The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, September 30, 1982, Image 5

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I c Thursday, September 30, 1982 Urbane Qenewal Uot(f .· · · ~~~~ ~~~ - 5) Front for modern art and ideas By Terri Hanson Staff Writer Recently new wave music and clothes styles have become pop- ular with a select group of Mis- soula's teen-agers. Because of this modern trend, a store called Urbane Renewal opened last year. Urbane Renewal sells used records that include types of music such as punk , jazz, mod- ern , rock and other miscellane- ous music . Punk and modern music is played in the store. Throughout the shop are new wave dothes , hanging on racks and the walls , which range from leopard skin tops to gold glitter pants . On the wall behind the counter are spike bracelets and chokers. The front window is filled with a mixture of new wave clothes, mull-colored hand- kerchiefs and a few albums . The name Urbane Renewal was created by Lya Badgley, the store's previous owner. She wanted to call it Urban Renewal because it stood for fashion con- cepts of things out in the world, but couldn't because it was the name of a federal program. Both of the new owners, Rich and Jena Landini, dress in mod- em / new wave outfits and quite a few of their customers also dress in modem clothes. Rich and Jena recently bought Urbane Renewal from Lya who sold the store because she liked big city life better . She lives in Seattle but she's not really out of the picture. \She gets goods for us in Seattle,\ Jena explained. Jena and Rich added, \ We were both interested in the store when Lya said she was selling . We want to continue what con- cepts Lya brought but also add our own.\ They also didn't want just any store. \ Jena is into the clothes and we ' re both into new (mod- em) music,\ Rich said . \The store lets us express ourselves and be artists . It's acting as a front for art and ideas .\ Basically they say they're try- Jena and Rich Landini recently bought Urbane Renewal, a record store that sells punk, modern, rock and other music plus new wave clothes. Senior Meg Harry is buying a record from Rich while Jena reads \Damaged Goods.\ ing to make a living and have fun at the same time. Jena also makes pottery that she sells at other places. She's been selling her \commercial\ pottery under the name Syama Clayworks and she's going to start selling her \strange\ pot- tery at Urbane Renewal. Pottery is her big occupation and brings in much of their income. Jena and Rich are also into hard core punk. All over the store are small posters with \Who Killed Society gets re- venge\ (a poster promoting the upcoming battle of the bands) written on them. sion in myself by walking the line between who I was and who I thought I was supposed to be as a teacher,\ Rich said. \I mostly like to be a friend and open up people's minds to new ideas.\ Rich also hosts, with his con- sistent guest Randy (from the punk rock band Who Killed So- ciety), a radio show. The radio show is on from 2 a . m. to 5 a . m. early Sunday morning. \It's an outlet of expression for new wave-modem music. It's music you don't hear on the radio . KUFM isn't sure there's a market for it but want to be responsive to it.\ The show started when KUFM came to Lya (when she owned Urbane Renewal) and asked her to do the show because they wanted some modem music . The show also plays quite a bit of punk. Rich is into many punk bands including a new band call Fear. \Punk rock is not as sexuaily racist as the majority of radio rock,\ said Rich. He also added, \Punk is much more enlight- ened and alive, it's not really vi- olent buy instead it's honest and vital. Punk is zeroing into the undercurrent of the political sys- tem.\ ellen re Ids Rich believes that punk is not to be taken literally as a com- IOand but instead it is a reflec- tion of what is going on in so- ciety. \The music is threatening because it points out the failures and taboos in society,\ ex- plained Rich . People who dress different or \ weird \ are labeled as punk rockers and put down for it be- cause it (punk) threatens society. According to Rich , punk values put cracks in normalcy and in people 's false security. \ Rules and morals are crap because they end up separating people .\ Rich alSo added that raw en- ergy is very close to the surface in punk but you can't take it ( the violence) to heart ; you have to have fun with it. \Punk rock is right out front in dealing with society ' s prob- lems,\ said Rich . An example he made of punk theory was that if we really wanted a bottle bill passed (to recycle bottles) we should litter the street with bro- ken glass . Pretty soon people will get so tired of running over glass that a bottle bill will have to be passed. \Being nice has been tried,\ Rich said . Punk (like breaking the bottles) is sim- ply getting right to the problem. Rich added \I don't want people to start breaking bottles , though This is just an example .\ \I was a hippie and the hipp- ies were for honesty and being in touch with the truth,\ ex- plained Rich . Punk is another attempt to get in touch with the truth. Hich added, comparing punk to society, \There is violence going on Friday and Saturday night by people hot-rodding up and down the street but it's not negative because there ' s a vital- ity in it. People want excitement in their lives; they want to have fun and have something go on in their lives . It's the basis for ev- erything including today ' s new wave.\ Before Rich and Jena had bought the store, Rich had been a student teacher in Robin Ha- milton ' s English class second semester . \I loved being a teacher but I was creating ten- Auditorium needs help Speech team at work at Hellgate's auditorium some day. It has got to be the weakest and oldest sec- tion in this ancient building. The auditorium has been patched-up here and there, but it should be totally remodeled before it falls apart. The main deterrent is, of course, money. audience to squirm and shift . The wood is too hard to be comfortable, and many seats have chips or splinters knocked out of them. Some seats don ' t even exist, like the one in the middle section of the front row. Some seats also squeak loudly when they are pushed back or down . Preparing for the first state speech meet in Butte on Oct. 15- 16, the Hellgate speech team is hard at work . Speech coach Barry Williams said, \We have been working hard for three weeks. We have some really good, enthusiastic people on the team, and we should be leading in competi- tion. \ The speech team members are not yet fully committed to what area of competition they will be participating in . The team only has ten veterans. 80 percent of the team are freshman. Return- ing team members are seniors Lori Getter and Sarah Kester , and juniors Mike Shoen and Kim Colbo , expository speaking , sen- ior Marcia Karasek. Memorized Public Address, junior Missy Card oratory speaking, senior Richard Barney, sophomore Lvnn Corro. and sophomore Elizabeth Jonkel, debate and sophomore Patty Brook, oral in- terpretation. Assistant speech coaches this year are Mary Coty and Dan Gerdeman. Williams said the goals of the speech team this year are to build a strong core and to have people competing in more than one event. The stage floor isn't in all that bad of shape. It could be taken out and replaced, but that's not a priority . A deeper stage would improve the prob- lem of not enough room for sets, plus stopping the use of those unsteady tables . A new curtain would be nice. One that closed smoothly, didn't have to be held shut because of a gap, and had no holes would add a lot to the looks of the stage. When I participated in the Missoula Children's Theater (M.C.T.), the curtain was pinned while the audience took their seats. Some- one unpinned the curtain and held it shut during the overture, then walked on the inside of it while it was being opened. Getting a new curtain should be one of the first things done. The seats in the auditorium are atrocious. The backs and bottoms are the The acoustics in the auditorium are terrible. The actors and actresses appear to be mouthing nonsense unless the audience is sitting under the old balcony is good at lip reading. It's hard to keep the .a~die~c~'s attention if they can't hear w~ll; strammg Isn t fun. The sound quality when ~Icrophones are _ used isn't particularly good, either. They gtve off a ringing or fuzzy sound (though this could be because they aren't properly used) . Anyways, they don ' t help the theater's awful acoustics in any way. These _are just some of the major problems wrong with the Hellgate auditorium. Hopefully, some day enough money will be available to re- model the auditorium. It would be nice to concen- tt:ate on what ' s being presented instead of on the diScomforts felt.

The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana), 30 Sept. 1982, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheHellgateLance/1982-09-30/ed-1/seq-5/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.