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By Teresa Huang
STAFF REPORTER

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9. Call your mother. Don’t forget.

Playwrights in Performance ’99

Scoop recommends you go see Playwrights in Performance ’99. Directed by Provost of the Arts Alan Brody, Playwrights in Performance showcases some of the best acting and writing work done at MIT. Four student-written plays will be presented this weekend on Friday and Saturday night at 8 P.M. in Rehearsal Room B, basement of Kresge Auditorium. Don’t be fooled by the small size of the room. Aside from a sly cameo by a certain Associate Arts Editor, the evening will feature new plays by Thomas Cork ’00 and Eddie Kohler G, whose work received acclaim in last term’s Dramashop One-Acts. Fantastic plays by new playwrights Peggy Anderson ’99 and Ben Self G complete the evening. There’s fierce yelling, quiet seduction, and some great dance music in the gay bar scene.

Greetings from Amazon.com

Amazon.com Music and Video was weird enough. Amazon.com lost major originality points when they launched those silly Amazon.com Auctions. Can you say bandwagon? Despite previous flops, their latest copycat effort, Amazon.com E-Cards, is surprisingly usable. No plug-ins or registration required, and no monstrous gallery of card designs to shuffle through one by one. Send one of the free animated or non-animated cards and you’re automatically notified when the recipient picks it up. The best feature of all -- you can create a card and tell Amazon.com to send it tomorrow or next Friday. Greetings on a timer! Accompany your e-card with an Amazon.com e-mail gift certificate, and you’ve finished your Mother’s Day shopping in 10 minutes.

Seafood, see flicks

What do you mean you haven’t seen Life is Beautiful yet? Life is Beautiful is one of those rare films that guarantees entertainment for even the most critical moviegoers. Charming and sweet at moments and heart wrenching at others, this film will leave you with the most remarkable feeling that can only be articulated with one phrase -- life is beautiful. This Best Foreign Film winner is still playing at the Kendall Square Cinema in One Kendall Square. If you’re protesting the incredibly unreasonable price of entertainment today, give yourself a break and get discounted movie passes at Legal Sea Foods in Kendall Square. With any food purchase, you can order tickets to the Kendall Square Cinema for $6.00 each, down from the usual $8.00 ticket price.

Don’t be shy. If you have an event, concert, garage sale, whatever coming up, tell me all about it by e-mailing scoop@the-tech.mit.edu.