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8B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, April 1, 2004
SJESS PISKOR - COOKIN'UP A STORM
The Michigan Daily - Weekend I
The morning after bill: breakfast bistro:
BURN THIS COLUMN
By Lndsey Bieber
For the Daily
With the first warm nights of
spring, not only is plant life
reborn, but so too is our
desire to be outside. Ann Arbor is once
again appealing, the Diag is full of peo-
ple and tank tops and shorts come out of
the dresser. These first spring nights are
a great time for walks, adventures and
pleasant sits on porches.
Coming from Northern Michigan,
springtime to me also represents an
opportunity for bonfires. While some
might say that fires and cities do not
mix, they clearly don't know the joys of
a backyard fire in Ann Arbor.
To get started you'll need a little
preparation. You need a charcoal grill.
This will keep your fire contained and as
far as I know, keep you legal. A small
fire in a barbeque will probably not get
you thrown in jail - an open pit bonfire
with burning couches probably will.
Which brings me to my next item - you
need burnable items. Couches are not
acceptable - this is Ann Arbor, after all,
not East Lansing or Columbus. Old
wooden furniture broken into pieces can
be useful kindling, although watch out
for paint or varnish that might make
toxic smoke. Some might think those
fake Duralogs are the way to go. Wrong.
These "logs" are meant to be burned
only one at a time, and if you plan to
cook over the fire, their greenish flames
will taint the flavor. Real logs are defi-
nitely the proper choice. If you are plan-
ning ahead, have parents bring down
some wood when they visit you. "Yeah
mom, I need some underwear, a rent
check, and some chopped wood."
You might also find some luck at
Meijer - it sometimes sells real wood to
burn. You can also scavenge a surprising
amount of fallen wood in Ann Arbor.
This is Tree Town after all. Two caveats
- don't cut down any trees and don't
take anything from the Arb.
If you want a hot bed of coals in a
hurry, line the bottom of the grill with
charcoal briquettes and then build the
fire on top. I'll trust everyone can build
a fire. Hint: Use newspaper to get some
tinder going. If that fails, I turn to my
good friend Mr. Lighter Fluid. Once you
get your fire going nicely and the logs
are glowing red, you are ready for the
A good fire demands company like a
cold night demands hot chocolate. Set up
a ring of chairs or logs and invite over
enough people to sit around the fire but
not so many that you are crowded. I'm
imagining about 10 people. Now would
be a good time to break open one of those
cute little mini-kegs or pass around a bot-
tle of scotch. No music - the gentle
crackle of the fire should be sufficient. So
long as the fire keeps burning, pleasant
conversation is all but guaranteed.
To really get the feel of a nice back-
yard fire, you need to move into the
realm of food. An obvious first choice
are s'mores. Don't go fancy. Buy jet-
puffed marshmallows, Meijer brand gra-
ham crackers and Hershey's chocolate.
The epicure in me says a fancy dark
chocolate would taste better, but there
are some things sacred in this world, and
s'mores are one of them. Toast the
marshmallows to a golden brown and
make a sandwich with half a graham
cracker, three rectangles of chocolate,
the marshmallow and another half of a
graham cracker. Yum.
I will pause a moment to heap some
abuse on those impatient types who
would callously light afire their marsh-
mallow and then peel off the charred
blackness to reveal the warm insides.
This is an abhorrent practice that under-
mines the slow, gentle roasting process
and replaces it with an uncontrollable
chemical reaction. Gross.
Want to branch out a bit? Are s'mores
too cliche for you? Try making a baked
banana boat. Take a whole banana and
peel off one long strip of peel, leaving
the rest on. Use a knife to cut a wedge
out of the banana the length of the strip
you peeled off. Remove this wedge of
banana and fill the space with chocolate.
Put the peel back in place, wrap the
banana with aluminum foil and set next
to some hot coals. Cook for a bit, until
the banana gets warm and rich and
creamy and the chocolate gets melty.
You can also add marshmallow to the
wedge space, if the chocolate alone just
isn't sweet enough for you.
As your fire dies down, be sure that
you put a lid on top of the fire to make it
go out. As nice as a fire is, burning down
the house is not a good way to make
friends with landlords. It's also a good
idea to have a bucket of water handy,
just in case a spark catches something
- Jess likes to burn things.
To share in his pyromania,
e-mail him atjpiskor@umich. edu.
Who has time for breakfast? With
busy schedules and early-morning
classes, time allotted for breakfast has
disappeared. Breakfast bistros in the
heart of Ann Arbor are often over-
looked because of the fast-paced life
students live. These unnoticed gems
provide congeniality, hospitality and
Angelo's Restaurant, located at
Catherine and Glen, is known for its
heaping portions and homemade
bread. Open at 6 a.m. Monday through
Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday, Ange-
lo's is a good place for the early-morn-
ing Sunday risers. It is also one of the
few restaurants serving breakfast on
the north side of campus. However,
because of its popularity, the weekend
mornings especially can get very busy.
So, plan for a long wait. The satisfied
stomach makes up for the extra 10
On the way to Main Street, Frank's
Restaurant lies hidden on the west
side of Maynard Street. For a homey
restaurant, this is the spot. With the
Greek-inspired adornments, guests
feel welcomed in a family place.
Watch food be prepared from the
counter-style seats while chatting
with the regulars, or sit back and relax
in a booth made for two. With a menu
that ranges from a simple English
muffin to extravagant omelets,
Frank's dishes up a plentiful array of
scrumptious entrees and offers free
refills on coffee. Only open from 6
a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Satur-
day, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday,
breakfast is clearly the specialty.
When looking for a morning eatery
closer to downtown Ann Arbor, The
Broken Egg is sure to please any
palate. Located at Ann Street and
Fourth Avenue, the cafe is sure to
catch the attention of passers-by.
Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Sunday, The Broken Egg serves
more than just eggs and juice. Even
non-breakfast eaters will find satis-
faction in the salads and sandwiches.
This cozy but spacious cafe creates
the mood for an intimate bite or a
gossiping girls' luncheon. With its
teal-colored leather seats and colorful
wall d6ecor, The Broken Egg generates
a comfortable atmosphere.
For late risers, The Brown Jug
offers tasty breakfast fare throughout
the day. Known for its sports memora-
bilia and bar atmosphere, The Brown
Jug can switch from morning caf6 to
bar-style night life. Centrally located
Pete from Frank's Restaurant serves up hot pancakes.
Experience the Greene: 'U' choral group thrives
on South University Avenue, The
Brown Jug offers a friendly atmos-
phere not only at night, but during the
day. Because of its convenient locali-
tion, the restaurant provides a quick,
nearby stop for busy people on the go.
The Brown Jug is open from 11 a.m.
to 2 a.m. seven days a week.
So, set alarms a half-hour earlier
to squeeze in time for breaking tl
fast. Eating after waking i
increases metabolism and makes f
healthier eating habits, along wi
rewarding those taste buds. Tal
advantage of the diverse caf6s
Ann Arbor, and notice the gre
breakfast restaurants. A lip-smac
ing good meal awaits.
By Chastity Rolling
Daily Arts Writer
In the fall of 1993, a group of
friends at the University founded the
a cappella group 58 Greene. Current
director and Engineer senior Neeru
Khanna explains, "Most members of
the founding group used to sing in a
practice room called 58 Greene,
which is located in the basement of
East Quad Residence Hall here at the
University. When time came for
them to choose a name, they felt that
all the experiences and intangibles
that made up their newly formed
group could best be summarized in
Today, 58 Greene is a rotating
group of talented University stu-
dents who sing at various concerts
around campus. Called "greenies"
for short, this chorale has proven
their staying power.
Members of 58 Greene arrange the
songs for the group. Alum Steven
Kang explained that when arranging,
it's best to start with bass line because
it is the blueprint of the song. Kang
dubs the melody from the original ver-
sion but he also adds his own unique
flavor to help complement a soloist.
LSA freshman Lauren Dickerson
found out about 58 Greene during A
Capella Rush, an event that takes
place at the beginning of the school
year, where a capella groups persuade
new people to join. She remembers,
"(58 Greene) were the first group to
sing, and I was blown away by their
rendition of En Vogue's 'Don't Let
Go.' Not only were their harmonies
tight, but they rocked to the beat, and
they made eye contact with each
other as well as the audience."
Dickerson knew then that 58 Greene
would be on her list of a capella
groups she would try out for.
The audition process is handled in
three stages. The first stage involves
singing various parts of songs while
the group evaluates one's flexibility
as a singer. The second stage is a pro-
jection exercise, in which those audi-
tioning have to sing a portion of a
song as loud as they can. The final
stage is called a vocal percussion
exercise, in which the group tests
one's imitation of a percussion instru-
ment. After you audition, a knock on
the door seals induction into the
group. The hard work of 'flexing,'
projecting and 'perc-ing' followed by
the group's serenade, officially
inducts a member of 58 Greene.
Members of the group describe the
'greenie' experience several different
ways. The group works hard to main-
tain its vocal harmonies. "It's like
magic when we hit that note," said
Kang referring to any pitch that accu-
rately completes a chord.
The group is comprised of various
ethnic backgrounds said alum and
musical director Anthony Suzara,
"diversity in music and people
inspires us and makes us different
from other singing groups around
Khanna notes that the group is so
tight-knit because, "We set the bar for
each other because we are all so indi-
vidually, uniquely talented, and to see
all that talent is inspiration in itself."
The group provides a family
atmosphere for its members.
Dickerson explains "Since I'm so far
from my blood relatives, it's a great
feeling to have 19 other people who I
know have my back. They are fun to
be around." In order to keep this
tight-knit bond, members go on
retreats and host social gatherings.
In a decade, this group has
evolved into a well-respected blend
of voices, music and friendship. A
vision inspired by a group of friends
in East Quad is now an established
vocal chorale of 20 that was 10 years
in the making.
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By Emily Alschbach
For the Daily
Still searching for your place with-
in the University campus? Finding a
smaller community to join is hard, but
everyone can get through it - it just
takes time. Residence Hall Repertory
Theatre offers a comical, instructive
take on the tough times students face
while finding their niche in a new
Res Rep is a group of undergradu-
ates who write and perform original
skits. During the summer, the Univer-
sity Housing division gives the troupe
a theme for orientation. With a focus
on acclimating the orientation stu-
dents with the range of services the
University offers, the incorporation of
specific information challenges the
cast. For example, Res Rep's summer
orientation shows provide information
on the University Health Service's
confidentiality of student records as
well about sexually transmitted dis-
eases and rape facts. Their scripts
include a variety of scenes ranging
from hilarious party settings to seri-
ous monologues, which all fall under
the same theme.
Res Rep educates new students
about what to expect from college and
the experiences they may encounter.
Their performances are a refreshing
change from the lectures and warnings
from parents and other adults. "A lot
of people hear about us and don't
know what to expect given the fact
that we're trying to convey a serious
message. But I think they're pleasantly
surprised to see how Res Rep shows
can have meaningful scripts that per-
Res Rep keeps the frohifreentertainec
tain to college students and still
express messages in humorous and
entertaining ways," said Engineering
Safran, a member Res Reps
of Res Rep.reovd
Res Rep per- revolved:
forms during the depicting
school year in resi-
dence hallsand comical rc
again they're pro- situations
vided with a theme
from Housing; this frustration
year it was "Com- feel while
munity." The cast
has a lot of room their plac
for creativity since
it doesn't have to include information
for incoming freshmen. Res Rep's
shows revolved around scenes depict-
ing everything from comical room-
mate situations to the frustration
n student may
trying to find
p e n i n g
pus and how
students may feel while trying to find
their place on campus.
on campus. I students react
to their new
environment; Res Rep helps them to
discover their place among peers.
This season, Res Rep stressed the
importance of diverse communities.
The members showed that stereotypi-
When issues are tackled in a humor-
ows students feel
1 more com-
unu scenes fortable talk-
ything from ing about
nmate theatre troupe
1 what is hap-
cal community bondaries don't exi
Communities can't be thrust up
students, and students can't forc
communities upon themselv
because they think they "fit"
"belong" there. The message Res R
conveys is that students should tal
time to forge their own paths, explo
different groups and find people in
closer-knit environment that mal
them feel comfortable. Res Rep mer
bers feel that students shouldn't wor
if it doesn't happen right away or eve
after a year. "Students have to work
find a community that works fo
them, and when they do, it's a gre
thing," Safran commented.
Res Rep recently wrapped i
another great season, but the group
will be around again to entertain th
newest group of freshmen studen
during this summer's orientation.
An Arthur Miller
A collection of scenes by Arthur Mller
Conceived by Mark Lamnos
UM School of Music
Dept. of Theatre & Drama
Apr. 2-3, 8-10 at 8PM - Apr. 4 & 11 at 2PM
$15 General Admission - Students $8 w/ID
. League Ticket Office 734-764-2538
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