Films opening

The Count of Monte Cristo Luis Guzman is sure to steal the show from the likes of Guy “I killed my wife” Pearce and Richard “Am I dead yet?” Harris. At Showcase: 1:20, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.)

I Am Sam If you remember “Patch Adams” or “Pay it Forward” then you will know to steer clear from this superficial melodrama. At Showcase: 1:15, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.)

The Mothman Prophecies Can anyone take Richard Gere seriously anymore? That Buddhist freak better hold on to his chapstick. At Showcase: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15, 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.)

A Walk to Remember I saw a film with Mandy Moore on my computer but I don”t think that one was rated PG. At Showcase: 12:25, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:35, 11:45 (Fri. and Sat.)

Films holding

A Beautiful Mind I can remember the sweet times when I still liked Russell Crowe oh Russel, why didn”t they let you win for “The Insider” when you actually deserved it?!?! At Showcase: 1:10, 4:00, 4:30, 6:55, 7:25, 9:40, 10:10, 12:20 (Fri. and Sat)

Black Hawk Down Another Bruckheimer classic: full of action, patriotism, and racism. We miss you, Don Simpson! At Showcase: noon, 12:45, 1:45, 3:05, 4:05, 5:05, 7:05, 7:35, 8:05, 10:00, 10:30 (Fri. and Sat.), 11:00 (Fri. and Sat.)

Brotherhood of the Wolf For every great film the French provide (read “Amelie”), they have to give us a stinker, too. At Showcase: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25, 12:10 (Fri. and Sat.)

Gosford Park Altman took home best director honors at the Golden Globes. Take that “A Beautiful Mind!” At Showcase: 12:50, 3:40, 6:35, 9:20, 11:55 (Fri. and Sat.)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer”s Stone Break out the brooms because it is time to finally sweep this fantasy snoozer out of theaters. At Showcase: 12:35, 3:45

In the Bedroom Congratulations to Sissy Spacek for winning Best Actress at the Golden Globes, but they”re all still gonna laugh at you. At Showcase: 1:40, 4:35, 7:40, 10:20

Kate and Leopold Rogue is gonna get pissed at Meg for messing with her man, Wolverine Meg is such a home-wrecker now. At Showcase: 10:05, 12:15 (Fri. and Sat.)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Legolas can currently also be seen in “Black Hawk Down” without the bow, the blonde hair and with a weak American accent. At Showcase: 12:20, 4:20, 6:45, 8:00, 11:30 (Fri. and Sat.)

Monsters, Inc. James Coburn, a grizzly, loud, old man once again plays a grizzly, loud, old monster for variety, see “Snow Dogs” where Coburn plays, umm, a grizzly, loud, old Alaskan man. At Showcase: 12:05, 5:45

Ocean”s 11 Buck Swope teams up with Batman No. 4 and Tyler Durden to have a little fun in the city that never sleeps. At Showcase: 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:10, 11:35 (Fri. and Sat.)

Orange County There are sure to be a lot more back-stage Betties for JB after they see his drug induced performance. At Showcase: 1:25, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:15, 11:15 (Fri. and Sat.)

The Royal Tennenbaums “Does Dudley know how to tell time?” Niko and an obscure Dylan song help this soundtrack kick some ass. At Showcase: 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:30, 9:50, 12:00 (Fri. and Sat.)

Snow Dogs Cuba wasn”t lying when he said “Show me the money!” Apparently, he does not want to win any more Oscars, but he will take all the cash Disney is willing to give him. At Showcase: 12:10, 12:40, 2:30, 3:00, 4:40, 5:10, 6:50, 7:20, 9:00, 9:30, 11:10 (Fri. and Sat.), 11:40 (Fri. and Sat.)

Vanilla Sky Jerry Maguire and Banky Edwards listen to Radiohead together, and this film still sucks! At Showcase: 12:30, 3:10, 7:50, 10:25.

Thursday

BOOKS

U-M Visiting Writers Series Contemporary Asian Poet Timothy Liu reads from his “meditative and emotionally candid” collection of poetry. 5 p.m., D1270 Davidson Hall, U-M Business School, 701 Tappan, free 647-6471.

Ann Arbor Youth Poets Young writers of the Ann Arbor Youth Poets from the Neutral Zone share their writing through live performance. 7 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, free 668-7652.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie How could the man responsible for this upbeat gem also be responsible that piece of Hollywood trash “Alien: Resurrection?” State Theater. 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Gosford Park You guys do know that there was a movie version of “MASH” before the show, and Altman was the man behind it? Michigan Theater. 7:30 p.m.

In the Bedroom An entire independent film about grief based on a song by those kings of ska, Goldfinger. Michigan Theater. 7:45 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring You know who the real Lord of the Rings is? It”s Elizabeth Taylor she has married like thirty dudes. State Theater. 7:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Nipple Dust Tinkerbell”s lesser known but equally as popular “dust” … T.C.”s Speakeasy, Ypsilanti, 10:30 p.m. $3 483-4470.

Marcia Ball She”ll sing and play piano going from blues to boogie woogie to zydeco, all in all it”s a Ball. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., 8 p.m. $15 761-1451.

Rumplestiltskin Group spins golden Motown oldies. Habitat Lounge, Weber”s Inn 3050 Jackson Road 8:45 p.m. Free 665-3636.

THEATER

“Dancing at Lughnasa” Basement Arts presents this Brian Friel drama about five unmarried Irish sisters and their struggle to survive in rural Ireland in the 1930s. 7 p.m. Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg. Free. 764-6800.

ALTERNATIVES

“Local Color: Dan Bradt”s Watercolors from Michigan”s Historical Scenes” This exhibit features the artist”s paintings based on photographs and postcards from local main streets and railroad yards from the Bentley archives. Bentley Historical Library, 1150 Beal. Free. 764-3482.

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th-Century Photography” In memory of Michigan School of Architecture grad Morris D. Baker, this exhibit features images of people and landscapes from various 20th century artists. University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395.

“A Matter of Degree: Abstraction in Twentieth Century Art” This exhibit features 20th century works from the UMMA”s permanent collection that focuses on abstraction in landscapes, objects and figures. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395.

Friday

BOOKS

Authors” Night Michigan authors Dave Kiley, Joseph Heywood and Susan Chamley present their works. 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 3245 Washtenaw, free 677-6475.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. State Theater. 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 6:45 & 9:45 p.m.

In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring See Thurs. State Theater. 6 & 9:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Charlie Haden”s Quartet West with Strings Joined by vocalists Bill Henderson and Ruth Cameron, this jazz ensemble performs songs from their latest album, which features a blend of sounds from post-WWII era bebop and film noir. 8 p.m. Mendelssohn Theatre. $20-35. 764-2538.

Domestic Problems More Domestic Problems? The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., 10 p.m. $8 ($10 under 21) 996-8555.

Mike Beattie Folk from Whitmore Lake is pleasant. If I would have said “are pleasant” that would have given it a totally different and unintended meaning good thing we stress good grammar skills. Zou Zou”s, Chelsea, 8 p.m. Free 433-4226.

Smokestack If Gore had been elected President Smokestack probably would have been regulated into oblivion, but with Bush”s lax environmental policies they cavort around the area with ease. T.C.”s Speakeasy, Ypsilanti 6 p.m. $3 483-4470.

THEATER

“Dancing at Lughnasa” See Thursday. 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.

ALTERNATIVES

“Local Color: Dan Bradt”s Watercolors from Michigan Historical Scenes” See Thursday.

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th-Century Photography” See Thursday.

“A Matter of Degree: Abstraction in Twentieth Century Art” See Thursday.

Saturday

BOOKS

Big Winter Book Sale Hardcovers are 50

cents each, paperbacks and records 25 cents each and one grocery bag full is only $4. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave, free 327-4200.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. State Theater. 2, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.

Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 3:45, 6:45 & 9:45 p.m.

In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 3:40, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring See Thursday. State Theater. 2:30, 6 & 9:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Funktelligence If you have any intelligence you won”t funk up and you”ll go to the show. The Blind Pig208 S. 1st St., 10 p.m. $6 ($8 under 21) 996-8555.

Diegrinder Metal with melody, riiiiiiight and opening is a gangsta folk artist. Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, 10 p.m. $4 483-6374.

25th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Fest Nanci Griffith and Doc Watson headline this unforgettable festival of fierce folk. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave, 6 p.m. $25-40 764-8350.

THEATER

“Dancing at Lughnasa” See Thursday. 7 p.m.

ALTERNATIVES

Da Camera of Houston This performance group, which includes the American String Quartet, opera singers, piano and voice narration, combines 19th-century classical music with readings from author Marcel Proust”s best known novels. 8 p.m. Mendelssohn Theatre. $25-35. 764-2538.

“Local Color: Dan Bradt”s Watercolors from Michigan Historical Scenes” See Thursday.

“A Matter of Degree: Abstraction in Twentieth Century Art” See Thursday.

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th-Century Photography” See Thursday.

Sunday

BOOKS

Big Winter Book Sale

See Saturday. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. State Theater. 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 1:45, 5 & 8 p.m.

In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 5:30 & 8 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring See Thursday. State Theater. 2:30, 6 & 9:30 p.m.

Queen Christina Exceptional Garbo performance in a fine film biography. Michigan Theater. 2 p.m.

MUSIC

al They may not know how to use capital letters, but they can rock house in. The Blind Pig208 S. 1st St., 10 p.m. $10 996-8555.

The Chieftans This six-time Grammy winning Irish ensemble, considered the world masters of traditional Irish music, performs some of their favorite tunes and a number of new collaborations with musicians Allison Moore and Natalie McMasters. 3 p.m. Hill Auditorium. $16-35. 764-2538.

Phil Ogilvie”s Rhythm Kings Ogling is encouraged. The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St. 5 p.m. $7. 665-9090.

ALTERNATIVES

“A Matter of Degree: Abstraction in Twentieth Century Art” See Thursday.

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th-Century Photography” See Thursday.

Monday

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. State Theater. 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 9:30 p.m.

In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 7:45 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring See Thursday. State Theater. 7:30 p.m.

Wild Strawberries with An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Bergman once again questions the meaning of existence Bergman rocks! Michigan Theater. 7 p.m.

MUSIC

Leonardo”s Open Jam Jam should be refrigerated after opening. 2101 Pierpoint Commons, North Campus, 8 p.m. free 764-7544.

The Bird of Paradise Orchestra Big Jazzin”. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5 662-8310.

Avant Mondays: Alec Ramsdell Quartet Improv. Jazz with electric keyboard spiking levels of zaniness. The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., 8 p.m. $5 665-9090.

ALTERNATIVES

“Local Color: Dan Bradt”s Watercolors from Michigan Historical Scenes” See Thursday.

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th-Century Photography” See Thursday.

Tuesday

BOOKS

Robert Sabbag Reads Sabbag reads and signs copies of his book Loaded: A Misadventure on the Marijuana Trail. 7 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, free 668-7652. (see review of in this issue of Weekend, Etc.).

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thurs. State Theater. 6:45 p.m.

Cinema Slam My money is on Carter to take home this year”s crown, although Kobe and J. Rich have been flying pretty high. Michigan Theater. 7 p.m.

Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 7:30 p.m.

In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 9 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring See Thursday. State Theater. 7:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Blind Pig Showcase Night Somewhere East, The Fuzz, Rosetta and The Fishers will be shown then cased. The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., 10 p.m. free ($2 under 21) 996-8555.

Firefly Jazz Jam Session Everyone wants to jam these days. Is all this ambition healthy? The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., 8 p.m. $3 665-9090.

The Ron Brooks Trio A babbling Brook? No, the music does the talking. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 8 p.m. $5 662-8310

ALTERNATIVES

“Local Color: Dan Bradt”s Watercolors from Michigan Historical Scenes” See Thursday.

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th-Century Photography” See Thursday.

Wednesday

BOOKS

David Edmonds Reads Edmonds reads from his latest book Wittgenstein”s Poker. 8 p.m., Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S. State, free 662-7407.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. State Theater. 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Gosford Park See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 7:30 p.m.

In the Bedroom See Thursday. Michigan Theater. 7:45 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring See Thursday. State Theater. 7:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Madison Greene If Madison Square Garden was actually a garden, it could be nicknamed Madison Green. Leopold Bros. 517 S. Main St., 9:30 p.m. $3 747-9806.

Los Gatos Ellos son gatos locos. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5 662-8310

Jucifer Two ladies from Georgia reinvent the steel as they lay down metal grooves. Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, 10 p.m. $6 483-6374.

ALTERNATIVES

Art Video: “Arnold Newman” Explores the works of this portrait photographer, who is best known for his portraits of Picasso and Stravinsky. 12:15 p.m. U-M Museum of Art, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395.

“Local Color: Dan Bradt”s Watercolors from Michigan Historical Scenes” See Thursday.

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th-Century Photography” See Thursday.

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