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Theater

High quality abounds

by Mary Beth Barber

Although miles away from large cities like Detroit or
Chicago, Ann Arbor is a mecca of entertainment.
Nightclubs with live bands and dancing are abundant.
Huge movie cinemas (although a bit far from campus)
always have all the latest movies. But Ann Arbor has
more-it has theater. Between the performances by
fellow students, local theaters, and big name traveling
groups (like the New York City Opera traveling tour
which will perform The Marriage of Figaro here next
February), a student could spend every Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday night seeing live drama, with most tickets
costing less than the price of a movie.

Don't doubt the quality of the performances, either.
Whether the actors are students destined for New York,
local dramatists, or veteran performers here for one
show, the theater is always of the highest quality. And
all for very reasonable prices; most student tickets are
$5; sometimes they can be more for a special show
(like NYC Opera), but often times they are free.
The University Players is the speciality of the
University's drama department It is faculty directed and
student performed. Past shows have included such
classics as The Inspector General, a Russian farce, and
In a Northern Landscape, a modern American drama
See THEATER, page 14

RECORDS
Continued from page 4
have the aura of an "event."
Wherehouse is a little dull and
hygienic, lacking an atmosphere
conducive to serious browsing. It
does have a fair poster selection
though.
State Discount (309 S. State)
isn't really a record store, but, while
you're buying contact lens solution
or restocking up on toilet paper, you
can buy some new release CDs
cheaper than anywhere else in Ann
Arbor.
SKR Classical (539 E. Liberty),
just a hop, skip and a jump from its
sibling store, Schoolkids, has a very
large collection of show tunes, spo-
ken word albums, as well as the
classical canon.
Earth Wisdom (314 E. Liberty),
as the name suggests, is a healthy
new age and folk music store. This
is where you'll find the entire Enya
back catalogue. The music may not
have as much roughage as next
door's Seva vegetarian restaurant,
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Many jazz legends play at the Power Center or other campus theaters.
Ann Arbor clubs give local musicians a chance to play, too. Here, Kary
Kocher plays vibes at the Bird of Paradise.
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the sound be heard
by Greg Baise
When Jack Kerouac was married to Edie Parker of Grosse Pointe in the
middle section of this century, you can bet your Beatnick duds that they
and their Beat buddies were ballin' that jack to Ann Arbor to dig the
trees, college kids and bohemian existence in general. And you can bet
-that some embryonic bop was serving as the soundtrack for it all.
Now Jack's gone and Edie's back in Grosse Pointe, but that jazz
eggling has grown into a flourishing jazz community in Ann Arbor. The
trees and the college kids are still around, too.
Young college kids like you might have to wait until the weekend is
over to visit Ann Arbor's premiere jazz club, the Bird of Paradise (207
Ashley), where patrons usually have to be 21 or over to enter on
weekends. Jazz is featured nightly, and you can often catch Bird owner
Ron Brooks playing with his trio. Every now and then a legend stops by.
Eclipse Jazz is an organization that was founded by students 15 years
ago. They specialize in bringing integral jazz musicians to Ann Arbor. In
the past these musicians have included Charles Mingus, Miles Davis,
Sun Ra, Ella Fitzgerald and McCoy Tyner. Last year when James Blood
Ulmer played at the Ark, Eclipse organized a free guitar workshop led by
James Blood himself.
In the summer Ypsilanti hosts the Frog Island Festival, an
delicious mix of jazz, blues, zydeco, Caribbean and African music that
takes up the major portions of the three days on which it's held. If blues
and zydeco make you bop harder than Bird, then be sure to note that the
Ark, the Blend Pig and Rick's often feature performers, like Albert
Collins, Buddy Guy, and Terrance Simien, from those genres.
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When Mahler's Eighth isn't being bombastically performed inside Hill Auditorium, the steps of the Auditoriun
make an excellent place to sit down, take out some lunch, take off your shirt, and concentrate on the latest
issue of the Daily to see what world-class performers are in Ann Arbor that evening.

The Performance Network offers many different alternatives, such as performance art and experimental rim,to
conventional theater. They also prominently feature a strong dramatic program, with plays like The Road to
Mecca by Athol Fugard, the insightful inquiry into freedom that is pictured above.

CLASSICAL
Continued from page 10
performances.
Some annual School of Music
events include the Collage Concert
and the Halloween concert. the Col-
lage Concert involves several of the
music schools performing ensembles
and soloists in a continuous
mishmash of styles and sounds. The
Halloween concert features the
University Symphony Orchestra in
anything but concert attire
performing some of the spookiest
works in the repertoire.
If you're interested in new music,
the School of Music is full of new
composers. Concerts of these new
composers' music are regularly per-
formed at the School of Music
recital hall. All concerts and events
involving the School of Music, ex-
cept the opera, are free and open to
the public. However, School of Mu-
sic students will accept monetary
donations, food or 1/2-off coupons
from generous patrons.
Locally, the Ann Arbor Sym-
phony Orchestra, with conductor
Carl St. Clair and many guest
artists, has a very active concert sea-
son. Their performances usually take
place in the Michigan Theater,
which is on Liberty Street in down-
town Ann Arbor. The Michigan
Theater also hosts Michigan Opera
Theater productions.
Also active in Ann Arbor is the
Gilbert and Sullivan Society. The
society puts togethernone of that
duo's zany, comic operas once a
semester at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre inside the Michigan League.
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Occasionally, Kerrytown Con-
cert House, located near downtown
Ann Arbor, will feature small
chamber groups and soloists in its
natural, intimate environment.

Whether you're an avid classical
music lover or just a mild enthusi-
ast, you should be able to get a
healthy dose of classical perfor-
mances in Ann Arbor.

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