Films opening

A Beautiful Mind The viewing public has lost their “beautiful” minds with all their praise for this Crowe epic. At Showcase: 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30, 12:10 (Fri. and Sat.). HHH

Birthday Girl All it”s missing is a bunch of old men singing “Like a Virgin.” At Showcase: 1:20, 3:20, 5:15, 7:15, 11:20 (Fri. and Sat.). HHH

Black Hawk Down Josh now has some pretty boy company with Chris Klein joining the box-office competition. At Showcase: 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:35, 10:05, 12:15 (Fri. and Sat.) HHH

Brotherhood of the Wolf Monica Belluci is hot! Monica Belluci is the reason to rent this French dud. At Showcase: 12:40, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25, 12:10 (Fri. and Sat.). HH

The Count of Monte Cristo Apparently this film is based on a book, not a sandwich. At Showcase: 1:25, 4:15, 7:10, 9:55, 12:25 (Fri. and Sat.). HHH

Gosford Park Who out there remembers Robert Altman”s show “Gun”? I guess you all were just kids way back then. At Showcase: 8:05. HHHH

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer”s Stone The DVD is coming out soon, hurry up and don”t buy it. At Showcase: 12:05. HHH

I am Sam At least the soundtrack has Aimee Mann on it the movie has one thing going for it. At Showcase: 1:40, 4:25, 7:20, 10:00, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.) HHH

In the Bedroom No, it is not a porno. At Showcase: 1:05, 3:45, 6:35, 9:10, 11:45 (Fri. and Sat.). HHHH

Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius Now seriously, I keep asking but no one responds, who is still saying to themselves, “Hey, that Jimmy Neutron film has only been out for three months, maybe I should go see it now.” At Showcase: 12:00.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The new lord of the ring is Tom Brady. That Michigan alum could get to Mt. Doom with any offensive line. At Showcase: 1:10, 4:45, 8:15, 11:40 (Fri. and Sat.). HHHHH

The Mothman Prophecies Is that Stacey from “Ned and Stacey” or Grace from “Will and Grace”? At Showcase: 12:10, 2:40, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20, 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.) HHH

Ocean”s 11 Erin Brockovich tackles the North American drug cartels with the help of a Las Vegas posse. At Showcase: 305, 5:30, 7:45. HHHH

Orange County What”s the name of the song? Explosivo! At Showcase: 2:50, 3:35, 4:35, 6:15, 10:30, 12:05 (Fri. and Sat.). H

The Royal Tenenbaums Let”s hope Scwartzman returns to Wes Anderson territory for his next film, no more teen comedy Jason! At Showcase: 12:35, 2:55, 5:10, 7:35, 9:50, 11:55 (Fri. and Sat.). HHHHH

Slackers See “Royal Tenenbaums.” By the way, Phantom Planet rocks! At Showcase: 12:00, 6:10. H

Snow Dogs Its no “Men of Honor,” that”s for sure. At Showcase: 12:15, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50, 9:05, 11:15 (Fri. and Sat.). H

Vanilla Sky My pick for this years Razzie Awards. But it won”t eclipse “The Postman” for nominations. At Showcase: 10:25. HHH

A Walk to Remember This one time I walked all the way from North Campus to Michigan Stadium. Oh man, what a walk to remember. At Showcase: 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20, 11:30 (Fri. and Sat.).

Thursday

BOOKS

Michigan Visiting Writers Series Poet Edward Hirsch reads from his new book “How to Read a Poem: And Fall In Love With Poetry.” 5 p.m., Hale Auditorium, 701 Tappan, free 647-6471.

Robert Doerschuk Reads Doerschuk reads from and signs copies of his book “88 Giants of the Jazz Piano.” 7 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, free 668-7652.

Laura Kasischke Reads Kasischke reads from her book “The Life Before Her Eyes.” 8 p.m., Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S. State, free 662-7407.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie Jeunet”s film should win this year”s Oscar for best foreign film but then again “Dancer in the Dark” wasn”t even nominated last year. 7:15 & 9:45 p.m., State Theater.

Gosford Park Britain”s hot young actors stake their claim for their own chance at being James Bond. Clive Owen or Jeremy Northam? 7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

In the Bedroom Once again this film contains no pornography! 7 & 9:30 p.m., State Theater.

MUSIC

Michigan Symphony Orchestra Graduate students write and conduct music performed by the orchestra. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave, Free 764-8350.

Blues Night: The Motor City Sheiks Do you remember when the Iron Sheik returned to wrestle at WrestleMania 17 and Sgt. Slaughter choked him out? That was sad. 5 p.m., The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., $5 665-9090.

Ron Brooks Trio He made the cover of Current this month, I guess I should stop teasing him. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 8 p.m., $5 662-8310.

THEATER

“The Tavern” A comedy full of suspense and satire, “The Tavern” focuses on a mysterious stranger who wanders into an inn one night, taking shelter from a nasty storm. 8 p.m. Mendelssohn Theatre. $15-20, $7 w/ID 764-2538.

“Dinner with Friends” Basement Arts presents this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about two couples who grapple with middle age and failing marriages. Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg., Free 764-6800.

“Elizabeth Rex” A runaway hit at Stratford, this play centers on the meeting of Ned Lowenscroft, Shakespeare”s genius player of women and Elizabeth I, England”s genius player of men. 8 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron, $20 663-0681.

ALTERNATIVES

“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. UMMA, 525 S. State St., Free 764-0395.

Friday

BOOKS

Randall Kennedy Reads Kennedy reads from his book “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.” 8 p.m., Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S. State, free 662-7407.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. 7:45 & 9:45 p.m., State Theater.

Gosford Park See Thursday. 7 & 9:30 p.m., State Theater.

Monster”s Ball Halle Berry and B.B. Thornton steam it up on screen as P-Diddy watches from behind bars. 7 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

MUSIC

Loadstone Did you guess that this band was a hard rock act? You get a sticker. 10 p.m., The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., $5 ($7 under 21) 996-8555.

Annie Caps She”ll bust Caps in your ass with folk. 8 p.m., Zou Zou”s, Chelsea, Free 433-4226.

Dusty Libido With a little Endust there might be a loadstone by the end of the night. T.C.”s Speakeasy, Ypsilanti 10:30 p.m. $3 483-4470.

THEATER

“The Tavern” See Thursday. 8 p.m.

“Dinner with Friends” See Thursday. 7 p.m.

“Elizabeth Rex” See Thursday. 8 p.m, $25.

ALTERNATIVES

Children of Uganda Comprised of 18 children from the Daughters of Charity orphanage in Kampala, Uganda, this ensemble combines rapid dance movements, drumming, flutes and uplifting spirituals in an exhilarating program of African music. 7 p.m., Power Center, $16-32 764-2538.

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

Saturday

BOOKS

Zen and American Poetry This special day-long workshop on Zen and

American Poetry is conducted by Zen Master and poet the Venerable Nonin Chowaney. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard, $40 761-6520.

Glinda Bridgforth Presents Bridgforth

reads and presents ideas from her book “Girl, Get Your Money Straight!” 3 p.m., Nicola”s Books, 2513 Jackson, free 662-4110.

W.F. Walker Johanson Reads Johanson reads from and signs copies of his book “What is Mormonism All About?” 6 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, free 668-7652.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. 1:45, 4, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m., State Theater.

Gosford Park See Thursday. 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m., State Theater.

Monster”s Ball See Friday. 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

MUSIC

MUSIC

Sourmoon If you see little kids here it is probably because they thought it said Sailor Moon. Laugh at them. 10 p.m., The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., $5 ($7 under 21) 996-8555.

The Impaler This band is named after Christian”s old finishing move, now called the unprettier (inspiration for band name may or may not be true). 10 p.m., Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, $4 483-6374.

Al Hill Quartet Al Hill tickles the electronic ivory in a display of funkiness. 9 p.m., The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., $8 665-9090.

THEATER

“The Tavern” See Thursday. 8 p.m.

“Dinner with Friends” See Thursday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Elizabeth Rex” See Thursday. 8 p.m. $25.

ALTERNATIVES

Children of Uganda See Friday. 8 p.m.

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

Sunday

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. 1:45, 4, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m., State Theater.

Buster Keaton Not the actual man live but some of his great comedic films instead. Michigan Theater, 2 p.m.

The Endurance A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton”s ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new footage of the actual locations and interviews. 5:30 & 8 p.m., Michigan Theater.

Gosford Park See Thursday. 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m., State Theater.

Lion in Winter Part of the Dynamic Women film series. 2 p.m., Michigan Theater,.

Monster”s Ball See Friday. 5:15 & 7:45 p.m., Michigan Theater.

MUSIC

Phil Ogilvie”s Rhythm Kings If they teamed with the Kings of Rock they would form quite a powerful music alliance. 5 p.m., The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., $7 665-9090.

Bop Culture With all this bopping you”d think I”d be getting more action. 8:30 p.m., The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., Free 665-9090.

Gregory Stovetop Stovetop? Can I come over for dinner? 8 p.m., Zou Zou”s, Chelsea, Free 433-4226.

THEATER

“The Tavern” See Thursday. 2 p.m.

“Elizabeth Rex” See Thursday. 2 p.m. $20.

ALTERNATIVES

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

Monday

BOOKS

Michigan Visiting Writers Series Environmental activist and former Poet Laureate, Robert Hass, reads from his collection of poetry. 5 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S. State, free 647-6471.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. 6:45 & 9:15 p.m., State Theater.

Blow-Up A classic Italian film from the Interior Vision film series, and it also features The Yardbirds in concert. 7 p.m., Michigan Theater.

The Endurance See Sunday. 7:15 & 9:20 p.m., Michigan Theater.

Gosford Park See Thursday. 7 & 9:30 p.m., State Theater.

Monster”s Ball See Friday. 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

MUSIC

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

Avant Mondays: Into the Freylakh Klezmer is the most underrated music on this earth. 8 p.m., The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., $5 665-9090.

Michigan Philharmonica Orchestra An instant classic. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave, Free 764-8350.

Tuesday

BOOKS

Booked for Lunch This series features a different local author each month. Today”s speaker is Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at Michigan. 12:10 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave, free 327-4200.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. 6:45 & 9:15 p.m., State Theater.

The Endurance See Sunday. 7:15 & 9:20 p.m., Michigan Theater.

Gosford Park See Thursday. 7 & 9:30 p.m., State Theater.

Monster”s Ball See Friday. 7 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

MUSIC

Blind Pig Showcase Night Nebali, Fight Like Sinatra, 5 Star Buzz and Silent Planet will all do their thing. 10 p.m., The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., Free ($2 under 21) 996-8555.

Firefly Jazz Jam Session Vocalists only for the first Tuesday of the month. 5 p.m., The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St., $7 665-9090.

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

Wednesday

BOOKS

Sue Monk Kidd Reads Monk Kidd reads from and signs copies of her book “The Secret Life of Bees.” 7 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, free 668-7652.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Amelie See Thursday. 6:45 & 9:15 p.m., State Theater.

The Endurance See Sunday. 7:15 & 9:20 p.m., Michigan Theater.

Gosford Park See Thursday. 7 & 9:30 p.m., State Theater.

Monster”s Ball See Friday. 7 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

MUSIC

Warmth, Something Retarded, Aneurysm Political correctness anyone? 10 p.m., Leopold Bros., 517 S. Main St., $3 747-9806.

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

Elbow Room Open Mic Suck on your elbow if you can. 10 p.m., Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, Free 483-6374.

ALTERNATIVES

Art Video: “Medieval Women” Visits the daily life of European Women during the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on how church manuscripts helped to reinforce the idea that women were either saints or sinners. 12:15 p.m. Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395.

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