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Anna And The King Special sneak
preview of this new version of "The
King and 1." It- sucks. At Showcase:
6:45 (Sat. only).
Bicentennial Man A special sneak
preview of a robotic "Patch
Adams." At Showcase: 7:45 (Sat.
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo And
Hollywood comes up with yet
another way to say repugnent. At
Showcase: 10:30, 11, 11:30,
* Not Worth Your Time, or Your Money
American Beauty ***4 When you
go home for the holidays, tell your
dad you suck dick fbr money. Then
tell him you're the best piece of
ass in three states. He'll love you
for it. At Showcase: 10:55, 1:25,
4:10, 6:45 (except Sat.), 9:15,
Anywhere But Here *i The answer
to the question you'll be asking
youself throughout this movie. At
Briarwood: 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10.
The Bone Collector * Even
Angelilna Jolie's heroic attempt at
molesting quadriplegic Denzel
Washington fails to arouse any
result (except on the part of my
bone) in this hideously bad flick.At
Showcase: 11:35, 2:05, 4:55,
7:40, 10:20, 12:35.
Dogma ** Kevin Smith has the
curse of the evens, as this (his
fourth film) only matches his sec-
ond, "Mallrats," in terms of overall
piss-poor quality. At State: 2 (Sat.
& Sun), 4:30 (Sat. & Sun.), 7, 9:30
(except Tues.). At Showcase: 1:20,
1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25, 11:45.
End Of Days * What this film
would spell for Arnold's career, if
he hadn't already taken the pre-
emptive strike of becoming richer
than God. At Briarwood: 1:30,
4:20, 7:20, 10:10. At Showcase:
11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:05, 7:35, 9:40,
10:10, 12:5, 12:30.
Flawless * Certainly not. At.
Showcase: 10:30, 12:35.
The Omega Code Christian pro-
poganda in film form. At Showcase:
10:45, 1:05, 3:20, 5:30, 7:45,
Pokemon *** And you thought
"End of Days" was a sign of the
12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 3, 3:30,
4:40, 5:10, 5:40, 6:50, 7:20, 7:50,
9, 9:30, 10, 11, 11:30, 12.
The Green Mile Frank Darabont's
wonderful follow-up to "The
Shawshank Redemption" about a
death row guard's realationship
with a condemned man he believes
innocent. At Briarwood: 12, 4, 8
(two showings Fri.-Sun,). At
Showcase: 11, 11:30, 12, 2:45,
3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8, 10:15,
apocalypse. Supposedly this has
been dubbed into English, butsI'm
unfamiliar with the Merriam-
Webster definitions of "pokemon,"
"mewtoo" and "pikachu." Save
yourself the drive off campus and
four dollars - see "Princess
Mononoke" instead. At Briarwood:
12:40, 3, 5, 7:15 (Mon.-Wed.
only), 9:30 (Mon.-Wed. only). At
Showcase: 10:50, 12:55, 3:10,
Princess Mononoke ***i A
cursed warrior separates himself
from society. At State: 1:30 (Sat.
& Sun.), 4 (Sat. & Sun.), 7:15,
9:45, 12:15 (Fri. & Sat.).
Run Lola Run **** What the hell
is this crappy movie still doing in
theaters! The State has gone so far
downhill, I tell you. At State: 12
Mid. (Fri. & Sat.).
The Sixth Sense **** The year's
best movie so far involves a little
boy who sees dead people and the
psychologist who tries to help him.
At Showcase: 9:10, 11:15.
Sleepy Hollow ***,A A great
retelling of Washington Irving's
classic legend. At Briarwood:
12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15. At
Showcase: 11:15, 11:45, 1:40,
2:10, 4:20, 4:50, 7:25, 7:55, 9:45,
10:15, 11:55, 12:25.
Toy Story 2 *** Hail, hail, the
gang's all here and back for action
in this delightful sequel. At
Briarwood: 12:20, 2:30, 4:50,
7:10, 9:20. At Showcase: 10:40,
11:10, 11:40, 12:10, 12:50, 1:20,
1:50, 2:20, 3:05, 3:35, 4:05, 4:45,
5:15, 5:45, 6:35, 7, 7:30, 8
(except Sat.), 8:35, 9:35, 10:05,
The World Is Not Enough *** But
Denise Richards in a soaking wet t-
shirt is. At Briarwood: 1:10, 4, 7,
9:50. At Showcase: 10:35, 11:05,
1:15, 1:45, 4, 4:30, 6:40, 7:10,
9:20, 9:50, 11:50, 12:20.
Citizen Kane (1941) One of the great-
est films ever made involves a million-
aire who dies and the man who tries
to fill in the details of his life.
Michigan Theater,r603 E. Liberty St.
9 a.m. & 4 p.m. Free.
Princess Mononoke (1999) The
Japanese animation epic about a
cursed man on a journey. Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 7:30 p.m.
A Knee Deep Shag The boys from
Kalamazoo are in town for some shag-
ging. It's a CD release party, so bring
your Sharpie's for autographs. 10 p.m.
Blind Pig. $5.
Songwriters' Open Mic Finals stress-
ing you out too much? Get up on
stage and sing about it. Your friends
can even watch it on cable. 7:30 p.m.
Oz's Music. Free.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Get in the
Christmas mood by hearing some
gospel songs from this gang. 8 p.m.
Meadowbrook Theatre. $28-$38.
Angels in America Melissa Johnson
directs Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-
winning drama about the conflict
between AIDS and the conservative
Reagan administration. 8 p.m. Ann
Arbor Civic Theatre, 2275 Platt. 971-
AACT. $16, $14 stu/sen.
Not Waving A conservative mother
shares crazy adventures with her
daughter who has just been released
from a mental institution in this Gen
LeRoy play. 8 p.m. Performance
Network, 408 W. Washington. 663-
0681. $15-18, $3 student discount.
Harlem Boys Choir The world-famous
choir will combine Handel's "Messiah"
and Vivaldi's "Gloria" with traditional
Christmas carols in this holiday per-
formance. 8 p.m. Hill Auditorium. 764-
Dance & Related Arts Concert The
University School of Music and Dance
Department join forces for this futuris-
tic artistic pileup, combining music
and dance with visual and multimedia
art. 8 p.m. Pease Studio, Dance
Building. $5. 763-5460.
Being John Malkovich (1999) One of
the year's best and most innovative
films allows you to be John Malkovich
for 15 minutes. Michigan Theater,
603 E. Liberty St. 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.
Indigo Girls In this politically correct
age, it should be pointed out that they
are not really Indigo, but actually both
Caucasian. I know, it shocked me, too.
EMU Convocation Center. 7:30pm
By Thanh Tran
For the Daily
The much-publiczed millennium
bug affects computers when their
internal clock gets set to the year
2000. Older hardware and software
only uses two digits to store the year.
Thus, when 2000 comes along, many
machines will think it's actually
1900, or even nothing at all. Systems
may fail or do serious damage.
It is unclear exactly what type of
scenario we face, both technological-
ly and-socially, as the rate at which
systems become Y2K compliant is
growing, to parallel the increased
urgency of the late date.
Some problems immediately
spring to mind. Services we are using
at the time of date changeover may be
affected, such as power, water and gas
supplies. If you're thinking of using
an ATM, it may not work.
One possible fallacy is that
because a major service has a big
name behind it, one can say 'they will
have sorted out the problem' - the
systems under their control may well
be compliant, but what about those
systems they depend or interact with,
or other connected systems? It's sim-
ilar to electrical wiring: If one com-
ponent has a surge or fail, other
bits and pieces along the chain
will break too.
Consider the December 1998
San Francisco blackout whichw
affected thousands. A city-wide W
state of emergency was declared
for several hours all because aC
workman had damaged a wire on /
a service that didn't have a back-'
up. There were hefty traffic jams o
as traffic signals lost power.
Commerce practically shutdown.
Come Jan. 1, 2000, some people
may consider themselves lucky
to get away with just this.
Consider the following scenario:
you're with your family watching
television as zero hour draws near.
You have your alcoholic drink ready
in you hand. The crowd on TV is
counting down. As they reach zero
and you begin to embrace your rela-
tives and friends, there is a blackout.
The TV shuts off, the radio in the
kitchen falls silent, the fridge and
freezer stop humming and the video
You look outside for signs of other
houses being affected. They are.
Within minutes you feel the tempera-
ture drop as your central heating sys-
tem has run out of a hot water source.
You are faced with the cold night.
You walk outside as a crowd devel-
ops, everyone wondering what's
going and conversing nervously
about the millennium bug.
You can't turn to your TV, radio or
Internet access provider to hear the
latest news. Even some of the news
stations are crippled. Some commu-
nication lines are down.
This is all very bleak, but nothing
in comparison to what it could be like
should a major military system fail.
A nuclear accident might then hap-
pen, especially in less-developed
countries where old technology is
still is widespread use.
And this is? Death - literally.
Either through a bug in a military
system which causes a missile launch
that hits you, or through a catalogue
of possible repercussions, including
anarchy, lack of heating supplies,
lack of food and clean drinking water
or (most'improbably) lack of money.
How might you be affected if all
ill not be
an. 1, 2000 or any
- Jane Garvey
went relatively well? Depends on
what parts of your life depend on
computers. Hopefully, most of what
you use will have been tested and
perhaps replaced. You might only
hear of problems the first few days.
What are we doing?
What's being done to prepare for
the big event? Millions of dollars are
currently going into systems testing
and replacements. Governmental
agencies and corporate departments
Abdoul Bath passes by Harry's Y2K Store on liberty Street, whose window
Tom Hanks plays the head guard on Death Row and David Morse his intimidating
but kindly enforcer in the very ambitious, very long prison saga "The Green Mile."
Reverend Right Time This Saginaw
Funk Band is sure to stir up the locals
at Rick's. 10pm, $3.
Frederica von Stade For the erudite
and wealthy opera fans, enjoy a classy
evening with a leading mezzo-soprano
singer. Make sure your pinky finger is
up in the air as you sip your tea. 8 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan
League. $35-$50. 764-2538.
Thornetta Davis Get lost in the tunnels
as you check out this soul and blues.
act from Detroit. 10 p.m. Cavern Club.-
The Tempest The Shakespearean
classic comes to life through the
teamwork of University faculty mem-
bers, students and local talent. In
short, the cast of the millenium. 8
p.m. Power Center. 764-0450. $14-
18, $7 students/seniors.
Empatheatre The group continues to
combine psychotherapy and drama
with this performance following the
theme "Time." 7:30 p.m. Kerrytown
Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave.
769-2999. $12-15, $8 for students.
Balm in Gilead U-M Musical Theatre
students dare to take on this gritty
masterpiece by one of the country's
greatest working playwrights, Lanford
Wilson. Directed by Darryl V. Jones. 8
p.m. Trueblood Theater, Frieze
Building. Free, but tickets required for
And Baby Makes Seven Basement
Arts wraps up its fall season with this
insanity-tinged account of a father
who wants the best for his newborn
child. 7 & 11 p.m. Arena Theater,
Frieze Building. Free. 764-6800.
Angels in America See Thursday. 8
Not Waving See Thursday. 8 p.m.
A LTERNA TI VES
Frederica von Stade & Martin Katz
World-famous opera singer von Stade,
a mezzo-soprano, performs selections
from composers including Faure,
Schumann, Debussy and Bolcom.
Pianist Katz will accompany her on
piano at this UMS concert event. 8
p.m. Mendelssohn Theatre. $35-
Dance & Related Arts Concert See
Thursday. 8 p.m.
Lucie Aubrac (1999) A pregnant
have drawn up listings of what to
examine and replace first based on
the scale of the problem.
Aviation, one of the systems
feared by some average Americans as
most likely to fail, has been under
close scrutiny by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA).
According to Jane Garvey, admin-
istrator of the FAA, "Aviation
Safety will not be compromised
on Jan. 1, 2000 or any other day"
Many older computer systems
are proving difficult to certify as
compliant or not, due to vendors
no longer existing - such is the
rapid-fire state of the industry.
Users who can't reach the vendor
or original engineers cannot then
know whether they are Y2K-ready
unless they set the date to 2000
and hope it 1) doesn't crash, or if it
does crash 2) allows the time to be set
back to pre-2000 before replacement
Under the leadership of President
Clinton, the country has spent mil-
lions getting ready for the clock
rollover. Amazingly, it seems that
most national systems will be ready
for the New Year.
What's likely to happen?
There might not be a lot to worry
about after all. The good
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Editors: Toyin Akinmusuru, Jeff Druchniak
Writers: Toyin Akinmusuru, Matthew Barrett, Christopher Cousino,
Photo Editors: Jessica Johnson, Dana Linnane, David Rochkind.
Photographers: Sam Hollenshead, Jessica Johnson, Danny Kalick.
Cover: Holiday-themed photograph by Jessica Johnson.
Arts Editors: Christopher Cousino, Aaron Rich
Editor in Chief: Heather Kamins
Phone Numbers: Briarwood: 480-4555; Fox Village; 9948080; Michigan Theater: 668-
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