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Summer Session Programs at UW-Eau Claire
Kick Off with Outdoor Concert by Howard Luedtke


 MAILED:  June 9, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - An outdoor concert by Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max will open an eight-week series of free Summer Session Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Monday, June 14.

The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.

Led by one of the Midwest's best slide guitar players, Blue Max has opened shows for such big-name blues artists as Long John Baldrey, Lonnie Brooks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials, Tinsley Ellis, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal, A.C. Reed, Eddy Shaw, Herbert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Joe Louis Walker and Johnny Winter. Blue Max has three recordings on the False Dog label - "Molded by the Blues" (1992), "Live in Gleisdorf, Austria" (1995), and "Face to Face with the Blues" (1996).

Also on campus during the week of June 14 are these free Summer Session Programs:

"Blood Simple" stars Dan Hedaya as a backwoods Texas saloonkeeper who learns that his wife (Frances McDormand) is involved with one of his employees (John Getz). After a humiliating confrontation with the adulterous couple, the husband hires a scummy detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to kill them both. The hapless protagonists remain in the dark while the audience twists through every doublecross in this unpredictable mix of blackmail, suspicion, revenge, betrayal and murder.

"This was the first film directed by Joel Coen, produced by his brother Ethan and co-written by the two," critic Roger Ebert wrote last year, after the release of the director's cut of the film on DVD. "Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail, but they always swing for the fences, and they are masters of plot. As I wrote in my original 1985 review of ‘Blood Simple': ‘Every individual detail seems to make sense, and every individual choice seems logical, but the choices and details form a bewildering labyrinth.' They build crazy walls with sensible bricks.

"It is one of the best of the modern films noir, a grimy story of sleazy people trapped in a net of betrayal and double-cross. When it uses cliches like the Corpse That Will Not Die, they raise it to a whole new level of usefulness. The Coens are usually original, but when they borrow a movie convention, they rotate it so that the light shines through in an unexpected way."

Rated R, the film will screen via DVD projection.

Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 5. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.

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Updated: June 9, 2004