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the James Bond film festival. And in
contrast, Alternative Action shows
films with political content.
Off campus, the Michigan Theater
never takes chances, but the classics
never looked better than on its enor-
mous screen. The theater is also host
to the annual 16mm Film Festival,
one of the largest offerings of in-
dependent and avant-garde films in
Eyemediae fills in the time between
the 16mm Festivals with their twice-
a-week screening of avant-garde
films and important new works in film
The Ann Arbor 1 & 2 Theaters
provide the latest in successful
foreign and low budget cinema, but
beware: They only show half the films
they show coming attractions for.
The State and Campus complete the
round of the in-town theaters. The
Campus is the largest theater in town,
but feels guilty about it and shows the
latest in zombie and ninja epics for
therapy. The State continues its
show of pride with even more eviden-
ce of the death of American cinema.
Ann Arbor is a town of experience
40,000 students strong. There's a life
and rhythm and energy here that you
now contribute to. And, for each one of
you, there's a film whose pace reflects
the speed at which you cross the diag
Consider that movies might play a
part because sometimes they are
more than just another thing to love,
hate, or ignore. Often, they are the
musings of quite men and women who
wish to give, but who have not yet
learned to speak the simplest
gestures. Seek them out, let their
words wash over you, smile, think,
and finally say "Hello" and "Thank
You." Be it on the street or in the
theater, that's the spirit Ann Arbor
truly strives for.
We are the 2nd largest student organization on campus, housing more student-
run programs than any other group except for University Activities Center.
We allocate more funds to student programs than the Michigan Student
We present performing artists and lecturers.
Concerts, theatre, and films. Classes and
symposiums. Parties and community,
original songs at the Ark and opened
By Joseph Kraus for folk legend Tom Paxton.
Linda Siglin, director of the
University's Office of Major Events
VERYWHERE you look, kifyou and former co-director of the Ark
folk mu icthat isurelya coeback said, "It's (the Ann Arbor folk scene)
fk mi. started to come alive again. Some of
The Prairie Home Campanion has the younger people are starting to
won a national following, and many play again."
critically acclaimed new pop and Students who play folk music are
rock acts, like R.E.M., the Pogues, only the tip of the iceberg, though.
and Suzanne Vega, reflect strong folk More students seem to have made up
influences. last year's Ark audiences than have
For pure folk and folk-style acts, in the last few years and more studen-
Ann Arbor stands behind only a small ts are willing to support folk and folk-
number of U.S. cities as a premier rock bands nationally.
showplace. - With a recently Today Ann Arbor's Ark remains the
revitalized local scene, it has long premier place to see folk music in the
been a stopping place for major acts city. Established in 1965, it and Can-
going from New York to Chicago or terbury House, a folk club that closed
Minneapolis, as well as an important its doors in 1971, brought in many of
site in its own right. the performers who went on to
In the '60s, Ann Arbor was an im- become stars.
portant jumping off place for such ar- By 197, when the Siglins took over
tists as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and direction of the Ark, folk and folk-
Leon Redbone, but throughout the rock attracted large numbers of
late '70s and early 'B0s, as students. Virtual unknowns like Joni
eve ywhere else olk music suflan Mitchell, then based in Detroit, and
AllthewhleAnnAror' ledig Leon Redbone, who actually lived in
folk club, The Ark, saw to it that the Ann Arbor for his first few months in
city had richer folk offerings than this country, first established the
most of the rest of the country. Per- audiences that later boosted them in- The beloved Clancy Brothers gave a heart-warming concert last November
formers like Dave Bromberg, Steve to the national spotlight.
Goodman, and Stan Rogers made it to In one of the city's most memorable
town at least once a year for several folk music events, Neil Young stop- who have built up small but diverse headliner, about a half-dozen national cy
years. ped at Canterbury House (currently followings through their live appear- caliber performers, and one or two bal
But while Ann Arbor remained on thesiteof the ArielRestaurant) during ances and independent record local performers. Arlo Guthrie ther
the folk map, students were gradually his first solo tour after the break-up of releases. The Blind Pig has also headlined last year and Dave Brom- for
being alienated. The acts tended to Buffalo Springfield and recorded the played host to emerging folk artists, berg the year before. aco
appeal to the same, largely older, live version of "Sugar Mountain" that such as Chris Hickey and Scott Recently, the distinction between the
audiences. Dave Siglin, director of appears on Decade, his greatest hits Seskind. local performers and national caliber look
the Ark said, "The average age of the collection. The Ark averages between four and performers has blurred. With such tha
performers was going up about three- More recently the Ark has brought five shows a week, with admission performers as Peter "Madcap" Ruth, a fo
quarters of a year every year. You'd in such acts as George Winston ranging from $4 to $12. Most shows a harmonica wizard featured in some
pick up a new act or two each year, Michael Hedges, and Suzanna Veg' are $5 or $6 for students, more than of the Hohner company's national ad-
but they'd be in their 30s." when theywerestillrelatively the typical rock or pop band at a bar, vertising, Mark "Mr. B." Braun, a
Things have started to change, unknown, but still a reasonable option for most honky-tonk piano player who has out-
though. The Ark moved from its long- Today's folk concerts tend to students. ten a lot of exposure at the major folk
time location on Hill Street to one on feature names that are as unknown as The highlight of each folk year, and festivals, Mustard's Retreat, Gemini,
Main, into a larger more club-like were Mitchell's, Young's, andwRed- one that winds up being a good deal is and Dick Seigel getting more and
place. At the same time, other local bone's in the early '60s. Uncle Bonzai, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, spon- more national attention, Ann Arbor is
establishments like Dominick's, the The Tetes Noires, Robin and Linda sored as a fundraiser by the Ark. Held in the midst of its own folk revival.
Heidelberg, and the student run "Cof- Williams, Fred Small, and Chris the past two years at Hill Auditorium, With a handful of major shows like
tee Shop" at the University Club Williamson are the sort of performers the festival features a well-known John Prine, the Roches, and the Clan-
have experimented with folk perfor-
And more students and young
people are getting involved. As an an- E Buy one
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