The Michigan Daily
t"dcay July 30, 1982
The Blind Pig (208 S. First; 996-
Chicago Pete and the Detroiters
set Ann Arbor on fire with R&B
tonight and tomorrow night.
i-~ #- . -- ((14N Moa.
65-JOES) sas anymore." Emerald City kicks musical genius that was George
Rock around the dance floor with out lively old R&B tonight and Gershwin. Many of his best songs
tobin and D-Section tonight and tomorrow night. and selections from Porgy and Bess
omorrow night. Second Chance (516 E. Liberty; 994- are performed at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at
Wr. Fiend's Party (120 W. Liberty; 5350) the Campus Inn Ballroom. Call 769-
95-2132) The savage grace of Savage Grace Ann Arbor Civic Theater
The secret word is: Footstompin'. plays top-40s all weekend. The' Robber Bridegroom. a coun-
George Bedard and the Bonnevilles U-Club (Michigan Union; 763-5911) try-tinged bluegrass musical, ends
lay rowdy country and boppin' Every Thursday, Reggae Dance its run this weekend. If you haven't .
ock, tonight and tomorrow night. Party. Every Friday, Rockin' seen it, go.. Call 662-7282 for infor-
)n Sunday, Andy Boller entertains Oldies. Both shows dj'ed by Michael mation.
ith solo blues piano. Kremen on the patio. Miscellaneous
tick's American Cafe (611 Church; Theater 13th Ann Arbor Medieval Festival
96-2747) Easy Street Touring Company All events free. Call 665-7348 for in-
"Toto, I don't think we're in Kan- By George takes a look at the formation.
Richard Gere carries Debra Winger into a new life in 'An Officer and A Gen-
Same old plot sinks
'Officer & Gentleman'
By Blake Ratcliffe sink into a mire of tired cliches so old
you'd need a carbon dater to find their
N ENGLISH professor once claimed origin.
that throughout the written history English professor's theme #3: boy
of mankind only 16 basic story lines meets girl; boy finds love, manhood,
have existed, and every play, poem, and the meaning of life to the tune of
story, movie, and video is merely a Morris Alpert's "Feelings."
variation on one of these 16 plots. Variations to theme #3 in An Officer
This professor told his class to write and a Gentleman: Zack Mayo (played
stories by first choosing one of the 16 by Richard Gere) is a loser and he
plots and then filling in appropriate believes joining the Naval Aviation Of-
details. A very reductionist way of ficer Candidate School will solve his
looking at art indeed, and you may problems. Paula Pokrifki (played by
wonder what becomes of a student who Debra Winger) is a loser and she thinks
learned to write in this mercenary marrying a man who graduates from
manner. Wonder no more. Instead, the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate
Mgrab a seat at the local cinema and School will solve her problems.
watch An Officer and a Gentleman, The Conflict: A tough Drill Instructor
written byDouglas Day Stewart. (played by Louis Gossett, Jr.) who car-
Stewart, who last graced the screen ves a notch in his stick every time he
with the gut-wrenching, thought- forces a pupil to drop out of the
provoking Blue Lagoon, now foists program, marks Zack Mayo as the
another celluloid glance at interper- loner he wants to weed out of his
sonal conflict that reads like a "Leave platoon. Add a subplot about Zack's
it to Beaver meets C.G. Jung" episode. friend who commits suicide over a
However, while you didn't mind breaking up with his girl and you've got
hearing Brooke Shields and the plot to An Officer and a Gentleman.
Christopher Atkins sound like they just What you don't have is the amazing
walked out of the Beaver Cleaver acting of Winger (notably), Gere, most
school of acting, it's very painful to of the supporting cast, and the pleasan-
watch the talented lead actors and tly unobtrusive directing of Taylor
director of An Officer and a Gentleman See OFFICER, Page 10