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Walter Craft to Perform
Aug. 2 at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  July 19, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - A concert by blues musician, balladeer and storyteller Walter Craft on Monday, Aug. 2, will begin the last week of Summer Session Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

His free outdoor 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.

Walter Craft has performed virtually non-stop since the age of 3. He attended 27 schools in 12 years, served in the Air Force, went to college at the height of the 1960s folk scene, and spent nine years on Bourbon Street in New Orleans - and he sang everywhere. He has even been the official entertainment on the Cincinnati transit system. His venues have included festivals, elder homes, homes for the developmentally disabled, and social and environmental awareness events. He focuses mainly on the children and the elders, and the building of communities through music.

"The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001) will close the Summer Cinema festival of films by the Coen brothers, screening Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 3 and 5, at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Oscar-nominated for its evocative black-and-white cinematography, the film stars Billy Bob Thornton as Ed Crane, a quiet barber in post-WW2 California. Crane is an Everyman who doesn't try to interfere in the world around him - even when he finds his wife (Frances McDormand) is cheating on him with her boss, Big Dave (James Gandolfini). But one day a stranger (Jon Polito) lets it be known that he's looking for a silent partner to finance his dream business - something he calls dry cleaning - and Ed sees a way out of his doldrums. Blackmail, violence, murder and double crossing lie ahead.

"Like all the Coens' movies, 'Man' is supremely self-aware and darkly, hellishly funny," wrote the Chicago Tribune. "It's also brilliantly written and acted to a fare-thee-well by an outrageously good cast."

Rated R, the 116-minute film will screen via DVD projection. Admission is free.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Summer Session Programs series is presented annually by the Activities and Programs office.



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Updated: July 14, 2004