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ARTS

Pa'ge 6

The Michigan Daily

Friday, September 16, 1983

Musical
union

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Lou and Peter Berryman, although no longer married, still perform together
and will be at the Ark Friday and Saturday nights.

By Deborah Robinson
SOME PEOPLE get married for the
sake of making beautiful music
together, but for Lou and Peter
Berryman, nuptial agreements don't
work that way. That is, they gave up
their marriage to make beautiful music
together. Instead of wedding bands and
bouquets they have an accordian and a
guitar, binding them to the things they
really love - performing.
The Berrymans have released two of-
fspring, No Relation and Cupid's Trash
Truck. In the Berryman tradition, these
works have inherited hints of a "folk"
genre - covering material as diverse
as a hippy-turned-fastfood-franchiser-
cult-member to what bars on Mars
would be like. Admittedly, their humor
is rather corny. "Too Stupid," a song
from their first prodigy, is a good
example - Too stupid to want to be

crossed/Too stupid to want to be
bossed/Too stupid to push me
around/It's then that I'll know it's
a husband I've found.
Marriage, being low on their list of
appealing ideals, is just one subject
ripe for the satirical pens of the
Berrymans. In the tradition of the
Smothers Brothers and Tom Lehrer,
they turn harmless situations into
hilarity and imaginary situations into
everyday irony.
Lou and Peter will be wed in song
Friday and Saturday nights at the Ark
Coffeehouse (1421 Hill), which should
prove an ideal setting for them - it's a
small enough place to allow the audien-
ce to feel as though they are a part of
the entertaining performance. And with
jokers like the Berrymans, anyone
could be included in a sarcastic cliche,
even without notice.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the show
at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 761-1451 for
further information.

Dhance
Theatre
Studio
71 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Come to Beaver's

For a current schedule of these and other classes cals 995-4242

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Hard core
By Joe Hoppe
" YOU KNOW, WALLY, I'm sure
glad the football game is away
this week."
"Gee, how come, Beav?"
"Well this way I won't have to decide
between the Wolverines and the har-
dcore show at Joe's Star Lounge."
Yes, aftertafun-filled summer of
Necros, JFA, the F.U.'s, and the State
and other ever-increasing, ever-
improving local bands, the all-ages
matinees at Joe's are still going on.
This Saturday afternoon's fare
features White CrossafromnVirginia, co-
headlining with G.O.C. (Gaurdians of
Chaos), an all-star young band from the
fabled halls of Ann Arbor's Community
High. Starting the show will be Wrong
Verdict and Euthanasia, two bands that
have played places like the Second
Chance and have even opened for the
famed Cult Heroes.
White Cross is a standard respected
thrash band, guitars more shrill than
heavy metalish; then of course loud and
fast. They come from the part of
Virginia viewed more as bedroom
communities of Our Nation's Capital
than as hill country, so don't take the
name to have any Klan/racist
associations. Take the name as a pun on
Red Cross or if you must, a reference to
amphetamine.
Which brings up a point of interest:

matinee I
they're close enough to DC to call them-
selves DC hardcore - but don't. The
name might indicate a non-straight
edge stance, in a hardcore, straight-
edge world - yet they have an anti-caf-
feine song. Ah, wait and see, that was
just an interesting aside at best.
G.O.C. is a young and coming funner-
than-hardcore band. The songs issue
straight from the halls of Community
High where they are written (about
friends and others) to great perfor-
mances by Scene all-stars culled from
Ground Zero, the Lunatics, Mac-
Donald's, and the Variables.
Wrong Verdict and Euthanasia
represent a widening from previous all-
ages shows, not being what you'd call
real hardcore at all. But they're still
going to be energetic enough to earn
their places, and the musical syles
should compliment nicely.
Euthanasia is hoping for a place
where they can finally play as loud as
they want. Joe's on Saturday should be
it. Volume and a Stooges influence are
their main recommendation.Not much
is known about Wrong Verdict.
Mysterious.
Joe's on Saturday will be exactly
where it's at if you've been searching
for this city's wonderful underground
music scene. Past that, any all-ages
show is going to be where the cutting
edge, energetic grass roots band scene
around here is going to make itself
heard. The fun starts at one and it's $4
at the door.

Michael Keaton may not look like your mom, but he's learning in 20th Cen-
tury Fox's latest release 'Mr. Mom.'
Does your mom
look like this.?

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By Emily Montgomery
M R. MOM is not just another bum-
bling comedy. Based on the now
familiar husband/wife role reversal
popularized by John Lennon among
others, it is an amusing backlash to the
avalanche started by Dustin Hoffman's
kitchen role in Kramer vs. Kramer.
Directed by Stan Dragoti, Mr. Mom
stars up-and-coming talent Michael
Keaton (Night Shift) and Teri Garr,
who again proves herself an outstan-
ding actress after her Oscar-nominated
performance in Tootsie. With Michael
Keaton at the apron strings of a
hilarious homestead, Mr. Mom takes
househusbandry in a new direction. Its
universal appeal makes everyone, not
just housewives, laugh.
Given free reign of the screen,
Keaton proves just how far his lunacy
will stretch. He plays poker with neigh-
borhood housewives for rebate
coupons, reheats a grilled cheese san-
dwich with an iron, and wrestles with a
vacuum cleaner nicknamed Jaws.
Drapes, rugs, and even small children
aren't safe.
Tender scenes include the night
Michael Keaton, as Jack Butler, spends
all day preparing a candlelight dinner
for his wife, and still doesn't get upset

when she arrives at 2 a.m., and the
night that Jack convinces his son Billy
to give up his security blanket.

At the outset, Jack keeps up with the
game. The kids are fed, the house is
clean, but later the drudgery of daily
routing wears him down and it is
downhill from there. Finally his once
immaculate house is proclaimed "fit
for condemnation" and he awakes from
a nightmare in which his wife shoots
him and runs off with her boss. Jack,
then realizes that the role of housewife
is just as important as that of wage-
earner, and decides to do the job with
pride.
Mr. Mom has an impressive suppor-
ting cast. Martin Mull is great as Teri
Garr's :amorous boss, and Ann Jillian
("It's a Living") does a terrific job as:
Jack's philandering neighbor, who at-:
tempts to teach him a few household
hints - in bedroom etiquette, that is.
Harriet Nelson she is not! Disappoin-:
ting, though, is the misuse of the;
outrageously comical Christopher'
Lloyd ("Taxi") as one of Jack's co-;
workers who gets too little screen time-
in a two-dimensional unfunny role.
Mr. Mom is set in Detroit, but besides
Jack being an automotive engineer, and:
a brief aerial glimpse of the Renaissan-
ce Center, this movie could have taken,.
place in any fair-weathered city ink
America.
Dragoti has directed two other,
feature films, Dirty Little Billy and
Love at First Bite, (both with little
critical success) Mr. Mom is proof
that he is making progress, though he
hasn't reached aesthetic perfection. In
an age of inane comedies, Mr. Mom is
always amusing and sometimes very
funny.
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