Thursday, October 18, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 41


Weekend Preview



Janeane Garofalo is known to those who love her for her dry, caustic wit, her odd beauty and her unerring talent for iconoclasm. The uninitiated will remember her from 1995's Reality Bites or the more recent The Truth About Cats & Dogs.

Garofalo's career is impressive -- from her first big part in 1991's Late for Dinner, she proceeded through TV appearances (The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live) to full-fledged film stardom. 

Recent appearances have included Dogma, Permanent Midnight, Half Baked (uncredited), Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Steal This Movie, as revolutionary Anita Hoffman, Abbie's wife.

Garofalo and longtime collaborator Ben Stiller co-wrote a self-help book in 1999. The book, Feel This Book (itself a takeoff on Hoffman's seminal Yippie tract Steal This Book), features the following words of wisdom from Garofalo: (I)f you behave in a manner pleasing to most, then you are probably doing something wrong. The masses have never been arbiters of the sublime, and they often fail to recognize the truly great individual."

She is a versatile and talented actress, but Garofalo's talent for witty, acerbic and honest comedy is what sets her apart from the crowd.

Garofalo will appear Friday at 7, 9:15 and 11:30 p.m. at the Laff Stop, 1952-A West Gray St. Ticket prices vary, but there is always a two-drink minimum. For more information, call (713) 524-2333.



This weekend is, well, not the greatest for movie releases, but three films will try to draw audiences to theaters anyway.

Riding In Cars With Boys, starring Drew Barrymore, James Woods and Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) and directed by Penny Marshall, is the story of a single mother who has a son at the age of 15. Complicating the situation is Beverly's (Barrymore) failed marriage.

Film legend Robert Redford stars with James Gandolfini in The Last Castle, the story of three-star Army General Irwin (Redford), who organizes a takeover of the prison he has been sentenced to for several years.

Photo courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures

Robert Redford leads the charge of new movies this weekend with his latest, The Last Castle. Also set to release are the Johnny Depp vehicle From Hell and Riding in Cars with Boys.

Irwin strikes up a friendship with warden Colonel Winter (Gandolfini), but their respect for each other turns into a heated, emotional battle for control of the prison when the relationship turns sour. A war ensues and, if you want to know the rest, you'll just have to shell out the inflated cost of the movie.

Finally, From Hell is the story, based in 1888, of a small group of people who are haunted and hunted by a mysterious force in London's deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Starring heartthrob Johnny Depp and beauty Heather Graham, From Hell includes scenes of gruesome murder, psychic police work, curious kidnapping and the requisite love story.



What is art?

To some, it's anything by Pablo Picasso. To others, it's Michaelangelo's "David."

Then again, it could be something as simple as wooden chairs placed ever so delicately behind Cougar Field.

But imagine you have your eyes on what you think is the greatest work of art in existence. It's something you must have. You buy it, and it costs you an arm and a leg. And you're the only one who likes it.

Yasmina Reza's Art revolves around three characters. Serge spends a huge chunk of change for a modern painting. His friend Marc can't believe the amount of money it cost and berates Serge and the work of "art."

Hilarity ensues as Yvan, friend to both, fights a losing struggle to make peace between the two.

Art debuted at the Alley Theatre on Oct. 5 and will run through Nov. 3. Artistic director Gregory Boyd cast six actors to portray three roles -- all in the same performance (in different scenes). Kurt Beattie directs the play, translated by Christopher Hampton.

Art ran for more than a year in Paris and earned the Moliére Award for Best Play, the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, the Evening Standard Award for Best New Comedy, a Tony and the New York Critics Award for Best Play.

It may sound like an odd sitcom, but the highly regarded play should make for an evening to remember.

The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue.

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