||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
L.J. Booth to Perform|
June 29 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: June 18, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- Songwriter-musician L.J. Booth will open the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs for the week of June 29.
The free outdoor concert will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday on the Central Campus Mall (rain: Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
L.J. Booth's spontaneous stage presence is at the heart of his shows, which often start with an improvised song involving the audience. Born in the Philippines, he performs songs from a wide range of inspiration -- including a childhood split between India and Idaho -- and has a keen eye for the everyday and the absurd. Always on the road, Booth makes his home in Scandinavia, Wis.
"This gifted singer-songwriter skillfully connects the dots between his own past, present and future with succinct, often powerful lyrics, appealing melodies and agile fingerpicking," wrote Acoustic Guitar magazine. "His keen fascination with life's journey draws listeners closer to the memories and revelations that make it worth traveling."
Also on campus during the week of June 29 are these free Summer Session Programs:
* "Captains Courageous," a 1937 box-office favorite, will screen on Tuesday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Spencer Tracy (1900-1967, born in Milwaukee, Wis.) earned his first Oscar for a role he hadn't wanted to play -- that of a Portuguese fisherman who teaches a spoiled rich boy discipline and honor after hauling him aboard a Gloucester fishing vessel. Departing from any role he had ever played, Tracy wears a curly wig, speaks with an accent and even sings. "I used to pray that something would halt production," Tracy said. "I was positive I was doing the worst job of my life." Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore and Mickey Rooney co-star in the 116-minute film adaptation of Kipling's novel, which will screen via video projection.
* The Jazz at Noon series will continue Wednesday at noon on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). Refreshments will be sold.
* "Captains of the Clouds" (1942), Michael Curtiz' Technicolor salute to the maverick spirit of World War II pilots, will screen on Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre. The semi-documentary look at Royal Canadian Air Force training stars Jimmy Cagney and Dennis Morgan (1910-1994, born in Prentice, Wis.). Featuring breathtaking aerial photography and a Max Steiner score, the 113-minute film will screen via video projection.
Spotlighting artists and personalities of the state as part of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial, the Summer Session Programs series continues through Aug. 6. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 18, 1998