The Michigan Daily Wednesday, August 11, 1982 Page 7
Pirating jokes can be fun
By Richard Campbell
T HOSE EXPECTING The Pirate
Movie to be a sad rip-off of the R
recent smash Broadway production of
Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Pen-
zance are in for a big surprise.
The Pirate Movie, starring Kristy
McNichol and Christopher Atkins, is
much closer in style, symbolism, and
meaning to Frankie Avalon and Annet-
te Funicello's Beach Blanket Bingo
than sublime operetta., Which is not
exactly a negative comment on the
In retrospect, the better Beach
Movies of the '60s were entertaining
because of their absolute worthlessness ~
to society. Sure, there was a cold war
and the Vietnam War, but you could
always run down to the drive-in and e w 3
forget everything with Annette and
To top it off, the Beach Movies made
little pretense of offering anything but
this mindless entertainment. Inter-
mitantly, Frankie would talk to the
camera, or crack a joke that had
nothing to do with the movie. It seemed
obvious that the cast and crew had as
much fun making the movie as the
audience was supposed to have par-
tying along with it.
These are trying times indeed. But I
find it very hard to be mad at anyone
involved in 'The Pirate Movie for
making a film that is designed, not so
much to escape today's problems, than
it is to live with them.
Okay. Six paragraphs into this mean-
dering narrative I'll say it straight. The
Pirate Movie is not worth spending $4 Kristy McNichol (left) must fend off a shipload of pirates and the amorous advances of pirate ap-
See PIRATE, Page 8 prentice Chris Atkins (right) in the pun-filled 'The Pirate Movie.'
Ann Arbor art gallery has THEATRES
5th A., at Lbe'y 761-9700
alot more than _sENDS THURS
-By Sarah Bassett r'
JUST LIKE INFLATION, the name of a certain Ann Arbor art
gallery should be revised upwards-from 16 Hands to 48 Hands.
The original name stood for eight artistic pairs of hands
belonging to the gallery's founding members. But since early win-
ter, the enterprise has undergone a significant transformation.
Its location is the same. The shop remains in an older cement-
floored storefront on West Washington in downtown Ann Arbor.
Much of the work on display seems at first glance unchanged:
Hand-made pottery, weavings, jewelry and woodwork.
Now, however, there are only four partners-or eight hands-
actually running the business while about 20 artists have been ad-
ded to the roster of exhibitors. The new contributors display their
works on consignment only, a major departure from the store's
long-standing status as an in-house cooperative venture.
Artist and publicity coordinator Suzanne Hallett says the
changes came about when half of the partners opted out. Three left
town while the fourth, Richard Rice, chose to devote his time to
directing Artworlds, a local center that provides instruction in the
It was obvious, she says, that keeping the store stocked would be
too much of a burden for the four remaining members. So they
decided to open their space to others working in "fine crafts."
Originally, 16 Hands was a collaborative effort begun in the mid-
seventies. The founding members wanted "a place to display the
kind of high-quality work that intersects crafts and fine art-the
fine crafts," said Hallett. "The medium is commonly labeled 'craf-
ts,' but the people here make craftsmanship an art."
See 16, Page8
WED-12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 (R)
WED-12:40, 3:00. 5:20, 7:40, 9:55
THURS-7:40, 9:55 (R)
Stained glass, pottery, and woodcrafts are on display
at 16 Hands on West Washington.