28 -- The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, OcTober 8, 1998
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Did you know?
The Free and Accepted Masons, a 300-year-old secret fraternal order with English roots that supposedly advocates
philanthropy and religious tolerance, has been an integral part of American politics since the Revolutionary War. In
fact, its early hold on the White House lead to the creation of the short-lived Anti-Masonic Party, which surfaced in
the early 1800s as America's first third party. The following presidents were Masons:
William Howard Taft
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lyndon B. Johnson
Gerald R. Ford
Source: "The George Magazine Book of Presidential Lists"
Courtesy of Doug Coombe
Professor Richard Tillinghast poses with (from left) Shumit DasGupta, Josh
Tillinghast, Pat Farrell, Joel Robbins and Toby Summerfield of Poignant Plecostomus.
at Border Crossings
author discusses and signs her new
book "Coming Home to Ourselves:
Journaling to Wholeness." Barnes &
Noble, 3245 Washtenaw. 7 p.m.
Susan Melselas internationally
renowned photographer whose books
include "Nicaragua" and "Carnival
Strippers" will give a lecture on photo-
active feminism. School of Art and
Design, Auditorium 2104. 7 p.m.
New Jazz/Rock and Poetry Festival A
free benefit for The Great Lakes
Literary Alliance offers a night full of
music and poetry. Rackham
Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.
Stand-Up Comedy See Thursday. 8
and 10:30 p.m.
Swing Dance Night Paulette
Brockington will show the moves and
the University Large Jazz Ensemble
will play the tunes. Pierpont
Commons. 9 p.m.
Visual Suite Event Microsoft
Representatives give a Visual Basic
workshop. Free T-shirts and coupons
will be given away. Borders. 7 p.m.
Con Ja Nal 5 An all-day festival of
Japanese animation, presented by
Animania, the University promoter of
the genre. MLB3. 10 a.m. Free.
All Quiet On The Western Front
(1930) This anti-war film based on
the novel of the same name won the
Academy Award for Best Picture. Nat.
Sci. 7 & 9 p.m. $4, $5 dbl.
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Now in
its 117th season, the orchestra will
perform an all-Russian program with
works by Liadov, Shostakovich and
Prokofiev. Hill Auditorium. 8 p.m. $20-
String Cheese Incident Get ready to
jam (and don't forget the cheese).
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty
St. 668-8480 or 763-TKTS.
Positively Localfest The People's Food
Co-op presents a local acoustic show-
case featuring Brian Lillie and the Squirrel
Mountain Orchestra and more, plus kid's
activities and food samples. Call 994-
9174 for information.
Blammo Riot with ample alcohol and
punk rock covers by this local group.
10 p.m. $5. Heidelberg, 215 North
Main St., 663-7758.
Pure Check out some fun, wavy tunes by
this Canadian quartet. 9 p.m. Seventh
House, Pontiac, (248) 335-3540.
Bride of 24-hour Theatre A sponta-
neous theatre performance, with act-
ing and production by Basement Arts.
The program was designed in a 24-
hour time-span, so you never know
what's going to happen. Frieze
Building. 10 p.m.
An Evening of Scenes See Friday. 8
Endgame See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Avenue X: an a cappella musical See
Thursday. 8 p.m.
The Jealous Type See Thursday. 8
A LTER NATIVES
Steve Fagin Distinguished video
artist signs copies of his book
"Talkin' With Your mouth Full:
Conversations with the Videos of
SteveFagin." Shaman Drum. 4 p.m.
Swing Dance Learn to swing dance to
recorded music. Pittsfield Grange
Hall. 8:30 p.m.
Stand-Up Comedy See Thursday. 8
and 10:30 p.m.
of 1990's Cuba. Discussion to follow.
Mich. 7 p.m.
Octubafest 1998 Michael Russo will
present his senior recital in this week
of celebrating the sounds of the tuba
and euphonium world. Britton Recital
Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., School of
Music. 8 p.m.
Margo Henson Tuning up the
acoustic, she'll mellow out the whole
bookstore. 1 p.m. Borders. Free.
Reel Big Fish Get ready for more wild
skanking with openers Spring Heeled
Jack and the Pilfers. 7 p.m. St.
Andrew's Hall, 431 East Congress St.,
Detroit. (313) 961-MELT.
Soul Coughing Finish the weekend off
in plush Pontiac, listening to this
eclectic musical trio. 8 p.m. Clutch
Endgame See Thursday. 2 p.m.
Avenue X: an a cappella musical See
Thursday. 2 and 7 p.m.
The Jealous Type See Thursday. 7
Oh they look SO ska. Sevel
photo. They roll into Detrol
pair of very special guests:
By Debby Hwang
For the Daily
The seed of the Beat Generation,
scraped and plucked from jazz of 1950s
Greenwich Village and North Beach,
erupted and grew, and its issue sprung
eventually into atmospheric territory.
Pulled into the whirlwind, Worldwide
Web of 1998, the ward of Allen
Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac produced
fleshy fruit. And fruit, for the most part,
tastes sweeter than seed.
In the mid-20th-Century United
States, jazz poetry was a brave new
experiment, unproved and wobbly.
Forty years later, the scat-like state of
emergency that Ginsberg so admired
continues to exist with a more robust,
sturdier core. No longer are music and
verse separated; poetry does not
attempt to emulate jazz. Instead, the
two expressions combine and highlight
Such is the state of poetic-song that
will be explored at Border Crossings, A
Festival of New Jazz/Rock & Poetry.
Festival creator Richard Tillinghast, lit-
erary giant and professor of creative
writing at the University, wished to
unite an assorted, singular collection of
musicians and poets who "want to turn
listeners on to the magic that happens
when you bring good poetry and good
music together" He found his ensemble
by word-of-mouth, fortuitous meeting
and experience; he cocked a critical ear
toward performers that captured an
audience's attention on campus, exam-
ined their capacities to progress and to
interfuse with others. A few phone calls
later, and Border Crossings was booked
with artists ready to beguile, or at very
least impress, festival patrons. The
event includes both the youngblood and
the established, the ultramodern prog-
enitors of the new Ann Arbor fusion
festival: Arwulf Arwulf, Brenda
Cardenas, M.L. Liebler, Barry
Wallenstein, Poignant-Plecostomus, the
Magic Poetry Band, the Sonnenlicht
Project and Tillinghast himself. The
tally boasts five poets, 10 musicians,
one aural banquet.
At first glance, the midwest's Ann
Arbor seems an unlikely forum for a
neo-Bebop poetry carnival. Recall that
in late 14th- and early 15th-Century
Italy, many artists and laymen scoffed
at the idea that northern Italy could fos-
ter serious artwork. It did, however,
with the appearance of Donatello, del
Castagno and Mantegna, who ushered
in what is known as the Early
Renaissance in Europe. The Ann Arbor
area too has its native maestro and
patron: the University of Michigan.
Thus the ambiance here is conducive to
an event such as Border Crossings,
which, in Tillinghast's words, "cele-
brates this amazing Renaissance of the
arts in Ann Arbor."
The festival will begin with the lis-
some, interlingual ministrations of
Chicana poetess Brenda Cardenas. At
Border Crossings, she plans to perform
six poems backed with music by
Poignant Plecostomus, the superlative
Ann Arbor fusion band. Cardenas'
poetry ranges from a sultry, colloquial
sonnet read to blues music to a nostal-
gic narrative ode to "Spanish Sound
Waves," a series of four poems that pay
tribute to the Spanish letters "v," "b,"
"rr" and "h." Prepare for a lush, rhyth-
Local hero ArwulfArwulf flings to
the listener an earthy, pithy collection
of poetry. The ever-metamorphosing
musical aggregation Sonnenlicht
Project, which derives its name from
Anton von Webern's work "Das
Sonnenlicht Spricht" ("The Sunlight
Speaks"), joins the poet at the .festi-
val. Arwulf focuses on "ritual
instead of entertainment," on a med-
ley perhaps less blithe and more
brassy. One of the major lures of
Border Crossings is that there, he
finally can perform a sampler of
"Reproductive Rights for All
Women," his latest CD. Arwulf will also
read the pensive "Prayer to Demeter,
Hymn to the Earth," fragments of
See CROSSINGS, Page 5B
Inside: Prof. Tillinghast's CD, Page 7A
Americans saying aloud
* they love. Auditions oper
ested. Borders. 7:30 p.m.
Michael Montgomery As part of the
Virginia Martin Howard Lecture
Series, Montgomery presents a lec-
ture on "Louis Ebel and The Victors:
What Really Happened 100 Years
Ago." Brittion Recital Hall, Baits. 2
Clark V. Masson As part of the Doris
Sloan Memorial Lecture, professor
and noted surrealist speaker presents
a lecture on "Body and Self in the
Surrealism of Andre Mason." Museum
of Art. 3 p.m.
Touch Of Evil (1958) The rereleased
director's cut of Orson Welles's last
Hollywood film, starring Welles and
Charlton Heston. Mich. 4:30 & 9:30
Tropicola (1997) A compelling view
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Journey into Fear (1942) Orson
Welles's World War II espionage
thriller. Mich. 4:10 p.m.
Touch Of Evil (1958) See Sunday.
Mich. 7 p.m.
Broadway Damage (1998) The story
of two gay friends finding themselves
post-college in Greenwich Village.
Mich. 9:15 p.m.
The Randy Napoleon Quartet The
group will perform classic jazz and
original compositions. Leonardo's,
Pierpont Commons. 8 p.m.
James Kibbie The Annual Conference
on OrganbMusic will feature this
University faculty member. 8 p.m. Free.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University
Bird of Paradise Orchestra Put those
Union swing lessons to use with some
big band jazz. 9 p.m. $5. Bird of
Paradise, 207 South Ashley St., 662-
The Favorite Poem Project Poet
Laureate Robert Pinsky is compiling
an audio and video archive of
Joan Jacobs Brumbergt A
Women's Health Speaker
torian and author of "FE
The History of Anorexi
gives a lecture on "Frorr
Perspectives on America
Their Body Project
Auditorium 3. 7 p.m.
Lonnie Hull DuPont As
Guild House Writers Se
poet reads. There will als
mic and discussion. Guild
Intolerance (1916) Silent fi
accompaniment by the direct
A Nation." Mich. 4:10 p.m.
Touch Of Evil (1958) See
Kenneth Kiesler will c
University Chamber Orc
forming works by Stra
Schubert. Rackham Au
Octubafest 1998 John Gri
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Conservatory of Music an
perform tuba works almT
composed especially for
Recital Hall, E.V. Moore E
of Music. 8 p.m.
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p.m. $15. The Ark, 316
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Local acoustic sensation Lisa Hunter hits Ann Arbor tomorrow night at 9 p.m.,
while Lenny Kravitz will be entertaining at Detroit's State Theater.