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The Daily Arts
guide to the best
upcoming events
- it's everywhere
you should be this
weekend and why.

ON SCREEN
Looking to celebrate
Halloween with a movie
that's actually scary?
How about "The Shin-
ing"? M-Flicks is screen-
ing Stanley Kubrick's
seminal psychological
thriller for free at 8 p.m.
tomorrow at the Natural
Science Building. There's
also free candy and a Hal-
loween costume contest
for attendees with prizes
for the best costume.

ON STAGE
"iREPRESENTA!," "bilin-
gual theater for the
hip-hop generation,"
examines Latino identity,
immigration and Ameri-
can policy in Spanish,
English and Spanglish.
The play focuses on
Latin American culture.
The free event is at 7
p.m. tonight at 1324 East
Hall.

WORKSHOP
India's legendary "Bolly-
wood" film industry has long
been known for its dance
sequences. Divya Rolla
examines Bollywood dance
and production techniques
in tomorrow's "Bollywood
Dancing Workshop" ses-
sions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
in the Michigan League and
2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the
Michigan Union. $10.

SATURDAY
NIGHT
.WITH THE
WOLFMAN
By Blake Goble IDaily Film Editor

Remember this scenario? It's a late Friday or Satur-
day night, and there's nothing good on TV. Nada. You're
between the ages of eight and I6, so going out isn't really an
option. You flip through the channels; you consider renting
a video; you consider giving up and going to bed. We've all
been there.
But eventually, you manage to find something. It seems
to lack any intellectual insight, and it sure is odd. It prob-
ably has B-movie (or C-movie) content, hammy humor and a
whacky DJ-like master of ceremonies. The crazy character
running the show is corny, but also kinda fun: It's the "late-
night horror movie dude." Or as he prefers to br called, a
horror show host.
In Chicago, he's called "Svengoolie"; In L.A., she's
called"Elvira." But for Detroit and its surrounding sub-
urbs, it's Wolfman Mac and his-"Nightmare Sinema." The
program plays golden oldies from the horror genre, with a
cast of characters like Boney Bob, Creepy Clyde and Ivana
Werkagenn (you gotta see these guys). Michigan native Mac
Kelly, who worked in radio for more than 20 years, is the
creator of the new televised vault of horrors. He's also the
Wolfman.
While driving to a recent gig, Wolfman Mac opened
up in a phone interview about his success, his obsession
with cheesy movies and why occult programs like his

are here to stay.
"In my research, I found that there were no werewolf
characters hosting horror shows anywhere," Mac said. "You
got all the vampires with the crazy accents, you know, and
of course you got the guru types, with the lab coats, and
everything else. But no werewolves."
A refreshing spin on an old format, Mac's show is one of
the latest variations on a long-running, obscure genre. Mac
is part of the latest generation of hosts under the genre's
influence, but before he went on the air, he wanted to make
a point of creating his own identity.
"I think we think that we've done something a little
unique, because when I started this, I wanted to paytribute,
and I think I still do," Mac said. "But I didn't wanna copy
off of anybody ... I never wanted anybody to say 'Oh, they
copied off of those guys'"
"I know it sounds cocky, but I'm hoping I raise the bar a
little bit," Mac said.
For a sub-genre rooted in low-rent local theatrics, that's a
pretty tall order. But that doesn't mean Mac has to abide by
public access rules: He dreams big.
"I don't think anybody's gonna compete with 'Mystery
Science Theater 3000.' " Mac said. "That was just outra-
geous. What a great job those guys did. I just like to watch
See WOLFMAN, Page 4B

AT THE PIG
Like any great indie-
darling band, Sweden's
Dungen has a name that
nobody knows how to
pronounce. Either way,
the band's psychedelic
folk stylings have earned
its albums rave reviews.
The Nordic quartet hits
the Blind Pig at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday night. Tickets
are $12 in advance and
$14 at the door.

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