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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 3, 1997 - 7D

Local bookshops
full of personality

Locations, phone
numbers and other
information about
4 Ann Arbor's culture
and entertainment
Ann Arbor Nands-On Museum
219 E. Huron St.
047-8300
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 S. State St.
764-0395
Steams Collection
School of Music Moore Building
--"9.10 Baits Drc
763-4389
Includes more than 2,000 musical
estruments.
Power Center for the Performing Arts
121 Fletcher St.
Box Office: 763-3333
Scheduling: 647-3327
Rackham Auditorium
East Washington Street
764-5553
Scheduling: 647-3327
endolssohn Theatre
"ichigan League, 991 N. University
Ave.
Box Office: 7631085
Scheduling: 647-3327
Trueblood Theatre
Second floor, Frieze Building
Box Office: 764-5387
Scheduling: 647-3327
liI Auditorium
25 N. University Ave.
Box Office: 7638350
Scheduling: 647-3327
School of Music
2249 E.V. Moore Building
Events: 763-4726
Includes the Musical Theatre
Program, School of Music Opera
Theatre, University Dance Company
and Department of Theatre and
irama
-Art Lounge
4irst floor, Michigan Union
:763-3202
The student lounge displays art from
students and members of the
University community.
Michigan League
911 N. University Ave.
764-0446
Ockets: 764-0450
In addition to study facilities and
meeting rooms, the League hosts a
buffet with a series of art exhibits.
The ticket office sells tickets for all
School of Music Performances.
On-Campus Films
763-FILM
A taped message of non-profit
campus films and other events.
nion Programs Office
310 Michigan Union
763-3202
Sponsors art exhibits, print sales and
concerts.
On-Campus Events
76-EVENT
North Campus Commons Arts and
Programs
~64-7544
Ann Arbor Theatres , & 2
210 S. Fifth Ave
761-9700
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St.

Box Office: 668-8480
Business Office: 668-8397
Along with classic films and art-
house releases, the Michigan Theater
also hosts concerts and speakers.
The Movies at Briarwood
Briarwood Mall
769-8780
State Theatre
233 S. State St.
994-4024
Showcase Cinemas
4100 Carpenter Rd.
73.8380
The Ark
316 S. Main St.
Main office: 761-1818
Program Hotline: 761-1451
The Ark features a steady lineup of
acoustic sets.

By Sarah Beldo
Daily Arts Writer
Where else but in Ann Arbor could
five different bookstores within a three-
block radius live together in domestic
harmony? A bibliophile's wet dream, the
State Street-Liberty Street area is home
to two retail bookstores - Borders and
Shaman Drum - and three used book-
stores: Dawn Treader, David's Books
and Books in General. And, as far as I
can tell, they coexist happily.
How do they all get along? By offer-
ing distinct personalities and filling
unique niches, you could visit all five
bookstores in one day and not feel like
you were seeing the same thing. In fact,
I have decided that each bookstore can
be likened to a different member of a
big, wacky family. Accompany me in
this brief genealogy and see if you agree.
It is only fitting that Borders, with its
enormous girth and variety, should be
both mother and father to Ann Arbor's
bookstores. It is not a parent in any cre-
ative sense, but because it has such firm
control on the local book market and yet
is so eager to please.
Big Mama Borders has a little some-
thing for anyone: magazines, comic
books, CDs, software, children's books,
blank books, books on ABBA, books on
Zoroastrianism. And oh yes, a coffee
shop for weary browsers. Borders is a
maternal haven, promising relief for the
poor, the tired, the huddled masses,
yearning to breathe free (or to read a
good book, at least).
Although it must be stated that being
poor will not help you in your quest to
purchase books at Borders. Being
owned by the corporate Man means
Papa Borders plays by the rules. What
you see on the price tag is the exorbitant
amount you must pay. However, it is not
unusual to see poor college students
huddled in armchairs around the store,
reading for free until the store closes,
while employees look on impassively.
Which means perhaps Borders does
have a heart after all.
Like your Ma and Pa, Borders is fair-
ly traditional in its goods and how it pre-
sents them. If you want something more

specialized, perhaps with more of an
ethnic spin, you should pay a visit to
your hip uncle, Shaman Drum. This is
the bisexual uncle who listens to jazz,
goes on men's movement retreats and
feels everyone's pain. Shaman Drum
leans to the left, to the artistic, to the lit-
erary. With kick-ass sections on Native
American studies, poetry, and gender
studies, among others, Shaman Drum
offers a homey-yet-cool atmosphere and
employees who never seem to have any-
thing to do. Shaman Drum is never
overbearing, kind of like your uncle who
fixes you cappuccinos and lends you his
copy of "Howl" but never hugs you.
Always supportive of local writers,
Shaman Drum sponsors several read-
ings throughout the year by both
renowned and lesser-known authors.
Never faltering in taste, never anything
less that diverse, speaking softly rather
than shouting - that is Shaman Drum.
There is no denying the pleasure of a
used bookstore. Let's begin with Dawn
Treader, the fairy-tale grandpa of used
bookstores. Dawn Treader wants you to
sit on his knee, and he'll weave stories of
fantastical happenings, of fairies, of ESP,
of science fiction. The bookstore seems
to focus on these areas, being one of
those places where you find things you
never knew existed. A bit absent-minded,
Grandpa Dawn Treader sports books
stacked in piles, in approximate alphabet-
ical order, as well as shelves packed with
more than 40,000 books. Enter Dawn
Treader and time seems to take on anoth-
er dimension as you find a new section
- humor, travel, archaeology - around
each corner. You will exit a few hours
later, blurry-eyed and filled with stories.
Books in General is the fussy grand-
motherly counterpoint to Dawn Treader.
Books in General looks neat, smells
good, and offers many fine things behind
glass cases. The proprietor knows which
volumes he has and hasn't got, and if he
lacks any volume he will find it.
While Dawn Treader is for people
who enjoy the journey more than the
arrival, Books in General is for people
who like to know exactly where they are
and where they're going. It has a com-

SOHDAN DAMIAN CAP/Daiy
Above: Recent LSA graduate Katerie
Prior often returns to Ann Arbor to
shop for books and enjoy the town. She
Is browsing an outdoor table in front of
David's Books.
Right: Two shoppers browse the
Impressively extensive stacks at
Borders. Borders sells books on every-
thing from the occult to calculus.
parable number of interesting and odd
things, but it presents them to you on a
tasteful platter, politely and gratefully.
If you miss the haphazard spirit of
your teenage brother, I suggest visiting
David's Books. The employees listen to
baseball and classic rock as they sit
behind the desk, the floor is never quite
clean and the selection tends more
toward what would be called "a good
read" than anything highbrow. David's
Books has bestsellers, humor, cook-
books, military books and (uh-oh) even
a stash of old Playboys roped off in the
back. And you wondered what your
brother meant when he said he was into
"collectibles."
With all of these options, it's hard not
to find what you're looking for. I was
adopted by the Ann Arbor bookstore
family long ago, and I never felt home-
sick again.

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by Christopher Durang
Dept. of Theatre & Drama
Trueblood Theatre
Oct. 9 -12, 16 -19, 1997

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Power Center
Feb. 5 - 8, 1998

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Mendelssohn Theatre
Oct. 16- 19, 1997
Ravel/Stravinsky
TheChildand The Enchantments
& The Nightingale by
Maurice Ravel & Igor Stravinsky
Opera Theatre " Power Center
Nov.13 -16, 1997

The Best People
by Avery Hopwood &DavidGray
Dept. of Theatre & Drama
Mendelssohn Theatre
Feb. 12- 15, 1998
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