The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 16, 1987 - Page 5
A2 artists host benefit
By TOM MACKINNON
Last April, the local band UKE
was rejected from MTV's
"Basement Tapes" program,
apparently for being too hip.
Their tape was then turned over
to the channel's avant garde
program "120 Minutes," a Sunday
night show featuring the latest
bands and trends in music, which
immediately picked it up.
Tonight, in the Michigan Union
Ballroom, a benefit will be held for
the Ann Arbor Artists Cooperative
highlighting UKE (Ultra Kitsch
Ensemble). MTV will tape the band
for "120 minutes."
U-Club DJ Tom Simonian will
be playing "gnu music," from 8
p.m. until 2 a.m., and the benefit
will be simulcast by campus radio
The benefit will start off with an
art exhibition, to be followed by
poetry readings and readings of
supportive letters from poets Alan
Ginsberg and William S.
The eight members of UKE met
by chance last year, and began
playing as a studio band. Members
are University graduate student
Steve Rinderle; Mike Campbell, an
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architecture student; art students
Nancy Vasiloss and Sally Tetzlass;
and Ann Arbor residents Bart Casad,
Gregg Orr, Bob Moir, and David
Band member Casad seemed
puzzled when asked to describe
UKE's music. Himself an electric
ukulele player, Casad portrays
UKE's music as "just about
anything you can think of. Our
music is fun and humorous rock
and roll, though I suppose you
could say there is also a Blues
influence to it."'
UKE's first album, Comrade
Cool , is on sale with all proceeds
being donated to the Ann Arbor
Artists Cooperative Gallery.
The artists co-op is an
association designed to provide
exposure for Ann Arbor artists as
well as University students. The co-
op feels the grassroots art
movement in Ann Arbor is being
stifled, with many young artists
finding it impossible to get their
The co-op tries to help by
showing their work, selling it, and
granting the artist recognition. It
hopes to become the hub of a local
One of the basic tenets of the
organization is to preserve and
expose Ann Arbor talent which
they say is being trampled down
and consigned to underground
Said Groesbeck, "We are the
first wave of what we hope will
become a local force against the
suburbanization and gentrification
of Ann Arbor."
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said Ann Arbor resident Tobi
Hanna-Davies. She expressed hope
that the University would not help
the United States become "nuclear
giants and ethical infants."
Associate Professor of
Archeology and Urban Planning
Kate Warner said, "It is time to
speak in defense of creation..
Where the choices are most
difficult, moral leadership is most
Local Rabbi Robert Levy
implored the Regents "not to do
away with the end-use policy."
Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH
Demonstrators hold signs protesting President Ronald Reagan's policies in Central America at the National
Guard Armory yesterday.'
Group protests at armory again
By GARY MULL
A group of about 25 people
protested outside the locked doors of
the National Guard Armory
yesterday for the second week in a
The demonstration was organized
by the Latin American Solidarity
Committee to protest United States
involvement in Central America
and to pressure state government
officials to challenge the
Montgomery Amendment, which
gives the president power to deploy
National Guard units - even in
congressional candidate Dean Baker,
who was arrested in last week's
protest, said the, armory was
targeted because Michigan National
WNRS and Ann A
Guard units have been in Honduras
and LASC does not want them to
He said that because Honduras is
near the border of Nicaragua,
Nicaraguan civilians live in "fear
that they could be invaded at any
Baker said the group wants Gov.
James Blanchard to oppose the use
of the Michigan National Guard in
Honduras and for state and U.S.
representatives to sponsor
legislation to repeal the
Baker said the group will stage
protests "indefinitely" or until the
U.S. changes its Central America
Some of the protesters taped
signs on the armory building and
distributed leaflets, while others
marched in front of the armory
carrying signs that read: "Contras
kill children - our tax dollars pay
for it," and "No more genocide in
Ann Arbor Police Capt. Robert
Conn and Sgt. Harry Jinkerson
gave the protesters a list of rules for
"We agree that you have every
right to picket, and we want to
protect that right," Jinkerson said,
but other people have a right not to
be bothered by the demonstration.
After about an hour of
protesting, the group dispersed.
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