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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, September 27, 1990

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Seinfeld goes back to school

Museums explore Dangerous Archaeo logy

by Andrew J. Cahn
You've already started to wear your
winter coat, you just had your first
test, you've had it with rush, the
bars changed their entrance age to
21, the campus police are getting
guns and you need something to
make you laugh, but you don't want
to spend a lot of money. Done -
for only $5, you can see one of
comedy's biggest stars, Jerry Sein-
feld, tonight at the Power Center.
For those who have previously
seen him on Tonight, David Letter-
man or his NBC sitcom Seinfeld,
you know just how funny Seinfeld's
observations of the little annoying
things in our lives are. If his name
does not ring a bell but you are a
regular watcher of late-night televi-
sion, you will most definitely re-
member his act the second he hits
the stage.
As he says, "I'm a hookless act.
There's nothing physically odd about
me, no screaming or profanity, no
props, no strange clothes, nothing
ethnic - and my name isn't catchy
either. If I don't have the jokes, I'm
Unlike many other comedians,
Seinfeld's college experience goes
beyond merely performing in front
of students. Fifteen years ago, he
graduated from Queens College on
the dean's list. Looking back, he
feels the craziest thing he ever did
there was actually studying for his
exams.
After graduation, he found
himself selling stolen umbrellas and
watches on the streets of New York
during the day while working as a
comic at night - not exactly every
parent's dream. After too many years
of paying his dues and eating his

by Lauren Turetsky
F or those anxiously awaiting
more action-packed sequels to
Raiders of the Lost Ark or Ro-
mancing the Stone, there awaits
in Ann Arbor an even more real-
istic adventure. This exploration,
code-named Armenian Odyssey
II, combines an exhibition titled
Dangerous Archeology: Francis
Willey Kelsy and Armenia
(1919-1920) at the Kelsey Mu-
seum with artwork by Reuben
Nakian at the Museum of Art. In
the following months, the adven-
ture continues with a performance
by the Chilingirian String Quar-
tet, symposiums, Art Gallery
talks and films.
The odyssey commenced last
Sunday with a reception and lec-
tures by Thelma K. Thomas, cu-
rator of the Kelsey Museum ex-
hibition and Dr. Garabed Belian,
connoisseur and director of the
Belian Art Center. The project
will continue through next
February. These presentations

were created with the hope that
they would bridge the passages of
Western and Near Eastern history
while dispelling myths surround-
ing Armenian culture.
The Dangerous Archeology
exhibit combines photographs,
artifacts and archival documents
collected during Prof. Kelsey's
expeditions through Europe and
the Near East. Using archaeology
as its focus, the show portrays
both political issues, such as
tragic deaths which occured in the
area 75 years ago, along with
humanitarian issues that deal with
everyday existence.
The Reuben Nakian exhibition
at the Museum of Art includes
some of the Armenian Ameri-
can's ink drawings, bronze sculp-
tures and a watercolor painting.
The centerpiece of the show is
Nakian's seven- foot-tall sculp-
ture called "The Denial of St. Pe-
ter." This piece took the artist
through six different studies and
two years before it was com-
pleted. Nakian received national

fame in the 1930s when he was
commissioned to build a massive
eight-foot sculpture of P abe Ruth
and busts of Franklin 1. RPoo,
sevelt and his cabinet. Later in
his career, Nakian became inter-
ested in mythology and produced
works such as "Leda and the
Swan" and "Europa and ihe l Ri l." 1
Just before the artist's death the
Metropolitan Museum of Art
commissioned him to do a sculp
ture. This dream became a reality,
but the artist died prior to the in
stallation of the piece.
The Sculpture and Drawings by~
Reuben Nakian will be on dis-
play at the Museum of A t i frni
September 23-Novemb r 23.
1990. The Art Gallery Talks ,
about the artists life will bc givCn
by Dr, Garabed lBelian Sunday,
October 7 and 21 ax 2:09 in the
Museum of Art. Check vith- the
museum for times on the ym po-
sium and the Armenian Films
which will be shown at the (a nd f
October and Peginning of
November.

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Need the hot

What would you do if you couldn't be a comic? "Don't bring me down; I'm
having a good time, answers comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

news

fast?

share of corned beef and pastrami
sandwiches, Seinfeld is not only one
the biggest names on the comedy
circuit, but he also stays away from
red meat.
The main reason his career has
moved along like "slow seepage," he
has said, is because of his hookless-
ness. As a result, he has often been
confused with other comedians. Fans
would come up to him and say, "I
liked the bit you did about the dog
who eats potato chips," only to have
him respond, "No, I did the one

_ _Find it in the Daily.

about the dog who drives a car," Se-
infeld says.
One word of caution: if you are
going home to the Los Angeles area
for Yom Kippur this weekend, be-
ware - Seinfeld says that he is "a
cantor on the side." Hopefully, he is
joking.
JERRY SEINFELD appears at the
Power Center tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at Ticketmas-
ter for $8 , $S with student i.d. (plus
the evil service charge).

p 1 n

Bill Barr's Comedy Club is
auditioning actors and writers at 7
pm on Oct. 1 at the Club
Heidelburg. Shows will run every
Friday and Saturday night from Oct.
26 through New Years. Five
performers- are.needed. Call-for
specifics-995-8888.
Dorothy Talk, a theater group
from London, will be presenting a
workshop at the Performance Net-
work on Saturday from 10 am to 4
pm. Call 663-0696 for more info.
The Department of Theater
and Drama is auditioning for
Moliere's Tartuffe on Sept. 30, Oct.
1 and Oct. 2. A prepared, memorized
monologue is required, one that is
two minutes or less in length and
shows you off appropriately for a
French comedy. Casting is open to
all University students, although
preference will be given to Theater
and Musical Theater students. Sign
up for audition time on the Frieze
Building call board, second floor.
The University Activities
Center's Impact Dance Theatre, a
student-run co-ed dance company,
will be holding auditions for non-
dance*majors on Oct. 3, 4, and 5 at
6:30 in the Michigan Union
Ballroom. No preparation is
required, just wear dance clothes. For
more information call the UAC at
763-1107.

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SENIORS
This is it!
Here's your chance to get your picture
in the 1991 MichiganEnsian yearbook
Our photographer will be here
from September 24 through 28
and October 1 through 5 to take your
Senior Portrait on the second floor
of the UGLi. Don't forget your
appointment and your $3.00 sitting fee!
If you have any questions, call 764-0561.
ATTENTION
All organizations presi-
dents, if you would like your
group featured in the 1990 -
1991 yearbook, please con-
tact Charles Chou at 764 -
0561 or come to the Student
Publication Building at 420

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