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28 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 Arts & Entertainment Steppm Out The Hillis brothers, Roger (left) and Cliff formed the alter- native rock band Tisra Til, formerly Mystery Machine. They will be performing in Rehoboth Beach this weekend. Tisra Til: local rock band grows deep local roots By Denise M. Marshall Brothers Roger and Cliff Hillis, both Cape Henlopen High School graduates, comprise the successful rock band Tisra Til. "My brother and I have had sev- eral different bands since high school," Roger said. Formerly Mystery Machine, the band recently changed its name to Tisra Til. According to Roger, some band members left Mystery Machine and they felt it was time for a name change. In addition, they found out that there was another band called Mystery Machine in Canada. "We're changing our music. We were trying to find something dif- ferent," Cliff said of the name change to Tisra Til. "It's Hindu for 'the third eye.'" The duo sometimes adds a drummer to create a three-piece band. They rotate drummers Gxeg Shroeder, of Baltimore, Md., and Bill Gatter, of Wilmington. "He was the original Mystery Machine drummer," Roger said of Gatter. Cliff, 24, started performing in bars while he was in high school. "His school teachers would cometo see us," Roger recounted. Dan Cook, a teacher at Cape Henlopen High School, helped the brothers out as a sound man when they first started performing, according to Cliff. Roger was graduated from Cape in 1984, and Cliff was graduated three years later. ' "I had to wait for him until we could start traveling during the week," Roger said. "Now it's all we do." The Hillis brothers have per- formed in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Last summer, they played at the North Carolina Music Seminar. Next month, Tisra Til will be playing for "some record-label types" in New York, according to Roger. The performance is in con- junction with a compact disc pro- duced by several bands. Tisra Til has two of its songs on the CD. The Hillis brothers are working on their first Tisra Til CD, which they hope to release this summer. They have already produced a CD as Mystery Machine. Tisra Til plays covers, as well as original songs. Cliff writes the bulk of the lyrics. "I usually find enough things (to write about) just in my own life," Cliff said. Cliff described Tisra Til's music as "alternative pop along the lines of the Lemon Heads." They also do covers by Dinosaur Jr. and Nirvana. "It's just alternative rock," Roger said. Both natives of Wilmington, Roger and Cliff moved with their family to Rehoboth Beach in the Continued on page 29 RAL to kick off vigorous 56th season "Points of View" to take local artists to Academy of Arts The Rehoboth Art League, "Most Vigorous Arts Organiza- tion" in 1993 according to Delaware Today magazine, is set to launch an invigorating 1994 schedule of exhibitions, work- shops, cultural events and lec- tures. From now through Saturday, Feb. 26 the RAL begins its year with "Points of View," an exhibit of RAL artists at the Academy of the Arts, Easton, Md. Another out-of-town exhibit follows with "Three Innovators" at the Grand Opera House Gallery, Wilming- ton, March 4 through April 1. RAL's own gallery season opens March 20 through April 28 with the Holly Branch of the National League of American Pen Women in the Homestead, the 251-year-old house located on the RAL grounds. The RAL galleries will feature solo shows from May 6 through May 27 by Mike Cooper, Joan Curtis, Anne Klinefelter, Michael Krausz, Matthew Mack, Marge Violette and the Peggy Holloway Memorial Exhibit at the Home- stead. The season continues with the League's 21st Members Craft Exhibit, judged by Hortense Green, June 3 thru July 13; the 56th Members Fine Arts Exhibit which includes photography, judged by Richard Gaffney, July 22-Aug. 27; the 21st Members' Fine Arts and Crafts Outdoor Show which will also include work by noted regional photogra- phers, Aug. 13-14, 20-21; Holiday Selections: Gifts by Artists Exhib- it, Sept. 9-Oct. 28; and a special Wildfowl Art and Craft Exhibit in the Homestead, Oct. 1-28. Favorite highlights of the year will also include the Rehoboth Art League/Beebe Foundation Art Auction and Dinner, June 25; the 45th annual Cottage Tour, July 12-13; the Beaux Arts Ball, Aug. 27; and the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 12. A new event will be a Rehoboth Restaurant Tour to be held in early June. Workshops and classes for all ages are a vital part of the RAL mission. Course offerings include oil and watercolor painting, pot- tery, glass beadmaking, beginning whittling, flower arranging, cre- ative writing, reading and writing poetry, creating art with paper, basketmaking, sculpting in clay, pen and ink, colored pencil and soft pastels. Some specialty classes include examining the psychodynamics of art and photography, drawing por- traits and self portraits, learning to be more creative, studying color theory, drawing house portraits, making holiday cards from linoleum blocks, photographing with infrared film and handcolor- ing the photographic print. RAL also offers special classes for chil- dren throughout the summer. Some of the musical events scheduled include the Baroque and Blues Jazz Quartet, July 9; the Delmarva Piano Festival, July 28; and composer/pianist Lee Mitchell, Oct. 7. Poetry readings by Poetry Aloud, June 19; and sto- ryteller Clem Bowen, July 20, will add to the cultural experiences of the League. A free film series fea- turing women artists will be avail- able in March and then again in October with the accent on men in art. The humanities will be repre- sented by lectures by Lillian R. Balick on "American Folk Songs," May 7; Sandra Denney on the 19th Century artist Jacques Louis David, May 14; and Joan Del Fattore on "Censorship in American Education and Its Effect on Delaware Schools," June 11. These speakers are funded in part by the Delaware Humanities Forum. Susan Shaughnessy, author of Walking on Alligators: Medita- tions for Writers, will illustrate her thoughts on "resistance to creativ- ity," with writing exercises and original songs on April 23. Ongoing events at RAL include an evening sketch group, an open pottery studio and an afternoon open studio for drawing and paint- ing. The Homestead, which serves as a gallery for the RAL's perma- nent collection and other special exhibits, is available for tours through its unique boxwood maze garden and the rooms of the colo- nial mansion, the oldest house in the Rehoboth Beach area. Gallery and facility hours vary throughout the year. Call the RAL office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 227- 8408 for information about hours, workshops and upcoming events. Baystar Productions announces 1994 schedule Baystar Production, Inc. has announced its 1994 schedule of performances and other events which will run at the Sea Horse Cabaret in Rehoboth Beach from February through December. Opening the season will be a one-night murder mystery dinner theatre scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12. Entitled "Til Death Us Do Part," the play involves the audience as well as the cast in sin- ister doings that lead to a crime and ultimately to the who-dun-it's solution. The first major production of the season will be "They're Playing Our Song," the smash Broadway musical by Neff Simon, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. The show dates are March 4 through April 8. Next will be the wacky British farce "No Sex, Please, We're British," which has delighted audi- ences in London and New York. It will run from April 14 through May 22. Opening May 26 and running through June 26 will be "Carni- val," the delightful musical by Bob Merrill which makes you believe that "Love Makes the World Go Round." "Kismet," a tale of the Arabian Nights, with its memorable musi- cal score, moves onto the Cabaret stage next. Written by Forrest and Wright, "Kismet" will be there from June 30 through July 31. The third musical of the summer will be "Dames at Sea," the show in which the fun of "42rid Street" meets the exuberance of "Follow the Fleet," It will fill the time slot of Aug. 4 through Sept. 4. 'q'he Owl and the Pussycat," the outrageous comedy that answers the question "What do a writer and a hooker have in common?" will bring laughter to the Cabaret from Sept. 8 through Oct. 2. "The Fantasticks," the Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt musi- cal tale of love and innocence that has delighted audiences for over 35 years, will also delight Cabaret audiences Oct. 6 and Oct. 30. Winding up the 1994 season will be a special "Santa's Workshop" holiday production that will open after Thanksgiving and continue through the Christmas season. There will also be a children's theatre each Thursday afternoon during July and August. Details have yet to be firmed up and will be announced at a later date. Also to be announced later will be details of a Canteen Evening, to be held on random evenings during the season. Canteen Evenings will feature music and a floor for danc- ing by Canteen audiences. A special Sea Horse Restaurant Buffet will be a part of all the din- ner theatre productions and will feature a varied selection of entrees. The price for the Feb. 12 murder mystery dinner theatre is $19.95 per person. For more information and to make reserva- tions, call the Sea Horse Restau- rant at 227-7451.