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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, September 8, 1977' 1

THE MICHiGAN DAILY Thursday, $eptember 8, 1971'

'U' museums: Intelectual relief

sit back and enjoy relaxing mu- display of Seleucian (an ancient!
sic while the sun "goes down" mideastern culture) pottery and
and star patterns, often from airt.
hundedsof yarsagofor on For those who want to absorb
hundreds of years ago, form on a little culture (or have History
the planetarium ceiling. of Art assignments hanging over
THE PLANETARIUM offers their heads) the University Mu-
several showings on weekends. seum of Art at State and S. Uni-
Check with the nat-sci museum versity provides ample oppor-
for exact times. tunity to view examples of a
For local natural history buffswide variety of artistic periods
the museum offers an impres- ranging from Middle Ages tap-
sive display of Michigan wild- estries to a collection of works
life, including a stuffed timber tistslesser known American ar-
wolf who looks as if he'd rather The art museum also stores a
bite your arm off than look at collection of photographs by fa-
you. mous shutter clickers which is
The Kelsey Museum of An. available for public perusal by
cient and Medieval Archeol- appointment. Call, the museum,!
ogy, housed in a castle-like if you're interested.
structure on State St., offers a Just around the corner on S.
fine collection of ancient arti- Usiversity the Clemets s.
facts. Much of the museum's University, the Clements heis-
collection was obtained from torical Library deals i the
archeological digs conducted documents and papers of days
by the University on various gone by. The Clements collec-
sites throughout the Middle tion contam s actual writings
East. of famous persons, dealing
with both the mundane details
Recently remodeled, Kelsey of life and important historical
Museum houses an impressive events.

Further away, but well worth
the long trek to North Campus,
is the Bentley Historical Li-
brary. The Bentley houses more
than three million historical pa-
pers and documents from fam-
ous state, local and University
figures, as well as diaries, old
newspapers from around the
state and artifacts from ordinary
citizens.
OLD POSTERS, tape record-
ings and photographs are also
part of the Bentley collection.
Both the Clements and Bent-
ley libraries are open for public
use, but each has a no-circula-
tion policy to prevent loss of old
and valuable documents. All ma-
terials must be used within the
confines of the two buildings.
The University will soon add
another unique library - The
Gerald Ford Presidential Li-
brary - devoted to the famous
alumnus' political and personal
papers. The Ford library is ten-
tatively scheduled for construc-
tion within a year on a site ad- T
jacent to the Bentley Library. d

Doily Photo by CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER
This ancient "monster" is only one of several fossi'ized resi-
dents of the University's Ruthven Museum of Natural History.

Summer brings Art Fair onslaught

A.

To cope with the parking
crunch created by the massive
influx of visitors, the University
obligingly opens some of its
parking structures to the public.
And the Ann Arbor police just as
obligingly ticket or tow anything
else in sight.
Because space is limited,
prospective participants in the
State St. area fair' and the
Street Art Fair must go
through a special screening
process before they are allow-
ed to exhibit their wares. The
Summer Arts Festival is not
juried, but it too strives to
maintain standards of quality
and originality.
"We try not to make.aestheticf
judgments while allowing for
maximum creativity," explained
Celeste Melis Festival coordi-
nator. Each fair stresses produc-
tion, not just merchandising of
objects.
Participants t r a vel f r o m
across the country to exhibit
their works in the three fairs.
"This is a very big, well-known
fair," Melis explained. "It's
given Ann Arbor a special kind
of reputation."
For some craftspeople, the art
fair circuit is a way of life. For
others, the yearly Ann Arbor ex-
travaganza is just an opportun-
ity to reap a few extra green-
backs.
But if fingering the flowerpots
and admiring the acrylics isn't
quite enough to satisfy your cul-
tural cravings, you can always
sit back and enjoy the. musical
a n d dramatic- entertainment
thoughtfully provided by local
talent.,

il

Daily Photo by KEN FINK
Would you believe a locomotive made from parts of old musical instruments? This is only one
of the bizarre and not so bizarre items on sale at the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, held in city
streets each July.

Daily demonstrations of craft
techniques are featured so
that you can watch a glass-
blower or sculptor create a
work of art before your very
eyes. A children's activity
area is also provided for bud-
ding young artists.
It seems that everyone gets
into the Art Fair act. Local po-
liticos use the four-day gather-

ing as an opportunity to mingle
with their constituents. Food
vendors roam the streets, ready
to quench the thirst or quell the
hunger of sweltering fairgoers
with everything from chapatis to
frozen yogurt to baklava. Area
merchants plan their summer
sidewalk sales to coincide with
the fair.
But lest the fair get too out of

More n eople slepton,
waterbeds.
ta .Led from
U.S.Ihigh schools last year.
Hard to believe, isn't it? But it's true. More than 4 million people are enjoying the
warmth and comfort of a waterbed every night. In addition to the even body support,
with no pressure points to disturb your sleep, waterbeds come in a variety of stylish
designs for everyone's bedroom decor. Sturdy, well-constructed waterbeds equipped
with Safeway heaters give you the ultimate
in sleeping comfort. Waterbeds are tomor-
row's way to sleep today. ®SAF eWaYe ep
Happiness ... a warm waterbed.
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Near the corner of 5th Ave next to the Sun Bakery
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hand, the city has enacted an
ordinance which prohibits un-
authorized artisans from setting
up shop and selling their wares.
THE UNIVERSITY, Chamber
of Commerce and the city ,act
together to insure that the en-
tire operation runs smoothly.
But for some residents, the
annual onslaught is' just a giant
headache, w i t h traffic and
crowds becoming unbearable.
Not everyone seems to mind,
though.
4"It disrupts the daily life,"
Melis said, "but that's the ma-
gic of being in Ann Arbor. That's
the mystique."
University scientists recently
discovered a lost Royal Egyp-
tian mummy-the first such find
since the opening of Tut-Ankh-
Amun's Tomb in 1922. The mum-
my was positively identified as
Queen Tiy, King Tut's grand-
mother.
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