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DETROIT STRUTS ITS STUI
Despite attendance dip, auto show da
Gloria New film from Sydney Lumet starring Sharon Stone. At Briarwood: 1:50,
4:50, 7:30, 10:10. At Showcase: 12:10, 2:30, 4:55, 7:25, 9:45, 12:05.
Playing By Heart Gillian Anderson and Sean Connery star in this smart romantic
comedy that was once called "Dancing About Architecture." At Showcase: 1:20,
4, 6:50, 9:25, 11;45.
A Simple Plan One of the year's best films. Two brothers and one of their friends
find a downed plane with millions and has to decide how to deal with it. At
Showcase: 1:25, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55, 12:25.
Photo courtesy of columbia Pictures
Sharon Stone stars in "Gloria" by veteran filmmaker Sidney L umet.
***** A Classic
* Not Worth Your Time, or Your Money
At First Sight (No Stars) Val Kilmer is
blind in this movie, and you'should opt
not to seee it. At Briarwood: 1:10,
4:10, 7, 10. 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:20,
A Bug's Life **** The best animated
insect movie since "Antz." At
Showcase: 12:35, 2:40, 5, 7:30.
A Civil Action ** John Travolta
takes on two major polluters in this
legal drama. At Ann Arbor 1&2:
12:15 (Sat., Sun., Tues.), 2:30
(Sat., Sun., Tues.) 4:40 (Thurs.),
4:50, 7:15, 9:40. At Showcase:
1:15, 1:45, 4:20, 4:50, 7:10, 7:40,
9:40, 10:10, 12:10, 12:35.
Enemy Of The State ** The NSA goes
hunting Big Willie Style in this action-
packed technothriller. At Showcase:
4:45, 7:05, 9:50, 12:20.
The Faculty ** A skewed look at high
school care of "Scream"'s screenwriter
and "From Dusk Til Dawn"'s director.
At Showcase: 10:25, 12:40.
In Dreams **i Neil Jordan drops
the ball in his latest film, a psycho-
logical thriller staring Annette
Benning. At Ann Arbor 1&2: 1 (Sat.,
Sun., Tues.), 3 (Sat., Sun., Tues.),
4:50 (Thurs.), 5, 7, 9:10. At
Showcase: 12:40, 3:05, 5:25, 8:05,
MightyJoe Young A hairy ape of a
movie. At Showcase: 12:05, 2:35,
Patch Adams * Caution: This medical
melodrama might induce nausea. At
Briarwood: 1, 4, 6:50, 9:30. At
Showcase: 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 9, 9:30,
Prince Of Egypt ** Dreamwork's dis-
appointing take on Moses and Exodus.
At Showcase: 12:15, 2:25, 4:45, 6:55,
The Rugrats Movie ** A movie for kids
and college students. At Showcase:
Shakespeare in Love **** Charming
romantic comedy about Shakespeare
finding his love and his muse. At State:
1:30 (Sat. & Sun.), 4 (Sat. & Sun.), 7,
9:30, 11:45 (Fri. & Sat.). At Showcase:
12:20, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20, 12:35.
Stepmom ** Susan Sarandon and
Julia Roberts star in this weepy dying-
of-cancer flick. At Briarwood: 1:20,
4:20, 7:20, 9:50. At Showcase: 1:35,
4:10, 6:45, 9:15, 11:40.
The Thin Red Line *** Terrence
Malick returns to film with this bril-
liant WWII movie. At Briarwood:
12:50, 4:30, 8. At Showcase: 12,
1, 3:30, 4:30, 7, 8, 10:30, 11:30.
Varsity Blues ** Dawson. Jon Voight.
Football. 'Nuf said. At Briarwood:
12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:40, 10:20. At
Showcase: 12:30, 1:30, 2:50, 4:15,
5:10, 7:15, 7:45, 9:35, 10:05, 12,
Virus * If only we could take antibi-
otics to kill this movie. 12:45, 3, 5:15,
7:35, 10, 12:15.
Waking Ned Devine ***, A splendid
little Irish comedy about a winning lot-
tery ticket and a dead winner. At State:
1:30 (Sat. & Sun.), 4 (Sat. & Sun.),
7:15 (Fri.-Tues. & Thurs.), 9:15 (Sun.,
Mon., Tues., Thurs.), 9:45 (Fri., Sat.,
You've Got Mall **, "Sleepless
in Seattle" with e-mail. At
Briarwood: 1:40, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40.
At Showcase: 1:10, 3:45, 6:35,
Eternal Love (1929) Ordered by an
invading army to surrender their arms,
the mountaineers of a Swiss village
capitulate only through the efforts of
their pastor. Ann Arbor District Library,
343 S. Fifth Ave. 7 p.m. Free.
Gods and Monsters (1998) An Oscar
favorite this year, the movie features an
incredible performance by Ian McKellen
as gay director James Whale. Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty. 7 & 9:15 p.m.
Jacob Lawrence: An intimate Portrait This
video looks at the life of the great Harlem
Renaissance artist and includes interviews
with him and others. Museum of Art Media
Room. 7:30 p.m. Free.
The Drovers Arrive early as fans are
expected in droves for this sure-to-be
hype show. The Ark, 316 5. Main St.,
761-1451. 7:30 p.m. $11.
The Element Fans of hydrogen, oxygen,
and palladium will not be
disappointed. Mitch's Place, 1301 S.
University, Ann Arbor, 665-2650.
Lady Sunshine & the X Band Now that
it's started to warm up in Ann Arbor,
fans can come give thanks to the lady
herself. Cavern Club, 210 S. 1st St.,
332-9900. 10:00 p.m. $5.
Michigan State University Symphony
Orchestra and Michigan State University
Symphony The two groups, conducted
by Leon Gregorian and John Whitwell,
respectively, open the 54th Annual
Midwestern Conference on School Vocal
and Instrumental Music. Hill Auditorium.
Open Mic Grab hold of the microphone
and let the noise rain down. Elbow
Room, 6 S. Washington, Ypsilanti, 483-
6374. 9:30 p.m. Free.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-on-the-
Moon Marigolds Dysfunction is the name
of the game in this Basement Arts pro-
duction of author Paul Zindel's play.
Arena Theatre, Frieze Building. 7 p.m.
The Rainmaker A mysterious
stranger brings rain and merriment to
a family living in the Dust Bowl. Ann
Arbor Civic Theatre, 2275 Platt Road,
971-AACT. 8 p.m. $16, Students $14.
The Moon Wolf A celebration of life, love
and freedom, in a magical tale about a
wolf. Performance Network, 408 W.
Washington. 663-0681. 8 p.m. Pay-what-
you-can - all donations are appreciated.
Jennifer Robertson This reception cele-
brates the publication of Robertson's
"Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular
Culture in Modern Japan." Shaman Drum,
313S. State St., 662-7407. 4 p.m. Free.
Gods and Monsters See Thursday. 7
The Emperor's Shadow (1996) A
By Reilly Brennan
For the Daily
DETROIT - The 1999 North
American International Auto Show ended
Monday and although the weather's
assault on streets and sidewalks con-
tributed to a sharp dip in attendance, orga-
nizers were far from unhappy.
Despite a pep-talk from President
Clinton on Friday - coupled with the
efforts of private contractors to clear snow
and free up show parking - final tallies
indicate that nearly 100,000 fewer people
saw this year's show than last year's event.
Lower attendance was no problem, said
show co-chair Harold Kuhn.
"This was our best show ever," Kuhn
A total of 35 cars made either their
world or North American debut in
Detroit last week, including 20 concept
cars and 15 production models.
Although the competition to produce
everyday cars and trucks remains
fierce, this year's show made it apparent
that America's car companies are way
out in front when it comes to making
American companies debuted 10 of
the show's 20 concept cars - leaving
audiences marveling at what they might
be driving in the future.
A chief theme at this year's extrava-
ganza was "hybrid" - meaning that in
the future it's going to be really hard for
your insurance agent to classify your
While some of the hundreds of cars
found on the Cobo Hall floor made star-
tling entrances into the automotive
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Billy Bob Thornton (left) teams up with Bridget Fonda (center) and Bill Paxton
(right) to steal $4 million from very bad people in "A Simple Plan."
story of two friends, one who grows
up to bera musician and composer,
the other who g rows up to be the
first emperor o unified China. Angell
Aud. A. 8 p.m. Free.
Raising Arlzona(1987) The Coen
Brothers' hysterical look at a couple
who kidnaps a baby after they find
out they can't have children of their
own. Nat Sci. 7 & 9 p.m. $3.
world, old favorites once again caug
the eye of loyal customers. Of the hu
dreds of cars, trucks, and other vehicl
a few models stuck out as being esp
cially revolutionary or just plain fun.
This is a production model, descen
ing from the same platform that giv
you the Volkswagen New Beetle, G(
and Jetta. The TT is simply breathtakit
in photos and even better in perso
There's a real enclosed feeling aroui
the driver, and the car's beltline is ve
high. This makes the driver feel a lit
claustrophobic, but in a good way.
Only the front-wheel-drive model
available this spring with the 1.8 liter tu
bocharged four cylinder producing 1
horse power. The quattro (all-whe
drive) version is due later in the year, at
the TT roadster should be out in a year
® BMW X5
Even BMW is throwing it's prove
bial chips into the sport utility gam
Based off the 5-series, the X5 is more
an all-wheel-drive crossover vehic
than a pure-bred "sport ute." It's shoul
n't surprise most that the X5 bears
good resemblance to the 5-seri
Touring (BMW-speak for wagon) b
with a meaty lift-kit.
This production model will be here
about 12 months, boasting a 4.4 liter V
and hailing from BMW's Spartanbur
SC plant. Rumors abound that this cou
be the base for the next generation Ran
Cadillac is one of GM's bright spots
this dismal time of reorganization, and t
3 Speed Slow, medium, andfast
paced action for those who attend.
Theo's. 10:30 p.m. $4.
Collage Concert Kevin Sedatole
directs an eclectic and quirky pro-
gram which reflects the multi-
faceted student body talent of the
School of Music, as part of the 54th
Annual Midwestern Conference on
School Vocal and Instrumental
Music. Hill Auditorium. 8:15 p.m.
Tickets available for the general pub-
lic at the Hill Auditorium Box Office
4-6 p.m. Free.
Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater Hail to
the Chief! Hail to his music too!
Amer's First Street
Grill, 102 S. 1st St. at Huron, 213-
6000. 10 p.m. $10.
Fully Loaded This show could be loaded
with cameos by Snoop, Dr. Dre and
Queen Latifah. Or not. Elbow Room, 6 S.
Washington, Ypsilanti, 483-6374. 9:00
Vince Junior You work out at
Vince's? No I would have seen you,
I'm there everyday. Gypsy Cafe, 214
N. 4th Ave., 994-3940. 9:30 p.m.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-on-
the-Moon Marigolds See Thursday. 7
p.m. and 11 p.m.
The Rainmaker See Thursday. 8 p.m.
The Moon Wolf See.Thursday 8 p.m.
$12 for students, $15 for others.
R. T. Stone Author will be dis-
cussing and signing copies of his
book "The Journals." Borders Books
and Music, 612 E. Liberty St., 668-
7652. 7 p.m.
Kathleen Halme Poet will read from her
second collection "Equipoise." Shaman
Drum, 313 S. State St., 662-7407. 8 p.m.
Gods and Monsters See Thursday.
4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.
Animania Covers a wide range of
Japanese animation styles and gen-
res, from drama to comedy to sci-
ence fiction. MLB 3. 5 p.m. Free.
Last Tango In Paris (1972) See all of
Marlon Brando before he ballooned to
400 pounds. Nat Sci. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Domestic Problems Real problems.
Real people. Real music. Blind Pig,
208 S. First St., 996-8555.
Dr. John This cornerstone of modern
blues comes for a house call.
Majestic Theater, 4120 Woodward
Ave., Detroit, (313) 833-9700. 8 p.m.
Mustard's Retreat Ever wonder
where the unused cafeteria mustard
ends up? Come and find out (It's not
what you think). The Ark, 316 S.
Main St., 761-1451. 8:00 p.m. $11.
Plunger Come and see why the
plunger can be something more than
a useful household tool. The show
promises to be earth-shaking, if not a
bit sticky as well. Mr. Mugs, 217 W.
Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, 484-4049.
The Honda S2000 is one of the new-comers on the automotive block.
a Evoq is another step in the right direction.
es This is actually a car very close to pro-
ut duction, according to some Cadillac
in It's a two-seater roadster that has very
-8 sharp lines and is definitely bigger in
rg, person that in .photos. Along with last
ild year's Escalade intro, the Evoq is help-
ge ing Cadillac take cars (and trucks) from
Grandma's hoo-ride status to a subur-
banite game of "can-you-top-this?"
at Pay attention to the side-view
he mirrors - there aren't any. The
Evoq has small video cameras that
are located where the mirrors
should be; two video screens on the
dashboard give the driver a clear
side view. Of course, this most like-
ly will not be featured on the pro-
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Chrysler's under-$20,000 hybrid will
be produced and sold next year. It's a
trendy front-wheel-drive hybrid and
should have a 2.4 liter DOHC V-6. It's
based off the Dodge Neon, is a little
shorter than a Ford Focus (the replace-
ment for the Escort), but has a ton of
interior volume. It will be offered with
both manual and automatic transmis-
* Dodge Charger R/T
The muscle-car idea is definitely
alive and breathing regularly at Daimler
Chrysler. Pay especial note to the car's
;, four doors, which leave enough room
for you and any significant other to get
to know each other better.
Scheduled for producti
this is Ford's newest effo
gic car marketing. The ca
ed to keep most of it's r
cues that come straigh
1957 model, like the gril
holes in the pillar behir
windows. The car is dr
real wheels, and will sh
from Lincoln's new LS s
Probably the most und
ated car at this year's si
countless other introdu
Ford Focus might be
important car for the dor
ufacturer in the coming y
This is Ford's replacen
Escort, and most auto c
already championed it w
than its predecessor. It's alt
as a Contour, and will offer
cylinder engine. Already
Europe, the Focus is ge
reviews. We'll get a three-
back, a four-door sedan,
door hatchback. It will be
sale as a 2000 model.
U Honda S2000
Honda has, quite keer
that the world needs an
ster. This convertible ro
has a blistering four-cy
makes 240 hp and is dri
rear wheels. Styling is a
The Ford Focus was one of the key points of interest for many Cobo Hall visitors.
Weekend Magazine Editors:
M A G A Z 1 N E
Phone Numbers: Ann Arbor 1 & 2: 761-9700; Briarwood: 480-4555; Fox Village; 994-8080;
Michigan Theater: 6688397; Showcase: 973-8380; State: 761-8667.
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday Late shows at Ann Arbor 1 & 2 and State
are for Friday and Saturday only. Noon and mid-da matinees at Ann Arbor 1 & 2 are for
Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday only; matinees at State are for Saturday and Sunday only.
Writers: Matthew Barrett, Reilly Brennan, Sasha Higgins, William Nash, E
Photo Editor: Adriana Yugovich
Photographers: Louis Brown, Dana Linnane, Daniel O'Donnell, David
Cover: Members of the crowd at the North American International Aut
the Mercedes Benz S Class Cobo Hall last week. Photo by Dana Linnan
Arts Editors: Jessica Eaton and Christopher Tkaczyk
Editor in Chief: Laurie Mayk