The Oscar-nominated comedy, "As Good As It Gets" plays at
Angell Hall Aud. A. The three main stars of the film, Jack
Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear have also garnered nomi-
nations from the Academy in this comedy about a cynic, a wait-
ress and a homosexual. The screening is tomorrow at 8 p.m., and
.,admission is $2.
nday in Daily Arts:
U Daily Arts brings you their picks on who will win and who
should win the much-anticipated Oscar for film excellence, as
well as an interview with Entertainment Weekly critic and 'U'
alumnus Owen Gleiberman.
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By Valerie Lapinski
Daily Arts Wdter
This weekend, two groups will perform concerts
featuring tunes by Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan and
Phil Collins - all without any musical instruments.
A far cry from the average person sipging in the
shower, the a capella groups Amazin' Blue and
Saturday at 8 p m.and
Sunday at 4 p.m.
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Comedian Norm MacDonald brings his "funny" talent to Hill Auditorium tomorrow.
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Harmonettes use their voices to
create melody, harmony, bass
and percussion. The groups will
bring their unique vocal
arrangements of popular songs
to Rackham auditorium tomor-
row and Sunday.
Amazin' Blue, the oldest co-
ed a capella group at the
University, boasts 14 members
of all ages and schools. Their
program selections were simply
chosen by listening to the radio,
and then were rearranged to be
performed a capella style. The
group does all their own
Each arrangement is easily recognizable from the
original, but the group is given a lot of creative free-
dom in adapting the original for their voices.
Amazin' Blue has taken advantage of that leeway to
become recognized as one of the best college a capel-
la groups in the nation. At the end of January, they par-
ticipated in the National Championship of College A
Capella (NCCA) semi-finals at Smith College, Mass.
The group won first place for Best Overall, Best
Solo (performed by tenor Jim Daly, a Music senior),
and was a runner-up for graduate student Jeremy
Fisher's arrangement of "Time after Time."
This excitement has been the high point of the year
for Amazin' Blue, who will travel to New York City in
May to compete in the NCCA Finals at Carnegie Hall.
Adding to their achievements, the group also has
been featured on every "Best of College A Capella"
CD, which selects groups from all over the country in
annual compilation of the nation's best.
In describing the group, Radcliffe emphasized the
value of its teamwork.
"The group becomes your family, your best
friends," she said. "It's so intensive - we tour, per-
form, put out CDs, and rehearse together. My best
friends from college are from this group.'
Another University a capella group to exhibit both
unity and achievement is the Harmonettes, a sub-
group of the Women's Glee Club. Like Amazin' Blue,
the group is completely student-run and prides itself in
many of its own arrangements.
Today, the Harmonettes are traveling to St. Louis
to participate in another installment of the NCCA
LSA junior and Harmonette Emily Costello said,
By Matthew Barrett
Daily Arts Writer
Comic Norm MacDonald will bring
his wry sense of humor to Hill
Auditorium tomorrow for a live perfor-
Known mainly for his role behind the
Weekend Update desk on "Saturday
Night Live," MacDonald says that fans
can expect a "funny" performance that
draws on whatever is going on in his life.
a As he is currently under the weather, the
show's topics likely will touch on the flu
and his recovery.
Tomorrow at 8
has made a name
for himself in the
with roles in
"The People Vs.
Larry Flynt." He
said that director
"phoned me and
said he wanted
me to be in his
movie. He didn't
There are several movies on the hori-
zon for MacDonald, including already
completed projects alongside stars such
as Eddie Murphy and the late Chris
Farley. In "Dr. Doolittle," MacDonald
provided the voice for Eddie Murphy's
dog. For the role he provided the dia-
logue after which the live action shots
with the dog were done.
MacDonald can also be seen with
Farley in the upcoming "Dirty Work,"
where he plays someone who gets
revenge on others. He said that the death
of his former "SNL" colleague was
"really sad," and that it came as a sur-
prise to him. "Farley used to be able to
do whatever he wanted and he always
had more energy than anyone else, he
was a very strong guy."
Regarding the highly publicized part-
ing between MacDonald and "Saturday
Night Live" he said, "The president
(Don Ohlmeyer) fired me from Update."
The cause for the fii ing was the fact that
Ohlmeyer "didn't like me, and he didn't
think it was funny."
MacDonald said he plans to return to
television and is set to go before the
camera this May for the big screen com-
edy, "Ball Busted," in which he plays a
chauffeur who drives around an old lady
and then kidnaps her dog. He also plans
to use his writing skills that he honed
while writing parts of the "SNL" script to
write for himself in the future.
With all the comedic talent and experi-
ence that Norm MacDonald brings to the
table, fans should expect a hilarious per-
formance tomorrow at Hill Auditorium.
have a part so he made up one."
MacDonald ended up playing "one of
the people" in the biopic of Hustler mag-
'azine founder Larry Flynt. He said that
"Billy Madison" was a lot of fun to make
especially because it paired him with his
"best buddy" Adam Sandler, adding that
he hoped to work with Sandler again in
arrangements, and any member is welcome to propose
a new idea to the group.
"What's really cool is that it's all student-run," said
Shana Radcliffe, a third-year law student and a busi-
ness manager for Amazin' Blue. "There are 14 people,
which means 14 different views and perspectives.
When we use all those ideas, we come up with amaz-
Some of their "amazing" creations will debut at
their show tomorrow, including renditions of "Cosmic
Girl" by Jamiroquai and "Criminal" by Fiona Apple.
By Christopher Tkaczyk
Daily Fine Arts Editor
Christopher Durang has gotten a lot
of exposure these past few months.
University Productions presented "The
Marriage of Bette and Boo" in the fall.
This weekend, Basement Arts is pre-
senting Durang's popular comedy,
"The Baby with the Bathwater."
The student-run production compa-
ny is finally getting the acts together.
Last semester's line-up was disappoint-
ing, as less than a handful of student
productions were assembled for pre-
sentation. Although Basement Arts
achieved success with its first-ever 24
Hour Theater, there weren't as many
plays presented as had been in previous
One reason that Basement Arts has-
n't offered that many productions this
year is the possibility of silent opposi-
tion by a hidden crowd. As soon as
casting calls and announcements about
upcoming shows were posted on the
call board inside the Frieze Building,
they were ripped down.
In retaliation to the vandalism, mem-
The University of Michigan
School of Music
Friday, March 20
Kevin Sedatole, conductor
" music by Bach, Schuller, Syler and more
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
Students of Lynne Aspnes perform harp repertory
McIntosh Theatre, E.V. Moore Bldg., 5:30 p.m.
Horn Studio Class
Students of Bryan Kennedy perform horn repertory
Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 22
Bell Young will present the lecture Celestial Airs of
Antiquity: A Veneral Instrumental Tradition from China
Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 2 p.m.
Stephen Shipps, violin; Edward Parmentier, harpsichord
* music by Handel, Tartini's "Devil's Trill" sonata and
The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 4p.m-ta.
Monday, March 23
Guest Master Class
Linda Chesis, flute; from Manhattan School of Music
Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 4:30 p.m.
University Philharmonia Orchestra
Pier Calabria, conductor
Andrea Schneider, piano, Concerto Competition Winner
" Borodin: selections from Prince Igor
" Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 26
Ursula Oppens, pianist, discusses Milton Babbitt and
piano music from 1945 to the present.
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 3 p.m.
Fritz Kaenzig, music director
* music by Verdi, Shostakovich, Barber, Joplin and more
McIntosh Theatre, E. V. Moore Bldg., 8 p.m.
Creative Arts Orchestra
Frd Carath miuic diretor
Baby with the
Tonight at 7 and 11;
Saturday at 7 p.m.
bers of the
their fellow the-
ater students left
notes to the
o f f e n d ers,
Patrick, said the
of "Baby with the
"Baby with the Bathwater" premiered
last night and runs through tomorrow.
and his cast were on their way into
rehearsing for the comedy.
"Baby with the Bathwater" involves
the story of a young couple who have a
child. They are entirely satisfied with
their baby except for one small detail
- its sex. They had been hoping for a
girl, and instead of just dealing with
what nature gave them, they treat the
boy as if he were a girl. Its no wonder
parents are the cause of years of thera-
This presentation of "Baby with the
Bathwater" marks Patrick's first-ever
directing attempt, so he is nervous and
excited all at once. "I've assembled a
young cast - possibly the youngest
ever for the Basement," Patrick said.
"I've got three freshmen, two sopho-
mores, and one junior performing
together," he said.
The hardest part about presenting a
play through Basement Arts is the time
constraint set upon its rehearsal sched-
ule. "We only had three and half weeks
to rehearse, and I'm really proud of the
cast for how far they've come," he
"This is going to be a hilarious
show with all of Durang's dark humor.
He often presents a twisted view of
modernist America set in New York
City. He's really a humorist," Patrick
Admission is free, but space is limited.
Expect lines to get in.
"We had to postpone auditions as a
result of the vandalism. I posted the
announcement for the auditions, but
within the next hour it was ripped
down," Patrick explained.
After the vandalism stopped, Patrick
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