the entire work
into a cohesive package that the film fails.
Newman, as the crusty Bean, is acceptable,
but hampered by the inconsistency of the
scenes. They don't really give him a chance to
develop a deep character. His finest scene is one
in which he and his mistress, Maria Elena
(Victoria Principal), wander off into the desert
for a silhouetted love scene where Newman
delivers a roughly hewn rendition of "The
Yellow Rose of Texas."
In direct contrast, all the sensitivity of this
episode is lost when, a few scenes later,
Newman, Principal and a bear cavort around
the Texas countryside while Andy Williams
bellows out a syrupy-sweet song titled
"Marmalade; Molasses and Honey."
After "civilizing" the West, Bean and his old
time methods are soon replaced by plotting,
progressive townspeople. Bean leaves, but
returns twenty years later to battle
townspeople who want to evict his daughter.
Rounding up his old band of marshalls, Bean
and company kill off the villains and destroy
the town.
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
opens with a title card which reads, "Maybe
this isn't the way it was, it's the way it should
have been." Perhaps. Perhaps the Old West
should remain historically nebulous.
Whatever, the case, try and enjoy each scene
for its individual merit, because any attempt to
view the film as a unit will cause
Portraits in Jazz, Phi Mu
Alpha Sinfonia's annual jazz
concert, featuring the
University Lab Band and guest
trumpeter Dominic Spera, will
be at 8 p.m. Friday in Kimball
Recital Hall. Tickets are $2.25.
It's A Beautiful Day will be
at Pershing Auditorium at 7:30
p.m. Saturday. Although
violinist David LaFlamme is
gonQ from' the group, oldies
Pattie Santos, Fred Webb and
Val Fuentes are still around.
Add Greg Bloch to replace
LaFlamme, Bud Cockrell on
bass and "Billy Guitar"
Gregory on lead guitar and you
have the new It's A Beautiful
Day. Appearing with It's A
Beautiful Day are the popular
Doobie Brothers.
The Civilisation series at
Sheldon Gallery offers "Protest
and Communication" Sunday
and "Grandeur, and
Obedience" Thursday. Both
shows are at 2:15 p.m. and
Guthrie Theatre from
Minneapolis will be making a
limited three-day appearance at
Kimball Recital Hall on
Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday presenting John
Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
The shows benjn at 8 p.m.
According to reports, the
Wednesday and Thursday night
performances are sold out.
Tryouts for Howell
Theatre's next production, The
Memorandum, will be held at
7-10 p.m. March 16 as well as
March 17 and March 18, from
2-5 p.m., according to director
Tice Miller. Miller said tryouts
are open to all students.
Within hitchin' or drivin'
distance: John Prine and
Bonnie Raitt at the UNO
Student Center Friday. Tickets
are $2.
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The Doobie Brothers . . . appear at Pershing Saturday.
daily nebraskan
friday, march 9, 1973
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