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The Michigan Daily Friday, April 15, 1988 Page 8

Life

keeps

Lavin

laughing

By Timothy Huet
Is the combination of Exam
Anxiety, Paper Paralysis, and Spring
Fever pushing you towards insanity?
If so, experience craziness in good
company tomorrow night at the Ark.
The lunatic in charge and at large
will be Christine Lavin, a woman
who has built an increasingly suc-
cessful career on her distinctly
twisted view of life. Lavin will not
only provide temporary respite from
your anxieties but make you feel
perfectly sane by comparison.
Actually, Lavin has a very healthy
and sanity-preserving approach to
her worries. Like an oyster that
forms a pearl around an irritant,
Lavin crafts wonderful gems around
her trials and tribulations. One par-
ticularly poignant and funny example
is "Biological Time Bomb," a "rap"
- done to the rhythm of a
"biological clock" - on that pecu-
liarly modern maternal problem with

also qualifies as inspiration.
As the title of Lavin's most recent
album, Beau Woes and Other
Problems of Modern Life, suggests,
many of Lavin's songs focus on the
difficulties of modern romance - or
the lack thereof. Many Ann
Arborites have become familiar with
Lavin's work by hearing the local
Chenille Sisters perform the
songwriter's "Regretting What I Said
When You Called Me at Eleven
O'Clock on a Friday Morning To
Tell Me That at One O'Clock Friday
Afternoon You're Gonna Leave
Your Office To Go Downstairs, Hail
a Cab To Go Out to the Airport To
Catch a Plane To Go Skiing in the
Alps for Two Weeks. Not That I
Wanted to Go with You; I Wasn't
Able To Leave Town, I'm Not a
Very Good Skier. I Couldn't Expect
You To Pay My Way, but After
Going Out with You for Three
Years, I Don't Like Surprises" - a
less than convincing, but more than

funny, plea for forgiveness. Another
popular number is "Don't Ever Call
Your Sweetheart By His Name,"
which includes suggested nicknames
- "motorhips," perhaps - to avoid
that embarrassing slip of the tongue
in the middle of the night.
Not all Lavin's songs about ro-
mance are written with humor in
mind. Lavin's debut album consisted
of "seven songs about being in love
with a married man." As with her
comedy, Lavin takes subject material
from her own life. The same sensi-
tivity and vulnerability that makes
Lavin's humor so affecting is a
strength in her more serious work.
The two different sides of her
personality complement each other
especially well in concert - the se-
rious songs allow you to catch your
breath and rest your splitting sides.
CHRISTINE LAVIN will per-
form two shows at the Ark (607 1/2
S. Main) at 7:30 p.m. (sold-out) and
10 p.m. Tickets are $8.50

I

Lavin
... sensitivity strengthens humor
a peculiar modern proposal for its
solution. "Cold Pizza For Breakfast"

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Records
The Pajama Slave
Dancers
Blood, Sweat and Beers
Restless Records
"Homo Truck Driving Man," "No
Dick," "Defreeze Walt Disney,"
"Bare Naked," "Farm Rap," "Surfin
Sex Machine," "Jesus Skates" and
"The Texas Chain Letter Massacre"
are just some of the songs from the
Pajama Slave Dancers' new album
Blood, Sweat and Beers, released on
their own label, Restless Records.

Originally a garage band from
Boston, their songs.are moderate
speed, quasi-punk material that are
generally as tasteless as the titles
suggest, with a couple of interesting
instrumentals thrown in for good
measure. If this offends you, then
send them nasty letters, if you dig it
then buy the record, you probably
won't regret it, as the music is good
enough to keep it from being classi-
fied a gimmick album.
- Akim D. Reinhardt

Bringing Basle's lg Band sound
Four years after the death of its founder, the Count Basle Orchestra grooves
at the Music Hall Center in Detroit on Friday night at 8 p.m. The orchestra
is. celebrating their 52nd year of playing great jazz, winning the 1987 critics
poll of Down Beat Magazine as "Best Big Band." Tickets are priced $15 -
$10 and may be purchased at the Music Full Box Office and at all
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The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
On the Town, by Bernstein, Comden,
and Green
Presented by Musical Theatre Program
Brent Wagner, director
Gustav Meier, conductor
For tickets call 764-0450
Power Center, 2:00 p.m.
University Band/Campus Band
Eric Becher/Eric Rombach, conductors
Music of Persichetti, Sousa, Bennett, others
Hill, 4:00 p.m. Free.

University Symphony Orchestra
Gustav Meier, music director
Richard Rosenberg, conductor
Andres Cardenes, violin
Yizhak Schotten, viola
Schumann: Overture to "Manfred"
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique"
Hill, 8:00 p.m. Free.
Young Choreographers Concert
Tickets $4, call 763-5460

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