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14B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, January 17, 2002
A weekly guide to who's L i tThursday ,January 17
where, what's hapening and .Wdth rough
why you need to be there ... I 1 . Wednesday, January 23

The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Maga
Ann Arbor's public enemy No. 1: Pesky m

By Sommy Ko
Daily Arts Writer

Films opening

Black Hawk Down Together we all hold
our breath that "BHD" won't suck .as
much as "Hannibal." Well, its got one
thing going for it, no character named
Hannibal. At Showcase: 12:00, 12:45,
1:45, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 7:30,
8:00, 10:00, 10:30 (Fri. and Sat.),
11:00 (Fri. and Sat.)
Brotherhood of the Wolf The French
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" final-
ly hits American soil but its already got

one thing going against it, no Zhang
Ziyi. At Showcase: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30,
9:25, 12:15 (Fri. and Sat.)*
Snow Dogs Disney, Cuba Gooding, Jr.,
talking dogs, and dog-sledding, there is
no way this movie can't rock! At
Showcase: 12:10, 12:40, 2:20, 2:50,
4:40, 5:10, 6:50, 7:20, 9:00, 9:30,
11:10 (Fri. and Sat.), 11:40 (Fri. and

Films holding

According to this year's Money Magazine's "Best
Places to Live," alongside a special tribute to New
York City, Ann Arbor was named one of the top
cities with a strong sense of community, low crime,
nice weather and low property taxes. Besides the
"nice weather" (those that live here would beg to
differ), these rankings seem to overlook Ann Arbor's
Public Enemy No.1: the parking "meter maids."
Many students have complained about parking
and the number of tickets they have been accumu-
lating. For many, every day is a struggle to find
parking. "I've been getting tickets almost everyday
since the beginning of the year, I live on Division
and couldn't find a spot to park," said Udit Amin, an
LSA senior. "The timings of the meter maids are
very erratic - sometimes I get two tickets a day
sometimes none; I don't know whether this implies
that the meter maids are lazy."
Contrary to popular belief, "meter maids" is an
incorrect term for the officers who supervise the
city's meters. They are officially titled Parking
Enforcement Officers working under the Division
of Police Special Services, and there is a staff of just
five that is responsible for the 1,700 meters gracing
Ann Arbor's streets. All meters on public property

are handled by Special Services, whereas the
Department of Public Safety handles all meters on
University property. "Parking enforcement is never
the same on a given day; these officers have to han-
dle any parking complaint, not just meter enforce-
ment," said Shelley Jones, Parking Enforcement
Supervisor. According to Jones, the most common
type of parking complaints are blocked driveways,
tow-away zones, blocked sidewalks, abandoned
vehicles and vehicles parked in the front yard of res-
The Parking Enforcement Officers supervise the
meters at random, depending on the number of
other responsibilities that arise in a day. The meters
operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.ni., Monday through
Saturday. "I've gotten a fair amount of tickets from
them since I can't find a permanent parking spot
and have to find parking on the street," said Jocelyn
Wang, senior LSA. "They usually come about three
times day, morning (around 9-10), noon and in the
afternoon (around 4)."
The officers usually tear up the tickets if the
owner of the vehicle claims their car before the tick-
et is completely written up. "There were a couple of
times that the meter maid was about to issue a tick-
et to my car, but I ran over to my car and they usu-
ally won't give you a ticket - that is if they haven't
actually issued the ticket yet," said Wang.
Another student ended up with a ticket even

though he ran into the officer. "I've gotten to my car
twice when the meter maids were giving the tickets,
and even when they saw me coming to my car they
proceeded to give me a ticket," said Salah Husseini,
an LSA sophomore.
Besides getting tickets almost everyday, Amin
even tried helping out fellow parkers running out of
time at the meters when a meter maid stopped him.
"I've been in situations where I've seen a, meter
maid walking down the street, and I started putting
money in the meters that don't have any in them,
said Amin. "The meter maid stopped me and told
me that if I do some more of that I could get arrest-
According to Jones, however, Parking
Enforcement Officers do not have the power to
arrest anyone. "They
are not sworn in offi-
cers, they only issue
parking violations
that pertain to the
City of Ann Arbor
Code," said Jones.
Although the
University discour-
ages students from
bringing their cars,
there is still a signifi-
cant number of stu- i iill

et di

Ali Will Smith better stay buff because
otherwise theose bugs are gonna kill
him and Agent K in "MIB 2." At
Showcase: 6:35, 9:35.
A Beautiful Mind You know who has a
beautiful mind? Jennifer Connely;
yeah,that's what she's got, a beautiful
mind, yeah, that's it. 1:00, 1:30, 3:45,
4:15, 6:40, 7:10, 9:40, 10:10, 12:20
(Fri. and Sat.).
Gosford Park I think the butler did it in
the library with the lead pipe, or Ryan
Phillipe did it in the kitchen with the bad
acting. At Showcase: 1:05, 4:10, 7:05,
9:55, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Hey Mark Hamill, watch out because
Daniel Radcliffe is gaining on you. At
Showcase: 12:35, 3:40, 6:45
How High How high do you have to be to
actually laugh at this movie? The
answer: blown out! At Showcase:
10:30, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.).
In the Bedroom Come on everyone, lets
chant it together "Tom Wilkinson for
best actor, no more Crowe, no more
Crowe!" At Showcase: 1:20, 4:30, 7:15,
Kate & Leopold What is Natasha Lyonne
doing in this movie? Actually, as good as
she is, has she been in a good movie
yet? Does "American Pie" count? Why
am I asking these questions under a
Meg Ryan comedy? At Showcase:
12:15, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring Come and help Bilbo celebrate
his eleventy-first birthday with gifts for
all and fireworks by Gandalf the Gray.

RSVP to theshire@middleearth.com. At
Showcase: 12:20, 12:50, 4:05, 4:35,
7:40, 8:10, 11:15 (Fri. and Sat.).
Monsters, Inc. Boo is so cute I just want
to come into her room late at night and
scare her ... just like Sulley does. Sulley,
that lucky bastard. At Showcase: 12:25,
2:25, 4:25.
Not Another Teen Movie Not to spoil this
movie for any of you but Molly Ringwald
is in it near the end and we finally learn
where she been all these years - work-
ing at an airport waiting for John Hughes
to make a flick about annoying thirty
somethings. At Showcase: 12:35 (Fri.
and Sat.).
Ocean's 11If you pay careful attention,
you will notice that Brad Pitt is eating in
almost every scene of his. He better
slow down or Rachel may leave him for
Ross, or is it Joey now? At Showcase:
1:50, 4:20, 6:55, 9:20, 11:45 (Fri. and
Orange County Sometimes you follow
your heart, sometimes your heart cuts a
fart. That's the cosmic shame. At
Showcase: 1:10, 1:40, 3:05, 3:35, 5:20,
5:50, 7:45, 8:15, 9:45, 10:15, 11:30
(Fri. and Sat.), 12:00 (Fri. and Sat.).
The Royal Tennenbaums You better go
see this movie, Coltrane. No I didn't just
call you Coltrane; but what if I did? At
Showcase: 1:15, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50,
12:10 (Fri. and Sat.).
Vanilla Sky Open your eyes, Cameron
Crowe, and stop making "covers" of
movies made less than five years ago,
especially great ones. At Showcase:
1:25, 4:45, 7:50, 10:25.

Courtesy of Miramax
During a scene in "The Shipping News," Julianne Moore consoles Kevin Spacey after he admits he sold out with "K-Pax."

Benefits of cars on campus a plus

U-M Visiting Writers Series Short fiction
author Nancy Reisman reads from her
book House Fires. 5pm, D1276 Davidson
Hall, U-M Business School, 701 Tappan,
free; 647-6471.
Craig Holden Reads Holden reads and
signs copies of his book The Jazz Bird.
7pm, Borders Books & Music, 612 E.
Liberty, free; 668-7652.
Amelie This fine French comedy didn't
make my top ten list and I'm already beat-
ing myself for it. Audrey Tatou is thecutest
actress to grace the big screen
since...well, Bjork. State Theater, 7 &
9:15 p.m.
Gosford Park Altman once again assem-
bles a great cast but unlike "Dr. T and the
Women" this one is actually good.
Michigan Theater, 7:30 p.m.
In the Bedroom The story is so simple, and
some say the ending is predictable, but
the performances are so good that this
movie should not be missed. Even Nick
Stahl is good! Michigan Theater, 7:45 p.m.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring The book says, "Keep it secret,
keep it safe." The movie has, "Is it
secret? Is it safe?" This adaption is
genius! State Theater, 7:30 p.m.
Lotus Volatile improvisational jazz. T.C.'s
Speakeasy, Ypsilanti, 10:30 p.m. $3 483-
Delta 88 Fold with a bit of western and a
liberal dose of soulfulness. The Ark, 316 S.
Main St., 8 p.m. $11761-1451.
Rumplestiltskin Old school Motown top 40
hits plus some new popular music as well.
Habitat Lounge, Weber's Inn 3050
Jackson Road 8:45 p.m. Free 665-3636.

"Cherchez Dave Robicheaux" A comedy
about a woman named Nola on her quest
to find Dave Robicheaux, the fictional anti-
hero of a mystery novel series-and the
love of her life. 8 p.m. Performance
Network, 120 E. Huron. $18, general
admission. 663-0681.
"Local Color: Dan Bradt's Watercolors
from Michigan's Historical Scenes" This
exhibit featuresthe artist's paintings
based on photographs and postcards from
local main streets and railroad yards from
the Bentley archives. Bentley Historical
Library, 1150 Beal. Free. 764-3482.
"People and Places: The Baker Gift of
20th-Century Photography" In memory of
U-M School of Architecture grad Morris D.
Baker, this exhibit features images of peo-
ple and landscapes from various 20th cen-
tury artists. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free.
"A Matter of Degree: Abstraction In
Twentieth Century Art" This exhibit fea-
tures 20th century works from the
UMMA's permanent collection that focus-
es on abstraction in landscapes, objects
and figures. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free.
Amelie See Thursday. State Theater, 7 &
9:15 p.m.
Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan
Theater, 6:30 p.m.
In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan
Theater, 9:30 p.m.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring See Thursday. State Theater, 6 &
9:30 p.m.
El the Sensel NYC MC gonna be off the
heezy fo' sheezy. The Blind Pig, 208S. 1st
St., 10 p.m. $1 ($14 under 21) 996-

Aaron Klein This upright bassist, vocalist
and guitarist makes songs for the lonely,
but it is ok if you bring a date. Zou Zou's,
Chelsea, 8 p.m. Free 433-4226.
Art Stephan No one can say it's not ART!
T.C.'s Speakeasy, Ypsilanti 6 p.m. Free
"Cherchez Dave Robicheaux" See Thurs.
"Local Color: Dan Bradt's Watercolors
from Michigan Historical Scenes" See
"People and Places: The Baker Gift of
20th-Century Photography" See Thurs.
"A Matter of Degree: Abstraction In
Twentieth Century Art" See Thurs.
Madeline Appears Madeline appears today
after regular storytime. Noon, Nicola's
Books, 2513 Jackson, free; 662-4110.
Amelie See Thursday. State Theater, 2,
4:30, 7:15, 9:30 & 11:45 p.m.
Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan
Theater, 3:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Harold & Maude One of the greatest come-
dies of all time; it's a classic like "The
Karate Kid." State Theater, 12:00 p.m.
In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan
Theater, 9:30 p.m.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring See Thursday. State Theater,
1:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m.
Knee Deep Shag Not just knee deep this
show will be very deep. The Blind Pig, 208"

By Will EI-Nachef
Daily Arts Writer

A lot of people would say having a
car in Ann Arbor is a bitch. It's not
unusual to see rows of cars ticketed
for expired meters every morning,
cars prowling residential areas for a
spot or postings on
www.my.umich.edu for $1,000 park-
ing spots.
"The city is not really made for stu-
dents to park in it ... they just don't
put any consideration into parking.
You either find something from a pri-
vate person or get screwed with a
'Park and Ride' out in the middle of
nowhere," criticizes Engineering
Sophomore Phil Bouxsein.
What Bouxsein is referring to are
underclassmen's options of purchas-
ing a spot from a company or individ-
ual, or using a parking program such
as the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority's 'Park and Ride,' which
offers students free parking. Although
the AATA provides bus shuttles, the
parking lots are fairly far away from
central campus, and many students
find this inconvenient.
Bouxsein, who has a car on campus,
was lucky enough to secure a spot in
the driveway of a friend two blocks
away from his dorm for $175 for the
year. First year LSA student Andrew

Patterson, however, pays $100 per
month for a spot in a nearby apartment
complex. "It was difficult the first
couple of weeks because I parked out
in Ypsilanti, and that was $20 to get a
taxi ride out there. Now I have a spot
that's really close - it's expensive, but
it's really nice," he said.
Underclassmen are not the only stu-
dents that go to trouble to keep a car
on campus. Engineering Junior James
Shavers has a University parking per-
mit at a lot by Mitchell Field. "It's
nothing I can just walk to ... parking
permits -aren't that expensive, but you
have to park in a lot and take a bus. I
still think it's worth it if you're willing
to put forth the effort."
Why are these students bending
over backwards to have their cars on
campus? Bouxsein, who lives west of
Chicago, answers, "It's pretty much
the only way I can get home."
Patterson reasons, "I have a car
because my grandparents live about
two hours away, and being from Las
Vegas, it's really tough to get home."
Shavers added: "I work off-campus,
so it's definitely worth the trouble. I
think there are a lot more job opportu-
nities off-campus."
Each of them discussed the pitfalls
of parking, and advice for others with
cars. Bouxsein recalls, "I know some
people last year that parked on the

street when it snowed big time. The
plows came by and they had to shovel
their cars out before they could move
Having your car buried by snow
isn't the only hassle of parking for free
on residential streets. Shavers
explains, "During a snow emergency,
you can only park on one side of the
street, so that'eliminates half the park-
ing right there. And you have to switch
your car everyday. Odd numbered
days, you can park on one side of the
street, even days you park on the other
Another technique is to play the
odds. "Sometimes I park illegally for
like a one hour class and just take the
chance ... it's definitely a gamble,"
says Shavers.
As for parking at meters, Shavers
concludes, "I stopped parking in the
street because I got too many tickets
... I probably had $100 a month in
tickets. It almost defeats the purpose
of working if you pay that much out in
tickets." He also points out drawbacks
of trying to drive to classes, "A lot of
times, people try to find a spot, and by
the time they do, their class is half
Because weekend parking is free in
some University parking lots,
Bouxsein parks his car in a lot conve-
niently across the street from his dorm

'Battlefield: Parking' may very well be
for three days of the week. "I
Monday, I'll move it back. It's wort-
because it's a lot less of a hassle th
taking the bus to Meijer or t
Patterson warns about having
large vehicle, "It's impossible to pars
lel park in this town. And the lit
parking structures they have, it's ha
to get in and out of them." He attribi
es his never getting a ticket to luck ai
to his care in keeping money in t
parking meters.
The headaches of having a car c
campus aren't just a tit-for-i
exchange for the convenience of vis
ing family or getting to work.
"It's more freedom," says Shave

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Weekend, etc. Editors: Matt Grandstaff, Jane Krull
Writers: Will El-Nachef, Jenni Glenn, Matt Herrman, Carmen Johnson, Sommy
Taylor-Fabe, Josh Wickerham.

Photo Editors: David Katz


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.

Photographer: Yoni Goldstein, Debbie Mizel, Danny Moloshok, Brett Mountain,
Cover Photo: Debbie Mizel
Arts Editors: Lyle Henretty and Luke Smith, Managing Editors, Jeff Dickerson,
Editor in Chief: Geoffrey Gagnon

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