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The Michigan Daily michigandaily.com I Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Daily Arts
guide to the best
upcoming events
- it's everywhere
you should be this
weekend and why.

A photograph of a boy running on the beach in Benin, taken by Peter Schottenfels, part of today's Slideluck Potshow.

AT THE ARK
Neo-Scottish folk band
Back of the Moon
- named Best Folk Band
at the 2005 Scottish Trad
Music Awards - returns
to The Ark Sunday.
Tickets are $15 online,
at the Union ticket office
or at The Ark box office.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and
the show starts at 7:30.

ARTS ON

How the deans of four different University schools
pooled their knowledge and resources to bring art
to the most unusual communities.

By Ben VanWagoner I Daily Arts Writer

ow many times
have you heard
'evolution-
ary theory"
and "Romantic
period violin" in
the same sentence? Probably not
many, and that's the kind of issue
Arts on Earth aims to address.
Arts on Earth is an ambitious,
multidisciplinary program that
originated witt the deans of the
School of Music, Theatre and
Dance; the School of Art and
Design; the Taubman College of
Architecture and Urban Plan-
ning and the College of Engineer-
ing. With the' goal of connecting
the arts to the community of a
research-based university, the
deans came up with a program
that explores how the arts interact
with the way we think both as indi-

viduals and as a culture.
The program sponsors a wide
range ofevents, startingwithtoday's
"learning studio" at the Duderstadt
Video Center, which addresses the
relationship between arts and evo-
lution. Other events include a per-
formance by University alum Pat
Oleszko, a renowned artist,twhich is
today at The Michigan Theater. All
the events are intended to encour-
age "arts-driven inquiry," said The-
resa Reid, the managing director of
Arts on Earth.
It's an effort on a grand scale.
"We want to know how the arts
teach us to think differently," Reid
said. "I don't think it's been done
anywhere else."
She's speaks of the wide array
of scientists, scholars and artists
who've committed to making the
endeavor successful. These include

Jon Deak, associate principal bass-
ist of the New York Philharmon-
ic, Oleszko and professors from
Argentina, Yale University and the
University of Michigan. The aca-
demics' disciplines include philoso-
phy, music and neuroscience. The
mingling of these diverse fields is
exhibited in events like the "learn-
ing studio."
One of the strengths they hope
to emphasize is the involvement
of those who attend the studio.
There will be no audience, per se.
Instead, every person who attends
will be encouraged to play an
active role in discussing and build-
ing ideas about, say, how the arts
affect us morally. Reid emphasized
the programs are not lectures but
investigations - we don't neces-
sarily have the answers, but we
certainly are looking for them.

ARTS ON EARTH
The following events areat theDuderstadt FEATURED
Video Center-and they're all free. ARTIST
F.O.K.U.S presents Art-
TODAY
Arts -FAKTS with special
9a.m.to Noon guest Justin Bua tonight
Wby does virtually evety ruman culturetproduce at the Monroe Trotter
art? How dotbe arts aid oar sunvival? Multicultural Centeras
Artsandthe Brain first floor and basement.
1:30 p.m. to 4:3oQp.m. Shaman Drum will host
a signing of Bua's book.
TOMORROW "The Beat of Urban Art."
Arts& Health The event is free and
9a.m.toNoon
Can engagement withthe arts promote physical, run from B until11 p.m.
emotional and mental healthin individuals? In
societies?
Arts & Conscience
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
What are thepowers and limits of the arts to shape
us morally?
Go to www.artsonearth.orgfor complete
details.

Michigan's Ms Tricks
of Dis Guise

Art and food: the
best of two worlds

By MAUREEN SULLIVAN
DailyArts Writer
In 1970, the University decided the
tradition of electing
a homecoming king Pat Oleszko:
and queen was politi-
cally incorrect. The Depart-
That same year,Art m t
student and Dearborn me
native Pat Oleszko Corrections
entered herself as a
homecoming float. In At the
a stuffed nude body Michigan
suit topped with a Theater
crown and roses, she Toda t 5
was driven through a p.m.
town in a friend's Free
borrowed red convertible with tulle

surrounding her "like a giant valen-
tine" and 200 of her Art School friends
dressed as lazy band members.
Such marked one of her early perfor-
mance pieces: "Funk Homecoming."
"It was awesome," Oleszko said.
"We were attacked by security, though,
because we were right behind the Viet-
nam protestors and they .figured we
were a part of that."
Oleszko, now based in New York City,
has taken her slapstick and fantastically
absurd one-woman performance art
from Ann Arbor to all over the world.
She returns today with a performance at
S p.m. at The Michigan Theater.
Known as the Ms Tricks of Dis Guise,
Oleszko uses loud and risqu6 props and
See OZLESZKO, Page 3B

By KATIE CAREY
Daily Arts Writer
The Slideluck Potshow serves up its
first appearance in Ann Arbor tonight.
As founder Casey Kel-
baugh put it over the Slideluck
phone - naturally
as he made squid ink Potshow
penne with zucchiniA
lemon and arugula at At the
the same time - "It is Michigan
a desire to bring peo- Theater
ple together through T
food and art." 9oday 30p to
To participate in Fr
the show, artists sub-
mit up to five minutes
of slides to be projected after a meal,

usually a potluck. Photojournalists,
painters, graphic designers and sculp-
tors join the ranks of students and other
amateurs in the Slideluck.
"Very few events cross-pollinate that
way," Slideluck's producer Alys Kenny
said.
Added Kelbaugh, who is also a New
York City photographer: "Real rock
stars of the art world are showing work
alongside the lawyers and students that
have never displayed. It's very egalitar-
ian in that way - everyone has the same
five minutes."
Seven years ago in Kelbaugh's Seat-
tle backyard, he, Kenney and a small
crowd of SO created Slideluck. The
night sparked a tradition that i~ould
See POTSHOW, Page 3B

ON STAGE
Thia Saturday, Asha7Ann
Arbor presents "Rhythms
of Hope." a night of
Indian classical music
and dance at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre.
The performance starts
at 5 p.m. and tickets are
$12 for students and
$25/$35 for general
audiences. Proceeds
go to the education
of underprivileged
children in India.

Why guys should reject Norris

By JOHN DAAVETTILA
Daily Arts Wr'ter
Boys like footballs. Girls like
dolls.
The gender paradigms of our
youth have crept out of the play-
ground and into our living rooms.
Guys, asked about a show tar-
geted mainly to women, might be
interested, but the Chuck Norris
inside him screams, "No! Tell her
you couldn't care less about ball
gowns made of recycled plas-
tics!"

After wrestling with it for a few
seconds, Norris wins, which isn't
surprising. He's a big guy.
Men have been limiting the
programs they watch on tele-
vision for far too long, fearing
the reproachful looks or teas-
ing remarks if someone were to
overhear. Sticking to shows like
"Ninja Warrior." or watching
ESPN all day is entertaining, but
after a few years, aren't we due for
a slight change of pace? Here are
some shows most guys avoid but
shouldn't:

"PROJECT RUNWAY"
-Even if you don't care about
fashion, most guys can appreci-
ate the challenges the contestants
get each week. Whether it's con-
structing a dress out of apartment
furnishings, dressing another
contestant's mother or just plain
"making it work," the contestants
are always good for a few laughs or
catty interviews. If these reasons
still don't relieve your embarrass-
ment, just remember the host is
Heidi Klum.
See TV, Page 2B

AT THE
BLIND PIG
Patton Oswalt leads
fellow comedians Brian
Posehn, Maria Bamford,
Eugene Mirman and
Doug Benson to The
Blind Pig tomorrow.
Get your $20 ticket
at blingpigmusic.com
or get your ticket the
night of the show for
$22. Doors are at 8
p.m. for the 18+ show.

Look at those ... legs. No, wait, that's not the point.

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