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Big steps forward and backward.

Byline: BUZZWORTHY By The Register-Guard

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has inspired at least 800 people to witness its performance at the Shedd on Saturday.

The group has all but sold out the Shedd for its show in support of the new album, "Long Walk to Freedom."

Many people associate the a cappella group with Paul Simon's "Graceland," but they may not know the group also appeared at the end of "Michael Jackson: Moonwalker," performing "The Moon Is Walking."

So it can only be good mojo for Eugene resident Patrick Farr that the world-famous ambassadors of goodwill, peace and harmony are performing the same night he attempts to break the record for longest distance moonwalked in an hour. Farr will embark on his backward journey from John Henry's at about 10:15 p.m. during the club's Freeks Dance Party.

Farr's potentially historic sliding jaunt will challenge Adam Hall's 1.5 mile record. The Lane Community College dance student has been training for six months. Publicity photos show his hard work walking backward on a treadmill wearing stripped socks and high top Converse All-Stars.

And if you want to see the work of artists who are part of an always-on-the-road project, stop by Cozmic Pizza tonight for a free dose of the Perpetual Motion Roadshow. Each month, three new indie artists hit the road, doing seven shows in eight days.

This month's representatives are: Laura Boo MacDonald (the `radical romantic'), Mark Silverman (the "folk singer gone bad'), and Prawns (the "wood-chopping performance artist').

And as the cliche-makers say, when one door closes, another opens. The closing door in this case in the ComedySportz theater.

Saturday will be the disbanding troupe's last show. It had been the longest continuously running improv in Lane County, offering its tag-team yucks for seven years.

The club is closing because it was not financially viable.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 24, 2006
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