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bread, various fillings, and innumer-
able permutations of gourmet foods.
Also good is Amer's. Comparison of
Zingerman's #43 and Amer's #26
makes it tough to decide - at that
point, it's a question of which
neighborhood you're in when your
Italian Restaurant: Gratzi
No other Italian eatery even came
close to this decadent den of deli-
cious delights. Atmosphere? Check.
Plenty of pasta? Check. Try the
Fettucine Del Golfo (it's divine), and
keep the bread and olive oil coming.
Middle Eastern Restaurant:
Most agree that the falafels are the
best; the taboule's chock full of veg-
etables. However, the two-fister
Korean Restaurant: Steve's Lunch
Be Bim Bop on down South U. for
the tastiest Korean eats in town.
Stiff competition from Kana (can
you beat "free appetizers for new-
comers"), which might be losing
points for being out-of-the-way, and
Coffee Break for the hot, hotter,
hottest taste-bud torturers.
Mexican Restaurant: Taco Bell
When it's late and you've maxed out
at the Law, or you've maxed out at
the bar, this East U. eatery lets you
select from three menus, each of
which contains items bought for
mere pocket change. Yet still you re-
fer to it as "Taco Hell" ..
Take out: Pizza House
La Casa de Pizza offers a huge range
of foods from stuffed pizzas to
chipatis to malts; they're open late;
and, like most good take-out, it's
quick and satisfying. In second and
third places were L.A. Cafe and Mr.
Spot's, boasting seasoned curly fries
& burgers and Ann Arbor wings
respectively, both of which carry
back to the casa quite nicely.
Ice Cream: Stucchi's
You can't get enough of it. Not a
Baskin-Robbins chain, nor a DQ or
TCBY, the oft-mispronounced gelat-
teria belongs to the students. Sample
from the many cheesecake flavors,
or the selection of coffee-toffee-
fudge ribbons. Soooo good.
Greasy Spoon: Brown Jug
It's an Ann Arbor institution by this
point.. Whatever food you're in the
mood for, at any hour of the day
(practically), the Slug provides.
Chicago Dog House takes second
with it's four-napkin chili cheese
Sizzling through the category like
hot cakes on the griddle, Angelo's is
breakfast in this town. Get there be-
fore you graduate. Another great op-
tion is the Gandy Dancer, an all you
can eat (and eat, and eat) buffet. The
Bagel Factory is the town's obvious
winner for Best Bagel.
nor having received any press re-
leases about his performance, we
can't call judgment. Nevertheless
Perez wins in this category. Perhaps
he has a lot of friends.
Best Solo Performer: Whitley
Presence, technical prowess, intrigu-
ing choreography and a message.
What more does one need in a solo
artist? Quirky movements captivated
her audience, and smart lyrics (such
as a monologue about Twelfth
Night's fool) were appealing to the
mind as well. All right, she lived
with Madonna, but in the words of
the pop tart herself, "Big Deal." Get
past it. This performer showed us
she could hold her own.
Best Rhythmic Concert: Nguisani
Matinu: Dancing to the Same
The local student dance troupe
Bichinis Bia Congo, lead by
University instructor Biza Sompa,
created its own rhythms with agile
movements, energetic choreography,
and a collection of colorful Congo-
lese costumes. Beyond visual, the
show taught audiences that modern
dance has its origins in steps similar
to those found in the Congo.
Best Concert Poster: Lather,
Four nude and hosed-down dancers
plastered on a white bed sheet, and
posted all around town. Best public-
ity we've seen all year.
Best Local Musical: Chess
If the fact that it sold out means any-
thing, Chess wins by ballot as the
best local musical. Often MUSKET,
shows are either good or really bad;
this one was a smashing success.
In it's own category of Best
Student Musical was student David
Kirshenbaum's original show, Better
All The Time. "What about Barbara?
Buh-buh-buh Barbara?" we won-
And the great cast of Company (a
mentionable University musical) re-
sponded, "Bobby? Bobby? Bobby
baby ..." Maybe Kirshenbaum, who
directed the production of Chess,
should win his own award.
Best gallery exhibition: Picasso at
the University Museum of Art
The best thing to hit the museum in a
while, and it will be on display for mance texture, depth, and passionate
three years. Combined with the emotion. This "bad boy" was some
drawings and sketches, the recep- rebel..
tions and dances, the exhibit was Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was also won-
well-promoted and wonderfully or- derful, playing music by Brahms,
ganized, making the paintings more Chopin and University alumnus
than just canvas. Absorb them slow- William Bolcom; and Isaac Stern's
ly, over the next few years, between concert blossomed with his final se-
classes, a little bit at a time. lection of Brahms' Sonata No. 3.
Some of the other bests include
Best Mixed Media Production: the State Symphonic Kapelle of
The Beat of Dis Content Moscow (formerly the Soviet
Produced by Sirad Balducci, Visual Philharmonic) who played Rach-
Arts Media and Performance's maninoff, Tchaikovsky, and other
(VAMP) powerful presentation on great musical selections; and the
aspects of racism, was "A journey, / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra per-
if you must; / To a place, / where forming Mendelssohn and Shosta-
the blood / and lust. / of wordly kovich.
Lick your way over to Stucchi's for a great ice cream bonding experience. Then leave smelling like popcorn.
falafels at Shahrayar are worth
checking out, and at this "best find"
the Lebanese cuisine includes such
exotica as mango juice and makale.
Chinese Restaurant: Dinersty
These efficient newcomers have
blown away the old guard with a
vengeance. Now that they deliver,
life is perfect. For sit-down service,
though, Middle Kingdom (with
those silver needle noodles) and
China Gate place second. Szechuan
West, a little out of the way on
Stadium, also has delicious food,
with savory selections.
Place for the Folks to Take You:
This restaurant has a huge reputation
and a huge menu to match, with ele-
gant food and a gracious setting. The
grub makes up for four years of col-
lege dining. This is what the real
world could be; no more Dining with
Trays. Other chosen spots were the
Real Seafood Co., the Full Moon
and The Earle.
Dormitory Cafeteria: West Quad
Is this a trick question? The blue-
ribbon West Quad is not the culinary
center of the universe, but it does do
a good job dishing out University
food. South Quad comes in second
place, with the all-women's dorms
of Stockwell and Betsey Barbour
tying for third.
Overall Restaurant: Gandy
See above for the Place the Folks to
Take You. Besides, we didn't think
they let people wearing overalls into
the place, but we could be wrong.
Hey, if you can take your folks
there, it must be quality.
Overall Bar: Rick's
Grab a pitcher and wander. Eat some
Taco Bell. Here's a game of pool!
Here's darts in action! Wow, a band!
Over there are some cute people of
the opposite sex! You get the
picture. Some nights are better than
others; second place - goes to
You have to find some place to
spend all of your money buying cool
stuff for yourself; some of which is
essential, some of which is recre-
ational. Here's what you voted for
as the best Ann Arbor businesses.
First-run Theater: Showcase
It's a sad day in Ann Arbor, a sup-
posedly culturally literate town,
when this sterile, rude, overpriced
airport terminal multiplex-o-rama
wins best theater by a landslide.
Come on! You have more than that.,
like the Ann Arbor 1 & 2 or the
Video Store: Liberty Street Video
Blockbuster and Video Watch might
have 50 copies of One Good Flop,
but Liberty's the only store within
walking distance that carries Bunuel,
Bergman and Broadway Danny
Rose. You can't beat those two-for-
one nights, and you don't need a
credit card to rent a movie.
Ann Arborites are more frugal than
one might think. If you really want
to treat yourself, save up a couple
more weeks of allowances and head
on over to those haircut rebels at
Orbit Hair Design. Ask for Johnnie
Chamberlain - you won't be sorry.
Party Store: Village Corner
And how! You can grab a fine
Chardonnay, some Brie, and the
latest copy of Sassy. The staff is way
hip, but don't try to fool 'em. They
can smell a fake ID) a mile away.
Bonus points for the comic rack, and
the eclectic mix of music they play.
New shop on the block Tower
Records finished a close second, but
voters remained true to the incum-
bent candidate. Must be the friendly
service with a smile, which seems to
be a foreign concept to most local
record huts. Wherehouse also boasts
morals & ethics / (were) addressed."
(T.W.N., 1992). Combinations of
dance and video were smoother than
Best Original Dance Score:
Stephen Rush, "Concertino"
Using at least 20 different instru-
ments, including a hose that the per-
former whipped around to make an
eerie, airy sound, the piece was suc-
cessful as a performance piece and
as a fabulous, kinetic and energetic
Best Classical Touring Performer:
With simple piano nocturnes on his
Steinway, Pogo gave his perfor-
Best Local Opera: The New York
City Opera's "Tosca"
Beautiful, romantic opera. In opposi-
tion to the University's productions
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