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14B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, March 14, 2002
A guide to who's where, Thursday, March 14
what's happening and why through
you need to be there ... The W eekly List Wednesday, March 20
Films opening

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazini

Harrison's Flowers This is not a heart-
breaking and inspring story of Harrison
Ford and his world-famous rose garden,
but after watching it, you will wish it
was. At Showcase: 1:30, 4:15, 7:20,
9:55, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.)
Ice Age Fox enters the digital animation
world, so far ruled by Pixar and Shrek;
somhow I don't think the voice of Ray
Romano will compare to Mike Myers'. At
Showcase: 2:30, 4:30, 6:45, 8:45,
10:45 (Fri. and Sat.)
Films h
All About the Benjamins P Diddy has
since retracted this statement after see-
ing Ice Cube's film. At Showcase:
12:55, 1:25, 3:05, 3:35, 5:10, 5:40,
7:35, 8:05, 10:00, 10:30, 12:00 (Fri.
and Sat.), 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.). y
A Beautiful Mind Now, it isn't the factu-
al errors that will help this film's Oscar
chances, it's the fact that the star is
such an asshole. At Showcase: 2:50,
3:40, 6:40, 9:25, 12:05 (Fri. and Sat.).
Big Fat Liar The surprise hit of the winter
season; someone kill Malcolm now! At
Showcase: 12:20,.2:20, 4:40, 7:05. *
The Count of Monte Cristo Get this, the
last name of this book's author is
Dumas. Why that's funny I don't know, I
just wanted to point it out anyway. At
Showcase: 7:00, 9:30, 11:55 (Fri. and
Sat.). ***
Dragonfly Hey, at least its better than
"3000 Miles to Graceland." At
Showcase: 2:15, 4:25, 9:05, 11:15 (Fri.
and Sat.). *
40 Days & 40 Nights I hate Josh
Hartnett! How many guys can decide to
not get any? Josh, pass some of those
chicas this way. At Showcase: 12:25,
2:50, 4:50, 7:15, 9:15, 11:10 (Fri. and
Sat.). **i
In the Bedroom Somehow still in the-
aters. Miramax is the devil. At
Showcase: 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50.
John Q The dearly departed Ted Demme

I1

Resident Evil Milla "Return of the Blue
Lagoon" Jovovich is in it and that is all
you need to know. At Showcase: 1:10,
2:40, 3:00, 3:30, 5:15, 5:45, 7:30,
8:00, 9:45, 10:15, 12:00 (Fri. and Sat.),
12:30 (Fri. and Sat.)
Showtime Is DeNiro trying to make us
forget that he knows how to act? At
Showcase: 1:05, 2:35, 2:45, 3:15, 5:00,
5:30, 7:25, 7:55, 9:35, 10:05, 11:40
(Fri. and Sat.), 12:10 (Fri. and Sat.)
olding
makes a cameo in Denzel's melodrama;
don't worry Ted, we will never forget
"Who's the Man?" At Showcase: 12:10,
2:40, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10, 12:25 (Fri. and
Sat.). ***
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of
the Ring Isn't it about time for that "Two
Towers" preview about now; I can't wait
any longer! What happens next?! At
Showcase: 1:15, 4:45, 8:15, 11:35 (Fri.
and Sat.). *****
Monster's Ball Still Puffing away at your
local Cineplex, Mos Def-initely. At
Showcase: 12:05, 6:55. ****
Queen of the Damned So I guess Aaliyah
couldn't act or sing; why is everyone
missing her so much? At Showcase:
10:25, 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.). **
Return to Neverland OK, that last com-
ment was a little harsh. Sorry. At
Showcase: 1:20, 3:10, 4:55.
The Time Machine I bet Dreamworks
wishes it could go back in time and find
a better script for this disaster. An Uber-
Morlock? Come on. At Showcase:
12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 2:25, 2:55, 3:25,
4:35, 5:05, 5:35, 7:10, 7;40, 8:10,
9:20, 9:50, 10:20, 11:20 (Fri. and Sat.),
11:50 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:20 (Fri. and
Sat.). *
We Were Soldiers I want to see it just to
watch Chris Klein die; where's the pop-
corn! At Showcase: 1:00, 4:00, 6:50,
9:10, 9:40, 11:45 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:15
(Fri. and Sat.). ***

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Robert DeNiro sell out to the camera in "Showtime" and sells out to the movie industry at the same time.

MANISH RAIJI/Daily
The sign for the world famous Partagas cigar factory - a symbol of Cuba - against the backdrop of the capitol building - a symbol of neo-colonialism
Uii 1 -C IT 13&AIV

Thursday

BOOKS
Dr. Dennis Chemin Reads Chernin reads
from and signs copies of his book "How to
Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras and
Breath." 7 p.m., Borders Books & Music,
612 E. Liberty St., free; 668-7652.
Rachel Vail Reads Vail reads from and
signs copies of her book "Sometimes I Am
Bombaloo." 7 p.m., Borders Arborland,
3527 Washtenaw Ave., free; 677-6948.
Brock Clark Reads Clark reads from his
book "What We Won't Do." 8 p.m.,
Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S. State
St., free; 662-7407.
CAMPUS CINEMA
Ann Arbor Film Festival The 40th Annual
Film Festival plays the Michigan Theater
until the 17th. For full schedule and tick-
et information, please check the festival
website: www.aafest.org
Amelie I'm sure someday it will be funny
that Renee Zellweger got nominated but
Audrey Tatou didn't; today is not that day.
State Theater; 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.
Gosford Park If you can walk out of this
theater knowing everything that hap-
pened, then you are a better man than
me. State Theater, 7 p.m.
Monster's Ball Watch out, Sissy, Halle is
taking aim at you. State Theater, 9:30
p.m.
MUSIC
Millish A fusion band with aggression fea-
turing champion fiddle master Jeremy
Kittel. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., 8 p.m.
$12.50 761-1451.
Blues Night: The Witch Doctors Great tim-
ing, my witch wasn't feeling so well. The
Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St. 8 p.m. $5
665-9090.
The Ron Brooks Trio In these changing
times it is good to see that some things
stay the same. Bird of Paradise, 312 5.
Main St., 8 p.m. $5 662-8310.
THEA TER
The Lucky Spot This rarely performed
Beth Henley play, set in New Orleans in

the 1930s, tells the story of Reed Hooker,
who acquires an old house on a lucky
hand of poker and turns it into the Lucky
Spot Dance Hall. 8 p.m., Ann Arbor Civic
Theatre, 408 W. Washington St., $8; 971-
2228.
The White Rose This play portrays the
true story of five German college students
who protested against the Third Reich
during WWII. 8 p.m., Performance
Network, 120 E. Huron St., Pay-what-you-
can preview; 663-0681.
The Boys Next Door Basement Arts pre-
sents this poignant Tom Griffin play about
a group of four mentally handicapped men
living under the care of a burnt out social
worker. 7 p.m., Arena Theatre, Frieze
Bldg, Free; 764-6800.
ALTERNATIVES
Cavafy's World This exhibit, located in the
Works on Paper Gallery, presents a series
of etchings by well-knownnBritish artist
David Hockney. The drawings focus on
Hockney's representations of themes
explored by poet Constantine P. Cavafy,
including homosexuality and human mem-
ory. Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S.
State, Free; 764-0395.
Women Who Ruled: Queens, Goddesses,
Amazons 1500.1650 This new exhibit=
focuses on the representations of power-
ful females during the 16th and 17th cen-
turies, a time when numerous states and
kingdoms were led by women. Michigan
Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Free;
764-0395.
Friday
BOOKS
Making A Place for Literature One-day
conference on literary publishing and
communities of print, in honor of Laurence
Goldstein and his 25 years as the editor of
the Michigan Quarterly Review. Featuring
Charles Baxter, Laurence Goldstein and
many more. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Michigan
League, 911 N. University Ave., free; 763-
4139.
CAMPUS CINEMA
Ann Arbor Film Festival See Thursday.
Michigan Theater.
Amelie See Thursday. State Theater, 6:45

& 9:15 p.m.
Gosford Park See Thursday. State
Theater, 7 p.m.
Monster's Ball See Thursday. State
Theater, 9:30 p.m.
MUSIC
Donkey Punch Just as the bruise was
healing here it comes again. The Blind
Pig, 208 S. 1st St., 10 p.m. $5 ($7 under
21) 996-8555.
Mike Beattie Acoustic folk with a bit of
rock. Zou Zou's, Chelsea, 8 p.m. Free
433-4226.
Oblivion What is drink yourself into?.
T.C.'s Speakeasy, Ypsilanti 10:30 p.m. $3
483-4470.
Los Mutequitos de Matanzas Combining
traditional Cuban rumba with modern
influences, this group will fuse percus-
sion, song and dance into an exciting per-
formance. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, $16-32;
764-2538.
THEA TER
West Side Story MUSKET puts a contem-
porary spin on this classic 1950's musical
about star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria
with a large, multi-ethnic cast. 8 p.m.,
Power Center, $7 students/$13 adults;
764-0450.
The White Rose See Thursday, 8 p.m.,
$25.
The Lucky Spot See Thursday, 8 p.m, $14-
16.
The Boys Next Door See Thursday, 7 p.m.
and 11 p.m.
ALTERNATIVES
Cavafy's World See Thursday.
Women Who Ruled: Queens, Goddesses,
Amazons 1500.1650 See Thursday.
Saturday
BOOKS
Author Reception and Book Signing In
honor of the authors of "The Learning in
Retirement Collective," who also wrote

x DENTITY

By MANISH RAIJI
AND
WAJ SYED
DAILY ARTS WRITERS
HAVANA - "No estd para los Cubanos."
The scripted phrase is repeated so often and
with so little emotion that it seems almost
nonchalant -.as if Cubans not only under-
stand that there are parts of society shut off
for them, but that they don't even care. If one
were willing to take this canned answer at
face-value, the only conclusion to be reached
is that some of those finer things in life - a
drink in a bar, a nice home, a night at a disco
- are simply unimportant to the average
Cuban.-
Such things exist in Cuba, contrary to popular
conceptions. In fact, as far as things-to-do, Cuba
has got it all.
Editors: -
Matt
WGrandstaff
Ja ne KrU ll
MAGAZINE
Associate Editors: Caitlin Nish, Andy
Taylor-Fabe
Writers: Stacy Anderson, Arun Gopal,
Johanna Hanink, Zac Peskowitz,
Manish Raiji, Rebecca Ramsey, Waj
Syed
Photo Editor: David Katz
Photographers: Emma Fosdick, Kelly
Lin, Leslie Ward, Jessica Yurasek
Cover Photo: Manish Raiji
Arts Editors: Lyle Henretty, Luke
Smith, Managing Editors, Jeff
Dickerson, Associate Editor
Editor in Chief: Jon Schwartz

WHAT TO DO:
Old Havana is the epicenter of pre- and post-
Revolutionary culture. It's the place to go for sight-
seeing, good restaurants, great bars and jazz clubs,
museums ... the whole nine yards of a cultural,
relaxed, top-dollar Caribbean escapade.
Though restaurants (good restaurants) tend to be
harder to find, there's nothing like winging the
bar/caf6 circuit for food - even if the outcome is less
than palatable. (Note to vegetarians: Bring granola
bars). If nothing else, the $1.00 ham and cheese sand-
wiches found at roadside stands is a good tide-over.
The Cuban drink of choice is the mojito, a fabulous
concoction composed of rum, soda water, rum, lime
juice, mint leaves and sugar (and lots of it). If you
order a daquiri, order it "natural"; only tourists ask for
frozen daquiris.
No good tourist trip can be complete without a loop
of the clubbing circuit. Vedado, Havana's central
neighborhood, and Miramar, its western-most
province, provide plenty of night life. The dresscode
may be casual at most places, but the rules are twist-
ed. Don't go to a disco expecting to dance the night
away with one of the beautiful Cuban women you find
inside - unless you are willing to pay. Prostitution is
rampant in Cuba; so rampant that the propositions get
boring.
Cuba is in a state of flux; trapped in opposing his-
torical fallacies. From the colonial-era El Capitol, the
now defunct Cuban Parliament, which is a replica of
its namesake in Washington, D.C., to the El Museo
del Revoluci6n, the old presidential palace that has
been converted from its colonial-era purpose into a
shrine to Communist Cuba (complete with bullet
holes, Che's boots and oddly, no mention at all of the
Cuban Missile Crisis), to the ritzy and ostentatious
Hotel Nacional, the best-preserved building in
Havana - an homage to tourism - experiencing
Cuba is like experiencing a political and ideological
time machine. The 2002 Audi A6 driving past
Havana's famous taxi stand, where tourists can pay a
couple extra dollars to ride in a 1950s-era Packard -
complete with Soviet era body job and North Korean
tires - serves to highlight this conflicting yet con-
sorting paradigm that is Cuba.
Go see the beaches, go scuba diving, make your
way around cigar plantations, rum factories and the
classic car museum. Buy the fucking Lonely Planet

guide to Cuba.
Because this piece is not about what to do, what to
see. It's about what to think.
WHAT TO THINK:
Tourism is only one part of Cuba - a small part of
it. It is in Cuba, but it does not belong to Cubans.
There are subtle indications to show how disjointed
the Cubans' Cuba is from the tourists' Cuba. Guards
stand at attention at every street corner, making sure
that no Cuban speaks to a tourist for any longer than
it takes to give directions to a landmark. Outside of
jazz clubs, Cubans stand
by the windows, watching
the tourists and enjoying
the music - but security
guards at the door make
sure that they can't come
in. The hotels and discos
turn away any Cuban
females - unless they
are accompanied by a
tourist (in which case, it's
a safe bet that she's been
paid for).
This security is decid-
edly secluded to very spe-
cific parts of the - city -
the parts that tourists visit.
In the southern neighbor-
hoods of Havana, if one is
willing to walk far enough
away from the lights and
the beach (and past the
final guard on any given
street, who will surely Two children play stickba
warn you that "No hay
nada para ti mis ally de aqui" - there is nothing for
you beyond here), a very different picture can be seen.
This is the picture of the average Cuban - who
does not work in the totirist sector, who gets paid in
Cuban pesos instead ofAmerican dollars (and is there-
fore much poorer than Cubans involved in the tourist
sector) and has come to loathe the perversion of
Cuban culture at the hands of "los extranjeros."
In the south-west corner of the Vedado neighbor-
hood of Havana -where there is an open hostility
toward tourists - the shocking disparity between the
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