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The Michigan Daily WeekenaMagazi

188 - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, September 4, 1997
A weekly guide to who's
where, what's happening and
El! why you need to be there ...

Life in A2 flourishes despite seasonal attend



The Blues According to Lightnin' Hopkins &
A Well Spent Life (1969 & 1971) Two docu-
mentaries about blues legend Lightnin'
Hopkins and guitarist extraordinaire Mance
Lipscomb. At Mich. 5:30 p.m.
Jazz On a Summer's Day (1959) The 1958
Newport Jazz Festival is captured by this
film featuring Louis Armstrong, Mahalia
Jackson and Chuck Berry, among other jazz
greats. At Mich. 7 p.m.
Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) A film
about love and friendship as experienced by
a group of gay friends during three summer
gatherings. At Mich. 9 p.m.
Huffamoose Counting Crow Adam Duritz'
favorite new band. The Ark. 10 p.m. $5 with
student ID.
The Crystal Method Acclaimed U.S. trip-
hop/soul groove/breakbeat act. Industry,
Pontiac. 8 p.m. Call (810) 334-1999.
Al Hill & the Love Butlers Local horn-sec-
tioned sextet plays blues and funk. Arbor
Brewing Co. 8 p.m. Free.
Molly Sweeney Brian Friel's award-winning
drama about life in Ireland. Performance
Network, 408 W. Washington. 8 p.m.
Tickets $12 ($9 for students). 663-0681.
Buddy Guy Legendary blues guitarist plays
as part of the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest.
Michigan Theater. 8 p.m. Tickets $25 at
Schoolkids' Records, PJ's Used Records and

An Old Man in Love This one-man show is a
benefit performance for the Pioneer Theatre
Guild. Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium.
8 p.m. Tickets available at Schoolkids
Records and Herb David Guitar Studio. 994-
Molly Sweeney See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Mitch Albom Reading The award-winning
Detroit Free Press sports columnist reads from
his latest book, "Tuesdays with Morrie." Little
Professor Book Company, 2513 Jackson Rd. 7
p.m. Free.
Jay Friedman Speaks Friedman hosts a multi-
media presentation, "Sex Matters," a smart,
funny, educated look at what's on everyone's
mind. Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room. 8 p.m.
The Secret Agent (1936) A Hitchcock mas-
terpiece about a famous novelist whose
death is staged by a government that wants
him to become a secret agent for them. At
Nat. Sci. 7 p.m.
Journey Into Fear (1942) Orson Welles is a
Turkish police colonel who protects an
American munitions expert from Nazi agents
in this World War II espionage thriller. At
Nat. Sci. 8:40 p.m.
The Third Man (1949) Welles returns in
another thriller involving an American pulp-
fiction writer searching through occupied
post-WWII Vienna for a man who can explain
the mysterious death of the writer's friend.
At Nat Sci. 10 p.m.
Medeskl, Martin & Wood Amazing jazz
groove band headlines at the Ann Arbor
Blues & Jazz Fest. Gallup Park. 6:30 p.m.
(opening acts begin at 11 a.m.). Tickets
$14 in advance for one day, $20 for two
Kurt Elling & the Hobgood Trio Improvisa-
tional jazz singer also plays as part of the
Blues & Jazz Fest. Bird of Paradise. 8:30
and 10:30 p.m. $15 in advance.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Performing
works by Mozart, Puccini and Wagner. $16
for students. 994-4801.

Marcia Ball will appear at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival on
Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Gallup Park.
Knee Deep Shag That's a pretty serious
shag. St. Andrew's, Detroit. Call 961-MELT
for tickets.
An Old Man in Love See Friday. 8 p.m.
Molly Sweeney See Thursday. 8 p.m.
The Designated Mourner (1997) Starring
Miranda Richardson and Mike Nichols, the
demise of the cultural elite is lamented in
this three-part monologue based on Wallace
Shawn's play of the same name. At Mich. 5
Star Maps (1997) A heart-wrenching drama
about a boy who returns to Los Angeles
from Mexico and is willing to do anything to
become a movie star while supporting his
family. At Mich. 7 p.m. and 9 pm.
Marcia Ball Pianist/vocalist headlines Day
4 of Blues & Jazz Fest. Gallup Park. 6:30
p.m. (day's activities commence at 11
a.m.). $14 in advance.
Junior Brown Master inventor of the "guit-
steel" guitar (it has two necks) comes to
town. The Ark. 8 p.m. $17.50.
Molly Sweeney 'SeThursday.-2;p.m. anid 7

By Jason Stoffer
Daily Arts Writer
Every gardener with a green thumb
learns that a plant cannot reach its full
magnificence growing rampantly wild.
Pruning once in a while, cutting off
even half the branches, will make any
garden bloom bigger and brighter.
Once spring rolls around, the dorms
lock their doors, students fly home and
the normally frantic tempo on campus
slows to a tempered crawl. The exodus
of students, however, does not cause
Ann Arbor to wither away and become a
city in hibernation until the swarms of
students return. Like a plant, Ann Arbor
thrives when its size is temporarily cut
The city instead blossoms into a cul-
tural mecca - its true character seep-
ing out of the woodwork.
Last summer kicked off on a solemn
note, with the Allen Ginsberg memorial
service in Hill Auditorium on May 24.
Ginsberg, along with other Beat writers,
poets and philosophers like Jack
Kerouac and Anne Waldman, defined a
generation that pushed and boldly
crossed accepted societal norms.
The service began with prayers in the
Jewish and Buddhist traditions. Follow-
ing were performances by former
10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie
Merchant. guitarist Lenny Kaye, the
Gyutu Monks Tantrie Choir and Patti
Smith. Music was interspersed between
poetry readings by Waldman and sever-
al talented up-and-coming poets.
The just-off-Broadway performance
of "Stomp" was next on the list of high-
powered summer entertainment. The
troupe members used brooms, garbage
cans, sinks and their hands and feet as
instruments. There was no pre-taped
music, and a perfectly choreographed
modern dance was performed solely to
the beat of household items and appli-
Theater was not a summer resident's
only avenue for entertainment. Fuller
Pool was the place to be for swimming,
beach volleyball and seeking out some
summer loving.
Lifeguard Peter Soto said fraternities
and sororities, along with other large
groups of college students, flock to the
pool during the hot and dreary dog days
of summer. With water splashing, the
sun shining high overhead and 500 to
700 fellow sunbathers to mingle with,
$3 admission is a scant price to pay.
People streamed through the streets

Doris Gould from Houston, Texas, sets up her sculptures with her brother Dan Sekellick from Albany, N.Y., at the A2 1997
across the country to the local area.

and lines snaked out restaurant doors
only one time during the long summer
months. Locals dreaded the four days of
Art Fair, but 500,000 people still traveled
to the city looking for that perfect piece
to hang above their living-room sofa.
The 38th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair
was a roaring success, said Kathy
Krick, Art Fair director for the State
Street area.
Many young artists were brought in
this year who previously sold their work
solely in galleries, Krick said. "A lot of
first-time artists were astounded by the
number of people and amount of sales."
Long sticks with animals on top,
along with marble statues forged in the
shape of a chain, were among the more
unusual and most popular items.
But Art Fair was more than just a
giant art exposition. Ann Arbor trans-
formed into a citywide bazaar, filled
with music, vendors and entertainers.
There were numerous stages for
music throughout the city streets, with
blues, jazz, folk and rock 'n' roll all

well represented. Will Soto, who jug-
gled flaming pins and walked across a
giant tightrope, was among the most
popular attractions.
The fair also marked the final perfor-
mance of a fixture in the Ann Arbor
community. Bongo Man, who accompa-
nies his bongo beat with a bit of
freestylin', announced an end to his
illustrious street performing career. For
years, thousands heard his little ditties
like "Hey there girl, you so pretty, put
some money in my kitty," at Art Fair,
football Saturdays and other citywide
The Art Fair's selection made it near-
ly impossible to pass through without a
purchase. But for most college students
- with bills stacked high and perpetu-
ally thinning pocketbooks - prices
seemed stratospheric and fine works of
art were unattainable.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival's
Top of the Park series was a dream
come true for these budget-conscious
students. Music and movies were pre-

sented at no cost to a crowd of 1
every night from June 20 to July 13
The series, held on the roof of
Power Center parking ramp, showc,
an eclectic mix of musical talent
ning the gamut from jazz to classic
rock 'n' roll.
"Guitar Shorty, an old blues guy
does backflips on stage, was one 0
most popular performers," said Col
Murdock, marketing director for
Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
But the movie lineup was the n
draw for college students.
"'Caddyshack' and 'Blues Broth
were busy and 'Casablanca' was
packed - it was crazy," Murdock
"(Top of the Park) is a good plac
hang out with friends, and come (to
a new band or movie."
As much as things change during
summer in Ann Arbor, there will alv
be one constant. Crushing concrete
enaded students, waking them pre
turely from their slumber on many s
mer mornings.

The Stil

Ann Arbor acoustic group plays
folk. Gypsy Cafe. $3.

Weekeni Magazine Editors: Kristin Long

Jewel Alaskan yodeling/VH1 queen.
Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester.
CtI (810) 377-8100.
Huffamoose In case you missed them the
night before. 7th House, Pontiac. Call (810)
Mustard Plug Skatastic live act. Palladium,
Roseville. Call (810) 778-8151.

Ule ,ibia DaU

Weekend Magazine Photo Editor: Margaret Myers.
Writers: Brian Cohen, Jessica Eaton, Chris Farah, Stephanie Jo Klein, Bryan
Rich, Julia Shih and Jason Stoffer.
Photographers: Bohdan Damian Cap, Rob Gilmore, Jonathan Summer and V
Cover photograph by Jonathan Summer: Students hang out by the reconstrui
Arts Editors: Bryan Lark and Jennifer Petlinski.

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