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14B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, October 18, 2001
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Agnostics choose skepticism as part of

By Ari Paul
Daily Arts Writer

From Hell Heather Graham can't act as
an American, and now she's British.
Fantastic. At Quality 16: 11:50, 1:45,
3:40, 5:30, 7:15, 9:20, 11:20 (Fri. and
Sat.).
The Last Castle Don't expect any Tony
action from Gandolfini. He even refused
to smoke a cigar for the movie. At
Showcase: 1:15, 1:45, 4:15, 4:45,
7:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:15, 12:20 (Fri.

and Sat.).
Mulholland Drive Lynch, you are the liv-
ing end. At Showcase: 12:30, 3:30,
6:30, 9:30, 12:15 (Fri. and Sat.).
Riding in Cars with Boys Right, I'll see
you there, as soon as I stab myself with
a dull spoon. At Showcase: 1:20, 1:50,
4:10, 4:40, 7:05, 7:35, 9:50, 10:20,
12:25 (Fri. and Sat.).

Films holding

Bandits Has more bad wigs than the
Republican National Convention. At
Showcase: 1:25, 1:55, 4:20, 4:50,
7:10, 7:40, 9:40, 10:10, 12:05 (Fri.
and Sat.), 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.).
Corky Romano At least Kattan didn't
quit SNL to "pursue his movie career."
At Showcase: 12:50, 3:10, 5:15, 7:25,
9:35, 11:30 (Fri. and Sat.).
Don't Say a Word I'll never tell why I
won't see this. At Showcase: 12:45,
3:05, 5:25, 7:50, 10:05, 12:10 (Fri.
and Sat.).
Hardball Enough with the great white
hope rubbish already. At Showcase:
12:25, 2:40,h5:00, 8:10,A10:30,s12:30
(Fri. and Sat.).
Hearts in Atlantis Atlantis. Hah, that's
just as unbelievable as the moon land-
ings. At Showcase: 12:15, 2:25, 4:35,
6:45, 9:10, 11:10 (Fri. and Sat.).
Iron Monkey Hmmm, I wonder why they
re-released this one. At Showcase:
1:35, 3:35, 5:35, 8:00, 10:00, 11:55
(Fri. and Sat.)

Max Keeble's Big Move Hey, I'd like to
introduce you to "Glitter." At
Showcase: 12:20, 2:30, 4:55, 6:55,
9:00, 11:00 (Fri. and Sat.).
The Others This has lasted longer than
most of the other movies this Fall put
together. At Showcase: 12:10, 6:40.
Rush Hour 2 Wipe yourself off man,
you're dead. At Showcase: 2:20, 4:25,
8:45, 11:05 (Fri. and Sat.).
Serendipity High Fidelity 2 this is not.
At Showcase: 12:40, 1:10, 2:50, 3:20,
5:10, 5:40, 7:15, 7:45, 9:20, 9:50,
11:20 (Fri. and Sat.), 11:50 (Fri. and
Sat.).
Training Day King Kong ain't got noth-
ing on Denzel. At Showcase: 1:00,
1:30, 3:00, 4:00, 4:30, 5:30, 6:50,
7:20, 9:25, 9:55, 10:25, 12:00 (Fri.
and Sat.), 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.).
Zoolander Did the C.I.A. teach you
THAT?! At Showcase:12:35, 1:05, 2:45,
5:05, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 11:15 (Fri. and
Sat.)

America was founded on the basis of religious
freedom. From this freedom, Americans have been
free to believe and practice any faith they wish. This
includes the freedom of one to choose not to be reli-
gious and to firmly state one's disbelief in any reli-
gion or spiritual order.
Our campus is sometimes graced with the pres-
ence of evangelists holding signs saying "Obey
Jesus or Perish," or the weekly Diag lecture,
"Intelligent Christianity 101" by Dr. Peter E. Payne
were he claimed last Monday that without God,
society's "moral system" is destroyed. However,
there are many students that do not affiliate them-
selves with a religious group (agnostics), and those
that firmly believe that no such God or higher being
exists (atheists).
An observation of this community shows us why
and how so many college students drift away from
mainstream religion. It's a story we hear a lot, about
kids growing up in their family, and then as soon as
they get to college and on their own, they do some-
thing rebellious, like throw away mom and dad's
religion. But lying under that motive is many peo-
ple's need to find an answer that religion does not
provide.
John Freeman, the pastor of the University's New
Life Church, a non-denominational Christian orga-
nization, admitted. "Religion itself tends to be one
of the greatest causes of doubt." He went on to say
that as a result of this doubt people "give up on
organized religion as a source of answers."
Michael Seider, an LSA sophomore, an agnostic
who was raised Jewish, backs up Freeman's obser-
vation. ie said, "To me, being an agnostic in no way
represents confusion on my part about the existence
of God. Rather, it is a conscious and deliberate affir-
mation. one that I constantly re-assess, that I cannot
know if God exists one way or another using logical

or experiential evidence. Religion, however, a con-
cept I believe to be completely divided from God, is
therefore based solely on faith which, rationally, is
an illegitimate formn of reason."
For many people at college, the intellectual envi-
ronment introduces people to new ideas that one
might not have seen before. LSA junior David
Lempert, who was raised Jewish and now is now
and agnostic, said the switch happened for him two
years ago in a discussion in Philosophy 232. "I real-
ized that I don't believe in a higher power that is
involved in our lives," Lempert said. Ile went on to
sum up his beliefs with a quote from the French,
existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, "We are
alone, without excuses."
Lempert's beliefs might give someone the
impression that agnostics like him are in no way
spiritual, but this is most definitely not the case.
Freeman said, "there exists an invisible spiritual
kingdom that each of us can interact with and need
not have a belief in God or a higher being to do so,
because belief is not a prerequisite for experience."
Matt Hannah, an LSA sophomore, grew up in a
Christian household and now calls himself an
agnostic, but spiritually associates himself with
Buddhism. Hiannah said, "I've never been really
capable of believing or even possessing the desire to
learn what one person or religion seems to believe
is the definition of God. Nevertheless, I have a strict
personal belief in peace, compassion and the ways
in which one can attain happiness:"
Of course, there are many in the world and on this
campus who get introduced to the atheist ideas and
the suggestion that there is not higher being what-
soever. But Freeman believes, "that only a small
portion of students do not believe in some sort of
higher being: but many are not overtly spiritual and
prefer to keep their views private or not to practice
any specific religion."
Freeman says that many people who make up the
population of agnostics tend to be people who do

LSA sophomore and agnostic Michael Seider is uncertain a

not choose to study or practice a certain faith, but
have the seeds of spirituality planted inside them.
With religion becoming less and less popular
among our generation, it isn't clear that today's
youth necessarily rejects religion as a whole. It may
be more likely that they decided to replace the idea
of an organized religious institution with personal
spirituality.
For example, this Rosh Hashanah, the start of the
Jewish New Year, many students who would not
have normally attended a religious service flocked
to the Humanist Jewish service. Jewish humanism
is a growing movement, especially among younger

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Today
BOOKS
Award Winner J.M. Coetzee Reads -
Don't miss this critically acclaimed
South African author at his reading
at the University Art and
Architecture Building, 2000
Bonisteel, North Campus. 5 p.m.
Free. 615-3710.
CAMPUS CINEMA
Innocence (2000) Michigan Theater.
7 p.m.
Ghost World (2001) We'll see how
you like it ... total silence. Michigan
Theater. 9:30 p.m.
Tortilla Soup (2000) Y'know, some
people have a problem with the
whole idea of soup. State Theater.
9:45 p.m.

troversial show, "The Cradle Will
Rock," against a backdrop of politi-
cal upheaval, humor and music.
Performance Network, 120 E. Huron.
8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. 663-0681.
ALTERNATIVES
"Donald Sultan: The Smoke Rings."
Using a variety of materials,
American Donald Sultan portrays the
artistic side of cigarette smoke
rings. University Museum of Art, 525
S. State. Free. 764-0395.
"Albert Kahn: Inspiration for the
Modern." Kahn's influence . on
Modernism is featured in this exhibit,
which includes both his own designs
of factories, theaters, and office
buildings, and those of other artists
such as Diego Rivera. University
Museum of Art, 525 S. State. Free.
764-0395.
Friday

Preston Woodward He plays many
instruments and has written many
songs and he hopes many'people will
come see him. Zou Zou's, Chelsea, 8
p.m. Free 433-4226.
Maryellen Hooper Best female come-
dian according to the American
Comedy Awards.. Ann Arbor Comedy
Showcase, 314 E. Liberty 8 p.m. and
10:30 p.m. $14 996-9080.

Free weekend concerts offer unique enter

By Rachel Lewis
For the Daily

THEA TER

"It's All True." See Thurs. $25.
A LTERNA TIVES
"Donald Sultan: The Smoke Rings."
See Thurs.

"Albert Kahn: Inspiration
Modern." See Thurs.

for the

MUSIC

CAMPUS CINEMA

Kush Motown meets frat rock. T.C.'s
Speakeasy, Ypsilanti, 10:30 p.m. $3
483-4470..
Moon Boot Lover, The Flow Heavy
flow explains the moon boots. The
Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., 10 p.m. $6
996-8555.
Soulstice Very clever, summer or win-
ter? Habitat Lounge, Weber's Inn
3050 Jackson Road 8:45 p.m. Free
665-3636.
THEA TER
"It's All True." Performance Network
presents this play based on Orson
Welles' struggle to present. his con-

Mulholland Drive (2001) If this
makes as much sense as "Lost
Highway," we're in trouble. Michigan
Theater. 7 & 10 p.m.
Ghost World (2001) See Thursdi.
State Theater. 7 & 9:15 p.m.
Haiku Tunnel I do this each week/So
many unfunny jokes/I get paid for
this. State Theater. 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.
MUSIC
Funktelligence Do these guys live at
The Pig? The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st
St., 10 p.m. $6 ($8 under 21) 996-
8555.

Saturday
CAMPUS CINEMA
Mulholland Drive See Friday.
Michigan Theater. 7 & 10 p.m.
Looking for Langston & Franz Fannon:
Black Skin, White Mask Director
Julien will answer questions after the
films. Michigan Theater. Free. 2 p.m.
Ghost World See Friday. State
Theater. 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:15 p.m.
Haiku Tunnel See Friday. State
Theater. 2:30, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.
MUSIC
Garaj Mahal Jam band aligned with
the spirits. The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st
St., 10 p.m. $12 996-8555.
God Bullies Godsmack's .lesser

Weekends in Ann Arbor always seem
to drop to sub-zero levels right around
the time the temperature does. Those fra-
ternity parties miles away have somehow
lost their glamour and your hot new out-
fit is not looking so sexy bundled under
layers of fleece and Gortex. Luckily for
music-lovers and caffeine addicts there is
one warm, dry and generally sober alter-.
native hiding out in the Tea Room of
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore on Main
Street.
On any given Friday or Saturday night
from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., a walk up the
stairs of this eccentrically soulful shop
will lead you to a tearoom alive with
music. The popular yet unconventional
cafe overlooking the always-bustling
Main Street consistently welcomes local,
national and international talent to per-
form for its customers. As Hobart Taylor.

an artist manager who books the free
music at the tearoom explains, "Crazy
Wisdom Tearoom seeks to fill a local
void for acoustic music venues dedicated
to the listener."
The audience members seem to agree
that the tearoom is unique as a concert
venue, not only because it's free but also
because the range of performers is so
vast. Diane and Lynn Morgan, musicians
from Brighton, attend the weekend con-
certs frequently saying, "It's usually dif-
ferent, original music. It's not your typi-
cal cover bands" With new performers
every Friday and Saturday night, regu-
lars have learned to expect the unexpect-
ed but because the performers must
audition to get a chance to play there, a
high-quality show is almost always a
guarantee.
If you have your doubts about making
the trek to Main Street to -see an artist
you've never heard before, Taylor
ensures, "the local artists are all of

national quality."
The intimate and personal performing
environment serves as a comfortable and
stress-free gig for these talented singer-
songwriters, who can usually expect a
large and diverse crowd of students,
musicians, middle-aged professionals
and tea enthusiasts. Last friday night's
performer, a professional musician from
Belleville named Kevin Miesel, has ser-
enaded the tearoom listeners with his
self-written American folk music six
times over the years, saying he enjoys the
venue because "the crowds are always
receptive."
Adding to the tearoom experience is
the atmosphere. The low, romantic light-
ing compliments the lovingly detailed
decorations perfectly. A University grad-
-uate student, Laura Citrin, enjoys com-
ing in just to sit and talk because, "It's
pretty here. It's very relaxing" With the
smell of fresh-brewed tea and the sound
of acoustic music filling the air, it is no

mystery why there are regulars like A
Arbor resident, Brett Athey, who says
like coming in to such a peaceful a
positive place."
If Main Street seems like a hike co
wintertime, similar concerts are held
the closer-to-campus Espresso Roy
on State Street. Most weekends, t
popular student study and hangout s
also offers free concerts from local A
Arbor talent. Several Friday nights a
Kyle Norris took the stage (or m
accurately, corner) to serenade the cro
with her soulful and poetic self-writ
acoustic set with a few personalized cc
ers ranging from Counting Crows
Jennifer Lopez. A former University s
dent, Kyle finds the coffee shop sce
suits her needs perfectly as a place wh
she can hone her performing skills in
low-pressure environment.
In between two of her most men
rable songs, Norris told the audien
"Every song has a place." In a time wi

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Weekend, etc. Editors: Matt Grandstaff, Jane Krull
Writers: Jeff Dickerson, Lyle Henretty, Sommy Ko, Rachel Lewis, Louie Meizli
Fabe, Josh Wickerham.
A Photo Editors: Marjorie Marshall
Photographer: Emma Fosdick, Yoni Goldstein, David Katz, David Rochkind
Cover: Emma Fosdick
Arts Editors: Jennifer Fogel, Managing Editor, Robyn Melamed and Lyle Henret
Editor in Chief: Geoffrey Gagnon

Phone Numbers: Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Quality 16: 827-2837; 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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