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starts at
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By Rachel Knighton
For the Dailyq
There are two new students on campus
this fall. Most of you probably recognize
them, but it's doubtful you can tell them
Tia and Tamera Mowry are the stars of
the WB Network's bread-winning sit-
com "Sister, Sister." The show is about courtesy othe we
arated-at-birth twin girls, Tia and Tia and Tamera Mowry start their college experience on "Sister, Sister" at the
mera, who find each other just in time University.
to spend their teenage years together. The more like grown-ups, the twins "really a positive image of African Americans,
show is set in Detroit and stars the had to fight," Tia said. "We were con- which is not being represented enough in
Mowrys along with Jackee Harry stantly going to the writers, producers movies today. It seems like black people
("227") and Marques Houston (of the and the network. But now we can finally in films represent either the comedic role
singing group "Immature"). let loose and be ourselves." or are in violent roles." They understand
This season, the girls will be heading Tamera described their real-life col- the hardships that many black actresses
off to college, and they have chosen to lege experience as "life-changing" face in trying to find positive roles and
attend the University of Michigan. In a "We were able to make friends with a admire actresses such as Vanessa
ent interview with the girls, who have larger, more diverse group of people. In Williams.
ndency to complete each other's sen- high school we were tutored and we did- "She chooses roles that transcend race.
tences - or even speak in unison, in true n't have a social life. Coming to college She puts herself as an actress first, and
twin style - the actresses explained that we actually have friends!" chooses roles with character and integri-
the show's writers and producers chose Because of their own college experi- ty," Tamera said.
the University based on its academic rep- ence, Tia and Tamera said they would like The twins also understand that a posi-
utation and scenic location. A set decora- to bring a very realistic portrayal of col- tive image must be developed both on
tor was sent out to collect pictures of dif- lege life to the show. They intend to deal and off screen and intend to continue
ferent buildings around campus includ- with such issues as drugs, sex and racial doing philanthropic work with children
ing the dorms and famous landmarks, tension, and show the stressful side of in need. They recently participated in
such as Michigan Stadium. college that comes with academics and Shaqtacular, an event hosted by Shaquille
"Ann Arbor is a beautiful town. We having to adjust to new surroundings. O'Neal, where celebrities spent the day
quld definitely go to school there" Tia They both agreed that the first year of playing games and signing autographs
V.1 Tamera both said, immediately react- college is very difficult. The women for young children.
ing to the pic- would also, however, like to show the fun "All (that) children need is attention,"
turesque campus. side of going to college that includes par- both said, again speaking in unison or
"The pictures are ties, meeting new friends and dating. The breaking in on one another. "When we
hanging up all over characters will participate in a variety of meet our fans we get down on our knees,
Sister, our set, so that we positive on-campus events, including a look them right in the eye, hold their
Sister can get a real feel Black Greek stomp show, during their hand and actually talk to them. Children
The WB for what the cam- first-year at the University. are our future and should be molded and
pus is like while So what's next for these talented mentored."
Sunday at 8 p.m. we're working." young ladies? After the show's com- Upon their return to television, Tia and
Both of the girls mencement, the girls said they would like Tamera would like to do another sitcom
said that they are to take a two-year break from television. for a more adult audience. Eventually
looking forward to "During this time we want to produce they would like to produce and direct, but
what may be their a gospel album and work in movies, Tia for now they will act as long as audiences
final season on the said. react favorably to them.
show. One of the "You can learn a lot just from working . The girls said they will be put in a
exciting aspects of with really good actors. You sort-of play "co-ed jock dorm." Hmm, South
this season is that they will finally be rep- off of them, and it makes your own act- Quad? "And we realize - we can't
resenting their own age group again. Tia ing better." Tia also added that it doesn't live like this. We then try to get our
and'amera are 20 years old and entering hurt that "they are both fine." Tamera dorm switched, but there aren't any
their third year at Pepperdine University said she's drawn to comedians Will Smith rooms left, so we move back home."
AMalibu, California. and Whoopi Goldberg, "who have great The twins say that even though they
At first we weren't allowed to grow comedic timing." will commute every day, there will still
up," Tamera explained. "We played 14- Both girls want to put forth a more be a lot of scenes in the dorms when
year-olds for three years. It was frustting empowering image of African they go to visit their new friends. Both
to hav to always say things like 'wow."' Americans. girls said they would really like to
in order to have their characters speak "We want to do work that will portray shoot on location for one episode.

The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 2, 1998 - 11
Artists challenge reality

By Garth Heutel
For the Daily
In the real world, clocks don't melt.
But reality is kind of boring that way.
We're all stuck in this world, forced to
conform to the laws of both nature and
society. How do we free ourselves from
this seemingly inescapable and utterly
boring realism? Just add a prefix and
imagine the possibilities.
That's the idea, anyway, behind surre-
alism. In commemoration of surreal-
ism's gloriously odd history, the
University's Museum of Art tonight will
be hosting an evening of surrealist per-
formances, titled "Always for the First
In case the title (taken from a poem by
Andre Breton, which will be featured in
the performance) doesn't clue you in, the
evening will be about spontaneity. The
various pieces to be performed are
inspired by the Museum's exhibition
"Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse,"
which runs until Oct. 25.
How does surrealism live on in the
work of today's performance artists?
That's the question that will be explored
by the show.
The artists include members of the
university com-
munity and the
Ann Arbor and
Detroit arts com-
Always for munities. Among
the First the works being
Time performed is a
Museum of Art dance chorco-
Tonight at 7:15 p.m. graphed by stu-
dents in the dance
Pa r ti cipa n ts
viewed the exhibi-
tion, which
includes works by
Max Ernst, Joan
Mir6 and Adolph
Gottlieb, and created a piece interpreting
many of the themes present in the art.
The class of theatre Prof. Martin
Walsh will be performing excerpts from
a play written by Pablo Picasso.
Local performance artist Jeff Steiger
will be performing what has been
described as a "bizarre thing with a tape
recorder." And a number of surrealist
games will be included, such as "The
Exquisite Corpse," which explore the
notion of automatism and its application

Kelly iHirina performs at "Always for the First Time" at the Museum of Art.

to theatre and movement.
At 7:15, there will be a gallery talk,
delivered by exhibition co-curators
Annette Dixon, curator of Western Art,
and Carole McNamara, the museum's
collections manager.
Clearly, this is not everybody's cup of
tea. Some would prefer their subcon-
scious to remain subdued and their
dreams to express themselves only dur-

ing sleep.
But on the other hand, for those who
despise the limitations of reality and are
still peeved that "Twin Peaks" was can-
celled "Always for the First Time." It
dives into a world beyond reality.
Events begin at 7:15 p.m. at the
Museum ofArt.
Tickets arefiree with ID. Call 647-0521
for more information.


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