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Black Vibes presents their own version of "Boogie Nights" in the
midnight hour of Saturday night on WCBN. The program will fea-
ture Gerald Olivari, Mr. Marshall, M.H.P. and J Key$, and the hits
of Jay-Z, Wu-Tang, Biggie, Tupac, Canibus and Master P. The pro-
gram will air from midnight until 3 a.m. on 88.3 WCBN.

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Catch a special Daily Arts preview of the premieres of the
television shows "Hyperion Bay" and "7th Heaven."

Friday
September 18, 1998

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VERLAST HEARTENS SONG
Former House sger deals with love's ai
By Quan Williams
Dally Arts Wr ier °
From talking to Tommy Boy artist'
Everlast, it is obvious that he is no
longer as brash and devil-may-care!
as he was in his days with House of .r
Pain.
In surviving since losing his girl-
friend and a near-fatal heart attack,
he is a different, more mature per-
son. He reflects his growth in his '
new solo album, "Whitey Ford Singsk!
The Blues," songs from which he'll
perform at the State Theater tonight.
He has a new outlook towards his s :
music, and a new approach to remi-
niscent of groundbreaking groups
like Spearhead and the Fugees.
In fact, it was groups like the
Fugees and the Roots that inspired
Everlast to go in this direction. He
explains that with sampling becom-
ing more and more costly, rap
groups in the future will turn to a
more organic sound, and he wanted
to be one of the artists at the fore-
front of it.
But since Everlast grew up listen-
ing to rock instead of soul, he has to
do it in his own "whiteboy" style. ! h
Just because he doesn't have aA'''

UMS to hold annual
half-price ticket sale
I Tomorrow, the University Musical Society will offer reduced priced
student tickets to every performance scheduled for the '98/99 sea-
son. The Hill Auditorium Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 12
noon. Beginning at 9 a.m., those in line will receive a numbered order
form, which they will fill out with their requests for tickets. Ticket
orders will be processed in their numbered order. Students may pick up
their tickets from the Burton Memorial Tower on Tuesday, Oct. 1 as well
as pay for them at that time. A valid student I.D. must be presented
upon ordering.
I Highlights from the University Musical Society's '98/'99 Season:

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V September 27
V October 10
V October 14
V October 23
V November 2
V November ,5
V November 7
" November 22
V December 5 & 6
.V January:±4
V January 23
~ February 14
V February 15
V February 23-25
I March 11
V March 12.
~ March 18
V March 19-21
~ April 15
~ April 22
V April 23

San Francisco Symphony
St. Petersburg Philharmonic

soul background,
Everlast
State Theater
Detroit
Tonight at 8

that doesn't mean
he doesn't love
hip-hop. He still
keeps in touch
and occasionally
performs with
the Rhyme
Syndicate that
gave him his
first shot at the
music industry.
He still gets in
the occasional
freestyle cipher,
and if things get
competitive,
he'll still prove
n is a sin." He is

John Williams, guitar
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg
Principal Members of the Vienna
Philharmonic
Jazz Tap Summit
Emerson String Quartet
Handel's Messiah
Renk Fleming
American String Quartet
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Kodo
James Galway, flute
Abbey Lincoln
Takacs Quartet
Alvin Alley American Dance Theater
Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg
Monsters of Grace, an opera by Phillip Glass
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchesta with Wynton
Marsalis

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Courtesy of Tommy Boy

Everlast contemplates former relationships and near-death experiences with his new sound of music.

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sents hip-hop, and it shows even in
the most experimental of his songs.
He aims to expand hip-hop, not
abandon it.
Another aspect of his maturity
shows in his live performances. In
the past, with House of Pain, the
shows were roller coasters. The good
shows were great, but the bad shows
were horrible. With House of Pain,
Everlast was only out there to cause

a ruckus. Everlast's solo show is
aimed more at entertaining with art.
There is a DJ, but there's also a live
band with a varied collection of
instruments, and Everlast plays his
guitar through the whole show. You
could hear anything at his show ...
even some classic House of Pain
songs. That is, you'll hear anything
but what he calls "Karaoke music"
(i.e. Puff Daddy).

Everlast's song "Letter," about his
problems with his now ex-girlfriend,
is a reflection of the man he was vs.
the man he is. It is a personal con-
fession, reflection, and apology that
the old Everlast would never have
made.
He hasn't spoken to her in two
years, but he is sure she will hear the
song and respond to his change.
Once you hear him, you will too.

that "battling hin

confident that hip-hop fans will feel
his new style, because he feels that
everything he does musically repre-

'Simpsons' fails to garner deserved comedic honors

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By Ed Sholinsky
Daily Arts Writer
This week Emmys were handed out to shows
the Academy deemed worthy. But as the writers
of "The Simpsons" have been quick to point out
in episode-after-episode, these awards have very
little validity. For one, "The Simpsons" has
never been nominated, let alone won an Emmy
for Outstanding Comedy Series. Yes, the show

The
Simpsons
Fox
Sundays at 8 p.m.

often wins the award for
Outstanding Animated
Series (as it did this year)
in a ceremony held two
weeks before the televised
prime time Emmys, but
this is hardly compensa-
tion.
So, while the mediocre
"Frasier" set the record for
most consecutive Emmy
wins (five) for a comedy
series, the creators of "The
Simpsons" have to sit back
and revel in the fact that
they have borne, neverthe-
less, the best show on tele-
"The Simpsons" is the sec-

satire and parody has elevated the standard that
half-hour comedy must live up to. Thanks to its
animated format (or perhaps despite it), "The
Simpsons" have tackled difficult subject matter
- illegal immigrants, the failure of the two-
party democratic system, Middle America's
unwillingness to accept homosexuals - that so-
called "intelligent" live-action comedies won't
go near.
"The Simpsons"' wit and intelligence has
influenced a' new wave of adult cartoons in the
United States. Both "King of the Hill" and
"South Park" are two of the funniest and best
shows on the airwaves.
With its 10th season starting Sunday, "The
Simpsons" is the longest running sitcom on
television. And the season premiere proves
that it certainly hasn't lost any of its creative
thunder.
The episode revolves around Homer com-
ing to the conclusion that he's accomplished
nothing in his 39 years - despite participat-
ing in a space mission, fighting in a heavy-
weight championship bout, winning a
Grammy and fathering three children. This
results in Homer idolizing Thomas Edison,
quitting his job and becoming an inventor.
In the midst of this, Homer manages not to
understand a Bill Clinton sex scandal joke
(with amazing foresight by the show's writ-
ers, seeing as one show takes six to eight
months to complete), reveals that an ugly
incident has left him barred from the public

library and tells Bart and Lisa, "Both of you
go to your rooms and spank yourselves.
On Homer's quest to become a respected
inventor, the show's writers manage to throw
in some brilliant comic asides - a trademark
of "The Simpsons" - with the subject matter
ranging from "Keightriders"' KIT to a
Lazyman Reclining Toilet Chair. Despite this,
the show manages to say something about
feeling like a nobody.
Homer represents the everyman for who
life has passed by with little fanfare. Becau
his life has been consumed by television, e
strives to have the perfect life of a television
character. With television characters having
access to money and a way of life most
humans never will, that ubiquitous little box
has created an unreal expectation.
As such, when Homer comments "I need to
be more like Thomas Edison," and bores
everyone with the facts of Edison's life, it's
not only funny, but also poignant. Hor
Simpson has learned it's not enough to be
good husband and father - he has to accom-
plish something worthy of getting his face on
a stamp.
In an era when movie and television execu-
tives too often pander to the lowest commonl
denominator, going for the cheap thrill rather
than tickling the intellect and entertaining at the
same time, "The Simpsons" prove that quality
and smarts can be popular if given a chance. Not
that the Emmy voters know that.

vision. Scratch that.

ond greatest show in the history of television -
behind David Lynch's "Twin Peaks."
Though the series has had some rough spots
in the last two years, between the '92 and '96
seasons there was nary a poor episode. "The
Simpsons" creators' commitment to blending

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