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'Star Wars' Opens
The re-release of "Star Wars" hits screens today. Check out all the
new footage producer George Lucas added to the 1977 classic to cele.
brate the 20th anniversary of the film. See Han, Luke and the gang
trash the Death Star and teach the evil Empire a lesson they'll never
forget. At Briarwood (4804555) and Showcase (973-8380).

Friday
January 31, 1997

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Comic Hug]
By Eugene Bowen
Daily Arts Writer
Happiness from despair, joy from sadness, comedy
from tragedy - herein lies the life of funny man D.L.
Hughiey. To those familiar with the African American
comedy circuit, Hughley's trademark throaty-voiced
jokes poking fun at audience members and forever
declaring that somebody "needs
Js" are nothing new. He's been
prming professionally for the
past five years, appearing on 0
HBO's "Def Comedy Jam,"
MTV's "Comedy Half-Hour,"
CBS's "48 Hours" and the Tickets $25-$32.5
"Oprah Winfrey Show." He was
also the first host of BET's "Comic View."
And now he's heading for the Fox Theatre. Exactly
one week from tomorrow, Hughley - accompanied
by Michael Collier, Shang and Detroit's own Teddy
enter - will headline a guaranteed hilarious
n t of ghetto-style humor.
Not that his life has always been a big riot. From age
12 to 18, Hughley was in fact a member of the infamous
Los Angeles' Bloods. He finally left after the gang-relat-
ed :murder of his cousin, whose bloody corpse was
dumped by his killers onto his mother's doorstep.
"It was a terrible thing" Hughley said in a recent
interview with The Michigan Daily. "And what was even
worse was that he was in a rival gang, the Crips. So I
couldn't even go to his funeral, or I might've been shot."

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While working as a circulation manager for the Los
Angeles Times, Hughley was dared by his barber to
participate in a comedy showdown. That was five
years ago.
The rest is history.
"I'm the same cat I always was," Hughley said. "I
used to always run off at the mouth and talk about peo-
ple. I just didn't know that it
E V i E W would make a living for me. But
when they put that microphone in
L. Hughley my hand, I knew stand-up would
Feb. 8, 1997 be my life. I guess that, in a way, it
Fox Theatre always has been.
Call (810) 6456666 "One of the most beautiful
things in the world I've ever seen
or heard is people laughing, even when there seems to
be so little reason for them to laugh. No matter how
bad things, you can at least be happy that you woke up
this morning. Many people didn't."
Hughley speaks from experience. More than once,
he could have been one of those people.
"I'm glad I found my way out (of the Bloods).
There are a lot of people who could grow up to be
great community assets. Unfortunately they don't live
long enough to"
For Hughley, things have really changed. Now he's a
rather young-looking 32 with a wife of almost 11
years, three children and three dogs. And as he tried to
talk to me from his home in Los Angeles, he had to
contend with a number of domestic issues, including

helping his daughter tie her shoes, stopping a dog from
jumping on the couch and greeting a visiting neighbor.
"Damn the fact that I'm doing an interview," he
finally told everyone. "I've got to get my own place."
"About nine months ago we moved to the L.A. sub-
urbs. And now, for the first time in my life I live
around white folks. They are the nicest neighbors, and
they are the funniest people to live around," Hughley
laughed. "They'll be mowing their lawn, and they'll
volunteer to mow yours ... for free. They be carpool-
ing. But I don't trust them with my kids. You might not
have to worry about anybody breaking in your house,
but you definitely have to worry about serial killers
and child molesters"
Hughley is much like Bill Cosby or Richard Pryor.
He's hilarious even when he's serious. Take the recent
presidential elections.
"I voted for Bill. Honestly, I'd pick a young white
guy over an old white guy for president anytime
because the younger guy is more likely to have been
influenced by the great social changes of the '60s and
'70s," Hughley noted. "I don't care if he's messed
around or smoked weed or any of that. Hell, I would.
I mean, you the most powerful man in world; you'll
get you some on the side. The one thing women love
more than money is power. I could be president of my
fifth-grade class, and I'll try and get me some. I'll be
like, 'Hey girl. You want a hall pass? Then I'm the
brotha you need to kick it with.'
See HUGHLEY, Page 8 "

"You need Jesus" If you don't go see D. L Hughley next Saturday in Detroit.

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good on new albums
than legislation / I think it will take us
more than filling graves / and I say that
ing you can not force appreciation.'
Perhaps the most intriguing of the
songs on "Notwithstanding" is "Lilly
ig terribly exceptional Anne," which starts off moderately
;eles-based band Chalk paced and teases the listener as it builds
the fact that they play slowly, note by note, until Duff and the
songs with a refresh- gang finally explode into an invigorat-
simplistic style. Within ing chorus. The unorthodox rhythmic
eriod of time, the band progressions and subtle chord changes
ying house parties and create an exciting sound that forces you
cording an album and to want to hear the tune over and over
hing up touring with again.
. Their debut release The sentimental "It's Up To You" fea-
" showcases not only tures The Wallflower's Rami Jaffe on
creative musicianship accordion. "Sunflower" and "Lose" are
writing on the part of two other tracks worthy of praise, both of
Michael Duff and lead which start off at a medium pace but sim-
ter. mer down into a quiet melodic verse only
ult to recognize a few to be again thrown into a faster chorus.
es in Chalk Farm's The intertwining of electric and
il sound. The first few acoustic guitars seems to be a popular,
pening track "Live trend in alternative music these days,
nd the listener of the however Chalk Farm has plen-
style of Toad the Wet ty of its own original musi-
an build into a rather cal ideas and talent to
nd the athletic bass of keep their sound ener-
d the soothing melody getic, fresh and
Things get a bit loud- deserving of much
sque "Wonder" which attention.'
drum solo lead-in by - Brian Cohen
and spurts of thick
ightly arranged into
sjointed rhythm.
ndly single "Lie on The Exceptions
arm at its best. Duff's Five Finger Discount
quivers slightly with Jump Up Ska
nonizes perfectly with J* Upk
ms and Ritter during a
e to have you tapping The Exceptions have always been
imming along by the Detroit ska at its best. Even after chang-
's lyrics add an entire ing its line up of members, the band has
to Chalk Farm and released yet another ska classic entitled
e of hope that borders "Five Finger Discount.'
nk it will take us more Never to be taken too seriously, the

'Luke' uses the force
to teach about Jesus

By Evelyn Miska
Daily Arts Writer
This weekend, Broadway actor Bruce
Kuhn will be retelling the story of pos-
sibly the most influential man in history
- Jesus the Nazarene. "The Accounts
of Luke" is taken directly from the Bible
and retells the story
of Jesus' life from P
the viewpoints of
eyewitnesses from '
almost 2,000 years
ago. Today

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What do they grow at the Chalk Farm?

Exceptions have composed 1I hilarious
songs about girls, the police and even
kleptomania. The first track,
"Trailer Park Girl," is
about a psychotic girl
who wants to get preg-
nant and married so
that she can get out
of her present situa-
tion. By the end of
the song, singer John
Williams seems
amazed and embarrassed
to have found out that "she
was only 15.'
The songs on this album are much
like old Mighty Mighty Bosstone tunes
from "Devil's Night Out?' combining a
large horn section with hard guitar lines
and drumming during the choruses. The
singer sounds similar to Mike Patton of
Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. But
overall, the Exceptions are all ska, all
Detroit and cool as hell.

"Me, Me, Me" is the hardest, yet
funkiest song on the album, with the
singer screaming through a barrage of
drums, "I've got so much trouble on my
mind!" "Boss' Wife" is a satire about
killing the boss' better half. "She's
gonna dock your pay," and "Mind your
own business," are sung by Williams.
Being the exception to the style on
this album, "Oven" is a slow, jazzy ska
melody that will make its listeners want
to swing. Then there is the title track, an
upbeat song about being a kleptomani-
ac. Williams sings, "I had no money left,
but I still walked in," while the whole
band shouts "five finger discount?'
The Exceptions will never cease to
amaze the music industry with their
premier ska. "Five Finger Discount" is
proof of this, and if this album doesn't
get you skankin' around your room,
there is definitely something wrong.
- Brian M. Kemp

A collection of Kellogg Aud., (Dental
eyewitness
accounts, "The Accounts of Luke" is
taken word for word from the Gospel
According to Luke in the Bible. Don't
be fooled; though, because although the
Bible is sometimes thought of as dull,
Kuhn reassures people that "Accounts"
has a fair bit of humor in it. "It's
remarkable material, regardless of your
religious knowledge. People don't real-
ize how much humor is in it, in the way
Jesus dealt with people;" Kuhn said.
The very idea that religious matters
often have the tendency to become bor-
ing is the greatest challenge Kuhn has
had to overcome for "Accounts?' The
main objective of the show, though, isn't
to have the audience rolling in the aisles.
In an age of neatly tied up, half an hour
sitcoms full of violence, sex and
immoral behavior, there seems to exist a
lack of decent programming. By per-
forming in "Accounts;' Kuhn hopes to
make a change. "I hope putting truthful,
good stuff out there will bring people
closer to God," he explained.
Kuhn also finds working in
"Accounts" challenging because it is a
show containing numerous layers. "It's
great for me as an actor to work with
material I can explore," he explained.

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Having performed in shows such as
"Chess" and "Les Miserables," this one-
man show is quite a change of scene.
In a recent interview with The
Michigan Daily, Kuhn reflected on his
switch from musicals to a more serious
drama. "I was tired of musicals and want-
ed to do something
R E V I E W with meaning and
impact,"Kuhn said.
'he Accounts Regardless of
of Luke one's previous
and Tomorrow at 8 p.m. experience with the
School). Call 995-6311 Bible, Kuhn wants
people to know he's
trying to present this material in a dif-
ferent manner. He stresses that the show
isn't a laundry list of do's and don'ts.
"Accounts" premiered in 1983 at the
Actors Theatre of Louisville, after direc-
tors there had heard about a similar show
running on Broadway. The show had a
limited one-month run but was revived by
Kuhn eight years later. Currently Kuhn is
taking "Accounts" to universities and
churches across the nation. As for how
long he'll continue to perform
"Accounts," Kuhn said, "I'll quit before
the show suffers." When that time comes,
Kuhn will then move onto another similar
show, "The Acts of the Apostles"
Prior to the Friday night perfor-
mance, Kuhn will be presenting a free
preview that will also include time for
questions. The preview will be held at
2:30 pm, in Room 126 of East Quad.
"Jesus changed Western history if
nothing else, and I'm just trying to tell it
the way it might have been originally
told," he said. So no matter whatever
beliefs one has regarding religion, "The
Accounts of Luke" should be an
extremely interesting and informative
performance unlike any drama before
shown in Ann Arbor.

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