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Friday, December 9, 1988

The Michigan Daily

Page 8


Holiday treats






than eggnog
Prof. distills Xmas spirits

T HE other night I was having a
lovely dream of sugarplum fairies,
when suddenly the dream became a
nightmare. A man in a soldier uni-
form swept down and ate all my
pistachios, for which I had paid seven
dollars a pound. I chased after him,
but he disappeared and I found myself
running in circles around a fluor-
escent evergreen tree. When I awoke,
I tealized that I had just relived The
Nutcracker - my first sign that the
Clfristmas season has returned.
".When the winds of December
come roaring in, Christmas and the
Nutcracker arrive hand in hand
(ttually, glove in glove). This year,
the Ann Arbor Ballet Theater com-
bines talents with the Ann Arbor
Chamber Orchestra to bring this
h6liday classic to the Michigan
'The Nutcracker itself is a tale that
occurs only in the dreaming mind of
a young girl named Clara. Clara
(Michelle Krahmalkov) is given a
Nutcracker doll for Christmas, and
wAen she creeps out of bed to visit
her new toy, a world of creatures
come to visit her. And even the Nut-
cracker himself comes to life, in the
form of William Forgacs.
There will be nearly a hundred
dancers gracing the stage, including
67 children selected from the C.A.S.
Ballet Theater School; the other dan-
4ers are all members of the Ann

Arbor Ballet Theater. The entire en-
semble is under the guidance of
"crack" choreographer Carol Sharp,
who, given little money or time, is
relying on talent.
Last night, there was a dress
rehearsal to which nearly 1800 Ann
Arbor schoolchildren were invited,
providing many of them with their
first taste of ballet and live music. If
a crowd of happy youngsters doesn't
provide enough encouragement for
the troupe, then only Santa could do
The music will be provided by the
Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, con-
ducted by Carl Daehler, and under the
"tutulage" of Tchaikovsky. Along
with the classical score, there will be
other music performed in conjunction
with the holiday season. At inter-
mission, the Clague Middle School
choir will provide the entertainment.
Then after the show, the Chamber
Orchestra will be joined by theater
organist John Lauter to lead a
Christmas carol sing-along. And hold
on to your stockings - Santa will
be making a special guest appear-
performed at the Michigan Theater on
tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.and
on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12
for adults and $7 for children and can
be purchased at the Michigan Union
Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster

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TRADITIONS are things that have
always been, and thus it is hard to
start new ones. But Christmas is a
time of open arms, so each year the
University welcomes back Mr.
Charles Dickens to read from his cla-
ssic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol.
OK, we all know that Dickens
died some time ago, but his spirit
has been captured by Professor Bert
Hornback, who distills that spirit by
presenting to us the tale of Scrooge
- who knew a few spirits himself.
With some make-up and the
willing suspension of our disbelief
- although it takes very little of
each of these - Hornback transforms
himself into a Dickens look-alike,
complete with English accent. This
is much in the same vein as actor
Hal Holbrook's acclaimed Mark
Twain show. Soon, Hornback may
become as well recognized for his
interpretation of the English writer as
Holbrook has for the American,
especially since, this year, Hornback
is also taking his show abroad.
Dickens himself delighted in read-
ing from his own works, making
472 lifetime performances, including
a 75-performance-in-20-weeks tour of
the United States. Hornback has been
doing his Dickens recitals since 1976
and in an average November-Decem-
ber holiday season he will read from
A Christmas Carol 20 times. This
is aside from the performances of
Friday and Saturday

other of Dickens' work that he does
throughout the year throughout
America. And this year, the tides -
of the Atlantic Ocean - have turned;
Hornback will be taking his one-man
show to England and Ireland.
But this weekend he will be right
here, reading at the Museum Of Art,
on both Friday and Saturday nights
In the past, the show had been first-
come-first-serve, but since people had
had to be turned away due to their
excessive numbers, a ticket policy
was implemented last year.
Admission is still gratis, with the
tickets being distributed about two
weeks in advance at Borders and the
Union Ticket Office. But because the
Dickens readings have already be-
come an Ann Arbor tradition, the
tickets disappeared that first after-
noon. If you are lucky, you may
check at the door to see if anyone
returned their extra tickets. And if
you happen to have extras, please
share the Christmas spirit and pass
them along.

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from A Christmas Carol tonight and
tomorrow at 8 p.m. In addition to the
reading, there will be musical
accompaniment both before and after
Dickens makes his appearance. The
doors open at 7:15, so get there on
time to get the best seats. At 7:45,
the University of Michigan harpists
will perform. After the 45 minute
reading the audience is invited to join
in Caroling witir the University of
Michigan Residential College Sing-
ers. And to top the evening off with
cheer, there shall be holiday punch
and cookies for all.
Look Your Best For the Holidays!
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For MEN & WOMEN!!!
Opposite Jacobson's


Call the Campus Information Center at 763-INFO,
for information about:
-computing centers
-library hours
coc -CRISP
campus information center -and a lot more!
For phone numbers on campus,


until 11:00 p.m.
Come Early
and Party!
Maynard 994-6500




Intent to Demonstrate



Whether it's conquering bio-chem lab, tracking your progress
on the team, or straightening an artistic bent, Apple knows
you've been using your Macintosh for more than just writing papers.
Since we've always held that you are the true genius
behind your computer, we've set aside a day in February
for you to share your ideas with all the other Wolverines.
Chances are, not enough people appreciate the
fruits of your creativity. How about giving them a taste
with a running demonstration at your own display booth?
If selected, you will receive a free Apple sweatshirt
and an opportunity to win an Apple scanner or a CD-ROM.
Submission deadline is December 22. Exhibitor interviews will be held inJanuay.


Campus Address:.

Is your project the creative use of an existing program? jYes
Is your project a new application of your own dreation? DYes
A brief description of your project and the hardware needed for its

Q No
Q No


Drop off your "Intent to Demonstrate" at any of the ResComp Monitor Clusters:
EastQuad, SouthQuad, WestQuad, Alice-Lloyd, Markley, Mosher-Jordan, Bursley or at
the Computer Resource Center, 3rd floor of Education Bldg.

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