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Fabulous 50!
The University's Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary this
year. In honor of a h1f-century of bringing fine arts and culture to Ann
Arbor, the USO m wil be throwing a party for members of the whole
farnily. Th bg , ent begins at I p.m. on Sunday and it will feature
musern tours. cake. music and kids' games. Call 764-0935 for more
informat ion.

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'Home' soars into our hearts
Daniels, Paquin, lots of geese star in moving new film

Friday
September 20, 1996

8

By Jen Petfinski
Daily Film Editor
We've seen the commercials on tele-
vision. Starring Jeff Daniels, Anna
Paquin, and about 18 geese.
"Fly Away Home." It's just the kind
of story that can make our hearts soar.

With ease, director Carroll

Ballard

("The Black
Stallion") captures
the exquisite beau-
ty of the Ontario
countryside - its
rolling valleys,
tall, wispy grass
and its animals -
weaving it through

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a heartwarming tale of a family in need
of healing.
Thirteen-year-old Amy Alden (Anna
Paquin) wakes up in a hospital bed,
groggy, with her father Thomas (Jeff
Daniels) at her side. Within minutes,
she knows that her mother did not sur-
vive the car accident - one that we,
seconds earlier, had witnessed in
surreal slow motion.
All of a sudden, it's one
month later, and Amy must
leave Australia, her
native coun-
try, to join
h e r

father in Ontario, Canada, where he
spends his time with his eccentric
inventions and his red-headed girl-
friend, Susan (Dana Delaney).
Right from the start, we know Amy is
not happy with the new life she is
forced to accept. Her relationship with
her father is awkward and at a standstill.
In one exchange,
she tells him: "I'm
VIEW not a baby. You
don't have to hold
way Home my hand." Amy
** wants desperately
to be left alone to
wood and Showcase stumble upon her
new life by herself.
One day, the young girl discovers
a nest of orphaned goose eggs in
the grass around her father's farm.
In an attempt to care
for them, she cre-
ates a makeshift
incubator, and
(because geese imprint on
whoever they see first) Amy
becomes the Mother
Goose.
A problem arises, howev-
er. Amy's geese have not learned
to fly and have no mother to show
them where to migrate south. In a
brainstorm, Thomas
suggests that they
use his dinky planes
(one of his many wonderful inventions)
to conduct an experiment: He'll teach

Amy to fly, and they will both lead the
way to North Carolina, which will
become a winter home for the geese.
During the film, father and daughter
battle bad weather, an anal-retentive
wildlife officer and government has-
sles. But their mutual goal helps them
piece together their broken family and
build on the father / daughter relation-
ship that they had never before known.
With its uplifting yet tidy storyline,
"Fly Away Home" proves to be more
than slow-moving at times. But just as
we cross the boundary from minor
boredom to get-me-outa-
this-theater, some combi-
nation of Mark Isham's
music, the scenery and a
heart-fluttering, goose-
bumpy moment draws us
back in.
Amy, with a child's wide, inno-
cent eyes, peers into her sock draw-
er, watching her eggs hatch. The
camera sweeps through the drawer,
and we absorb every detail --the del-
icate scarf cradling each egg, the
geese fighting their way into the
world. We have the pleasure of see-
ing all this through the eyes of a child.
We watch Amy learn to fly for the
first time. She takes off in a hang glider
... only to crash in the grass moments
later. We see a loving father race after
her, tearing and praying that she's OK.
It's moments like these that compensate
for the dull ones.

Unbeknownst to many audience
members, "Fly Away Home" is based
on the experiment of Bill Lishman, a
Canadian artist who actually did teach
geese to fly. Jeff Daniels, in town for a
private screening of his film at the
Michigan Theater last week, said it best:
"This is a true story ... or, at least the
geese part is. Hollywood made up the
rest." And if we take the movie for what
it's worth, we can say that Hollywood
did a good job.
Jeff Daniels is perfect as the eccentric
father who really doesn t have much of

a clue as to how to raise a daughter. We
sympathize with him, easily see his love
for Amy and watch as their newly-
found relationship unfolds and evolves.
Anna Paquin ("The Piano") also does
a beautiful job with her portrayal of
young Amy. We fall in love with her
from the start - just as much as the
geese themselves do. As an audience,
we feel for her as well, as she struggles
to find her happiness in a strange new
world.
Even in all its breathtaking beauty,
"Fly Away Home" does have its rough

spots -mainly, in its plot. For instance,
some of the obstacles that Amy and her
father must overcome seem contrived.
Thomas goes crazy when the anal
wildlife officer tries to clip his gee. '
wings. We're thinking: Okay, ca
down buddy. How old are you?
Still, after absorbing some of.'the
film's finer aspects, we are left satisfied
with "Fly Away Home"'s light-as-a-
feather tale. A tidy Hollywood happy
ending succeeds in keeping our spirits
soaring even much higher than the
geese that inspired the story.

'U' graduate to speak at Borders

Dance encompasses
Cuban musical tradition

By Dean Bakopoulos
Daily Books Editor
There is one question you are not to
pose to an LSA senior: "So what are
you doing after graduation?"
You do not, repeat, do not say such a
thing. It is wrong. It is mean-spirited. It
is wholly unnecessary. Pray tell, just
what kind of answer do you expect?
"I'm taking my stinking liberal arts
degree straight to the waitstaff of my
neighborhood bar and grill," is what
you are likely to get.
Of course, LSA seniors, there is help.
Help comes in the form of Jessica

Jessica Fein
Today at 7:30 p.m. At Borders.
Admission is free.
Fein's "Moving On: How to Make the
Transition from College to the Real
World" (Plume, 1996), a handy little
book written by one of our very own.
Fein is a 1990 LSA graduate, and she's
here to help; she'll be at Borders tonight
at 7:30.
Of course, as any book editor at any
college newspaper will tell you, there
are hundreds of these books on the mar-
ket. Books with titles like "How to Have
Angst;' "I Hate the World, Let's Move to
Seattle!," and "Scammin' Money from
the Man"; books aimed at getting
money from indebted college graduates.
But "Moving On" is one of the best of
the lot, and it's actually quite useful. It's
full of tips on i
everything to the
physical act of Colle
moving to room-
mates and redeco- giant s0
rating to resumes
and job hunts. expenen
Plus it's compact
and terse - no
superfluous ram- autho
blings here. And
best of all, it's full
of real-life anecdotes that instruct as well
as reassure. If you feel like you are about
to be uprooted into a world where you
don't belong, "Moving On" may help
you feel a bit more at ease. If nothing
else, you won't feel abnormal in your
anxiety.

Fein said that she had a simple
motive in writing this book: "Basically,
I wrote the book that I wished I had had
when I graduated from college."
Oh yes, Fein's graduation, the day
after which she and two friends packed
up all their belongings into a U-haul
and headed out of Ann Arbor. They
arrived in Washington, D.C., where, in
the most simplified terms, they were
homeless for a month.
Fein says her rather uncertain condi-
tion mirrored what was happening with
her recently graduated friends around
the country. "There were so many new
situations for us," Fein said. "All of my
friends were just scrambling around try-
ing to adjust to a new lifestyle with a
limited amount of funds."
She said her book is as complete as it
can possibly be; that is, she tries to
cover all the things that can happen in a
recent graduate's life. "This book cov-
ers all of the phases, from packing
boxes to renting trucks to the emotional
aspects of mov-
, ing."

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And there
certainly are
some emotion-
al aspects to the
post-college
move, Fein

Jessica Fein will be at Borders tonight.
now doing very different things."
College provides a common ground
for all students, one in which school
and social lives usually are the two top
concerns. Fein said that adjusting to a
post-college social scene is difficult:
Your friends are scattered around and
you spend a lot of your waking hours at
work. "College is one gigantic social
experience," Fein said. "Your social life
is handed to you on a silver platter."
In "Moving On," Fein spends a sig-
nificant amount of time dealing with
the establishment of a post-college
social, highlighting the fact that friends
are necessary for sanity and security.
From roommates to romance, Fein
deals with the often-ignored question of
making friends away from school.
In short, "Moving On" details all the
aspects of the major, life-changing
event - Graduation Day. Fein takes the
reader through a large number of post-
graduation possibilities, in a cool,
engaging tone, which doesn't add to the
already mounting pressure. After
Graduation Day, Fein said,"For the first
time there are not set expectations. You
have to make your own choices'
"Moving On" can help.

By Stephanie Glickman
For the Daily
"How many Cubans does it take to
make a cup of coffee?" asks dance Prof.
Robin Wilson in her new piece, "Negre
Con Leche," which begins to touch on
the complex questions and issues that
surround skin color and social stratifi-
cation within Cuban society.
With live musical accompaniment,
composed by Detroit-based musician
Pamela Wise, and steeped in the sounds
of traditional son
and rumbaR
rhythms, the PR]
work exists on P
many levels.
Embracing Cu-B
ban popular Betty
music and dance
as well as con-
temporary dance forms and spoken
word, "Negre con Leche" developed
out of Wilson's recent trip to Santiago,
Cuba, where she immersed herself in
Afro-Cuban song, folklore, and dance
through the Eleggua project.
Dancer Leyya Tawil described
"Negre con Leche" as "a happy party
setting, but underlying issues of class
exist." Full-skirted and colorful, the
seven-member female ensemble,
including Wilson, groove to the
rhythms, drawing each other close for
moments of playful duets of rumba and
salsa in between staged coffee breaks.
The dancers indulgently sip from mugs
and describe just how they like their
perfect cup of coffee.
Much of the movement in "Negre
Con Leche" evolved out of the dancers'
improvisations. Wilson, who wanted

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the input of her dancers, explained her
choreographic role as shaping and
structuring this improvised movement.
The idea of mixing forms of dau
propels the theme of Wilson's pe
mance, "Pieces at the Intersection." Not
only does she touch on what happens
when Africanisms intersect witt
Westernisms and the effect this has or
the Diaspora, Wilson plays with ipter-
sections of music, movement and breath
While "Negre Con Leche" takes a
more traditional
approach in com-
V I E W bining music.
aces at the dance, and c
ntersection centrates on issues
ease Theater, tonight deeper and more
s tomorrowat 8 p.m. serious than jusi
udent tickets are $6. sound and music
Wilson's othei
piece of the evening, "Soundsketches,'
is purely about jazz music and how the
four dancers interact with it.
Dancers play off instruments
Instruments create sounds from dancers
breaths and noises. Like the liveijg
musicians, the dancers get the opportu-
nity to improvise as soloists. Reveling ir
spontaneous, uninhibited movement.
Wilson's solo may dialogue with theibass
one night and the piano the next.
Everything is uncertain and :only
becomes clear in the actual moment of
performance. Some sections are mapped
out, but the majority of the piece exists
as a sketch, different every time.
Living up to its name, "Pieces at
Intersection" combines a range of
musical and choreographic styles and
creates a thought-provoking and hip-
shaking evening.

or

- ,ie jr 5i said. Among
rof Moving On them, Fein said,
is the natural
tendency to
measure success against the success of
your peers. "Lots of people start to
compare themselvs to their friends. But
people are moving at rapidly different
paces during that time of life. You and
your friends, who just a few months ago
were all doing the same sort of stuff, are

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Tune into His Name
is Alive's new style

91

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Their lyrics have dealt with subjects
like insanity and spirituality, and their
sound usually hovers inbetween dreamy
and menacing. But on their latest
album, "Stars on E.S.P," Livonia-based
group His Name is Alive makes the
bouncy but decidedly different pop
album Brian Wilson only dreamt of in
his wildest drug trips. "Stars on E.S.P."
mixes dub, surf, country, blues-rock
and a '60s wall-of-sound production
with. Karin Oliver's honeyed voice and
Warren Defever's noisy guitars and
fractured song structures. Each tune is
beautiful but approachable; they're
new-fashioned love songs that sound both timeless and innovative. You don't need
a sixth sense to appreciate the album's beauty and creativity. His Name is Alive

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