The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 17, 1995, Page 9, Image 9

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a benefit
By Josh Wimmer
Staff Reporter
Poet Allen Ginsberg and composer
Philip Glass will join forces tonight at 8
for a benefit concert in Nebraska
Wesleyan University’s O’Donnell Audi
Proceeds from the concert will go to
benefit Jewel Heart, an international Ti
betan Buddhist organization, said Diane
Wilson, Jewel Heart Nebraska co-coor
Glass will perform first and will play
four solo pieces on piano: “Opening,”
“Three Etudes for Piano,” “Three Meta
morphoses for Piano,” and “Satyagraha
(Ending),” said Kent Porter, Jewel Heart
Nebraska co-coordinator.
After an intermission, Ginsberg will
offer a collection from his work, “Se
lected Poems and Songs and New Writ
ing 1995,” Porter said.
The two artists will come together at
the concert’s end and perform “Wichita
Vortex Sutra” from the opera “Hydrogen
Jukebox,” Porter said.
Chris McCall, a guitarist and vocalist,
will open the concert, Porter said, and
the backdrop for the show will be an
authentic Tibetan brocade tapestry, Por
ter said.
sorter said tne concen wouia oe tapea,
possibly to be broadcast at a later date or
to be distributed in the United States and
Europe. It will be the first time Ginsberg
has performed on television, he said.
Wilson said that both Ginsberg and
Glass had performed in Lincoln twice
before, but not together.
Jewel Heart is an organization de
voted to the promotion of Tibetan cul
ture and the Tibetan Buddhist philoso
phy, Wilson said. It was founded ap
proximately seven years ago by Gelek
Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama, she said.
Both Ginsberg and Glass have stud
ied with Rinpoche, she said, and have
attended many Jewel Heart retreats.
Jewel Heart International has chap
ters in New York, Chicago, Cleveland,
Singapore, Malaysia, the Netherlands,
Mexico and Lincoln, Porter said.
Wilson said the Lincoln chapter had
existed for about four years. It has a core
group of about 10 members, she said, but
she expects many more people to show
up at the concert.
Tickets for the concert are $16 and
will be available at the door when the
auditorium box office opens at 6 p.m.
Hummin’ with Hootie
Jeff Haller/DN
Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowf ish sings with soul Thursday night at the Omaha Civic Auditorium Music Hall.
The band played several songsoff of their most recent album, "Cracked Rear View," while opening for Toad the Wet
Film deals with child’s racial identity
By Joel Strauch
Film Critic
The Bible’s Solomon was wise enough to
make the decision to return a baby to its true
But what if that child had two women who
both believed they were the baby’s mother?
Solomon would have been puzzled if he
would have had to decide who would be
“Losing Isaiah.”
This powerful film deals not only with the
loss of a child, but the loss of racial identity
that a child growing up in a family of a
different background might suffer.
Khaila Richards (Halle Berry), a young
woman addicted to crack, leaves her baby in
a box while she goes to get a fix.
The baby is picked up by some garbage
men who believe it has been abandoned.
The baby boy, Isaiah, is taken to a hospi
tal, where he fights his own addiction to
Film: “Losing Isaiah”
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stars: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry
Rated: R
Grade: B+
Five Words: Racial issues, emotion
dominate film.
crack and gains the attention of social worker
Margaret Lewin (Jessica Lange).
Margaret falls in love with Isaiah, and she
and her husband (David Strathaim) eventu
ally adopt him.
Meanwhile, Khaila, overcome by grief
because she believes her baby is dead, be
comes involved in a drug rehabilitation pro
gram and starts turning her life around.
She discovers that her baby is still alive
and takes legal action in a precedent-setting
The film is wonderfully thick with racial
overtones. The Lewins provide a stable home
for Isaiah, but he lives in a colorblind envi
ronment, oblivious to his own race and cul
Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jack
son plays a key role as Kadar Lewis, Khaila ’s
lawyer, who adamantly believes black ba
bies belong in black families.
But it is the two mothers who really give
the film its emotional drive. Academy Award
winning Lange is phenomenal, but Berry
outdoes her.
“Losing Isaiah” will not be the most popu
lar movie of the year, but it is an important
film and deserves to be watched and learned
World-class trio to take stage
By Jeff Randall
Staff Reporter
Students wanting to do some
thing more intellectual than watch
ing MTV this spring break may
want to stick around Lincoln for
Saturday’s performance by the
Trio at the Lied Center for Per
forming Arts.
The trio is composed of three
artists, all internationally re
nowned in their own right—pia
nist Joseph Kalichstein, conduc
tor/violinist Jamie Laredo and
cellist Sharon Robinson. They
promise to bring a world-class
performance to the Lied stage,
said David Abbott, an assistant
. professor of piano.
“They are one of the world’s
most famous, respected and all
around wonderful ensembles,”
Abbott said. “It should be a very
rewarding experience for anyone
who attends.”
Saturday night’s performance
will include works that are easily
recognized and extremely chal
lenging for musicians, he said.
The pieces will be ‘Trio in G
Major, KV 564” by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, “Trio in B Ma
jor, Op. 8” by Johannes Brahms
and “Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 99
(D898)” by Franz Schubert.
“When you hear it, it’s hard to
believe that only three instruments
are involved,” he said. “I’ve
played it before, and it is a thor
oughly exhausting piece for all
three musicians, but the beauty,
depth and strength of the piece
make it worth it.”
Abbott encouraged anyone in
terested to attend the masters
classes, which run before the show
from 4 pjn. to 6 p.m. In these i
workshops, the performers will
coach amateur musicians with
their own music. Kalich iein will
be on the main stage of the Lied,
Laredo will be in the Lied’s
Steinhart Room and Robinson will
be in Room 119 of the Westbrook
Music Building.
The concert will begin Satur
day at 8 p.m. Abbott will be giv
ing two pre-performance lectures
55 and 35 minutes before curtain.
Tickets for the show are $18, $14
and $10, and are half-price for
CD party at Hurricane
one of live music options
From Staff Reports
Heroes and Villains may not
be a household name yet, but the
band hopes that will change with
its new release, “Exposition.”
The band’s compact disc re
lease party will be at the Hurri
cane, 1118 0 St., Saturday at 10
p.m. It is a 19-and-over show.
Admission is $4. For $ 10, you
can buy admission and a compact
disc, and for $ 15 dollars, you can
buy admission, a compact disc
and a T-shirt.
The band will play all of the
songs from “Exposition,” some
older songs and some songs that
haven’t been heard before, said
—drummer John Lefler Jr.
“We hope Lincoln will em
brace Heroes and Villains,”
Lefler said.
At the Hurricane tonight will
be Secret Skin and Stick Figures,
also a 19-and-over show.
Le Cafe Shakes, 1418 O St.,
will feature Still Lifeandthe Swing
Kids tonight. Saturday night will
feature Sick of It All, which
opened for Helmet, Orange and -
9mm Kom.
The Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.,
will have Not All There tonight
and Saturday. And Shit Hook will
play Saturday.
No Left Stone plays two sets
tonight at Knickerbockers, 901 O
St. Ultimate Fake Book and Red
Max will play Saturday night at