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Monday, January 29, 1990

The Michigan Daily


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Folk fest: as
long as the rest
By the end of the 13th Ann Arbor
Folk Festival Saturday night at Hill
Auditorium, the capacity audience
seemed to be drained of energy and
making a gut-check. Old favorite
Loudon Wainwright III and original
new act Alain LaMontagne as well
as Alison Krauss and Union Station
provided the brightest moments,
while Sweet Honey in the Rock
worked over the remaining emotion.
From start to finish the Festival
was loaded with talent and inspira-
tion, resulting in another big success
for its promoters, the Ark and the
University's Office of Major Events.
Appearing midway through the
evening, the brilliant harmonica
player Alain LaMontagne roused the
crowd, which had been looking ahead
to the big name acts, with his in-
tense, impassioned playing and the
step-dancing style he calls "Podo
Wainwright connected with quick
and rolling laughter, going out to a
standing ovation and calls for more
numbers. However, the rigid Festi-
val time slots held him back in the
wings, sending out Michael Hedges
to push the energy level further with
his freshly-dubbed "violent acoustic
guitar." Hedges won points for mak-
ing the fastest mid-song string

change on record (half a minute), and
by the time the headliners, Sweet
Honey in the Rock, came on, the
audience was wavering. The singers
raised a spiritual charge to the night
after several minutes of crowd exhor-
tation by leader Bernice Johnson
LaMontagne, sponsored by the
Government of Quebec and the
Canadian consul in Detroit, strode
on stage wearing a broad-lapelled
black jacket, low-riding black jeans,
and a barrel-striped jersey in gray and
white. With his Gallic nose, and
light brown mop of hair curling over
his forehead, the St. Lawrence mar-
itimes were immediately evoked. He
opened with a huge drone winding
into a French folk melody with
blues wails at the top of rising
scales. His mid-ranges were filled
with throaty tremolos as though
produced on a barrel organ.
The late-arriving crowd was en-
thralled, then startled as his feet be-
gan to move, shuffling, then stamp-
ing on a booming footboard. He
lowered himself into a chair, feet
building to a cascade, harmonica
gaining in pitch, then, standing and
stomping, a High West siren call re-
coiled back over the melody.
"The Windmill" imitated a
French hunting horn, heralding to
the chase, while his feet echoed like
congas, then trotting, galloping into

stride, his head bouncing side to
side. Another song, he said, "...is
music to dance on hoods of cars."
LaMontagne demonstrated a
bizarre sense of humor. Before one
song he cautioned, "Love is a
strange thing, so I don't want to mix
up my words." He sang, "Love for
some people...too often...it's like a
fart...After it's the fume...And then
it sneaks away." The hardcore blues
that followed proved his claim to be
Alison Krauss and Union Station
were delightful. Promoted as a fid-
dling phenom, Alison Krauss has
assembled an extraordinary quartet
that puts less emphasis on her tal-
ents than on tight ensemble picking
and singing. Krauss carried much of
the lead singing. The gentle purity
of her voice has the clarity that
Dolly Parton has when Parton sings
traditional songs.
The members of Union Station
filled harmonies and sang several
leads themselves. Krauss' fiddle
coated rhythms, checking the bow
against the strings, over Jeff White's
guitar and Alison Brown's banjo.
Brother Victor Krauss on bass fiddle
played with the finesse of a jazz con-
servatory proteg6.
Krauss worked in a variety of
styles, decorously playing High Ap-
See REVIEW, page 7

W ELL, here we all are, at the
widely exalted University of Michi-
gan, getting degrees that will surely
make us rich, famous or simply god-
like. By choosing a major, we have
imprisoned ourselves in a bland, nar-
row psychological set, making the
remaining storybook of our lives
bleak and predictable, lacking the ad-
venture and surprise from the days of
our youth. Of course we must even-
tually settle down, settle for what A e
can get, settle into the routine and
reliability that is expected with ma-
turity. Of course, as we strut sto-
ically into "the role," we will re-

member that "Superheroes Don't
Have Moveable Limbs."
Not according to writers Elisa
Lichtenbaum and Lisa Poneck.
Lichtenbaum just tap-danced her way
into a prestigious Cowden award
with three stories, including "Lola
Uncovered," "88 Deception," and
"Superheroes Don't Have Moveable
By no means stiff, Lichtenbaum
makes "jabs at things...to make you
laugh and make you think at the
same time." The verve has not left
Lichtenbaum, who graduates from
the University's MFA writing pro-
gram this year, takes "perverse,
frightening things and twists
(them)." In "Lola Uncovered," Licht-

enbaum mixes pop culture with li
erary ingenuity, taking off on the is-
sue of weight gain and women high-
lighted in TV show Designing
Women. This writer insists on hav-
ing "fun" with her writing, and of
course, this makes her fun to read.
Ah, but will we lose our intellec-
tual dexterity by reading a "fun"
writer? U of M-ers, never fear! While
you might yawn your way through
Plato's acclaimed The Republic,
you'll puzzle over Lichtenbaum, a
contemporary Chaucer.
"Fiction is about people's masks
and getting through those masks,"
says Lichtenbaum, who shoots the
elusive yet utilitarian value of hu-
See GUILD, page 7
Great River escapes its own pre-
dictability, particularly when Her-
nandez depicts Kata's almost palpa-
ble feelings of suffocation, usually
at the hands of men or the snakes
which, all too obviously, symbolize
them through-out the novel. Kata's
dreams and the links that they allow
her to forge with the cuandera,
Anita, occasionally capture that
sense of awe, mystery, and terror
which are so much more fully devel-
oped in Rudolfo Anaya's treatment
of similar themes in Bless Me, Ui-
In moments such as these, the
novel's prose offers a promise of
See BOOKS, page 7

Across the Great River
By Irene Beltran Hernandez
Arte Publico/$8.50
Irene Beltran Hernandez' debut
novel, an account of the often brutal
experiences confronting "illegal"
Mexican immigrants in the U.S.
Southwest, has all the ingredients
for a great story. Told by a young
girl, Kata, it recounts her family's
harrowing crossing - abounding
with mysterious meetings and wild
shoot-outs - of the Rio Grande;
their subsequent life with one of the
mysterious cuandera, or healing
women, who people so many of the
pages of Chicano fiction; and their
fierce battle with a villain who could

have walked off a Hollywood set,
right down to his thin mustache and
macabre tattoo.
But as is so frequently the case in
initial literary efforts, all of these
dramas - and several others that
Beltran Hernandez throws in for good
measure - are inflated in a manner
that serve to erode rather than under-
score their potential power. In the
process, what begins as a potentially
rich portrait of the young Kata and
her encounters with a world frighten-
ing in its otherness, becomes instead
a frequently lifeless succession of
episodes held together more by their
plots than by the characters who en-
act them.
There are times when Across the

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Tae kwon do Club-Mtg (beginners welcome), 7-8:30 pm, 2275 CCRB, 677-
Christian Scl Organization-Mtg with readings, 6:15 pm, Mich League.
Canterbury House-Lesbian-gay men's community open house, 8:45 pm, 218
N Division, 665-0606.
Northwalk-North campus safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, Bursley Rm 2333
or 763-WALK.
Safewalk-Safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, UGLi Rm 102 or 936-1000.
Career Plan & Place-Writing the Professional Sch Essay, 4:10-5 pm, CP&P
Conf Rm; Writing & Formatting Your Resume on Comput, 7:10-8:30 pm;
CRLT-TA Wkshp, "Discussion," 3-6 pm, 109 E Madison, reg req, 763-0162.
History Art-Seminar, "A Neglected Field: English Sculpture in the Thirteenth
Century: Example Westminster Abbey," W Sauerlander, 4 pm, Tappan Hall,
Rm 180.
*Comput Ctr-Wkshps: MS-DOS Basic Skills, 9 am-noon; Macintosh Basic
Skills, 1-4 pm; Monday Programmers' Seminars, 7-9 pm; Intro to TEXTEDIT,
1-3 pm; 3001 SEB; Comput Networking Technology, 10 am-noon, 4212 SEB;
reg req, 763-3700.
Near East & N Afr Stds-Brown-bag lec, "The Nature of Artifice: Art and
Literature in the Islamic Garden," Y Tabbaa, noon, Lane Hall Commons Rm;
Faculty seminar, "Dialogue in the Qur'an," M Mir, 4 pm, Rackham W Conf
Rm; 764-0350.
Research Human Devp-Lecture, "The Race, Hispanic and Ancestry Questions
in 1980: An Evaluation of Their Quality," R Farley, noon, Pop Stds Ctr, 936-
CSMIL--Seminar, "Economics of Social Relationships," C Seifert, 3:30 pm,
6050 ISR, 747-4948.
St Mary Sdt Parish-Habitat for Humanity Info Mtg, D Steeves, 7-8:30 pm,
Slavic Lang & Lit-Lecture, "Post-Stalin Period in Ukrainian Literature: Poets
of the 1960's" (Part 1), V Andrushkiw, 7-8:30 pm, 2231 Angell Hall, 764-
Univ Lutheran Chapel-Handbell choir, 7 pm, 1511 Washtenaw, 663-5560.
Undergrad Math Club-Mass mtg, "Daffy Duck and Mathematics," 4-5 pm,
3011 Angell Hall, 995-3759
Women's Stds-Poetry reading, J Harjo, 4 pm, 236 W Engr, 763-2047
WCBN/Lesbian & Gay Radio Collec-Public affairs talk show, "Closets
are for Clothes," 6-6:30 pm, 883 FM, 763-3500 or 3501.
LaGROC (Lesbian & Gay Men's Rights Organizing Committee)-
Mtg, 7:30 pm, Mich Union Rm 3100, 763-4186.
Iranian Sdt Cultural Club-Mtg, a non-political, non-religious group, 7:45
pm, Mich League, 662-8933.
Northwalk-North campus safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, Bursley Rm 2333
or 763-WALK.
Safewalk-Safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, UGLi Rm 102 or 936-1000.
Career Plan & Place-intro to CP&P, 1:30-2 pm, CP&P Lib; Generating
Career Options, 4:10-5:30 pm, CP&P Conf Rm; Summer Job Search, 6:10-7
pm, CP&P Lib; 764-7460.
Ctr Chinese Stds-Brown-bag lec, "Reminiscences of a Missionary Childhood
in China," H Milk, noon-1 pm, Lane Hall Commons Rm, 936-1603.
CRLT-TA Wkshp, "What Can I Do In Class This Week?" 7-9:30 pm, 109 E
Madison, reg req, 763-0162.
EECS-Colloq, "A Functional Framework for Mechanical Systems Design," S
Kota, 3:30-5 pm, EECS 1200, 747-2045.
Faculty Women's Club-Winter Newcomers' Welcoming Party, 1 pm,
Clements Lib, 663-0793.
*HRD-Wkshp: Improving Your Listening Skills, 8:30 am-noon, 1111 Kipke
Dr, reg req, 764-7410.
*Comput Ctr-Wkshps: Macintosh Basic Skills lec/demonstration, 6-8 pm;
Basic Concepts of Local Area Netwks, 8:30 am-12:30 pm; 611 Church St;

Outdoor Rec-Cross-Country Ski Waxing Clin, 7-8:30 pm, NCRB Conf Rm,
reg req, 764-3967.
Univ Lutheran chapel-"Life Light" bible study, 10 pm, 1511 Washtenaw, 66
King-Chavez-Parks Visit Prof Prog-Lecture, "Native American Women's
Literature and Memory," J Harjo, noon, 236 W Engr, 763-2047
WCBN-Radio talk show, "Womyn's Rites and Rhythms," 6-6:30 pm.
AIESIC-General mtg, 6 pm, Bus Admin Bldg Rm 1273, 764-2906.
Tae kwon do Club-Mtg (beginners welcome), 7-8:30 pm, 2275 CCRB, 677-
Lord of Light Lutheran Church-Bible study, 6:30 pm; worship, 7:30-8:30
pm; 801 S Forest, 668-7622.
Canterbury House-Service, "Women Worshipping in the Christian Tradition,"
7 pm, 218 N Division, 665-0606.
Northwalk-North campus safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, Bursley Rm 2333
or 763-WALK.
Safewalk-Safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, UGLi Rm 102 or 936-1000.
Concerned Faculty-Discussion, racism & course requirements, noon-1 pm,
802 Monroe St, 936-1257.
*Matthaei Bot Gdns-Course begs, "Wed AM Investigations," 9-11 am, Bot
Gdns, 998-7061.
Career Plan & Place-Intro to CP&P, 9:10-9:30 am, CP&P Lib; MBA Prog:
Preparation .& Application, 4:10-5 pm, CP&P Conf Rm; Interviewing Tips:
The Employers' Perspective, 5:10-6 pm, CP&P Lib; 764-7460.
CSMIL-AI Open House, 9 am-5 pm, ATL Bldg, 764-8505.
IOE-Seminar, "Logistics Replenishment Using Bandit Processing," K D
Glazebrook, 4 pm, 241 IOE, 747-4948.
Chem-Seminars, "The Fascinating Structures of Organopolylithium
Compounds," M Postich, 4 pm, Rm 1640; "Countercurrent Chromatography,"
A Peters, 4 pm, Rm 1650.
U-M Dearborn-Film begs, "A World Apart," 7:30 pm, Rec & Organization
Ctr, 593-5390.
Film & Video Stds-Film, "Berlin, Symphony of a Great City," 7 pm, Angell
Hall Aud C, 764-0147.
*Comput Ctr-Wkshps: MTS Basic Skills, 1-4 pm; Intro to TEXTEDIT, 1-3
pm; 3001 SEB; Comput Conf lec/demonstration, 7:30-9 pm, MLB Aud 3;
Comput Netwk Tech, 10 am-noon, 4212 SEB; reg req, 763-3700.
*Outdoor Rec-Pre-trip mtg, Caving Trip, 7 pm, NCRB Conf Rm, reg req, 764-
Near East & N Afr Stds-Lecture, "Israeli Art," R Volk, 7:30 pm, 1429 Hill
St, 764-0350.
Slavic Lang & Lit-Lecture, "Post-Stalin Period in Ukrainian Literature: Poets
of the 1960's" (Part 2), V Andrushkiw, 7-8:30 pm, 2231 Angell Hall, 764-
Sdts Objectivism-Winter reception & video, "Intro to Objectivism," 8 pm,
Mich Union Pond Rm, 996-4141.
Univ Lutheran Chapel-Choir rehearsal, 7:30 pm; Holden Village Vespers, 9
pm; 1511 Washtenaw, 663-5560.
*Univ Mus Soc-Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, 8 pm, Hill Aud, 764-2538.
Women in Scl Prog-Discussion, Going to Grad School, 4 pm, Rackham E
Conf Rm, 998-7225
MSA-Intl Sdt Affrs Commission mtg, 6:15 pm, Intl Ctr Rec Rm, 995-5547.
Northwalk-North campus safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, Bursley Rm 2333
or 763-WALK.
Safewalk--Safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am, UGLi Rm 102 or 936-1000.
Career Plan & Place-Researching Organizations & Employers, 4:10-5:30
pm, CP&P Rm 1; Resume Writing Lec, 5:10-6 pm, 1040 Dana; 764-7460.
Chem-Seminar, "Thecretical Studies of the Products of the Gas-phase Reaction
of Sc(+) with Ammonia," J Harrison, 4 pm, Rm 1640.
East Asian Initiatives Prog-Lecture, "The Roles of the Chinese Mass
Media Before, During, and Since the June 4th Movement," L Binyan, 8 pm,
Rackham Amphi, 764-6308.
Evol & Human Behav Prog-Seminar, "Modeling Hunter-Gatherer Diet
Choices: A Tool for Reconstructing the Past," G Belovsky, 4 pm, Rackham E
Lec Rm, 936-2526.
U-M Flint-Brown-bag lec, "How to be Good Without Thinking About It," G
Trianosky, 12:30-2 pm, Superior Rm, 762-3085.
Gifts of Art-Voice recital, A L Toppin, 12:30 pm, Univ Hosp Lobby 1st fl,
*HRD-Wkshps: Writing It Right, Part I: Grammar, 8:30 am-noon; Supervisory
Rights and Responsibilities, 8:30 am-noon; 1111 Kipke Dr, reg req, 764-
*Comput Ctr-Wkshps: Using the DOS 40 Shell, 10 am-noon; dBASE III
PLUS, Part 1, 1-5 pm; MacDraw, 10 am-noon; Using a Macintosh as a UMnet
Terminal, VersaTerm, 1-3 pm; 3001 SEB; Begin Word, Part 1
lec/demonstration (Macintosh), 6-8 pm, 611 Church St; reg req, 763-3700.
Intl Ctr-Discussion. "Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior: How Does Your Culture

Caribbean Sdt Assoc-Happy Hour, 6-10 pm, Mich Union Rm 1209, 764-
5040 or 769-2703.
Tae kwon do Club-Mtg (beginners welcome), 6-8 pm, 1200 CCRB, 677-
Lesbian-Gay Male Prog-Mtg, "Black Gay Men Together," 8 pm, Mich
Union Rm 3200, 763-4186.
Safewalk-Safety walking svc, 8-11:30 pm, UGLi Rm 102 or 936-1000.
*Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Film, "A Clockwork Orange," 7 & 9:30 pm, MLB
3, 769-7787
*Women's Athiet-Gymnastics (co-ed), U-M, Mich State & Iowa, 7:30 pm,
Varsity Arena, 763-2159.
Career Plan & Place-Interviewing Lecture, 12:10-1 pm, CP&P Conf Rm,
CSSEAS-Lecture, "The Relative Autonomy of the Third World Politician: The
Politics of Economic Development in Soeharto's Indonesia," W Liddle, 12:10
pm, Lane Hall Commons Rm.
U-M Dearborn-Film, "The Invisible Man," 8 pm, CAB Rm 138, 593-5000.
East Asian Initiatives Prog-Panel discuss, "The Mass Media and the
Beijing Spring," J Moore & J C Thomson, 9-11:30 am; R Bernstein & C
Wolfson, 1:30-4 pm, Lane Hall Commons Rm, 764-6308.
Folkdance Club-Intl folkdancing, teaching 8-9 pm, dancing 9-11 pm, Angell
Elem Sch, 1608 S Univ, 663-3885.
Friends of Common Ground Thtre-Performances beg, "In the Name of
Love," 8 pm, Mendelssohn Thtre, 763-1085.
Film & Video Stds-Film screening & appearance, "Killer of Sheep," C
Bumett, 7 pm, Lorch Hall Aud, 764-0147.
Gay Liberation-"Brothers" coffee house, 8 pm, 802 Monroe St, 763-4186.
*HRD-Wkshps: Editing Techniques, 10 am-noon; Payroll Ofc & Timekeeping
Proced, 8:30 am-noon; 1111 Kipke Dr, reg req, 764-7410.
*Comput Ctr-Wkshps: Intro to Comput, 611 Church St; MTS Visual Editing
Basic Skills, 8:30-10:30 am (MAC) & 1-3 pm (IBM); MTS Visual Editing with
Commands, 10:30 am-12:30 pm (MAC) & 3-5 pm (IBM); Using an IBM PC-
Compatible as UMnet Terminal, PCTIE, 10 am-noon; 3001 SEB; reg req, 763-
Lesbian-Gay Male Prog Ofc-Massage therapy class for gay/bisexual men,
8-10:30 pm, ICC Educ Ctr, 1522 Hill St, 662-6282.
LSA-Seminar, "Time Management," 4 pm, Mich Union U Club, 763-0624.
Sch Music-Mixed Chamber Music Ensembles, 8 pm, RH, 763-4726.
*Exhib Mus-Planetarium show, "Brightest Stars," 10:30 & 11:30 am, Exhib
Mus, 763-4190.
Safewalk-Safety walking svc, 8-11:30 pm, UGLi Rm 102 or 936-1000.
Asian Sdt Coalition-"Collage" film series begs, "Ourselves," 7 pm; "Chan
is Missing," 8 pm; Lorch Hall Aud, 761-2486.
*Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Films, "In Cold Blood," 7:30 pm; "Why Does Herr
R Run Amok?" 9:45 pm; Angell Hall Aud A, 769-7787
U-M Dearborn-Winter Ecology Tour, 10 am, Environ Std Area, 593-5556.
Friends of Common Ground Thtre-Wkshps beg, "A Teach-In For Peace,"
noon-5 pm, Mich League 3rd fl, 662-2087.
Film & Video Stds-Mtg, C Burnett, 10 am-noon, MLB Lec Rm 2, 764-0147.
*Univ Mus Soc-St Olaf Choir, 8 pm, Hill Aud, 764-2538

SNR-Lecture, "Wetlands: No Net Loss-The Role of Creation/Restoration," J
Kusler, 3 pm, 1040 Dana.
Vision Lunch-Seminar, "Visual Function of On and Off Pathways," M Powers,
noon, 20/20 Cafe, Kellogg Eye Ctr, 764-0573.
Mich Union-Arts at Mid-day, trombonist D Jackson, 12:15 pm, Mich Union
Pendelton Rm, 764-6498.
Intl Ctr-Peace Corps film, "The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love," 7:30 pm, Intl
Ctr, 764-9310.
EECS-Seminar, T Rockafeller, 4 pm, EECS 1200.


Wels Lutheran Campus Ministry-Worship svc, 10 am, 1360 Pauline Rd,
transport provided, 662-0663 or 761-6362.
*Ballroom Dance Club-Dance lesson, 6-7 pm, dancing, 7-9 pm, 3275
CCRB ($1 with CCRB pass), 668-8423.
Lord of Light Lutheran Church-Worship, 10 am, 801 S Forest, 668-7622.
Univ Reformed Church-Worship, 10:30 am, 1101 E Huron, 662-3153.
Canterbury House-Holy Eucharist, 5 pm, St Andrew's Episcopal Church;
dinner, 6 pm, 218 N Division; 665-0606.
Iranian Sdt Culture Club-Coffee hr & movie, 2-4 pm; Persian lang classes,
4-6 pm; 3050 Frieze, 662-8933.
Northwalk-North campus safety walking svc, 8 pm-1:30 am. Burslev Rm 2333


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