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Restless? Check
out Detroit
Motown offers handy diversion

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The Mich iganl.iily--Thursday, Sep

By LOU FINTOR
Ann Arbor is fine. In fact, there are
scme who would say it's great. But
sometimes it just isn't enough.
Sometimes the pervasive atmosphere
of academia gets to be too much. What
then?
Detroit.
Automobile capital of the world. Once
the recording industry's premier city.
Devastated by riots in the 60s; then
rebuilt during the following decade.
And now, although Mayor Coleman
Young is having his share of problems
keeping the spirit of renaissance alive,
Detroit is still a great place to go for the
day.
DURING THE SUMMER, the city's
ethnic festivals provide an ideal excuse
for a visit. The festivals take place
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every weekend to Sept. 27 in downtown
Hart Plaza. Admission is free and live
entertainment abounds; the ethnic food
itself is worth the visit.
In addition to these festivals, the
music scene picks up during the sum-
mer and fall. The Detroit/Windsor In-
ternational Festival, the Mon-
treus/Detroit International Jazz
Festival, and the Detroit Blues Festival
are all big draws for the city.
And, of course, dining in Detroit is a
bit more interesting than dining in Ann
Arbor, if only because of the tremen-
dous selection of restaurants.
FOR ETHNIC FOODS, one of the
most famous areas is Greektown, a
block lined with quaint Greek sidewalk
cafes, restaurants, and taverns, located
downtown on Monroe St.
One of the Greektown restaurants
worthy of special mention is the
Pegasus Taverna-slightly expensive,
but worth the cost. The Pegasus
specializes in lamb, chicken, and ribs,
all cooked in true Greek country style.
The atmosphere is relaxed, and wistful
strains of Greek music filter through
the dining area.
After dinner, a walk across the street
to the Astoria Bakery will yield rewar-
ds of Baklava, cheese pie, and Greek
coffee or expresso.
For those in search of food with a
south of the border flavor, the Mexican
Village area is worth exploring.
Located on the near southwest side of
the city, close to Tiger Stadium, the
Village offers a collection of nightclubs,
restaurants, and shops (botanica's).
MEXICAN VILLAGE Restaurant is
moderately priced, and tacos, en-
chiladas, as well as full course Mexican
dinners are the main entrees. For the
experienced or daring, it also offers a

Detroit's "Ren Cen." Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL

diverse selection of Mexican beers and
cocktails.
If it's nightspots you want, Detroit
has everything from R&B to New
Wave, with low-priced cover charges,
or no cover at all.
Union Street (located on Woodward
near downtown) has classical guitar
music in a rustic atmosphere. The Soup
Kitchen Saloon (on Franklin, also near
downtown)' is popular with students,
and offers live jazz and blues circuit
bands with moderately priced drinks.
Alvin's Twilight Bar (on Cass) is
rather higher priced, featuring jazz
with the most popular groups, and oc-

and an entertaining evening is guaran-
teed.
The Aorta (also on McNichols) is also
popular with New Wave Rockers. It is
less expensive, and a hit with students.
THE MORE CULTURALLY attuned
will also find plenty to keep them oc-
cupied in the city. Highlights include:
* a world-class symphony orchestra,
with regular performances at Ford
Audirorium
A the Michigan Opera Theatre,
presenting five major productions each
year
. the Detroit Institute of Arts, which
features national traveling exhibits,

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If it's nightspots you want, Detroit has
everything from R&B to New Wave,
with low-priced cover charges or no
cover at all.

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casionally reggae and other types of
music. The Gnome (on Woodward)
specializes in middle-eastern food with
live local entertainment.
FOR A CHANGE of pace, the Old
Detroit (on Beaubien) has an old time
piano bar on Friday and Saturday
nights, complete with a sing-along and
choice ground round hamburgers.
T. J. & Snug is a favorite among the
after-theatre crowd for its soups, salads
and casseroles.
And the New Wave bars can't be
overlooked. Bookie's Club 870 (on Mc-
Nichols) is easily Detroit's New Wave
Palace. Appropriate dress is suggested,

foreign film theatre, a collection of an-
cient middle-east pottery, and yes,
Egyptian mummies
" the Detroit Historical Museum, for
a definitive history of the city
" the Detroit Public Library, noted
for its ancient book collection and ex-
tensive rare book room
" the Wayne State University
Cultural Area
" the Fisher Theatre, which offers
the best in Broadway shows at
moderate prices (students can receive
discounts for most shows)
" the Detroit Science Center, with one
of the few "hands-on" exhibit museums
in thle U.S.

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