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    6 Arts & Entertainment Wednesday, May 2,1990
Exotic scenes make flick far from typical
By Julie Naughton
Senior Reporter
“The Gods Must Be Crazy II,” far
from a typical movie, combines les
sons about exotic animals with an
airplane crash and an adventure in the
African desert.
The movie, which easily could pass
for a National Geographic special,
introduces a melange of characters in
the opening scenes.
Although the movie has two plots
and a subplot, the focus is not on the
characters. A narrator periodically tells
the audience what is happening to the
characters, and the major focus goes
to the scenery and to the animals. The
wild Sahara Desert, the African bushes,
the vast skies, as well as hyenas, os
triches, leopards and lions arc given
ample camera lime.
While the audience never hears
the names of the human characters,
they learn why hyenas attack, why
male ostrich protect ostrich eggs and
how to make a firebreak.
These lessons are sandwiched
around the characters, particularly
around a visiting woman from New
York who has never seen anything
more exotic than a subway.
A wildlife worker decides to show
the visiting woman the country. They
takeoff from their gathering in a light
plane and get out to a wilderness
worker’s post. As soon as they get out
there, an emergency demands that the
worker leave the woman, so he sends
her back to the gathering with another
worker - a handsome, moody male
As these two take off in the plane,
a sudden storm whips up, causing
them to lose their bearings and even
tually crash.
At the same lime, two older, dirty,
crusty-looking men searching for ivory
(which is illegal to import or export)
accidentally cartofltwo African bush
children, who have snuck into the
back of their truck. The children’s
father walks up just in time to see his
children carted off.
In between animal lessons, the two
plots of the movie then explore the
man and woman’s efforts to return to
civilization and the bushman’s at
tempts to find his children. After the
animal lessons, the plot shifts to show
the happy endings that the characters
have worked out.
Although the film’s focus was not
on the characters, the switch was a
refreshing change from the average
cops-and-robbers, horror or adven
ture film. The animals, in their natu
ral habitat, pul in amusing perform
ances. And although the breaks be
tween the plots and the animals arc
rough and do not (low well, this is a
fun film.
“The Gods Must Be Crazy 11“ is
entertaining as well as educational,
and does not contain anything that
will be embarrassing to explain to the
“The Gods Must Be Crazy II” is
playing at the Plaza 4 Theatre, 201 N.
12th St.
Tom Gallagher/Daily Nebraskan
Discounts offered for series purchases
Lied’s second season to include ‘Cats,’ Kirov
By Jim Hanna
Staff spotter
The Lied Center for Performing
Arts will move into its first full sea
son next fall with a schedule of events
of extremely high quality, said the
Lied Center’s new director, Robert
“These arc the greatest artists in
the world,” Chumbley said of the
Lied 1990-91 season.
Artists visiting the Lied Center
next year will include Itzhak Perlman,
Branford Marsalis, Leontyne Price,
Lionel Hampton, Mel Tormc and
Crystal Gayle.
In an effort to make buying tickets
easier for Lied patrons, a variety of
series combining similar events will
be offered. Each series will contain
three to five events and will be sold in
discounted packages — 10 percent off
for the purchase of one series, 15
percent off for two.
The Lied Center, eager to increase
student turnout at its events, has de
signed one performance scries with
student interests in mind.
Called “Serious Fun,” the scries
includes tickets to Kronos Quartet,
Marsalis, Hampton, an Abbey Thea
ter production of “The Playboy of the
Western World,” and the Paul Drcshcr
Ensemble’s “Pioneer.”
The cost of the package for stu
dents is $30, which, at $6 a show,
compares favorably to a night at the
movies, Chumbley said.
.Single tickets, which go on sale
Aug. 27, will be discounted for stu
dents --which should encourage them
to attend, Chumbley said. Tickets for
University of Ncbraska-Lmcoln stu
dents, as well as for those 18 and
under, are half-price for all shows
except “Cats,” which runs in Febru
Beyond “Serious Fun,” oilier series
include “Showtime,” a musical thea
ter scries; “Solo Spotlights,” featur
ing musical soloists; and “Great
Masters,” a series highlighting famed
artists in ballet and orchestral music.
The highlight of the performance
series will come in April of 1991
when the Artists of Lied Festival is
held, Chumbley said. The series fea
tures five events throughout April
including the Miami Ballet, Broyhill
Chamber Ensemble and the St. Louis
A second series option involves
the “Kaleidoscope of Arts.” With
this option, a Lied patron can select
any six events from a list of 23 to
create their own series package.
Of the 46 events scheduled foi
next season, two will be productions
by university performance groups.
In December, The Department of
Theatre Arts & Dance will stage ‘‘A
Christmas Carol” and in March, a
UNL Opera Theater production of
Don Giovanni will receive a two
night run.
Other events that will be staged at
the Lied Center next year include The
Kirov Ballet, The Royal Concertge
bouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Pippi
Longstocking, Garth Fagan Bucket
Dance, The Boys Choir of Harlem
and The Shanghai Acrobats and
imperial Warriors of the Peking Opera.
A brochure detailing the entire
season will be available from the Lied
Center starting next week, Chumbley
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Plant's Zeppelin roots reflected
in energy of ‘Manic Nirvana LP
By Troy Falk
Staff Reporter
Robert Plant
“Manic Nirvana”
Es Paran/a
“Manic Nirvana ’ follows
Robert Plant’s past musical styl
ing, yet it has a new twist of energy
within. The music is familiar Plant
style, but the lyrics arc more free
and unconipromiscd.
The first cut is ‘4 Hurting Kind, ”
a good dance tunc that still is fine
for kicking back and cranking up.
This is not techno-pop dance mu
sic, but good old-fashioned rock
‘n’ roll.
“I’ll kiss the flower in your
hair/1 T1 kiss your flower every -
whcre/1 give rny love but you don t
care,” Plant belts out in “SSS &
Q.” This song is one of the most
creative tracks on the album, a
break away from the traditional
Plant. The guitars are more inven
tive and the drums carry the solid
hard rock 4n’ roll all the way with
out overpowering the rest of the
“Nirvana” probably is the best
song on the album. As this tune
starts, it drives the listener to get up
and dance. The energy and power
from the music pulsates out. from
the speakers. This cut best exem
plifies the new direction Plant and
his band have taken. Their new
direction seems to be the music
industry’s big money market, while
they still are able to produce good
solid rock V rdl.
* “Good morning. What wc have
in mind is breakfast in bed for
400,(XX),” is yelled at the begin
ning of “Tie Dye on the High
way.” It’s easy to think this is a
live recording at first -- then (he
audiencedisappears after the open
ing monologue.
The next song, ‘‘Your Ma Said
You Cried in Your Sleep Last
Night,” is a throwback to loud
Pass guitar and bass drumbeat. The
beat is hard, fast and forces one to
move to its captivating rhythm.
Plant’s band -- Chris Blackwell
(drums), Doug Boyle (master gui
tars), Phil Johnstone (keyboards)
and Charlie Jones (bass) back him
up beautifully. None of them over
powers a song or stanza, yet their
presence is pronounced. These
gentlemen don’t have to prove
themselves by outplaying or drown
ing out anyone else.
Plant displays his years of expe
rience with the lyrics and voice
control. Some say he had a lack of
range in his younger days with Led
Zeppelin That may be, but he has
used his vast experience to hone
his abilities to near perfection within
his limitations.
Some Zeppelin fans say he’s
sold out He would be selling out
only if he did Zeppelin-type music,
ana then he would be selling out
both Zeppelin and himself.
Plant pays homage to his years
in Led Zeppelin by sticking to the
rock ‘n’ roll basics he knows best,
yet continuing to voice his own
opinion in today’s music world.