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Wednesday, April 22, 1987
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Give Prince's new album a chance
even if you can't stand his persona
By Stew Manguson
As I sit down to write the review for
Prince's new double album, "Sign of
The Times," I feel that I should do more
defending than reviewing. I love Prince;
we have a lot in common: We're both
short, we both constantly think about
sex, and neither of us can grow a
But there are many out there who
have a complete hatred for Prince
Rogers Nelson, and I think much of
that hatred is undeserved.
Like any phenomenally successful
LP, "Purple Rain" created an I-hate-Prince
backlash. This is perfectly un
derstandable when the half-dozen or so
singles were overplayed on every radio
station from coast to coast. Plus Prince
is an egotistical bonehead who makes
OK, he makes bad movies, he says
silly things, he wears silly clothes on
stage. When I talk to Prince-haters, and
that includes just about everyone I
know, these are the points brought up
most often. None of these things have
much to do with his music.
But there are the people who regu
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The costs are displayed at the
Sheldon on modified T-stands, Kil
lestad said, so they're 'greatly ab
stracted. "You don't see the human qual
ity that's important," he said.
The way in which fabric hangs is
critical to Killestad. He teaches a
class in draping as well as surface
design, fashion drawing and soci
cpcychological aspects cf clothing.
With a Ml-tirae schedule, Eil
lestad said he doesn't have much
time for his designs. Some more
elaborate coats may take three
months to do. Most of his artwork
larly attack Prince's music. I find most
of these people to be musical racists;
they have a natural aversion to any
thing performed by anyone black.
They've probably never heard Sly and
the Family Stone's "Stand" album all
the way through, and the closest thing
to soul in their album collection is the
Aretha Franklin cut on their "Big
In other words, they really have no
business criticizing Prince's music. I
don't go around making fun of George
Strait or Beethoven because I don't
listen to, or care for, country or classi
cal music. So what would my opinion
be worth if I started making comments
about Dolly Parton's latest LP? Nothing,
as is the musical racist's opinion whose
idea of funky music is Jethro Tull.
And for those who don't like Prince
because of his ego, bad movies or the
"Raspberry Beret" single, I'll give you
But despite all that, I think Prince is
the most exciting, creative, intriguing
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fashion dressmaking. He was
trained in Paris and later was a
buyer in Chicago and a free-lance
designer in Sin Francisco.
Killestad has been exhibiting
his work for years all over the
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locally, and most cf my students .
are not familiar with what I do," he
Hillestad said he's not opposed
to selling the coats. However, he's
not anxious to sell them now
because of upcoming exhibitions.
The more labor-intensive coats cost
about $1,500, he said.
Future exhibitions for Killestad
include the Joslyn Art Museum in
September and Seoul, South Korea
next year. He said he hopes to
start working with lighter colors
and new textures like natural
performer of the 1980s. Just give a
quick listen to his last LP, "Parade."
Give a good hard listen to "New Posi
tion," "Mountains" or "Christopher
Tracy's Parade," then try and think of
something else you've heard just like
these tracks. You won't find anything
Prince is always one step ahead of
everyone else in the soul genre.
"Sign of The Times" is a two-album
set of joyous, dance-crazy, self-indulgent
music, sometimes bordering on genius,
sometimes creating unintentional
humor. Maybe a two-record collection
going for $13 while anti-Prince senti
ment is high, was a mistake. But those
who shell out the extra dollars will be
buying one of the most solid double
LPs in years.
It's not as creative as "Parade."
Prince switches from progressive to
regressive, paying tribute to his musi
cal forefathers like James Brown on
"Housequake," Sly Stone on "Ballad of
Dorothy Parker" and Parliament on
Prince has "laid off' the Revolution,
going solo, on one song, "It's Going to
See PRINCE on 8
Fund-raiser film festival
from Friends of Sheldon
By Kevin Cowan
First, in an attempt to balance Lin
coln's lean toward commercial
ized cinema, there emerged Shel
don Film Theater. Then, because every
body needs a buddy, there arose the
Friends of Sheldon.
The Friends of Sheldon came about
And there continues to be a strong
interest in the Friends, Friend's member
Dwight Gee said.
As a result of this continued inter
est, the Friends of Sheldon have organ
ized their fourth film festival. The fes
tival will run partial days on Thursday
and Friday, and full days on Saturday
A newsletter released by Sheldon
last week said that the festival's goals
are to raise the current membership of
451 to 500, to generate $10,000 for a
new screen and to replace some of the
20-year-old projection equipment.
Gee, the festival chairman, said Shel
don needs a new screen because the
reflective properties of the old one
have greatly diminished. The power
supply, a power converter and the rec
tifier also need to be replaced.
"It takes clean power and lot of it,"
Aside from the fund drive, the Friends
of Sheldon thought it was time to flex a
bit of their aesthetic brawn. Normally,
Gee said, the director takes care of
scheduling. But for this occasion, the
Friends took to the ballot box and
voted for these films: "Ran," "A Room
with a View," "Koyaanisqatsi" and
"Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy
Dean, Jimmy Dean."
BeMgMIM, fenny plot,
are the 'Artstocats' meow
By Kevin Cowan
It took me a week to talk my friend
into seeing this movie with me.
"Let's go see 'The Aristocats,' " say I.
"I've seen it," he smugly replies.
"Yeah, when you were 6," I retort.
"Yeah. That's right. I've seen it,"
scoffs my overly mature crony.
"Aristocats" is a classic. No doubt
about it. What's the matter with all you
miseducated schmucks who won't go
see "The Aristocats?" Is a kiddie movie
no challenge for you?
OK, so it's a film for tykes. Keeping
this in mind, let's take a look at this
sibling celluloid rendering.
Animation. Some of the best anima
tion ever produced. Walt Disney anima
tion is one of the forerunners of such
full-length animator greats as Ralph
Bakshi of "Lord of the Rings" fame.
Disney has a certain knack for altering
precise and abstract lines to produce
dramatic moods. At one point, the
background and foreground seem to
blend, looking like a well-animated B
movie cartoon. Then a scene change.
The old woman's house bursts into bril
liant precision, and the cartoon char
acters' mouths even move in the shape
of the words they are making. You don't
really see that on Saturday-morning
cartoons. Not even on the Smurfs. The
truth is that Disney was a near-genius.
He knew when to articulate and when
to be abstract.
"But it's a story about a bunch of
stupid cats. All I remember is a bunch
of them singing," continues my mis
"That's why you need to see it," say I.
What do you have as far as charac
ters in "The Aristocats?" You've got
two people, two dogs, three geese
one, a drunk; the other two, proper but
sociable Brits. And of course, the cats.
"Ran," directed by Akira Kurosawa,
was called by The Village Voice "a
majestic piece of filmmaking, a lush
tapestry of lordly tableaux, ruthless
betrayals and flaming carnage seen
through the eyes of a weeping god."
Winning three Oscars for costume
design, art direction and best screen
play adaptation, "A Room with a View"
tells the story of a young elitist's strug
gle with passion under the harsh mores
of the upper class in tum-of-the-century
Florence and an English countryside.
"Life out of balance" is the meaning
of the word "Koyaanisqatsi." It's a film
about the natural and man-made world
a visually stunning film, the Shel
don newsletter said. Contemporary com
poser Philip Glass wrote the sound
track for this optically gratifying ren
dering. Cher, Sandy Denis and Karen Black
wood star in Robert Altman's "Come
Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean,
Jimmy Dean." By way of the 20-year-old
silver screen, the film brings to life a
turbulent reunification of the Jimmy
Dean idolization society in an obscure
You can see all four films for a spe
cial festival price of $12, or you can go
to them separately for $4 each. The
prices have gone up because of the
sales-tax increase, Gee said.
If the normal prices don't appeal to
you, a painless $12 student member
ship would entitle you to a $1 movie
discount all the time. If you're a hard
core Sheldon flick fan, the membership
is a worthwhile investment.
Festival schedules are available at
the Sheldon box office, the Lincoln
Journal and Star, or by calling the
Sheldon Art Gallery at 472-5353.
Lots and lots of cats. You see, "Aristo
cats" was made in the days when child
ren didn't require such extravagant
cartoons like "Robotech" or "The Auto
bots." All kids needed back then were
personifications of a few barnyard ani
mals and they were happy. That's what
makes this film so darn delightful. The
comedy is light, yet it's not the Steve
Martin or, farther back, the Lenny
Bruce type of comedy light that has to
insult a few social classes to be funny.
Beyond comedy though, this film
reveals an interesting yet simple plot, a
definite forerunner of the basic com
mercial narrative. Set in France, the
film shows the archaic dichotomy of
the elitist and the working-class ethic.
In fact, it portrays the working class as
quite enjoyable carefree. Since you're
dealing with animals, the little prob
lems of law and society don't have to be
dealt with directly. Remember, we're
talking about animals. You don't have
to play the sophisticate and start read
ing in all these underlying connota
tions about political theory and all that
It's a story about
a bunch of stupid
cats. All I
remember is a
bunch of them
A misguided peer
Walt Disney is rereleasing all its
films. "Song of the South" and "101
Dalmations" already hit the theaters
I missed them both. "Snow White"
is on its way, coming soon and more can
surely be expected.
If you're in the mood for an intense
drama of complicated plot, go to Shel
don. But if, by chance, you want to
forget all the garbage that surrounds
us, this film is the cure.
"The Aristocats" is playing at
the Plaza 4 and Eastp&rk 3.
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