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Nebraska Barbara Kendrick's sculpture "Fridaretha" is among the winners in the Mid-America
Art Alliance Exhibit at Richards Hall. The exhibit runs from today through Dec. 11.
Holiday festivities galore
Treat yourself and your family to
something special this holiday season.
How about some candy? Or maybe
bring back some nostalgic memories
with some '60s rock V roll? Or even
begin a new family tradition with a
holiday concert?
Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 3
Midnight Star concert. The group had a
No. 1 hit single, "Headlines," from the
album of the same title. The gold
album also includes "Midas Touch,"
"Close to Midnight" and "Stay Here By
My Side," Tickets for the 8 p.m. show in
the Omaha Civic Auditorium Music
Hall are general admission. Prices are
$13 in advance and $14 on the day of
the show.
Comedy comes to the Orpheum
Theater when George Carlin makes an
appearance on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. Seats for
the Carlin show are reserved and are
SI 5.25 and $13.75.
Nostalgia rock returns to the Music
Hall on Dec. 8 when The Mamas And
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Papas, The Turtles Featuring Flo and
Eddie, and The Byrds spend an "Even
ing of California Dreamin'." Fans will
hear such songs as "Monday, Monday,"
"Do You Wanna Dance," "Happy To
gether," "She's My Girl," "Turn, Turn,
Turn" and many more. Reserved seats
for this 8 p.m. show are $13.50 and
Traditional holiday concerts begin
next Sunday at the Orpheum Theater
with "Those Were The Days: Holiday
Memories." Col. Jack Molemann will
perform at the mightly Wurlitzer organ.
Featured music will include holiday
songs, show tunes, a sing-along and a
silent movie. Reserved seats are $10
and general admission seats are $5.
The Omaha Ballet's performance of
"The Nutcracker" will be Dec. 12 at 8
p.m., Dec. 13 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Dec.
14 at 2 and 6" p.m. at the Orpheum.
The Orpheum will also be the site of
the Omaha Symphony's "The Magic of
Christmas." The shows will be Dec. 19
and 20 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.
and will feature the Grace College
Handbell Ringers, soprano Carol Wil
cox, the Magic of Christmas Chorus
and the Magic of Christmas Children's
The Voices of Omaha again will per
form "The Messiah" on Dec. 7 at 2 and 4
p.m. This free performance at the
Orpheum has become a holiday favorite.
The holiday concert season will close
with the ever-popular Fresh Aire con
certs by Mannheim Steamroller. The
Orpheum concerts will be Dec. 26 at 8
p.m., Dec. 27 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 28
at 2 and 7 p.m. Reserved seats for the
shows are $16.25, $14.25 and $12.25.
Ticket information for "The Nut
cracker" may be obtained by calling
the Ballet Box Office at 346-7332. The
Omaha Symphony may be reached at
342-3560. Further information on con
certs may be obtained by calling the
Civic Auditorium at 444-4750.
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Feminist art slaps down
superficial, sexist society
By Ken DiMaggio
Staff Reviewer
"Get the Message? A decade
of Art for Social Change," by
Lucy Lippard, (EP. Dutton)
Recent modern art has been a tough
animal to track down. Like an owl, it
lives away from people, in its own
secluded world. Like a mouse, it nests
itself in little places. Like a ground
hog, it longs to live underground.
Book Review
But there is nothing secretive or elu
sive in the art that critic Lucy Lippard
writes about in "Get the Message?"
works such a Paulette Nenner's "Cru
cified Coyote," a mixed-media piece in
which a stuffed coyote is nailed to a
cross. Much of the art that Lippard
writes about is didactic, polemical and
Lippard argues that when the New
Left died after the Vietnam War, femi
nism became the only political voice
for the oppressed in the narcotized '70s
and the conservative '80s. And the
mainly feminist works that Lippard
writes about support her claim. Beverly
Naidus's "Stick It" says that art is
literally a clever and subversive wea
pon for irate consumers. These 7-by-4-inch
stickers are scrawled with con
sumer angst and disgust.
"Somebody's getting rich," "I can't
believe people put up with this," and
"who's going to buy this crap?" are
some of the comments printed on these
stickers that are meant to be subver
sively slapped on overpriced items.
This is the st rength of feminist art. It
is an active and engaging art. It is an
art that is not imprisoned by the gallery
and museum. And, as Lippard says, it is
an art that is free of the dominating
past of Modernism.
Lippard writes: "Feminism's grea
test contribution to the future of Art
has probably been precisely its lack of
contribution to Modernism. Feminist
method and theories have instead of
fered a socially concerned alternative
to the increasingly mechanical 'evolu
tion' of Art about Art."
And that alternative includes post
cards showing a reflective father and
his children with the caption under
neath; "Daddy, what did yon do in the
Nuclear War?"
Comic books have just as much sway
as canvas. Jo Nesbitt's "The Causes of
Lesbianism: A Simple Guide in Pic
tures," parodies traditional view of
homosexuality. In one cartoon that
mocks the theory of biological deter
mination as the cause of lesbianism, a
nurse holds a baby before an aston
ished mother and announces, "It's a
lesbian." j
And defaming sexist billboards may ;
be more valuable than painting an anti
sexist mural. On a billboard adver
tisement for Fiat cars the copy reads,
"If it (the Fiat) were a lady, it would
get its bottom pinched." The spray
painted response underneath read, "If
this lady was a car, she'd run you
Forget about the wine and cheese,
the gala openings and the rich and
famous patrons for this kind of art.
Like Beverly Naidus's stickers, fem
inist art may seem small and trite. But
let it slap itself on an overpriced bour
geois culture, and it won't seem so
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Courtesy of E.P. Dutton
Anne Pitrone's "Stuff the Family" poster appeared on the
streets of lower Manhattan in the late 70s.
Bestselling books
1. "Whirlwind," James Clavell 1.
2. "It," Stephen King 2.
3. "Red Storm Rising," Tom Clancy 3.
4. "Hollywood Husbands," Jackie Col- .
5. "The Prince of Tides," Pat Conroy
6. "A Taste For Death," P.D. James
7. "Foundation and Earth," Isaac Asi- 6.
mov 7.
8. "Fortune of Fear," L Ron Hubbard 8.
(Courtesy of Time, the weekly
"Fatherhood," Bill Cosby
"His Way," Kitty Kelley
"A Day in the Life of America," Smo
lar. and Cohen
"McMahon!," Jim McMahon
"Men Who Hate Women and the
Women Who Lovt Them," Forward
and Torres
"The Rotation Diet," Martin Katahn
"Callanetics," Callan Pinckney
"Dreamgirl," Mary Wilson