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Allyson Mcbride

Professor to perform free Bach recital

Professor of Music Don Freund will give a recital at 7 p.m. Saturday in Auer Hall. The free recital will consist of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and is open to the public. A lecture on Bach's music will be given by Freund at 2 p.m. Sunday in Sweeney Hall.

Legend Ray Charles to perform tonight

THE Ray Charles is performing here, tonight? Yep, You've got the right one baby, uh-huh. The legendary blues-jazz-rock-soul superstar is playing to an almost sold-out crowd at 8 p.m. today at the IU Auditorium.

New alcohol law only punishes social drinkers

President Bill Clinton signed a bill Monday that is considered one of the toughest laws against drunken driving yet, but in actuality, it does nothing more than punish social drinkers. The new law requires states to implement a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content standard as the legal level for drunken driving by 2004. States that fail to impose that standard would begin losing millions of dollars a year in federal highway funds.

Palestinians want oppression to end

The Palestinian protests during the past three weeks are not a spontaneous reaction to provocation by former Israeli minister of defense Ariel Sharon's visit to Haram al-Sharif in East Jerusalem or "incitement" by Yasser Arafat. Rather, they are a rebellion against 52 years of oppression and 33 years of military occupation.

Peace in the Mideast will not happen

After 2000 years of being in exile, a people -- ripped and nearly extinct by the most evil of powers -- finally found peace in a land they could call their own. Not only their own, but open to all whowished to feel free. All they desired was acceptance as a nation, race, creed, ethnic group and religion. The area in 1947 known as Palestine provided a tangible place for that hope.

Indonesian writer deserves to be read

I have an audio tape by Jeong Chae-Joon and Pak Eun-Ok, a Korean husband-and-wife singing duo. They remind me of Ian and Sylvia, if anyone else out there remembers them. The music is spare but gorgeous, and the voices blend exquisitely, although I know too little Korean to understand more than a word here and there.

WIUS pick of the week

The music force that is the Elephant Six Collective (E6) has been awfully quiet lately. Throughout the country, lovers of the quirky, retro-pop that is the specialty of the E6 collective have been going into withdrawal. They have been begging for the powerful punch of Beatles, Beach Boy and Zombies-influenced pop to get them through the long, cold weather. They need the quirky lyrics surrounded by the warm glow of the '60s and '70s. Elf Power's The Winter is Coming is just that fix.

Farewell to the Machine

They were different. They were innovative, intelligent and active. But, most of all, they were different. Zach de la Rocha announced his split from Rage Against the Machine last Wednesday, to the extreme disappointment of fans. Zach said he was frustrated with the group's "decision-making process" which interfered with RATM's political and artistic desires.

\'Trouble with Normal\'

By far the worst show one of the Big Three Networks has put out in many years, the trouble with "Normal" is that it's just plain stupid. The new sitcom follows the adventures of four highly paranoid neighbors and their new shrink, Claire Garletti (Paget Brewster).

\'Gilmore Girls\'

How schmaltzy and WB-esque perfect does this show look? Very. But if you actually look behind the picturesque setting and picture-perfect lead actresses, the new drama is quite charming. "Gilmore Girls" is the story of society girl Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), who had her daughter Rory at the age of 16.


The most refreshingly sincere new show this fall is NBC's "Ed." The title character (played by Thomas Cavanagh), a New York City lawyer hotshot, has just been fired from his job and has just caught his wife cheating on him. He leaves to find peace and love in his small home town of Stuckeyville. The show works because it is not so much about a fish out of water as it is about the merits of being a big fish in a little pond.

\'Dark Angel\'

"Dark Angel" is a post-apocalyptic actioneer created by genre maestro James Cameron. Jessica Alba (veteran of such crappy flicks as "Never Been Kissed" and "Idle Hands") stars as Max, a genetically engineered pickpocket who doles out many a beating to the various inhabitants of Seattle's criminal underbelly while avoiding the militaristic unit that birthed her.

\'The Practice\'

The Emmy fave has returned for its fourth hard-hitting season. Although the show did not win as many Emmys as in previous years (it had to give "Sopranos" a break), it is still in award-winning shape. This season, David Kelley's (Ally McBeal) favorite subject, law, is ruling the show. There have hardly been any scenes in the new season that aren't in a courthouse or a jail cell.

\'Will and Grace\'

Entertainment Weekly, "Entertainment Tonight" and "Access Hollywood" have all recently been proclaiming this year the year of the gays ... in sitcoms, that is. Basically this is a reaction to the Emmy wins of Will, Grace and the show's supporting stars, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes. Whether or not networks are clamoring to line up the next gay superstar, "Will and Grace" certainly has broken the Ellen taboo in becoming the first successful show to feature gay lead characters.


At the end of last season, Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courtney Cox) proposed to each other surrounded by candlelight, flowers and each other's tears. For viewers who are worried the show will lose its sarcastic bite amidst the sappiness of wedded bliss, they should have no fear. There are plenty of pre-wedding disasters to keep the show awash in funny turmoil.


"Felicity" is back, complete with a full head of hair. For those who don't know, "Felicity" was almost cut from the TV lineup last year because she cut her hair. Gah, how superficial are these viewers? Well, it really did look pretty bad.


The best show you are not watching is "Roswell." The supernaturally thrilling and addictive drama about alien teens and their human counterparts has suffered from poor ratings but has an extremely loyal following. Last year when the network was considering axing the show, fans of Roswell launched a full-force campaign and successfully brought the show back for a second season.

\'Madigan Men\'

Wait a second, this is too good to be true. Gabriel Byrne, as in the hottest middle-aged Irish actor to come along since Liam Neeson, has his own sitcom? There has to be a catch. Oh, here it is: the show comes on at 9:30 p.m. Friday, making it practically impossible for the average college student to catch on a weekly basis.

\'That '70s Show\'

One of the most highly underrated shows on television, "That '70s Show" is back for its third season, and it is funnier than ever. Set in suburban Wisconsin, the show centers around the Forman household and son Eric's five friends growing up and dealing with drugs, parents, sex and life -- often with hilarious results.


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