Time Out Magazine December 17-23, 1971 Frank Zappa 4 page interview + A 4 page Island records advert
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Time Out Magazine December 17-23, 1971 Frank Zappa 4 page interview + A 4 page Island records advertTime Out London Magazine No 96 Dec 17-23 1971
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As another year draws towards its inevitable close, the mind floats back over the past months and one thinks first of the vast achievements of our wonderful leader. Sir Alec, still debonair and sprightly for such a very old person, and the way in which he upheld the proud British traditions of fair play and decency in white Africa, Mr Heath—how easy it is to think of him as Teddy!—rounding off a year of solid progress on land and sea with a well-deserved bonus of £38,000. Among the 50 million inhabitants of this great country, its difficult to think of one to whom this little windfall could be more welcome, particularly just when we learn that our elected representatives have been struggling along from hand to mouth for so long. And how about Reggie and our gallant lads in khaki grappling with those turbulent Irish? -It makes your heart bleed for them. Mrs Thatcher—who wouldn't like her for a Mum?—helping our young in school and university over those often-painful years on the threshold of adulthood, curbing with a firm 'fair hand their naughtier and more adventurous whims. And yet these demigods have never lost the common touch, have they? Prime Minister he may be, but Mr Heath can still enjoy a half of Watneys with businessmen and civil servants alike. There's never a day goes by when Mrs Thatcher doesn't go to the bathroom! When Sir Alec's valet strips off those perfectly-creased trousers, our Foreign Secretary is left standing in suspenders and nylon socks just like the rest of us! At this season of goodwill, even towards foreigners and slightly-demented old men in pubs, it's good to know our affairs are in such capable hands. Fresh suggestions for party games never go amiss at this time, do they? Ethel Pock-Bleb's new book 'What Shall We Get Up To Next? is a gold-mine. For instance, competitive garotting—Miss Pock-Blob's imaginative ideas for using handy house-hold objects like corkscrews, Christmas tree fairies and nail-files arc a real eye-opener! Or how about 'Guess The Disease?' Great fun, when approached with tact and a spirit of seasonal fun, and it brings out the actor in everyone. 'Hide the Chipolata' is not to my taste (maybe I'm old-fashioned), but I give top marks to 'My, How You've Grown'. Someone goes out of the room, undresses and then conies back. Everyone else has to guess who they are. For the intellectuals in the family, 'Jean-Paul Sartre' is tailor-made. Everyone chooses the name of a famous writer; then you all climb onto the roof. You then have to quote from the works of your chosen 'identity', and the first one to fall off the roof loses. It's a real boost to Uncle Fred's ego as he sits up there on the chimney spouting Edith Sitwell while one by one, the rest of the family plummets groaning to the patio. In general, though, We've lost the art of making our own fun, haven't we? So the following selections may be useful. Alternatively, turn to the relevant page and read about them. It saves the bother of going out on a cold night.
Theatre Once again the Oval House has a lot to offer from this weekend. If you're a Nichols fan and if you hurry, 'A Day in the Death of Joe Egg' can be caught at Greenwich. The RSC's well-received Stratford production of 'Much Ado' is now at the Aldwych; but the things to grab if you've got a chance, are the Ambiance's double-bill at the Almost Free and the Soho Theatre's 'Plastic Birthday'— both lunchtime productions. Louise Purnell is still playing Juliet at the Young Vic and very well. In the Yount Vie Studio there's a welcome return of 'The Painters' for 4 performances.
Cinema West End: 'Mysteries Of The Organism' continues at the Academy; Eastwood/Siegel fans have 'The Beguiled' at the Odeon St Martin's Lane; Zappa freaks have his video musical '200 Motels' at the Classic Piccadilly. Clubs and societies; There's a rock show at the Starlight on Thurs 23rd including 'Rock Around The Clock', 'Gather No
at the NIT on Friday late). The Venus starts a season of Bertolucci's 'The Conformist'. NET. The Pennebaker films include his '1 PM', which combines footage from Godard's abandoned 'I AM' with coverage of Godard at work on it. The all-night horror show on Saturday includes 'Psycho. Lates: On Friday the Paris Pullman shows 'index' and 'Shoot The
Pianist 8½ is at the Roundhouse; and there are late shows of 'The Conformist' at the Venus Thurs. Sat at 11.00.
Caravan, a band who'll always get a plug from Al 'slip us a wrigley's doublemint' Clark, are playing a welcome, but increasingly rare, London appearance at the Marquee on Friday. And don't you dare miss Sunday's `Blunderous Centipede' Patto Show, unless of course you're going to the Mike Gibbs Band at the Country Club or fun-packed Implosion. Monday has Joan Baez and her lovely sister at the Rainbow, and Quintessence and their Sweet Jesus in a self-promoted concert at the Albert Hall. The Nighthawks build on their Sunday Three Horseshoes residency and play the 100 Club on Tuesday. . On Wednesday Jan Drakow's Space Community are at the Krypt. Thursday's 'Fun and Games is at Seymour Hall, the night the Pink Fairies have a Christmas Party of sorts at the Marquee. Festivities of one sort or another crowd in on this week—what straight music there is mostly takes in programmes of Christmas carols and the nearest thing to audience participation that side of the fence ever reaches. Eric Hill and Eve Smith (Guitar and soprano) perform John Duarte, Segovia and Michael Gibbs alongside Schumann, Brahms and Britten at the Purcell Room on Friday. And the London Phil-harmonic indulges in some gentle things by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin at the Albert Hall on Sunday. Jazz runs a three-part serial before Christmas, starting on Sunday with the essential Mike Gibbs concert ' almost certainly including Jack Bruce. On Monday at the 100 there is an unlikely collision of the Mike Westbrook Band and John Stevens Spontaneous Music Ensemble plus Lol Coxhill--- never having played in such wondrous conjunction before. And on Tuesday Bob Downes presents a concert of his own music with various combinations of players at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Moss and 'Jailhouse Rock'. the Electric is having a series of picks from the last year's programmes - which includes a Japanese monster double on Friday at 11.00. 'Chelsea Girls' is on at the New Cinema Club on Monday. Locals: Plenty to take the kids to; the best is probably Willy Wonka'. Kilburn Classic shows WC Fields and Mae West in 'My Little Chickadee', with the extra penance of a 'Carry On' film. (Also
Either the delightful new production by the Royal Opera of 'Le Nozze di Figaro': or Sadlers Wells Opera's cheery Yuletide offerings 'die Fledermaus and 'Orpheus In The Underworld' both operettas and both to be seen at the Coliseum.
Two ATV -documentaries shown on Thames: The Animal War on Monday (about poaching game from Serengeti); and 'The Year 0 The Killing' on Tuesday (about Pakistan last year). Kenny Everett joins Viv Stanshall for two weeks on Richard Baker's radio magazine 'Star The Week' on Monday morning. Thursday afternoon on Radio 3 is taken up by a recent performance of Wagner's 'Lohengrin'. On Friday 17th, BBC2's 'Review' is about the Ken Campbell Roadshow going to Kirkby, a new town without a theatre, concert hall or 'cultural centre'. Sunday's 'Pick Of The Weeks on BBC2 is a selection of bits from various 'One Man's Week' programmes.
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