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like Barry Lopez and Josephine pearances were sponsored or co- are not the only people bringing Writing Program can be found in the
By A ran Paul Humphries." sponsored by the Hillel Foundation, literary figures to campus. RC's offices in East Quad's Tyler
The MFA readings are held in the The Jewish student organization also Malamud spoke at the annuai House. The LSA English Department
HE ANN ARBOR Literary scene Rackham Conference rooms or, for brought Yehudi Amechi, Israel's best presentation of the Hopwood Creative also offers many creative wrting
T is aive doing well. There shoukd more well known writers such as known poet, to Ann Arbor. This year, Writing Awards. There are several courses.
be something to entice just abou. Allen Ginsberg or Tom Wolfe, both of Hillel will be sponsoring Vonnegut Hopwood contests a year, the goal of For those interested in reading
anyone whether your interest lies ir whom appeared last fall, in the which is to promote student writing, from their work the East Quad Music
attending readings (such as poetry Rackham Auditorium. There are under and upperclassmen Co-op sponsors monthly open mike
riction. o iournalism), having your Poet-activist Ginsberg's October contests, as well as those for graduate nights as East Quad s Halfway Inn.
work pubishe or giving a reading reading was among last year's students. The Hopwood office is The University also boasts several
yoursel literary highlights. Ginsberg, backed located in 1006 Angell Hall and more student iterar% magazines Both
The University and Ann Arbor by two student guitarists, showed a information about the contests can be Artemage and Shaking Through
communities contain a Master of Fine crowd of over 1,100 that he has not picked up there. debut&e last yeai and, word has it,
Arts (MFA program which regularly softened his political stance or lost In past years the Residential will return
brings visiting writers to town for any of the power of his pen. He read College Creative Writing Program "The theme o our magazine is
readings, lectures or workshops, sev- poems spanning four decades, in- has had great success in the Hop- art," said Bonnie Cadmissa, an editor
eral student literary magazines, cluding much from his new White woods. RC students picked up seven at Artemage. "We don't have a set
venues for student readings, as well Shroud, tackling topics ranging from of ten underlcassmen Hopwoods last format of what we print, as long as it
as several organizations and U.S. involvement in Nicaragua, to J. year. The program is based upon adheres to the theme of our
facilities dedicated to bringing top Edagr Hoover, to his own mortality. tutorials in which the professor ser- magazine. Our goal is to provide a
notch literary talents to Ann Arbor Along with Ginsberg and Wolfe, ves more as a guide and editor than showcase for art in and around the
Fiction writer Alan Chuse, author author of a dozen books including The university community, and to be a
of two novels and a short story coliec- Right Stuff. last year saw ap source of information about art out-
tion, has been in Ann Arbor for two pearances by Elie Weisel, the side the arts community."
years as a "visiting faculty" member reknowned Jewish philosopher and Nadine Gorduner Shaking Through showcases a
of the MFA Program. He likes what Holocaust chronicler, as well as one variety of student creativity, in-
he has seen. of the last readings by the late Ber- and Heller's appearances as well as cluding fiction, poetry, photography,
"The literary scene in Ann Arbor is nard Malamud, author of The Magic that of reknowned Israeli novelist and comics. The magazine found
unusually active," Chuse says, "As Barrier and The Natural. Among those Amos Oz. Negotiations are under way quick success with a circulation of
in many other respects, Ann Arbor is writers already scheduled to appear to secure Jerzy Kosinski (Being There, over 1100.
an oasis in the Midwest." Many mid- this year are Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Pinball) and Margaret Atwood. The "The purpose of Shaking Through is
western writers who used to pack up Heller author of the classic Catch 22, Hill Street Forum, a student run to bring high quality writing to the
and go to New York stay in towns like English novelist Margaret Drabble, organization functioning within Hillel campus on a frequent basis," accor-
Ann Arbor now Chuse adds: and Joyce Carrol Oates. Also, Jay runs two programs: Celebration of ding to Editor Peter Stuck.
"The (MFA) program is committed McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Jewish Arts and the Major Speaker Two other student magazines, Bar-
and has a good budget. We brought at Big City and Ransom and a rising Series. baric Yawp and Blue Noise are en-
least a dozen visiting writers to town figure on the New York literary "The Major Speaker Series is for tering their fourth years of
last year, some for one reading, some scene, will be moving to Ann Arbor any speaker of high quality and publication. Both of these magazines
for week long workshops. There was a and is sure to at least give a reading. whether they deal with Jewish or non focus on student writing and accept
reading every two weeks or so, people Both Ginsberg and Weisel's ap- Jewish issues is not particularly im- all submissions. Last year, the Yawp
portant," according to Joseph received over 350 submissions.
Kohane, Hillel's Associate Program The combination of student
A N R O U I A TDirector, "whether one is from magazines, many high level
Jewish roots, or Third World roots, or speakers, and top quality writing
Anglo roots, any literary figure of programs provides Ann Arbor with an
high quality becomes international. active and diverse literary scene.
IS YOUR CAMPUS MUSIC STORE hg ultyohEieatial
"For instance, thoughThere's a lot happening here so, if
obviously writes and speaks about the you're interested, keep your eyes and
Jewish condition, his message is Kurt Vonnegut ears open. Read the bulletin boards
really universal. He is dealing with and kiosks (those funny looking round
the human condition and is an artist instructor. There is a high degree-of cement things), or you're likely to
and major writer as well as a student freedom in the program. miss a golden opportunity of one sort
philosopher." Warren Hecht is the Department or another.
The English Department and Hillel Chairman and information on the RC
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By Marc S. Taras
AKIN ARBOR is a jazz town waiting to
emold you with loving, leafy wings. If
you are already a jazzhead, this fact
has probably contributed jto your
choice of colleges. If you are new to
the new music relax. You are about to
be loved into a new awareness. On
your marks. Get set. Take five. Let
this article be your introduction and
guide to jazz in A7.
Production: There are several out-
fits that bring top quality jazz concer-
is to Ann Arbor, and the chief among
them is Eclipse Jazz. Eclipse is a non-
profi student-run, world class jazz
promotion agency. Whew! That's
saying a mouthful, and it's all true!
Let me encourage anyone reading
this page-you ur - interested in jazz,
right -- to hook up Eclipse. By
attending their reguii- meetings you
wilt quickly find yourself involves:
whatever area of jazz and concert
promotion that appeals to you. The
opportunities are wildly diverse:
graphics, box office, advertising,
sound and lighting with the tech crew
hospitaity (meet and feed the ar-
tists). and of course dealing with the
artists and their agents directly.
And what great artists In the past
couple of years Eclipse has brought
Ann Arbor such luminaries as Sun
Ra, Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny.
Dollar Brand, Tommy Flanagan.
George Winston, David Murray, Ab-
bey Lincoln, Archie Shepp, and
Ronald Shannon Jackson. The list
could go on and on and on and. . get
it?
Eclipse not only provides its mem-
bers with tons of fun but also offers
hands-on working experience that
will serve as a workshop for those
whose career interests tend towards
music or production.
Prism Productions occasionally.
departs from the rock-pop pool into
the jazz stream. Due in part perhaps
to the interests of Prism Vice-
President and former Eclipse Direc-
tor Lee Berry, Prism will oc-
casionally co-produce major concer-
ts. such as the Ornette Coleman-Pat
Metheny show, with Eclipse. Prism
has also worked major shows of their
own recently, including an area ap-
pearance by trumpet virtuoso Wynton
Marsalis..They are also active on the
club scene, having brought some
great jazz acts to the Blind Pig. These
have included pianist Makoto Ozone
and the Gary Burton Quartet.
Venues: Perhaps the most impor-
tant jazz venue in town is the at-

mospheric Bird of Paradise. Located
on Ashley street, the Bird is a
beautiful club whose owner and host.
Ron Brooks, not only hosts local and
world class jazz talent every night,
but is a fine musician and bandleader
in his own right. The Bird of Paradise
has a cool deep blue interior and a
cellar-underground type of ambience.
They feature great music and, I must
add, great food. Brooks is a beautiful
bassist whose trio appears regularly.
He resists printing a schedule, as so
many out of town touring artists will
drop in to visit and jam. You've got to
be there !
The Apartment Lounge is located
on North Campus and has continued
to offer jazz entertainment on a
regular basis. Especially exciting are
the open jazz sessions. The last one I
attended featured the band Fast
Tracks for one set and then all man-

ner of craziness broke loose from
saxophone to piccolos. What a gas!
The Ark on Main Street is known as
Ann Arbor's folk emporium. This
wonderful club may also be the nicest
small room for hearing jazz in town.
It's a wonderful space with an open
rectangular room with plenty of
seating and a glass partition with
monitor speakers into the cafe room
for those who wish to visit or chat. It
is the best of both worlds especially
when Archie Shepp or Wayne Shorter
takes to the stage. A must.
Radio/Media: You will have more
on radio in another section of this
magazine, but I wanted to speak for a
couple of stations in terms of their
jazz formats.
WEMU from Ypsilanti's EMU
campus is a local National Public
Radio jookup and features quality
mainstream jzz. (i.e., Art Blakey,

Woody Shaw) most of the day, leaning
towards the more adventurous sounds
in the evening hours. WUOM offers
some nice jazz programming,
especially Hazen Schumacher's syn-
dicated program Jazz Revisited. Of
special interest to history buffs, and
the University's student-run FM
station, WCBN is the enfant terrible
of local jazzcasting. How about waking
up five days a week with your favorite
"Jazz Till Noon" hosts and Cecil
Taylor, Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard
Abrams, etc. This is the real radio
education in the AM. Yeeeeow!
The Bands: There are so many fine
jazz players! Let me rant briefly
about some favorites.
Near the top (of my personal list)
would be two fine fusion oriented
bands, Fast Tracks and the Lunar
Glee Club. Fast tracks is a skin-tight
quartet that ranges from great
originals to covers of Weather Report
and Steely Dan. They are buoyed by
the spirited saxophone of Mark
Kieme. The Lunar Glee Club are a
large ensemble that leans towards a
Latin sound. Dubbed the 'sultans of
salsa', the Lunars feature three fine
horns up front-tenor man Paul Vor-
nhagan also leads 'is own band - and
three percussionists. Add the laser
beam guitar work of Sam Clarke, and
it simmers just right.
Ron Brooks' Trio would have to be
ranked among the best of the main-
stream offerings in town. Ron is a fine
bassist who works with a variety of
players covering such ground as "On
Green Dolphin Street." The finest
pianists in town include Larry Man-
derville, who is often heard in a solo
context. and Bill Heid, whose trio is

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