d..i Xii n uh/ ls.cometh 1t ,atlt IArts returns:
k and Jill went up the hill, each with $1.25 ... If you want to After spring break, check out reviews of the latest films,
d out how this limerick ends, don't miss Andrew Dice Clay at including "Twilight," "Kissing A Fool," "U.S. Marshals" and
the State Theater in Detroit tonight. The Diceman will present his "The Big Lebowski."
unique brand of comedy that offends everyone from Sinead
O'Connor to the Pope. The equal opportunity offender's show
begins at 9 p.m.Fe Friday
February 27, 1998
hawn Colvin takes top
two home at dull Grammys
By Babe Fajuri Since the advent of the ever-so-popular MTV Video
Daily Arts Writer Music Awards, the live award show performance has
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards wore on for three become the focal aspect of each and every music awards
bland, boring, disgusting, commercialized and unin- show, the Grammys included. Wednesday night, there
spired hours. No fun, no bells and certainly no whistles. were more performances broadcast than awards.
The event started off with two Regardless of the show's intent, an estimated 1.5 bil-
pre-shows on cable, with MTV lion viewers got to watch the likes of Fiona Apple,
and VH-1 doing their best to Fleetwood Mac, Hanson and Vince Gill (winner of"Best
interview every celebrity that Male Country Vocal"), to rame a few, strut their stuff.
The Grammy walked through the doors of For most, the highlight performance of the evening must
Awards Radio City Music Hall in New have been the sound-byte version of"Where Have All the
No stars York City. Then things switched Cowboys Gone/Sunny Came Home/Building a
over to CBS. Mystery." That's right, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin (win-
Feb 25 1998 The evening's festivities offi- ner of "Song of the Year" and the big "Record of the
cially opened with everyone's Year") and Sarah McLachlan teamed up to spit out 30
favorite rapper/actor, Will Smith, second versions of their respective hit songs for those
appearing out of the center of a audience members with short attention spans.
gigantic flying saucer to perform, There was one interesting moment during the cere-
you guessed it, "Men In Black." mony, I must admit. 01' Dirty Bastard, member of the
But the Fresh Prince didn't stop Wu-Tang Clan, made quite a scene. As Shawn Colvin
there. In true Grammy style, he came to the stage for the first time to accept her
made a medley of things, and ripped off his suit to reveal Grammy for "Song of the Year, ODB grabbed a spare
a baseball jersey outfit. Why? To perform mic and started praising the name of the
"Gettin' Jiggy Wit It,' of course. Smith Wu-Tang. Chanting "Wu-Tang is for the
ended up walking away from the evening : 7 . children," 0DB was asked politely to
with the award for "Best Rap Solo leave the stage so that Colvin could accept
Performance" her award.
All the precursory hoopla said and Aside from the aforementioned 0DB
une, Kelsey Grammar - you know, incident and arandom shirtless guy dancing
"Fmasier"-- stepped up to the microphone Through Bob Dylan's performance, there's
and began his weak performance as host. , not much of significance to report about the
As the evening wore on, Grammar bored AP Photo rest ofthe ceremony. But for good measure,
the audience more and more with his 01' Dirty Bastard ambush- here are a few other highlights.
robotic style and canned humor. es the stage Wednesday. Bob Dylan took home two awards, for
Tillinghast gets the
Beat tonight at Zola
ShawnColvin took home "Song of the Year" and
"Record of the Year," the night's two top awards.
"Album of the Year" and "Best Male Rock Vocal
Performance." His acceptance speech for the "Album of
the Year" Grammy was the longest (and most boring) of
the evening. Paula Cole snatched up the "Best New
Artist" trophy. Puffy, what happened? Actually, Puffy
was right there all along. In addition to presenting an
award, the popular musical thief and producer extraordi-
nary won the Grammy for "Best Rap Album'
Other notable awards that someone might actually
care about included: Babyface, named "Producer of the
Year," for the third consecutive year; Sarah McLachlan's
two awards for "Best Pop Instrumental" and "Best
Female Pop Performance;" Jamiroquai, which took
home the award for "Best Pop Group Performance" and
the only deserving winner of the night, Radiohead,
awarded the Grammy for "Best Alternative Music
In short, the Grammys were a waste of three hours of
prime time broadcasting, not to mention this reviewer's
life. But then again, they were on CBS, so they were
probably better than the networkis regularly scheduled
By Jason Boog
For the Daily
Ever since Homer read tales of Greek
wars along with a lyre for classical audi-
ences, and hep-cat beatniks howled
along with saxophones in the '50s, poet-
ry and music have been bound together.
And at Cafe Zola tonight, Richard
Tillinghast and Poignant Plecostomus
will help keep those words alive.
This English professor and nationally
recognized poet spoke of his poetry's
musical roots in a recent interview. "I
used to play rock 'n roll when I was
younger ... and the performative side of
poetry is a big part of what I do,"
Tillinghast's poems have filled many
pages, most recently in his collections,
"The Stonecutter's Hand" and "Today in
the Cafe Trieste"
He teaches a popular Beat Generation
course at the University, exposing this
poetic movement that "found interplay
between poetry and jazz for the first
time" in the '50s. Their renewed connec-
tion between music and poetry revital-
ized modern poetry.
After giving between 75 and 80 read-
ings last year around the country,
Tillinghast is no stranger to the spoken
side of his own poetry. He notes that
readings "make you think of a poem as
something spoken and not just on the
page"and enjoys working with Poignant
Plecostomus for a change from "the aca-
demic setting" of most those readings.
Plecostomus is quite a change from
such a relationship, describing them-
selves as "electric weasel funk for your
Jazz-Kabobs." The band consists of the
electric violin, keyboards, bass, drums
and guitar. Despite being a young group,,
it still is, in Tillinghast's words, "one of
the most popular bands in Ann Arbor."
The poet's son, Josh Tillinghast,
drums for the band and remembers, "we
got in tune pretty
quick with what
he was doing."
This chemistry is
Richard so successful that
Tillinghast Tillinghast main-
Cafe Zola ly reads mainly
Tonight at 9 intended just for
band "finds a
mood that goes
along with my
But his rela-
tionship with Plecostomus is less struc-
tured, as "the band has an attunement to
my poetry" and their performances rest
more on Beat-style improvisation. The
experience has "led me to read my
poetry in a more dramatic way ... I
never thought I would find myself read-
ing my poems and screaming;' said
This free event promises to deliver a
spoken word performance rare for con-
temporary audiences, but one rooted in a
tradition as old as poetry itself.
Significance of first Sphmx Competition is no iddle
By Valerie Lipinski But the reasons for the value of the competition born at the University. Funded through generous dona-
For the Daily extend beyond his own anecdotes. "Classical music is tions from local foundations and national companies, a
This Sunday night at Hill Auditorium, three young not a part of Hispanic or black culture, simply due to total of $20,000 will be awarded to the first, second and
black and Latino musicians will shine under a special lack of tradition;" Dworkin said. "Growing up in a third place contestants. Prestigious music programs
spotlight in the first annual Sphinx Competition. The white home made me aware of racial barriers ... classi- such as Interlochen, Aspen, Encore and Blue Lake have
Competition, open nationwide to string and piano play- cal music is one of them." offered scholarships for all 12 finalists.
er between the ages of 13 and 19 nationwide, is the ; Dworkin, a self-proclaimed The competition will culminate in Sunday night's
first of its kind. The brainchild of Aaron Dworkin, a sr idealist, feels an intense need to Finals Concert at Hill Auditorium, beginning at 4 p.m.
Music student finishing his masters in violin, the show minority kids that it is OK Admission is free, but a complimentary ticket must be
Competition is meant to honor the talents of young The Sphinx to want to study classical music obtained from stores such as Borders, Shaman Drum,
W sicians while broadening the audience and opportu- Competition despite that lack this tradition. SKR Classical and Tower Records.
ies of classical music. "The classical music audience is "High exposure is necessary for this," Dworkin
Recruited through 10,000 music schools, camps and Hill Auditorium getting older, whiter and small- asserts. "It's absolutely not the goal of the competition to
youth symphonies across the country, 12 semifinalists sunday at 4 p.m. er," Dworkin said. "It's not a create separate orchestras for whites and minorities. The
were chosen by audiotaped auditions. negative force that needs to be idea is to incorporate different perspectives (into classical
"The caliber of these musicians is very high;" said fought against. It's not necessar- music) ... I really try and foster that in the competition."
Dworkin. "These are not just the best black or best ily bad that classical audiences Dworkin stated that "young blacks and Latinos gen-
Latino musicians in the country." Some of them have . are typically white, but there erally aren't aware that these opportunities are available
soloed with top symphonies in which professional needs to be an infusion that com- to them." "The idea is to get these fantastic musicians
musicians often struggle to get seats. bines the effort of different in the spotlight, not just because of their minority sta-
So, why create a competition just showcasing black races. This competition is intended to help open doors." tus, but because oftheir extraordinary talent. And to get
1 Latino talent? Dworkin explains with a personal Backed by the Ann Arbor Symphony, staffed with people to see them and realize what they have accom-
story. Born of a black father and a white mother, he was nationally renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and plished."
adopted by a white family. "A black kid with white par- Andre Previn and judged by top professional musi- The goal to sustain classical music through the
ents who played violin - it was like having 'please cians, the Sphinx Competition is replete with opportu- broadening of audience and opportunities is an ambi-
tease me' (written across my shirt);' Dworkin recalls. nity. The Sphinx is one of many competitions spon- tious one. The Sphinx Competition is the first of its
"But, being the only black violinist also meant beingthe sored by Concert Competition and Musical kind because of its unique goals, nationwide scope and
best black violinist." Development Company, Inc., a non-profit organization roots here at the University.
Anticlimax doesn't spoil
ICity"s brilliant darkness
By Geordy Gantsoudes
Daily Arts Writer
For more than a month, audiences
have been wowed by the visually spec-
tacular trailer for
"Dark City." The
Dark City showed pictures
along with a
***' soundtrack, and
the overall con-
At Showcase sensus was that
this movie looks
movie does not
disappoint and is
equally as fasci-
nating as the trailer.
Directed and co-written by Alex
Proyas, the man responsible for the sen-
sationally dark "The Crow," "Dark
City" is the type of movie that would be
great to watch without words. If it only
had a score, and no dialogue, this movie
would be fascinating. Watching this
movie is like being inside a Dali paint-
ing or some dark comic book (like the
Burton "Batman" movies).
The story begins with our hero, John
Murdock (Rufus Sewell), lying in a
hotel room, dazed. He does not know
who he is, or more importantly, why
there is a naked dead woman lying on
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