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IN THE REALM of theatre, a hetero-
geneous mixture of companies have
established themselves in Ann Arbor. If
you are looking for a certain type of
theatrical endeavor and can not find it
in Ann Arbor it probably does not exist.
The University and surrounding com-
munity offer something for the serious
drama critic or participant as well as
something for the student in need of an
entertaining study break. If you fall in
between those two categories you are in
luck too. Students have numerous op-
portunities to see and participate in
theater around the town.
Within the University itself there is
an amalgamation of theatre. The
Professional Theatre Program (PTP),
located in the Michigan League, is an
administrative unit separate from the
LSA department of theatre and drama
but linked strongly to it. PTP produces
the departmental shows including the
University players power and
Showcase Series.
The University Players Power Series
are large cast, classical productions
housed in the 1400 seat, convertible,
thrust-staged, Power Center. These
productions combine the talents and
energies of professors, staff, and
students in the department. Guest ar-
tists are often brought in for these high
standard performances.
The Showcase Series offers a wide
range of productions directed by
faculty, visiting directors or Ph.D
candidates. These smaller-scale
productions are usually produced
either on the prescenium stage of the
Mendelssohn Theatre, located in the
Michigan League, or in the Frieze
Building's Trueblood Theater, formerly
a proscenium stage converted into a
versatile arena stage space.
Studio productions are about the only
free-admission theatre connected with
the department. These shows are often
one-act experimental pieces produced
and directed by students. They are
shown in the New Trueblood or the
Arena theatre, which is also in the
Frieze building. J
PTP also sponsors one of Ann Arbor's
finest companies, the Michigan En-
semble Theatre (MET). MET is a
University based Equity Company
which, since its inception in 1981, has
developed into a fully professional
regional theater company.
One or two special attractions and
the Best of Broadway (meaning
broadway touring productions) are
brought to the Power Center stage via
PTP each year.
If you really want to see a show but
your budget jsut won't allow it, sign up
at the PTP office to usher. But find out
the shows at the beginning of the term
and sign up early.
Also part of the University is a group
known as the Residential College
Players. An Ancillary arm of the
Residential College drama program,
the group consists of RC drama majors
and a few residents of East Quad
(where the RC is located). The group
often gives fresh productions of
established, experimental, and original
works.
Musket, Soph Show, and Gilbert and
Sullivan Society are for those who want
to be a part of the stage life but are not
theatre majors. The former two groups

Album
lea ves
By Larry Dean
IT'S FALL AGAIN. Leaves, reddened
and dead, snap casually from their
place on the staunchest of trees and
float lazily to the earth, where they are
either inconspicuously raked aside by
groundskeepers, or crunched under the
brutal assault of student feet. Yes, the
University is lovely in autumn,
sparkling with the smell of newness - a
newness which extends to include all
the freshpersons and transfer students
out there, wandering, mouths agape, to
wrong classes and forbidden zones like
North Fourth Avenue.
This is not a new phenomena,
however. It has happened to us all. One
cannot help but feel a tad "in the dark"
when it comes to a new place to dwell
and explore ... and that is precisely why'
this special edition of Weekend has
been produced - for those yearning to
understand.
My duty is local record stores - to
explain and delineate them. Even as I
write this, I wonder if this year will
bring more Walkmans, or similar
abominations, to the University expan-
se ... It's almost enough to call it quits
even before I get in full-swing, but then
you un-Michiganders or blank-slate-
theory-personifieds would be at a loss.
So I will not.
Ann Arbor has its ups and downs when
it comes to record stores. Some are
great!, and others are awful ... In.
traditional serio-journalist style, I will
use a mutant inverted pyramid struc-
ture in approaching this subject-of-sub-
jects.
Biggest and best is Schoolkids'
Records, located at 523 E. Liberty.
Now, for some of you out there, all I'd
have to do is mention that Schoolkids'
was in OUI magazine's Top 20 U.S.
record stores, and you'd probably find
excuse number 7,195 to subscribe -to
said-publication. Very good, very good.
But it's actually a big honor, and
Schoolkids' deserves it.
It specializes in rock and jazz'music,
with certainly one of the most extensive
collections of the former I've ever come
across. They have the largest selection
'of European and Japanese imports in
Ann Arbor, with special attention on the
Japanese LPs, which are some of the
highest-quality pressings a person
could hope to purchase, whether it be
Motorhead or the ever-popular
Stranglers (hip-hip... !). Aside from all
this "special" stuff, Schoolkids' stocks
a good assortment of new releases -
some at swell discount prices - for the

avid music enthusiast. This includes
the afore-mentioned rock and jazz
works, but also encompasses a rather
large folk assortment, some country,
soundtracks, half-speed masters,
spoken-word albums (comedy, etc.),
and the list goes on.
Say you can't find that one-in-a-
million'special disc? Well, the folks at
Schoolkids' can special order most in-
print albums for you, and then you can
sit back and expect the order to take
only a week to a week-and-a-half to
come in. And if that ain't enough,
Schoolkids' stocks a large number of
cut-outs - that is, albums that are sold
at a reduced rate for this reason or that
- plus they display a wall of the latest
import and domestic 45s, sell music
rags like NME, Rolling Stone, Trouser
Press, Musician, et. al., and fanzines
galore. There's record care stuff,
cassette tapes, whacky and helpful
salespersons... boy, this place has got it
all! (For hard-to-find rare and collec-
tible records, check out Schoolkids'
Used and Rare Records at 514 E.
William.)
After Schoolkids', it's difficult to
recover. But there are a few stores that
deserve mention.
One of them is Liberty Music, located
just a few steps from Schoolkids' at 417
E. Liberty. Liberty Music is the Mid-
west's most comprehensive classical
music shop, with an extensive collec-
tion of discs, plus cassettes and record
and tape accessories. They also have a
prompt mail order service, for those
either too lazy locally to venture forth,
or those who live beyond the boundaries
of Ann Arbor. Add to that a 24-hour
phone answering service and you have
just about the "classiest" thing since
Burger King opened up for the Late
Show.
The biggest charm of Liberty Music
is that you can wander in, right off the
street in your Sunday best or your Wed-
nesday worst, ask the kindly counter-
person to hand you over a record, and
listen to your selection in the confines of
your very own hermetically sealed
cubicle! Just to assure you that this is
not - repeat not - a psych major's
thesis in-progress ... in some regions,
the old-fashioned method of sizing up
and then purchasing a record is still in
effect. At Liberty Music, you can give
your choice a listen, just to be sure it's
the correct work or composer you were
looking for. Satisfied, you shell out your
bucks (or checks, or plastic money),
and trek back to the dorm to weird out
your roomies with Berlioz or Rach-
maninoff when they prefer Foreigner at
volume ten. It's places like Liberty
Music that help to establish the old
Roommate Ties (R.T.s) that are so im-
portant here at the University.
From here on out, the new record
scene looks kinda ... regular.
Schoolkids' gets some competition from
Make Waves, at 209 S. State, which oc-
casionally tries to oust them from their
hierarchical position by pricing new

albums a few cents lower. Usually, the
difference isn't worth it. As far as stock
goes, they're nowhere near as well-
stocked as the big S, but you can
sometimes find that one "hafta-have-it-
now" album at Make Waves if its not
available elsewhere. In all, the best
thing about Make Waves is the T-Shirt
Gallery, which is extremely wonderful
if you're into tour paraphernalia, band
propaganda, and assorted fashions for
the discriminating punk dresser; as far
as straight music stuff goes ... wander
in, look around, but don't get too en-
thralled.
Other "-outes" the new Ann Arborite
can take in finding music are the retail,
or "greatest hits"-type stores. A trip to
State Discount, at 307 S. State and 1235
S. University, can get you some swell
depilatory creme, University sweats,
potato chips, and the new Journey
album. Occasionally they come up with
a two for a buck sale, or something else
worthwhile. However, you're better off

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But Ulrich's has maize and blue seat cushions,
(don't be selfish, share it with a friend), scarves
gloves, etc. The list goes on and on - and yes,
size, no matter what it is.
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