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Chi-Chi's Restaurante
3776 S. State St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-10p.m.
By Barry Witt
I T ONLY TOOK me a summer, but
just like short-singer Randy Newman
says: "I love L.A." And about the best
thing you can find short of Zuma Beach
out west is Mexican food. Just across
the border from fanciful Tijuana,
Southern California proudly presented
America a few years ago with another
of its favorite food fads. And the passion
for Mexican has-spread its merry way
from the shores of the Pacific to the
banks of the Huron in the form of Chi-
Chi's Restaurante.
No, those aren't typos. That extra eais
supposed to make the place sound real
ethnic. Too bad Chi-Chi's is Mexican for
McDonald's. Chain-style rancho food

(205 outlets nationwide) just doesn't cut
it like Miguel's in Westwood or La
Cholo's in the Mid-Wilshire district.
The problem with Chi-Chi's is that the
restaurant doesn't fulfill those
masochistic desires that go along with
Mexican dining. The food never really
tests your palate - or scalds your
throat - like good Mexican food should.
Out in California, my favorite dish
was the "Mucho Macho Burrito" ser-
ved up by the lunch truck (our office
called it the "Roach Coach") across the
street. Now, that was' good Mexican
food, as prepared by a real Armenian
cook. It was a big, greasy burrito, stuf-
fed with beef cubes, refried beans, pep-
pers, and avocado, t'opped with melted
cheese, and smothered in salsa. ("You
want salsa on your burrito?" "Yeah,
Now I come to South State Street, ex-
pecting all these wonderfully exotic
dishes. I walk into the bar, see those
delicious bottles of Dos Equis and over-
sized margaritas cruising toward the
tables, and when one of those jumbos
finally lands in front of me, I'm sorely
disappointed to find the drink's distin-
ctive tang distinctly missing. The
margarita left sort of a hollow feeling
somewhere about two-thirds of the way
back in the mouth, kind of like the
drinks one makes from margarita mix.
The chips with "Hot and Mild"
sauces were more like chips with "Mild

Christopher Walken and Cliff Robertson. (Fox- Fox Village Theater, Maple Village, 769-1300).
Village Theater, Maple Village; 769-1300) MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE STAYING AL
CUJO John Travol
David Bowie continues to let everyone know he can Stallone to ma
Stephen King's terrifying novel comes to the do more than just dance (and sing, for that matter), of the year.I
screen. Beware of the dog. (State Theater, 231 S. as he stars in his second. film of the year. (State roamed the
State, 662-6264) Theater, 231S. State; 662-6264) Theate 231
In the tradition of Rock 'n Roll High School, and George Lucas clues us in on those troubling Dan Akroyd
BETRAYAL American Griffiti, another movie about the swinging questions raised in the two prior Star Wars hits. Lots tunotare
Ben Kingsley, coming off a Best Actor Oscar, stars sixties hits the screen. (State Theater, 231 S. State; more action in this one, with a little less character turns out a re
in this story of a love triangle between himseld, 662-6264). development-except for Luke and Darth. The Live. (Fox
newcomer Patricia Hodge, and Jeremy Irons (The FLASHDANCE magic is still there. (Campus Theater, 1214 S. WARA)
French Lieutenant's ,Woman), (Movies at Briar- Oh what a feeling! Jennifer Beals dances (well, University; 668-6416). WARGAMEs
wood, Briarwood Mall; 769-8780) almost) the night away. (Movies at Briarwood, THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE seurity syst
BEYOND THE LIMITS Briarwood Mall;' 769-8780). One of the most highly-acclaimed motion pictures warheads. The
Richard Gere and Michael Caine star in a political LA NUIT DE VARENNES of 1983 is held over again at the Ann Arbor Theater, hear, but it's
thriller set in a seedy South American province. A stage coach ride across bumpy roads turns out to (Ann Arbor Theater, 210S. Fifth; 761-9700). (Movies at Br
(Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall; 769-8780) be more entertaining than it sounds. (Ann Arbor REVENGE OF THE NINJA VACATION
THE BIG CHILL Theater, 210 S. 5th; 761- 9700). Watch boards and bones smashed by the human Chevy Chas
Seven University alumni gather together at the LONELY LADY hand in this Kung Fu special. The act~on is non-stop treat himself
funeral of a friend, the results being humorous and Yes, Pia Zadora is still around, and unfortunately in this Bruce Lee-like oriental movie. (Fox-Village Village Theat
touching. Are these the best years of our lives? she's still starring in bad movies financed by her Theater, Maple Village 769-1300).ZEG
(Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall: 769-87O husband. (Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall, RISKY BUSINESS Has Woody
BRAINSTORM 769-8780) A dozen pubescent high-school hormonalites learn count on it. A
Natalie Wood's last film finally makes it to the MR. MOM about love, life, college interviews and prostitution. twist in pseud
screen, thanks to much lobbying on the part of direc- A tired attempt at a tired theme. Mr. Mom looks at w(ovies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall; 769-8780). State; 662udo
tor Douglas Trumbull. The sci-fi thriller also stars role reversal with all the charm of a wet liver. (The

Chi Chi's: Mexican limbo

and Mellow" sauces, and I unfor-
tunately didn't notice until reexamining
the menu the next day that something
called "Extra Hot" was available on
The quesadilla (tortilla topped with
melted cheese) and guacamole was the
highlight of the evening, although
having it served by the table wiper in-
stead of the waitress does tend to take a
little of the intimacy out of the whole af-
Then again, the waitresses were
cleaning off the tables at about 11
o'clock, getting ready for closing, so I
suppose it all evens out in the end.
For the entrees, there's no question
Chi-Chi's serves a heap of food for a low
price. Just about everybody leaving

was carrying a styrofoam container
(which, I found out the next day, melts
in the oven when you're trying to reheat
your leftover taco).
We had the featured Chicken
Chimichanga, which, while not bad,
lacked a certain zing, and the Chi-Chi's
Special Dinner, which was slightly
more interesting, but still a little
I suppose that the necessity of
pleasing mass palates all across the
nation prevents Chi-Chi's from getting
too wild in its offerings. But you'd think
that if even little Pizza Bob can serve
up some excitement from south of the
border, that a chain that started five
years ago in Indianapolis could do a bit


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Friday: THE
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Good Afternoon Detroit"
Men welcome after 10:00 for
$50 Cash Prizes
10 p. m. -2 o. m:
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clubbing .. .

ive from
FOR MANY, life doesn't begin until after 9 p.m. That's and often seve
when they begin the act many consider to be one of then lies in the
the simpler pleasures - "Living it up." Nightlife is often unique flavor.
considered a primary concern and for the college student, Special attra
a survival tactic. alternating me
Fortunately, Ann Arbor's nightlife excels equally with varying day to
its academic counterpart. For every long study hour, there with economyi
also lies an exciting social time to match. Well-endowed tend nightlife ini
with places to be, places to see, and places to be seen, Ann Live music ca
Arbor offers a wide variety of nighttime entertainment. occasionally, ou
Local bars, perhaps Ann Arbor's most widely-visited So, whatever,
nightspots, stir seven nights a week with high-spirited dance floor or in
crowds and vivacious chatter. Whether the pursuit is dan- intimacy ... Liv
ce, drink conversation or food, the search is not in vain,


ral clubs can accommodate. The choice
ambiance desired since each club has a
actions dominate the club scene and an
nu keeps patrons alert. "Happy hours,"
day, club to club, appeal to large crowds
in mind. Furthermore, "happy hours" ex-
nto midday and late afternoon.
an also be found on a rotating schedule and
ut-of-town bands highlight the night.
your pleasure, on stage or on disc, on the
n a booth, bustling with noise or warm with
xe From Ann Arbor ... Nightclubbing.
- Julie Winokur

THE HUNGER (Tony Scott, 1983)
With this year's hero David Bowie, and the always
captivating Catherine Deneuve starring, the plot
(which relates to vampires) becomes secondary.
This new-wave film also features Susan Sarandon,
whose beauty rivals Bowie's. (Cinema 2: Aud A,
7:00, 9:00)
THE EXORCIST (William Friedkin,1973)
Still synonymous with terror, The Exorcist
chronicles a Jesuit priest's attempts to free a young
girl of demonic possession. See Linda Blair precede
the Python troupe by 10 years in a display of state-of-
the-art vomiting. (Alternative. Action, MLB 4, 7:00,
Reisz, 1981)
Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons star in this
brilliant adaptation of the novel. The plot revolves
around Streep's acting the role of Sara Woodruff, a
self-tormenting Victorian Englishwomen, on film; is
she only acting? (Ann Arbor Film Co-op; Nat. Sci.,
EAST OF EDEN (Elia Kazan, 1955)
James Dean plays Cal Trask in John Steinbeck's
American classic. This vividly emotional starring
role shot Dean to stardom. If you're looking for
literal Steinbeck, read the novel, but don't miss the
movie - it takes the force of an actor as great as
Dean to overshadow this script. (Classic Film
Theater; Michigan Theater, 5:30, 9:30)
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Nicolas Ray, 1955)
This movie WJmes Dean. He again plays the role.
of a confused adolescent, trying to make sense of our
world (fat chance). What more can be said?
Featuring Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo; that's about
all. (Classic Film Theater; Michigan Theater, 7:30,
A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor, 1954)
When a rising star outshines her elder, well-
established spouse, frustration and depression are
unavoidable. Guess who suffers? Not Judy Garland,
who plays the singer in this heartfelt drama.
(Mediatrics, MLB 3,6:30)
A STAR IS BORN (Frank Pierson, 1976)
No, Judy Garland is not the elder spouse in this '76
remake. It's Kris Kristofferson who plays the role of
Barbara Streisand's famous husband, trying to cope
with her ascension and his own gradual fall
(Mediatrics, MLB 3,9:10),
LIFE OF BRIAN (Terry Jones, 1978)
With the exception of the Holy Grail, this is
python's most sucessful feature film. Learn about
stonings, underground political groups, the fine art
of haggling, and what happens if you get your
Messiahs mixed up. Also some spaceships. (Cinema
Guild, Lorch Hall, 7:00,8:40,10:20)

MY FAVORITE YEAR (Richard Benjamin, 1982)'
Peter O'Toole is the star of the screen in this
"Golden Age of Television" comedy-drama. O'Toole,
as a neurotic television star (is there another kind?)
in the '50s, is as wild as he was when carousing as Eli
in The Stuntman. (Mediatrics, Nat. Sci. 6::$0, 8:15,
THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming, 1939)
Yes, this is the original, with Dorothy (Judy
Garland), Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the ruby non-
stops to Kansas, and all of the other famous charac-
ters tht have made this film a classic. (Hill Street
Cinema; Hill Street, 8:30,10:30)
PADRE, PADRONE (Paolo & Vittorio Taviani,
An inspired drama about a man forced by his
father into slavery. "Serving as a shepherd isolated
in Sardinia can begin to affect a man after twenty
years:" Sigmund Freud. (Cinema 2; Aud A, 7:00,
DIVA (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1982)
Pure art. Beineix's collage of classicism, new
wave artistry, punk ethics, and impressionistic
cinematography meld to create this Parisian
masterpiece. Literally laced with suspense: This is
truly the film that ties in the punk movement with
Western art. (Cinema Guild; Lorch Hall, 7:00, 9:15)
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Edouard Molinaro, 1979)
The original-and the best-of the female-
impersonator films. Albin and Renato are comic yet
touching as the aging homosexuals trying to keep
their alternative action nightclub playing while sur-
viving a son's marriage and their own eccentricities.
(Classic Film Theater; Michigan Theater, DBL,
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES II (Edouard Molinaro,
The return of Albin and Renato and their Parisian
nightclub. This time they're involved with secret
agents, the French moral majority, and generic
chaos; and all in their nice clothes, too. (Classic Film
Theater, Michigan Theater, 8:40)
LOLA (Rainer Werner Fassbinder,1982)
A film about sex and politics in a German hamlet,
based upon Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel.
Spectacular cinematography is only one of this film's
assets. German with subtitles. (Ann Arbor Film Co-
op, MLB 4, 6:15, 10:00)
THE BLUE ANGEL (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)
This original version stars Marlene Dietrich as the
archetypal bad-influence, here let loose upon an in-
nocent middle-aged professor. Her captivating
charm soon runis his career and his life. A poten-
tially educational film. (Ann Arbor Film Co-op, MLB
FRANCES (Graeme Clifford, 1982)
Jessica Lange stars in this authentic story of
Frances Farmer, a brilliant young actress in the
'30s. This film demonstrates Lange's uncanny ability
to adapt to any role. (Alternative Action, MLB 3,
7:00, 9:30)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Eduoard Molinaro, 1979)
See listing for Saturday. (Classic Film Theater;
Michigan Theater, 7:00,10:00)
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES II (Eduoard Molinaro,
See listing for Saturday. (Classic Film theater;
Michigan Theater, 8:40)
Kramer, 1967)
The genius of Tracy and Hepburn is well-exhibited
in this amusing film about two liberated parents who
must meet their future son-in-law under unusual cir-
cumstances. Sidney Poitier plays the fiance in a
move that explores racial bigotry. (Hill St. Cinema;
Hill St., 7:00,9:00)
THE WIND (Victor Sjostrom, 1928)
A proper southern girl (Lillian Gish) encounters
animosity or indifference as she flirts with insanity
on the Texas plain. Her inner struggle is constantly
reflected by the whipping wind. (Cinema Guild; Lor-
ch Hall, 9:05)-
NATIVE SON (Pierre Chenal,1950)
By focusing on the struggles of one black
Chicagoan, this film shows the futility and
desparation of the South side. Based on the novel by
Richard Wright. (Ann Arbor Film Co-op; MLB 4,
THE ANGEL LEVINE (Jan Kadar, 1970)
A black, Jewish angel appears to a poor Jewish
tailor claiming to be able to work miracles. Harry
Belafonte and Zero Mostel star in this unusual and
poignant comedy. (Ann Arbor Film Co-op; MLB 4'
SUSPICION (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941)
A British woman (Joan Fontaine) questions her
vows when she suspects the man she just married
(Carry Grant) may be plotting her demise. A
fascinating exploration into the psyche by the master
himself, Hitchcock. (Cinema 2; Aud A, 7:00)
MARNIE (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)
In one of Hitch's most controversial films, Sean
Connery goes to the library to unravel Tippi
Hedren's eccentricities. (Cinema 2; Aud A, 8:50)
THE BELOVED ROGUE (A. Crosland, 1927)
John Barrymore has ample opportunity to display
his English charm as the infamous poet/thief Fran-
cis Villon. There is plenty of verve and verse in this
silent classic. (Cinema Guild; Lorch Hall, 7:00) 1

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A father, following tradition, must begrudgingly
arrange the marriage of his only daughter. He then
must face the loneliness and despair that the.
separation will bring: Japanese with subtitles.
(Cinema Guild; Lorch Hall, 7:00)

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