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Friday, March 20, 1987
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NETV wraps up festival
The final day of Festival '87 joins
with dramatizations on two continuing
series to highlight this week's pro
gramming over all stations on the
Nebraska ETV Network.
Beginning at 6 p.m., "Pavarotti in
Vienna" follows opera star Luciano
Pavarotti's preparations for the grand
opening of "Aid a" at the Vienna State
Opera in 1984, the 300th production at
the opera house since its reopening
after World War II. Tne GO-minute pro
gram focuses on the mounting of the
product ion through opening night and
is a highly personal account of Pava
rotti preparing for a major role.
At 7 p.m. is "A Musical Toast: The
Stars Shine on Public Television," an
.'iitertainmeiU gala featuring a stellar
ast of singers and musicians present
ing the best of Broadway, popular and
classical music. Opera stat Kobcrt
Peters and Marilyn Home, actress
singer Bernadette Peters, conductor
Leonard Bernstein, the Modern Jazz
Quartet, and the American Symphony
Orchest ra conducted by John Mauceri
are part of this exciting special.
Closing out the evening at 10 p.m. is
"Island of the Bounty," which follows
an international expedition of 15 men
and women who set sail in a square
rigged ship to trace the route of the
II. M.S. Bounty, whose crew mutinied in
the South Pacific almost 200 years ago.
"Silas Marner," George Eliot's clas
sic story about a reclusive 1 Oth-century
linen weaver in a remote English vil
lage whose faith is restored by a small
child, airs on ".Masterpiece Theatre,"
Monday at 7 p.m. The two-hour "Mas
terpiece Theatre" program is telecast
with closed captions for hearing-impaired
The novel is considered Eliot's mas
terpiece, and the author, whose real
name was Mary Ann Evans, is regarded
along with Charles Dickens as
the best Victorian novelist. Literary
critics have described "Silas Marner"
as an allegory about how natural human
influences such as love and kindness
can heal a damaged personality.
Starring in the title role is Academy
Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley.
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The Dig Mandrakes
Courtesy ot The Dig Mandrakes
Baind gets new lease in life
Mandrakes to rock'n'roll Lincoln with reckless abandon
By Charles Lieurance
Even if the Dig Mandrakes turn
out not to have a future, they've
certainly accumulated a history.
Two of the Mandrakes, Tommy Meyer
and Brad Jones, are refugees from
the old Boys with Toys, an Iowa City
based guitar-pop combo that came
as close to national success as any
band from that neck of the woods.
Boys with Toys disbanded in June
1986 after recording an independ
ent LP, opening for major bands like
the Alarm and establishing invalu
able contacts in the recording
But there was still a lack of con
fidence within Boys with Toys. When
the band was no more, Meyer and
Jones went their separate ways,
accumulating experience, ideas and
new leases on life. With these inspi
rations in tow, the two got back
together in St. Paul, Minn., recru
ited roots-rock bass player Kip
Powell, who had played bass for
Velvi Elvi and Bo Ramsey and the
Sliders, and began searching for
Two guitarists were essential for
the sound Meyer and Jones had in
mind. The sound would implement
two very different sounding guitars
twanging and thrashing for a thick,
varied rock'n'roll sound.
For the second guitar sound they
pulled Bufonse Gear, alias Al Schares,
away from KUNI-FM, Iowa's premier
alternative music station. Schares -Gear
had played twangy guitar for
the Non-Stop and the Dust Devils.
The four then proceeded to con
jure up the Mandrake magic. Man
drake, the magic root that grows
beneath the scaffolds where crimi
nals are hung, according to myth
and legend, has a long history of
enchanged uses. Hopefully the same
can be said of the Dig Mandrakes.
The band has a love affair with
the guitar that harkens back to the
days of Boys with Toys, but that's
where the Mandrakes' similarities
with the old band ends. The Boys'
sound was clean and tidy with an
emphasis on musical precision. The
Mandrakes' emphasis is on rock'n'
roll in all its rough abandon, a
twanging, swampy, slimey homage
to music that isn't slickly produced
in a multimillion-dollar studio in
The Dig Mandrakes will be hoe
ing in your backyard Friday and
Saturday night at the Drumstick. As
the Cramps say, "If you can't dig
this, you need a new shovel."
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Fun in Omaha:
The Greater Omaha Convention and
Visitors Bureau recently published a
brochure detailing events and activi
ties in the Omaha area from March
The 1987 Home Show, the Midwest's
largest consumer home showcase with
decorated rooms, flower and garden
displays, and live entertainment, is
scheduled for Tuesday through March
29 at the Civic Auditorium. "Up with
People" and jazz musician David Amram
will perform April 4. The Boys Choir of
Harlem will perform April 7.
April highlights include the April 1
opening day of the Henry Doorly Zoo,
the April 17 season opener of the
Omaha Royals AAA Baseball Club, the
Shrine circus and parade April 22
through 26, and the opening day of
Ak-Sar-Ben, a Top Ten thoroughbred
racetrack on April 29.
A Mystery Weekend, April 24 and 25,
will have hotel guests racing to figure
out "whodunit" after a mock murder
occurs at the Best Western Omaha Inn,
108th and L streets.
Omaha-area interior designers deco
rate a landmark Omaha home at 5209
Burt St. as a benefit for the Omaha
Symphony. The Designer Shawhouse is
scheduled for April 25 through May 17.
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