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Dead by dawn ...
Sam Raimi's original low
budget shocker "Evil Dead" is
playing at the State Friday,
Saturday at Midnight.
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FEBRUARY 15, 2002


U prof. showcases
Cuba in new film

Pulitzer recipient
Ford reads at Drum

By Jenny Jetes
Daily Arts Writer
When one sees the word "Cuba," one might
expect to learn about such things as Communism,
Fidel Castro or Cuba's economy. These are the
issues primed in us, and it is rare that we hear
about Cuba's cultural
history which, forL
example, includes theT
rush of emigrant ADIO KERIDA
Jews to the country
before and during Michigan Theater
World War II.
This group of Sunday at 7 p.m., Free
Sephardic Jews, that
originated in Spain
and slowly traveled to Africa and then Latin
America, has had an enormous impact on Univer-
sity Professor of Anthropology Ruth Behar, who
was born in Cuba and moved to the United States
with her parents and brother at the age of five.
Behar has a deep nostalgia for her native country
and as a Jewish Cuban-American, she finds her
story an intriguing one - one that could bring to
audiences the beauty and appreciation of her
past. In her documentary "Adio Kerida," (Good-
bye Dear Love), Behar explores the lives of her
friends in Cuba, and reveals the Cuban culture
and the diverse relationships that have impacted
her life.
When asked what people seem to have liked so
far about this film, Behar responds "They feel it

Kiren VaUoe
For the Daily

is just a good emigrantM
story. It speaks to the
emigrant experience."
In addition to Behar'sk
exploration of Cuba, shez
includes footage from
Miami, New York, and
even Ann Arbor. Her.
father, who has not
returned to Cuba since he
left in the 1960s, does
not wish to dwell on the
past, yet Behar embraces
the opportunity to
explore this culture thatX
helped to shape her life.
Behar has traveled to
Cuba several times over
the past 10 years, and
although she can articu- Sephardic Cuban Samy i
late no vivid memories, she feels a special con-
nection to the country, and through her numerous
visits, she has established lasting friendships.
One of these in particular is an Afro-Cuban boy
of Jewish descent, who dreams of going to Israel
to become a drummer.
" I love the Cuba people and I feel lucky that I
was born there. I think the people are so generous
and tolerant, and so fun-loving."
"Adio Kerida" can be considered a journey, as
it is filled with nostalgia, but also a lot of laughs.
Behar also spent a lot of time picking out excel-
lent Afro-Cuban music, and this helps to enhance

Courtesy of Ruth Behar
is a Miami hair-dresser in "Adio Kerida."
the touching experience she wishes to share.
Behar is intrigued by the impact this cultural
journey can have on anyone struggling to find his
or her ethnic identity. With an open mind and a
strong curiosity about her cultural past, Behar
has come to realize her fortune to have such a
complex identity-which is both Cuban and
American, with Jewish roots.
"Adio Kerida" recently opened at the Miami
festival and it will travel to East Lansing, Detroit,
and some Latino film festivals-one which is in
Austin, Texas. The film has already been shown
in New York, where Behar parents live.

Hailed as America's new classic,
Richard Ford is certainly a name to be
reckoned with in today's world of fic-
tion. His novel "Independence Day"
was the first work to win both the
1996 Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner
awards. In 2001, he was awarded the
PEN/Malmud Award for excellence in
short fiction. And tonight, the prolific
writer will be reading
from his newest collec-
tion of short stories
titled, "A Multitude of
Sins," at Shaman Drum. RICHA
Ford was born and At Shar
raised in Mississippi. Boo
Diagnosed with dyslexia
at a young age, he spent Tonight
much of his youth
avoiding books. He later attended
Michigan State University and started
law school in St. Louis. Interviewed
earlier this week, Ford said he soon
realized that his "aspirations for law
were naive. I was sure that being a
lawyer would bore the piss out of me."
Ford made an "executive decision" to.
pursue writing 'as a career. In 1970
received his MFA in fiction writing at
the University of California at Irvine.
From there, he was accepted into the
Michigan Society of Fellows from
1971-1976. During this time he taught
several classes at the University of
Ford's career soon took off; in 1986,
his novel, "The Sportswriter," was
published and its sequel, "Indepen-
dence Day," was finished in 1995,
subsequently winning the Pulitzer
Prize. "It was at this time that I knew
that I had become what I had set out to
be, a writer," said Ford of the awards.
He is working on a new novel, "Lay

t a

of the Land," which will have character
and plot connections with his previous
books, "The Sportswriter" and "Inde-
pendence Day." Currently, Ford is on
the road promoting "A Multitude of
Sins," but usually makes his home in
New Orleans.
This newest collection of shortfic-
tion examines a spectrum of human
emotion involving love and infidelity.
The voices of narrators are very dis-
tinct and personal, often addressing the
reader directly, as if they
are confessing their sins
to the reader. Ford says
that this voice is often
D FORD the most important part
n Drum of his stories. "Voice is
hop the music of a story's
intelligence. The voice I
t 7 p.m. use provides a deep
sense of intimacy, one

that is required in the subject matter of
these stories."
With this voice, Ford allows the
reader to trust the narrator and fall into
the same emotional roller coaster that
the characters experience. The reader
gets the chance to meet Wales, a man
involved in an affair that is coming to
an end in "Quality Time." A son is
forced to confront his father about past
infidelities in "The Calling" and a man
drawn to his window night after night
by woman undressing in the high-rise
across the street, all while his wife
sleeps ten feet away, in "Privacy."
There is a strong theme of love woven
throughout the stories. Ford is not
afraid, however, to examine the darker
side of love-the desires, lust and
questions of trust that accompany the
most powerful of emotions.
Following the reading from this col-
lection, Ford will be signing copies of
his book and moderating a question
and answer session.

Ultimate Fakebook rocks Halfway Inn

By Dan Trudeau
For the Daily

With Ultimate Fakebook (the
punk revivalist pop act that's been
likened to Weezer on steroids) the
question is never "Are you ready to
rock?" Fresh off of a successful
year on tour with the likes of
Sloan, MxPx, and
Reggie and the Full
Effect, the rock trio is
bringing their unique ULT
brand of upbeat power FAK]
pop to Ann Arbor this
Friday. Guitarist and East Qua
frontman Bill
McShane recently Tonight
spoke to The Michigan
Daily about the rock that is Ulti-
mate Fakebook.
The Michigan Daily: What
brings you guys to Ann Arbor,
instead of one of the larger clubs in
Bill McShane: We're just doing
a week out for a college tour. We'll
be doing a bigger tour in spring

we'll probably go through Detroit
between March and May.
TMD: How is your performance
in a smaller setting like the
Halfway Inn different from a one at
a larger club? Which do you prefer?
BM: It's different because you're

closer to
like that.'

d's Halfway
t at 9 p.m.

he crowd. It's more fun
Ve love to play for a lot
of people, but it's
most fun when kids
are right in your face
-and everybody's
feeding off each
other, getting down,
singing along, and
rocking' out.
TMD: What's the
news in terms of your

upcoming album?
BM: It's coming out on March
19th on Initial Records. It's been a
while since we've had a full-length
out. We released our last album
twice, once independently and once
with Sony records, so we spent like
two years promoting the same
album. We're really excited to have
something new.
TMD: How is
this album going to
be different from
your past efforts?
BM: Well, it's
not much of a
departure. We're
still doing what we
love to do: Catchy
arena rock-type
anthems. But I
think it's a more
cohesive album
from start to fin-
ish, and the rock
Courtesy of Initial quotient is defi-
ty hardy. nitely up. We went

through and picked out the rocks
songs for this album, the ones that
totally rock our asses.
TMD: Ultimate Fakebook
switched labels for the new record.
What are your thoughts on the sign-
ing and what does it mean for the
future of the band.
BM: I think it's going to be a
good fit. Initial knows what they're
doing with the indie scene. They're
totally excited, and we're going to
be releasing the album in Japan,
Europe and Australia. I also think
this album will do better because
Sony promoted our last record for
about two weeks; Initial is a lot
more enthusiastic.
TMD: Many of your songs have
upbeat themes. Do you make an
intentional effort to write positive
BM: There's definitely an inten-
tional effort, just because we don't
want to go out there and bitch.
Everybody knows there's fucked-up
shit out there, but we want to go out
and have a rock and, roll party. So
we like to make positive music.
TMD: What is Sweet Band O'
BM: Sweet Band O' Mine is this
dumb Guns 'n Roses tribute band
that our friend Slick put together.
Slick is just crazy, and he's always
wanted to form a G n R tribute
band. Well, he finally got it prgan-
ized and I'm playing bass. We're
just playing one show while UFB is
at home (Kansas) between tours.
We've only practiced like once, but
we're just having a good time. We
tried to think of the dumbest name
possible and thought that Sweet
Band O' Mine was a good fit.
TMD: Have you been influenced

by Guns n' Roses in terms of your
writing style?
BM: I wouldn't say in terms of
writing style, but we all listened to
that kind of stuff back in high
school. Bands like Guns n' Roses
were the reason I bought my first
guitar, but we've kind of moved on
since then.
TMD: If not hair metal, what
kind of music has impacted your
band the most?
BM: Bands like the Replace-
ments and Cheap Trick and Guided
By Voices... bands that were doing
the whole pop thing, but still really
rocking. I wouldn't say that we
have similar styles to those bands,
but we try to have the same kind of
poppy, catchy feel.
TMD: You guys have movie
reviews on your website and a song
about Star Wars on your previous
album. What is it about movies that
you like so much?
BM: I don't know... for whatev-
er reason we all really like movies
and we see a lot of them when
we're on the road. We'd always have
these big arguments about movies
afterwards which led to the reviews
on our website. I guess we just real-
ly enjoy being entertained.
TMD: What are you looking for-
ward to in the next year in terms of
the band, movies, or anything else?
BM: Well, I think it's going to be
an awesome year. We're finally get-
ting a new record out and we have a
great new label. We've planned all
kinds of touring: we're doing some
Warped Tour dates, and we may
even get to go to Europe at the end
of the Summer. Plus, I mean shit,
"Star Wars: Episode Two" is com-
ing out. It's going to be cool.

By Dustin Seibert
Daily Arts Writer
This Sunday, history shall not only be
made, but it shall be acted out as well.,
From The Soil To The
Sun, an historical talent

who will per
opening act,
Local poetryg
lective will be
who will part

form African dance in the
"The Beauty of Africa."
group The Long Hairz Col-
among a number of others
ticipate in spoken word for

show being put on by a'
group called Power POWER7
Moves, who formed last Power(
Fall with the specific Sunday
intent of hosting an annu- $10 at
al Black History Month
program in which the
widely varying talents of the University
and Ann Arbor alike collaborate to
showcase the black experience in Ameri-
The show will be played out in
chronological order, proceeding through
different eras that signified both struggle
and accomplishment for blacks. The
Civil Rights era, slavery, The Harlem
Renaissance and the Black Panther party
will be among the periods being covered
during the show. For each period, there
will be a different talent displayed,
including a jazz/swing club portion, a*
number of acting skits, some dance and
spoken word, just to name a few.
The card of performers for the show
read like a "who's who" of black organi-
zations on campus. The popular female
dance troupe Indigo will be performing
in the Harlem Renaissance era, along
with the Congolese Dance Company,


the show. The University's
own Gospel Chorale will
provide their beautiful
MOVES vocal talents, while the
enter campus' heralded rap duo
IllPhenom will bless the
.m. microphone with some
genuine hip-hop stylings.
The popular Ann Arbor
band Funktelligence will close the cere-
mony with a live performance.
The show possesses a much deeper
meaning than just being another talent
show. "Through this performance," says
Power Moves Core member Mia White,
"We hope not only to unify some of the
disjointed Black organizations and stu-
dents here on campus, but also to share
our unique culture and unify this cam-
pus." While most other ethnic groups
have shows of this nature, such as the
immensely popular Indian American Stu-
dent Association show last semester,
Power Moves wishes to make sure that
there is a show of such a nature for those
of African heritage on campus. "We want
the show to be a celebration of black her-
itage not only for black students here,"
says Core member Olivia Jones, "But for
the extended black community and peo-
ple of other ethnic backgrounds."

Power' through past

McShane (with the hat)

and the boys part


Onesidezero delivers their own
brand of hard-edged rock

By Sonya Sutherland
Daily Arts Writer
Los Angeles is the city of stars and as the excess
behind the scenes of the eighties demonstrates, it's a
city to get lost in. In the 80s the city of
Angels dumped spandex, hairspray and
legwarmers, in the late 90s it dropped nu
metal nationally. Not quite whiny enough SOULFL
for emo but a little too hard for the aver- XI
age Creed fan, nu-metal may have been ONESI
the decade's answer to the early 90sS
grunge and mid 90s post-grunge era that State The
infected suburban America. Onesidezero Tomorrow
teams up with Soulfly and Static-X for
what promises to be an intense event in

Detroit tomorrow night.
While other bands have to rely on their on-stage
spectacle for success (Slipknot, Mudvayne anyone?)
whether using turn tables or multiple lyricist to get
attention, the attraction of Onesidezero is their ability

ater, Detroit
w at 5 p.m.

to provide a basic live performance that
feeds off their intensity as performers.
"The show is what we do. Its pretty hon-
est. It's a good time, a lot of energy and
people relate, and on a larger tour, that's
more people," said frontman Jasan Rad-
ford of onesidezero's move into the main-
Even after bigger tours with blockbuster
bands like 311 and Incubus, Onesidezero
has kept their intimate hard edge. Though

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