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|riters Raise Moneyo n e yat~ omorrow in Daily Arts:
Writer's Harvest fundraiser gives money to charity. A national U Sorry kids, but R.E.M. has left the Daily Arts for at least
event, S.O.S' Writer's Harvest presents readings today across the one day. But tomorrow check out an interview with the writer
United States. In Ann Arbor, three University professors will pre- and director of "The Big Chill," Lawrence Kasdan.
sent their work. Charles Baxter will read from his collection of fic-
tion, Linda Gregerson will recite poems, and a group of Music stu-
dents will give a cold reading of a play by Oyamo. Rackham AT Thursday;
Amphitheater. 5 p.m. $5 admission for charity. October 29, 1998 8 A
dent wil gie acoldreaing f aplayby yamo Rakha

'Work' works well -

By Kate Kovalazki
Daily Arts Writer
Look under you and examine the chair on which
you are sitting. No guarantees, but it may just be a
piece originally designed by Charles and Ray
Eames, distributed by Herman Miller, Inc. The
husband and wife designing team, most productive
in the '40s and '50s, made such contributions not
only to design, but to archi-
tecture and film as well.
The exhibit, on display at
the Slusser Gallery in the
Work Art and Architecture
WorkS Building until Nov. 15, high-
Art and lights the designers' works
Architecture in all the media, with pieces
guiding of furniture on loan from the
Through Nav, 15
Henry Ford Museum, the
Henry Miller Archive and
private collectors. One of the
most striking features the
exhibition emphasizes is the
sheer expanse of the Eames'
work. This couple not only
experimented with materials
such as plywood and plastic in their furniture, but
also emphasized the use of inorganic, industrial

materials in their houses.
Chairman and architecture Prof. Brian Carter
said a key goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate
the Eames' close connection to Michigan. The
couple met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art,
where Charles Eames held a fellowship from the
late '30s. Although they moved to California, the
Eames' collaborated extensively with the Detroit
industrialist Colonel Edward S. Evans and
Herman Miller, Inc., whose Archive in Zeeland
still holds an exhibition of the Eames' work.
The importance of the couple's works and its
long existence is evidenced by the ongoing produc-
tion of Eames' designs by Herman Miller Inc. The
advances in technology which the couple made
through their exploration of different materials was
originally intended to produce inexpensive but
high-quality products, modern and functional for
the '50s family. Today, however, original Eames'
furniture is in high demand and thus commands
much higher prices than originally intended. The
exhibition contains quotes on the Eames' works by
various influential persons and even one by Mike-
D of the Beastie Boys that demonstrates Eames'
furniture is still very much a sought-after product.
When asked to restate the significance of the
exhibition, Carter said that "the Eames' works

Courtesy of Herman Miller, Inc.

Ray and Charles Eames furniture projects prove that "what works works."

demonstrate that great designs can be valid for a
long time, while the collaboration between Charles
and Ray Eames shows a different mode of working,
not only work between a man and woman, but
between husband and wife." Carla Swickerath, who
designed the graphics for the exhibition, further

reemphasizes the connection to Michigan and the
couple's extensive explorations of different media.
The essence of the exhibition and the Eames'
work is most perfectly summed up by a Ray Eames
quote: "You know what looks good can change,
but what works works."

Craven frghtens on

By Jie Lin
Daily Arts Writer
Grab a friend, microwave some
popcorn, turn off thelights, curl up on
the sofa and get into the Halloween
mood early with Wes Craven's new
made for TV movie, "Don't Look
Down."
Best known as the master of teen
horror flicks such as "Scream" and its
sequel, Wes Craven has decided to
take a detour from movies and take a
stab (not literally) at television. And
what better time than the month of
October for him to showcase his tal-
ents? Just in time to scare the wits out
of all the little trick-or-treaters.
"Don't Look Down" is the first in a
series of movies made in a deal with
ABC that will make Craven movies
an annual event during Halloween.
"Party of Five"
alumnae Megan
Ward (Jill) stars
as Carla Engel, a
Don't Look woman strug-
Down gling to deal with
the tragic death
Agt of her sister,
An C Rachel (Tara
p.m. Spencer Nairn).
As the title so
cleverly sug-
gests, after her
younger sister
accidentally falls
off a mountain,
Carla has suddenly developed a fear
of heights. Overwhelmed by the guilt
of letting down her younger sister
who she was suppose to protect and
care for, Carla experiences hallucina-
tions and breakdowns.
Her paranoia starts affecting her
relationship with her husband, Mark
(Billy Burke). She is forced to leave
her job as a reporter after losing it
during an interview with a senator.
At the insistence of Mark, who has
found a fabulous doctor on the
Internet, Clara agrees to seek the psy-
chiatric care of Dr. Paul Sadowski
(Terry Kinney). Sadowski specializes
in acrophobia, and he is experiment-
ing with a new therapy called "flood-
ing." Clara is part of the experimental
group, and she is forced to not only
confront her fear of heights but ana-
lyze the relationship she had with her
sister.
This movie isn't exactly made up of

Pietasters*
roll into
the State -
By Curtis Zimmermann
Daily Arts Writer
In the ever-growing world of under-
ground ska a few bands have emerge
in the past few years as the leaders of
the movement. One such group is The
Pietasters, which brings its wild brand
of ska, punk and soul to Detroit when
they open for swing revivalists th
Cherry Poppin' Daddies tonight at th
State Theater.
The band has a rather dastardly
scheme to break into the mainstream
according to lead vocalist Stev
Jackson. "We're going to try and g
on 'Letterman' so our Bass player can
cut his toe off," Jackson said in a recent
interview.
Despite remaining an underground
band its popularity has grown, largely
due to its relentless touring schedules
and wild stage
shows that usual-
ly don't include
dismemberment.
Pietasters Jackson said thi
State band's talent has
Tonight at 7:30 improved consid-
erably he said
that its original
stage concept
was "Covering
up lack of talent
with putting on a
big show." He
also stated hoo
one of its goals while performing has
always been that if "somebody goes
home bleeding than they'll be a good
story to tell as opposed to 'oh they
were really good they played all of
their songs."'
The Pietasters first began in 1990 in
Washington, D.C. The band members
credit numerous influences including
The Skatalites, Rancid and Otis
Redding. "Willis," their latest record-
ing that was released last year on Helo
Cat records, is a different sounding
record from some of its earlier albums.
Jackson discussed the bands past few
albums and how the members didn't
feel that some of their earlier record-
ings captured what they were about.
"When we played live we've been a
very loud in your face kind of band,
and even when were playing mellow
traditional songs were still sweatint
and throwing up on each other,
Jackson said. "'Oolooloo' came out,
and we were like, 'that just doesn't
sound like us live.' It just wasn't hap-
pening, I know a lot of people who
really like that record, but for us were
our own worst critics. So we did
'Strapped Live' to try and get the live
thing out and that too didn't quite cap-
ture what we though we were all about.
I think 'Willis' has come the closest to
the way we sound every night on stag
and the varieties of stuff we'll play."
Prior the release of "Willis" the
band made a rather bold move .in
switching from Moon Ska records,
which was at the time considered the
nation's premiere ska label, to Hell-Cat
a division of Indie giant Epitaph.
Jackson talked about this move and
how the band just felt it was the right
time to start expanding. "We wanted to
tour more extensively, but we wante
to make sure the record got distrib-
uted," he said. He also added how ti

band still wanted to have artistic cofy
trol. "We weren't to excited to go find.
Epic or somebody like that and have
them say something like 'you guya
need to sound more like Reel Big Fish
then we can sell a lot of your records.'
We wanted to keep being The
Pietasters and keep playing and doing
the things that we do."
After this two-month tour with thq
Cherry Poppin' Daddies winds down,,
the band plans on returning to the stu-
dio to record another album.

courtesy of AsC
One, two Wes is gonna get you - especially tonight in "Don't Look Down" airing
at 9 p.m. on ABC.

great actors but then again none of
Craven's movies are likely to get an
Emmy for acting. Even though the
leading actress Megan Ward used to
be on "Party of Five," she is definite-
ly no Neve Campbell. While Ward
doesn't add much dimension to her
character Carla, the supporting char-
acters, such as Dr. Sadowski (Terry
Kinney) and Mark (Billy Burke) are
all characters with much more devel-
opment than what's seen on the sur-
face.
When Clara starts her therapy with
Dr. Sadowski, that's when the movie
really starts rolling and keeps us
guessing until the end. During the
first hour, the movie doesn't do such
a stellar job at developing its plot.
Craven can't seem to make up his
mind whether he wants this to be a
true horror film or one of those week-
ly made-for-TV movies.
Had this actually made it to the the-
aters, most audiences probably would
have walked out. Good thing we're

not at the movie theaters and that we
are willing to give him a break con-
sidering this is his first TV movie in a
long series. Luckily, the second half
of the movie sort of makes up for the
humdrum of the first part. Just when
we think the film is going no where,
boom: A surprise. Wes Craven final-
ly decides he wants this to be a horror
flick after all and manages to salvage
what's left of the movie.
As Clara meets up with Dr.
Sadowski and joins her therapy
group, bodies start dropping dead left
and right. Everyone is either a suspect
or the next victim, and that's when
things start getting really exciting.
The clues start piling up (not just
dead bodies) and all kinds of possible
theories start forming. In the end, we
are left with the ultimate question.
Who did it?
Feel free to miss the first half, but
be sure to catch the last parts because
for all you Craven fans out there, I
guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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