2B - Thursday, February 11, 2010
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FOOD I° WARS
You might have to wait in a line out the
door or get yelled at by temperamental
employees. But all the hassle is worth it
for what's truly Ann Arbor's best slab of
meat. Other burger joints around town
have tried to emulate the formula of daily-
ground fresh beef and exotic extras like
salami or egg, but Blimpy is the original
king of greasy goodness.
Maybe it was the low-lit, hip ambi-
ance, but I took my seat at the Sava's bar
expecting my burger to be pretty posh.
What I got instead was a sloppy, semi-
cooked slab, quickly prepared and care-
lessly assembled. Considering this wasn't
2 a.m. and I wasn'thammered - in which
case the burger wouldvebeen perfect - I
left feelinga little less than smitten.
With a rustic American tavern atmo-
sphere, Casey's is a great place to sit
down for a delicious burger. Offering you
a choice of three toppings among a very
long list, Casey's lets you perfect your
burger experience. But burgers are on the
slightly expensive side, and could stand to
be a bit juicier. Great burgers to be sure,
BURGERS but maybe not the best.
It's quick, yes, and the proprietors are
always friendly and armed with a good-
natured quip or two. But how come I
always leave feeling abitunsatisfied with
a Major Burger? The bun's fine, the top-
pings are standard-issue and the meat is
... sufficiently meaty. There's just nothing
extraordinary here. Except for the Spe-
cial Sauce - that shit's delicious.
AND THE WINNER IS: BuMPY BURGER
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Phil Hanlon was just moving into his new provost office when he found it
had been infiltrated with the combatative Markley strippers. Hanlon swiftly
pulled out his accordian of death to try to cease the stripping. But the
strippers were used to the deafeningly loud music of Markley, and the
accordion had no effect. The strippers stripped on to victory.
WINNER: THE MARKLEY STRIPPERS
The Daily Arts weekly show
"Accost'd" continues with more
belligerent entertainment action.
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Because boredom doesn't end
when your cash flow does
Thursday, February 11
Masters Recital: Christopher
Sweet piano noises
Britton Recital Room, 8 p.m.
Poetry Reading: John Burnside y,
Helmut Stern, 5 p.m.
Friday, February 121
Their Journey: Vietnamese
Exhibit of rare photos
immigrants in Michigan
Hatcher Library Room100,8 'a.i /
Saturday, February 13
Student Chamber Music Recital
Fine Italian sonatas, fo free!
Anderson Moore Hall, 8 p.m.
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'U' alum jazzes up the Michigan
at high school jazz
By TIMOTHY RABB
Daily Arts Writer
in most artistic endeavors,
there's a fine line between art
a product of "CHOPS"
art that extends Tomorrow
from the inner- at 7 p.m.
most reaches Michigan Theater
of the soul. For Ticketsfrom $7
cians, such subtleties amount to
the difference between wide-
spread renown and a long bus
In his documentary "CHOPS,"
University alum and debut film
director Bruce Broder explores
the intricacies of jazz perfor-
mance with an intimate look into
three public schools in different
parts of the country. The film fol-
lows each school's jazz band as its
members rehearse a rigorous rep-
ertoire for a competition in New
One may be tempted to chuckle
at the thought of such an under-
taking - many college students
share embarrassing memories of
sub-par high school music depart-
ments, forever doomed to fumble
through their umpteenth rendi-
tion of the "Star Wars" theme song
as musicianship is continually
forgone in favor of sports fund-
ing. Fortunately, Broder's sub-
jects occupy a young elite who are
privileged enough to attend public
schools that place a disproportion-
ate emphasis on music over sports.
While watching the film, one
begins to see distinct similarities
between the camaraderie of these
musicians and the fraternity one
might observe on a competitive
sports team. Broder saw this simil-
itude, but-also saw that the media
has been spotlighting one group
vastly over the other and wanted
to shrink the gap.
"The primary draw of this con-
cept was the fact that very few
documentarians bother with the
subject of high school jazz bands,"
Broder said. "Sportsmen are fre-
quently the subjects of documen-
taries and mass media, so it was a
great opportunity to share these
kids' unsung musical passions
with the world."
Broder also wanted to show
off just how talented these young
musicians are. The technical skill
and affinity for perfectionism that
these tight-knit groups of teenage
jazz enthusiasts share rival the tal-
ent normally expected of veteran
musicians twice their age.
"What these kids have is a pure
love of music, a love of perfor-
mance," Broder said.
Pure doesn't even begin to
describe it. The documentary's
introduction clearly demonstrates
the hard work each student invests
in his or her craft. They're sur-
prisingly humble in spite of their.
abundant talent, and equally unre-
lenting in their endeavors to win
"As a band parent myself, I fol-
lowed these kids from middle
school through high school, and
in middle school they all shared an
incredible degree of commitment
See JAZZ, Page 4B