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1n get ready to rumba < 1 Tomorrow in Daily Arts:
Los Murequitos de Matanzas perform tonight. The legendary Afro- U Weekend, etc. features the hot and cold of food, from the ,
Cuban ensemble of percussionists, singers and dancers brings its finest chefs in Ann Arbor to the finest (and easiest) recipes
talents to campus from Cuba. The troupe will perform three styles we could find.
of rumba and ritual music from the Yoruba and Abacua religions.
The performance begins at 8 p.m at the Power Center. Tickets -R
range from $14-$26. Call 764-2538 for tickets. Wednesday
March 18, 1998

"Disarming 'Beaut' pr
dangerously seductive
By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud nobleman above her station, Veronica Veronica wants n
Daily Arts Writer finds her passion frustrated by the con- that she will not I
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for a period ventions of Venetian society. A mar- around her hands.
iece. For some reason, the flowing, riage is but a contract, one which unites Yet she still lov
flowery dresses, the starched velvet vast sums of power and money, and in the touch of his h
vests, and the constraining collars turn which love plays no part. site amount of r
me on. The sight of silk tights and cur- Marco marries dutifully and leaves Veronica succum
vaceous corsets will invariably lead me Veronica weeping. Her mother Marco once again
to wondrous delight. (Jacqueline Bisset) informs the dejected Their passionat
"Dangerous Beauty" is the embodi- daughter that even if she cannot marry rupted by war, at
ment of this type of movie, a film brim- Marco, she can still have him. comes under attad
- ming with gor- Under her mother's tutelage, Having abando
--le r geous men and Veronica becomes a courtesan, a love only one m
beautiful women woman versed in the secret of pleasing more forced to us
Dangerous wearing those men. Veronica has the trenchant wit of for gain. She mu
Beauty clothes of the poet, trading barbs easily with the of the King of Ft
repressed (and most important of men. so that he suppor
s o i e t i m e s As a courtesan, Veronicagains access ties.
At Ann Arbor 1&2 exposed) sexuali- to the promiscuous Venetian court, and Marco sees t
ty. through the use of her stunning beauty betrayal and rusht
"Dan gerous and cutting wit, she becomes the most bled soul. Will 1
Beauty" explores, sought-after of the young women. alone, destined
in a sensuously Sexual liaisons occur frequently in court once bea
disarming style, this film and the camera never shies with age?
the life of from the natural beauty of intertwined McCormack is
Veronica Franco couples. Her face reflects
(Catherine McCormack), a courtesan in Marco, as a nobleman, is ever present tions without eff
the teeming court life of Venice. at the libertine gatherings, imploring life beneath the
In love with Marco (Rufus Sewell), a her to let him back into her life. features.

eves

none of it, resolving
et love force shackles
es him and yearns for
ands. After the requi-
estraint and coyness,
bs to the charms of
n.
te love affair is inter-
s the Venetian empire
ck by the Turks.
tned courtesan life to
an, Veronica is once
se her body and mind
st cater to the desires
rance, pleasuring him
rts Venice in her bat-
the act of duty as
tes off to war, a trou-
pe die and leave her
to be cast off from
Duty inevitably fades
amazingly beautiful.
a wide range of emo-
ort and reveals inner
artful arrangement of

Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell get lost in each other's "Dangerous Beauty."

Equally gorgeous, Sewell's raffish
charm and beguiling eyes will make
even the most frigid swoon. His pick-
up lines are just as sexy as his grin. At
once point, he says to Veronica, "God
made sin that we might know his
mercy."
The two lovers aren't the only ones to
command our attention. Venice, beauti-

fully rendered and sumptuously
appointed, serves as the backdrop to
this erotic story. Just as in last year's
"The Wings of the Dove," the city of
Venice vividly arouses passion like no
other locale.
As the title reveals, Veronica's beauty
is dangerous, so effective is it in evok-
ing the passion of the men. Puritans

beware, the film finds beauty in love
and love in beauty.
"Dangerous Beauty" is an erotic
feast, a poetic and sweeping love story,
and a liberating ode, exquisitely pack-
aged in buttoned paisley shirts and bril-
liant chiffon pleats. Simply put, beauti-
ful clothes - and beautiful bodies --
make the movie.

'Palace' hits gamer jackpot

Caesar's Palace
Interplay
Sony Playstation

The "60 Minutes" news troupe beat out NBC's Must-See TV in Nielsen rat-
ings,
'60 Minutes' triumphs
Nielsen with interview

NEW YORK (AP) - Ed
Bradley's interview with former
White House volunteer Kathleen
Willey, who accused President
Clinton of making unwanted sexual
advances, helped "60 Minutes" fin-
ish on top of the week's television
ratings for the first time in four
years.
The venerable CBS news-
magazine last topped the ratings in
January 1994, when it was helped by
an NFL football playoff preceding it.
NBC won the prime-time crown
in a week where TV viewership was
down with a 9.2 rating and 15 share,
Nielsen Media Research said yester-
day. CBS was second with an 8.8 rat-
ing and 15 share, followed by ABC's
8.4 rating and 14 share and Fox's 7.1
rating and 12 share.
"60 Minutes"' average audience
of 28.7 million people on Sunday
easily outdrew its nearest competitor
last week, a "Seinfeld" rerun. It was
the newsmagazine's second high-
profile interview in two weeks, fol-
lowing a talk with Latrell Sprewell,
the NBA star suspended for choking
his coach.
Some critics, however, accused
CBS of going easy on Willey during

the interview.
The premier of "Two Guys, a Girl
and a Pizza Place" gave ABC some
much-needed good news and Fox,
which rejected the show, some heart-
burn. It finished l 1th for the week,
the highest-rated series premier this
year.
By contrast, Fox's new
"Significant Others" tied for 85th
place in its premier. Fox's freshman
"Ally McBeal" was the network's
highest-rated show of the week at
19th and scored its best ratings ever.
USA Network reported that the
Sunday premier of its miniseries,
"Moby Dick, delivered the biggest
audience ever - 10.9 million -for
an original entertainment show on
cable television.
A rating point represents 980,000
households, or 1 percent of the
nation's estimated 98 million TV
homes. Share is the percentage of in-
use televisions tuned toa given show.
The "NBC Nightly News" won
the evening news competition with
an 8.7 rating and 17 share. ABC's
"World News Tonight" was second
with an 8.5 rating and 17 share, fol-
lowed by the "CBS Evening News"
at 8.0 and 16.

Ever feel like going to Vegas and letting it
all ride on the luck of the draw? (Shhh...just
play along.) Well now you can. and with no
worries abouthaviL to hitch a ride home on a
boxcar.
Caesar's Palace fom interplay is a refresh-
ing change of pace from fighting, action and
sports games that currently dominate the mar-
ket.
in Caesar's Palace. garters are given S1,000
to start them on the road to riches. Then, there
is a choice of five of the most popular gam-
bling games: blackjack, craps, roulette, bac-
carat and slots.
For those unfamiliar with the
rtles witht atty of thtese "'tme,
there are brief video tutorials to "
get you started. If these were '-
TV shows, the tutorials would ..
make for bad television, but
they are very helpful in getting
us acquainted with the games.
They even give a bit of history
about them, which should score a
point with trivia buffs.
The game selection is decent, but there
could have been more choices. A few hands of
poker would have been nice, but the games
that are included are playable enough to make
up for it.
Blackjack is the old standard; not too
risky compared to the others.
The roulette wheel is generous and can be
the spot where the most money is made.
Baccarat is extremely expensive - $1000 per
hand, minimum -- but can provide huge
rewards quickly.
* Craps is the most complex game includ-
ed, but becomes fun after a few tosses of the
dice. There are three slot machines to choose
from, each one taking a different amount to

play. Unfortunately, they pay off about as
much as the real machines do, so don't expect
to make a quick buck here.
The sotund and graphics on this disc are of
decent quality, although there really isn't too
much of either.
Most of the sound is background crowd
noise to give us the feeling of a true gatmbling
atmosphere. The title screen does feature some
enjoyable jazz, tholgh, and added noise comes
from the crowd's reactions to bit sitns.
Ehgae stith thte exeeptioit tf slot'.-
wohas its own dealer/banker, all of whom have
different voices and personalities. Their com-
ments between betting rounds keep the action
from becoming too stagnant.
The real fun of this game comes out when
gamters are playing with another person.
Interplay should have made this game four- or
eight-player as opposed to only two-player,
and none of the games are player
versus player. Thte gatte wias
tmore enjoyable when someone
else was around to share
in the misery of los-
LT M D IA ing it all.
If you're loaded and
feeling generous, head to
the cashier and give a
hard-luck buddy some
pity chips so that they can
keep trying.
Game files can be saved for
each player, so earnings will be ready for next
time. A game like this would collect dust with-
out a save feature, since you would have to
start over again each time.
Interplay has provided gamers with some-
thing to cool off with between saving the uni-
verse and zapping starships. The only bad
thing about the game is that the money isn't
real. Then again, for some people, that may
actually be good.
While Caesar's Palace won't be a game one
will run home to play each day, it is a solid
game to rent or pick up used.
- Deveron Q. Sanders

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