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1B. King, a foremost name in the blues Industry returns to Ann
Arbor on Sunday. Experience the man, complete with his guitar
Lucille, bring true blues to Hill Auditorium. John Hammond of the
Greenwich Village folk scene in the '60s will open. Tickets are
$20 in advance and can be purchased at the Michigan Union
Ticket Office or by calling 763-TKTS.

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tMonday in Daily Arts:
® Check out a review of "Velvet Goldmine" and "Water Boy"
Monday in Daily Arts.
Friday
November 5, 1998

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SLocal band plays
for Charityj
Ann Arbor band Sugar Pill will per-
form at East Quad's Half-Way Inn
tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
incorrectly stated in yesterday's
"The List," Sugar Pill will not be
r playing at Theo Doors in Ypsilanti. a
The $4 admission fee goes entire-
ly to Habitat for Humanity.
511o, S a
appella
By Jeff Druchniak
Daily Arts Writer
Of all the music trends on cam-
pus - and lately there have been
many - it's hard to name any
more strikingly rapid than the pro-
liferation in a cappella music.
While it still reaches a definite
niche audience, a relative explo-
sion of a cappella groups has taken
lace on campus throughout the
past year. The "Monsters of A
Cappella" concert has become a
quasi-tradition, firmly entrenched
on Valentine's Day weekend. And
there are so many new groups
around town that after just five
years, 58 Greene is looking like a
veteran.
Just in time for its fifth anniver-
ry, the group is putting on its fall
concert tonight at Rackham
Auditorium. This is the second con-
cert of the semester since the group
added five singers to its co-ed roster
for a total of 15 members.
LSA sophomore Aroosha Rana,
director of58 Greene, says that this
concert also marks a changing of
the guard for the ensemble. "Last
year we lost a lot of people who
'd been with the group a number
years," Rana pointed out.
Among these was long-time
director Gerard Castaneda, with
whom Rana started collaborating
last winter.
Rana shares 58 Greene's admin-
istrative duties with musical direc-
tor Dave Fessler. In addition to its
large-scale fall and spring con-
certs, the group keeps busy with
Hall-group bookings throughout
e year and three hours of
rehearsal twice a week.
Tonight's performance will be
keeping with 58 Greene's usual
reworkings of contemporary and
classic popular music. Plenty of
new repertoire will be combined
with numbers from last year such
as Prince's "7" and Jewel's
"Foolish Games."
58 Greene prides themselves in
nly using their own arrangements
r the pieces, to which many of the
group's members contribute. Rana
noted that such outlets as the nation-
al organization of a cappella groups
and the Internet can provide such
' arrangements - for a price. "But
we're fortunate to have a lot of peo-
ple who've taken an interest in
(arranging) this year," Rana said.
General admission tickets for
onights performance are $5 and
are available at the Michigan
Union Ticket Office, or calling
763-TKTS.

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Barry's a barrel of laughs

By Aaron Rich
and Corinne Schneider
Daily Arts Writers
"Everybody needs silly putty, but you can only
use so much in your life," remarked Dave Barry as
he stepped in front of a rambunctious crowd. More
than 200 people flocked to
Borders on Wednesday
evening to hear Dave Barry
read from his latest book,
Dave "Dave Barry Turns 50."
Barry Barry, a syndicated colum-
Borders rust with The Miami Herald,
won the Pulitzer Prize in
Nov. 4, 1998 1988. Some of his best-
known works include, "Dave
Barry is from Mars and
Venus" and "Dave Barry in
Cyberspace." In his latest
work, he discusses such top-
ics as 50 years of ridiculous
inventions like silly putty,
baby boomer nostalgia and his dislike for, as he calls
it, "old-farthood."
As he humorously discussed the benefits of sur-
viving 50 years, he commented on all that he was
forced to overcome. He eloquently explained, "We

walked 40 miles to school everyday. We only lived
one mile away, but we got lost a lot because we took
a lot of drugs." Such witty anecdotes spurred
uproars of laughter from the crowd.
A passage he read from his latest book explains
how the worst day in a 50-year-old's life is the day he
gets "The Letter." This is not just any letter, it is the
long-dreaded plea from the AARP, or, as he puts it,
"the American Association of Retired Persons
always in front of you in line asking if they get a dis-
count."
To remedy this fearful day, Barry suggests form-
ing a new group called BARF - Boomers Against
Reaching Farthood. Barry laughed that being a
native of southern Florida, he sees a great deal of
AARP members who walk around with their pants
pulled up to their armpits, so that, in case of an emer-
gency, "you can perform open-heart surgery on them
simply by unzipping their fly." Barry vows to never
pull his pants above his navel.
When asked by an audience member how he
became a syndicated columnist, he disclosed his
secret: He has no skills at all. The college English
major found that at the end of four years as an under-
graduate, he never once saw a want add for "someone
who can explain the symbolism in 'The Scarlet
Letter,' or name three metaphysical poets." He

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Dave Barry reads to a overflowing crowd on the second floor of Borders on Wednesday night.

explained that when he was growing up, his teachers
repeatedly scoffed, "Dave, you can't joke your way
through life" In response to the irony of such a
remark, all Barry could muster was, "necener, neener."
If his performance is any indication of the humor

in "Dave Barry Turns 50," the book will force every-
one to laugh until they wet themselves. Before fin-
ishing, Barry offered some words of wisdom to col-
lege students - "stay in college as long as humanly
possible."

Sandler touts charm and humor before 'Waterboy'

By Joshua Pederson
Daily Film Editor
Adam Sandler has often gotten a bad rap
from the mass media around the University
community - and maybe that reputation is
deserved. From his drunken tirade at Hill
Auditorium last year and his snubbing of the
press before and after the event, to his vulgar
and insulting exchanges with interviewers,
most recently on HBO's
"The Chris Rock Show,"
b , it's easy to see why people
would give him the epithet
The of spoiled, immature,
Wagerboy childish star. It appears
that long ago, Sandler dis-
Starring Adam tanced himself from the
Sandler public that lent him his
Starts Today fame and his fortune.
But the Adam Sandler
who got on the phone for a
teleconference with col-
lege reporters from around
the country on Tuesday
evening was a different
person altogether, exuding an air of soft humil-
ity and quiet humor.
A rather stuffy mediator opened up the ques-
tioning, and Sandler was slow to respond, often
deferring or deflecting questions, or answering

curtly or snidely. But as time went by, and the
questioning moved from the mediator to the
ecclecticly Gen-X group of college reporters,
Sandler loosened and opened up, displaying a
friendly candor.
The main reason for the teleconference was
the release of Sandler's new movie, "The
Waterboy," opening in theaters everywhere
today. The actor, who portrays a social outcast
who turns defensive football superstar Bobby
Boucher, also co-wrote the script. On his writ-
ing strategy, Sandler joked saying, "Let's start
with the thinnest stuff we can find, and fill it
up with jokes." While admitting the film's
light-hearted feel, Sandler often commented on
his empathy with the marginalized main char-
acter.
"I've been a jerk in my life, and I've been on
the receiving end. I know Bobby Boucher ...
Bobby's such a sweet guy ,.. we wanted to
make sure that he would live happily ever after
with a special person."
Sandler began to wax philosophical about
"The Waterboy"'s lead, drawing comparisons
to Canteen Boy, a character invented by
Sandler, harkening back to his days as a star on
Saturday Night Live, "Canteen Boy, I did like
the Canteen Boy myself... (Bobby and Canteen
Boy) both love water. They've both been
abused. They both don't know how to deal with

it," Sandler said.
"The Waterboy" is a bit more of a family
movie, with themes that are toned down a lot as
compared to the no-holds-barred attitude taken
in his comedy albums. The often blatant sexu-
al undertones that have frequented his films to
date are infrequent and subtle in "The
Waterboy," as the film seems to be aimed at a
wider range of audience members. He seemed
to empathize with the children that might com-
prise this audience. "When I was growin' up, I
liked goin' to the movies with my buddies and
with my family, hangin' out and gettin' to talk
about the movies," he said.
As the conversation progressed, Sandler was
often asked to comment upon his experiences
as a part of the SNL cast.
"That was great ... It was nice. We learned a
lot about comedy, what we were good at," he
said. He also listed founding and veteran mem-
bers of the SNL cast, including Dan Aykroyd,
Jane Curtain and Bill Murray as his inspiration.
Sandler discussed, too, his ongoing friend-
ship with "The Waterboy" co-star Rob
Schneider, and fellow SNL co-cast member
David Spade. His tone became quiet and
deeply respectful when he spoke of now-
deceased friend and fellow cast SNLer Chris
Farley. "We're able to laugh at what Chris used
to do." Two of Farley's brothers have small

roles in the film and Sandler keeps in touch
with them to this day.
This is not to say that the overall tone of the
interview was either sobering or serious.
Sandler flashed his trademark random humor a
number of times.
Sandler said that his first experience in
entertainment was when he was a young boy. "I
used a Charleston Chew to sing to my
Mommy," he said.
His distaste for for playing evil characters
was exuded when Sandler said, "I play a bad
guy every day of my life. People say, 'Here
comes that bad guy, hope he doesn't break our
windows again."'
But his humility was surely his most winning
quality. He commented on his view of himself
as a sex symbol and his thoughts on being an
aesthetic icon by saying, "Thanks, whatever ...
I'm just a buffoon. Lemme look in the mirror
yup, still goofy." It was this down-to-earth
attitude that has endeared the star to his fans.
So, what's next for Adam Sandler? He is cur-
rently shooting for a film called "Big Daddy,"
where he plays an immature guy (surprise, sur-
prise) who adopts a child to prove his maturity
to a woman. After the completion of this pro-
ject, he hopes to relax for a month, and do a bit
of work for his upcoming comedy album, due
out within the next year.

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