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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 12, 2001
CBS special highlights

ARTS

'I
'Lucy'
By Melissa Gollob
Daily Arts Writer
The greatest sitcom in the
celebrates its 50th anniversa
Lucy" debuted Oct. 15, 19

made people laugh
1 Love
Lucy's 50th
Anniversary
Special
CBS
November 11, 2001
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as Amencan icon
The comments were repetitive in some sections
but the general message of the show's enormous
impact on comedians today shone through bril-
history of television liantly. The most unexpected portion of the spe-
ary this year. "I Love cial was the never-before-seen footage of Desi
951 on CBS and has Arnaz Sr. speaking as the warm-up man to the
ce. This groundbreak- live studio audience introducing the cast and
v dared to be different making some jokes to loosen up the crowd. Show-
)nservative 1950s and ing him in such a relaxing and natural role was a
the most seen come- refreshing change because most of his success
I time. CBS honored outside the show came from behind the camera.
ssic with a two-hour The special also featured the top ten "I Love
ary special last night. Lucy" episodes of all time as voted by fans on
d by Desilu produc- CBS.com. Some classic moments captured
ucie Arnaz and Desi included scenes from "Job Switching" in which
r. pay tribute to their Lucy and Ethel take jobs for a week at a candy
d parents Desi Arnaz company and they cannot keep up with candy~on
lle Ball. the conveyor belt, and from "Lucy is Enciente"
wo legendary actors where Ricky finds out he and Lucy are expecting
ed Ricky and Lucy a baby. These images can still make any audience
for more than 150 laugh and that is a key reason why 50 years later
. Together they occu- they are still so popular.
apartment on 623 The two people who knew the couple best were
h in New York City. their children Desi Jr. and Lucie. Lucie took Desi
'orked as a nightclub Jr. and his family back to their mother's home-
picana. Lucy was a town of Jamestown, NY to see the historic Lucy
break into show busi- sites. This was a touching moment for Desi Jr. to
ky. They found best see where his mother spent her early years, but it
ed and Ethel Mertz. did not fit within the special as a whole. At some
, several celebrities points it was not clear whether or not this was a
ite episodes and why special about the "I Love Lucy" show or the cou-
dearing part of Amer- ple's life. Since the title implied it was the show's
n, such as Cher, Dick anniversary, the diversion to Lucille Bail's early
dberg, to share their years seemed out of context.
of the show and give Desi Jr. and Lucie also chronicled their father's
operations that made life from his youth in Cuba to his rise to fame in
America. As one of the first Latino men in a lead-

By Ryan Blay
Daily Arts'Writer

ROUGHLY 8:30 P.M., Ocy. 28: I see
the Australian import, "Who Dares
Win" for the first time. It's in a nine-
hour marathon, so it's hard to miss. Par-
ticipants are set up by close friends or
family members and must do zany

'Survey says' Game
Show Network is
zany, addictive fun

4

housewife whose efforts to 1
ness were thwarted by Ric
friends in their landlords, Fr
Throughout the special,
shared stories of their favor
"I Love Lucy" is such an en
ica. Many appeared on scree
Van Dyke and Whoopi Gol
thoughts about the genius c
insight into the every dayc
the show an icon.

Courtesy of CBS
50 years later, Lucy's screwball antics still work.
ing role on television, he inspired other Latinos
and gave them a role model on television.
In another part of the special, Desi Jr. and
Lucie sing a rendition of "Patria." This song was
originally performed by Desi Sr. and his musical
group Ricci, Desi & Billy. Sung in both Spanish
and English, this small tribute to their father was
a bit out of place in the special but conveyed the
pride of their Cuban heritage nicely.
One of the last parts of the anniversary special
included a remake of a musical performance of
"Babalu" by Jorge Moreno. Along side Moreno
was Desi Jr. and Lucie Arnaz on the bongos in the
percussion section. This song was Desi Arnaz
Sr.'s trademark song and its placement in the spe-
cial was a surprising but welcome addition to the
many clips from the greatest moments in the
show's history.

Game Show
Network
Diary
GSN

stunts. If they do
it, they win a trip
for two - the
contestant and the
person who set
them up. A guy
goes grocery
shopping in a
dress and high
heels. Oh the
zaniness. 1 switch
back to the World
Series, flipping
back occasionally.
It would be cooler
if the cameras

the answer, which puts the Fletchers
over 200 points and $10,000 richer. The
old man and his four female family
members leave happy. That's the true
spirit of the game show.
1:30 A.M., OcT. 30: "Press Your
Luck," not the most well known of
Game Show Networks' shows, but cer-
tainly one of its cult faves among view-
ers. Anybody who doestn't know what a
whammy is should not be admitted to
the University. Peter Tomarken runs
everything smoothly with an ugly suit
and a soothing voice. The classic '80s
game show is all about slamming down
on the big red button as the cursor
moves "randomly." Hit a whammy, no
more money. Hit four whammies,
you're done.
I say "randomly" with hesitation
because one contestant actually figured
out the pattern of the cursor and won
over $100,000 during his brief stint.
The Game Show Network is easily
the most addicting channel on cable.
The only downside is-the dark lords of
Comcast only air GSN for half the day
in Ann Arbor. The other hours of the day
are wasted on the Home Shopping Net-
work and its annoying hosts.
Whether it be the "survey says" of
"Family Feud" or the "no whammies"
on "Press Your Luck," the Game Show
Network has a wide sampling of the
finest in programs for all your viewing
needs. Tune in and you may never be the
same.

World music collides 1n Apex Theory

By Sonya Sutherland
Daily Arts Writer

Over the years the sunshine state
has brought us a variety of sonic
forces and with newcomers, The

from his and bassist David Hakopy-
an and drummer Sammy Watson's
experiences growing up with
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and
Near Eastern music.
"What I can remember from
when I was younger is running
around, the house listening to
Armenian or Mediterranean music
and I think that influence is obvi-
ous in our music. You can hear it in
the melodies," said Khachaturian.

The polyrhythms and dynamic sen-
sitivity work together to create a
new harmony that makes this ni-
metal crossover band stand out
from the mostly distorted play-
mates.
Aside from providing a new and
unique sound, perhaps the success
of this newcomer to the commer-
cial circuit has more to do with
their fusion as a whole. "Writing a
song happens in many different

Apex Theory, the
The Apex
Theory
St. Andrews
November 6, 2001

trend in positive
production has
not stopped.
Described as a
"heavy Mediter-
ranean groove"
by lead vocalist
Andy Khacha-
turian, The
Apex Theory
combines a
heavy drum
support, melod-
ic guitars and
honey sweet
vocals to pro-
vide an enter-

ways. We work off each other's
energy and bring in ideas and let it
have a life of its own," commented
Khachaturian.
"You take experiences and filter
them through your ears and mind
and heart and out comes music," he
continued. "The only formula we
have is no formula at all," added
Hakopyan, and the pure energy of
The Apex Theory's live perfor-
mance certainly reflects their moti-
vation of "geting outside and
breathing and hoping things are
better today. Trying to make it a lit-
tle better thinking in your head that
if I do this it might help out in the
grand scheme of things."
Hyper and energetic on stage, the
boys did more than stand around
and just play their instruments.
DMCssed in & flowing blue robe-like
outfit, the platinum blond Khacha-
turian took time to talk to the audi-
ence betweein hi's hopping and
dancing about the front of St.
Andrews and even provided a killer
keyboarding performance.
Supported by the talent and
charisma of his bandmates, The
Apex Theory gave one hell of a live
show getting everyone in the build-
ing to their feet and building a plat-
form of positive energy for the
remainder of the evening.

weren't in plain sight. At least it would
have some semblance of "Candid Cam-
era."
MIDNIGHT, Ocr. 29/30: There's no
better way to conclude a hard night of
TV watching than "Family Feud," host-
ed by Richard Dawson. Is there any-
thing better on? "Real Sex" and John
Travolta on Leno are the high points of
the alternatives.
When Dawson wasn't a panelist on
"The Match Game" (a gig he mentions
numerous times), he was hosting the
original "Family Feud" - pre-Ray
Combs, and definitely pre-Louis Ander-
son. Basically, that involved asking the
question and kissing every female guest
several times. The unofficial count this
show: Seven women times roughly three
kisses per female equals 21 quick but
passionate smooches on the lips. Daw-
son ended up getting hitched with one
of his contestants several years after she
appeared on the show.
On this episode, the Fletcher family
prevails fairly easily and heads to fast
money. Although the second player
takes way too much time on the final
fast money question ("Name a reunion
you might attend"), Dawson, exuding
chivalry, gives her enough time to give

Coutesy ofteG am ShowINetwor,
Big Bucks, No Whammies and ... Stop!

taining and emotional message.
At first glance The Apex Theo-
ry's musical variety -- which
moved an energetic near capacity
crowd to a mosh - is a refreshing-
ly unique sound. They entertained
the incredibly diverse audience
composed not only of teens, but
also included a few older folk with
at least a dozen in their mid-30s.
The Apex Theory is heavily
influenced by Khachaturian, drawn

JOHN PRATT/Daily

Khachaturian wonders how in the hell to pronounce his name

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