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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 14, 2005

ARTS

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Courtesy UIMiramax
"Have a Bolly, Bolly Christmas. Bad pun? I'm Sari."
Re-tooled Austen
tale still enchants

By Amanda Andrade
Daily Arts Writer

S R EV I E W
An intriguingly inscrutable title, along
with a preposterous amount of misplaced

TREVOR CAMPBELL/Dairy
Clockwise from top left: Alex Varkatzas and Travis Miguel of Atreyu, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way and Mic Thompson (7) of Slipknot.

MARCH MADNESS
THREE HEAVY-METAL SHOWS ROCK MOTOWN

indie cred propelled
director Gurinder
Chadha's "Bend it
Like Beckham" to
the coveted position
of summer sleeper
hit in 2003. Packing
a far more transpar-
ent title and a Bol-

Bride and
Prejudice
At the State
Theatre
Miramax

By Trevor Campbell
Daily Arts Writer
With the sudden resurgence of metal over the past
few years, an onslaught of live shows has descended
upon the Ann Arbor area, three of which hit Metro-
Detroit this weekend. The three tours totaled enough
screams to make your head bleed from the ears and
more tattoos than Bike Week in Daytona. Whether
it's the incendiary guitar solos of Unearth, the emo-
tion-packed scream of The Used or the masked may-
hem of Slipknot, this weekend had a little something
for each metal niche.
Thursday brought the rising metalcore quintets
Atreyu and Unearth to Pontiac's Clutch Cargos.
Acrobatic guitarists and pinch harmonics filled the air
of the club as the crowd moshed to the finger-tapping
guitar solos of up-and-coming guitar hero, Unearth's
Buz McGrath. Equally as stunning was Ken Susi,
who leaped through the air flinging his guitar like
a hula hoop.
Opening with "Bleeding Mascara," Atreyu came
out with guitar riffs that would make Metallica blush.

Songs like "The Remembrance Ballad" proved that
even ink-covered metalheads have a soft side.
The Taste of Chaos Tour with The Used, My
Chemical Romance, Killswitch Engage and a slew of
others rolled into Cobo Arena Friday night.
My Chemical Romance, fronted by the boisterous
Gerard Way. Strutting on stage with fake cuts scar-
ring his face, Way seemed to be ushering in another
make-up infused pop massacre, but creative chord
progressions and catchy riffs filled Romance's set
with an unexpected kinetic appeal.
The Used headlined the show, mixing songs from
their latest release In Love and Death with older songs
like "The Taste of Ink," during their hour-plus set and
concluding with a joint performance with My Chemi-
cal Romance.
Slipknot brought the weekend of metal to a close
at the heaviest of the three shows. Shadows Fall and
Lamb of God opened with similar sounds, but their
live sets were surprisingly divergent. Shadows Fall's
set was near album-quality sound, but with the excep-
tion of vocalist Brain Fair flailing dreadlocks, they
lacked any real stage flair. Lamb of God's sound
came out poorly mixed, but their maniacal demeanor
evened out the unflattering live sound.

Closing out the performance was the
laden, eight-member Slipknot. Easily
visually appealing performance, the ma
theatrically bounced around as their perc
rose on power-lifts broadening the view o
hem. Spotlights, projection screens and si
added to the aesthetic draw, but images sh
screens seemed to hinder and distract fror
formance instead of add to it.
Already missing one of their three per
due to a family emergency, it seemed both
surreal, when Chris Fehn broke his leg ju
the drum platform. Returning a song later
through the pain, banging his modified
while hobbling on crutches. Despite what s
eminent signs for a terrible show, the ban
through a 90-minute set packed with song
its nearly decade-long career.
With metal on the rise and new genre
springing up weekly, metal shows are p
Motown. From those stuck in an '80sI
filled world, to those seeking an emotiona
ballad fest, there is a show for everyone.]
in, and sound decibels hit their peaks ast
out the common message, let eardrums in

lywood superstar, Chadha's "Bride and
e disguise- Prejudice" retains the frenetic energy and
the most cheery spirit that made "Beckham" such a
asked men winner with American audiences. Its full-
ussion sets color palette, decadent dance numbers
of the may- and timelessly engaging storyline make
trobe lights "Bride" an infectious triumph in feel-good
own on the moviemaking.
n their per- Based on Jane Austen's classic novel,
"Pride and Prejudice," the film revolves
rcussionists around an independent young Indian
fateful and woman named Lalita Bakshi, played
umping off with mediocre talent by the incomparably
, he battled beautiful Aishwarya Rai. Lalita has three
keg drum sisters and a mother single-mindedly
eemed like determined to have them married. When
d raged on an arrogant hotel heir named William
;s spanning Darcy (Martin Henderson, "The Ring")
accompanies his friend to India and falls
off-shoots hard for Lalita's beauty and fiery person-
ouring into ality, sparks fly and elaborate musical
lead guitar numbers erupt to bring the pair together.
lly infused Literary purists and Jane Austen fanat-
Bands pour ics may decry the latest adaptation, and
bands send given the film's cheesy title, maybe it's
ng. hard to condemn them. Don't be fooled by
the changes in locale and name though,
the film is faithful to a fault. Also slightly

problematic is the fact that Lalita comes
off as a huge bitch. It's hard to posit why
an unreasonably gorgeous millionaire
would waste so much time pursuing a girl
who shakes her pretty finger scornfully,
preaching cultural tolerance while extend-
ing none to a man completely out of his
element. With Rai in the lead, however,
it's understandable. Her dialogue delivery
may be stilted, but her luminous smile and
sooty green doe-eyes deserve salaries of
their own.
Because Rai, a former Miss World,
has yet toachieve a fraction of her Indian
fame in the United States, it's likely to.
be the playful song and dance numbers
that carry the movie. Thankfully, they're
worth every penny of admission price.
Chadha demonstrates the same eye for
kinetic poetry she showed in "Beckham,"
replacing balletic soccer moves with
hyper-energized ensemble dance numbers
drenched in extravagant dazzling color.
Chadha doesn't have much sense for
weighty, important moviemaking, but her
pacing and tone-setting are without fault.
The film never lags or bores - a signifi-
cant accomplishment for a musical adap-
tation, a genre that can get bogged down
by show-stopping numbers. And while it
may lack the edge of hipper modern adap-
tations like "Clueless" (from Jane Austen's
"Emma"), the film is so bursting with
energy and eagerness to please, it's nearly
impossible to avoid cracking a smile.
And of course there's Rai. "Beckham"
catapulted the equally inert Keira Knight-
ley to fashion magazine quasi-stardom
(either that or some pirate movie with
Johnny Depp), so one can only hope
"Bride" will do as much for Rai. The
Bollywood queen and the vibrant good-
humored comedy end up, as the tagline
says, "a perfect match."

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By Khepra Akanke
Daily Arts Writer

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FINE ARTSi
Inspired by the unique and distinctive fashions on cam-
pus, the 27th 'Bronze Elegance Fashion Show,' themed
"The Freedom to BE you" was held Saturday in the Michi-
gan Union Ballroom. Featuring clothing from local tailors,
this event showcased the range of styles at the University.
Presented by the Alice Lloyd MYSTIC (Minority Youth
Striving to Incorporate Cohesiveness) multicultural coun-
cil, this year's Bronze Elegance fashion show was a major
success, featuring student models of all shapes, sizes and
ethnicities. Featured were the many, varied items needed
in a student wardrobe, ranging from the slightly outra-
geous fashions featured in the segment "lreak Out! Free-
dom to Be Different" to the unique hand-knit creations of
the RiNaCo Design Team in the scene, "Unique: Freedom
to BE Original."
Striving to motivate everyone to express his or her own
personal flair, the last segment, "The Freedom to BE You:
Do-It-Yourself," was the most dynamic. Each model chose
clothing that represented their personality and cultural

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LSA Sophomore Amanda King models beachwear.

heritage.
MYSTIC, has a primary goal of providing a safe
space for multicultural activities that will educate and
entertain residents. They sponsor several events on cam-
pus such as Alice Lloyd's "Taste of Culture" and discus-
sions to influence multicultural unity. Bronze Elegance
is their biggest event and this year's show was a truly
successful event.

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