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The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazim
2B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, March 25, 2004
Random finds 'Milkshake' 'Toxic annoying
A guide to who's where,
what's happening and why T e We e d Ls
you need to be there ..Te We e d Ls
By Doug Wonert
Daily TV/New Media Editor
The Michigan Daily: Hi, is Hillary there?
Random: This is she.
TMD: You have been selected for the Random
R No kidding!
TMD: Seriously. Are you down for it?
R: Absolutely. I'm game.
TMD: If I wore a shirt that said "Kiss Me, I'm
Irish," would you do it?
R: Absolutely, why not?
TMD: That's great. Because I'm wearing one
R: Well, come on over.
TMD: I'll be right there, but I have to finish this
interview first. Do you like bangers and mash?
R: What's that?
TMD: I'm asking the question here. Yes or no?
R: Ok, I'll have to say ... possibly.
TMD: Which dance instructor is cooler, Wade
Robson or Darren from "Darren's Dance
R: I'll have to go with Darren because he has a
TMD; Do you know how to do the pop-and-
R: The pop-and-lock?
TMD: It was on Darren's Dance Grooves!
R: No, how do you do it?
TMD: It's a very complicated move involving
moving around and popping your shoulders and
R: But you have to be double jointed or some-
thing for that, don't you?
TMD: Not how Darren does it.
R: Darren's the man, though. How do you know
TMD: I work for Daily Arts. We know a lot of
things. Did you see that clip on CNN a while ago
where some breakdancers performed for the Pope?
R: No, is that a true story?
TMD: Yes, that is a true story. What do you
think the Pope thought about it?
R: I bet inside it was tearing him apart.
TMD: Breakdancing was tearing the Pope
R: Yeah, why not?
TMD: If someone used a pickup line on you,
would you go out with them?
R: If it was a creative one. If it wasn't like "I'll
be your daddy mac," I think I'd go with it.
TMD: Let me tell you that I can dance really
R: What can you do that could impress me?
TMD: I can do the pop-and-lock.
R: No, you can't.
TMD: Yes, I can.
R: Where does this go? Is this some little thing
or in a newspaper or what?
TMD: Yes, this is the Daily. We're a newspaper.
R: How do you pick people to do it?
TMD: Just randomly. That's why it's the Ran-
dom Student Interview. Let's talk politics ... do you
think George Washington had a nice smile?
R: I mean, he's on the dollar bill. That's not bad.
He should show his pearly whites more often.
TMD: You are aware he had wooden teeth,
R: Haha, no. Can you like use a different name,
like a pseudo-name? I wouldn't want to disgrace
TMD: What name would you like us to use?
R: What's a hot name? What name should I use?
TMD: Like Alexis?
R: Sure, Alexis sounds hot.
TMD: Let's go with that. Who was your favorite
father figure on "Full House:" Danny, Jesse or
R: Uncle Jesse. He was sexy.
TMD: You thought Uncle Jesse was sexy?
R: Oh yeah ... oh man ... are you kidding? He
has sideburns going for him.
TMD: What job do you think is the worst possi-
ble job you could ever have?
R: Hmmmm ... worst job ... Port-a-Potty clean-
er-outer ... that's what my roommate said.
TMD: So you're going to go with Port-a-Potty
R: No, let me get back to you. Next question.
TMD: What song is more annoying: "Who Let
the Dogs Out" or "The Macarena?"
R: I think "Toxic."
TMD: Why don't you like "Toxic"?
R: The words just kind of get annoying. And
that "Milkshake" song, but I think they retired it
TMD: You know about P. Diddy's group, right?
R: What group?
TMD: It's called Da Band. It's a rap group.
Do you think Da Band is the worst name for a
R: Yeah, that is pretty lame ... kind of vague,
don't you think?
TMD: Yeah, I mean ... they're not even a band!
If something was cool, would you say it was "sexy"
or would you say it was "all that and a bag of pota-
R: Oh, sexy, for sure.
TMD: So is "sexy" the new cool word to use?
R: It's not the cool word to use. You say what
you want. You say what you feel. You say what's in
TMD: You sound like a Hallmark card. Well,
thanks for doing this. Look for it in Weekend.
Jersey Girl Ben Affleck better
be thankful that Kevin Smith is
a helluva nice guy. We surely
know that, if we were casting
for a movie, we wouldn't take a
bum whose last feature role
was the lead in "Gigli." At
Showcase: 12:20, 2:35, 5:05,
7:25, 9:40, 11:55.
The Ladyldilers It's going to
be difficult to enjoy Tom Hanks
in a comedic role. We've all
become used to watching him
as a quirky sap who gets
romantically lostaat sea or who
spends his time sending cute e-
mails to a single gal. At
Showcase: 12:10, 2:30, 4:45,
7:15, 9:30, 11:45. At
Madstone: 1:00, 3:10, 5:20,
Never Die Alone If you're
going to bite the dust, you
might as well take a few other
homies with you. Good
thinkin', DMX. At Showcase:
12:55, 2:55, 4:55, 6:55, 9:00,
Oligarkh (Tycoon: A New
Russian) Do they think we'll
be fazed by the fact that this
is the highest-grossing film in
Russian history? That ain't
nothing here in the U. S. of A.
At Madstone: 1:00, 4:00,
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters
Unleashed This is another
one of those releases that
makes you wonder how it was
ever approved. At Showcase:
Noon, 12:30, 1:00, 2:15, 2:45,
3:15, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:40,
7:10, 7:40, 9:20, 11:25.
The Company Boo hoo.
Nobody gives a damn about
ballet. At Michigan Theater.
The Same River Twice
Intriguing love story that
unfolds in the Grand
Canyon . At Michigan
Theater. 7:15, 9:15.
Touching the Void
dude gets a really
knee injury. At
Theater. 7:00, 9:15.
Union, League offer student musicians accessible, affordable venues
By Megan Jacobs
Daily Arts Writer
It's no secret that establishing a
career in the music industry is an
ambitious goal. Dealing with the
workload of an average University
student doesn't make it any easier. For
local bands and solo acts trying to hit
it big, the University offers a few
opportunities to get a head start.
U Club Live in the Michigan
Union's University Club features some
of the hottest acts in town on Friday
nights. "While we would like to get
some up-and-coming artists, we really
focus on student bands," said Karla
Zinnecker, program coordinator for the
Union. Besides the usual alternative-
rock groups, the Union also offers
open-mic nights, a stand-up comedy
group Comedy Co., and Spoken Word,
a poetry reading.
As bands clamor for show dates, the
Union begins booking acts early in the
semester. "By the third week into fall
term, we are already filled up and
booking for winter," Assistant Program
Coordinator Kristen Deaton said. To
score a slot, bands must submit a demo
tape and come in to discuss contracts.
Headliners also get the opportunity to
choose their own openers after listen-
ing to other demos.
An attractive feature of U Club Live
is that, while it's free for students, me
band still makes a buck or two thanks
to support from the Union and Univer-
sity Activities Center. "We pay head-
liners $200 for a 45 to 60 minute set
and openers $50," Zinnecker said.
Budget cuts might drop the rates in the
next year, but the Union is trying to
save as much as possible with minimal
impact on students.
Future plans for the U Club and
individual bands are on the drawing
board. "Next year we would like to
expand ... record and compile a CD
and release it at an event party,"
Deaton said. If the necessary equip-
ment is available, this is a likely ven-
ture for this Central Campus hot spot.
The Michigan League boasts a
plethora of show opportunities for local
music acts. Friday Night Live, offered
every other Friday night, is similar to
that hosted by the Union; bands that
submit demo tapes two to three weeks
ahead of time can usually secure a show
date. "In the past we brought in locals,
but now we just focus on student
groups," Programming Coordinator
Benita Murrel said.
Like the Union, the League provides
a sound system, microphones, minimal
lighting and a stage. "It's a great place
for people to see a free show and a nice
opportunity to make money, but it's pret-
ty informal. You don't exactly feel like a
rockstar," said Tres Wolf, lead singer of
modern rock band Oblivion. League
headliners receive between $150 and
$200 and openers between $50 and $75.
Due to future budget cuts, those rates
are likely to drop next year.
Thursday Night Spotlight at the
League is a unique showcase. There is
a variety of performances, including a
cappella groups, comedic performanc-
es, poetry readings and Images of
Identity, a group of black comedians.
Thursday Night Spotlight has also fea-
tured Mentality, a student organization
that presents dialogues on mental
health. Another distinctive feature of
the League is Saturday Broadway.
Twice per term, the League sponsors
Musical Theater students to sing
Broadway songs in the Underground.
The League also features Six String
Coffeehouse. "It's a more folk-
acoustic venue," Murrel said. Six
String provides open-mic nights, too,
where solo singers get the opportunity
"A lot of times performing at the
League can really open doors," Mur-
rel said. "From here, students can
then book slots at the Blind Pig or
Despite the available venues on
campus, it is still an uphill climb to
break into the music industry. "It's
hard to get a foot in the door, especial-
ly at places like Blind Pig," said Wolf.
"We've been headlining there for a
while now, and we just started getting
contracted for Friday nights."
The University helps give aspiring
musicians a leg up by providing free
venues for performances. Lots of tal-
ent, in conjunction with affordable per-
formance venues, paves the road for a
big musical break.
50 First Dates Adam Sandier
must be greatly disheartened
by the fact that several of his
have been crappy romantic
affairs with Drew Barrymore
and Rob Schneider. That must
really suck. At Showcase:
Noon, 2:10, 4:25, 6:45, 9:00.
At Madstone: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15,
Dawn of the Dead
Supposedly it loses much of
the original's anti-consumer
undertones . At Showcase:
12:40, 1:10, 1:40, 3:00, 3:30,
4:15, 5:15, 5:45, 7:00, 7:30,
8:00, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 11:30,
Midnight, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.).
Hidalgo Viggo Mortensen is
obviously not a good cowboy.
He was on top of his game as
the drill instructor in "G.I. Jane"
and as Aragom in the "Lord of
the Rings" movies, but he just
can't make it happen on a sad-
dle. At Showcase: 12:50, 3:40,
6:30, 9:25. At Madstone:
1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:45.
The Passion of the Christ
We probably should probably
add violent depictions of
Christ's final hours to the list of
cinematic scenarios that are
guaranteed to make money.
At Showcase: 12:15, 12:45,
1:15, 1:45, 2:50, 4:05, 4:35,
5:35, 6:35, 7:05, 7:35, 8:05,
9:05, 9:35. At Madstone:
1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45.
Secret Window What will it
take to convince people that
Phone Numbers: Michigan Theater: 668-8397;
Stephen King no longer writes
decent material? "The Shining"
and "Pet Sematary" were darn
fine movies, but their good-
ness is no reason to support
the current garbage he's put-
ting out. At Showcase: 1:20,
3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:00, 10:30,
12:10, 12:40 (Fri. and Sat.). At
Madstone: 1:15, 3:20, 5:25,
Starsky & Hutch How do
people enjoy watching Owen
Wilson? He's a complete klutz
with the infantile brains of
Keanu Reeves and only half
the good looks. Ben Stiller
should set his standards a bit
hi gher. At Showcase: 1:05,
3:20, 5:50, 8:10, 9:50, 10:20,
Midnight, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat).
Taking Lives Giving an hon-
est description of this movie
would no doubt harm its
already abysmal performance.
So, in the spirit of generosity,
I'll do it about the only favor I
can imagine doing it: telling
you that Angelina Jolie gets
naked. At Showcase: 12:25,
2:40, 3:10, 4:50, 5:20, 7:45,
9:55, 10:25, 12:05 (Fri. and
Sat.), 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.).
Twisted It's too bad that this
movie list has to end with a
couple of piss-poor thrillers. At
least "Taking Lives" makes use
of Angelina Jolie's nakedness.
This film is completely irre-
deemable, and there's no rea-
son to try to make it sound any
better. At Showcase: 12:15 (Fri.
Quality 16: 827-2837; showcase: 973-8380;
The Triplets of Belleville
Have you ever seen silent ani-
mation? Have you ever seen
silent animation on weed? At
State Theater. 7:15, 9:30.
The Tallis Scholars The Tallis
Scholars are the leading inter-
preters ofaRenaissance sacred
music. St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church. 8 p.m. $30-
Don Giovani Come experi-
ence a powerful opera about a
devilish charmer performed by
the University's School of
Music. Mendelssohn Theater. 8
p.m. $8-$20. 764-2538.
The Glue Factory "The Glue
Factory" follows the lives of five
apartments and their experi-
ences during the blackout of
August 2003. Arena Theater. 7
The Company See Thursday.
At Michigan Theater. 7:00,
Fog of War Hey, General
McNamara, you're on Candid
Camera. At State Theater. 9:15.
Kitchen Stones A provoca-
tive tour-de-force about observ-
ing people's kitchen habits. At
Michigan Theater. 7:15, 9:15.
TIriplets of Belleville See
Washington St., Ypsilanti. 10
p.m. $5. 483-6374.
Michael Johnson Stomping
those slow soul singers from
the former Soviet Union. First
United Methodist Church,
1001 Green Road. 8 p.m. Free
Lady Sunshine & the X
Band The former mistress o
KCs backing band is back, and
with her own terrifying collec-
tion of rave-kids. The Firefly
Club, 207 S. Ashley St.9 p.m
Don Giovani See Thursday.
The Glue Factory See
The Company See Thursday
At Michigan Theater. 7:00
Fog of War See Friday. Al
State Theater. 2:15, 9:15.
Kitchen Stories See Friday
At Michigan Theater. 4:15
Touching the Void See
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The Scars Only the festering
and oozing kind tonight, none
of the little sissy ones you got
when your cat got run over.
The Elbow Room, 6 S.
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Matinee times at State Theater are effec-
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