The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 12, 1999, Page 9, Image 9

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The following is a briefguide to
weekend events. Please call
venues for more information.
Duffy's, 1412 0. St
Sunday: Lullaby for the Working
Duggan's Pub, 440 S. 11th St
Friday and Saturday: Baby Jason
and the Spankers
Knickerbockers, 901 O St
Friday: Full Blown, Mercy Rule,
Holy Ghost
Saturday: Earthling, Rock Gods
Mo Java Cafe, 2649 N. 48th St,
Suite D
Friday: Butch Krause
The Q, 226 S. Ninth St
Sunday: Cabaret Show Night
The Royal Grove, 340 W.
Cornhusker Hwy.
Friday: Rockin’ Fossils
Saturday: Version 3
Speakeasy, 3233 *A S. 13th St
Friday and Saturday: Alibi
Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St
Friday: Studebaker John and the
Saturday: Larry Garner
Mary Riepma Ross Film
Theater, 12™ and R streets
Sunday: “Western”
Museum of Nebraska History,
15th and P streets
Sunday: “Holiday Inn,” starring
Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby
Lied Center for Performing
Arts, 12th and R streets
Saturday and Sunday:
“Romantic Rhapsody”
Star City Dinner Theatre,
803 Q. St
All weekend: “Closer Than
Burkholder Project, 719 P St
Friday and Saturday: “Even
Cowgirls Get the Blues,” “Places
in Europe”
Nailery 9,124 S. Ninth St.
All weekend: “Fruits of Passion”
Haydon Gallery, 335 N. Eighth
St., Suite A
. Friday and Saturday: “Jazz
Joslyn Art Museum, 2200
Dodge St, Omaha
All weekend: “Dali’s Mustache:
A Photographic Interview by
Salvador Dali and Philippe
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Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S.
Ninth St \
Friday and Saturday: recent
works by Amy Sadie, Carol
Sexton, Steve Settles, John
Gillett, Olive Bishop, Bonnie
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery,
12th and R streets
All weekend: “Icons of Public
Memory: Photographs from the
College of Journalism”
Mexican folk group performs in Lincoln
no Facts
What: Ballet Folklorico
Where: Performance at Lincoln High School,
Workshop at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East
When: Performance on Saturday at 8 p.m.,
Workshop on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
The Skinny: Dancers from Nuevo Leon, Mexico
perform various Mexican folk dances
By Liza Holtmeier
Senior staff writer
Dressed in traditional mariachi
garb, the charros contrast the grace of
their female partners with the rough
ness of their pounding steps.
As the music’s intensity increases,
the women’s multilayered, multicol
ored dresses whip around the arms of
their men.
The dancers are performing the
Son, a folk dance from Mexico that
originated during the mixing of the
indigenous population and
It is one of many dances the Ballet
Folklorico from Nuevo Leon,
Mexico, will perform this weekend in
Under the sponsorship of several
Lincoln community organizations,
Ballet Folklorico will present a per
formance of Mexican folk dance
Saturday evening at Lincoln High
School. Sunday, they will offer a
workshop for students wanting to
learn more about the dances.
“This is unlike anything you’ve
ever seen before,” said Dana
Rodriguez, a member of the commit
tee bringing Ballet Folklorico to
Lincoln. “This will be a style of dance
rarely seen in the Midwest.”
Ballet Folklorico is composed of
students from the University of
Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico.
Since its premiere in 1997, the
dance troupe has garnered interna
tional acclaim, representing Mexico
at a variety of world folk dance festi
When the group performs this
weekend, it will present folk dances
from various regions of Mexico. Each
region’s dances will exhibit a distinc
tive style of movement and costume.
At the beginning of the program,
the dancers will perform indigenous
dances from San Luis Potosi.
Costumes for these dances feature
bright colors but minimal layers, and
dancers wear moccasins instead of
heeled shoes.
The first dance of this section is
the Danza de Matlachines. Danced in
honor of Mother Earth and the Sun
God, this dance is performed in a cir
cle to represent Mexico’s unity.
Also in this section, the dancers
will perform the Danza de
Cuanegros. Influenced by Spaniards
and blacks in Mexico, this dance is
common at weddings and baptisms.
Another highlight before inter
mission will be dances from
Veracruz. Located in eastern Mexico,
this region has dances with a Cuban
influence. The costumes for this sec
tion feature a great deal of white, with
flowered aprons for the women.
A highlight of this section will be
“El Zapateado.” Wearing hard-heeled
shoes, the dancers exhibit lightning,
pounding footwork in this piece.
“Sometimes, the music will stop,
and you’ll just hear the sound of their
feet,” Ramirez said.
“It gives you goose bumps,”
Rodriguez added.
After intermission, the dancers
will perform dances from their native
Nuevo Leon. Located about three
hours from the Mexico-United States
border, Nuevo Leon gamers its influ
ences from the Europeans settlers.
Dances include the polka and the
shotis. The dancers will also perform
dances from Jalisco.
Regardless of region, the dancers
have received extensive training in
each of the dance forms at the
University of Nuevo Leon.
“This group is Lied Center quali
Ramirez said, “But not everyone can
afford to go to the Lied Center.”
To make the group’s performance
more accessible, Ramirez said, the
committee decided to have Ballet
Folklorico perform at Lincoln High
School. Committee members thought
that venue would bring in people who
wouldn’t normally attend an arts,
At Lincoln
High, audience
members will also have
a chance to meet with the
“It’s a more informal
atmosphere,” Ramirez
said/ “We wanted people
to feel like they could talk to
me dancers.”
Students also can learn from the
dancers during Sunday’s workshop.
The workshop is open to University
of Nebraska-Lincoln students for
free. All levels of dancers are invited
to attend.
“We just want everyone to take
part in this festive occasion,” Ramirez
said. “These are some of the best
maestros of Mexican folk dance.”
Musical addresses 70s gay life, AIDS threat
...... . ... • Courtesy Photo
FALSETTOS, a Tony-Award winning musical about the advent of AIDS in the ’80s, stars
(left to right) Michael Simpson (Whizzer), Brett Foster (Marvin) and Ryan Rubek (Jason).
The musical plays every weekend throughout the month at the Theatre at the J in
By Christopher Heine
Staff writer
1979 marked more than the turning of a decade for gay men.
The sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s brought the homo
sexual lifestyle closer to the mainstream, and for the first time in
history, freed many to choose same-sex relationships.
However, the haunting, international news of “the gay cancer”
was just on the brink of being heard.
“Falsettos,” a musical starting a three-weekend ran in Omaha’s
Theatre at the J tonight, puts music to a story about love, family and
sexual identity at the genesis of AIDS. The storyline starts in 1979
and ends in 1982.
,uui 'Theprodiictioh and*musicll
performance presented by the Omaha production company SNAP!
Veteran SNAP! performer Brett Scott plays the role of the
homosexual character Marvin, whose lover is stricken with the *
theii-unnamed affliction.
Scott said the two-act, two-hour program “runs the gamut of
“It’s funny if not hilarious at times,” he said. “And then other
parts are very sad. Even in the rehearsal process a lot of us have
been in tears. When it hits you, it hits you pretty hard.”
The Tony award-winniilg story, written by William Finn and
James Lapin, is based on a nuclear family that eventually becomes
quite nontraditional. The plot revolves around Marvin.
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