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14B -The Michigan Daily - ifkelid agaZile - Thursday, March 25, 2004

The Michigan Daily -Weekend Zl

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WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

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Courtesy of Full Service/J Records
Does that mean R. is Sundance?
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TOP 10
1. Feels Like Home,
Norah Jones -- Let's make a
deal, Norah. We'll give you all
the Grammys right now if you
promise to leave the Top 10 by
next week.
2. Split Personality,
Cassidy - Our 3-year-old's
name is Cassidy. She likes
ponies.
3. Fallen, Evanescence -
Amy Lee is the coolest Christian
since your mom.
4. In This Skin, Jessica
Simpson - "Jessica Simpson,
where has your love gone. It's
not in your music, no. Thanks,
Adam!
S. The Other Side,
Godsmack - Proof positive
that selling your soul to the
devil can getyou places fast.
6. The Coleg Dropout,
Kanye West We're dropping
out of school next week. You
know where to reach us, Jig a.
7. When the Sun Goes
Down, Keny Chesney - We
heard that 25 percent of the
profits go to the Bush campaign.
8. Bad Boy's 10th
Anniv .~ The Hfits. Various
Artists n'ydort you call us
anymore, Diddy? It's because we're
fat, isn't it?
9. Songs About Jane,
Maroon 5 - If we were
marooned on a desert island,
we sure as hell wouldn't want
this record with us. Zing!
10. Closer, Josh Groban
- Enjoy your last week in the
Top 10. Please don 't come back.

Cout e U y Ym OneBs.

I wrote a novell

WEEKEND
BOX OFFICE
Gross in millions of dollars
1. Dawn of the Dead (27.3)
- Unseating "The Passion" from
the top spot eams everyone in this
film a one-way ticket to hell.
2. The Passion of the Christ
(19.1) - Whatever. The book was
so much better than the movie.
3. Taking Lives (11A) - We
wouldn't want to see this even if it
weren't set in Canada.
4. Starsky & Hutch (10.6) -
Quit screwing around and make
"Meet the Fockers" already.
5. Secet Window (9.6) -
Johnny Depp should only be
allowed to play pirates ... and
maybe Keith Richards in a Rolling
Stones biopic
&. Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind (8.6) - If you
don't like it, you can always have it
erased from your memory
z Hidalgo (&S) - How much
do you have to suck to gofrom
Aragom to Frank T. Hopkins? Let's
ask iggo.
Agent Bans 2:
Destit Londo~n(6.0 -
What if we take James Bond, make
him an ugly American teenager
and then name him something
ultra-manly like Cody?
9. 50First Dates (4.3) -
Whatever. Lame.
10. Confessions of a
Teenage Drama Queen (1.5) -
Something tells us these confes-
sions aren't as dirrty as we'd like
them to be.

Kittel's
numerous
CDs are
impressiv
not just
because
of his
talent but
also
because
of his
youth.

Courtesy Jeremy Kittel

JEREMY KITTEL PLAYS THE FIDDLE

By Kirstin Northenscold
For the Daily
Jeremy Kittel is used to having peo-
ple comment on his age whenever they
hear him fiddle. Now a senior in jazz
violin in the School of Music, he was
the winner of the U.S. National Scot-
tish Fiddle Championship in 2000, has
been on National Public Radio's "A
Prairie Home Companion," has played
at the Millennium Stage at the
Kennedy Center in Washington, and
has produced two albums. All of this
by the age of nineteen.
At the age of 5, Kittel began playing
violin classically along with his broth-
er and sister. "I really liked it," Kittel
says. "I started doing some fiddling
when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I
went to a Scottish games and Scottish
festivals ... I saw fiddling there and
thought it was really cool and wanted
to learn about it and play it. So we
arranged to get a couple lessons from
someone in town."
By the age of 12, he was competing
nationally in Scottish fiddling. At the
age of sixteen he won the U.S. Nation-
al Scottish Fiddle Championship.
W in T'n uU
Senior Weekend Editor.
Niam SIn
Editor-
Sr Ch irum amilla
Writers: Dan Adams, Jennie Adler,
Forest Casey, lia Izenberg, Megan
Jacobs, Emily Liu, Punit Mattoo,
Jared Newman, Kirstin Northen-
scold, Doug Wemert
Photo Editors: Ejise Bergman,
Tony Ding, Ryan Weiner
Photographers: Trevor Campbell,
Forest Casey, Dory Gannes, David
Tuman
Cower Illustration: Elise Bergman
Arts Editors: Jason Roberts,
Managing Editor
Adam Rottenberg, Alex Wolsky,
Associate Editors
Editor In Chief: Jordan Schrader

"The coolest thing about (competi-
tions) was always getting to meet all
the other musicians and fiddlers who
were there and play with them and
learn from them," Kittel says. The U.S.
National Scottish Fiddle Champi-
onships are held at Scottish games,
complete with such traditions as hag-
gis, Kittel says.
After winning the National Fiddling
Championship, he decided he wanted
to get away from the competitive
aspect of playing fiddle. "Competi-
tions are always really what one per-
son or what a few people - it's their
opinion on a certain day," he says.
Kittel also felt that competitions
were restrictive when it came to devel-
oping a personal musical style. "I did-
n't have much freedom. I probably
couldn't play the way I do now at a
competition, so I wanted to more
develop my own style of music. It's
harder to do that in a competition set-
ting."
Kittel has begun experimenting with
his style and has been incorporating
jazz. "I started to get really interested
in (jazz) at the end of high school and
realized that it would be a great thing

to study in college even if I didn't end
up playing jazz professionally. At this
point I'd really like to play jazz profes-
sionally. I've really fallen in love with
it," he said.
His interest in jazz has influenced
his second album, Roaming, which is
stylistically much different than his
first album Celtic Fiddle. Many of Kit-
tel's songs on Roaming are written by
him or are variations on previous
songs. The songs vary from Scottish to
Irish, from jazz to classical and from
reels to jigs. His CDs can be found
locally at Borders Books and Music
and Elderly Instruments and online at
Cdbaby.com and Amazon.com.
One of Kittel's current interests is
improvisation. "Improvisation brings
so much freedom to music," he said.
"For me, it's the ultimate way to live in
the moment. I also love the interaction
of communication that hopefully
occurs between improvi sing musi-
cians."
"If I'm playing a traditional tune,
I'll try to take liberties with it," Kittel
says. "I'll take liberties creating new
melodies while still preserving the
integrity of the tune. I try to do every-

thing with an original voice."
For all of the songs on Roaming but
one, Kittel is accompanied by guitarist
John Behling, who, according to Kit-
tel, played a big part in Roaming. "John
and I have been playing together for a
couple years. We first met playing in a
jazz group together during my fresh-
man year of college."
Throughout Kittel's four years at the
University, he has worked most on
jazz with Music Prof. Donald Walden,
a saxophone player.
"Jazz is a language that's spoken on
many different instruments, and that
enables the musician to learn the jazz
vocabulary from somebody who does-
n't play the same instrument as they
do," Kittel says. "That's why I can take
(lessons) from a saxophone player."
Kittel has also been taking lessons
from a violinist at the School of
Music. Kittel feels that the musical
qualities of the saxophone and the vio-
lin compliment each other well.
Another one of Kittel's interests has
been writing his own music. "Writing a
piece usually begins with a really small
bit of material that comes to mind -
See KITTEL, Page 4B

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NEWS IN ENTERTAINMENT

HOT OR NOT?

THE PASSION OF THE PYTHON
Hot on the Heels of Mel Gibson's
runaway hit "The Passion of the
Christ," the Rainbow Film Company
will re-release the 1979 Monty
Python biblical spoof film "The Life
of Brian" to celebrate the 25th
anniversary of the controversial
satire, Reuters reports.
The film, about a Jewish man from
Nazareth who becomes a reluctant
messiah and is crucified bytthe
Romans, will open in New York and
Los Angeles in late April before
expanding nationwide.
According to Rainbow president
Henry Jaglom, the film is being re-
ieleased in order "to provide some
counter-programming to 'The
Passion.' "
Neither Jesus nor Mel Gibson
could not be reached for comment.

MY BEAUTIFUL FACE!
Reuters also reports that socialite and
amateur porn star Paris Hilton was
thrown from a horse in Hernando County,
Fla., while filming an episode for the sec-
ond season of Fox's "The Simple Life."
Despite sustaining no apparent injury,
Hilton was taken by helicopter to a Tampa
hospital. After a short stay for observa-
tion, she was later released.
SumMER NIGHTS
RollingStone.com reports that veteran
rockers Van Halen will regroup for an 11-
city U.S. tour this summer, their first in
five years.
Brothers Eddie Van Halen (guitar) and
Alex Van Halen (drums) will be joined by
bassist Michael Anthony and a singer yet
to be named, though rumor insists that the
band will invite previously ousted front-
man Sammy Hagar.

11

Middle East Film Series
"ESKIYA--T-E BANDIT"
Thursday, March 25 @ 7:30 pm,
Rackham Amphitheater; 915 E.Washington St.
Open to the Public - Free Admission
An award-winning and visually stunning feature film from
Turkey directed by Yuvuz Turgul
(1997/121 minutes/Turkish with English subtitles).
After serving a 35-year prison sentence, Baran, a Kurdish
bandit, is released and returns to his village only to find it
submerged under the waters of a new dam. He heads to
Istanbul where he is told that his lover resides. The encounter
between the bandit's "old-fashioned" criminal ways, and those
of the violent urban underworld of contemporary Istanbul,
intertwined with the film's romantic and quasi-magical
threads, make for a riveting film. Officially selected to
represent Turkey at the American Academy Awards in 1997.
Additional information at http://www.umich.edu/-iinet/cmenas/
Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African
Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

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