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Racial progress has a soundtrack
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In the 1960s and '70s, Tony Brown helped put Waterloo on the map as a member of a wildly popular Motown cover band. IBTC, one of the Cedar Valley's first groups to embrace both black and white musicians, entertained integrated crowds across the state.Their job wasn't always easy.
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features 03.19 ‘Goodbye Saigon’
The Vietnamese American experience is one of joy, sorrow and hope. “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon” is the first Vietnamese American historical exhibit from the Smithsonian to explore the Vietnamese American experience in America.
Student art exhibit
Artwork by Dubuque public and parochial school students will be showcased from April 13 to May 9 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. This year’s exhibition is in the memory of Deidre Westpfahl, a former Hempstead student.
It was a No. 1 hit for the Knack and a career-maker for Sharona Alperin. The hormonally charged single "My Sharona" struck it big for the Los Angeles band more than three decades ago.
The Pacific on HBO
Follow the lives of three Marines, Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) who were swept into war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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IOWA CITY — In the 1960s and '70s, Tony Brown helped put Waterloo on the map as a member of a wildly popular Motown cover band. IBTC, one of the Cedar Valley's first groups to embrace both black and white musicians, cian entertained integrated crowds rowd across the state. e. Although kids of alll colors danced to their beats, IBTC's out-of-town performances often attracted the wrong kind of attention. Groups of white men, dissatisfied with the country's first steps towardd racial equality, sometimes threatened the players, rs, necessitating a police esco But ut there was no denying the wheels e of change were turning, said Brown, own, now 58. And AfricanAmerican musicians helped Am ped pave th the way. "For a black person to walk lk into a Kresge's or a J.C. Penney's and have people singing The Temptations, i or The Impressions, or The Supremes — that was something," said B own, a f mer Waterloo resident now living in Iowa City. Brown was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members off IIBTC in 2008. "It was likee pputting a crown own on a poor black person's head."." In fact, one of the most internationally onally succe successful s pop musicians of any color to come out of Waterloo in that at oor any other era happened to be an African-A can-American. In 1955, 19-year-old James Brown left Waterloo with $14 in his pocket and a knapsack on his back, hitchhiking to Los Angeles. Changing his name to Jimmy Holiday, he returned 22 years later, having penned some of the most memorable songs in popular music, recorded byy some of the greatest recording artists of the 1960s and early '70 Possibly his biggest st hit was "Put a Little Love ve in Your Heart," a near-milllion seller for Jackie DeShannon in the late 1960s. hee song wa reprised in a duet e by "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin and Annie nie Lennox of the Eurythmics in the hit soundtrack for Scrooged," c an early 1990s comedy starring Billl Murray.
His songs were recorded by artists such uch as Ray CCharles, Glen Campbell,, th the Staples Singers, Sam Cooke, Sonny and Cher, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West and nd even Marilyn Monroe. Some of his other songs include "All I Ever Need is You," recorded by Sonny and Cher; "Hey Mister" by Ray Charles; and "God Ble s the Children" by the Staples Singers. Holiday, a native of Sallis, Miss., returned here in 1977 after suffering a stroke. He rehabilitated bilita himself, performed with the local Red Rooster Band, recorded an album and did benefit fit concerts, including one for radio station KBBG. He died of heart failure in 1987 at the age of 52. In recent years, however, the influence luence of African-American musicians on Cedar Vallley residents of a l races has f ded. ew local performance nce oppo opportunities iti exist for black artists who specialize in hip-hop, -hop, R&B and rap. And man contemporary musicians have struggled to relate their people's struggles, while instilling hope for change and celebrating African-American heritage.
White folkss don don't't understand the he blues," she tells the audience.. "They hear it come out, but they don't know w ho how it got there. here They don't understand stan that'ss life's 's way of talking. g. You don't sing to feeel better. er. You sing ‘cause that's a way of understanding stan life." Since the ‘80s, however, music icians of all races have shied away from political ical i sues, a trend perhaps erhap feltlt most deeply e in the black community. y. Allthough ugh early rap music addressed urban ban poverty and drug aaddiction, la llater a mainstream tunes have been blasted forr promoting violence and belittling women. "There's a duell rright ight now be between those guys that talk about what's t's really going on in the streets, and those that kindd ooff just glor glorify it," saidd Lamo Lamont nt Muhammad, a Waaterloo hip-hop artiist who p rforms as The Original Man. On the airwaves, the latter er ggroup is winning, he noted. But ut Muhammad, whho overcame a troubled chil hildhood to become me a tea teacher at the Dr. Cunningham School ool for Excelllence, is hopeful that underground artis rtists with positive messages will eventually push their way to top. "Because of the condition of the community, y, there's a dissatisfaction s about the music," the he 30-year-old ld said. "People are like: ‘OK, you've told us your story ory abo about being on the street, but let's move past that.t. Let us know what you did to get out of that situation.'
"It's putting more pressure on people who rap," he added." Just flashing a gang sign ign isn isn't going to cut it."."
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RACIAL PROGRESS HAS A SOUNDTRACK
Throughout history, African-Americans have spearheaded nearly every significant musical innovation in the United States. Slaves sang spirituals during their workday. After emancipation, blues and gospel were born. Next came ragtime and jazz. More recently black artists have focused on R&B, rap and hip-hop. By MARY STEGMEIR, PULSE Staff Write
"Real artists a few and far between right now — the kind of people who come up and say say: ‘Hey, this is what's going on in our ennvironment,'" said Charles Means III, a Waterloo produce "You had that with the Miles Davises, you had that with the Aretha Franklins, but today the lyrics have changed a lo lot. They're talking about what's going on in the club versus what's happening in the world." TThroughout Th hrr out hist history, African-Americans ica have ve ve spea pearheade ded nearly every significant nt musical cal innovation in the United States. ates. Slaves ng spirituals piri during their workday.. AAfterr emanc emancipaipation, blues and gospel we b n. Next cam ragtime agti and jazz. z More recently black artists have focused on R&B, rap and hip-hop. Many tunes written by African-Americans have addressed discrimination, but the va value of the art oes beyond its appeal f social ial change, said Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, an associate professor
f English at the University of Northern Iowa. "Too understand African-American an music, you really have to go back to Africa, ca, because music in A ca is life," said the Rwandan scholar. "When someone dies, people sing and dance. When a baby is born, people ple sing an and dance ... it's reallly part of the social fabric."." Those traditions continu ntinued on U.S. soil, with an added cavea caveat. In the face of racial injustice, music provided African-Americans a safe space "to be able to survive adversity ty and improvise where they didn't have ave anyt anything,"," said Mvuyekure, re, who hosts "The T lking Drum," a weekly Af ican music program on KBBG. Playwright August Wilson explained that phenomenon through the title character in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." The production, which debuted in 1982, follows the woman known as The Mother of the Blues.
Music producer Means spends his days searching for artistss lilike Muhammad who entertain while le le informing listeners. He has collaborated with ith Iowa "Band of Christians" hris members Travis Lloyd and Dante Marcelllous. The interracial duo uses hip-hop to inspire at-risk kids across the country. Means is also in the processs oof developing an arts program for the city's youth. h. "The purpose would not be to make th these famous kids overnight, but to allow them to get their frustrations out the studio inste instead of on the streets," said the Waterloo man. n. "When you givee people instruments to take everyt rything that's at's going on in their head and make it tangible, you open up so many more avenues." BBlack residents in Waterloo face ce hi higher unemployment and incarceration rates than their white counterparts, according reports from the city' Human Rights Commission. s Inn addition, d a disproportionate percenta centage off poor families of all races live on the city's eas east side, a region ion marked by deteriorating rental units ts and high crime rates. s. Musicians in the ‘60s and ‘70s succ eded i spurring their fans - black and whitee - to ta take action against similar disparities, aiid local legend Brown. The community's next crop of artists needs to do the same thing, he said. "When we see human issues become humann issues instead of poor people's issues, fat people's le's issues (or) black peop people's issues, then we cann make the world a bettter place again," said Brown, own, who continues to promote that philosophy h onstage. "Until that happens, we'll keeep finding fault in racial and economic differences." ces." PULSE: ISSUE 038 |
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The hit Broadway play brings a powerful and dramatic tale to the TCR stage. CEDAR RAPIDS — On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions, the arrival of her estranged sister and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the notebooks that he left behind. The discovery of a mysterious notebook draws Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness — or genius — will she inherit? 102 Third St., S.E., Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8592. www.theatrecr.org.
The Crisis Musical — April 16 to May 2, Bell Tower Theater in Dubuque DUBUQUE - This wacky musical takes a comic look at the "age old" conditions and situations faced in midlife. From reading glasses and mammograms to weekend warriors and proctology exam, nothing is sacred. Everyone will relate to this uproarious musical about the "aches and pains" at middle-age. If you bought some Gingko-Biloba, but can't remember where you put it, then you're ready for “MID-LIFE”! Tickets are $18 for regular performances and $9 for the Early Bird Special Performances on April 16 & 17. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Rd. Dubuque, (563) 588-3377. For more information, visit www.belltower.org.
Singer to perform at Diamond Jo Casino
Pop artist Jordin Sparks rose to fame with her hit songs "Tattoo," "No Air," "Battlefield" and more. Sparks has won an American Music Award and received her first Grammy nomination in 2008. Tickets for her 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, performace are on sale Saturday, March 20 at 10 am. Tickets available at the Diamond Club. Must be 21 or older. Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque. Purchase tickets at www. dubuquetickets.diamondjo.com.
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ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS’ BIKE RIDE SET LA PORTE CITY — THE ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS’ RIDE WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, APRIL 10. THE RIDE STARTS AROUND NOON AND ENDS AT “O’DARK THIRTY,” ORGANIZERS SAID. The event starts at Two Friends Tap, 210 Main St. Riders will pedal a 12-mile trek to Brandon, where the Rocket Surgeons will perform beginning at 2:30 p.m. From there, pedal pushers will head back to Two Friends Tap in La Porte, where Electric Mule will perform starting at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge at either location.
WATERLOO — “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America since 1975” opens at the Grout Museum District, 503 south st., on tuesday, march 23. it will remain on view through august 28.The Vietnamese American experience is one of joy, sorrow and hope. “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon” is the first Vietnamese American historical exhibit from the Smithsonian to explore the Vietnamese American experience in America. Images covering 30 years of Vietnamese immigration are displayed in this new traveling exhibit. When the U.S. government opened its gates to thousands of Vietnamese in 1975, migrants faced the idea of permanent resettlement with a mixture of survivors’ guilt and overwhelming relief. Vietnamese Americans were not always guaranteed equality and acceptance, but they did adapt to life in the United States while maintaining their linguistic, cultural and religious traditions. In America, Vietnamese refugees formed communities whose shops, restaurants and places of entertainment re-created some of the richness of Vietnamese culture. Divided into six sections, the exhibit steps through the stages of the Vietnamese transition into America. From living through America’s longest war in Vietnam to making their mark in American society, Vietnamese Americans have proven themselves as a vibrant and diverse ethnic group — nearly 1.5 million in number — and an integral part of the American fabric. By showcasing themes of challenges, contributions and change the exhibit emphasizes the resiliency and diversity of this ethnic community. Grout Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.groutmuseumdistrict.org.
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Dubuque Museum to feature student art pril 13 to May 9
DUBUQUE — Artwork by Dubuque public and parochial school students will e showcased from April 13 to May 9 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. This year’s exhibition is in memory of Deidre Westpfahl, a former Hempstead student whose work was featured in the 2006 high school exhibition. Westpfahl was a dedicated art student and museum volunteer who was warded a scholarship to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she was pursuing her dream of becoming a museum curator. She died in 2008 at age 20 from a rare bone cancer. An opening reception for the student art exhibit will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday uesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. MORE INFORMATION
The Dubuque Museum of Art is at 701 Locust St. For more information, call (563) 557-1851 or visit www.dbqart.com.
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casting crowns to reign at mcleod center CEDAR FALLS — Casting Crowns will make a stop in Cedar Falls on Tuesday, April 13, as part of the group’s “Until The Whole World Hears” tour. The concert also will feature Tenth Avenue North and Caleb Chapman.
With these nominations, Casting Crowns is again recognized for being at the forefront of Christian music, with top nods for Artist of the Year and Group of the Year, as well as Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “Until the Whole World Hears.”
Tour audiences will hear multiple new songs from the award-winning band's chart-topping new album, "Until The Whole World Hears." Certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in just four weeks, the album sold 167,000 first-week copies, setting a sales record for the group as the highest debuting Christian music artist in SoundScan history.
During the tour, fans can expect a fresh and powerful God-centered message from lead singer and pastor Mark Hall, while the band also revisits its blockbuster catalog of crowd favorites like “Who Am I,” “Lifesong” and “Praise You in this Storm.”
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photographer’s flowers dorneden’s photography features jo daviess county SINSINAWA, WIS. — The Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery will feature artist Roger Dorneden in F.E.N.C.E. Photography from March 30 through May 31. F.E.N.C.E. stands for Finding, Enjoying Nature’s Creative Energy. The opening reception for the show will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Dorneden, from Apple River, Ill., is a self-taught photographer who won many awards and looks to his backyard of Jo Daviess County for inspiration. For more information, contact Michelle Till at (608) 748-4411, ext. 849, or visit www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Wisconsin Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.
student art uni presents annual exhibition CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present its annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Kamerick Art Building South beginning Monday, March 22, through Sunday, April 18. The competition showcases outstanding recent works by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year’s competitive exhibition is Fred Hagstrom, professor of printmaking at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Hagstrom will choose the students’ artwork to be exhibited. The awards ceremony for the student exhibition will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 22, in the KAB Art Auditorium with an opening reception to follow. Merit and purchase awards made to students last year amounted to more than $3,500. Some students’ artwork will be for sale; however, the UNI Gallery of Art is not equipped to handle sales transactions so any purchases must be between the artist and purchaser. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery. PULSE: ISSUE 038 | 10
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Mystique Casino announces two new performances DUBUQUE — New shows have been added to the entertainment line-up in Cabaret at Mystique Casino. Rumours, a musical tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, April 17. Country music’s Blackhawk will be performing at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 8.
Blackhawk is a musical group of seasoned professionals with decades of dedication to their music. Led by singer Henry Paul, the group includes Randy Threet and Jon Coleman. With a dozen Top 10 hits to their credit and multiplatinum album sales that exceed 7 million records, they have carved out their own place in music history. A few Rumours has a long history of entertaining audiences from of their top hits include “Goodbye Says It All,” “I Sure Can all over the U.S. and Canada. They are the original, most Smell the Rain,” “Every Once in a While” and “That’s Just successful and longest-running Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks About Right.” tribute in Canada. Through their costumes and gestures, TICKETS FOR BOTH SHOWS ARE Rumours recreates the experience of Fleetwood Mac and ON SALE NOW AT THE ALLURE Stevie Nicks, and their drummer even includes a walking CLUB. ATTENDEES MUST BE 21 drum solo that emulates Mick Fleetwood’s overpowering OR OLDER. style and personality.
Tim Reynolds returns Musician makes appearance at the Redstone Room DAVENPORT — The River Music Experience has announced the return of Tim Reynolds and TR3 to the Redstone Room. The group will play a concert at 8 p.m. April 15. Reynolds has been playing music all of his life and has toured with the Dave Matthews Band. He spent the last eight years on the road as a solo acoustic guitarist. The concert will be a mix of new material, updated Reynolds classics and covers of everything from James Brown to Prince. DOORS FOR THE SHOW OPEN AT 7 P.M. TICKETS ARE $15 AND ON SALE NOW. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.REDSTONEROOM.COM.
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Miranda Lambert LIVE AT THE ADLER THEATRE THURSDAY | MAY 6, 2010 QUAD CITIES
roadside bars & pink guitars
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DAVENPORT — Miranda Lambert will bring her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour to the Quad Cities May 6. She’ll perform, along with special guest Luke Bryan, at 7:30 p.m. at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St.
word or lyric or point I’ve ever made, because it’s part of who I am. And there are plenty of artists who wouldn’t do so much of that, if that’s the kind of music you’re into. But if you’re into honesty, I have the records for you,” she said in a press release.
Lambert has been enjoying the recent success of her red-hot No. 1 single “White Liar,” and her tour continues to support her third studio effort, “Revolution,” which dropped last fall. The set topped Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and landed at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
From the playful innocence of “Me and Charlie Talking” to the explosiveness of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Gunpowder and Lead,” Lambert has been connecting with and entertaining audiences across the country.
“I mean every word I say in every lyric of every song on this record, and every record I’ve ever done.” “I would never take back one
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THERE'S A PESKY GHOST IN A RUFFLED RAINBOW SHIRT AND HE JUST WON'T LEAVE US ALONE. HIS NAME IS JIMI HENDRIX AND SINCE HIS DEATH NEARLY 40 YEARS AGO, HE'S GONE FROM ROCK PARAGON TO BOOMER NOSTALGIA MASCOT TO VIDEO GAME AVATAR — AND HE'S SOUNDED PRETTY GREAT THE ENTIRE TIME. A 21st-century pleasure that feels both quaint and mysterious.
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VALLEYS OF THE NEPTUNE
A Posthumous Album by Hendrix By Chris Richards, The Washington Post
WHY DOES THIS STUFF STILL SOUND SO GOOD? HENDRIX CAN NO LONGER SHOCK US WITH KALEIDOSCOPIC GARB OR ONSTAGE BRAVADO, BUT HIS MUSIC STILL MANAGES TO VIOLATE OUR EXPECTATIONS WITH A SUBTLETY THAT FEELS LIKE MAGIC.
And while the iconic guitarist's tie-dyed influence on American music has refused to fade, we’re marking a new wave of Hendrixophilia: the release of "Valleys of Neptune," a splendid collection of recordings, most from his final days with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It's a warning shot. "Valleys" was released this month, alongside other remastered original Hendrix albums. Reports say that the late guitarist's estate is preparing a forthcoming anthology, too. Meantime, blogs continue to churn with rumors of a Rock Band video game that will give players the opportunity to channel their idol — a notion that feels well suited to Hendrix's pioneering sense of techno-spiritualism. SOUND FAMILIAR? THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN ECHOES THE NEO-BEATLEMANIA OF 2009: REPACKAGE A LEGENDARY ARTIST BY OFFERING PRODUCTS TO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS AT VARIOUS PRICE POINTS AND HOPE THE DOLLARS ROLL IN. "Valleys of Neptune" kicks things off with 12 unreleased Hendrix recordings, most from 1969. And yes, in the age of file-sharing, "unreleased" is a relative term, but these versions should sound familiar only to the savviest of bootleg aficionados. But with this new release comes plenty of old-fashioned mythologizing. On the album cover, our hero's portrait is superimposed over a billowing cloud of stardust as if to suggest that this isn't merely an album, but a transmission from some cosmic afterlife. That's a tough myth to debunk. The disc's big revelation is its title track, with guitar chords skipping and skidding across the beat, Hendrix bellowing about his alien origins, "Mercury liquid and emeralds shining, showing me where I came from." Some of Hendrix's best work evoked a limitless galaxy, a theme that's propelled some of America's most adventurous black musicians — from Sun Ra to Funkadelic to OutKast. But the man also knew when to stay Earth-bound, and does just that with another unreleased tune, "Ships Passing Through the Night." It's a rolling, robust blues, his guitar swathed in an underwater warble that never blurs his human touch. "Hear My Train a Comin' " unloads a similar bag of thrills, the guitarist wailing away while his rhythm section lurches along behind him. And that's really the draw of these recordings in 2010. They sound like three dudes playing together in a room. Except when they aren't. A few of these takes ("Mr. Bad Luck," "Lover Man," "Crying Blue Rain") were touched up by original Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell in 1987. It isn't a travesty, considering that Hendrix never shied from studio trickery. Having pushed so many envelopes in the realm of technology and timbre, one gets the sense that he would have loved Auto-Tune if he were still making music today.
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SHARONA SUCCESSFUL SECOND ACT FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL MUSE BY Alejandro LAZO Los Angeles TIMES
LOS ANGELES — IT WAS A NO. 1 HIT FOR THE KNACK, AND A CAREER-MAKER FOR SHARONA ALPERIN. The hormonally charged single "My Sharona" struck it big for the Los Angeles band more than three decades ago. Pictured on the single's cover was the song's 17-year-old real-life inspiration in a near-transparent tank top, her left arm holding the album cover featuring lead singer Doug Fieger's head shot. The Knack is long gone, and Fieger died on Valentine's Day, but Alperin is still working her connection to the infectiously raunchy rock anthem as she sells high-end West L.A. real estate to Hollywood types. Alperin and Fieger dated for four years, and Alperin lived the full rock 'n' roll lifestyle, donning sunglasses, a leather jacket and Levis 501s while touring the world signing autographs and hanging out with celebrities. Though Alperin eventually split with Fieger, the two remained close friends and she spent some time with him during his final days, she said. "There are so many people who come on the
planet who want to be a rock 'n' roll star, and how many make it? You know, how many get their dream realized?" Alperin said. "And the fact that he gets to have written an iconic song, I am so happy for him." To say that the song has marked Alperin's life is an understatement. Knack fans still mail her copies of the "My Sharona" single for her to autograph. The name prompts strangers to break into laughter or song. But in the world of luxury real estate, the cachet of having a hit song written for her has served as a unique marketing edge in a city filled with thousands of agents. "You need to have a niche, and anything like that that will help people remember you is certainly an asset; she actually has that intro music on her Web site," said Marc Giroux, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty who has worked with Alperin. But "that has not made her business. She is professional and works hard and knows what she is doing," he said. "It is an extra type of branding that very few if anyone has. It makes her very unique." Alperin met Fieger through a mutual friend when
she was still a student at Fairfax High School. She initially resisted his overtures, but he ultimately convinced her to break up with a steady boyfriend and join the Knack on a national tour. "It was a magical time," she said. "Sometimes sleeping in the day, I was going on tour, I was going to sound checks every day, at radio stations I was signing autographs, people recognized me from the single cover so almost every show that I went to someone had brought a single for me to sign." They had met at a crucial juncture in Fieger's life. He had just formed the band and was rehearsing in a modest warehouse. As Alperin tells it, he was immediately taken by her and co-wrote and sang the song, which hit No. 1 for six weeks during the summer of 1979. The band added the term "power pop" to the musical lexicon and tried to market itself as another coming of the Beatles. While the Knack made the charts a few more times, "My Sharona" was its most enduring track and experienced a brief revival in 1994 when it was featured in the film "Reality Bites." "This was one of the tunes that almost kind of had a punk-pop crossover appeal, but I think getting straight to the lyric with a name as specific as 'My Sharona,' that is an intriguing concept for a lyric because immediately you wonder who this person is," said Christopher Sampson, associate dean of the popular music program at USC's Thornton School of Music. "From a sonic perspective, the two words together, “my Sharona,” it is very, very singable. It just has this wonderful auditory sound to it and so it just makes for a good hook." The relationship between the two wouldn't last, though, as Fieger's feelings proved to be too intense, she said. "In the English language there is really a not more possessive or obsessive word than 'my,'" she said. "He really did believe I was his alter person, his soul mate, and it worked for a while but then it was time for me to be my Sharona, too. It was over by the time I was 21." Alperin said she first found an inclination for real estate while searching for a home for Fieger. After splitting with him, she took her real estate license exam and began selling. Alperin dated a professional in the entertainment industry and soon began building a Hollywood clientele. She declined to drop any names, but the Times' Hot Property column has mentioned clients including actor Don Johnson and David Litt, cocreator of "The King of Queens" television show. She currently works for Sotheby's International Realty, Sunset Boulevard. Alperin has settled down considerably. She lives in a spacious home a short walk from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with her husband, Jason Aizenberg, an electrical contractor. They live with their two children, Adam, 6, and Eden, 10. Selling real estate has been her way to keep that early celebrity life alive. "From the paparazzi-friendly house to the hip, loft-like condos to the cool spreads ... is like match-making," Alperin said. "It is such a sensitive thing that I sell. It's not a diamond ring, it's not a watch, it's not a car, it is their home. They don't feel safe anywhere but their home."
They had met at a crucial juncture in Fieger's life. He had just formed the band and was rehearsing in a modest warehouse. As Alperin tells it, he was immediately taken by her and co-wrote and sang the song, which hit No. 1 for six weeks during the summer of 1979.
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102 main st. cedar falls
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MAR. The Uniphonics
MAR. Dr. Z's
Retrofit Thursdays! 9-Close every Thursday!
BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES TO GET DOWN & GROOVE TO HOT TUNES FROM YESTERDAY, TODAY & AROUND THE GLOBE!
10:00 p.m. Show
Bourre lounge, Waterloo
CedAr rApIdS IoWA CITy
CedAr rApIdS IoWA CITy BoB & Tom Comedy All STArS 9:45 p.m. Show
englert Theatre, Iowa City Funk STop 9:00 p.m. Show
Cocktails, marion ZooS oF BerlIn ChIld BITeS 9:00 p.m. Show
The picador, Iowa City BlACk The Sun 9:00 p.m. Show
Volume, Cedar rapids SAmmy Theory ISACk JAmeS eAST 18 9:00 p.m. Show
1st Ave live, Cedar rapids
27 SATurdAy mAr TrI-STATeS FeVer rIVer STrIng BAnd 12:00 p.m. Show
railway Café, galena okhAm’S rAZor 8:00 p.m. Show
Cornerstone Bar, galena, Il
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kArAoke 7:30 p.m. Show
Canfield hotel, dubuque menACe 9:00 p.m. Show
diamond Jo Casino, dubuque Zero 2 SIxTy 9:00 p.m. Show
Bulldogs, dubuque hAlF-FAST 9:00 p.m. Show
denny’s lux Club, dubuque reddoor 9:00 p.m. Show
Jumpers, dubuque BlACk Bloom 9:00 p.m. Show
Wylde nepT 9:00 p.m. Show
Jameson’s, Waterloo The SAlSA BAnd 6:30 p.m. Show
The hub, Cedar Falls 3lBS oF loVe dAylIghT SAVIngS ACCounT 9:00 p.m. Show
Spicoli’s, Waterloo ToAST 9:00 p.m. Show
Screaming eagle, Waterloo ClIFFhAnger 10:00 p.m. Show
Voodoo lounge, Cedar Falls
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7:00 p.m. Show
Java Creek Café, Cedar rapids ol’ ThrASher reunIon 3 hoTT lIBerTy leg ACouSTIC guIlloTIne BAd ACCIdenTS 10:00 p.m. Show
The mill, Iowa City Joe meISner 9:00 p.m. Show
Cocktails, marion preTend roCkSTAr 9:00 p.m. Show
Volume, Cedar rapids The lAST VegAS 9:00 p.m. Show
Volume, Cedar rapids
2 Apr FrIdAy TrI-STATeS
pAT guInee 7:30 p.m. Show
Irish Cottage, galena, Il hAlF-FAST 8:00 p.m. Show
The yardarm, dubuque TASTe lIke ChICken 9:00 p.m. Show
northside, dubuque FAllIng WIThIn 10:00 p.m. Show
Sandy hook Tavern, hazel green, WI
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9:00 p.m. Show
Tony’s place, dubuque
ChoColATe CrACkerS 9:00 p.m. Show
Jameson’s, Waterloo neVer The leSS 9:00 p.m. Show
Spicoli’s, Waterloo dynAFloWS 9:00 p.m. Show
Screaming eagle, Waterloo
CedAr rApIdS IoWA CITy
lAS ruBIAS del norTe IoWA deBuT ConCerT 8:00 p.m. Show
CSpS, Cedar rapids mISSIon Creek FeST meAT puTTeTS Joe JACk TAlCum SAme loCke-WArd 6:00 p.m. Show
The mill, Iowa City mISSIon Creek FeST The glITCh d. BeSS 9:00 p.m. Show
yacht Club, Iowa City TIm heCker lWA greg dAVIS 9:00 p.m. Show
The picador, Iowa City The Blend 9:00 p.m. Show
Volume, Cedar rapids CArolIne’S SpIne 9:00 p.m. Show
Volume, Cedar rapids
everything music at cvpulse.com
Renegade 8:00 p.m. Show
driving Range, dubuque MR. ObviOus 8:00 p.m. Show
Wheel in Restaurant, Platteville, Wi buzz beRRies 9:00 p.m. Show
bulldogs, dubuque The bOys nighT OuT 9:00 p.m. Show
The Pit stop, dubuque Massey ROad 9:00 p.m. Show
doghouse Lounge, dubuque TasTe Like ChiCken 9:30 p.m. Show
denny’s Lux Club, dubuque haRd saLaMi 9:30 p.m. Show
Jumpers, dubuque aPPLe duMPLins 10:00 p.m. Show
sandy hook Tavern, hazel green, Wi
CedaR vaLLey L.O.C. (LefT Of CenTeR) 9:00 p.m. Show
CaROLine’s sPine 8:00 p.m. Show
spicoli’s, Waterloo 4-bOx-O-ROCks 9:00 p.m. Show
screaming eagle, Waterloo
CedaR RaPids iOWa CiTy
MissiOn CReek fesT CORy ChiseL & The WandeRing sOns diPLOMaTs Of sOLid sOund sad iROn 8:00 p.m. Show
The Mill, iowa City MissiOn CReek fesT dennis MCMuRRin & The deMOLiTiOn band
9:00 p.m. Show
yacht Club, iowa City gReg bROWn WiTh PieTa bROWn 8:00 p.m. Show
The englert Theatre, iowa City gRanT haRT WiTh The Tanks 9:00 p.m. Show
The Picador, iowa City suPeR size 7 9:00 p.m. Show
volume, Cedar Rapids dOn TJeRnageL COMedy 7:00 p.m. Show
volume, Cedar Rapids
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twenty-two THE VIEW FROM BACK STAIRS
CREATIVE COURSES WATERLOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS SETS SPRING CLASSES
SPECIALTY SATURDAY TOURS OFFERED AT BRUCEMORE CEDAR RAPIDS â€” The history of the Brucemore Mansion is about more than the people who lived there. The people who worked there have a story to tell. Visitors can understand Brucemore from the perspectives of domestic servants and grounds workers who lived and worked on one of Iowaâ€™s grandest estates between 1907 and 1937. Brucemore offers The View from Back Stairs, a 90-minute specialty tour at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays on April 3, 10, 17, and 24 in the Brucemore visitor center.
WATERLOO â€” From woodcarving and clay sculpting to photography and digital animation, many forms of art are available at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. New classes and workshops are being offered this spring for people of all ages. CLASSES The ABCâ€™s of Art (age 6-8) Spring Break Camp (grades K-4) Little & Big Clay Buddies (age 7 & up with an adult) The Essential Photoshop (age 13 & up) Life Drawing (age 18 & up)
Admission is $10 per person and $7 per Brucemore member. Space is limited. Call (319) 362-7375 for reservations or register online at www.brucemore.org.
ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS Just for Children One-Day Workshops (age 6-8) Stitch It Together Try-It (age 6-9) Wearable Art with Penny (age 9-12) Spring Break Creative Writing (age 9-12) Teen Sketchbook Studio (age 13-18) Animal Sculpture Workshop (age 7 & up with an adult) Torch Fire Metal Clay Jewelry, Session III (age 13 & up)
Brucemore is at 2160 Linden Dr. S.E.
The center also offers Wednesday morning Story & Craft Time for preschoolers and free Early Out Wednesdays for middle and high school students.
A guide dressed as an early 20th-century servant will lead guests through the visitor center, the service village and mansion. Photographs and documents from the Brucemore archives will provide a unique view of the relationship between the Douglases, the second family to own Brucemore, and the servants, whose efforts supported the familyâ€™s lifestyle.
The educational equivalent of a hole in one. Small campus. Big results. XQGHUJUDGXDWHPDMRUV $FFHOHUDWHGXQGHUJUDGXDWHGHJUHHSURJUDPVIRUZRUNLQJDGXOWV 0DVWHUÂŠVGHJUHHVLQ%XVLQHVV(GXFDWLRQ0DUULDJH )DPLO\7KHUDS\DQG1XUVLQJ *Classes to begin January 2011 pending interim approval by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
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Register by contacting the Waterloo Center for the Arts at (319) 2914490 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A full class schedule is available at www.waterloocenterforthearts.org.
BECKâ€™S OPENS NEW LOCATION RESTAURANT TO FEATURE INDOOR, OUTDOOR DINING CEDAR FALLS â€” Beckâ€™s Sports Grill, the newest iteration of the Beckâ€™s franchise, has opened at 2512 Whitetail Drive, near Thunder Ridge Mall. Beckâ€™s is in the former Neighborâ€™s Bar and Grill location next to Anytime Fitness. The new location features an outdoor patio that will open later this spring as well as 20 high-definition flat-screen TVs. To coincide with the opening, all Beckâ€™s locations will launch a brand new menu including healthier â€œStay Fitâ€? options. The new menu items are a collaborative effort between certified nutritionist Luann Alemao and Chris Meyers, the new executive chef for all of the Beckâ€™s locations. All Beckâ€™s locations open seven days a week at 11 a.m. For more information, call (319) 266-1122 or visit www.barmuda.com/becks.
twenty-three HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS COMING TO CEDAR FALLS
NEWS OF THE
WEIRD BY CHUCK SHEPHERD
HOLY WARS Pastor John Renken’s Xtreme Ministries of Memphis, Tenn., is one of a supposedly growing number of churches that use “mixed martial arts” events to recruit wayward young men to the Christian gospel. Typically, after leading his flock in solemn prayer to a loving God, Pastor Renken adjourns the session to the back room, where a New York Times reporter found him in February shouting encouragement to his violent parishioners: “Hard punches!” Renken yelled. “Finish the fight! To the head! To the head!” One participant told the Times that fight nights bring a greater masculinity to religion, which he said had, in recent years, gone soft.
CEDAR FALLS — Coming off the most successful year in the franchise's history and with 62 box office records and more than 2 million fans, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters will showcase their 2010 Magical Memories World Tour at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the University of Northern Iowa McLeod Center. The Globetrotters' show features "Big Easy" Lofton and "Flight Time" Lang, who recently starred in the Emmy Award-winning CBS reality hit "The Amazing Race"; "Special K" Daley; Scooter Christensen; Handles Franklin; and Ant Atkinson. Sports Illustrated praise d the show as "the sports equivalent of comfort food" in its March 2009 edition. Tickets start at $19 and are available online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling (319) 273-4849. For individual and group ticket information, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
GOVERNMENT IN ACTION At age 8, Mike Hicks is a frequent air traveler with his mother, and while she is seldom noticed by airport screeners, “Mikey” almost always is because he shares a name with someone on the enhanced-security list that is one level below “no fly” (one of 1,600 such Michael Hickses in the U.S.). His mom told The New York Times in January that Mikey has been patted down by security since he was 2. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER Ten days after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly brought down the Christmas Day airliner over Detroit, the State Department officially revoked his visa. Eight days after the Christmas Eve demolition of Minneapolis’ historic Fjelde House (as a fire hazard), the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission awarded the site “interim protection” for its historic value. INEXPLICABLE In February, aspirants for taxicab licenses in Portsmouth, England, were officially informed by the City Council that application forms are available in other languages or in “audio,” “large print” or “Braille.” BREAD OF LIFE Just after Christmas, the Anglican Church of St. Peter in Great Limber, England, unveiled artist Adam Sheldon’s 6-foot-high representation of the crucifixion consisting of 153 pieces of toast. Sheldon browned the bread himself, then painstakingly either scraped (to lighten) or torched (to darken) each piece to fashion the tableau.
UNI Gallery Of Art Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juror’s lecture / 6:00 PM / March 11 / Room 111 Awards ceremony / 7:00 PM / March 22 / Room 111 Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gallery location is at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. (319) 273-3095 / www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/
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Actor Jon Seda in the 10-part TV series "The Pacific" Sundays on HBO. Photo by David James/HBO.
Produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, "The Pacific" is the Asia-focused complement to "Band of Brothers," their 2001 series about the European theater in World War II.
SUNDAYS ON HBO.
ROASTED BODIES, LOST SOULS HORRIFY IN HANKS' WAR SERIES
You know you're watching an intense war film when being machine-gunned is an act of mercy. That's the predicament for many Japanese soldiers in "The Pacific," a 10-part World War II miniseries on HBO, Sundays at 8 p.m. By Dave Shiflett, Bloomberg News
etter a bullet than to roast to death, which is the alternative after U.S. troops wielding flamethrowers turn the enemy into screaming human torches. We follow the lives of three Marines — Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) — who were swept into war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The main characters are all real people, and the series is based on memoirs written by Leckie and Sludge, along with interviews conducted by the filmmakers. Everyone seems to smoke, including Sledge's father, a doctor who chomps on a pipe as he monitors the heart murmur that stalled his son's entry into the Marines until 1942, by which time the ailment had disappeared. These were pre-hug times, with fathers and sons parting
ways with handshakes, and there's no question where the Almighty stands. One officer ends a pep talk by proclaiming the Americans will "sail across God's vast ocean where we will meet our enemy and kill them all." You don't have to wait long for combat. While the Marine landing at Guadalcanal was unopposed, the Japanese were waiting in the jungles for the sun to go down. Though night-vision equipment wasn't routine back then, flares, tracer bullets and muzzle fire illuminate a ferocious slaughter. The sun rises on a vast plain of bodies — proof the Japanese believed dying in combat was a sacred honor. Comparisons to "Band of Brothers" are inevitable. "The Pacific" is more gripping, perhaps because much of the combat is set in the jungle, where there seems to be a sniper behind every palm tree, and because the degree of slaughter is astounding. The body count makes a Schwar-
zenegger film look like a gathering of Quakers. In one scene, piles of Japanese corpses have to be pulled down to provide a clear field of fire. The series, filmed mostly in Australia, also details other horrors of war: bowel disorders, running sores, low rations (with a bloody Japanese skull decorating one mess area) and mental strain, a theme that picks up steam as the series moves on. It's not all blood and guts. After being evacuated to Melbourne, Leckie hooks up with a comely Australian woman (Claire van der Boom). Basilone, after winning the Medal of Honor, returns home and has a brief romance with a gal he meets at a military base before returning to the battlefront. Basilone's reception at one bond rally illustrates the jarring disconnect between a soldier's grim experiences and the gung-ho attitude of the folks back home.
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Wednesday, Thursday & Friday • March 31 – April 2 • 7:30 p.m. sponsored by A
BROADWAY SERIES PERFORMANCE
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. ADULT HUMOR, COMIC VULGARITIES AND LANGUAGE. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.
Published on Mar 19, 2010