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j ] HEN THE library grows a bit too These shows are almost always worth shows that will undoubtedly include ab-
VY familiar, when your roommate wading through the occasional non- surdist antics, satirical skits, and
e to beaconf d Jfunny class clown to see a student political parody. Meanwhile anyone
Priest fan, when the thought of dorm comedian with an amazing sense of who believes they have talent in
food makes you gag, he only thing bet- timing, poise, and humor. As produced writing, directing, or acting in comedy
ween you and severe mental depression in the semi-nightclub atmosphere of the sketches can try out for a position with
will be your sense of humor. U-Club, and with only a $2 cover, the the company at auditions held once a
Fortunately Ann Arbor has a few shows are a definite high-point in the term.
places Fo rtte e rorastuntcanfew middle of the week. On a somewhat different media level,
places where the serious student can go
to laugh off tension, boredom, or failing In 1980 a group of students formed the students can get a laugh or two from the
grades. Top of the list is Laugh Tracks. Sunday Funnies, a comedy troupe that Gargoyle. This slightly bizarre comedy
Starting September 12, this showcase performed on and off for a few years. magazine is published three times a
s for local stand-up comedians packs 'em Under the sponsorship of the University year and contains humor that is as
in every Wednesday night at the U-Club Activities Center and with the radical and inventive as possible. They
in the Michigan Union. The shows inevitable changes in personnel, the style of subsequent issues can range
usually spotlight three or four would-be team is now billed as the Comedy Com- from National Lampoon-like parodies
By Mike Fiscf comics with laughs guaranteed the ap- pany. While this year's schedule is still to out-and-out oddities with no par-
pearance of a professional as the final being worked out, you can expect to see ticular meaning.
performer. them at various campus locations with Surpirsingly enough, the Gargoyle
dates back to 1906. Though its 78 year
history the magazine has changed with
the passage of time, swinging from
humor to a literary pulications and
o finally back to humor. Copies of this
student-run magazine are usually ped-
;. * ~dled on the Diag for fifty cents an issue.
.. As you can see, there are severaly
ways to get involved with the laughter
business. Whether its standup comedy,
m troupe oriented shows, or witty writing
that is your forte, you can find your
^ outlet in this city.
Of course, if you're just hit with the
freshman blahs or the senior slump,
you might just need a quick dose of the
best medicine on earth - laughter.
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stuck inY
a rut__
By Larry Dean
HE ASSIGNMENT here is local
OK. This won't take long.
Ann Arbor doesn't have that much to
offer in the vein of original music. Most
local folks prefer to infiltrate the files at
ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC, and play
popla d tuneesn b p oherm a r tts."Sauda igtie
glabtThat's their preference. I know some
people out there enjoy playing cover
songs - I sure do - but if a seesaw is
balanced too heavily on one sideyitys
Ion'tb nceiit'kHowever, the environment here is
near-perfect breeding ground for bud-
ding bands: a college town, inhabited
by different people from all over the Music: Saturday night live.
globe, most with a preference for
modern music, a fair amount of clubs,
potential airplay via college (nee
esoteric radio) and lots of rehearsal the most ferocious sounds in Ann Arbor (banal rock and roll); the slang (pop); skin
space They, too, play mostly originals, plus a and so on. coinc
So why is there such a lack of good few good covers like Eno's "Taking An
music in Ann Arbor Tiger Mountain (By.Strategy)." If I missed somebody near and dear satile
I don't know if it's so much a lack as For dancing enthusiasts, there's the to your heart, then it's because of the Don't
the possibility that the best bands go wilted ska-isms of SLK, a/k/a the quick turnover of bands in A-squared - you s
unheard due to mystical intervention Street Light Knights. A very popular it's hard to sometimes to keep track of it's q
or "uncommerciality," as appraised by outfit, SLK will keep you bopping 'til all the groups, who's playing for whom, and si
businessmen-bookers. In other words, the light of dawn assaults your etc., etc. And if you got left out, it's no neede
the bands could be there, but they overhung eyes. Plus they have aswell
might not be getting a chance tos be drummer. Check for times, there's
heard , bound to be plenty.
Ther spei oet eesfouydateab-The Urbations have been a strong
smelhiaenspotnethel founed bem draw for a long time. Following the
sevsi h p tih.L cd m r departure of leader Dan Mulholland,>J;:<<:<.: :::.:. ,:<:,:..:;:<;:: :::<:;.:."
otherwise? Bribery? Hard work? All the $10,00 ausi it oked
trorns(o-wiTte'ys csopeal. ( nor ofnthent10gn00aWatsinsiteooed
treonoeThtsacsfoapel for a while like certain demise for the t"
In the meantime, a brief overview ofs. u t te stuc it ot To they
mcie n ror rs ute tc it ot.tTday he
musi in nn Aborstill pack the venues. They have a
Map of the World is a local crew with strong, horn-driven sound that echoes
get-up-'n'-go. They gig profusely, prac- many musical roots - blues, R&B, pops
Their specalityn is oppyda c, h jazz.
ici a sneThat's naught but four local bands
intelligent rock and roll, fronted by a There are others. I hesitate to mention
female vocalist (Sophia Hanifi). All them in detail because of professional
originals (co-written by Sophia and bro and/or innocent ignorance. Instead, a
Khalid), save occasional fun covers, quick list of some that come to mind
Check'em out. with their specialties in parenthese
Nonfiction is a raw, blistering art- Aluminum Beach (serio-pop); VVT°
rock trio. Dealing in dissonance with (pop-rock); Gemini (folk); Cult Heroes
the same abandon nuns deal in God, the
Nonfictioners' aural assault is one of
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Intensive and semi-intensive
200 Million People, programs
And Only 35,000 Reiser ow"
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