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188 - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, February 6, 1997
A weekly list of who's
where, what's happening and
THE LIS 1*why you need to be there..

Cover Story

The Michigan Daily Weeken1 Magazine - Thursday, February 6, 1997 - 38

Laurie Anderson Performance artist with new
show titled, "The Speed of Darkness."
Michigan Theater. 7:30 p.m. $17.50 or
$22.50 in advance. Call (810) 645-6666.
Karl Newhouse Band Local songwriter and her
band will perform songs from the acclaimed
"Playing Juliet" CD. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Push Down and Turn Indianapolis college
rock band. Rick's. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Seeftd Opinion Lansing folk vocalists who
tour the nation. The Ark. 8 p.m. $10.
WASP Basement Arts presents a 30-minute
one-act comedy written by playwright/actor
Steve Martin. Arena Stage in the Frieze Bldg. 7
Labor Day Two couples are visited by a mysteri-
ous guest in Kim Carney's latest original play.
Purple Rose Theater Co., Garage Theater, 137
Park, Chelsea. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Call 475-7902.
Book Discussion Barbara Aswad and Barbara
Bilge discuss their book, "Family and Gender
Among American Muslims." Borders. 7:30
p.m. Free.
Poetry Reading Tim Seibles and Gerry LaFemina
read their poetry. Shaman Drum. 8 p.m. Free.
TanzMusik The University Dance Company
presents its annual show. University
Symphony accompanies. Power Center. 8 p.m.
$7 stu with ID, $14, $18. Call 761-0450.
Peach Blossom Spring (1992) Two acting
troupes are scheduled to rehearse simultane-
ously. Mandarin with subtitles. Angell Aud A. 8
p.m. Free.
Hype (1997) A documentary following the ori-
gins of "Grunge" music featuring concert
footge from products of the genre like
Nirvana and Eddie Vedder. Mich 9:30 p.m.
Harms Way Ann Arbor's own heavy metal out-
fit. With Fiesty Cadavers and Posthole Digger.
Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m.

The Henchmen With guest Insect. The Magic
Stick. 9:30 p.m. Call 833-9700.
Alan Jackson With teen country sensation
LeAnne Rimes. The Palace at Auburn Hills.
Call (810) 645-6666.
Dick Siegel Local songwriter performs his
original pieces. The Ark. 8 p.m. $11 at door.
Jerry Sprague and the Remainders East
Lansing college rock band. Rick's. 9:30 p.m.
WASP See Thursday. 7 and 11 p.m.
River Dreams /Mary Goldstein and The Author
For Black History Month. Performance Network
presents Ann Arbor playwrights Elise Bryant and
OyamO. 408 W. Washington St. 8 p.m. Stu $9
(Thurs. pay-what-you-can), $12. Call 663-0681.
It's a Mad World After All This work in progress
reflects on experiences with issues of mental
health. The performance is interactive and dis-
cussion follows. RC Aud. 8 p.m. Free. Call 763-
Labor Day See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Book Discussion University professor
Terrence J. McDonald discusses "The Historic
Turn in the Human Sciences," which he edit-
ed. Shaman Drum. 4 to 6 p.m. Free.
Book Discussion University professor Bert
Cardullo discusses the book he edited, "Bazin
at Work." Shaman Drum. 8 p.m. Free
Fiction Reading Lorrie Moore reads from her
work. Rackham Amphitheater. 3 p.m. Free.
Fiction Reading Margaret Atwood reads from
and signs copies of her new novel, "Alias
Grace." Mich. 7 p.m. Free.
TanzMusik See Thursday. 8 p.m.
A Hard Day's Night (1964) The Beatles hit
the sliver screen in the first of their repetoire
of films. Nat Sci. 7 and 10:15 p.m. Free.
Play It Again Sam (1972) Woody Allen strug-
gles in the big bad dating world, and turns to
the romance icon, Humphrey Bogart, to solve
his troubles. Nat Sci. 8:40 p.m. Free.
Dorothy East Lansing rock originals. Rick's.
9:30 p.m.

Howling Diablos Detroit rockers play in sup-
port of their new CD. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m.
Mustard's Retreat Ann Arbor folk duo per-
form originals. The Ark. 8 p.m. $10.
Teddy Carpenter Comedy show with perform-
ers D.L. Hughley and Michael Colyar. Fox
Theater. Call (313) 396-7600.
Great White Once bitten, twice shy. Harpo's.
Call (313) 824-1700.
Skatalites Get down with the funky ska beat.
The Majestic Theater. Call (313) 833-9700.
Soulson With Jazzhead and Uncle Booby. The
Magic Bag in Ferndale. 9 p.m. $5.
WEMU/WCC "Mardi Gras Celebration" Features
dinner, music from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-
Chas and Charlie Gabriel's Jazz Band. WCC cam-
pus. 7:30 p.m. $25. Call 487-2229.
WASP See Thursday. 7 p.m.
River Dreams/Mary Goldstein and The Author
See Friday. 8 p.m.
It's a Mad World After All See Friday. 8 p.m.
L.abor Day See Thursday. 8 p.m.
TanzMusik See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Romeo and Juliet The Royal Ballet of London
presents Serge Prokofiev's classic ballet.
With a short documentary on Russian folk
music. Sheraton. 3 p.m.
The Garden of the Finzi Continis (1971) A
Jewish family ignores the threat of Nazi
Germany until it becomes too late. Academy
Award winner for Best Foreign Film. With sub-
titles. Mich. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Red (1994) A young model crashes into a
dog and finds herself under the wings of the
owner, who guides her toward the love of a
law student. Mich. 7 p.m.
Hype See Friday. Mich. 7 p.m.
Writers In the Round Three songwriters trade
songs and share stories. The Ark. 8 p.m. $10.
Ann Arbor Bluestage Get out those hankies,
it's time for some blues. Blind Pig. 9 p.m.'$2.


By Elizabeth Lucas
and Mary Trombley
Daily Arts Writers
Picture an ordinary Ann Arbor
morning. It's 8 a.m. and, for a change,
the sun is shining. You're standing on
the corner of State Street and North
University, planning to grab a bagel
and coffee before your first class.
This scene isn't so ordinary, at least
not anymore. There are two enemy
camps facing this quiet street comner.
The troops have been mobilized since
before 6 a.m., and they're preparing for
another hard day of battle.
The bagel wars have begun.
It's time to choose sides, and more
is at stake than your preference in
bagels. Your lifestyle is on the line.
Will you join the smug line of
Bruegger's Bagels customers, crowd-
ing out the door and clutching enor-
mous "Javahh!" mugs? Or will you
join the hip crowd at Einstein Brothers
Bagels, eating a sun-dried tomato
bagel and listening to Smashing
It's all up to you.
This war, like any other, tends to
draw everyone in. Bagels are a staple
food for many busy University students
who enter the war zone on a daily basis,
though they may not realize the import
of their decision.
"(Bagels are) a great way to get a
light, low-fat meal, or something quick

to eat," said LSA first-year student Katy
But which bagel do you choose?
There are many allied nations in the
bagel wars, but only two superpow-
Bruegger's and Einstein's are Ann
Arbor's bagel giants, and their armed
conflict has lasted for the past two years.
The shops occupy rival positions,
Bruegger's on North University and
Einstein's on heavily populated State
Street. Bothare partof nationwidecor-
porate chains, and both are battling for
your bagel dollars.
At first glance, there isn't much dif-
ference between the two stores. Both
offer standard fare - a variety of
bagels, drinks, cream cheeses, soups
and sandwiches. The stores specialize
in unusual cream cheese flavors like
cheddarpeflo, smoked salmon and
honey walnut.
Einstein's has the edge when it
comes to bagel flavors -it boasts 17
vs. Bruegger's 11 - but is a little on
the pricey side. A plain bagel with
cream cheese costs $1.59 at
Einstein's, compared to $1.39 at
Bruegger's. Einstein's also offers a
variety of pre-made salads and the
"bottomless cup" coffee refill.
However, Bruegger's has more mer-
chandise, including sweatshirts, T-
shirts and hats.
As in any war, propaganda is every-

A fresh crop of bagels enters the bins at Bruegger's Bagels.
where, and corporate slogans abound. Considering that the store opens at 6:30
Einstein's walls are covered with a.m., it's no wonder Bruegger's employ-
bizarre, enthusiastic slogans such as ees have little time for a social life. And
"Bagels are music to my schmears." don't forget those ever-popular
Schmears? Is this a Yiddish word? "Javahh!" mugs.
Sources say no - it's Einstein's term Admittedly, there's not much differ-
for a bagel with cream cheese. There's ence between the two bagel stores, yet
also "Man cannot live on great bagels some students have a definite prefer-
alone," the slogan on Einstein's coffee ence.
mugs. "I used to go to Einstein's, but I've
Bruegger's slogans are a bit more been going to Bruegger's lately," said
subtle, but just as peppy. The first thing LSA sophomore Yvonne Wai. "It's
you see when you enter the store is a closer and it's cheaper."
sign proudly proclaiming: "We would "I think they're just different," said
get a life, but we're too busy making Cyn Epler, also an LSA sophomore.
small batches of fresh, hot bagels." "Bruegger's bagels are harder, and

Einstein's are softer and chewier. I'm
used to harder bagels"
Some people are called to even
fiercer partisan loyalty. For employees
of the two chains - the foot soldiers, if
you will - the battle lines have been
"Einstein's has different bagels, but
we're always test-marketing new prod-
ucts," said Bruegger's employee Andy
Good, a Toledo resident who is training
at the Ann Arbor Bruegger's.
Though the stores' ideologies and
tactics are similar, employees believe
there are differences between the two '
See BAGEL WARS, Page 20B

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Weekend Magazine Editors: Greg Parker Elan A. Stavros
WeekentMagazine Photo Editor: Kristen Schaefer.
Writers: Dean Bakopoulos, Elizabeth Lucas, Jennifer Petlinski and Philip Son.
Photographers: Jully Park, Jonathan Summer, Jennifer Bradley-Swift and Warren Zinn.
Cover photograph by Warren Zinn: Jeannie Bifano of Ypsilanti bakes sesame seed bagels at Bruegger's Bagels.
Graphics Editor. Tracey Harris
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