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Nov. 7, 1997

Bagpipe artist to perform BDSC Monday

By jolie Sellers

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

If you've never seen a man in a skirt, then don't be alarmed when Patrick Regan comes to town.

Regan, a professional bagpipe artist, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Regan is originally from Dallas and has been playing the bagpipe since he was 11 years old.

'I didn't like them (bagpipes) at first,' Regan said. 'I had to promise to practice and now practicing is the thing I enjoy doing the most.'

Regan integrates humor as well as a musical performance into his show.

Regan plays a variety of music ranging from American music, hymns, traditional Scottish and Irish airs, reels, jigs and piobaireachd, a form of classical bagpipe music. Also included are anecdotes with Irish, British and Scottish backgrounds and a period of audience participation with a question-and-answer session.

He tells mostly Irish stories; the custom is for the storyteller to make fun of himself in the stories, he said.

'It is strictly a family style of humor that you can bring the kids to,' Regan said. 'It is always light that no one would be upset about.'

The British culture has been a part of his upbringing, Regan said, giving him a strong background for the culture and the humor in his show.

Regan grew up in Dallas and lived a few years in Britain, where his family is from, and then went on to graduate from the University of Texas.

Regan said he has always wanted to play at Baylor and hopes to be received well here.

'It's going to be for a totally new audience and I hope they like it, but I don't know how it will be received,' Regan said.

Regan is currently touring the United States with the Texas Commission on the Arts, playing in festivals, county fairs and formal recitals around the country.

'The traditional folk music of Scotland is so unique and interesting,' said Mike McKinnon, a Hot Springs, Ark., senior of Scottish descent. 'It's a shame more people don't recognize it for its beauty and importance in Scottish culture.

'Then again, my grandfather used to say 'keep in mind, the people who invented the bagpipe and called it music are the same people who invented golf and called it fun.''

When Regan is not playing the bagpipe, he listens to all types of music, he said.

'Music is music and if it's done well, then I have to appreciate the techniques in it, but I don't have to like it,' Regan said.

Regan genuinely enjoys playing for people and can't see himself doing anything else.

'If you're a performer, money is never the number one motivating factor. That's not why I do it. It's just fun to get up and perform for people.'

While in Waco, Regan will also give performances Monday at University High School for the Adopt a School program from 9 to 10 a.m., Center Court in Richland Mall from noon to 1 p.m. and at the Dr Pepper Museum from 2 to 3 p.m.

'I'm doing exactly what I want to do,' Regan said. 'I hope everyone has as much fun as I have while I perform.'

'Red Corner' shows Gere's best side; it's not his acting

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON -- Some things never change in Hollywood. Alan Alda is still sensitive. Ellen is still gay. And Richard Gere is still the prettiest man in show business.

Gere's most recent movie, Red Corner (MGM), tries to meld his two most obvious passions, namely showing Chinese human rights violations and showing off his butt.

Gere plays Jack Moore, a sleazy Hollywood entertainment lawyer, in Bejing to sell a Baywatch-like product to Chinese television. After a successful day of business, Moore goes into the Chinese nightlife to have a rewarding night with business associates.

He succeeds and takes a supposedly nameless fashion model back to his hotel for a night of drunken passion. This is, of course, gratuitously shown with multiple nude shots.

Moore wakes up covered in blood with Chinese men in uniforms with guns surrounding his bed. The woman is dead, and Moore is taken into custody. He, of course, does not speak Chinese and is marooned in China.

The U.S. embassy is unable to retrieve Moore from detention, claiming they can do nothing for him.

Moore is put on trial for murdering the daughter of the minister of defense. (And of course, he'd like to see Moore dead.) All of the evidence is against him. He is certainly doomed.

Gere does what he does best in Red Corner -- he looks pretty and yells when he should be acting. He obviously has much influence in the film, as the plot deteriorates into a cross between Rising Sun and Pretty Woman.

Red Corner is saved by Bai Ling, who plays Moore's lawyer. She carries the film in an Oscar-caliber performance. Unfortunately, the filmakers are more concerned with revealing Gere's backside than showing Ling's acting prowess.

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Collegium Musicum to perform concert

Baylor's Collegium Musicum will present a concert of early European music at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Roxy Grove Hall.

The Collegium Musicum is comprised of the Medieval-Renaissance Consort and the William Casey Baroque Ensemble and will perform under the direction of Christine Getz, music history lecturer.

The eight-member Medieval-Renaissance Consort will play first, opening with 13 anonymous motets.

After the intermission, the 22-member Baroque Ensemble will works from the German Baroque period.

The program's finale will feature three student soloists.

Musicologist gives Russian music lecture

Renown musicologist Richard Taruskin will give two lectures next week in Meadows Recital Hall.

Taruskin, one of the world's leading authorities on Russian music, will give the lecture 'Russian Music' at 4 p.m. Thursday and 'Stravinsky and Us' at 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

tures will be held in Meadows recital Hall.

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