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'U' art museum boasts Picasso collection

Students come to the University for much more than
the academics. For many, Ann Arbor is a cultural draw
which entices students from across the country. There is
a definite comfort in knowing that when you pack up all
your belongings and head to a new place, you won't be
stuck with your biology book and a Gumby's pizza for
Part of the cultural charm of Ann Arbor is all of its art.
And this is not limited to the week in July when artists
converge on the city streets to show off their wares. For
the student who is interested in a more formal art experi-
ence, there is a lot the University, as well as the city, has
to offer.
The University boasts a well-known art museum of its
own, complete with three Picassos, aMonet and a Cezanne,

which is on loan for the fall term. New and visiting
exhibits frequently move in and out of the museum so
keep your eyes open for coming attractions. The museum
is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
But aside from the formal museum setting the Univer-
sity provides, Ann Arbor is home to several charming
galleries which display and sell local art. Main Street is.
the mecca for gallery lovers. These galleries not only
provide an opportunity to view art but also to buy it. Stroll
down Main Street and you won't be able to miss them.
If your desires run more toward the creative side, then
ArtVentures Studio in the Ann Arbor Art Association is
the place for you. In this very interactive setting, partici-
pants are given materials and suggested projects to inspire
their own art. Monthly projects are designed for every

level of artistic ambition and talent. The cost is $3 per
person which includes materials and any needed instruc-
tion. Twice a month ArtVentures sponsors an adult night
from 7-9 p.m. at a cost of $5.
But if Ann Arbor cannot quench your thirst for quality
art, never fear, Detroit is a mere 40-minute drive away.
Detroit also offers a wide range of museums and galleries
to choose from. The best known and most comprehensive
museum Detroit boasts is the Detroit Institute of Arts
located on Woodward in the Cultural Center.
Within walking distance of the art museum are the
Historical Museum, the International Institute, the Afri-
can-American Museum and the Science Center.
Make a day of it and head to the city to experience all
this culture. Or just look around you and absorb the local

The University's Art Museum now has a collection of
Picasso paintings thanks to a generous donor.

Continued from page 1D
Also, throughout the museum lie
relics from the old firehouse, includ-
ing a pick ax, old clothing, old Ameri-
can flags and even an old grocery list.
(Did you know that 25 pounds of
flour cost only 69 cents back then?)
But, I'm no museum expert, so
why should you believe me when I
say the Hands-On Museum is worth

visiting? That's why I consulted with
a group of experts in the field of
"funology" to determine whether or
not a trip to the Hands-On Museum
meets the stringent criteria for be-
ing considered a "fun, learning ex-
I spoke with dozens of 4- and 5-
year-olds from Mae C. Jemison Acad-
emy in Detroit and I recorded a unani-
mous approval rating of the Hands-
On Museum.


Here's what some had to say about
the place:
Jonaz Byrd, 4: "I wish I could live
Melzario Davis, 5: "It's really,
really big and really, really fun, and I
love it."
Joseph Reddic, 5: He nodded his
head a lot. I was afraid it would come
off. Fortunately, it didn't.
* John Bellamy, 4 (who taught me to
spell his name, and wouldn't stop
until I had written it correctly six
times): "I like the bees and the bug,"
(referring to a live tarantula).
Wenisha Amica, 5: "It was fun
except when I tripped and fell and it
hurt a lot but I was fine and I kept
playing and I like everything."
While the museum is not owned
by the University, the museum de-
pends on the contributions and exper-
tise of University faculty, Costello
Many of the exhibits and experi-
ments are developed and maintained
by University professors. Also, work-
study iobs are available for Univer-

Student seating is $6 with valid ID. Limit 2
tickets per ID. Tickets must be purchased at
the League Ticket Office in the Michigan
League. For more information call 764-0450.

Sunday in the Park
with George
by Stephen Sondheim
A witty and original musical
which explores how impressionist
Georges Seurat might have
created his most famous painting.
Oct. 13-16 Mendelssohn Theatre
Musical Theatre Program
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
A memory play which reaches
beyond natural conventions
to tell the story of a family
trapped between reality
and illusion.
Oct. 20 - 23 " Power Center
Theatre Dept.

Hansel and Gretel
by Enge/bert Humperdinck (not -
the one you think!) Based on
the fairy tale by the brothers
Grimm - the moral is to obey
your parents OR else - this
opera is a lot more interesting
than you might guess.
Nov 10 - 13 " Power Center
Opera Theatre
Born in the R.S.A.
by Barney Simon
A searing docu-drama about
the effects of apartheid on a
group of friends in the Republic
of South Africa.
Nov. 17 - 20 * Mendelssohn Theatre
Theatre Dept.

The museum
depends on the
contributions and
expertise of
University faculty.
sity students. (Note: students who
can't bear the thought of working
with young children, playing with the
experiments for free whenever you
want or being paid for basically hav-
ing fun need not apply.)
The Hands-On Museum is under-
going additional changes. The mu-
seum will be expanding next door to
the old Chamber of Commerce build-
ing. Six new laboratories will be built
and a traveling exhibition gallery will
be set up. Expansion will be complete
by the fall of 1997.
On a board on the first floor of the
building is written the following Chi-
nese proverb:
I hear and I forget.
I see, and I remember.
I do, and I understand.
The'Hands-On Museum presents
students, be they first graders or doc-
toral students, with an opportunity to
relearn, or perhaps to learn for the
first time, a plethora (a word I learned
at the Hands-On Museum, mind you)
of practical, scientific and mathemati-
cal information using fun, interactive
learning and experimenting methods.
Visiting the Hands-On Museum is a
unique learning experience we all
deserve to give ourselves.
So go to the Hands-On Museum.
Bring a date. (In fact I was told by Ms.
Costello that many University couples
come to the Hands-On Museum on
dates. Personally, I think the couples
simply want to use the time to do some
"hands-on" experimenting with one
another. But, I digress.) To not visit the
Hands-On Museum at least once is to
miss out on a little bit ofwhat makes life
and learning so much fun.
Notice to All Students
The Daily Arts staff would like you
to write for.the Daily. We're
looking for students to review the
latest movies; records, books and
much more. Come to the mass
meeting on Sept. 21 at 7:30 at
the Daily.

Borders has moved to a bigger building. This bookstore now carries more
than 160,000 book titles.
Borders carries more than
just your favorite book titles.

West Side
Book Shop
Since 1975
Used & rar books
bought 5sold
Literary first editions,
travel, Americana,
art & illustrated books
Large selection of quality
used paperbacks
113 West Liberty 995-1891

What was once a small used book
store is now one of Ann Arbor's most
popular spots. Borders Book Shop
first opened in Ann Arbor in 1974 and
has branched out into more than 50
stores across the country. Today,
Borders is one of the largest and most
notable book stores around and hopes
to maintain this reputation through
various changes and additions. For
starters, the first major change in-
cludes Borders' recent move to a new
location - into the old, spacious
Jacobson's department store at the
corner of Liberty and Maynard.
Why the move? The obvious rea-
son is more room. With this extra
space, Borders has increased its book
selection to more than 160,000 differ-
ent titles.
Also while we relax and peruse
the massive selection of books, we
can sip cafe au laits and cappuccinos
galore at Borders' new espresso bar.
A dream come true for all of you die-
hard coffee lovers!
Now I know what you're thinking
- Borders is trying to mimic that
Barnes and Noble espresso/book store
on Washtenaw. Wrong! Tom Rogers,
assistant manager of Borders, says
Borders started the idea of having an
espresso bar in the book store.
Espresso bars are commonly found in

Three SisterS Anton Chekhov's masterpiece about three sisters
who search for meaning and fulfillment in spite of the men in their lives.
Dec. 1 -4, 8 -11 " Trueblood Theatre " Theatre Dept.

Borders shops outside of Michigan
and are finding their way into the
older stores, such as Ann Arbor.
Other new and exciting additions
to Borders include a music store (uh
oh - look out Schoolkids Records
and Musicland). Borders carries a
variety of musical tastes - every-
thing across the spectrum, which in-
cludes rock, rap, pop, country, easy
listening and world music. However,
the main emphasis is centered around
the classical tunes and jazz.
Another addition to Borders is the
CD-ROM book section, for your com-
puter enjoyment. For those of you
who are absolutely clueless as to what
I am talking about, CD-ROM books
are compact discs for computers that *
enable you to read a book on a com-
puter screen. In other words, it is an
electronic book instead ofa hard copy.
Some CD-ROM formats include ani-
mation, such as children's books, clas-
sical plays and stories. There are also
other cool functions with CD-ROM
that I'm not qualified to talk about, so
make sure to check this section out at
Borders. (It also wouldn't hurt to visit
Borders the next time you have a
killer Shakespeare exam. They just
might have Hamlet on CD and every
little bit of help counts!)
The last major addition to Borders
Book Shop is the national manager's
school, in which the corporate offices
will be located in the basement of the
new location and also across the street.
Borders plans to continue years of
success and open nearly 50new stores"@
across the country over the next two
years. The national manager's school
exists to train employees for manage-
ment positions in these future stores.
Ann Arbor is the headquarters of a
booming business.
Well, there you have it - the new
Borders Book Shop. It's bigger and
better, but what makes it better than
the other book stores? Tom Rogers *
will tell you, "We have the largest
selections that you can find anywhere,
complete with music, books and
cappuccinos. It's a fun store."


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