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4 The Daily Tar Heel Monday, January 19, 1987
Song, acting, dance
go to heart of blues
The aim of the Kuumba Theatre
is to educate and entertain, accord
ing to Val Ward, the company's
director. The cast did that and more
with their show The Heart of the
Blues," which they presented Satur
day night before a full house in
"The Heart of the Blues" is a
creative mix of narration, dialogue,
song, dance and instrumental music.
More than a conventional musical,
this show has been called a "bluesical
revue" by ; Ward, who produced,
directed and designed it. The empha
sis is definitely on music rather than
on drama, and the cast members are
generally better singers than actors.
The show traces a modern girl's
path through the history of the blues
so that she may learn to appreciate
the genre and keep it alive for others
The performance opened with a
jazzy piece by five instrumentalists.
Earl Crossley on saxophone. Sonny
Covington on trumpet, Billy Mit
chell on bass, Kenneth Sampson on
drums and Colette on piano were all
impressive on their solos. Unfortu
nately Crossley took more than his
share of the spotlight. By the time
he was finished, the audience was
restless for the show to begin even
though there were still four solos to
Two lighting mistakes placed the
spotlight on the wrong musicians,
but the performers handled the slips
professionally. One notable over
sight was made in the introductions:
Colette, an equally talented vocalist
and pianist, was omitted.
The instrumental number, though
rather long, at least served to warm
up the audience. Frequent squeals
and bursts of applause revealed that
the crowd was one in spirit.
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The first opposition to multi
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Chapel Hill residents are not
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object to tearing down old houses
to make way for multi-family
But preservationists and long
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to cheer about: Chapel Hill has
received no applications for multi
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"The trend right now seems to be
a slowdown in multi-family devel
opment," Roesler said. "1 think this
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The Kuumba cast members were
all vocally talented, and each voice
was surprisingly unique. Joan
Walton-Collaso, who played the
young girl Melody, had a lovely clear
soprano voice, and the only possible
complaint about her was that she did
not sing more often. She paired up
with the master of ceremonies,
played by Clifford C. Gober Jr., for
an entertaining version of "Drink
Muddy Water." On "Preacher Boy,"
her voice embraced the audience as
she exhibited exquisite vocal control
and an impressive range. She was
also enjoyable and soulfully expres
sive in the classic "T'aint Nobody's
Business If 1 Do."
Of the performers who played
blues singers, Rhonda Ward was
undeniably the show stopper. She
played Mamie Smith and Alberta
Hunter with such sassiness and skill
that she nearly stole the show. She
is a born performer. AVard danced
and gyrated and played to the
audience, which greeted her with
whoops and cheers of enthusiasm.
She sang "Crazy Blues" with show-'em-what-you're-made-of
energy, and she did the same on
Katherine Davis, who played Ma
Rainey, put all her heart and soul
into "Million Dollar Man," and she
revealed another side of her voice
in "His Eye is on the Sparrow," a
beautiful gospel trio. Zora Young,
who played Bessie Smith, was
pleasing on "Nobody Knows When
can be attributed to an oversatura
tion of multi-family homes and to
the new tax laws that put a damper
on tax shelters."
And it looks like construction of
homes is outpacing people's desire
to move into town. Almost half the
apartment and condo developments
have a 15 percent vacancy rate or
Why not just houses?
. In some ways, Chapel Hill's move
toward the multi mirrors a nation
wide trend; the price of land goes
up .and private homes become more
and more expensive. y
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Clifford C. Gober Jr. of the Kuumba Theatre sings blues Saturday
You're Down and Out," and Laura
Walls as Billie Holiday was com
pletely involved in her passionate
rendition of "Willow Weep for Me."
Delighting the audience with his
smooth, mellow, rich bass voice,
Everett Greene was the best of the
male performers. He and Colette
performed the most beautiful song
in the whole show when they paired
reflect the town's own particular
According to Town Councilman
Bill Thorpe, the move toward multi
family housing may have been
spurred by "infill," a clustering
project started by the town in 1982.
"Infill was an attempt to cluster
houses together, (leaving open space)
in order to help clear up transpor
tation problems," Thorpe said.
Multi-family units could not have
survived without a market, though.
"The main reason people purchase
or rent multi-family units is because
of convenience and price," says Tony
Hall, a realtor for Chapel Hill
Condominiums and apartments
go for between $33,000 and
$200,000, while single-family homes
start from $50,000:
A stable economy
Chapel Hill continues to expand
because of a growing University and
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up for "The Masquerade is Over."
The dancing that accompanied
some songs was effective in that it
was not strictly choreographed;
rather it was done with feeling and
involvement in the music. As for the
dialogue, some lines were too fast
while others were dropped. Some of
the acting left a bit to be desired,
but the songs made the show. '
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Research Triangle Park, but there
is a third reason.
Chapel Hill's government-based
economy doesn't fluctuate the way
industrial-based economies do.
Government-funded students con
tinue to attend school here, and
government agencies continue to set
With few or no opportunities for
recession, there's little cause for
The town is struggling to grow as
knowledge-based economy and to
welcome its new commuter class
while clinging to its past, fighting to
remain one of the last recognized
"college towns" in America.
Regardless, Chapel Hill's popular
ity is not likely to fade. As long as
Research Triangle Park expands, as
the University modifies itself, and as
the Piedmont offers peace and
sunshine to retirees, the southern
part of heaven will continue to seek
the next size bigger.
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Now, massages aren't just restricted
to wealthy individuals at exclusive
Penny-pinching, stress-filled stu
dents don't have to spend a fortune
relief is right on campus. A
massage workshop entitled "That
Gentle Touch," operated by Student
Health, is an option many students
are not aware of.
"We get many requests from
students for our massage workshop,"
said Health Educator DeVetta Hol
man. "Operating out of Student
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dorms, usually upon the request of
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Center Gallery displays
multi-media art show
By KELLY RHODES
A mixed media art show by
members of the Center Gallery of
Carrboro is the Union Gallery's first
display of the new year.
A total of 29 pieces by 18 area
artists make up the show. Works in
the show represent many media,
including sculpture, painting, water
color, photography, printing and
"We really appreciated the efforts
the artists made," said Michelle
Barger, Union Gallery chairwoman.
"Four of them even helped us hang
The Center Gallery was founded
in 1977 by a group of local women
after hearing New York critic Lucy '
Lippard speak at the UNC Fine Arts
In 1978, the group of 60 women
opened a small gallery on Ransom
Street in Chapel Hill. The first male
By JESSICA BROOKS
Aliens are invading the Morehead
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tation, "Planet Seekers," is a 40
minute show studying the planets in
the solar system as seen by aliens
searching for a home after theirs has
"Planet Seekers," which began
Jan. 13, will run through March 30.
The show follows the planetarium's
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proper massage strokes and
"Doing it the right way is very
important," said Clairbeth Lehn,
athletic trainer in the Sports Med
icine Program. "Hitting the wrong
way may cause more stress."
Properly performed, massages are
associated with numerous positive
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Social interaction is another plus
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The list of things to bring to the
workshop is a bit intimidating. It
consists of baby oil, a towel and an
adventurous person in a bathing suit.
Why the bathing suit?
"Massaging the back is the most
relaxing to many people," says Lehn.
"Bare backs are necessary." Lehn
realizes that a problem may result
because both guys and girls are
However, Lehn said, "Students
really enjoy it once they're there. It's
just getting them there that's the
Caron Ternullo, a junior RA'in
Cobb Residence Hall said, "It was
fun. Over Christmas, I gave mas
sages to people in my family. They
loved it now 1 need someone to
give one to me."
members were accepted in 1980, and
the organization held its first juried
show in 1984.
Barger said that the Carolina
Union Activities Board first
approached the Center Gallery last
spring about the show. Artist and
Center Gallery member Nan Gress
man helped coordinate the effort.
Artists with works in the show
include William Donnart, Shanna
Fleenor, Louise Francke, Ann
Rowles, Beatrice Schall, Ann
Shearer, William Gambling and
Also participating in the exhibit
are Gressman, Joan Poole Hol
brook, Hunter Levinsohn, Isabel
Levitt, Rita May, Virginia Stone,
Carrington Wilson, Emily Wein
stein, Marchelle Pachnowski and
The show will be displayed
through Jan. 30. Union gallery hours
are 1 1 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
traditional "Star of Bethlehem"
program, which considers the astro
nomical possibilities of the existence
of the star seen by the Wise Men.
Along with "The Star of Bethle
hem," the planetarium presents a
repeat presentation of a past show
and adds three new shows.
"Planet Seekers" runs Monday
through Friday at 8 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday at I p.m., 3
p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $2 for
children, $2.50 for students and $3
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