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The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazir

A weekly guide to who's T fA Thursday, Nov. 18
where, what's happening and Tej, jJ through
w hy you need to be there ... eLs Wednesday, Nov. 24

Quest for off-campus housing fraught wil


Films opening
Flawless Joel Schumacher dreams the
impossible dream by naming his new movie
what he will never be. With Phil Seymour
"Her life is in your hands, Dude" Hoffman
and Robert "Some nights I clean up the
blood" De Niro.
Sleepy Hollow Contrary to popular belief,
Chrisina Ricci's breasts do not receive top
billing in Tim Burton's adaption of the
Washington Irving story. At Briarwood:
10:10 (Sat. & Sun.), 12:30, 2:50, 5:10,
7:40, 10:20. At Showcase: 10:45 (Fri.-
Tue), 11:15 (Fri.-Tue.), 11:45 (Fri.-Tue.),
1:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 2 (Fri.Tue.), 2:30 (Fri.-
Tue.), 4:15 (Fri.-Tue.), 4:45 (Fri.-Tue.), 5:15
(Fri.-Tue,), 7 (Fri.-Tue.), 7:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 8
Films holding
***** A Classic
**** Excellent
*** Good
** Fair
* Not Worth Your Time, or Your Money
Am ican Beauty ***i When you go
horn 7-r the holidays, tell your dad you
suck dick for money. Tell him you're the
best piece of ass in three states. He'll love
you for it. At State: 1:30 (Sat. & Sun.), 4
(Sat. & Sun.), 7:15, 9:30. At Showcase:
11:05 (Fri.-Tue.), 1:25 (FriTue.), 4:05 (Fri.-
Tue.), 6:40 (Fri.-Tue.), 9:10 (Fri.Tue.),
11:35 (Fri. & Sat.).
Anywhere But Here *i You'll wish you
were. At Briarwood: 11 (Sat. & Sun.),
1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40. At Showcase:
10:55 (Fr)Tue.), 1:20 (Fri.Tue.), 3:45 (Fri.-
Tue.), 6:50 (Fri.-Tue.), 9:20 (Fri.-Tue.),
11:45 (Fri. & Sat.).
The Bachelor ** Starring Renee Zellweger
(or, depending on who you talk to, Jewel or
Joey Lauren Adams), this one had us at
goodbye. With Chris O'Donnell. At
Briarwood: 10:15 (Sat. & Sun.), 12:40, 3,
5:15, 7:30, 9:45. At Showcase: 12:25 (Fri.-
Tue) 2:45 (Fri.-Tue.), 5:10 (Fri.-Tue.), 7:20
(Fri.-Tue.), 9:35 (Fri.-Tue.), 11:40 (Fri. &
The Best Man ** Not quite as good as
cousin Spike's "Do The Right Thing," which
was selected to the National Film Registry.
At Showcase: 8:10 (Fri.-Tue.).
The Bone Collector * Even Angelina Jolie's
heroic attempt at molesting quadriplegic
Denzel Washington fails to arouse any inter-
est (yes, no bones are collected or erect-
ed) in this hideously bad flick. At
Briarwood: 10:50 (Sat. & Sun.), 1:30,
4:30, 7:20, 10:10. At Showcase: 10:35
(Fri.-Tue.), 11:10 (Fri.-Tue.), 1:35 (Fri.-
Tue.), 4:10 (Fri.-Tue.), 7:10 (Fri.-Tue.), 9:50
(Fri.-Tue.), 10:20 (Fri.-Tue.), 12:05 (Fri. &
Sat.), 12:35 (Fri. & Sat.).
DogW ** Kevin Smith's worst film effort
to date. No fingercuffs, no Julie Dwyer, no
stinkpalm, no fun. At State: 2 (Sat. &
Sun.), 4:30, (Sat. & Sun.), 7, 9:45, 12:15
(Fri. & Sat.). At Showcase: 11:20 (Fri.-
Tue.), 11:40 (Fri.-Tue.), 1:50 (Fri.-Tue.),
2:20 (Fri.-Tue.), 4:25 (Fri.-Tue.), 4:55 (Fri..
Tue.), 6:55 (Fri.-Tue.), 7:25 (Fri.-Tue.), 9:25
(Fri.-Tue.), 9:55 (Fri.-Tue.), 11:50 (Fri. &
Sat.), 12:20 (Fri. & Sat.).
Double Jeopardy * Goodbye, Alex; hello,
Redis! At Showcase: 12:35 (Fri.-Tue.), 3:10
(Fri.-Tue.), 5:25 (Fri.-Tue.), 7:40 (Fri.-Tue.),
10:15 (Fri.-Tue.), 12:15 (Fri. & Sat.).
Fight Club *** You wake up at Angeli
Hall. You wake up at the Frieze. You wake
up on North Campus. You wake up in a
pool of drunken slobber. You wake up in a
bathtub with a note that says "Do not

(Fri.-Tue.), 9:40 (Fri.-Tue.), 10:10 (Fri.-Tue.),
10:40 (Fri.-Tue.), 12 (Fri. & Sat.), 12:30
(Fri. & Sat.).
Toy Story 2 Woody, Buzz and the rest of the
toy chest gang are back for seconds. Who
cares if it's a kids movie - it's fun. Hey
howdy hey!
The World is Not Enough New Bond flick. I
thought Christmas only came once a year.
At Briarwood: 10:20 (Sat. & Sun.), 1:10, 4,
7, 10. At Showcase: 10:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 11
(Fri.-Tue.),11:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 1:15 (Fri,-Tue.),
1:45 (Fri.-Tue.), 2:15 (Fri.-Tue.), 4 (Fri.-
Tue.), 4:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 5 (Fri.-Tue.), 6:45
(Fri.-Tue.), 7:15 (Fri.-Tue.), 7:45 (Fri.-Tue.),
9:30 (Fri-Tue.), 10 (Fri.-Tue.), 10:30 (Fri.-
Tue.), 12:05 (Fri. & Sat.), 12:35 (Fri. &
move, call 911." You wake up at office
hours. You wake up at Angell Hall. This is
your life, and it's ending one minute at a
House on Haunted Hill * Taye Diggs: Big
teeth, big pecs, big box office. At
Showcase: 10:25 (Fri.-Tue.), 12:20 (Fri.&
The Insider ***I Docked a half star
because it stars the Pepsi girl, aka Chrissy
from the Independent Film Ohannel, whose
career is now worthless because it's
impossible to look at her without hearing
Marion Brando's voice. At Showcase:
10:40 (Fri.-Tue.), 1:55 (Fri.-Tue.), 5:05 (Fri.-
Tue.), 8:15 (Fri.-Tue.), 11:20 (Fri. & Sat.).
The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc
*** We gave this piece of crap three
stars? Oh my god. I feel like being burned
at the stake so at least I'll be out of my
embarrassed misery. At Briarwood: 12:50,
3:50, 6:50, 9:50. At Showcase: 12:15 (Fri.-
Tue.), 3 (Fri.-Tue.), 3:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 6:30
(Fri-Tue.), 9:45 (Fri.-Tue.), 9:55 (Fri.-Tue.),
12:30 (Fri. & Sat.).
Music Of The Heart (No Stars) It is a sad
day indeed when Meryl Streep substitutes
for Madonna.
Light It Up *** Big Tobacco's rebuttal to
"The Insider." At Showcase: 12:45 (Fri.-
Tue.), 5:45 (Fri.-Tue.), 8:05 (Fri.-Tue.),
10:35 (Fri.-Tue.), 12:25 (Fri. & Sat.).
Pokemon *** Supposedly this has been
dubbed into English, but I'm unfamiliar with
the Merriam Webster definitions of "poke-
man," "mewtoo" and "pikachu." Wait a
week and go see "Princess Mononoke"
instead. At Briarwood: 10 (Sat. & Sun.),
12:20, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. At Showcase:
10:30 (Fri:-Tue.), 11:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 12 (Fri.-
Tue.), 12:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 1:40 (Fri.-Tue.),
2:10 (Fri.-Tue.), 2:40 (Fri.-Tue.), 3:50 (Fri.-
Tue.), 4:20 (Fri.-Tue.), 4:50 (Fri.-Tue.), 6:05
(Fri.-Tue.), 6:35 (Fri.-Tue.), 7:05 (Fri.-Tue.),
8:30 (Fri.-Tue.), 9:15 (Fri.-Tue.), 11:15 (Fri.
& Sat.).
Run Lola Run **** The end is the begin-
ning is the end. At State: 12 (Fri. & Sat.).
The Sixty-Ninth Sense **** "I see gay
people." "In your dreams? When you're
awake? Gay people, like in monasteries
and bath houses?" "No. Walking around,
like ...regular people. They can't see each.
other. Some of them don't know they're
gay. Please make them go away."
"Falwell's working on it." At Showcase: 1
(Fri.-Tue.), 3:20 (Fri.-Tue.), 5:35 (Fri.-Tue.),
7:50 (Fri.-Tue.), 10:05 (Fri.-Tue.), 12:10
(Fri. & Sat.).
The Straight Story ***f This description
and every description on this page are
longer than the script for David Lynch's
tractor pull. At Showcase: 10:50 (Fri.-Tue.).

Being John Malkovich (1999) RRRaaaaal
IlIIIIlIIii iii iii izzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaaammmmmm
eeeetttttttttoooooooo ssssssseeeeeeeel-
lllllllmmmmmaaaaaaakkkkkksssss -
Maxine? Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Liberty. 7 & 9:30 p.m. $5.50.
Romance (1999) French fellatio, but not
fidelio. Respect the cock. Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty. 7:15 & 9:15
p.m. $5.50.
All That A must-see for fans of the funk,
this lively sousaphunk band from New
Orleans brings the groove with special
guests The Big Wu and Harmony Riley.
The Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. $6.
T.S. Monk Sextet Drummer/band-
leader/son of Thelonious performs con-
temporary jazz with a wink and a nod to
past traditions. Bird of Paradise. 8 p.m.
& 11 p.m. $20.
That's My Mama Local happy hour band
with a jones for both jazz/funk and Eddie
Murphy movies. Surprise horn players will
be jamming with the Mama, too.
Touchdown Cafe. 10:30 p.m. $3.
U of M Jazz Ensemble Renowned trum-
peter Donald Byrd and the University
Salsa Band join the student ensemble for
a night of modern compositions and spir-
ited improvisations. Rackham
Amphitheatre. 8 p.m. Free.
Jack Fife This Indianapolis techno/rock
band is fronted by Dugan's uncle. Not
really. Rick's. 10 p.m. $3.
Ann Arbor Festival of Song Pianist Kevin
Bylsma will perform with singers Slavic
music from composers Rachmanioff,
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Janacek. 8
p.m. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N.
Fourth Ave. 769-2999. $7, $5 for stu-
The importance of Being Earnest The
Department of Theatre and Drama brings
Oscar Wilde's story about a complicated
courtship to the stage. 8 p.m.
Mendelssohn Theatre. 764-0450. $14-
A New Brain Basement Arts produces
this one-act musical written by William
Finn about his false diagnosis of a brain
tumor. Time TBA. Arena Theater, Frieze
Building. 764-6800. Free.
R. Bruce This high energy act features
Bruce's storyteller approach to comedy
as well as song parodies. 8:30 p.m. The
Mainstreet Coedy Club, 314 E. Liberty.
996-9080. $10-12.
Art Video The documentary "Yeats,
Remembered" looks back at the poet's
life and features interviews with his chil-
dren. 7:30 p.m. Media Room, Museum of
Art. Free.
Clair Levine Levine reads from and signs
copies of "The Bud that Stays," a compi-
lation of the work of her late husband
Laurence. Borders Books & Music. 7
p.m. Free. 668-7652.
Andrea Press and Elizabeth Cole The
authors of "Speaking of Abortion" talk
about and sign copies of their book.

By Alana Steingold
Daily Arts Writer
The perfect house - enough bed-
rooms for all eight roommates to
have singles, at least three parking
spots, a big kitchen with dishwasher,
brand new laundry facilities on the
premises, and of course, all utilities
included. Though this exact house
might not really exist in Ann Arbor,
many students do find off-campus
housing that they consider perfect
enough. Unfortunately, finding a
house and signing the lease is never
so simple.
Every school year, even before all
the moving boxes from summer have
been unpacked, students at the
University begin the housing search
for the following fall. It is a dirty

race, and many students say most
leases are signed on a first-come,
first-served basis, with swift deci-
siveness a cardinal virtue.
It is not an uncommon occurrence
for a group of students to miss their
chance or even lose their house by a
blink of the eye. Take Howie Berman,
an LSA junior. This fall, he and his
roommates searched for a house for
next year and finally found one that
satisfied everyone's needs. They
called the landlord and made an
appointment to sign a lease on a
Monday at 4:30 p.m. At 11:30 a.m.
that Monday, the landlord's secretary
called to inform Howie and friends
her boss had given the house to
another group - a group of girls who
were planning to sign the lease the


following day.
"All of a sudden we had to look for
another place," Berman said.
Berman and his friends took fur-
ther action and called lawyers to find
out if what had happened to them was
legal. It turned out that the girls who
ended up signing the lease had per-
sonal connections with the landlord
- but, Berman wondered, did that
make it right?
In the end, Berman and his room-
mates found another house through
Keystone Properties, a real estate
company that operates on a first-
come first-served basis. To avoid
chances of losing another house,
Berman and his roommates started
waiting at 3 a.m. Sunday morning,
almost 30 hours before Keystone's
doors opened at 8:30 a.m. on Monday
Berman said that waiting all night
to get first priority requesting a house
was, "not necessarily a bad thing,"
and he got a lot of homework done
while waiting. Though he feels that
the previous landlord was dishonest
and could have called sooner to say
that he was giving the house to a dif-
ferent group, Berman acknowledged
"the whole world is crooked, and you
have to do what you have to do."
What does "doing what you have
do" mean for students? Sarah, an
LSA junior (who requested anonymi-
ty and whose name has been
changed), and her roommates
thought they did all they could to
ensure their residence in the house
they wanted, which also happened to
be a Keystone Property. After hearing
that Keystone was a first-come, first-
served company and people were
already waiting in line so they'd get
their first pick on houses, she and her
roommates went at 4:30 a.m. Monday
morning to wait in line outside
When the doors opened at 8:30,
they were first in line to apply for the
house they wanted. The women were
told that if their credit histories
checked out and the occupants cur-
rently leasing the house did not want
to stay (which they didn't), then the
house would be theirs, and they
would be notified within 24-48
hours. After 48 hours, Sarah and her
friends still had not heard from
Keystone. Upon calling Keystone to
inquire about their situation, the girls
were told they were not awarded the

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane in the suspenseful and sweeping thriller,
"Sleepy Hollow."

Shaman Drum Bookshop. 8 p.m. Free.
Jesus, Buddha, et al. An evening of med-
itation, readings, music, and reflection.
Guild House. 6 p.m. Free. 662-5189.
Being John Malkovich See Thursday.
7:15, 9:45 p.m. & 12 a.m. .
Give it All (1998) Japan in the 1970s,
chicks who row. Not to be confused with
"Give It Up," which features chicks who
do, uh, something else. Lorch Hall. 7
p.m. Free.
Guinevere (1999) Sarah Polley stars as a
psychological descendent of Arthur's
unfaithful wife. Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Liberty. 7 & 9:15 p.m. $5.50.
Teahouse (1991) People drinking tea.
Sounds fascinating. Angell Hall, Aud A. 8
p.m. Free.
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
One day Bradley's singing the blues out-
side the farmer's market in Detroit, the
next he's fronting a vintage rock and soul
outfit. Great songs, great group. The Blind
Pig. 9:30 p.m. $10.
Smokestack Ann Arbor-based original
blues-rock jamband 'featuring James
Sibley IV on keys. No better group in town
to enjoy a drink with. Phish cover band
Haribu opens. Cross Street Station,
Ypsilanti. 10:30 p.m. $5.

Reverend Right Time The clergymen of
the funk from beautiful Flint, Michigan.
Give praise to thy hallowed booty shaking.
Rick's. 10 p.m. $3.
The Bottle Prophets Sassy pop band fea-
turing sassy female vocals and sassy orig-
inal songwriting. Get on up, like a sass
machine. Gypsy Cafe. 8 p.m. Call for cover
Al Hill and the Love Butlers The butler did
it in the parlor with some funky boogie
woogie and old-school R&B. Cavern Club.
10 p.m. $5.
The importance of Being Earnest See
Thursday. 8 p.m..
Sweet Charity This Neil Simon musical,
performed by MUSKET, follows the mis-
adventures of an innocent dine-a-dance
hostess. 8 p.m. Power Center. 764-0450:
$12, $7 for students.
A New Brain See Thursday. Time TBA.
Le Petit Prince Students from the
Residential College's French program
perform Antoine Saint-Exupery's chil-
dren's tale in the original French. 7:30
p.m. RC Auditorium, East Quad. Free.
Jonis Agee Agee talks about and signs
copies of "Taking the Wall," her latest
book. Shaman Drum Bookshop. 8 p.m.
Free. 662-7407.
R. Bruce See Thursday. 8:30 and 10:45

Fred Chase of Ypsilanti is the coordinato
house. The house was given to
group who had rented from Keysto
in the past.
Although the girls were led
believe that their chance to lease t
house was contingent on credit r;
ings and the wishes of the curre°
residents, Keystone now decided
inform the girls about a thi
Keystone policy - priority on hot
es goes to any person who has prev
ously rented from Keysto
Properties. Since previous rente
eventually requested the same hou
as Sarah and her roommates, the gir
didn't get the house. But Keysto
never told the girls about this poli
until after they lost the house. In lat
attempts to contact Keystone abo
this misinformation, the supervis
was consistently unavailable.
Stories such as Berman's ai
Sarah's are unfortunately all too cor
mon at the University. Problems ste
back to the '60s (when Ann Arb
rental housing was among the wor
in the nation) and beyond. In 1968,
group of students held the first mee
ings of what would later become th
Ann Arbor Tenants Union (AATL
They decided to hold a "rent strik
as a means of addressing rental hou
ing problems and doing somethin
about those problems. By 1969, nea
ly 2,000 students had pledged

4 -

Courtesy of Shira Katz
LSA senior Shira Katz had to take her landlord to small claims court in order
to get this water damage in her ceiling repaired.


Editors: Toyin Akinmusuru, Jeff Druchniak, Nicol<
Writers: Toyin Akinmusuru, Jeff Druchniak, Laura Flyer, Gina Hamadey, Chris
Podolsky, Alana Steingold.
Photo Editors: Jessica Johnson, Dana Linnane, David Rochkind.
Photographers: Danny Kalick, Shira Katz, Emily Linn, Jeremy Mencik.
Cover: "Night Vigil" by Jeremy Mencik features the statue at the center of the f
See page 11 for more details.
Arts Editors: Jessica Eaton and Christopher Cousino
Editor in Chief: Heather Kamins
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Phone Numbers: Briarwood: 480-4555; Fox Village; 994-8080; Michigan Theater: 668-
8397; Showcase: 973-8380; State: 761-8667.
Showtimes are effective Friday throuh Thursday. Matinee times at State Theater are
effect ve for Saturday and Sunday only.

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