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Thursday, March 8, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 112



Weekend Preview

DeNiro gets more than '15 minutes;' Marley fans unite; Astroworld opens

Cougar Entertainment Staff



One of the greatest actors of our time, Robert DeNiro stars in the new media-thriller, 15 Minutes opposite Edward Burns.

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New Line Cinema

15 Minutes -- Robert DeNiro (Meet the Parents) and Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen) star as detectives on the trail of media-hungry murderers through the tumultuous streets of New York City. Also stars Kelsey Grammer, Melina Kanakaredes and Avery Brooks. 

Get Over It -- The title says it all. This teen romantic-comedy centers on a high school senior (Ben Foster) who gets dumped by his girlfriend and tries to win her back. Also stars teen idols Kirsten Dunst (Bring It On, Mila Kunis and Sisqo (yes, he of "Thong Song" fame.

Company Man -- How's this for a movie plot? A nerdy 1960s-era English teacher is accidentally enlisted in the CIA and, through no fault of his own, becomes a legendary spy against Communist Cuba. Company Man also stars Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) and John Tuturro (Do the Right Thing).

Other movies premiering this Friday are When Brendan Met Judy and Simon Magus.


Almost guaranteed to be the "next big thing" in the ever-expanding world of rock-rap music, Latin-spiced sextet Vallejo performs today at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge at 9 p.m.

Afro-jazz group Randy Weston and African Rhythms will perform at the Cullen Theater at 8 p.m.

Other "must-see" gatherings include:

Caberet -- Musical about a pre-World War II nightclub. Runs until March 25 at the Strand Theater in Galveston. 

The Works of Ana B. Fuentes -- UH student Fuentes will display her work, "Interpretation in metal and stones," from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Art House. Call 713-666-0510 for more details.



Spreading his message of peace, unity and one love is the 16th annual Bob Marley Festival that will begin today and conclude on Sunday.

One of reggae legends Bob Marley's many sons, Stephen, will perform at the 16th Annual Bob Marley Festival this weekend.

Marc Baptiste/
Universal Records

This year's theme is "Natural Mystic." The festival will promote not only reggae and worldbeat music, but also issues (cultural and spiritual unity, world peace and the environment) that were important to the deceased reggae star.

A core of 25 acts will perform, including his son, Stephen Marley. Call (713) 688-3900 for details.

For opera fans, the Houston Grand Opera will feature Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea, the most celebrated opera from the 17th century. This was the first opera based on historical figures. The Roman Emperor Nerone left his wife for the beautiful courtesan Poppea. Coronation will show at Wortham Theater Center downtown; ticket prices range from $10 to $77. Evening performances will be at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Tuesday, March 15 and 17. Matinee shows will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and March 18.

The Houston Ballet is reviving the 19th century toy story, Coppèlia. The tale is about a toy maker named Dr. Coppèlius and his beautiful and lifelike doll, whose lives are filled with love, comedy and magic.

Coppèlia premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and will continue through March 18 at the Wortham Theater Center, Brown Theater, in downtown. Tickets range from $11.50 to $101.50.

In a one-night-only presentation, the Society for Performing Arts will present Pilobolus, a dance company of contortionists that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "movement invention." For those interested in something unconventional, this is definitely worth checking out.

Pilobolus can be seen at 8 p.m. March 10 at Jones Hall, downtown. Tickets can be purchased for $15 to $45.



The Museum of Fine Arts debuts some interesting tidbits from "a time long ago, in a galaxy far away" today when it opens Star Wars: The Magic of Myth to the public.

The exhibit will showcase costumes, memorabilia, props and storyboards from the four feature films.

Creator George Lucas will also allow the public to view previously unseen items, original conceptual and production artwork, characters, costumes, large-scale models and props used to create the original "Star Wars" movie trilogy.

The mega-event will run until June 24.

Never before seen on American soil, The Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China's Imperial Palace opens for an exclusive tour of five North American cities.

Divided into eight sections, the exhibit will reveal the public and private life of the emperor, from his throne room to his bedroom and armor.

The exhibit also displays rare objects such as gold and silver artifacts, paintings and portraits, ceramics, jewelry and ornate robes.

In conjunction, the Museum of Natural Science will debut an interactive show called "Stars of China."

The show will allow participants to traverse back 3,000 years to the origins of the Chinese New Year and the zodiac signs.

"Stars of China" runs until March 18, while its parent show, The Secret World ends March 22. Call (713) 639-4900 for information.

Every pre-teen's favorite hangout -- that's right, Astroworld -- opens its gates for the year starting today.

Lauren Wilson/The Daily Cougar

Though it's not exactly one of the Astroworld's main draws, the merry-go-round has entertained Houston children for decades.

Our local amusement park houses the fourth-largest collection of roller coasters in the world and covers an astounding 85 acres of land. Call (713) 799-1234 for details.

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