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On the cover
Like many of the products of his fer-
tile mind, the cover was conceived by
Peter Williams faster than you can
say 35mm camera. Peter's frenetic
pace of giving birth to raw wet in-
spirations is fortunately balanced by
a liberal abortion policy and ample
drying off time. It's not all in the
wrist. The photo of dB's frontman
Pete Holsapple was taken by Daily
Chief Photographer Dan Habib.
The news of the day. Somebody
somewhere is playing a song, acting
out a role, dancing across some stage.
Susanne Baum is the most en-
thusiastic of a new breed of Arts
writers: Those that understand the
value of getting past just superficial
glorification. Talking to the artists as
well as watching them perform. See
page 3.
It just wouldn't be the same if James
Bond singlehandedly blew up an un-,
derground nuclear weapons facility
without first having a vodka martini,
shaken not stirred. So mused Chris
Lauer in a recent film review. Chris's
work is textbook stuff: formal and
educational, yet surprisingly in-
sightful. Sarcasm is of the essence
and is normally direct and unrelen-
ting. See page 4.

Ice Cream'
It takes careful research, nerves of
steel, and raw investigative muscle to
turn out ice cream copy. That's why
when the Entertainment section
needed to assign this important
coverage, the editorstturned to Katie
Wilcox. A gift from the Daily news
staff, Katie's style is thorough, infor-
mative, and well suited for the task at
hand. See page 6.
Catch of the Day
In his first column for the Daily, Mike
Fisch hooks a keeper. Our adven-
turous angler also anchored an article
on comedy. See page 6.
The coherence that pervades Ron
Schechter's writing approaches im-
peccable. Look for his book reviews
on Thursday's Arts page. See page
Classical Music
Neil Galanter is not on a hell-bent
mission to ruthlessly expose the
bridled emotions of the classical ar-
tist, but he is capable likeano other
writer of, telling you-in a quaint,
plaintive, and fluffy style-the unex-
purgated essentials of upcoming
classical events. He is. a classical

musician, which makes it difficult for
him to criticize but actively involves
the reader in each crescendo or series
of eighth-notes. Incidentally, Neil
singlehandedly invented the sandwich
metaphor-bread, cheese, and the
meat-as a convention for describing
a classical performance. See page
A man with a rational explanation for
everything. And a rational footnote
for every explanation. Joseph Kraus
enjoys the English language almost
as much as folk music. His ability to
put his thoughts on paper with a sense
of completeness that brings to mind
Leo Tolstoy is unrivaled on the Daily
Staff. See page 15.
Campus Radio
"arwulf arwulf" is a verb. Active, in-
deed. He writes ripe and bitchy, true
to form. arwulf presents jazz in a
swell column Tuesdays on the Arts
page. He is never squeezed off the Ar-
ts page, even for a rock concert. Just
watch. See page 16.
Fortunately, John Logie is still a child
playing in an adult world. His style is

not unorthodox or revolutionary, but
the topics he chooses often are.
Typically, John will meander through
a series of brilliantly orchestrated
and strikingly honest points on the
way to a clear and defensible opinion.
A refreshing change from those who
unsuccessfully write in the same
style. See page 17.
Campus Cinema
Let's read Byron; he hates
everything.Byron L. Bull's skill lies
in detecting the awkward camera
angle, the unnoticed cameo, and the
physical and conceptual detail, of a
film. His approach to movies may of-
ten seem to assume the negative, but
closer inspection proves that Byron's
lofty expectations are merely the
product of his critical ability. See
page 18.
Who else could get a call from a
Topeka, Kansas salad dressing firm
requesting that he call back and ask
for the Creamy Cucumber extension?
Mike Fisch is a writer's writer.
Always looking for that special story,
that pungent pun, that acoustic
alliteration. This is Fischean writing.
His sometimes rank inspirations rec-
tify almost any atmosphere of
seriousness. See page 19.

Music Scene
The most infamous writer in Ann Ar-
bor, it is easy to say. A film is not
merely a film to Byron L. Bull. A
record not merely a record. A concert
not merely a concert. Performances
must meet certain specifications, cer-
tain meticulously fostered standards
to earn the Byron Bull stamp of ap-
proval. Often piercing, usually clear,
but always opinionated. See page 8.
Food for thought
Hunger abatement, like many primal
concerns, is the priority occupation of
collegiate life. While food as
sophisticated entertainment is often
subverted by budgetary con-
siderations, it is essential to keep
abreast of the diversity of eats-to be
prepared for any sudden or calculated
mood shift and fill the tank accor-
dingly. See pages 10-11..
Accentuate the positive! Verbose, in-
novative, and genuinely
knowledgeable is Marc Taras. His
writing on Jazz strikes a chord of en-
thusiasm in even those unfamiliar
with the art. Marc often takes liberty
with his space, using a brilliant artist
as a starting point for his inner con-
sciousness. From there on in, it's all
uphill, and all heart. See page 12.

the germs
By Mike Fisch
YV OUR GRADE in this class,"
bellowed Mr. Caranfa, "will
be on your permanent academic
record." He paused to sneer at each of
the potential juvenile delinquints
seated in front of him and then con-
tinued, "This is high school and it's
time to get serious..." The sternness
with which Mr. Caranfa delivered his
"time to get serious" speech led me to
believe that seriousness was some
sort of crippling, if not fatal disease.
I became susceptible to seriousness
at the ripe old age of 14, but today's
populace is getting hit with the
disease sooner, and harder. These
days there are nine-year-olds who
would rather develop a software
package than play monkey in the
middle. One should not lose hope,
however; there's something we can
do. No, not a USA for Unseriousness
fundraiser album. There's a cure for
seriousness, and it's called, quite
simply, laughter. Fortunately the Ann
Arbor comedy scene can provide
healthy doses of this most addictive
Sometimes in Ann Arbor it seems
that the weekend will never come.
Thankfully, Laugh Track, a weekly

Wednesday comedy showcase can
lighten things up, and make those
middle-of-the-week blues easier to
stomach. Laugh Track is an informal
comedy show which is staged at the U-
Club in the Michigan Union. The at-
mosphere is relaxed-a majority of
the show's stand-up comedians are
students. Despite their amateurish
rough edges, they are a lot of fun to
listen to. The Laugh Track's crowd is
a friendly one-most student
comedians have a large rooting sec-
tion to spur them on.
Laugh Track is always looking for
student comics; anyone interested
should call the University Activities
Center (UAC) at 763-1107.
Laugh Track's format also includes
one or two professional acts, which
are certainly more consistently funny
but not always as fresh as the first-
time comedian doing his best to com-
bat fifth degree nervousness. Tickets
for the show are likely to cost two
dollars, and can be purchased at the
Did you ever think, "I should be on
Saturday Night Live-I'm funnier
than they are anyway." If so, you
should think about joining the Comedy
Company, a student comedy troupe
which presents shows throughout the
year, with student written, acted, and
directed sketches a la Saturday Night
Live. Auditions for the troupes are held
once a term, and the producers en-
courage talented comedy writers and
actors to give them a call at the UAC
(763-1107). This year's show schedule

has not been decide upon but watch
for advertisements.
The Gargoyle, a student written
humor magazine which is published
three times a year, is offbeat to say
the least. The Gargoyle's National
Lampoon-style parodies are frequen-
tly scathingly and hilariously right on
the mark, and their parody of the
Daily's very own Weekend Magazine
was easily worth the fifty cent price.

If one includes the Mainstreet
,Comedy Showcase, which presents
National Comedy Talent, the comedy
scene becomes much more diverse.
Unfortunately the admittance age to
Mainstreet is 21.
One way or another Ann Arbor can
provide cures for the deadly disease
known as seriousness. There is also
room for anyone interested in starting
his own comedy group-live or

and bo

Fire it up, you jokesters: He can't be a comic if he doesn't smoke ... the same cigaret

OR PEOPLE WHO can't bear the blithering banality of
Ftypical entertainment writers, who demand something
more than a bridge column and a list of movies with
however many stars they earned, who want to be en-
tertained as well as to read about entertainment-there
exists the Daily Arts page and Weekend magazine. Enter-
tainment reporting Daily-style is something bold, catchy,
and often ridiculously pursuant of the subterranean as well
as the sublime. A deviant story is valued over an
unimaginative one, freestyle over inflexible, good 'n' gaudy
over insipid. The Arts staff reserves the right to bend style
and grammar rules for our own sometimes whimsical
creative inclinations.
The Daily Arts page appears every publishing day and
features previews and reviews of a variety of even-
ts-theatre, dance, concerts of every kind, records, films,
books-and whatever else is deemed amusingly informative
or just plain expressive fun. Tuesday's jazz column and
Thursday's book reviews are weekly special features.
Weekend magazine, which appears on Fridays, provides
entertainment coverage with the benefit of more space,
allowing writers to express themselves more expansively.
The Weekend cover story is always something news-like, in-
vestigative, and topical to the University community.
The Arts staff is a growing monster, with an insatiable ap-
petite for leisurely art, arty leisure, and new and talented
writers. If you're interested we would be glad to give you a
try. Contact Chris Lauer at the Daily Arts desk and offer your
own approach.






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