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The Christian McBride Quartet brings the world of jazz to the
Power Center tomorrow at 8 p.m. Check out the fantastic talents
Of the group as it passes through Ann Arbor. Tickets are $10,
available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office or a Ticketmaster
outlet nearby. Call 763-TKTS for information.

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Monday in Daily Arts:
ABC celebrates 30 years of Sesame Street with Elmopalooza.
The Daily will have a review of the show as well as interviews
with Sesame Street's own Bob McGrath and The Mighty
Mighty Bosstones' Tim Burton.
Friday
February 20, 1998

Concert blends music and poetry

EMILY NATHAN/Daily
On Wednesday, bell hooks read at Borders Books and Music in Ann Arbor.
Author hooks A

By Erin Diane Schwartz
Daily Arts Writer
Black feminist writer bell hooks
-look the packed Borders by storm
-Wednesday night as she read from her
new lyrical novel, "Wounds of
Passion." hooks called this book, "The
sexy bell hooks book, the ex-rated
one.
"Wounds of Passion" varies in point-
of-view between first person, which is
written in the present tense, and third
person, written in the past tense. This
technique allows
hooks to analyze
and reflect on her
past while writing
bell hooks her immediate
views to the audi-
ence.
Borders "Not everyone
Feb. 18, 1998 goes to poetry
readings to find
., love. She did.
Growing up poet-
ry had been the
sanctuary, that
space in which
ing o bwords were long-
ng to be spoken - nobody in her
world understood," hooks read from the
memoir.
"Throughout this book there is a lot
of stuff having to do with
Christianity," hooks said, "and for

those of you not familiar with this
memoir, it is about a relationship I had
with another black male writer/intel-
lectual, and I am very interested in the
degree to which Christianity has
shaped American sexuality. So in this
book there are a lot of references to
Christianity - how its effected my
particular sexuality."
After she read a passage, hooks
addressed current social issues. "I actu-
ally think that for people of color, par-
ticularly, and many groups who never
articulated our sexuality, what we do
isn't really just private because it is so
impinged upon by a universe beyond
ourselves. Just our attempt as black
women to have a freedom of sexuality in
this society, where we are constantly
being devalued. Or if we are in any way
sexual, people tend to think ... I hear so
much about hoes and I think, haven't we
gotten past that notion that a woman
who expresses her sexuality is ... a ho?"
hooks' ideas resonated through the
crowd as she boldly spoke about impe-
rialism, capitalism, black women in
sports, sexual abuse, AIDS and the
film, "Amistad." Her strong voice and
daring words brought insight into cur-
rent racial and social issues. hooks'
ability to blend humor with these seri-
ous issues added to the brilliance of her
discussion and forced the audience to
hang onto every word.

By Lucija Franetovic
For the Daily
Music and poetry join together to celebrate creativ-
ity at the Michigan League Underground tomorrow
when the University Activities Center and Rude
Mechanicals sponsor Ann Arbor's first State Street
Poetry Project Concert. Members of the State Street
Poetry Project, a fresh and rapidly expanding new
club on campus, will present four bands as well as two
experienced poets as part of the night's entertainment.
The University talent is gathering for an anniver-
sary celebration of the founding of the State Street
Poetry Project (SSPP). "We're celebrating how much
has been accomplished in a year - that's how long
we've been around," publicity director Rachel Arfa
said. "It's going to be a fabulous event for musicians
and our poets to share their work and entertain peo-
ple."
The line-up for the night's performances includes
Ann Arbor's own folk-rock singer Lisa Hunter, psyche-
delic space rock music by "Aurora" Ann Arbor hip-hop
group "Athletic Mic League" "The Original Brothers
and Sisters of Love," a diverse,
multi-instrument folk-rock act
and "Sugar Pill," a band
'$?r describing itself as "infectious,
State Street introspective, poetic rock." The
Poetry Project evening will also feature poetry
Concert performances by an award-win-
League Underground ning student poet, Saladin
Ahmed, and professional poet
and recent University of
Michigan graduate J. Kidd.
Director and founder of the
State Street Poetry Project
Greg Epstein said the concert
will have a casual, mini-indoor
festival atmosphere. Epstein
said he hopes that it will inspire people to do great
things.
Tables of student activist organizations will be set
up so that people can wander and learn about such
groups as ENACT, SAPAC, Amnesty International
and ProjectSERVE. "The most important reason
they're here is because the SSPP is more than just
entertainment," Epstein said. "We want to have impact
and helping the community is the next biggest thing to
putting on a show people will love."
Lisa Hunter was co-founder of ENACT while she
was a student at the University. "I wanted to make the
issues more of a presence on campus,' Hunter said.
"Now I talk about them through my music." Her inde-
pendently promoted and established musical career
has been highly influenced by Ani DiFranco.
"I have this weird way of strumming," Hunter said.

Courtesy of Adrian vyyi

Lisa Hunter, co-founder of ENACT, will perform at the State Street Poetry Project Concert.

"I use fake nails as picks, and this allows me to play
my guitar differently. I use all parts of my hand - it's
very percussive:' While a student in Ann Arbor, she
participated in the New England Literature Program.
This nature-focused environment, along with the
unique music experience it provided her, inspired her
to buy a guitar of her own and to start writing songs
herself. "My music is an expression of myself - it
helps me to clarify things in my life," Hunter said. "It's
about what it means to be a woman in the 20th
Century." Her 1996 CD, "Solid Ground," will be fol-
lowed by "Flying" this spring.
The State Street Poetry Concert's main focus is
music, but the State Street Poetry Project has put on
three gala poetry shows in the past year. These huge
performance-style festivals have brought together some
of the best writers from Ann Arbor and across the coun-
try. The next planned national poetry gala will be April
16, hoping to bring in up to 1,000 people to enjoy in the
mix of poetry, art, dance and music.
"The event has a diverse, unifying, educational
quality of entertainment," Epstein said. "I think poet-
ry has a directness and clarity to it which gives it
something special above the other arts. Where other
arts may be a symbol of people's hearts being in the
right places, poetry can be an instruction manual."
Epstein's vision is strong and determined. He sees
poetry taking a new place in the heart of a communi-
ty swarming with writers and souls ready and waiting
to welcome it.
"I think 20 years from now poetry will be set to
music more often. It will be on CDs and radio - at a

time when issues in our society are so potent iall'
threatening that it is no longer adequate to just dint a
the dangers they pose, more voices will be heart
speaking their minds and hearts through the art o.
poetry," Epstein said.
Anyone interested in submitting a sample of thei
poetry to be part of a selection process that will choose
performers for the April show should submit their worl,
to the UAC office (4002 Union) by Feb. 28. The cntrie:
should be eight minutes in length when read out loud.
Arfa, who has been a big part of the organizati6', i:
also working on an after school outreach progan
with local schools. The intention is to share the e pe
rience and inspiration of University students with th,
younger generation of emerging artists.
"Before I was offered the opportunity to readm:
own poetry I thought of it as a private thing I did fc
myself, but now I've been able to see that thereae:
lot of other people like me who write and I've seen;
whole community emerge," t rfa said.
The Rude Mechanicals have, supported this iewl:
emerging group and have presented all the shows u
to this point. "I was intrigued by Greg's idea for"th
SSPP and his notion of "performance poetry,".saic
Leslie Soranno, Rude Mechanicals member who~ha
also helped out with the shows, "but prior to 1a
February's show, my experience was limited to theater
The project really opened my eyes to the diversity c
talent at the University of Michigan."
"The success of the project made me realize thy:
SSPP was responding to an unfulfilled need on cam-
pus." x..

Near East art finds its way to Midwest

By Allison Fong
For the Daily
A small museum sits quietly on
State Street, next to the unmistakable
orange-bricked LSA building and
opposite the grand columns of
Angell Hall.

Imact
Dance
Theatre
Mendelssohn
Theater
Tonight at 7:30

The Kelsey
Museum of
Archaeology is
something of an
unknown to
most students, a
little building
housing almost
100,000 objects
from the ancient
cultures of
Greece, Rome,
Egypt and the
Middle East.
A permanent
exhibit of Greek

East and Egypt" will be permanently
installed in the other gallery of the
Museum.
Todd Gerring, a program assistant
and public relations contact for the
Kelsey Museum said that an exhibi-
tion can take as long as four years to
put together.
But because "The Ancient Near
East and Egypt" collection is com-
prised mainly of pieces recovered in
University expeditions, it was a bit
easier to realize. "This exhibit took
about a year or so to organize," and
as an internal exhibit there were
"less problems and hassles," Gerring
said.
One of the topics to be explored in
the exhibit includes "Materials,
Technology and Society," with a
focus on the practice of sealing in
ancient cultures.
The seal was usually a small,
cylindrical object much like a bead
with a unique design, distinctly
identifying the owner, carved
around the outside. It was rolled

across documents or over other
materials to signify the owner's
claim to the material. This collection
will also look at writing in its
ancient forms.
Another area will focus on arti-
facts relating to the practices sur-
rounding death and the afterlife,
such as a fire altar and bronze
incense burner and also guardian
lions.
The exhibition opens today, and
admission is free to the general pub-

lic. Museum hours are Monday-
Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. anc
Saturday-Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4
p.m.
There will be an illustratedlec-
ture, "Worlds Without End:.Thc
Quick and the Dead in Ancioni
Egypt," given by Lorelei"H.
Corcoran, assistant director at. thc
University of Memphis Institute. o;
Egyptian Art and Archaeology, today
at 5 p.m. in Angell Hall Auditorium
D.

Friday, February 20, 1998

3:30- 4:30 p.m.
Registration
Hutchins Hall,
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Presentation
Student Notes

Room 236

and Roman artifacts occupies one of
the two main galleries.
On Friday, a collection from Egypt
and Iran called "The Ancient Near

The University of Michigan
School of Music0
Friday, February 20
University Choir
Sandra Snow, conductor
" music by Mathias, Bach, Morrison, Allaway, Dennard
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Monday, February 23
Guest Master Class
Julia Studebaker, principal horn, Concertgebotiw Orchestra
Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 4:30 p.m
Guest Lecture/Recital
Glennis Stout demonstrates her collection of flutes from
Baroque to Boehm. Special guest Philip Dikeman, pianist
Room 2043, E. V. Moore Bldg., S p.m.
Vocal Arts Lab
Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 6:45 p.m.
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Hutchins Hall, Room 236
Saturday, February 21, 1998
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental
Breakfast 3
Hutchins Hall, Room 236
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome Address
Dean Jeffrey S. Lehman,
University of Michigan
Law School n
Hutchins Hall, Room 250 '
9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
First Plenary: Immigration
Hutchins Hall, Room 250-

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Secondary Plenary:
Affirmative Action
Hutchins Hall, Room

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250

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3:00 -4:45 p.m.
Third Plenary
Gender and exuality
Hutchins Hall, Room 250

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