14B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, November 4, 1999
A weekly guide to who's Thursday, Nov. 4
why you need tobe there ... T IeL is t .Wednesday, Nov. 10
The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc.
DOWNTOWN ISN'T BcG ENOUGH FOR THE
Local pavements host tense pedestrian-I
The Bachelor Chris O'Donnell and 4:10, 4:40, 7:15, 7:45, 9:55, 10:15,
Renee Zellweger. Need I say more? At 12:20, 12:40.
Briarwood: 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40.
At Quality 16: 1:15, 3:20, 5:30, 7:35, The Insider Al Pacino and Russell
9:35, 11:35. At Showcase: 12:05, Crowe shine in this film about a
2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30, 11:45. reporter trying to convince a former
tabacco executive to come forward
Bandits Your guess is probably as with information about the cigarette
good as mine concerning what this industry. At Quality 16: 11 (Sat. &
movie is about. At Quality 16: 12:50, Sun. only). 1, 2, 3:50, 5, 8, 9:454 1.
3:05, 7:20. At Showcase: 12. 1, 3:30, 4:30, 7, 8,
The Bone Collector The best uninten-
tional comedy of the year. At The Straight Story A 73-year old man
Briarwood: 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50. At travels more than a thousand miles on
Quality 16: 12:30, 2:4, 5, 7:10, 9:15. his lawn mower to see his ailing broth-
11:25. At Showcase: 1:15, 1:45, er in one of the year's best movies.
* Not Worth Your Time, or Your Money
American Beauty ***i A wonderful
movie about suburban unrestwand
redemption. At State: 2 (Sat. & Sun.),
4:30 (Sat. & Sun.), 7, 9:30, 12 Mid.
(Fri.). At Quality 16: 12:40, 3, 5:20,
7:40, 9:50 (Thurs. only), 9:55. At
Showcase: 1:25, 4, 6:40, 9:10, 11:35.
Bats It's like "stab" spelled backwards.
and that's the most interesting thing
about this movie. At Briarwood: 10:10.
At Quality 16: (Thurs. only) 1:40, 3:40,
5:40. 7:45, 9:50. At Showcase: 2:50
(Sat.-Tues.), 9, 11.
The Best Man ** A group of friends
get together for a wedding. At Quality
16: 11:30, 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25,
11:45. At Showcase: 1:20, 1:50, 4:25.
4:55, 7:20, 7:50, 10, 10:30, 12:35.
Body Shots *** A film about sex
among 20-somethings in the '90s. At
Quality 16: (Thurs. only) 2:45, 9:40.
Bringing Out The Dead ***4 One of
the year's best films about a paramedic
coming undone. At Quality 16: 11:45,
2:05. 4:30, 6:55, 9:25. 11:50. At
Showcase: 1:05, 3:50, 6:25,
9:15,10:15, 11:50, 12:35.
Crazy In Alabama ** You'd be crazy to
see it. At Quality 16: (Thurs. only)
12:30, 5, 7:20.
Double Jeopardy * I'll take stupid
movies that make mad loot for $400,
Alex. At Briarwood: 1:20, 4:20, 7:15,
9:45. At Quality 16: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55,
7:15. 9:30, 11:40. At Showcase: 12:50,
3:10, 5:25, 7:40, 10:20, 12:25.
Elmo In Grouchland The gang from
"Seasame Street" takes to the big
screen. At Showcase: 12:20, 1:55.
Fight Club *** If you could fight any
actor living or dead, who would it be?
John Malkovich? At Briarwood: 1, 3:50,
7, 10. At Quality 16: 1:35, 4:20, 7
(Thurs. only), 7:05 (Fri.-Wed.), 9:45
(Thurs. only), 9:50 (Fri.-Wed.). At
Showcase: 12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:25,
The House On Haunted Hill * A remake
of the Vincent Price classic about a
group of people who are paid to spend
the night in an old asylum. At Briarwood:
12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10, 9:20. At
Quality 16: 1:25, 3:25, 5:25, 7:25
(Thurs. only), 7:30 (Fri.-Wed.), 9:20,
11:20. At Showcase: 12:40, 1:10,
2:554, 3:25, 5:10, 5:40, 7:25, 7:55,
9:35, 10:05, 12, 12:30.
The Limey ** Well, sometimes we're
wrong and underrate great movies, like
this fim about a man avenging his
daughter's murder. AtnState: 1:30 (Sat.
& Sun.), 4 (Sat. & Sun.). 7:30.
Music Of The Heart (No Stars) Truly just
to-to-bring-c ulture-to-t he-grateful-Af nc an-
Americans movies. At Briarwood: 1:10.
4, 6:50, 9:30. At Quality 16: 11:50,
2:10, 4:35, 7:10 (Thurs. only), 7:20 (Fri.-
Wed.), 9:40. At Showcase: 1:30. 4:05,
7:05, 9:40, 12:10.
Random Hearts ** One of the year's
worst films, about two people coming
together after their cheating spouses die
in a plane crash. At Quality 16: 11:30, 2,
4:30, 7:05 (Thurs, only), 7:10 (Fri.-
Run Lola Run **** Lola runs to save
her boyfriend in three versions of the
same tired story. At State: 9:45, 11:2(
(Fri. & Sat )
The Sixth Sense **** The year's best
film examines a young boy who sees
dead people and the psychologist who
tries to help him cope. At Quality 16:
12:35. 2:50. 5:10, 7:20 (Thurs. only).
7:25 (Fri.Wed.), 9:30, 11:40. At
Showcase: 12:25, 2:45, 5, 7:30, 9:45,
The Story Of Us ** A revolting look at
marriage in the '90s. At Briarwood:
12:50, 3:10, 5:20, 7:50. At Quality 16:
1:30, 3:30, 5:35, 7:40, 9:45, 11:40. At
Showcase: 4:15, 6:45, 9:05, 11:15.
Sugartown A movie about the music
industry, we hear. At Quality 16: 5:15,
Superstar (No Stars) Just what we need-
ed, another SNL movie. At Quality 16:
(Thurs. only) 1:30, 3:30. 5:30, 7:25,
9:10. At Showcase: 12:35, 2:30, 4:20,
Three Kings ***A Four soldiers try to
steal gold from Saddam after the Gulf
War. At Quality 16: 12, 2:20, 4:40,
7:05, 9:15, 11:30. At Showcase:
12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 9:50, 12:05.
Three To Tango (No Stars) Just what we
needed, another is he or isn't he movie.
At Quality16: (Thurs. only) 1, 3, 5:05,
7:15, 9:20. At Showcase: 12:45 (Sat.-
Tues.), 4:50 (Sat.-Tues.), 6:55.
Twin Falls Idaho ***, Conjoined
twins look for love in all the wrong
places. At Quality 16: (Thurs. only) 1:20,
3, 5:05, 7:15, 9:20.
After Life (1999) Dead people wait in
limbo waiting to enter the Heaven of
their choice. Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Liberty St. 7 p.m. $5.50.
Men Of Bronze: The Black American
Heroes of WWI (1977) The story of
the Harlem Hellfighters and the non-
combat duty they were relegated to,
even though they spent more time
than any other regiment on the front-
line. Multipurpose Room, Ann Arbor
District Library, 343 S. Fifth St. 7 p.m.
The Dinner Game (1998) This is a
delightful comedy about a group of
Frenchmen who pick an idiot to make
fun of during dinner parties. Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 915 p. m
Yellow Submarine (1968) A revival of
the Beatles' animated classic.
Michigan Theater Screening Room,
603 E. Liberty St. $5.50.
Michael Glabicki If you weren't
annoyed by his voice on Rusted Root
albums, see him perform a solo set.
7th House, 8pm.
Cowboy Mouth Hey, at least it's not
trenchmouth. St Andrew's, 9 pm.
Dead Moon Hailing from Portland,
Oregon, this is a show all about
garage rock. Magic Stick, 9 pm. (313)
Meropoix Funk jam-band from Ann
Arbor that makes you want to dance.
Touchdown's, 1220 S. University. 10
pm, $3. 665-7777.
Hurlyburly Basement Arts puts on
David Rabe's play, directed by
Jonathon Gentry. Time TBA. Arena
Theatre, Frieze Building. 764-6800.
Three Days of Rain Greenberg's sad
love story comes to life through
Performance Network. 8 p.m.
Performance Network, 408 W.
Washington. 663-0681. $15-18.
A LTERNA TIVES
Charles Baxter Author reads from his
latest works. Rackham. 5 p.m.
Anne Carson Poet reads from her lat-
est book of criticism "Economy of the
Unlost" Borders. 7 p.m.
El Caminoville Los Angeles artist
Mike Rogers examines nostalgia
through photographs, sculpture and
video. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jean Paul
Slusser Gallery, Art and Architecture
Docent Tour The free guided tour
examines the museum's Irish art
exhibit, "When Time Began to Rant
and Rage." 6:30 p.m. Museum of Art.
Art Video "Ireland" looks at that
country's turbulent history through
film. 7:30 p.m. Media Room, Museum
of Art. Free.
By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
A bicyclist and pedestrian glare at
each other as they make their way across
campus. A clot of pedestrians is stalled
up ahead, another bike is coming from
the opposite direction and the sidewalk
is narrowing fast. The bicyclist pedals
like mad to beat the pedestrian to the
narrow sidewalk, swerves between the
traffic and makes it to the sidewalk just
ahead of the pedestrian. Does this scene
sound familiar? It should.
In Ann Arbor, since vehicle parking is
scarce and inconvenient for common
campus destinations, students must
bike, walk or skate their way to classes.
With 40.000 students commuting to
class, most between the hours of 10 am.
and 2 p.m. the streets can get very con-
Adding to the problem are the people
using different transportation methods.
They cruise at different speeds, and
there are no road dividers to contain
anyone. Students travel on the right side
of the street, the left side of the street,
and even right down the middle of the
street. Others stop in the middle of the
Engineering Arch to talk, narrowing the
narrow sidewalk that much more.
"I'm scared to death of some of the
bikers," said LSA junior Katie
Strickfaden. "Some bikers are kind of
nice, so I don't really mind them. It's the
inline skaters that I hate. They always
weave in and out very quickly, and I
know that one of them is just going to
wipe out and take others down with
These earmarks of chaos would seem
to guarantee an unsafe environment.
Bikers hit other bikers, pedestrians hit
pedestrians, and bikers may even hit
pedestrians. Throw a couple of motor
vehicles on the road. and Ann -\rbor
starts to look like a real mess.
However, lady luck has turned her
face favorably on campus - to a
degree. "Only one or two incidents have
been reported in the past fewy ears
where pedestrians have been injuried by
bicyclists," Department of Public Safety
Lt. Wesley Skowron said. "I'm sure it
happens a lot more, but unless there is
substantial injury, most cases of pedes-
triancyclist incidents aren't reported."
According to traffic laws, bicyclists
must abide by the same rules that are set
forth for motor vehicles. They must ride
with traffic - in the United States that
means the left side of the street, where
they can see oncoming cars -and obey
all traffic lights, signs, speed limits and
lane markings. Cyclists are also prohib-
ited from biking while intoxicated. But
with an almost complete absence of bike
lanes on local streets, it's sharing the
sidewalk for most.
"I have full respect for cyclists," said
Engineering sophomore Andrew
C'eifetz, a pedestrian, "but they need to
understand the signs posted are there
and they need to abide by them"
"Cyclists are not a problem when they
cycle within their limits, but when you
have some person who is late to class
flying throu-h the Diao, that's when
they 'rc a nuisance' said Cifetz.
But one of the benefits of bikin. per-
haps the primary one for students, is get-
ting to class quickly. According to the
American Dietary Association, the aver-
age biker travels at a rate of 9.4 mph.
The ax erage walker moving at a normal
pace traveIs 3.7 mph, which only makes
it tougher to avoid the bikes' path.
"I bike and walk, depending on the
distance;' said School of Information
senior Mark Holloway. "I bike slower in
the Diag than in the downtown area. I
realize that on beautiful days there will
be a lot of people wvalking around."
Although bicycles might seem like a
nuisance on occasion, bikers themselves
confront a more constant problem in
securing them. "People don't take the
time to register, so it's a problem," said
Skowron. "Also, a lot of times, people
leave bikes in the wrong places. Bikes
are not allowed in buildings, walkways,
or on handicap ramps."
Also, there is a very high theft rate for
bicycles. In 1998, 90 bicycles were
reported stolen. In 1999, counting up to
September, 44 bikes have been reported
stolen. The warmer months tend to have
a higher theft rate than colder ones. "I
encourage everyone to secure their bikes
and practice bike safety," said Skowron.
But bikes aren't the only problem.
Pedestrians can contribute to the gener-
al nuisance as well. Walkers that stop
suddenly. walk with their head down,
stop to talk in narrow streets and walk in
lines can cause problems. They are also
more likely to be struck by a cyclist or
"I hate it when people walk like five
in a row all the way across the side-
walk," said an LSA sophomore cyclist
who wished to remain anonymous. "You
can't get around them, so you have to
ride behind them until they move or the
sidewalk gets wider"
But not evervone even perceives a
problem. "I don't really think there's too
much of a.problem," said first-year stu-
dent Laura Zusman. "You would think
there would be (problems), but everyone
seems really polite about it"
courtesy of New ine C mema
Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger try the new dance they call the Brass
Monkey in the romantic comedy "The Bachelor."
Daughters Of The Dust (1991) Julie
Dash'srgroundbreaking film about
Gullah people dealing with change. Nat.
Sci. 7 & 9 p.m. $3.
Minbo Or The Gentle Art Of Japanese
Extortion (1992) A comic tale of a lone
woman up against seemingly insur-
mountable odds. Lorch. 7 p.m. Free.
After Separation (1991) A comic por-
trait of two lively hearts, bound togeth-
er by long-term separation from their
respective spouses while studying
abroad. Angell Aud. A. 8 p.m. Free.
Being John Malkovich (1999) The
year's most inventive film takes a look
at a portal into John Malkovich's brain
and the characte's who take advantage
of it. Michigan Theater Screening
Room, 603 E. Liberty St. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Sugar Pill This Ann Arbor band's first
release was called "Hope Remote."
Let's hope they take a leave of
absence from the music scene. Blind
Pig, 10 pm. $5.
Blue Rodeo Canadian band that's been
around. Oh Susanna opens the show.
Majestic, 8 pm. $18.
Emerson String Quartet The quartet
returns to Ann Arbor after a perfor-
mance last season,this time with a
program composed of Shostakovich's
last works. 8 p.m. Rackham
Auditorium. 764-2538. $18-34.
Much Ado About Nothing The Rude
Mechanicals perform this classic
Shakespeare comedy. 8 p.m.
Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan
League Entertainment Complex. $6
stu., $8 others.
Hurlyburly See Thursday. Time TBA.
Three Days of Rain See Thursday. 8
A LTERNA TI VES
David Macaulay Author reads and
signs his latest book, "Building the
Book Cathedral." Shaman Drum. 4
Thomas P. Walldinger Doctor talks
about and signs copy of his book, "The
Wisdom of Life Through My Patients."
Borders. 7 p.m.
Mark Wunderlich Author reads from
his latest collection, "The Anchorage."
Shaman Drum. 8 p.m.
El Caminoville See Thursday. 11 a.m.-
Fourth-year film student Jeff BiL
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Photo'liustration by Danabinnane/DAiLY
Navigation through a throng of pedestrians is treacherous, even for the best cyclists.
Editors: Toyin Akinmusuru, Jeff Druchniak, N
Writers: Lindsay Alpert, Matthew Barrett, Sarah Blitz, Gabe Fajuri, Geof
Lee, Stephanie Offen, Erin Podolsky, Aaron Rich, Alana Steingold.
Photo Editors: Jessica Johnson, Dana Linnane, David Rochkind.
Photographers: Geoff Gagnon, Chris Grandstaff, Sam Hollenshead, Jessic
Cover: "Back in the Traces" is a photo illustration by Danny Kalick.
Arts Editors: Jessica Eaton and Christopher Cousino
Editor in Chief: Heather Kamins
Phone Numbers: Briarwood: 480-4555; Fox Village; 994-8080; Michigan Theater: 668-
8397; Showcase: 9738380; State: 761-8667.
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Matinee times at State Theater are
effective for Saturday and Sunday only.