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ARTS

The Michigan Doily

Wednesday, September 16, 1987

Book
By Lisa Magnino
What do you get when you
combine the University's penchant
for literature with Ann Arbor's
colony of writers? Literally, a gold
mine for both the writer and the
reader. This fall is no exception.
Starting with the more personal
venues, Sottini's Sub Shop o n
Fourth Avenue will continue its
poetry nights on the last Saturday of
every month. Anyone is free to
listen, and those brave enough may
read their own works. Along the
same lines, the Halfway Inn, a
counter-culture hideaway in the
basement of East Quad, has Open
Mike nights where one may read
between musical sets. In typical
Half-Ass (its affectionate nickname)
fashion, no time has been set but
check later in the month by calling
764-8558.
Guild House, located at 802

lovers take

note

Monroe, next to Dominick's, will
continue its Monday night tradition
of fiction readings beginning
Monday, September 28 at 8 p.m. Its
comfortable living room and
generally homey atmosphere makes
this a great place to hear fiction by
both professors and students.
For those more interested i n
seeing professionals, the English
Department sponsors a series of
writers throughout the year. This
series is the largest of the year,
bringing at least one writer to
campus every week. These writers
generally aren't mass media favorites
but are well-known in academic
circles. The series starts Monday,
September 21 with Patricia Henley,
a creative writing professor from
Purdue and award-winning author,
reading her poetry in the Hopwood
Room, 1006 Angell Hall at 4 p.m.
Anyone who likes rubbing
elbows with published writers can do
just that at the Shaman Drum

Bookshop, on State Street. The store
will host regular Friday book
signing parties from 4 to 6 p.m.
This Friday kicks off the season
with the celebration of Michigan
Broadsides, a collection from
Michigan poets. Some locals
represented are University Professors
Richard Tillinghast and Nicholas
Delbanco. The setting is perfect for
talking with your favorite writer and
checking out the latest books and
literary magazines.
Not to be outdone, Borders Book
Shop will continue its sponsorship
of the Kerrytown Concert House
Series, starting with the duo of
Charles Baxter and Alan Cheuse
reading fiction on Saturday, October
10, at 8 p.m. While this is one of
the few literary events in town that
is not free - tickets are $5.00 for
students - it makes for a nice
evening out.
However, no season would be
complete without the appearance of a

blockbuster author. Luckily, this fall
two will be on campus. The
Humanities Institute sponsors the
return of Arthur Miller, Michigan
alumnus and playwright famous for
Death of a Salesman and The
Crucible, on September 30th at
Rackham Auditorium.
Hillel started the Great Writers
Series last year with readings by
Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller,
and the tradition continues this year
with John Irving, author of
classicsThe Hotel New Hampshire,
The World According to Garp, and
most recently Cider House Rulis,
will be appearing on November 4th
at a time and place to be announced
later.
Whether you prefer populpr
fiction, lesser knowns, or even your
own works, Ann Arbor has
something for you this fall. Be sure
to take advantage of it.

Author John Irving will be coming to town November 4th.

Simon'
By Christine Fulton
and Katie Beitner
Excitement, anticipation, and a
tad of tension are all commonly
associated with a new University
school year. But don't forget that
within these three weeks of allotted
Ann Arbor sunshine comes a
plentitude of love, too. The Ann
Arbor Civic Theatre embraces such a

'Plaza Suite

shows love's complexities

mood in its production of Neil
Simon's Plaza Suite. In this local
production, director Ted Heusel takes
advantage of the play's comic
aspects to humorously depict the
effects of new loves, old loves, and
loves gone sour.
The plot consists of three acts
revolving around three brief and
often very funny encounters with
different couples who are staying at
the "Plaza" hotel. Cast members

include Andy Lindstrom and Phyllis
Right as Sam and Karen, an older
couple faced with the lies that erupt
from infidelity. In the second act,
Jesse and Muriel, played by Marty
Smith and Laura Atwood, earnestly
attempt to rekindle an old romance.
In the final act, a burst of dramatic
intensity occurs while Beverly
Pooley and Nancy Heusel try to
calm their hysterical daughter who,
due to a serious case of pre-marital

jitters, has locked herself in the
hotel's bathroom. There are typical
moments of Simon-esque slapstick,
in this case involving the parents'
attempts to convince'their daughter
to exit the locked bathroom and face
her wedding day. And of course, as
Simon would have it, each of the
play's episodes has its own unique
reconciliation.
Director Heusel received his
Masters degree at the University and

has been active in the Ann Arbor
Civic Theatre since 1950. His
interpretation of Simon's classic
differs from the playwright's original
in some staging and script revisions.
Heusel says he has modernized the
play by about twenty years by
changing some of the names and
dialogue, thereby making it more
appropriate for the '80s audience.
This year marks the 20th
anniversary of PLAZA SUITE and,

due to the relevancy of the theme,,it
is sure to be enjoyed by all. PLAZA
SUITE opens tonight at the Lydia
Mendelsshon Theatre and will
continue through Saturday with
shows at 8 p.m. and an additional
Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets
are $S and are on sale at the
Mendelsshon Theatre in the
Michigan League open daily from
12-8 p.m.

Records

The Verlaines
Juvenilia
Homestead
It's confusing and confused. A
well-behaved brat, it sounds best
when it keeps its mouth shut. It's

not your teenage brother or the
suburban princess who lives next
door. ICs Juvenilia, and if you think
it sounds like a catching disease, you
may be right.
Juvenilia is the second American
release and full-length LP from New
Zealand-ites, The Verlaines. It's a

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Records to introduce The Verlaines
to the less informed members of the
American pop audience. The record
is well-put-together, but it is not so
slick that it slides into the crowded
sea of repetitious "water-pop."
Guitarist/vocalist and principal
songwriter Graeme Downs is clearly
the band's leader, but he meshes well
with bassist Jane Dodd and drummer
Robbie Yeats and all three are skilled
musicians. This provides for an ag-
gressive, but not-too-abrasive
sound, reminiscent of early works by
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This educated backdrop some-
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Downes' hopeless/helpiess lyrics and
vocals. It makes The Verlaines seem

nothing more than what they are:
human, ordinary folks doing what
they like to do and occasionally
making a mistake by sounding too
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Juvenilia is a solid record that
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time getting used to, as Downes'
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Ian McCulloch (of Echo and the
Bunnymen), but it's well worth the
wait. Musically, The Verlaines
"groove" with confidence. Juvenilia:;
the "best of" The Verlaines. A
simple record that is simply good.
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Recreational Sports
. ROCKCLIMBING TRIP to Grand Ledge, Michigan
No experience necessary! We will teach you how
to enjoy this outdoor activity.
TRIP DATE: Sunday, September 20, 1987
PRE-TRIP MEETING: TONIGHT! Wed., Sept. 16
7 pm, NCRB,
. INTRAMURAL TRACK MEETS
Mon., Sept. 21 4:45 pm Residence Halls,
Women, Independent, Graduate/Faculty/Staff
Mon., Sept. 21 7:00 pm Co-Rec
Tues., Sept. 22 4:45 pm Fraternity
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DANCE DEPARTMENT 1987
OPENINGS IN NON-MAJOR CREDIT TECHNIQUE CLASSES IN
CONTEMPORARY DANCE, BALLET AND TRADITIONAL CONGOLESE
DANCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
REGISTERED IN THE FALL SEMESTER.
MODERN DANCE 201:
MON AND WED, 11-12:30 PM, STUDIO A, FACULTY: WHITLEY SETRACKIAN
TIDE AND THUR, 8:30 -10 AM, STUDIO A, FACULTY: MARY FEHRENBACH
BALLET 221:

"Let Confidence Do Your Kicking!"
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