Tuesday, January 27, 1987
The Michigan Daily
Dreams So Real comes alive
By Brian Bonet
At first glance, one might assume that
Dreams So Real is simply an R.E.M. clone.
Like R.E.M., Dreams So Real hail from that
infamous rock 'n' roll playground, Athens,
Georgia and interweaves smooth, harmonious
vocals with melodious Rickenbacker guitar
riffs. In addition, Dreams So Real is produced
by none other than R.E.M. guitarist, Peter
This is where the similarities between the
two bands end, though. Dreams So Real has a
distinctive style of its own that eludes all
attempted labels, leaving music critics
(astonishingly enough) at a loss for adjectives.
"There's a definite understated momentum
running through the music," explains, vocalist
and guitarist, Barry Marler, who describes the
trio's debut LP, Father's House (on Twin Tone
Records), as "upbeat, powerful stuff. We like
to think we have an individuality that sets us
away from the bulk of American pop."
Prior to the release of Father's House, the
band enjoyed the success of their first single,
"Everywhere Girl," which climbed to tenth on
the College Music Journal's playlist. "We
knew it was good, but we never thought it
would do what it did for us," explains Marler.
In early 1984, Dreams So Real performed at
an Oh-Ok record release party at Athens' 40
Watt Club after only two weeks of rehearsal.
The audience was overwhelmed and called the
band back for two encores. It was then that
Marler knew the band had something special.
"People were reacting vigorously to what we
Making people react vigorously to their
music is something Dreams So Real strives
for. "We try to grab'em by the brainstem and
shake'em," said Marler. "We like them to
think, feel, and wake up."
In light of Dreams So Real's current
success and future goals, Marler has not
overlooked the opportunity Athens offers to
aspiring, new bands. "Athens encourages people
to get involved in rock 'n' roll. A lot of people
start immaturely and find out, 'heh, I really can
write songs' or 'heh, I really can play bass."
But Marler doesn't want Dreams So Real to
be known as just another band from Athens.
"A lot of bands get caught up in the Athens
scene," comments Marler. "We're trying to go
Dreams So Real is playing at Rick's
American Cafe tonight. Fellow Twin Tone
recording artists The Figures will open the
show at 9p.m. in support of their new album,
Daily Photo by LESLIE BOORSTEIN
Ceramics is one of the most popular Artspace classes offered.
Leave space for art
By Pamela Franklin
If you passed through the
Union last Wednesday, you
probably were surprised to see an
almost nude man hanging around
outside the MUG. Don't get the
wrong impression, though.
Wearing only shorts, the man was
modeling for a figure sculptor to
promote Artspace, a 12-year-old
program of classes created for non-
art school students.
"Students who take these
classes are the people who have
thought, gee, I'd really like to
take photography, but I don't
want to take it as a credit course,"
according to Artspace director
Judith Corkan Katch of the
Michigan Guild of Artists and
The art classes are located in
the basement of the Michigan
Union, and include photography,
painting, drawing, printmaking,
jewelry design, and ceramics.
"Photography and ceramics
have been the classes known to
fill up first," warned Katch.
Artspace works in conjunction
with the Michigan Union, the
Union providing the space and the
Guild providing teachers,
equipment, advertisements and
"The Union wants to have
people come in and use their
profit- making facilities, and we
need a place to run our classes,"
Katch explained, "so it's a very
Artspace is an opportunity to
explore artistic ambitions without
the intimidation of an art school.
The classes provide an outlet from
academic pressures, and a useful
learning experience for their
"If you have an inkling and
you want to test it, you come
here. If something develops and
you get inspired, you go on to the
art school," said Katch.
Many of the students taking
the classes are in the law and
business schools and in need of a
release from academic pressures.
Many undergrads who have taken
an Artspace course have gone onto
the art school to further their
The teachers are geared to teach
beginning and intermediate
students, yet they also take
individual talents and abilities into
account, going beyond the basics
with the students who are capable.
The goal of the classes is for
each student to leave with one or
two projects. Students are given a
key to the studios and encouraged
to work on their art projects when
classes are not in session.
To register, contact the Union
Box office, or mail in the
brochure (available at the Union
information desk) to the Michigan
Guild's office at 118 North Fourth
Avenue, and by calling 662-3382.
Deadline is January 30; classes
begin February 2, and are held on
weekday evenings and weekend
By Willa Cather
Edited by Sharon O'Brien
Literary Classics of the United States
Willa Cather's lifestyle ranks up
there with Ernest Hemingway's, in
the same kind of macho, confused
way. For example, she cropped her
hair, insisted she was a boy and
called herself William Cather M.D.
from the age of fifteen to nineteen,
making her debut on the literary
scene around the same time as Pa -
A brilliant, and prolific writer,
Cather suffered throughout her life
from illness and a gradually worsen -
ing hand condition that slowed her
writing considerably in her later
years. Cather turned literary critic
and journalist at the University of
Nebraska, which started her on her
life-long commitment to writing.
As the winner of the Pulitzer Prize
in 1923, Cather had received hon -
orary degrees from Michigan, Yale,
Columbia and Princeton, and was
commemorated with other major
American authors in a postage
"Early Novels and Stories" is a
collection of Cather's best works,
including The Troll Garden, 0
Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark,
One of Ours and My Antonia,
which contains the original
illustrations by W.T. Benda.
The volume is one of a series
from the Library of America, which
includes other American authors
such as Henry Adams, Stephen
Crane, Emerson, Faulkner,
Hawthorne, and many others. The
series gives a great overview of
major American authors and is a
welcome addition to any library.
Although some critics have
called her work sentimental, her
characterization of strong, some -
times unusual, and always human
women render her work, and
certainly this collection, a valuable
addition to any library.
aAM u .~wu
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