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14B - The Michigan Daily - Weeteld Mgazine - Thursday, February 7, 2002
A guide to who's where, Thursday, February 7
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you need to be there ..h ek y L s Wednesday, February 13

The Michigan Daily - Weted IaaZil

THE SPHINX COMPETITION

Films opening

Opening doors for black and latin n

Big Fat Liar Malcolm is in the middle of
one shitty film with this teen flick; it's
OK because everyone watched his
show after the Super Bowl. At
Showcase: 12:30, 1:00, 2:30, 3:00,
4:30, 5:00, 6:30, 7:00, 8:30, 9:00,
11:00 (Fri. and Sat.)
Collateral Damage Arnold kicks terror-
ist ass "Commando" style as
Leguizamo performs the comedy
accompaniment. These guys eat way

too much red meat. At Showcase:
12:25, 12:55, 2:45, 3:15, 5:05, 5:35,
7:25, 7:55, 9:45, 10:15, 12:00 (Fri.
and Sat.), 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.)
Rollerball Chris Klein is sure to garner
an Oscar nom for this gem; OK, I'm just
mad because he is dating my love Katie
Holmes. At Showcase: 1:00, 1:45,
3:10, 4:05, 5:20, 7:30, 8:00, 9:40,
10:10, 11:50 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:20
(Fri. and Sat.)

BY JIM

SCHIFF

DAILY FINE & PERFORMING
ARTS EDITOR

Films holding

A Beautiful Mind The viewing public has
lost their "beautiful" minds with all their
praise for this Crowe epic. At Showcase:
1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30, 12:10 (Fri. and
Sat.). ***
Birthday Girl All it's missing is a bunch
of old men singing "Like a Virgin." At
Showcase: 1:20, 3:20, 5:15, 7:15,
11:20 (Fri. and Sat.). **
Black Hawk Down Josh now has some
pretty boy company with Chris Klein join-
ing the box-office competition. At
Showcase: 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:35,
10:05, 12:15 (Fri. and Sat.) ***
Brotherhood of the Wolf Monica Belluci
is hot! Monica Belluci is the reason to
rent this French dud. At Showcase:
12:40, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25, 12:10 (Fri. and
Sat.). **
The Count of Monte Cristo Apparently
this film is based on a book, not a sand-
wich. At Showcase: 1:25, 4:15, 7:10,
9:55, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.). ***
Gosford Park Who out there remembers
Robert Altman's show "Gun"? I guess
you all were just kids way back then. At
Showcase: 8:05. ****
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The DVD is coming out soon, hurry up
and don't buy it. At Showcase: 12:05.
***
I am Sam At least the soundtrack has
Aimee Mann on it - the movie has one
thing going for it. At Showcase: 1:40,
4:25, 7:20, 10:00, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.)
In the Bedroom No, it is not a porno. At
Showcase: 1:05, 3:45, 6:35, 9:10,
11:45 (Fri. and Sat.). ****
Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius Now serious-
ly, I keep asking but no one responds,
who is still saying to themselves, "Hey,
that Jimmy Neutron film has only been
out for three months, maybe I should go

see it now." At Showcase: 12:00.
The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring The new lord
of the ring is Tom Brady. That
Michiganralum could getto Mt.
Doom with any offensive line. At
Showcase: 1:10, 4:45, 8:15, 11:40
(Fri. and Sat.). *****
The Mothman Prophecies Is that
Stacey from "Ned and Stacey" or
Grace from "Will and Grace"? At
Showcase: 12:10, 2:40, 5:25, 7:50,
10:20, 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.) ***
Ocean's 11 Erin Brockovich tackles
the North American drug cartels
with the help of a Las Vegas posse.
At Showcase: 305, 5:30, 7:45.
Orange County What's the name of
the song? Explosivo! At Showcase:
2:50, 3:35, 4:35, 6:15, 10:30,
12:05 (Fri. and Sat.). *
The Royal Tenenbaums Let's hope
Scwartzman returns to Wes
Anderson territory for his next film,
no more teen comedy Jason! At
Showcase: 12:35, 2:55, 5:10, 7:35,
9:50, 11:55 (Fri. and Sat.). ****,A
Slackers See "Royal Tenenbaums."
By the way, Phantom Planet rocks!
At Showcase: 12:00, 6:10. *
Snow Dogs Its no "Men of Honor,"
that's for sure. At Showcase: 12:15,
2:25, 4:40, 6:50, 9:05, 11:15 (Fri.
and Sat.). *
Vanilla Sky My pick for this years
Razzie Awards. But it won't eclipse
"The Postman" for nominations. At
Showcase: 10:25. ***
A Walk to Remember This one time I
walked all the way from North
Campus to Michigan Stadium. Oh
man, what a walk to remember. At
Showcase: 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20,

Courtesy of Lee Daniels Entertainment

Billy Bob Thornton trades in Angelina Jolie for Halle Berry in "Monster's Ball."

Who is the face of classical music? Is it
Bach? Or Beethoven? Mozart? Most
of us, if asked to identify famous
names in this genre, would certainly come up
with white composers. The fifth annual Sphinx
Competition, taking place in Ann Arbor tomor-
row, suggests that we adopt a new face.
Perhaps this face is of an African American or
a Latino string player. Though their numbers are
climbing, minority musicians are still a rarity in
American orchestras. Currently, African
Americans and Latinos combined comprise less
than four percent of these ensembles. Lack of
supportive role models, music program budget
cuts in inner-city schools and the elitist stereo-
type of classical string players all contribute to
this staggeringly low figure.
It's been an uphill climb for Sphinx founder
and President Aaron Dworkin, but he is only
encouraged by the prospect of a stronger minor-
ity presence in classical music. Dworkin's own
experiences as an African American violinist
propelled him toward starting Sphinx. He finds
a lack of African Americans and Latinos not
only on stage, but also in the audience. "There is
enormous underrepresentation of these minori-
ties in the entire
classical music
community,"
said Dworkin.
"That's where
Sphinx came
out of."
The competi-
tion's name
originates from wt
the mysterious
Sphinx that
overlooks the
Egyptian x
desert. To the ,
Sphinx organi-T
zation, this The Sphinx Symphony performs
monument represents the historical and geo-
graphical roots for many minorities, as well as
the power and prestige of the ancient Egyptian

civilization. The Egyptians revered these large
Sphinx "cats" as sources of wisdom, awareness
and patience, all qualities that the Sphinx orga-
nization's founders hope their participants pos-
sess.
Consisting of Junior and Senior Divisions, the
Sphinx Competition welcomes all junior high,
high school and college-age Black and Latino
string players to partake. The Junior division
finals concert, in which the top three musicians
under 18 will be competing, takes place at Hill
Auditorium tomorrow. This concert is geared
toward area youths, who will comprise most of
the audience. The nationally-broadcast Senior
Division concert will take place at Orchestra
Hall in Detroit. There, both the Junior Division
winner and the three Senior Division finalists
will perform with the Sphinx Symphony, which
is comprised solely of African American and
Latino musicians.
The concert at Orchestra Hall is particularly
noteworthy for the premiere of the "Symphony
of tht Sphinx," commissioned by acclaimed
poet Nikki Giovanni and composer Coleridge
Taylor-Perkinson. Various choral ensembles and
saxophonist Branford Marsalis will also be fea-

17 year-old violinist and previous Sphinx winner Melissa Whi

Thursday
BOOKS
Michigan Visiting Writers Series Poet
Edward Hirsch reads from his new
book "How to Read a Poem: And Fall
In Love With Poetry." 5 p.m., Hale
Auditorium, 701 Tappan, free; 647-
6471.
Robert Doerschuk Reads Doerschuk
reads from and signs copies of his
book "88 Giants of the Jazz Piano." 7
p.m., Borders Books & Music, 612 E.
Liberty, free; 668-7652.
Laura Kasischke Reads Kasischke
reads from her book "The Life Before
Her Eyes." 8 p.m., Shaman Drum
Bookshop, 315 S. State, free; 662-
7407.
CAMPUS CINEMA
Amelie Jeunet's film should win this
year's Oscar for best foreign film but
then again "Dancer in the Dark" was-
n't even nominated last year. 7:15 &
9:45 p.m., State Theater.
Gosford Park Britain's hot young
actors stake their claim for their own
chance at being James Bond. Clive
Owen or Jeremy Northam? 7:30 p.m.,
Michigan Theater.
In the Bedroom Once again; this film
contains no pornography! 7 & 9:30
p.m., State Theater.
MUSIC
Michigan Symphony Orchestra
Graduate students write and conduct
music performed by the orchestra. 8
p.m., Hill Auditorium, 825 N.
University Ave, Free; 764-8350.
Blues Night: The Motor City Sheiks Do
you remember when the Iron Sheik
returned to wrestle at WrestleMania
17 and Sgt. Slaughter choked him
out? That was sad. 5 p.m., The Firefly
Club, 207 S. Ashley St., $5; 665-
9090.

Ron Brooks Trio He made the cover of
Current this month, I guess I should
stop teasing him. Bird of Paradise,
312 S. Main St., 8 p.m., $5; 662-
8310.
THEA TER
"The Tavern" A comedy full of sus-
pense and satire, "The Tavern" focus-
es on a mysterious stranger who wan-
ders into an inn one night, taking shel-
ter from a nasty storm. 8 p.m.
Mendelssohn Theatre. $15-20, $7
w/lD; 764-2538.
"Dinner with Friends" Basement Arts
pr.esents this Pulitzer Prize-winning
drama about two couples who grapple
with middle age and failing marriages.
Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg., Free;
764-6800.
"Elizabeth Rex" A runaway hit at
Stratford, this play centers on the
meeting of Ned Lowenscroft,
Shakespeare's genius player of
women and Elizabeth I, England's
genius player of men. 8 p.m.,
Performance Network, 120 E. Huron,
$20; 663-0681.
A LTERNA TIVES
"People and Places: The Baker Gift of
20th-Century Photography" In memory
of Michigan School of Architecture
grad Morris D. Baker, this exhibit fea-
tures images of people and land-
scapes from various 20th century
artists. UMMA, 525 S. State St., Free;
764-0395.
Friday

p.m., State Theater.
Gosford Park See Thursday. 7 & 9:30
p.m., State Theater.
Monster's Ball Halle Berry and B.B.
Thornton steam it up on screen as P-
Diddy watches from behind bars. 7 &
9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
MUSIC
Loadstone Did you guess that this
band was a hard rock act? You get a
sticker. 10 p.m., The Blind Pig, 208 S.
1st St., $5 ($7 under 21); 996-8555.
Annie Caps She'll bust Caps in your
ass with folk. 8 p.m., Zou Zou's,
Chelsea, Free; 433-4226.
Dusty Libido With a little Endust there
might be a loadstone by the end of the
night. T.C.'s Speakeasy, Ypsilanti
10:30 p.m. $3; 483-4470.
THEATER
"The Tavem" See Thursday. 8 p.m.
"Dinner with Friends" See Thursday. 7
p.m.
"Elizabeth Rex" See Thursday. 8 p.m,
$25.
ALTERNATIVES
Children of Uganda Comprised of 18 chil-
dren from the Daughters of Charity orphan-
age in Kampala, Uganda, this ensemble
combines rapid dance movements, drum-
ming, flutes and uplifting spirituals in an
exhilarating program of African music. 7
p.m., Power Center, $16-32; 764-2538.
"People and Places: The Baker Gift of
20thCentury Photography" See Thursday.

encounters program, the Sphinx finalists go
into Metro-Detroit elementary schools to
encourage youths to take up string instruments.
In addition, the participants gain valuable expe-
rience by performing with world-renowned
orchestras, such as the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra.
But most importantly, Sphinx allows minori-
ty musicians to meet one another and share
their experiences. This aspect attracted last
year's Junior Division winner and Interlochen
Academy student, Melissa White, to participate
in the Sphinx Competition. "It's a support sys-
tem for each other," said White. "It's also great
exposure - It breaks the misconception that
there aren't minorities in classical music."
White recently performed at Borders Books
& Music in downtown Ann Arbor as part of
Sphinx's "Classical Connections" program.
Sponsored by SBC Ameritech, this program
sends Sphinx participants into the community,
by giving free concerts in libraries, churches,
museums and other venues. If White's well-
received recital at Borders was any indication
of how successful Sphinx has become, we can
expect a lot more in the future. Those in atten-
dance seemed not only interested in hearing

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Editors:
Matt
Grandstaff
aneKrull
MAGAZINE
Associate Editors: Caitlin Nish, Andy
Taylor-Fabe
Writers: MiketGrass, Melissa Gollob,
Aubrey Henretty, Will El-Nachef,
Dustin Seibert, Jim Schiff, Luke
Schmerberg, Tamara Schweitzer
Photo Editor: David Katz
Photographer: David Rochkind, Yena
Ryu, Alyssa Wood, Jessica Yurasek
Cover Photo: David Rochkind
Arts Editors:.yle Henretty, Luke
Smith, Managing Editors, Jeff
Dickerson, Associate Editor
Editor in Chief: Jon Schwartz

tured in this performance.
While the musicians are competing for more
than $100,000 in prizes and scholarships, the
competition is just one component of the Sphinx
organization's goals. Semi-finalists and finalists
also have access to an instrument fund, which
the students can use for up to a year after their
participation in Sphinx. Through the musical

BOOKS

Randall Kennedy Reads Kennedy reads
from his book "Nigger: The Strange
Career of a Troublesome Word." 8
p.m., Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S.
State, free; 662-7407.
CAMPUS CINEMA
Amelle See Thursday. 7:45 & 9:45

Saturday

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.

BOOKS
Zen and American Poetry This special day-
long workshop on Zen and

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