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Monday, May 12, 2008
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From Page 10
ness Time" and "Hiphopopotamus
vs. Rhymenoceros" saw some of
the loudest responses, and certain
audience members seemed partic-
ularly tortured to have to wait until
the encore to hear "Bowie" and
"Pencils in the Wind (Sellotape),"
frequently calling for them during
While the pair regularly
acknowledged screams of endear-
ment with a running tally of who
had received more, only once did
they give into a request, conced-
ing with sarcastic reluctance, "We
were gonna do the awesome song,
but we'll just do this one instead."
Bidding adieu with "Angels" in
a second encore, Bret provided for
one final moment of hilarity when
he fell off the stage and took a gui-
tar and mic with him. But he made
it back up unharmed and put a fit-
ting cap on a great show. If any-
thing, Saturday night confirmed
that the boys of Flight of the Con-
chords are true entertainers.
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When Pixar's "Cars" go bad.
"Speed Racer a wild ride

Wachowski bros'
adaptation stalls on
plot, revs up bril-
liant visuals
Daily Arts Writer
The release of "Speed Racer"
is something of a .demographic
mystery. Despite a PG rating, it's

clearly not a kid's movie, and the
convoluted plot
will have chil-
dren scratch-
ing their heads,
laughing only Speed Racer
when the hero's At Quality16
monkey sidekick and Showcase
appears on the Warner Bros.
screen. Their W
parents will hate
it, undoubtedly wanting to vomit
about 10 minutes into the film as
the whirlwind of brilliant colors

and thumping bass overloads their
senses. And fans of the original
show will note that similarities to
the movie are almost purely coin-
cidental. Then again, how many
die-hard fans of the original show
are really out there?
So who is "Speed Racer" for?
Two people: Larry and Andy
Wachowski. The two co-directing
brothers are known for pushing
the envelope in both visual effects
("The Matrix") and storytelling
("V for Vendetta") and "Speed

Racer" is an unapologetic outlet
for them to try and crank the dial
to 11 on both counts. They end up
succeeding more in one way than
the other.
As you might have seen from the
seizure-inducing trailer, the way
this film was shot is from another
planet entirely. You've absolutely
never seen anything like it. The
world of "Speed Racer" is a bright-
ly colored amalgam of downtown
Tokyo and Dr. Seuss's Whoville.

Keyboardist Alex Bugnon to
perform two shows each night.
Thursday, May 15 (7:00 & 9:00 p.m.)*
Friday, May 16 (8:00 & 10:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 17 (8:00 & 10:00 p.m.)
*lncludes gourmet buffet

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Arturo's Jazz Theatre and Restaurant
in Southfield to celebrate
One-Year anniversary
with performances by
international recording artist Alex Bugnon
25333 West 12 Mile Road - Southfield, MI 48034
(Inside the Star Theatre Complex)
248.3S7 0Q9- www.arturosjazz.com

Coming performances
Two-time Grammy Award winning
trumpeter Wallace Roneyperforms
two shows each night.
Thursday, May 22 (7:00 & 9:00 p.m.)
Friday, May 23 (8:00 & 10:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 24 (8:00 & 10:00 p.m.)
Sunday, May 25 (7:00 & 9:00) - Wallace
Roney and Miles Davis Birthday Tribute

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