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he Michigan Daily.
Thursday, November12, 1981
promising magazine Hot Coffee; various theater
By RJ Smith productions hobble along on a crumbled financial
base. It's economic worries most of all,of course, but
HERE'S A STEELY ambience surfacing pomehow the term seems inadequate. Fiscal
in the art community right now, a hardness that problems add more kinks than can be counted to one's
feels new. For many local artists it means finding security and psyche, almost more than "economic
things just a little more difficult than they were, say, worries" is able to suggest.
a year ago. Or maybe a lot more difficult. The problem attacked most directly by the artists
Ann Arbor Artists '81, an exhibition of art by local who produce Ann Arbor Artists '81 is the lack of
artists, might have happened any time at all, for ar- adequate exhibition space in the area.
tists organize shows for all kinds of reasons. That it is "The force most of all behind it was the closing of
happening right now, however, points out some of the the University Gallery, a place where young artists
problems our sculptors, painters, printmakers, video could get some exposure," says Larry Cressman, a
artists, etc., etc., are facing as they wade deeper into local printmaker and one of eight organizers of the
the 'N0s. exhibition. The University Gallery was located on the
There are oodles of illustrations of how the artist's main floor of the Michigan Union. "Somebody said
lot is becoming less secure all the time. Eclipse Jazz, they wanted a lounge there, and they won." With the
scrambles for funds that flowed more freely just a further loss in the closing of the Dreyfuss Gallery, the
S e n s ib il year or two earlier and cancels its jazz festival; the only place than now regularly exhibits localartists is
Alchemist goes belly-up and, apparently, so does the See ARTISTS, Page 7
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The 'Sunday Funnies' comedy troupe relaxes after a rehearsal for tonight's
opening show at the Schorling Auditorium.
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Not just comic strips
By Jerry Brabenec
E CLIPSE JAZZ' bi-weekly jam
sessions at the University Club in
the Michigan Union have become a
regular haunt for local jazz fans and
players, but this week's session is going
to be a very special event. This after-
noon, trumpeter Ted Curson will
rehearse an ensemble of local volun-
teers in an open workshop at 4 p.m. in
the Pendleton Room.
Later, at 9 and 12:30, Curson will con-
duct a set with this one-time-only en-
semble, and perform as featured soloist
with the rhythm section of Ann Arbor's
An article appearing in the Nov.'5
issue of the Michigan Daily
(" 'Wings' fails miserably")
erroneously reported that the
Michigan Ensemble Theatre
receives funds from the University's
Department of Theatre and Drama.
Met operates on its box office retur-
ns, a fund created by the Best of
Broadway Series, and a three-year
grant from the University. The ar-
ticle also incompletely described
MET's ticket discount policy, which
is: one complimentary ticket for a
Thursday night or a Sunday perfor-
mance to theatre majors, $3 tickets
to students enrolled in a theatre
department class, and a 15 percent
discount to University students for
favorite bunch of jazz veterans, Dave
Swain's " II-V-I Orchestra.
Curson is a native of Philadelphia,
where he attended the same high
school as two of the greatest jazz in-
strumentalists of the '50s and '60s, John
Coltrane and Lee Morgan. After
gigging around Philadelphia while still
in his teens, Curson caught the ear of
Miles Davis. Davis provided impetus
and contacts for Curson's move to New
York, where he was quickly hired by
pianist Cecil Taylor.
A couple of years with Taylor's
avant-garde band led to a gig with
bassist Charles Mingus. Curson played
in one of Mingus' most important ban-
ds, sharing the horn parts with
saxophonist Eric Dolphy.
By the mid '60s Curson had become a
leader in his own right with the release
of the first of his many albums, Plenty
of Horn. Over the next decade and a
half Curson has continued to record a
style of jazz that follows in the Mingus
tradition of wedding tradition and blues
to the departures of avant garde on
albums like The Urge, with saxophonist
Booker Ervin, and the tribute album
Tears for Dolphy. His newest album,
Snake Johnson, is described as closer to
the mainstream than some of his
By Pam Fickinger ,
T ALL BEGAN two years ago, on a
cold December night. The budding
writers huddled together in a small
room, potential scripts in hand. Their
goal: to make people laugh. The result:
the Sunday Funnies, a successful
comedy troupe with a new show every
This term's show will begin tonight at,
Schorling Auditorium and will continue'
Using alt original material and songs,
the troupe aims for comedly skits that
are -appealing to everyone, explains
Steve Kurtz. "Some people think we're
0stand-up comics. We're not," says
Dave Saling, associate director. "We do
vaudeville-type material, music,
human comedy;, the absurd, the
bizarre-poignant, pungent, thought-
Bill Winters, an actor in the troupe,
describes it as unique -- there's nothing
else quite like it on campusi he says.
Winters, in his second term with the
Funnies, says it's "wonderful. They
allow you to be creative with the roles."
According to Saling, "theater
f people" don't often audition for the
Funnies. They look for people with a
good sense of comedic timing, and an
ability to deliver lines, and perform in
skits. And, he'says, you don't have to be
in theater for that. "One former actor,"
he explains, "is now back in the Law
School." Other members have been in
the Inteflex program, and there have
even been some engineers. Saling him-
self is a sophomore majoring in Film
and Video Studies.
Kurtz, a senior majoring in Biology,
sees the troupe as a good springboard.
And there are now Sunday Funnies
alumni doing comedy in other forms on
k.The skits are mainly set productions
and there is generally no im-
provisation, according to Kurtz. But, he
says, there's the danger that after three
weeks of rehearsal the material will
cease to be funny to the people involved
and that is one of the reasons why they
encourage the actors to be creative.
From that first meeting two years
ago, the Sunday Funnies has evolved
into a well-prepared, impressive
student comedy troupe. "Expect to
laugh a lot," Kurtz warns. Because
their main purpose and all their
energies are for "the show."
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