The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 16, 1987, Page Page 6, Image 6
Daily Nebraskan Friday, January 16, 1987 Page 6 Arts (O ir"1 n n imojiihsm I 1 I I Come on, baby, let's all do tine Twist with Ctoltolby Claecker f i 1 f i i ' i j ' ' 1 1 : I !' " ) v" v , ) V. j i . Courtesy of Pershing Nostalgia fans can do the Twist again this weekend when the legendary Chubby Checker visits Pershing Auditorium. See article for show times. Yo OFF ANY FRAMING OR PAINTING SUPPLIES (With This Coupon) I 720 "0" Street mm mmmwm Original Oils and Watercolors (Not Valid With Other Offers) 477-3305 I UNL Dairy Store Now in the City Union Open: 11 a.m. Weekdays 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun. "Happy Hour" Specials from 2:30-3:30 & 7:30-8:30 Located Near the Harvest Room COMPACT DIS i :) i - i - .r.vvw, . - Jf J I . NVF V. 4 -V OV f. sale Ends Sunday 237 S. 70th 220 N. 10th 3814 Normal Orthodontic Specialist offering Adult Orthodontics Brett R.Cascini DD.S. Member American Dental Association Member American Association of Orthodontists Lincolnshire Square 1660 S. 70th-Suite 100 483-1009 Evening & Weekend Hours Available By Stew Magnuson Senior Reporter Chubby Checker, the man who made the Twist, the dance sensation that's sweeping the nation. Chubby Checker, the man who gyrated his hips and revo lutionized dancing in the 1950s. Chubby Checker, the man playing five perfor mances at Pershing Auditorium this weekend, has been called one of the three major influences in rock 'n' roll by Dick Clark, along with the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Concert Preview Maybe the average college-age stu dent doesn't realize the debt he or she owes to Mr. Checker. "Do you dance apart?" Checker asked in a phone interview. "That's why the Twist was different." Before Checker covered Hank Bal lard's little known B-side "The Twist," rock 'n' roll didn't have its own dance. Everyone was still doing the Jitterbug, Checker said. "Just pretend you're grinding out cigarette butts with each foot," Checker once said on a TV show. It was a liberating dance and some thing physically healthy long before anyone had heard of low-impact aero bics. Go out and do the Twist on any dance floor in Lincoln when a good, rocking song is being played, and chances are fellow dancers will join in. But fans stopping in to see one of Checker's five performances this week end should expect more than just a nostalgia show. "If you're looking for the Chubby Checker of 1960, go home," he said. I sing the old songs of course, but there's always a change in them. It's like a new version of an old Cadillac." Along with his big hits, "Popeye, the Hitchhiker," "Pony Time," "Let's Twist Again" and "Twistin' U.S.A.," Checker will play new songs from his 1982 LP, "Change Has Come," a work Checker describes as a contemporary album. "My music isn't stale," he said. "I've been influenced by other music through the years as well." The highlight of Checker's show won't be the music alone. Checker is backed by a reportedly hot, five-piece band, The Wildcats, and Checker him self is a true performer and, of course, a great dancer. He played 287 dates in 1986 alone, so his show should be sharp and lively. Chubby Checker and The Wildcats are playing during the Second Annual Metro New Car Expo at Pershing Aud itorium. Skip the new cars and head to the dance floor. Twist contests will be held at all five performances: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets will be $3.75 for adults and $2.75 for kids ages 6 to 12. Kids five and under get in free. "So come on, Baby, let's do the Twist!" 71 om'A o Claudia Schmidt to perform at the East Union Saturday By Charles Licurance Sanior Reporter Chudia Schmidt is perhaps the ncct eclectic and versatile cf the scr.ir.iths in the Flying Fish sta lls. Flyir.3 Fish is one of the fev? rcsjcr folk libels in the nation, recently specializing in socially inspirational music that's especially popular with feminists and those interested in a holistic lifestyle.. Concert Preview Schmidt, who will perform in the Great Plains Room of the East Union, has a unique voice. Her music is more percussive and diver sified than most modern socially conscious music and is less prone to both solipsistic blandness or over generalization than other artists in this sphere, such as Chris William son or even Holly Near. In her choice of cover material and originals Schmidt is very aware of the value of metaphor and humor, thus she . eccpes lyrics that look better on ; p hcards in protest marches than on a lyric sheet. Schmidt has recorded four albums .worth '.of material on Flying Fish, zt.A each one is an improvement , ever the last. The sound on her first, self-titled LP was more overtly folky with a heiivy reliance on acoustic instru mentation and "important issues." Her latest LP, "Out of the Dark," is r.cre percussive and textured than &ny of her past LPs. Her choice cf cover material is just odd enough to make the whole album unpredicta ble, a musically stripped-down ver sion of the chestnut "Sky Lark" and, as a strange aside, the metaphor laden "San Diego Serenade" by Tom Waits. Although finer recordings cf each of these songs exist, Schmidt's humble, wisely under-produced ver sions have their own understated charm. Schmidt's choices of covers aren't Courtesy of Fleming and Associates Singer Clsuciia Cchntidt the only chances she takes on the album. She manages to make re spectable forays into (very white) scat singing, lounge jazz and even free-form poetry readings to music. "Hip to Be Homeless" is a string-bass-heavy satire of the Reagan-era attitude toward this nation's home less in the same musical vein as Rickie Lee Jones' "Slow Train to Peking." The most noticeable star on Schmidt's latest is Dan Dance, whose piano pieces are simple but warmly affective. Schmidt's ability to transcend New Age platitudes should make her show enjoyable for a broad audience, not just for feminists and liberals. With four albums and inumerable live performances under her belt, Schmidt's show Saturday night should be sharp and pro fessional. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. and is being sponsored by the UNL Women's Resource Center's Women's Words and Music Commit tee. Tickets are $6 for students, seniors and children under 12; $7 for the general public. Tickets are available at both unions. iiiuiotoycu... fcrALLC?U3 Entertainment Shorts O The figure-drawing sessions held in the art department every year will begin this semester next Wednesday. As usual, they will be held in Richards Hall 225 at 7 p.m. Cost will depend on attendance, but it will probably be $20 per person for 10 sessions, or $2 for a single session. Drawing will begin the first night, but even if you can't draw then, come anyway and bring your money so the department will know you wish to take the course. If you have any questions, please contact the UNL art department before Wednesday. O Saturday 13 Nightmares will play at the Cather-Pound-Neihardt Pub. Opening will be the all-new band New Brass Guns, featuring Lori Allison and Brian Barber, formerly of the Go-Bats. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. It's free, and all ages are welcome.