The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, December 03, 1997, Page 3, Image 3

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    Wednesday,
Dec. 3, 1997
Clackamas1 own PowerSurge brings musical
mirth to Carnegie Center with CD release
JOEL P. SHEMPERT
Feature Editor .
Do you want to know what a power surge is? You’d best
ask Janet Martin. Her song of the same name provides sev­
eral definitions, including one related to menopause.
If you want to know what PowerSurge is, you simply had
to be at Oregon City’s Carnegie Center at 2 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 23. Clackamas faculty members Janet Martin and
Peggy Stevens Falkenstein’s eclectic band was there in full
force for the release of their CD, Universal Feelings.
The cozy, artistic atmosphere of the Carnegie Center was
perfect for a friendly, intimate, and humorous show. Mar­
tin was on piano and Falkenstein played the keyboard,
backed by bassist/guitarist Jason Heald and percussionist
Rick Cole. Martin and Falkenstein traded vocals as they
traded credit for writing each song.
Their style actually spans a vast array of styles, from folk
.
JOEL P. SHEMPERT / Clackamas Print
Music teacher Janet Martin's fingers glide across
a grand piano at PowerSurge's concert.
to blues to pop to island to rock. They are both talented and
inspiring lyricists, and other band members—only four of
seven were represented—are all capable and enjoyable mu­
sicians.
Playing for an audience filled with many friends and fam­
ily members, Martin and Falkenstein’s songs covered per­
sonal topics in both lighthearted and serious veins. The
band only performed two songs from the CD (one of Martin’s
and one of Falkenstein’s), prompting Janet Martin to quip,
“We want you to buy the CD, not hear all the songs here.”
The quartet kept the audience laughing and crying through­
out the concert.
Janet Martin’s “Grass on the Totem Poles,” a look at the
bygone native peoples of North America, was compelling
and introspective. Peggy Stevens Falkenstein’s “Coral of
the Sea” stole the show emotionally, with a tender account
of a young niece tragically gone before her time. Martin
did some soul-searching with “Waitin',” which she intro­
duced with an ironic smile as “the latest installment in the
story of Janet’s love life.”
PowerSurge also performed the Eagles’ “Desperado” of
which Janet commented, “I used to think this song was about
all the men I was in love with. Now I think it’s about me.”
The show was amusing as well as gripping, beginning
with Falkenstein’s tune, “I Can’t Remember,” which the two
women brought to life by acting the part, feigning collec­
tive amnesia. They also sang a piece by Peter and Lou
Berryman called “A Chat With Your Mom,” which offered
a humorous perspective on swearing. The finishing num­
ber, written by Jimmy Buffett with added lyrics by Martin,
“Volcano” encouraged audience participation and was good
for a lot of laughs.
The entire ensemble performed extremely well.
Falkenstein’s expressive hand motions and body language
complemented her vocals beautifully. Martin’s fingers
darted nimbly across the grand piano, and her lead vocals
were excellent as well. Heald’s performance on stand-up
bass, guitar, and background vocals was spirited and jovial,
JOEL P. SHEMPERT ! Clackamas Print
Peggy Falkenstein emotes for a receptive
audience, singing lead vocals on an original song.
and Cole provided a strong foundation and rich ambience
on various percussive instruments.
PowerSurge’s CD, available at the Clackamas bookstore
or by calling 557-9127, is well worth the $ 15 for those who
love good music. While the band plays a large selection of
songs by other writers—“Updating the 60s for the 90s,”
Martin jokes—all the tracks on the CD are original and
worthwhile.
Martin teaches piano at Clackamas, and PowerSurge was
born when she had Falkenstein, who works in Clackamas'
Customized Training and Development Services, as a stu­
dent. Between the two of them, they posess a wealth of
experience in life and love. All are invited to share in their
treasure.
Drama department's 'A Flea In Her Ear'a delight for all
JOSH LEE KWAI
Staff Writer
The Communications and Theater Arts Department
opened performance of “A Flea in Her Ear,” a French farce,
to delighted crowds last week.
The Georges Geydeau play follows the escapades of a
woman and her friend who collaborate to expose the
woman’s husband’s affair, and the complications that oc­
cur. It is a show rooted in the essence of farcical comedy,
mistaken identities, miscommunications and sexual innu-
endoes.
“It's funny in all the basic sort of ways,” said Mandy
Pearce, one of the actors. “You don’t have to think a lot to
understand the humor.”
And indeed this is true—in fact, one of the most amusing
characters cannot speak. Sigfried Seeliger players a secre­
tary with no roof to his mouth. Hence he can only pro­
nounce vowel sounds.
John Renner plays two roles. One is a very charming,
suave, sophisticated rich man and the other is a poor, un­
educated, ill-behaved drunkard. With the frequency that
Renner changes characters one is left wondering how he
possibly changes costumes in the given amount of time.
Perhaps the funniest scene in the show takes place in Act
2, in the hotel Coq d’Or. Most of the characters are present
and cases of mistaken identity are rampant. Another great
scene involves a rotating bed. All in all, it’s a great show,
with enough humor packed in to keep anyone entertained.
• “You’ve got your violence, your sex, your money,”
laughed Pearce. “I mean, we’ve got a rotating bed, what
more do you want?”
Website: greater accessibility to come
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view of the campus would show where
each building is located along with cor­
responding information about each
building (i.e. what classes held there,
e-mail or extension contact, activities,
floor plan, etc.).
A Roving Camera. By visiting this
site students could see a live video feed
showing a particular aspect of interest
on campus, such as an instructional
area, that is updated every 10 minutes
and moved every week or so. This
would not be a surveillance camera,
just a way to show off elements of the
campus in real time.
More Student Involved Links. ASG,
the Athletic Department, and pages for
each participating club could be added
to our home page. The Clackamas Print
could publish online as well.
Student Services. Along with the
entire college catalog being on-line,
there would also be a page with infor­
mation about financial aid and schol­
arships. A full events calendar would
be added for every month.
The report also stated that a site with
these elements could cost as much as
$40,000 for only moderate execution
of the functionality proposed. Data­
bases and online registration, secure
socket layer transactions for credit
cards require expensive software and
expertise.
“This has to be accessible to all stu­
dents,” said Bush. The website must
be accessible to blind students and to
those who have slow computer equip­
ment.
ASG’s Greg Matteucci has provided
a lot of input from a student point of
view and invites input and suggestions.
Contact
him
at
matteuccig@clackamas.cc.or.us.
Wednesday, December 3, 1997