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The Michigan Daily
Claudia Sc
to bring un
folk to tow,
B A d . performers w
ByiAnuy Weine peal to folk
O NE SURE sign of an improving musicality, S
performer is a continUing need for yrical abil ti]
larger and larger halls to play in. But her ap
Whether it is because of an increasing dividual listen
. interest in folk music, or that Claudia is a deft fol
Schmidt somehow has improved, her master of st
musicianship, the fact is that she has mountain dul
graduated from playing the intimate unique string
setting of the Ark to the somewhat the autoharp)
larger Lydia Mendelssohn Theater for Schmidt's
her upcoming return visit to Ann Arbor pressive, givi
tonight. her original a
Her music style is possibly best background it
described as rousing and provocative, porates poi
reflecting her strong political and theatrics into
social conscience. The subject matter ce.
of her work is very diverse, ranging For those in
from songs about rape or domestic very differe
violence to killing the whales. tickets for her
Schmidt's stimulating material sets available at t
her -apart from many contemporary Schoolkids' Re
folksters for just that reason. Unlike
Ejst Qad Music Co-

_ARTS
Thursday, September 20, 1984

hmidt
rho simply attempt to ap-
enthusiests with their
chmidt tries to convey a
he audience through her
es.
peal isn't only to the in-
ner's conscience. Schmidt
k guitarist as well as a
uch instruments as the
cimer and the pianolin (a
instrument resembling
voice is wild and ex-
ng a special meaning to
nd pungent lyrics. With a
in acting, she often incor-
etry, recitation, and
her musical performan-
nterested in listening to a
nt type of folk music,
performance tonight are
rhe Union box office and
,cords.

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The party of the weak?

You are all very boring.
We gave you your chance at stardom,
but did you take it? Go ahead, hang
your head in shame and say, "No, I-I
couldn't handle it."
If you have time to throw a party, you
must have time to write to the Daily's
Arts Editors and tell them about it. All
you have to do is submit a photo (black
and white looks best in the paper) and a
few words telling the world why your
party was The Party of the Week.

It's a contest and the winner will get
his or her photo and essay, paragraph,
or series of vowels and consonants prin-
ted in the Daily.
Imagine telling your grandchildren
some day that when you were in
college, your little gettogethers were
so obscenely interesting that they prin-
ted them in the local paper.
The possibilities are endless.

Claudia Schmidt will bring her politically-oriented style of music to the
Mendelssohn Theater tonight.

Quad cassette Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Members of the East Quad Music Co-op will be in the fishbowl today and tomorrow selling cassette tapes at discount
prices to raise funds for the group's activities. The co-op will hold an organizational meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in room
126 of East Quad.
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Jazz series
An eight-week history of jazz lecture
series featuring Detroit area experts
will begin Monday, an Eclipse
spokesman said yesterday.
The series, which is designed for both
the newcomer to jazz and the
moderately knowledgeable jazz en-
thusiasts, also will include lectures by
University Music Professors James
Dapogny, who will discuss jazz piano in
the 1940s, and Richard Watson, who will
speak. on swing. Topics to be covered
by other speakers are early jazz
through Rinky Dink, the big bands, the
Bebop Era, and contemporary jazz.
Tickets for the series, which will be
held in Annex A of WCBN-FM in the
basement of the Student Activities
Building, are $25. Registration is now
taking place at the Michigan Union
Ticket Office. For more information,
those interested may contact Eclipse at
763-0046.
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