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SPACE INVASION - WITH TRAINING WHEELS
Arftrin rolls into Ann Arbor, space show takes off
***** A Classic
* Not Worth Your Time, or Your Money
American Beauty ***, Kevin
Spacey stars in this oblique look
at a mundane reality turned upside
down. Show some self-respect and
see it already. At State: 1:30 (Sat.
& Sun.), 4 (Sat. & Sun.), 7:15,
9:45. At Showcase: 11:05, 1:35,
4:05, 6:40, 9:10, 11:30
Anywhere But Here*1 A mother
and daughter hit the open road and
learn to love each other. With
Susan Sarandon and the funny-lips
girl from Episode One. At
Briarwood: 1:40, 4:30, 7:30,
The Bone Collector * The touching
story of a man who collects bones,
lots of bones, tibias, fibulas,
metatarsals and all. My, aren't we
the artsy one. At Briarwood: 9:30
At Showcase: 11:35, 2:05, 4:35,
7:05, 9:25, 11:50.
Dogma ** Director Kevin Fisher's
latent gift to the film world. You
know what, I don't get that one,
but I'm leaving it in. At State:
12:15, 2, 4:30 (Sat. & Sun.), 7,
9:30. At Showcase: 11:20, 1:55,
4:25, 6:55, 9:20, 11:45 (Fri. &
Double Jeopardy ** What is "a
nasty little chihuahua named
Fritz," Alex? At Showcase:
10:50, 1, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:50,
End Of Days * Could a movie ever
really be scary with Arnold headlin-
ing? At Briarwood: 1:30, 4:20,
7:20, 10:10. At Showcase: 10:40,
11:10, 11:40, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20,
4;10, 4;40, 5:10, 6:50, 7:20,
7:50, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 12:15,
Flawless * This film has many
flaws. Blast it, you can't even
trust Joel Schumacher's word any-
more. At Showcase: 11:50, 2:35,
5, 8;15, 10:25, 12:25.
The insider ***-J A touching cin-
ematic look at the life of an out-
sider. At Showcase: 10:35.
Pokemon *** What ever hap-
pened to the Mighty Morphin
Power Rangers? Sniff. At
Briarwood: 12:40, 3, 5, 7:15. At
Showcase:10:35, 12:25, 2:25,
The Sixth Sense **** Bruce
Willis headlines with a scary little
kid. No, wait, it's Bruce that's
scary. No, it's that lady with the
barbecued face. No, wait. Oh,
screw it. At Showcase: 10:55,
1:05, 3:20, 5:40, 8:05, 10:20,
Run Lola Run **** I don't know
about Lola, but Dorsey sure ran,
leading the Pack in rushing and
receptions in a resounding Monday
night win over San Francisco. At
State: 12 (Friday and Saturday
Sleepy Hollow ***4 Did you
know that our little Johnny Depp is
36now? Good gosh, 36! Pretty
soon, our young man'll be too big
to sit on Santa's lap! At
Briarwood: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10,
7:40, 10:15. At Showcase: 10:45,
11:15, 11:45, 1:30, 2, 2:30,
4:20, 4;50, 5:20, 7:10, 7:40,
8:10, 9:40, 10:10, 10:40, 12,
Star Wars: Episode One - The
Phantom Menace ** I hear Leo is
considering the part of Anakin in
Episode Two. Hey George, "I'm the
king of the galasy!" Eh?kEh? Ahh,
what do you Philistines know
about comedy. At Briarwood:
12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40. At
Showcase: 11:25, 2:10, 4:55,
7:25, 9:55, 12:25.
The World Is Not Enough ***
Pierce Brosnan stars as James
Bond in this, latest installment in,
oddly enough, the James Bond
series. Who knew? At Briarwood:
1:10, 4, 7, 9:50. At Showcase:
10:30, 11, 1:10, 1:40, 4, 4:30,
6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 9:30, 10, 10:30,
Toy Story 2*** An animated
extravaganza featuring the voices
of Al Gore, Senator Daniel Patrick
Moynihan, the late Nat "King"
Cole, the only apparently late
Carol Channing, Soleil Moon Frye
and French President Jacques
Chirac. At Briarwood: 12:20, 2:30,
4:50, 7:10, 9:20. At Showcase:
10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:45,
1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 3, 3:30, 4:15,
4:45, 5:15, 5:45, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8,
8:35, 9:05, 9:35, 10:05, 11:10,
The Promise (1994) In 1961 a family
tries to cross into West Germany
from East Germany. Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 7 p.m.
Princess Mononoke (1999) The
Japanese anime epic lands on our
shores, and tells the tale of a prince
who is cursed by ominous forces.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
9:30 p.m. $5.50.
Twistin' Tarantulas They were once
seen on an episode of Road Rules.
Wow, that's something for the old tro-
phy case. Karl's. 9:30 p.m. $3.
The Blue Rays You might not have
known it from the name, but they
play the blues. Ann Arbor Brewing Co.
9 p.m:. Free.
Homegrown Night Various local acts
strut their stuff. TC's Speakeasy. 9
Phish Are they any good whithout the
drugs? Do all the hippies hate me for
writing that? I don't care. Palace.
Opera Workshop Second year vocal
performance majors stage a banquet
of Italian songs. McIntosh Theatre,
School of Music. 7 p.m. Free
Angels in America Tony Kushner's
Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, about
the grim dawning of AIDS in the con-
servative era of Reagan politics. 8
p.m. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 2275
Platt. $16, $14 students/seniors
Not Waving The Professional Series of
the 1999-2000 Perfomance Network
season marches on with this life-
affirming saga of a young woman
rediscovering life, reclaiming her sani-
ty and reaching out to her mother
after returning from a mental institu-
tion. Perfomance Network Theatre,
408 W. Washington. 8 p.m. $15. 6.63-
Wole Soyinka As part of the
University's Visiting Writer Series,
Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning writer
and former political prisoner gives a
reading from his diverse body of
work, spanning poetry, fiction, essays
and drama. Rackham. 5 p.m.
HIV-AIDS: The Real World Mohammed
Balal speaks about the loss of his
close friend to AIDS. You may know
that friend as "The Real World's"
Pedro, from the San Francisco sea-
son. In conjunction with AIDS
Awareness Week. Rackham. 8 p.m.
Irish Theater Lecture A day after
World AIDS Day/Day Without Art and
its annual symbolic concealment of
certain pieces, the museum takes off
the black drapes and invites Tony-win-
ning director Garry Hynes to share
his professional wisdom. Museum of
Art. 7:30 p.m. Free.
By Jenni Glenn
Fine & Performing Arts Editor
In our culture, generations are
defined by shared experiences. The
baby boomers, for example, can recall
where they were when Kennedy was
shot. Their parents all remember the
bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Other historical moments span the
consciousness of multiple generations.
In the past few decades, generations
share the milestones set by the space
program, including man's first step on
the moon, the tragic Challenger explo-
sion and the recent Mars Pathfinder
A new art show captures the uni-
versal appeal of the space program.
Combining art, history and science
into one exhibit, the Artrain, a muse-
um housed in train cars, rolled into
town this week. The traveling muse-
um's latest show "Artistry of Space"
features 78 pieces from the National
Aeronautics and Space
Administration's art program.
The exhibit opened in Washington
D.C. this past July on the 20th anniver-
sary of the first moon landing. Ann
Arbor is the I11th stop of the tour
which will visit 120 cities during its
run which continues through
"The NASA exhibition itself is one
of cm-,nt itrz" .idDri Miches
president of Artrain. "We see that all
over the country, and Ann Arbor is no
As part of Artrain's educational
mission, local schools will be touring
the train until Friday. Prof. Tony
England, a former astronaut, will be
present to speak to the students.
Before he flew on Spacelab 2 in 1985,
England 'erved as mission scientist
for Apollo 13 and 16. He devised the
lithium-hydroxide canister which
saved the lives of the Apollo 13 astro-
nauts after one of their oxygen tanks
"What I'll probably just do is be
available to make the Apollo program
more accessible to the kids,"he said. "I
imagine it's primarily scenes from the
early space program, and maybe I can
add something to that."
The exhibit is divided into three
newly-renovated Pullman rail cars.
"Power to Go" features art inspired by
the Apollo program, which explored
the moon. The second section looks at
the space shuttle, "The Second Giant
Step." The most recent art, under the
heading "Go For the Stars," portrays
recent satellite discoveries within the
solar system. Artrain also features a
gift shop and a resident artist in the
Norman Rockwell's "Man's First
tenr nn the Mnn %Prve-c a-,thefirst
"When Thoughts Tum Inward," a watercolor by Henry Casselli, Is one of the spacthemed pieces on dIsplay In the Artrain ebit of Arai
piece in the exhibit as well as one of
the show's highlights. Visitors to the
Artrain have the opportunity to see the
visible changes Rockwell made in the
lunar module's appendages as he
worked. Rockwell painted the aston-
ishingly realistic work three years
before the actual Apollo I1 moon
"The Norman Rockwell is of partic-
ular interest," Polich said. "A lot of
people respond to it because they
remember seeing this image."
Other famous artists in art appear in
the exhibit including Andy Warhol.
His painting of Buzz Aldrin clad in a
neon pink space suit figures promi-
nently in the exhibition. "Moonwalk"
portrays Aldrin on the Moon's surface
with an American flag punctuated by
green zigzag lines.
Many of the works, unsurprisingly,
center around the actual spacecraft.
Paintings by artists such as Peter Max
and Attilla Heija range from abstract to
detail-filled realistic portrayals of
Greg Mart's piece honoring the
Challenger explosion shows the shuttle
draped in white. The work is displayed
in front of a curtain partially covering
the names of the astronauts killed in
In addition to these portrayals of
the machinery involved in space
travel, "Artistry of Space" also looks
at the people piloting the shuttles.
"Vacancy," a drawing by Chet
Jazierski, functions as a still life of
an astronaut's glove. Other pieces
focus on the astronauts' personali-
ties, such as Henry Casselli's por-
traits of astronauts John Young and
"He has a wonderful way of captur-
ing an individual's spirit," Polich said
of Casselli. "When you see Henry
Casselli's work, you see the human
behind the hero persona."
The exhibit examines seldom seen
aspects of the space program.
Hereward Lester Cooke's "Man First
Landing on the Moon," while carry-
ing a similar title to the Rockwell
piece, actually illustrates the historic
moment through a view of mission
control rather than the perspective of
the astronauts. Unpublicized NASA
employees appear in the spotlight in
Morton Kunstler's "Tile Team," which
shows a pair repairing the tiles cover-
ing the shuttle's underside.
The pieces also explore the way the
space program has pervaded the public
consciousness. One sketch by Lamar
Dodd displays a pack of video cam-
eras, a symbol of journalistic interest
in the Apollo mission. Another work
shows the '6is-era audience present at
the Apollo launches.
The exhibit "is much more than a
number of pictures of rocket ships,"
Polich said. "It goes far, far beyond
that. It really expresses the human
emotion in response to NASA's space
Extending beyond visual media, the
exhibit also contains a symphony com-
posed to capture the new hope follow-
ing the Challenger disaster, another
piece commemorating Mars explo-
A dress is divided into three sec-
tions. The pink Mars skyline and land-
scape are divided by a bright magenta
strip representing the landing ramp for
NASA's Pathfinder probe. Designed
by Stephen Sprouse, this millenium
dress can be viewed with 3-D glasses
available on the train.
University students volunteer as
docents on the train to explain the his-
tory behind these exhibits to the pub-
lic. Based in Ann Arbor, Artrain pro-
duces exhibits which each spend
around three and a half years travers-
ing the country. Daimler Chrysler
sponsored the last two exhibits, but
the program began back in 1971 with
a show by Professor Emeritus Emil
Weddige. That show taught visitors
about art history.
"Artistry of Space" fulfills Artrain's
mission of education while bringing an
important part of cultural history to
people across the country.
"Everybody has some memory of
the space program ... all of those
moments we watched on television,"
Polich said. "It's kind of fun to see
what an artist thinks of those."
Artrain islocatedat the New ente,
1100 N. Main St. The exhibit is open to
the public Dec. 4-5.
Phone Numbers of Area Theaters: Briarwood: 480-4555; Fox Village; 994-8080;
Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Showcase: 973-8380; State: 761-8667.
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Matinee times at State
Theater are effective for Saturday and Sunday only.
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Dr. AkagI (1999) A WWII-era doctor
becomes obsessed with researching
hepatitis, to the misfortune of his
family. Japanese with English subti-
tles. Lorch. 7 p.m. Free.
Being John Maikovich 1999) If you
could be any John Malkosich charac-
ter living or dead for 15 minutes, who
would you be? Michigan Theater
Screening Room, 603 E. Liberty St.
7:15 & 9:30 p.m. $5.50.
Life On A String (1991) A blind mas-
ter and his dutiful pupil wander the
earth. Angell Aud A. 8 p.m. Free.
Strangefolk Strange name for a
strange band. See for yourself if you
need to know more. Blind Pig. 10
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Are they still as
big and bad as when swing was the in
thing? Clutch Cargo's.
Amazin' Blue Co-ed, award-winning a
capella that whose act predates the
local genre's saturation of the last
few years. Rackham. 8 p.m. $6. 764-
Staten Island The RC Players' stu-
dent-written and -directed comedy
about an Italian-American family mak-
ing its fitful way through the 1940s
and Os. 8 p.m. RC Auditorium, East
Quad. $5, $3 students.
Flesh and Blood Basement Arts'
newest play is a macabre comedy
featuring a family on the road to dis-
astrous misfortune. 7 p.m., 11 p.m.
Arena Theatre, Frieze Building. Free.
Angels in America See Thursday. 8
Not Waving See Thursday. 8 p.m.
A LTERNA TIVES
Quilt Making AIDS Awareness Week
continues with this all-day opportuni-
ty for students to stop by for a few
minutes and help in a creative way.
All materials will be provided.
Michigan Union Basement. 8 a.m.-2
Rant & Rage: New Dance from Irish
Paintings The University's Dance
Department interprets the Museum of
Art's "When Time Began to Rant and
Rage" exhibit. 8 p.m. Pease Studio,
University Dance Building. $5. 763-
Editors: Toyin Akinmusuru, Jeff Druchniak, Nicole Pearl
Writers: Jeff Druchniak, Laura Flyer, Jenni Glenn, Chris Kula, Jean Lee, Nicole Pearl, Jeff Schultz
Photo Editors: Jessica Johnson, Dana Linnane, David Rochkind.
Photographers: Jessica Johnson, David Rochkind.
Cover: Photo by David Rochkind.
Arts Editors: Christopher Cousino and Aaron Rich
Editor in Chief: Heather Kamins