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of a newly discovered city, and
always ends with 12-hour days
packed with museum exhibit
after museum exhibit, a hasty
dinner in an overlooked tavern
and a quicktaxi ride to spend the
evening in an opera house.
I enjoy exhibits. I enjoy cultur-
al excursions. I thoroughly love
ballet, theater and opera. There's
no denying I love a day at the spa
as well. But aswith most things,
my family goes all or nothing,
and relaxation usually gets the
ax when traveling. Rather than
argue and complain, I've devel-
oped a set of strategies to cope
with the never-ending onslaught
of artistic diversion.
It starts with acceptingthat
you're not going to get to spend
days lounging around a hotel.
And there's really no point in
doing so, either. You traveled to a
possibly exotic, foreign destina-
tion. You spent serious money
on airfare. You over-packed,
paid the $50 fine for overweight
baggage and sat next to a crying
child for eight hours so you could
experience something outside
of free Wi-Fi and lobby donuts.

at its finest
ate acceptance of your Mona Lisa, you'll be able to spend
tances is imperative to a qualitytime looking at Alexandre
ful trip. Kojeve's photos at The Palais de
, you have to convince Tokyo in Paris. Don't panic. Six
f that sightseeing doesn't hours ina museum seems like an
be horrible because trav- eternity, but the best part is there
red stress isn't inevitable. is so much to explore. Six hours
ng time, I dreaded the 4 will feel more like three. And
ke-up calls, my grand- after a pleasant museum-cafe
interrupting my slumber lunch, family bonding and listen-
me and shove me onto a ingto those headphone-guided
I'd grumble, shuffling my museum tours, you're goingto
whole way, ignoring my feel good about spending the day
y plugging my ears with learning something new.
ones. Everything was so The real problem starts when,
only it wasn't. It was me. after the first two museums,
e Debbie Downer. Rather there's another one. And then a
pect the worst, take it for trip to the local theater. And sud-
is: a day spent discover- denly, it's 1 a.m., you're exhausted
reasons a city is a cultural and your family is already dis-
tion. cussingthe pros and cons of
startingthe day earlier tomorrow.
No need to worry, because
re came we something glorious will happen.-
All of a sudden, you'll get back to
W we learned, your hotel, pass out immediately
from exhaustion and wake up at
10 a.m. - bright-eyed and bushy-
tailed - because everyone always
arriving to your first sleeps in the second day. You'll
a exhibit, pause every- go to a nice breakfast place, walk
nd consider this: Is it the around a couple parks and go to
? The Guggenheim? The a local gallery. Suddenly, all the
age? The Met? Listen - if grandiose plans will not seem as
it out. There is nothing grandiose after you tackle your
citing than experienc- first day abroad.
ancient history, art and I've been to eight countries
ture of world-famous outside the U.S., and most of
ns. There is a reason peo- those trips were taken with my
d hours in line to see the family. I've experienced every
of these buildings. You'll kind of jet-lag and every kind of
mething. You'll have new- travel disaster, and I'm going to
espect for Degas, Monet or be honest: The best part of any
You'll decide to buy a paint trip is leaving the destination
ry your hand at drawing feeling different, feelingthat the
ers. You'll fail, butyou'll trip was worthwhile. You can
red to do something other shop anywhere. Seeing Anna
hat your bestfriend. Netrebko sing, on the other hand,
r-known museums are isn't an everydayoccurrence.

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Fox 2000

Rich visuals, juicy
effects overcome
filmic fat
By ANDREW MCCLURE
Daily Arts Writer
Good films can be typified into
one of two categories: tender-
loin or rib-eye. A tenderloin film
doesn't flirt
with superflu-
ous subplots
and flows effi- le Of Pi
ciently from
start to finish. At Quality16
A rib-eye feeds and Rave
on visual spec-
tacles and emo- Fox2000
tive revelations.
"Life of Pi" falls into the latter,
as eye-candy CGI and evocative
narrations paint a stunning pic-
ture. Alas, like with any rib-eye,
one must circumvent the fat.
Returning from a three-year
hiatus, director Ang Lee ("Broke-

back Mountain") delivers an ace
direction of "A story to make
you believe in God." It's a taste-
fully honest adaptation to Yann
Martel's accolade-heavy novel of
the same name, which President
Barack Obama openly tagged as
"an elegant proof of God, and
the power of storytelling." Par-
ents of defiant, atheistic teenag-
ers should not expect spiritual
conversion, because "Pi" tackles
religion on the tangent rather
than in-depth. Undying and
unrelenting hope, however, is at
the forefront.
Pi (played with resolve by
newcomer Suraj Sharma) is a
gentle, intellectual 16-year-old
Indian boy whose name tells a
story on its own. His entrepre-
neurial family architects a zoo,
one teeming with zebras, spider
monkeys, hyenas and a Bengal
tiger named Richard Parker. Shit
nears the fan when they must sell
the zoo animals in Canada. They
hop aboard a freighter across the
deep blue sea, only to encounter

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rn-eye
ferocious perfect-storm waves.
Everyone - persons and ani-
mals alike - perishes, except Pi
and a few zoo companions. Soon
after, only Pi and Richard Parker
remain on a lifeboat with their
wits, hunger, agony and spirits to
keep them afloat.
To most, a story to make you
believe in God is a tall order for
any believer or non-believer. Lee,
staying true to his source novel,
approaches this with man's most
thought-provoking fear: death. In
an early scene, Pi's father forces
his son to watch Richard Parker
devour a goat to demonstrate the
sheer soullessness of a beast. Pi
retorts, "animals do have souls."
This interspecific egalitarianism,
unique to Pi, serves as his saving
grace with Richard Parker. Death
recurs throughout the film to
reinforce Pi's pluck in the direst
of times.
Visually, "Pi" equates to a pic-
ture-perfect Thanksgiving feast.
With a camera lens that seems
See LIFE OF PI, Page 7A

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