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Talk about entertaining...

December 29, 2001

From the silly to the sappy, the philosophical to the practical, every

once in a while an artist makes a statement that becomes memorable. Here

is the best of what was said in the Datebook pages of the Daily Pilot in

2001.

ON ART

"Every show has a certain amount of dressing."

-- John Slauson, prop carpenter, on the special effects used for the

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March production of "The Lonesome West" at South Coast Repertory. Effects

for the Martin McDonagh comedy included an oven that blew open when shot

with a gun and a melted set of plastic Virgin Marys.

"It's amazing how creative you can get when you're starving."

-- Scot Bruce, Elvis impersonator, on why he chose to make a living

playing the King. In August, Bruce played an Elvis tribute concert at

Muldoon's Irish Pub in Newport Beach.

"The music is like the taste of a grapefruit."

-- Konstantin Rassadin, founder and artistic director of the St.

Petersburg State Ice Ballet, on Sergei Prokoviev's score for

"Cinderella." The ice ballet performed the fairy tale at Orange Coast

College in March.

"My playing is very close to the way we use language. The rhythms of

English, and I'm playing the language of the rhythms I'm hearing."

-- Stefon Harris, jazz musician, on his style. Harris played at the

Orange County Performing Arts Center in April.

"I feel there's a lot of things sometimes I cannot use my voice or

speech to talk about. But my music will explain it. My instrument is kind

of like my equipment to get in more contact [with] the world."

-- Karen Han, who plays the Chinese erhu (a violin-like instrument),

on her music. Han performed Tan Dun's selections from "Crouching Tiger,

Hidden Dragon" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in October.

"The orchestra becomes my instrument. It becomes the sound of the

score, and I'm basically playing the orchestra."

-- Brian Tyler, film composer and Corona del Mar High School grad, on

what he uses to create his music. Tyler wrote the scores for "Panic" and

"Plan B."

"You can't force it to do something against its nature. Sometimes you

find you're in the middle of a piece and you find you can't force it to

do what you want it to."

-- Edna Kuhta, Newport Beach jewelry artist, on working with silver.

Kuhta's jewelry was displayed at the Boudreau-Ruiz Gallery earlier this

year.

"I think that sometimes museums and people involved in the arts field

underestimate the intelligence of the average person, whatever average

means."

-- Howard Ben Tre, artist, on wanting people to find their own way to

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