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14B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magalie - Thursday, October 3, 2002

The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazin

A guide to who's where,
what's happening and why
you need to be there ...

The Weekly List

Thursday, Oct. 3
Wednesday, Oct. 9


Films opening .."",r



Igby Goes Down Now, that's a title I
like. You know, it puts images in my
head. At Showcase: 12:55, 2:55,
5:00,7:25,9:40, 11:50 (Fri. and Sat.)
Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie You want
to know how good we think this film is
gonna be, well don't check the paper,
because we aren't reviewing it. At
Showcase: 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 6:45,
8:45, 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.)
Moonlight Mile As good as Dustin
might be in this, it won't match his
Robert Evans impersonation at the

end of "Kid Stays in the Picture." At
Showcase: 1:35, 4:00, 6:30, 9:05,
12:00 (Fri. and Sat.)
Red Dragon I recently arrived from a
press screening for the new Hannibal
film, and if I am able to pay it one com-
pliment, it is this: it is better than
"Hannibal." At Showcase: 12:40,
1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 2:40, 3:20,_3:50,
4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 6:10, 6:40, 7:10,
7:40, 8:10, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30,
11:00, 11:40 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:10
(Fri. and Sat.) At Madstone: 1:00,
3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:35.

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Films holding

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Just like
"The Matrix," only this film sucks.
At Showcase: 1:05, 7:45. 2 stars.
The Banger Sisters With a little
more plastic surgery, Goldie could
probably play Kate Hudson's daugh-
ter in a movie and real life. At
Madstone: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30,
9:30 At Showcase: 12:30, 2:45,
4:55, 7:05, 9:35, 12:00 (Fri. and
Sat.). 2 stars.
The Barbershop They're talking
sequel at the Studio. Let's see, who
else can they offend? How about
JFK or Gandhi? No, I got it, Mother
Theresa. At Showcase: 1:50, 3:10,
4:25, 5:25, 6:50, 9:25, 9:55,
10:30, 11:35 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:05
(Fri. and Sat.). 4 stars.
Fast Runner If he is so fast then
why the hell can't he run out of our
theaters already? At Madstone:
1:05, 4:15, 7:30. 3 stars.
The Four Feathers Heath got his big
chance and he blew it. Blew it! Time to
add another feather to the pile, chump.
At Showcase: 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:40,
12:30 (Fri. and Sat.). 3 1/2 stars.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding I have
exhausted every possible funny
comment that can be written about
this film. Congrats "Greek," you are
the champion. At Madstone: 1:10,
3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 At
Showcase: 12:35, 2:35, 4:40, 7:15,
9:15, 11:15 (Fri. and Sat.). 3 stars.
One Hour Photo Sy is riding the
wave of psychopaths who handle
our family pictures. Just like the
killer in "Red Dragon" who works at
the video company in St. Louis.

Whoops! Spoiler. At Showcase:
1:25, 3:35, 5:45, 7:55, 10:05,
12:20 (Fri. and Sat.). 4 stars.
Sex with Strangers The title I dream
of, but the movie gives me night-
mares. At Madstone: 1:45, 3:45,
5:45, 7:45, 9:45. 0 stars.
Signs The next one is about a comic
book who befriends an alien that
sees dead people. It will make $400
million with a surprise ending. At
Showcase: 1:45, 4:15, 6:35, 9:10,
11:30 (Fri. and Sat.). 3 stars.
Spy Kids 2 Only one screening! And
it's not even at 4:20! And laugh,
now! At Showcase: 12:35. 3 1/2
Sunshine State John Sayles visited
our campus last year and I got his
autograph. If you knew who he was,
you'd be jealous. At Madstone:
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. 4 stars.
Sweet Home Alabama Okay Reese,
you've made your money. Now go
back to making films like "Election"
and "Freeway." You know, good
ones. At Madstone: 1:20, 3:20,
5:20, 7:20, 9:20 At Showcase:
12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:50, 3:20,
4:10, 5:10, 5:40, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00,
9:20, 9:50, 10:20, 11:45 (Fri. and
Sat.), 12:15 (Fri. and Sat.). 3 stars.
The Tuxedo The interview made the
front page so on behalf of the Arts
staff, we thank you News for push-
ing back that piece on asbestos in
dorm bathrooms. The kids can wait.
At Showcase: 12:50, 1:20, 3:00,
3:30, 5:05, 5:35, 7:20, 7:50, 9:45,
10:15, 11:55 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:25
(Fri. and Sat.). 1 1/2 stars.

For almost six years, Funktelligence has been bringing its own brand of alter-
native hip-hop to the good folks of Ann Arbor. With their unconventional mix
of two rappers, an R&B vocalist and live four-piece band, Funktell has
defined itself with an organic eclecticism that veers clear of forced, prefab
diversity for diversity's sake. A staple of the Blind Pig and other local clubs
around Southeastern Michigan, the group has persevered through constant
line-up changes and fickle college crowds to establish themselves as a unique
fixture of the Midwest rap scene with their two releases '99's Until Now and '02's
Earthtones. A forthcoming live disc recorded in July is due this winter.

Courtesy of MGM

You know that Hannibal is only in this for a few minutes, right?


Ken Alder Reads Associate professor of
history at Northwestern University, Alder
reads from and signs copies of his latest
book "The Measure of All Things: The
Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error
that Transformed the World." 7 p.m.
Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty.
Free. 668-7652.
Aleksandar Hemon Reads Hemon, author
of "The Questions of Bruno," reads from
his follow-up, "Nowhere Man: The Pronek
Fantasies." 8 p.m. Shaman Drum
Bookshop, 315 5. State. Free. 662-
Elling It's the last screening so don't be
the only one to miss it, although you
wouldn't be the only one. Michigan
Theater 7 p.m.
The Good Girl It wasn't so good of Rachel
Green to accept Joey's marriage propos-
al, now was it? State Theater 7 & 9 p.m.
The Kid Stays in the Picture It is leaving
after only a week-long run, shame on you
campus cinema. Michigan Theater 9:15
One Hour Photo Robin Williams is having
a pretty good year at the movies, if you
don't count "Death to Smoochy" and
"Insomnia." State Theater 7:15 & 9:15
The Indigo Girls Femmullets and bland
folk for the the low price of $35!
Michigan Theatre 603 E. Liberty St.,
7:30 p.m. $35. 468-1010.
The Ron Brooks Trio Go see the first
band to outnumber their fans. Bird of
Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5.

Komposit Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10
p.m. $6 ($8 under 21). 996-8588.
Defying Gravity A space shuttle astro-
naut, her daughter, and Claude Monet
are intricately woven into this new play
by Jane Anderson. "Defying Gravity" is a
theatrical look at mankind's heroic
attempt to transcend all earthly bounds.
8 p.m. Performance Network, 120 E.
Huron, $22.50, $19 for seniors. 663-
Imaginary Invalid This play by Moliere is
a brilliant and satirical look at the med-
ical profession. Argan is a hypochondriac
on the verge of financial ruin who devis-
es a scheme of marrying off his daughter
to one of his corrupt doctors in exchange
for free medical care for life. 8 p.m.,
Trueblood Theatre, Frieze Bldg, $8-20.
Molly Sweeny The title character in this
play by Brian Friel has been blind since
early infancy. Her new husband wants
her to have the gift of sight. This riveting
play is told from the perspective of Molly,
her husband, and the doctor who per-
forms the surgery. 6 p.m., Arena
Theatre, Frieze Bldg, Free. 764-6800.
The New York School: Abstract
Expressionism and Beyond This exhibit,
located in the Twentieth Century Gallery,
focuses on the important American art
movement led by a group of New York
painters who became known as the
abstract expressionists. Museum of Art,
525 S. State, Free. 7640395.

music, poetry, stories and performance
art. Everyone is welcome! Call 662-2770
and ask for Jessica to sign up for a time
slot. 7 p.m. Espresso Royale Caffe, 324
S. State. Free.
The Good Girl See Thursday. State
Theater 7 & 9 p.m.
Mostly Martha The sequel to "Ladybugs"
finally hits theaters! Michigan Theater
7:15 & 9:30 p.m.
One Hour Photo See Thursday. State
Theater 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.
Secretary Maggie Gyllenhal may not
appear in as many films as her brother,
but an S & M picture like this makes up
for a lot. Michigan Theater 7 & 9:15 p.m.
Domestic Problems Dave Matthews rip-
offs at rock bottom prices! Blind Pig, 208
S. First St., 10 p.m. $7 ($9 under 21). 996-
Chateau Worth your money. Weber's Inn
Habitat Lounge, 3050 Jackson Rd., 9pm,
free, 21 and over, 665-3636
Joce'lyn B & the Detroit Street Players
What ever is that apostrophe hiding?
Cavern Club 210 S. First St, 10pm, $8,
Defying Gravity See Thursday, 8 p.m'.,
$27.50 for seniors $24.
Imaginary Invalid See Thursday.
Molly Sweeny See Thursday, 7 p.m. and
11 p.m.
The New York School: Abstract
Expressionism kand Beyond See

'Recently, the band returned from their
first West Coast tour, playing dates in Los
Angeles and San Francisco and sharing the
stage with the
likes of Atlanta's
Alt-Rap hereos,x
A r r e s t e d
Based on that suc-
cess, Funktell is
debating leaving
town in pursuit ofa
bigger dreams,
possible on either
The band took
time out from their
latest recording
sessions at 40 oz.
Studios to speak
with the Daily
about their music
and their futures.
The Michigan
Daily: Tell me a
bit about the histo-
ry of the group.
Ian Lawler
(guitar): You got
about five hours! Quentin Joseph.
TMD: Well, the short version then.
Jackson Perry (MC Jax): In '96, my
senior year in high school, I started (the
TayIIgCaitlin Nish,
Writers: David Enders, Meg an
Murray, Neal Paisnand Scott Serilla
Photo Editor: David Katz
Photographers: Tony Ding, Emma
Fosdic and Frank Payne
Cover Photo: Tony Ding
Arts Editors: Luke Smith, Managing
Editor, Jeff Dickerson, Associate Editor
Editor in Chief: Jon Schwartz

band) with two other cats. We played our
first show April 31 and just went on from
A couple
months into the
band, Mike came
into the group,
like later that
summer I believe.
And Quentin, our
drummer, came in
not too long after
that. We just got
members here and
members there.
g. TMD: How
many members
have you had over
the years?
Lawler: Maybe
27-28 different
members. It's like
Spinal Tap.
Perry: But in
the past year, year
and half, it's pretty
much a new band.
TMD: Okay:
TONY DING/Daily Ann Arbor hip-
hop scene - is it
real or just a myth?
Perry: There isn't like a regular support-
ing audience. There are a few crews that do
pretty well, but you put on a hip-hop show
and there is no guarantee there's going to be
a crowd. We're trying to leave Ann Arbor; let
me just put that out there.
Michael Demps (MC IX Lives): Well,
the lack of a real scene here has developed
where we're coming from, let us have our
own voice. And it depends on how you
define a scene, because talent-wise, there
are some insanely talented cats here - guys
like Athletic Mic League.
The talent is here; there's just not a lot of
venues that are open to hip-hop, and the
venues that are open to hip-hop are just
opening up.
Lawler: It's really forced musical explo-
ration too, because you're not typecast to a
scene necessarily. Members have looked fur-
ther and further out for influences, which
has really helped, and it is especially going
to show on the stuff we're doing right now.
TMD: Building on that, let's talk about
some of your musical backgrounds.
Perry: We all grew up listening to differ-
ent music, but now I think there are some

Vocalist Melody Betts at 40 oz. Studios.
cross pollinations. I grew up listening to
hip-hop but also everything else from Stevie
Wonder to Steely Dan.
I went through my whole Poison, Skid
Row, Bon Jovi era
and then into the
grunge scene, but
throughout all of that,
I was always listening
to hip-hop and funk
music. And I know
there are some cats
that have grown up
playing music in the
church, and some
grew up playing jazz.
Melody Betts
(vocals): I think I
bring jazz and a little
bit of gospel. I did
some classical train-
ing too. All through
high school and col-
lege I studied classi-
cal voice.
Lawler: Before I
joined Funktell, I
really didn't even lis-
ten to that much hip-
hop at all. I came
from like classic
rock, The Beatles, Hubert Alexander.
Zepplin, Pink Floyd.
Then in the end of high school and begin-
ning of college, I got really into funk like P-
Funk, Sly and lots of Stevie Wonder. I most-

ly did lik
joined wil
on my sid
young kids

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