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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Blue Max to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
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MAILED: June 3, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Eau Claire power-blues trio Blue Max, led by Howard "Guitar" Luedtke, will open an eight-week series of free Summer Session Programs June 14 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The free outdoor concert will begin at 7 p.m. 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.
Voted Best Blues Band in the La Crosse Tribune's weekly magazine LaX, Blue Max has opened shows for such big-name blues artists as Jimmy Johnson, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lonnie Brooks, Herbert Sumlin, Jeff Healey, Kenny Neal, Eddy Shaw, and Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials. The band 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:
  • "The Crowd" (1928) will screen at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Davies Theatre — kicking off a series that surveys eight decades of classic films. An uncompromising slice of social realism hailed as one of the great films of the silent era, King Vidor's 98-minute film was recently given a fine musical score by composer Carl Davis.
    "The originality of 'The Crowd' lies in the essential simplicity of its idea," wrote film historian Neil Sinyard. "It is the story of an ordinary man in modern society. In bold defiance of screen convention of the time, the film follows the random pattern of life, without the insertion of melodramatic events or the usually happy ending. Equally boldly, it offers a bleak picture of American society immediately before the Wall Street crash and a sour overview of the American dream."
    One of the first Hollywood directors to shoot on location, King Vidor used hidden cameras on the streets of New York to record scenes of realism with a technical virtuosity never seen on the screen before. One apparently continuous shot begins on a crowded New York street, focuses on the entrance of a high-rise, moves upward to a window on the 21st floor, enters to show a large interior scene of 200 clerks busy at their desks, and moves through the room until it centers on the protagonist.
    "This shot was planned in 1928 before the days of large camera booms or zoom lenses," Vidor wrote.
    James Murray, an unknown actor who happened to walk by as Vidor looked for his "average man," stars as Johnny — a little clerk in a big office, living in a small apartment in a huge city.
  • Wednesday at noon, a series of eight weekly Jazz at Noon concerts will be presented on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). Refreshments will be sold.
Continuing through Aug. 5, UW-Eau Claire Summer Session Programs are sponsored, in part, by Central Radio Group (WAXX-FM, WAYY-AM, WIAL-FM, WECL-FM and WEAQ-AM). A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: June 10, 1999