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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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Chance to Perform July 31
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: July 17, 2000

          EAU CLAIRE — Chance, a duo with a sound that the Los Angeles Times described as "art rock," will present a free outdoor concert at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Monday, July 31.
          The Summer Session Programs show 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.
          Chance is one of the only voice/cello duos in the world. First heard nationally on the hit TV show "Northern Exposure," this touring concert act regularly intrigues wildly diverse audiences with their multi-influenced music. The music is dramatic, thought provoking, often amusing and always original.
          Ed Willett, a Los Angeles studio and orchestral musician who also is an innovator in alternative-style cello playing, founded Chance with vocalist Cheryl Leah in 1987. The band has been praised for its smooth sound, harmony, quirkiness and comic touch.
          Individual members of Chance have performed and recorded with Miroslav Vitous, Herbie Hancock, the Honolulu Symphony, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, Herb Alpert, Michael Columbier and many others. Chance is featured on Wisconsin Public Radio as part of the regularly scheduled program "Tent Show Radio," a weekly program compiled from live performances at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, an annual 70-day concert series held in the summers.
          Also on campus during the week of July 31 are these free Summer Session Programs:

  • "Crack-Up" (1946), a much-neglected thriller set in the New York City art scene, will be presented at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday in Davies Theatre. Pat O'Brien stars as an expert on art forgeries whose erratic behavior — he claims to have been in a train wreck that police say never happened — gets him suspended from his job at the Metropolitan Museum. He reconstructs the recent past and discovers a devious plot. Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall and Ray Collins co-star in the 93-minute film noir directed by Irving Reis.
  • Wednesday at noon, a UW-Eau Claire jazz combo, under the direction of Jason Craft, will provide lunchtime entertainment on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). Refreshments will be sold.
  • "Thank You, Mr. Moto" (1937), number two in the series of entertaining second features based on John P. Marquand's Japanese detective, will screen at noon and 7 p.m. Thursday in Davies Theatre. When put in sequence, seven priceless Chinese scroll paintings reveal the location of the tomb of Genghis Khan, said to contain fabulous treasure. In Peiping, the mysterious soldier of fortune Kentaro Moto (Peter Lorre) competes with ruthless villains trying to wrest the scrolls from their rightful owners, who protect them as a sacred duty to their ancestors. Norman Foster directed the 67-minute film.
          Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 10. More information is available from the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: July 20, 2000