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Understanding women...
Author Cheryl Dellasega reads
and signs copies of her book,
"Surviving Ophelia" tonight at
Borders Arborland. 7 p.m. Free.
michigandaily.com /arts

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TUESDAY
OCTOBER 2,2001

'Creatures
saves soul of
rockn roll
By Sonya Sutherland
Daily Arts Writer
You can't stop rock 'n roll. Mix one part ACDC, two
parts Van Halen, a cup of Guns N' Roses and be sure to
throw in a pinch of Bon Scott for
good measure, and you'll end up with
enough Beautiful Creature to pack a
punch. Since the over saturation of
Beautiful rump shaking rap and instrumentless
Creatures boy groups, there hasn't been a guitar
Majestic based band this rad since faded jeans
September 27, 2001 went out of style. It's time to get the
leather pants back out of the closet
because the rock 'n roll saviors, have
arrived.
Fresh off of Ozzfest and now tour-
ing with the Rolling Rock Town Fair,
the Beautiful Creatures have been
across America and back, making
this country safe for killer guitar solos. For all the recent
F ruckus in the music world this underground band has been
causing, lead singer Joe LeSte said, "It was never our
intention. We just wanted to be in a rock band and put
something together. We weren't out to capture some big
record deal or do anything remotely like this. The whole
concept was to put together a straight rock 'n roll band."
And straight rock they have, winning utmost respect
from every band they have opened for, from Papa Roach
to KISS. From the initial seconds of "Ride" all they way
through "The Black List," the Beautiful Creatures had the
audience at the Majestic nodding their heads like the days
of old.
Outfitted in true.rock star presentation - a mix of fan-
tastic hair, a cowboy hat, bare chests, tattoos and fitted
black pants -- the sweet moments of rock energized the
audience as LeSte reminded everyone "Detroit is still

Sex, desire, ballet in honey:
Finley expresses feminism

By Janet Yang
For the Daily
Karen Finley is an artist who is known for her creative
use of dance, theater, literature and
visual arts to express her messages of
oppression and desire. The show that
she is performing tomorrow at the
aren Michigan Theater is titled "Shut Up
and Love Me." It is a one-woman
Finley show in which Finley will include
The Michigan Theater monologues about a woman's dys-
Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. functional relationships. She will
deconstruct a strip show, pose for her
own interpretation of Winnie the
Pooh and will also perform a nude
ballet using honey.
Karen Finley has been critically
acclaimed for her work about politi-
cal, social, economic and sexual
oppression. Her show, "We Keep Our
Victims Ready," was nominated for "Best Play of 1989" by
the San Diego Theater Critics.
Finley wrote her first book, "Shock Treatment," in 1990

which is a collection of essays, narratives and poetry. In the
same year she unveiled her first public sculpture in New
York City, a bronze casting of a poem of hers called "The
Black Sheep." Most recently, Finley was named "Woman of
the Year" by Ms. Magazine in 1998, as well as the Coagula
"Artist of the Decade" in 1999.
In 1993, Finley started to work on a new performance
called "The American Chestnut" and the idea was reincor-
porated and expanded into "Shut Up and Love Me."
In "The American Chestnut," a girl of 13 realizes one day
that men view her as a sexual object as she is walking down
the street. The show is about a problem that women have,
about "trying to find a sensible way of living within a code
of being desired."
"Shut Up and Love Me" is about "the joys of being a
woman and loving the small things in life." In particular,
her dance in honey is a cheerful one which comments on
many different things that are both beautiful and sensual,
such as mud wrestling women. She describes her show as
something "very American" in that it "is an expression of
heart and the First Amendment."
Finley wants this performance to express the joy of femi-
nism. She says "there are no victims, only a sexually and
politically humorous performance that is a joy to watch."

Lead singer Joe LeSte gets freaky with his microphone.
Rock City." Best of all, there weren't any stage distrac-
tions to excite the crowd - the music stood alone.
"The whole point is about what the music really
means, that it's not about yourself, your ego, being a rock
star or how many albums you sell, it's all about playing
good music and making people feel like they are a part of
us. There is no separation," said LeSte.
These boys talk the talk and walk the walk giving their
all for the sakeaof keeping it real. Supporting an album
with no filler, a lead singer who dishes it straight from
the heart southern style, a lead guitarist who can play
more than three cords and arsenal of bad ass back up, the
Beautiful Creatures are turning heads and takink it to the
top.
"People always look at us and while you got guys
painting their faces and talking about how terrible life is
people look at us and go: What's your gimmick? I'm like
our gimmick is rock 'n roll. That's our gimmick, straight
up and straight out. Rock 'n roll."

Comedy

'Patterson' cannot

compare to clever 'Seinfeld'

By Katie Den Bleyker
Daily Arts Writer

'Philly' like 'Blue' yet missing
o1ginality, creativity, realism

Jason Alexander,1
Bob
Patterson
A BC
Tonight at 9 p.m,.

best known for his
role as a whiny,
self-abs orbed
New Yorker on
"Seinfeld," is now
starring in the new
sitcom "Bob Pat-
terson" asa
whiny, self-
absorbed Cali-
fornian named
(you guessed it
folks) Bob Patter-
son.

very own infomercial starring none other
than John Tesh. Alas, Bob is losing his
edge, perhaps because his wife, Janet
(Jennifer Aspen, from "Party of Five")
has left him. Adding to Bob's problems is
his inept staff (Chandra Wilson as Clau-
dia the wheelchair bound assistant, come-
dian Robert Klein as Landau, Bob's
assistant and Phil Buckman as Vic the
intern) that are driving him crazy.
If the appearance of Tesh isn't enough
to hook you on the series, perhaps the
humor ("Seinfeld" minus the cleverness)
is. Instead of innuendo-laced episodes
referring to contests or female body
parts, Bob talks about how he is so short
that he looks like he is giving a Lewinsky
to John Tesh. Although I spent the rest of
the show trying to get that nasty image
out of my head, I did notice jokes that
were offensive to blacks, gays, women,
the handicapped and real musicians.
"Seinfeld's" jokes were often bordering
on the offensive too, but somehow they
seemed more acceptable than "Bob Pat-

terson's" did, perhaps because they were
actually funny.
Truthfully, "Bob Patterson" is nothing
like "Seinfeld," except in the irritating
quality of Alexander's character. While
the three other members ofthe "Seinfeld"
cast kept Alexander's character from
becoming grating, in "Bob Patterson"
this whininess is brought to the forefront
and amplified by the neurotic guru's self-
help tips and hang-ups about relation-
ships. In short, this sitcom does not come
close to the clever humor of"Seinfeld"-
it does not even manage to be funny.

By Christian Smith
Daily Arts Writer

Over the past eight years, Steven
Bochco's gritty police draima
"NYPD Blue" has continued to set
standards for the genre, presenting
an unflinching look at the life of
New York City detectives with its

Philly
ABC

provocative sto-
rytelling and
envelope-push-
ing realism. For
six years of
"NYPD Blue,"
Kim Delaney
played Diane
Russell, a feisty
detective strug-
gling to balance
her troubled per-
sonal life with
work in the
un forgiving
streets of the

promise of allowing her to return to
"Blue" if the show tanks. As in
"Blue," for which she won an Enmy,
Delaney is solid, bringing charm and
exhausted believability to her scenes.
The supporting cast is equally good,
most notably Tom Everett Scott
("That Thing You Do") as Will Fried-
man, a young attorney looking to get
out of the Public Defender's office,
as well as Delaney's obvious love
interest.
Like much of "Philly," Delaney
hurriedly runs along, trying to get
too much done in too little time,
making a few rash decisions for no
apparent reason. The show wastes no
time getting down to business, with
the pilot's opening scene showing
Maguire's law partner, evidently
hopped up on diet pills, breaking
down in open court and removing her
blouse and bra. But the scene seems
to be less authentic drama than it
does an excuse to showcase Bochco's

trademark graphic storytelling.
The rest of the episode focuses on
a normal day in Maguire's life as a
defense attorney, if' normal inclUdes
seeing your partner get shipped off to
the sanitarium, getting thrown in jail
for contempt of court, getting sexual-
ly harassed by a judge and finding
out your client pled guilty to a crime
he didn't commit. so he'll have the
perfect alibi for murdering someone
else.
While "Philly" is perfectly good,
albeit somewhat unrealistic televi-
sion, it lacks the honesty and persua-
siveness of the much more gripping
"Blue." There, the sex and language
demonstrate the characters struggle
to maintain a sense of humanity. But
here, it seems like an attempt to
make viewers gasp. The writing and
acting are unquestionably powerful,
but it feels like the only thing new
and different about "Philly" is Kim
Delaney's hair.

This Week In London...

Unlike "Sein-
feld's" George
Costanza, Bob has
a very successful career as a self-help
guru who spouts cheesy lines like "'No'
is only 'yes' to a di-ferent question" (Hey,
didn't I hear that at a party last week-
end?). He also has his own books and

Jason Alexander as "Bob Patterson."

You could be ...

Tonight<

at 10 p.m.

city. Unfortunately, not much has
changed with Bochco's new legal
drama, "Philly." While he brings
Delaney along for the ride, as well as
"Blue's" trademark grit and style,
the inventiveness and realism seem
to get left behind.
"Philly" stars Delaney as Kathleen
Maguire, a no-nonsense defense
attorney, only a year out of law
school, steadily building her reputa-
tion while trying to raise a 10-year-
old son. Bochco created the role
specifically for Delaney, with the
Attention
CHORAL SINGERS
You are invited to join the
University Musical Society
CHORAL UNION
Thomas Sheets, conductor
2001-2002 Season
Handel: Messiah Ann Arbor SO
Ives: Symphony No. 4 San Francisco SO
Brahms: German Requiem Ann Arbor SO
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Detroit SO
The UMS Choral Union does it all!
Under the leadership of Thomas Shees,
the 135-voice Choral Union appears
regularly in Ann Arbor with major
orchestras and conductors in critically
acclaimed performances of choral
masterworks. The 72-voice Concert Choir
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" shopping in Covent Garden for one-of-a-kind
clothing and jewelry
" sitting next to a rock star in a trendy
Kensington eatery
" cheering like crazy at a football match
between Arsenal and Tottenham (that's
soccer to usYanks).
" taking a train this weekend to Wales for
horseback riding and some of the best
scenery in Britain
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for the BU London Internship
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