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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star
in this 1967 adaptation of "The Taming T S
of the Shrew" at the Michigan Theater, Wednesday
Fnday at 4:30 and Saturday at 5:30. May 7, 1997
Special effects burn up the screen in 'Volcano'

By Julia Shiu ravenous lava seems to actively hunt
Sails Arts Writer down and consume everything in sight.
it's summertime, and to combat the As Heche's character remarks, "This
sluggish ennui caused by the heat and the city is finally paying for its arrogance."
humidity comes "Volcano," the special "Volcano" delivers nonstop images of
effects extravaganza that will knock you frightening devastation - from explod-
off your feet. ing buildings and ubiquitous flying
Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne shards of glass, to monstrous flaming
feche, "Volcano" eruptions and dis-
captivates with astrous meteors of
hours of breathtak- R E V I E W charred earth
ing action and car- bombing the fran-
diac arrest-level P/VolCano tic civilians belos.
excitement. The special effects
Jones plays Mike At Briarwood and Showcase used to create
Roark, the director these scenes are
of Los Angeles' absolutely incredi-
Office of Emergency Management. ble and shockingly realistic.
When he, geologist Amy Barnes But amid the horror, the heroism of
C.Heche) and millions of other civilians people bonding together to save their
find themselves faced with a fiery vol- city is extremely moving. Some of the
cano eruption in the middle of the City most compelling scenes include a dar-
of Angels, they must all work together ing rescue in a subway train trapped in
in the fight of their lives. a tunnel, and the grand effort of stop-
"Volcano" erupts with awesome spe- ping the spreading lava before it reach-
cial effects and destruction on a colos- es the residential area. For a city whose
sal scale in the same fashion as last inhabitants aren't exactly known for
summer's natural disaster hit, Tsvister" brotherly love, this movie shosss Los
It also gives an inorganic entity an Angeles at its best through disaster at its
eerie, lifelike quality similar to the way worst,
fire was depicted in "Backdraft,'as the Tommy Lee Jones gives another

stunning performance worthy of a
standing ovation. He plays the hero
with such modesty, grace, dignity and
wit that audiences can't help falling in
love with his character.
Also noteworthy is Heche, who plays
the physically and emotionally strong
female lead that is absent from many
films these days, and Jacqueline Kim as
Dr. Jaye Calder, one of the many com-
passionate and caring individuals who
struggle to help others in a time of dis-
aster.
Though near the end the obvious
moral message of "help thy neighbor"
gets a bit sappy, "Volcano" is able to
maintain its overall focus. By the
movie's end, audiences will feel physi-
cally and emotionally drained, as if they
have also experienced the nightmare
first-hand, but will nevertheless leave
satisfied.
Even though earthquakes, fires and
random acts of violence may be more
realistic concerns to Los Angelenos
than volcanoes, "Volcano" is bound to
scare the heck out of everyone thinking
about moving out there.
Or if nothing else, "Volcano" will
give people a spectacular and heart-
poutnding ride for their money.

Kesey arrives at Borders to take '60s fans 'Furthur'

Sy Sarah s"
Fr the Daily
Once upon a time, in the mid-1950s,
a straight-laced young writer named
Ken Kesey was recruited by the psy-
chology department at his college to
participate in various experiments with
hallucinogenic drugs, including LSD.
The next thing anyone knew, the '60s
occurred, decadence was the rage, Ken
was a leader in the mind-expansion
drug movement, and the rest - as they
say - is history.
Kesey became well-known in the
'60s for his substance-laced parties,
"--ssoeiations with Timothy Leary and
Neal Cassady, and authorship of the

revolutionary novel, "One Flew Over completely died, and Kesey is otl the
the Cuckoo's Nest," published in 1962. road again. This time, he and the Merry
Along with his throng of Bohemian Pranksters are touring the country in
friends, the self-proclaimed Merry celebration of the 30th anniversary of
Pranksters, Kesey toured the country the Summer ofLoveand the opening of
in a repainted a new exhibit at the
schoolbus named Rock and Roll Hall
"Furthur," pro- P R E V I E W of Fame and
moting his psy- Ken K Museum in
chedelic philoso- Cleveland. The
phy. After the Thursday 4-7 pm. exhibit is entitled "1I
movement began Borders Want To Take You
to wane, Kesey - Higher: The
retired to the Psychedelic Era
woods of Oregon to raise his family, 1965-1969" and will feature all sorts of
and Furthur retired too. memorabilia to commemorate the
However, the spirit of the '60s hasn't decade. Kesey dragged Furthur -

An evening with
Lebanese
Thursda
1210 Chemi
930 North
7 pm Hanan Ashrawi:
8 pm Discussion with
8:15 pm Hostage of T
(life in Israeli-o(
Public welcome
For futher inorna

which will be on display next to Janis be parked outside Borders whlile
Joplin's Porsche - from his Oregon Kesey chats with the crossd, sigi ,
barn for the Midwest-spanning copies of the museum's "I Want - t
"Grand-furthur Take You
Tour 1997," end- f Higher" exhibit
ing in Cleveland - book, and gives
just in time for OUU iippies away prizes in
the opening of the accordance with
exhibit on May neverdi - hey W IQ B/WQ K L
10. jo F1M. Kesey did-
On the way, n't write the
Kesey and more t n book; it's
than a dozen of __ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ authored
the Pranksters Charles Perry,
will stop in Ann former R olling
Arbor at Borders for some signature Stone journalist who, amazingly
rabble-rousing. On May 8, the bus will enough, actually remembers the '60s.
Kesey will be signing the pages that
depict himself and Furthur in glorious
psychedelic color.
award-winning Even in his golden years, Kesey is
filmmaker not inert. He recently completed
"Twister" an interactive play that he
A M 0 U Nco-wrote with the Merry Pranksters
and hopes to soon produce. He's pu
lished several novels and magazine
y, May 8 articles, including a tribute to Timothy
stry Building Leary in Time magazine. During the
course of the Grandfurthur Tour. Kesey
University has been online, recording details of
the journey via daily updates on the
A Woman of Her Time internet.
the filmmaker Be prepared for a real trip back in
ime time when Kesey and his Panksters
ccupied south Lebanon) pull up to Borders onT rsd Th
Grandfurthur Tour is ape eidet*
that old hippies never die - they just
without charge keep on truckin.'
tion, ca 740350

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