SiCKO is more like a controlled howl of protest than a documentary. Toning down the rhetoric of past efforts–no CEOs, congressmen, or celebrities were accosted in the making of this film–Michael Moore’s latest provocation is just as heartfelt, if not more heartbreaking. As he clarifies from the outset, his subject isn’t the 45 million Americans without insurance, but those whose coverage has failed to meet their needs. He starts by speaking with patients who’ve been denied life-saving procedures, like chemotherapy, for the most spurious of reasons. Then he travels to Canada, England, and France to see if socialized medicine is as inefficient as U.S. politicians like to claim–especially those who receive funding from pharmaceutical companies. Moore finds quality care available to all, regardless as to income. He concludes with a stunt that made headlines when he assembles a group of 9/11 rescue workers suffering from a variety of afflictions. When Moore is informed that detainees at Guantánamo Bay–technically American soil–qualify for universal coverage, he and his companions travel to Cuba to get in on that action. It’s a typically grandstanding move on Moore’s part. And it proves remarkably effective when these altruistic individuals, who’ve either been denied treatment or forced to pay outrageous costs for their medication, experience a dramatically different system. Nine years in the making, SiCKO makes a persuasive case that it’s time for America to catch up with the rest of the world. –Kathleen C. Fennessy (

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Thesis Exhibit in Fall 2009?

Anyone graduating in Fall Semester of 2009 needs to fill out a contract (signed by their committee sponsor) for exhibition opportunities in the DeVries Student gallery.

Exhibitions will be holding a lottery for dates immediately following Spring Break, and will need to know all the names of students who will be doing their shows next Fall.

do this ASAP.

Deirdre Logue: Enlightened Nonsense


10 Short Performance Films: 1997 – 2000. A series of ten thematically related film works entitled Enlightened Nonsense. These works were produced within a similar framework and the same minimal resources. The films were shot, hand-processed and edited within a total of approximately one week. Like a week long performance, self imposed limitations, a concentration of time and the intensity of the production framework are elements conducive to and in keeping with the subject matter.

Obama inauguration shown live in Miller Auditorium

KALAMAZOO–Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University will be open Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for viewing live PBS coverage of the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States. The event is open to the public free of charge, and no tickets or reservations are needed.

Preliminary activities for the inauguration begin at 10 a.m., and the inaugural ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. The new president will take the oath of office at noon, after which, he will deliver his inaugural address.


****** It is the first time that an official presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera.

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TateShots Issue 15 – Tony Conrad

Unprojectable: an audiovisual feast by Tony Conrad

American artist Tony Conrad employs a battery of amplified strings, film projectors, electric drills and assorted machinery to create a high-octane sonic assault. Unprojectable: Projection and Perspective is a live performance conceived specially for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. The musicians and their unorthodox instruments are visible to the audience only as projections cast onto giant screens. TateShots was there to capture this one-off experience. more

Performed at UBS Openings: Saturday Live, 14 June 2008

TateShots presents a selection of short videos each month, with a focus on modern and contemporary art at Tate Modern – International modern and contemporary art.

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