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Arts The following is a brief list of events this weekend. For more information, call the venue. CONCERTS: Duffy's Tavern, 14120 St. (402)474-3543 Sunday: Serum with Blue 88 $4 10:30 p.m. (alt rock) Duggans Pub, 440 S. 11th St. (402) 477-3513 All weekend: Boss Phillv $4 Knickerbocker's 901 OSt. (402)476-6865 Friday Listening example #9, and Spelling Tuesday $3 9 p.m. (alt rock) Saturday: Gasshoper Takeover, Lucky Boys Confusion and The Aaron Zimmer Band $5 in advance and $7 at the door 10:30 p.m. Pla-Mor Ballroom, 6600 W.O SL (402) 475-4030 Saturday: The Bobby Lavne Orchestra $10 (Big Band Swing) Sunday: Sandy Creek and Blue Mesa 8-12 p.m. (coun try) Dance lessons 7-8 p.m. Royal Grove, 340 West Comh usker High u>a\’ (402)474-2332 Friday & Saturday: Mushroom Bruise (rock) The Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14tfl Si (402)435-8754 Friday: The Mezcal Brothers $5 (rockabilly) Saturday: Preston Shannon $8 (blues) THEATER: Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater, 12th and R streets (402)472-9100 State and Main Friday 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday 1,3,7 and 9 p.m. Sunday 3,5,7 and 9 p.m. The Star City Dinner Theatre and Comedy Cabaret, 839 Q St. (402)477-8277 All weekend: The King and I Studio Theatre, UNL Temple Building 12th and R streets (402)472-4747 “The Club," UNLTheatrix GALLERIES: Doc 's Place. 140 N. Eigh th St. (402)476-3232 All month: Vonni Sparks Haydon Gallery, 335N. Eighth St. (402) 475-5421 All month: Marcia Joffe Bouska “Hard Lessons/New Growth” Opening Friday at 7 p.m. Noyes Gallery, 119 S. Ninth St. (402)475-1061 All month: Focus Gallery Nebraska Mothers Association Annual Creative Arts Competition R NU t.Bablicon “Orange Tapered Moon” Noisy, jazzy experimental music as only an elephant 6 band would do it Hfeg. _ ntS 2. Le Tlgre ‘From the Desk of Mr Lady* Not as naughty but just as biting as Bikini Kill 3. Atticus Finch “Atticus Finch” Soft and lovely and hard to find 4. Frank Black A the Catholics Dog In the Sand" Latest release from Balck Francis and his backing band S.Siephen Malkmus “Stephen Malkmus” Confident and singing about real things (as opposed to Pavementisms) 6.Moon “Get it Through Your Heart' Their first proper release in almost 10 years 7.Spoon “Girls Can Tell” Following up last fairs brilliant “Love Ways" EP 8. Tram “Frequently Asked Questions' Much stronger and much more moving than their last album 9. Braille Driver “White Dwarves & Red Giants” Catchy indie power-pop 18.Tortoise “Standards" Post-rock pioneers return Plato part of UNL band performance BY BRAD T. COX Listeners of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Symphonic Band should he prepared to he run through the gamut. “The Gamut of Emotions.“ playing today in Kimball Hall at 3:15 p.m. promises “to cover the human condition: happiness, sorrow, questioning, and the transitions between these stages of emotion.” Director Tony Falcone said. The concert is actually part of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Festival being held this week from Thursday to Saturday. The conference includes area middle school, high school, community, and college bands from UNTL and Doane, and is proving to be a very successful citvwide event. The band will perform five pieces ranging from a festive Russian overture to a musical interpretation of the thoughts of Plato named “Escape From Plato’s Cave” by Stephen Melillo. "In this piece based off the section of Plato’s Republic entitled ‘Allegory of the Cave,’ audience members will hear the story of a people being moved out of the darkness of unintelligence and into the light of true, individual thought," Falcone said. “The Allegory of the Cave” is a Garden of Eden style parable used by Plato to. explain part of his Utopian philosophy to a colleague named Glaucon. Plato describes it as illustrating “the degrees in which our nature may be enlightened or unenlightened.” Its characters are permanently trapped inside a cave watching a sort of puppet show representing reality. The true reality is lo^t from them until they discover the light outside the cave, which they must be eased into or they will surelv reject it. Said Falcone: “The complication is that an individ ual comes to rescue the damned and leads them into the light.” Plato clearly believed that any individual who attempted this would indeed be killed, and so this piece represents not only an alteration in Platonic thinking, but a challenge to the audience as well. Another piece Falcone chose was “Invictus" by Brian Balmages. The title, taken from a poem, is about the celebration of life. Balmages wrote the piece because of the special significance the poem had to his grandfather, and wanted to commemorate him after his death. Falcone also mentioned “Voodoo” by Daniel Bukvich, in which the band members will use flash lights in a darkened concert hall to bring some the atrical flare to this strange piece. “It's going to be a great show,” Falcone said. JoshWolfe/DN Amber Irvin was attracted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's graduate theater program because of the on-stage physical acting she will leam. Irvin, who recently starred in "Philadelphia Story," was cast this week in "Family Lessons," a play by UNL Theater Department Chairman Jeffery Scott Elwell that will play in Poland. Irvin finds love of stage at UNL BY ALEXIS EINERSON University of Nebraska Lincoln graduate student .Amber Irvin has worked at theaters across 1.000 miles. Irvin grew up in Pennsylvania. With a fraternal twin sister. Autumn, who also acted, they both strove to get good theater productions at their high school. “High school drama was probably the lowest thing,” Irvin said. “My sister and I really pushed for that, and by the end we had workshops coming and we were winning awards.” Irvin and her sister stayed close throughout undergraduate school, both going to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “Sometimes we were up for the same parts, and, generally, I got them," Inin said. “But for the most part, we knew what direc tion we were going." When it came time for gradu ate school, however, they decided to go their separate w7ays. Amber chose UNL. Autumn chose Ohio University in Athens. “There started to be a little tension there,” Irvin said. “So we were like ‘different grad schools, that would be good.'" Graduate school wasn't always w hat Irvin had planned on, howev er. But. she said she felt graduate school would allow7 her other options, like teac|hing, if she w'asn’t successful as anjactress. “If someday dowm the line I w7ant to get married, God forbid.” Irvin said with a laugh, “I want to have kids. And I thought it w'ould be good to hav e (teaching) and not be auditioning at nighL" She said initially she had sec ond thoughts about coming to Lincoln because it was so far from home. But one aspect of Lincoln’s program that really grabbed Inin, was the fact that she could learn on-stage combat and other physi cal aspects of acting. “I’ll be coming out of (UNL) with, basically, a stage combat card,” Irvin said. “None of the other grad schools had that, and that interested me because I'm a very, very physical person. “Even though I won’t get to do too much of that because I’m always the victim.” . In her first year, Inin was cast as Tracy Lord, a role written specifically for Katherine Hepburn, in "The Philadelphia Story” But this wasn’t too much of a surprise for her or the director, Virginia Smith. “High school drama was probably the lowest thing:' Amber Irvin UNL graduate student “When I looked at our season I said I want (Tracy).’ So I kind of had that mind set.” Irvin said. "I was up against people I really respected, so I was a little nerv ous, but really, really happy to get the part.” The most amazing thing to Smith, however, was how Inin truly transformed herself for the role ofTracv. “She seems kind of shy in real Please see IRVIN on 6 Gardening concept turned into pieces of art BY CASEY JOHNSON ■ Marcia Joffe-Bouska uses sculptures and drawings to show the relationship between man and earth. Without seeing an artist’s work it would be impossible to link the work with the title of an exhibition. Thus is the case with “Hard Lessons/New Growih” a complex interpreta tion of a rather simple concept: gardening. This Friday at 7:00p.m. the Haydon Art Gallery will be opening the exhibition by Marcia Joffe-Bouska at its location in the Hardy building, Suite A 335 N. 8lh St. The main idea behind this exhibition is the relationship of earth and man and more specifically the practice of keeping a garden, a place that Joffe-Bouska describes as “often a buffer between ourselves and the frenetic demands and complexity of the outside world." Drawing and sculpture are the mediums via which Joffe-Bouska recreates images both from her past, and in her sculpture, hybrids of those images incorporated with copper, beading, wire and representations of living creatures. ~ The colorful drawings of vegetation are in a smaller format than normal, a concept that according to the artist is designed to “focus the viewer's attention in a manner similar to the gardener's own attention to the task.” loffe-Bouska received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clarke College in Iow^a and a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University. The artist has had multiple exhibitions various galleries such as Witter Gallery and has work in several corporate collections > including the Peed Corporation of Lincoln. Teliza V. Rodriguez, director of the Havdon Gallery’ said that the artist showed a maturity only gained from years of experi ence. “You know maturity' when you see it: you look at the artist’s work. It transcends just the E technical quality',” Rodriguez said. The musk you've missed BYNEALOBERMEYER The semester is half over, so in celebration of that milestone, it's time for “The Best Albums You Might Have Missed of the Past Eight Weeks" (in no particu lar order). Frank Black & the Catholics “Dog in the Sand” What Are Records Frank Black will probably be forever best known as the guy from the Pixies, but with this album, he's getting close to releasing as many albums after they broke up as he did with them. The Catholics, essentially a glorified session band, join Frank for the third time on this live, straight-to-two-track recording that continues a pro gression towards an alt-country sound with punky and doo woppy elements thrown in just to maintain proper eclecticism (and to make some cool songs, too). Low “Things We Lost in the Fire” Krankv I reviewed this CD back when it came out, so I’ll attempt not to retread too much territory, but this album is full of elements that are worthy of repeating. It is the band’s most sonically diverse album to date. The tradi tional acoustic guitar and echo ing snare drums are there, but there are more strings and other percussion added to enrich the quiet backbone. It is easily their most accom plished album, in terms of con structing their Specteresque wall of sound with their traditional fragile/beautiful arrangements. And in spite of its incredible quality, it is their most accessible album as well. It keeps you suspended. Arab Strap “The Red Thread" Matador rvi ici a iw u-ycdi du^ciiic from Matador records (with the help of Jetset). Aidan Moffat and friends return with 10 songs about love. Love in an Arab Strap sense, of course. Like Low, Arab Strap sacri fices tradition in the name of experimentation and turns the volume and intensity up a bit on this album. Although starting out soft and sedated, the album builds to a point where it could maybe be considered noisy' (but in a good way). The traditional simple beats with acoustic arpeggio leads are there, as are Aidan’s spoken vocals. However, many songs • feature much more prominent electronic bloops and thumps in the vein of “Cherubs," the stand out track from last year’s Elephant Shoe LR And as always, pay attention to the lyrics. They have that “wow ... I wish I could have fig ured out how to say that" quality'. The New Year “Newness Ends” Touch & Go Matt and Bubba Kadane led the band Bedhead up until 1998 when the band broke up. Having several songs all dressed up with nowhere to go, the brothers recruited three new members, called themselves The New Year and essentially released what would have been the fourth Bedhead album. Following a pattern, this album is more upbeat and loud er than a lot of what Bedhead produced, but the quality is there in full.