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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 27, 1997)
Newest dance club
will open to minors
Owner says concept may appeal to many
By Gerry Beltz
Slowly but surely, the club is coming.
Originally slated to open on Valentine’s Day,
Lincoln’s newest dance club, Temptations, 1600
O St., is now looking at opening its doors by
mid-March, said Mark Goldfeder, business
manager and part owner of the club.
“We’ve had some delays come down,” he
said. “But, without any further problems, the
latest we should be open is about the time stu
dents are in the transition of coming back from
The original intent of Temptations was to
be an alcohol-serving establishment, but the
amount of red tape involved brought a change
of mind, said Goldfeder, who is a senior busi
ness major at the University of Nebraska-Lin
“Delays with the liquor commission and
other licensing agencies prompted us to refor
mat our interests,” he said.
It was these delays that brought about the
new concept for the 18-and-over club, he said.
“We realized more and more clubs in town
are allowing minors in,” he said, “but are get
ting into trouble because of minors purchasing
and consuming alcohol.”
There is also the matter of different-aged
friends who want to spend time together, but
can’t because of a bar’s “no one under 21 ” rule.
“there’s nowhere for them to go together
safely and have a good time,” he said.
Goldfeder also said the non-alcoholic atmo
sphere of Temptations will appeal to many col
lege students who are older than 21.
“Not every college student wants to drink
him- or herself drunk,” he said.
Temptations will serve pops and juices,
Goldfeder said, and through contact with both
Not every college student
wants to drink him- or
herself drunk ”
Tfemptations business manager
Seagrams and Bartles & James, recipes for
mock-tails (non-alcoholic drinks) will be avail
able as well.
“This gives the customer a variety of bever
ages to choose from that won’t increase intoxi
cation,” he said.
Temptations has already received its dance
club license from the Lincoln Police Depart
ment, Goldfeder said, and will boast a dance
floor “more than twice the size of the one at
Decadance,” Goldfeder said.
“It’ll also have a single L-shaped bar, a DJ
booth and an elevated security stage,” he said.
Although the music right now is sticking
around the present (modem dance music), other
ideas are already being considered, Goldfeder
“The concept of a retro night, with music
from the ’80s, has been very popular,” he said.
“Also, in order to attract older crowds, we’ve
discussed a ’50s and ’60s night.
“Right now, we’re just going to listen to the
Although problems with construction and
funding have been setbacks, Goldfeder said, he
hopes the club will be open earlier than planned.
“Hopefully, we’ll be open before spring
break,” he said, “if all goes well.”
* Lane Hickenbottom/DN
MARK GOLDFEDER, a senior business major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is business
manager and partial owner of the soon-to-be-opened dance club, Temptations, 1600 0 St.
By Gerry Beltz
Tonight, the UNL School of
Music will present the opera “Don
Giovanni,” starting at 8 at Kimball
Recital Hall, 12th and R streets.
William Shomos, assistant pro
fessor of voice and opera, said his
choice for this year’s opera was
somewhat laborious, but no more
than it has been before.
“When I select an opera, there
are two issues for me to address,”
he said. “One, I want to direct
something that appeals to me; and
two, something suitable for the stu
dents we have on to sing the opera.
“It can be difficult. I have to be
very sensitive to what students will
be back and what I think their ca
“Don Giovanni” recounts the
last 24 hours of the earthly life of
Don Giovanni, infamous for his
ability to seduce women.
“It starts out with him killing
the father of his latest conquest, if
you will, in a duel,” he said. “The
body of the opera takes us through
the adventures of that day.”
Shomos said opera always faces
the additional challenge of getting
the text across to the audience in a
singing format as opposed to the
spoken word. But, he said, there is
one thing in their favor with this
“We’re doing this in English as
opposed to the original Italian,” he
said, “but it is still a challenge to
get the words across.
“With the way the voice works,
the text can be difficult to under
Shomos said the students in
volved in the opera should be given
great credit for the work they have
done on this production.
“The students are doing a pretty
good job of this,” he said. “It adds
responsibility to the singers/actors
to show intensity and motivation
throughout the opera, both facially
Another difficulty has been the
short amount of time to prepare for
such a long piece of work, he said.
“One of the big challenges was
that this is a three-hour piece of
work,” he said, “and we’re doing
the best we can with a five-week
“We’re getting just as much as
we can out of the show in the lim
ited time we have.”
“Don Giovanni” will show to
night and Friday at 8, and Sunday
afternoon at 3.
Multiple winners pile up at Grammys
NEW YORK (AP) — From the
Beatles to Beck, nine different artists
took home multiple Grammys
Wednesday in a ceremony that cel
ebrated music’s diversity. Even a
“tone-deaf’ first lady took home a
Multiple award winners included
the Beatles, the Fugees, Beck, Sheryl
Crow, Eric Clapton, Kenneth
“Babyface” Edmonds, LeAnn Rimes,
Toni Braxton and Vince Gill.
In a year of no cleaj; trends, it was
one song that proved dominant. The
composition “Change the World” was
responsible for Grammy awards for
singer Clapton, its songwriters and
Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying
she was “amazed” to win for her re
cording of her book on child rearing,
“It Takes a Village,” picked up the
prize during the pre-telecast presen
tation ceremony at Madison Square
Garden before heading back to Wash
ington for a state dinner.
“I was very surprised because I
didn’t even know that the Grammys
were given to tone-deaf people like
me,” Clinton said, recalling an off-key
duet she recently performed on “The
Rosie O’Donnell Show.”
With three awards on Wednesday,
the Beatles nearly doubled their life
time haul of Grammys. They won for
best pop performance by a duo or
group for “Free As a Bird,” the song
manufactured by the three surviving
members from a tape left behind by
the late John Lennon.
They also won two video awards
for “Free As a Bird” and their anthol
ogy project. During their peak in the
1960s, the Beatles won only four
A tearful country singer LeAnn
Rimes, with a dress to match her hit
song, “Blue,” won the award for best
new artist. The teen singing sensation
also won for best female country vo
“Blue” was also honored as best
country song, an award that went to
writer Bill Mack.
Babyface, who earned a record-ty
ing 12 Grammy nominations, won the
songwriter’s award for best rhythm
and blues composition, “Exhale
(Shoop Shoop),” sung by Whitney
Houston. He also was honored as pro
ducer of the year.
Beck augured a changing of the
guard for rock music, beating out vet
erans Bruce Springsteen, Bryan
Adams, Clapton and John Hiatt for an
award for his surrealistic “Where It’s
At.” He also won for best alternative
Braxton, admitting she was sur
prised to beat Celine Dion, won best
female pop performance and best fe
male rhythm and blues performance
for two different swigs: “Un-break My
Heart” and “You’re Makin’ Me High.”
Crow won for best rock album and
best female rock performance for “If
It Makes You Happy.” The Fugees,
who performed with late reggae star
Bob Marley’s back-up band, took
home two awards. Gill won for best
country collaboration and best male
country vocal performance.
Tracy Chapman received a
Grammy for best rock song for her
plea to a reluctant lover, “Give Me One
Reason.” The song was also nomi
nated for record and song of the year.
LL Cool J was ecstatic upon find
ing out he won an award for best rap
solo performance. “My head was ex
ploding over there because I didn’t
want to have to smile if someone else
won,” he said.
Veteran folk artist pete Seeger re
ceived a standing ovation when he
won an award for best traditional folk
Cissy Houston, mother of pop star
Whitney Houston, went home a
Grammy winner for the first time for
a gospel performance.
Winners were chosen by the 9,000
voting members of the National Acad
emy of Recording Arts & Sciences, a
group of music business profession
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