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Phillips MP3 player
bows down to iPod

By Marie Bernard

By Charles Paradis
--Daily Arts Writer
With the Apple iPod being all the
rage and making an appearance in 50
Cent's video for "P.I.M.P.," it was only
a short time before a similar product,
but geared more toward the PC was
released. Granted, the IPod can be
,used by a Windows user, but while it
will play MP3s, it
will not play HDD 100
=WM's which, at a Aud 10
.smaller size and
lower transfer rate, Jukebox
~sound better than Philips
_MP3s. Philips has
-answered this demand, recently releas-
,ing the HDD 100 Audio Jukebox,
.which not only has a sufficiently large
thard drive, but also plays WMAs.
Unlike the iPod, the Audio Jukebox
is only available with a 15 GB hard
drive - adequate for most users. The
user interface is strikingly similar to
the IPod and is very intuitive, withan
easy learning cure. Listeners will be
,able to locate any song on the HDD
100 within moments of picking up the
Jukebox. The Jukebox is also
equipped with a microphone for
recording purposes, but this is even
less useful than a cell phone with a
camera and really shouldn't be a sell-
ing point. The remote control however,
-is of good use as you can put the Juke-
box on hold and place it in your pock-
et, but still be able to skip songs and

Daily Arts Writer
The students who love Basement Arts, the Uni-
versity's entirely undergraduate-run theater compa-
ny, call it simply "The Basement." This term draws
attention to the "underground" nature of the group,
which is a distinct community of actors, theater
technicians, directors and writers who thrive inde-
pendently of any faculty oversight. They produce an
average of 20 shows a year on a small budget of
only $100 per show. "Basement" also refers literally
to the stage where their shows come to life - the
Arena, a small black-box theater located in the
basement of the Frieze Building.
For the diverse group of University students who
have made "The Basement" their home, it is a per-
fect ground to develop a mature relationship with
theater arts through actual application. "If anyone is
going to learn anything from theater, it's by actually
experiencing it hands-on," says Rachel Chapman, a
BA board member and junior in Music and the
School of Art and Design. "We give the directors
complete artistic free-
dAM "

Courtesy of Philips

So cool.

adjust volume.
The one major drawback the HDD
100 presents is that it has a tendency
to lock up, especially if you try to play
low quality - 64 Kbps - WMAs.
When customer service was contacted
about this problem, its response was
that the company knew it was a prob-
lem and the only solution is to reset
the Jukebox, a simple process, but an
inconvenience. While the IPod is now
in its third generation and has had the
opportunity to work out many of its
flaws, the HDD 100 seems to be a
product that was rushed to the market
despite the fact its manufacturers were
aware of its problems. If you like
using Windows Media Players and are
attached to your WMAs, you might
look into the HDD 100, but with dif-
ferent hard drive sizes available and
superior design and function, the IPod
is still the top dog in MP3 players.

Since its founding,
Basement Arts has
remained committed to
producing "high-quality,
free theater for the Uni-
versity of Michigan and
Ann Arbor communities." BA
board and draws its actors,c
from various departments w
although most of its member
The bulletin boards of the Fri
recruiting board for future B
Schuster-Craig, a student inI
and the current director of Bas
"Basement Arts is a tight-kni
remarkable how many new p
year. We're always looking f
you're a writer, it's a very welc
The Basement Arts seaso
disparate schedule of comp
given season, Basement has

A is run by a student ductions, senior theses, traditional drama, per-
directors and writers formance art, costume shows, concerts-some of
ithin the University, which are the finest productions on campus," says
s are Theater majors. LSA senior Brian Lobel, who has directed a num-
eze Building act as a ber of Basement shows. "While many people
3A members. Joanna spend a lot of time and money on big fancy pro-
the School of Music ductions, Basement keeps it simple, allows the stu-
ement Arts, notes that dent a real chance to be creative, and the results
t community, but it's can be amazing."
eople come in every Directors propose their works to the board, who
or new talent, and if will approve productions based on the strength of
oming space." the director's vision and its capability to translate to
n always presents a the Arena stage. Once approved, the directors are
elling theater. "In a assigned a weekend in which their show will be pro-
student-written pro- duced. They are responsible for every aspect of the

Courtesy of
SBasement Arts
I think
show, but BA board members are always on hand to
connect new directors with the technical theater
crew that they need.
This year's season is already in progress. Steve
Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" and Sarah
Kane's "Blasted" have drawn in large audiences
over the last two weekends, and upcoming shows
include "Boy's Life," by Howard Korder, and
"Tango," by Slawomir Mrozek.
Every successful Basement Arts production is
ultimately a reflection of the enthusiasm, talent and
independent spirit of all of it's members. Kristen
Johnson, Basement Arts publicist and a Music
sophomore, says: "I went to Basement Arts shows
my whole first year here and I was always so
impressed by them. I just wanted to come in and
work with all kinds of different artists - I can work
with fabulous writers, lighting designers, actors,
sound technicians ... it's great to have such talented
people work in such close quarters."
For more information, visit the Basement Arts
website at www.umich.edu/-basement.

No yellow cards issued
on new Beckham' DVD

Dashboard three-peats at Detroit's State

By Charles Paradis
Daily Arts Writer
"Bend it Like Beckham" was hailed
as one of the must-see movies of last
-year. Now, for fans of the film, it is one
of the must-own DVDs. The film tells
the tale of a young Indian girl, Jess
(Parminder Nagra), living on the out-
skirts of London, who dreams of being
a professional soccer player. It is a story
of culture clash, as Western values con-
flict with traditional Indian principles,
dear to the hearts of Jess' immigrant
The DVD is not jam packed with fea-
tures, but it does offer a few entertain-

ing options aside from the film itself.
The commentary of director Gurinder
Chadha is both amusing and insightful
and worth listening to for those interest-
ed in background information about the

By Vanessa Miller
Daily Arts Writer
After selling out two nights of
shows in Detroit at the State The-
atre, the once unknown Dashboard
Confessional added yet another

film. The movie's
obsession with
Aloo Gobi, which
rivals that of,
Beckham, is car-
ried on in the spe-
cial features, as

Bend It Like

show for their
adoring fans. Yes,
it is indeed prima-
rily angst-ridden
pre-teen girls
sporting the
wardrobes that

Monday, Oct. 6
At the State Theatre

is straying into the realms of pop
music. Their new album A Mark, A
Mission, A Brand, A Scar debuted at
number two, selling 200,000
albums, dramatically different to the
release of their last album.
Dashboard shows are honest
because that is the reality of its
music: sweet and simple commen-
tary on love and loss which speaks
both to 15-year-olds and those in
their twenties. This is truly apparent
in their shows as the crowd belts out
Carrabba's words without bashful-
ness. On Monday night, they
appeased their audience by opening
up with "For you to Notice" an old
song off of their small So Impossi-
ble EP which features some of their
most raw music as well as their cur-
rent single, "Hands Down."
Throughout the concert the band
mixed songs from the past as well as

songs from the new album meshing
together his transition as an artist;
and the relationships he has had
throughout the years. In the relaxed
nature of the show, Carrabba even
graced us with his own version of
"Teenage Dirtbag" by Weatus that
oddly reflected most of the crowd.
Carrabba never lets his adoring
audience down and is able to pro-
vide beautiful live renditions of his
songs that evoke feelings of first
dates, Saturday afternoons in bed
and screaming infidelities.

there is both a recipe for the cauliflower
and potato dish as well as a step-by-step
cooking show featuring Chadha herself
All in all, the DVD is what a DVD
should be, a good compliment to the
film. It will not convert anyone from a
Beckham hater to a Beckham lover, but

for those who enjoyed the film, it offers
a few worthwhile extras.

reflect Avril Lavigne and Kelly
Osbourne adoring Chris Carrabba
almost in boy band fashion. But
beyond the surface this band is
slowly moving beyond the con-
straints of being simply an emo
group and with its growing success

Film: ****
Picture/Sound: ***I
Features: ***

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