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An unlikely friendship between two 11-year-old boys leads to a grand adventure in “The
Cure,” starring Joseph Mazzello (top) and Brad Renfro (bottom).
“Cure” explores ills of society
“The Cure” is an enjoyable film
that deals with some relevant so
cial issues. But if you go see it, try
to be in a positive mood, because
you probably won’t be in one by
the time you leave the theater.
The story is very touching. Erik
(Brad Renfro, “The Client”) be
friends his neighbor, Dexter (Jo
seph Mazzello, “Jurassic Park”),
an 11 -year-old who has contracted
AIDS through a blood transfu
Erik faces alienation from kids
at school and punishment from
his mom, but he suffers through it
all because of his friendship with
Erik becomes conscious of
Dexter’s illness and becomes ob
sessed with finding a cure.
The two boys watch “The
Medicine Man” and Erik experi
ments with local plant life in a
Erik’s mom (Diana Scarwid)
finds out about their friendship
when one of Erik’s plant concoc
tions makes Dexter sick.
She decides to send him away
to summer camp to keephimaway
from Dexter and his illness.
Instead, Erik and Dexter take
off cm the Mississippi River in
Film: “The Cure”
Stars: Joseph Mazzello,
Brad Renfro, Annabella
Director: Peter Horton
Five Words: Bring a box of
search of a cure for AIDS that
someone has supposedly found in
the bayous of Louisiana.
The two solidify their friend
ship as they adventure down die
Of course, the movie has to
have its social commentary. And
it is very positive commentary. It
deals heavily with the intense
prejudice people with AIDS are
forced to deal with on a daily
Duringone excellent scene, the
local bullies are getting ready to
beat up Erik and Dexter because
of Dexter’s virus.
But Erik compares Dexter to
the brother of the lead bully, who
had just returned from the hospi
His soliloquy touches the au
dience —even the bully, making
everyone think about the frighten
ing universality of the disease. If
Dexter can be affected, anyone
Another scene in the movie is
much more frightening. A hood
lum who ripped off the two boys
and who they have ripped off in
turn, comers them ana is begin
ning to be violent.
Dexter cuts his hand and threat
ens to mix his blood with that of
Erik calls him a superhero, but
Dexter begins to realize the hor
rific potential that he is dealing
with, both for himself and for oth
The excellent acting in the film
helps pronounce its tragic believ
Mazzello is superb as a young
boy who is horribly aware of his
mortality and how to cope with it.
And at the same time, Renfro
helps the audience overlook the
fact of the disease and see Dexter
for what he really is — an 11
year-old boy who wants to experi
ence the most out of tire rest of his
“The Cure” is a buddy movie
that viewers can relate to and in
many ways, would be scared to.
Couple finds fun
ay jen Hanaaii
Lou and Peter Berryman have
spent the last 32 years as friends
and a brief stint as marriage part
ners, a long and impressive track
record for any
But they are
for their 18
years as “The
ing as stu
dents in an art
class in 1963, Lou and Peter,
whose short marriage ended long
ago, went on to form a number of
bands, resulting in their current
setup with Lou playing piano and
accordion and Peter playing 12
string guitar. They share singing
and songwriting duties.
“We are collaborators in nearly
every respect,” Lou said in a tele
phone interview. “And that al
lows us to criticize each other and
make suggestions without any
body getting their feelings hurt.”
She said their musical style was
> difficult for her to pigeonhole,
although most people tended to
classify them quite easily.
“It’s a little hard to define”
Lou said. “We’re humorous, and
people like to call us folk musi
cians, so we’ve had no problem
“A lot of our songs are satiri
cal, but a lot of others are just
The Berrymans have steadily
acquired a loyal following, as is
evidenced by their sax consecu
tive first-place finishes for folk
music in Wisconsin’s Isthmus
Annual Peoples’ Choice Awards.
Getting die chance to perform
those songs in front of audiences,
she said, is the duo’s favorite as
pect of the musicians’ life.
This love is evidenced by their
regular appearances at folk festi
vals and coffeehouse concerts.
“Performing and meeting the
people who listen to our music is
by far the best part,” she said.
Lou described their perfor
mances as lighthearted and ener
“We talk a little; we sing a
little. No matter where we are, we
try to make the audience feel like
they are important to us,” she said.
“And they are, so it’s not too dif
But live performances and au
dience gratification aren’t the only
rewards of musicianship.
“We also really get into the
songwriting,” she said. “If s some
thingthat a lot of people don’t like
as much, but we love it.”
Lou said their muses were more
often hard-sought than divinely
See FOLK on 10
By Jeff Randall
Woinanstock, a benefit event
for the Lincoln chapter of the
National Organization for
Women, will be held tonight at
Duffy’s, 1412 O St., from 8 to
Local bands Cool Riddum,
Alias Jane and Lavender Couch
will perform and a silent auction
will also take place. ""
Eldonna Rayburn, assistant
coordinator for the Lincoln chap
ter of NOW, said tonight’s show
would hopefully be as successful
as last year’s event.
“Last year, it was very good for
the organization,” Rayburn said.
“We nearly raised enough to cover
the costs of running things for the
NOW is primarily an educa
tion and information organization,
she said. Influencing laws and
spreading information are the
group’s main tasks.
“We ’re trying to make the pub
lic aware of the various issues that
face women,” Rayburn said.
The three bands that will per
form in tonight’s show are return
ing after their performances in
last year’s Womanstock, she said.
“I don’t believe that any of the
bands are active members of
NOW,” Rayburn said. “But they
are all involved in the same issues
that we in the organization face on
a regular basis.
“They are members of the com
munity, and they are women, so
they are definitely involved in
some way or another with what
we deal with.”
“Idon’t believe that
any of the bands are
active members of
NOW. But they are all
involved in the same
issues that we in the
organization face on
a regular basis. ”
assistant coordinator for
Lincoln’s NOW chapter
The silent auction was made
possible by donations from local
businesses, she said. -
“We basically just walked into
local stores and asked if they
wanted to give anything to help
our cause,” Rayburn said. “For
the most part, we had very posi
Attending tonight’s event
would be another way to show
support for NOW, she said.
“These are three popular bands
that people really like and who
rarely all play together.” she said.
“It’s going to be a lot of fim, and
you’ll be able to help out a worthy
Womanstock ’95 is open to
those 21 years of age and over.
Tickets are $6 and are available at
the Albino Rhino, 101 N. 14 St.,
and Recycled Sounds, 824 P St.
Tickets will also be sold at the
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