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Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 3B
the Jerk Pit
Along with found items, the FOUND gallery also has one of Ann Arbor's most impressive collections of candles. A ""|""D
Get lost and FO ND
at Kerrytown'S gallery
ary Cambruzzi this mixture with zeal, eager to
experience and craft a unique
es knickknackS piece of history, says owner Mary
a new home "It's almost like, I just bring in
stuff that I think is cool, and then
ByJENNIFERXU these people buy it and make art
Daily Arts Writer out of it," she said.
Cambruzzi founded the store
historic Kerrytown Market in 2005 after a brief stint running
ct has long been a treasure booths in other people's antique
f hidden passageways and shops, but her interest in vintage
'made artwork. Nowhere is antiques and collectibles started at
tmosphere better encapsu- a young age - though more out of
han at the FOUND Gallery, necessity than pleasure.
id gift shop, art repository "I was part of a big family; we
tique collectibles store ped- had a lake house that was not too
"Whimsical Art & Vintage far away from where I grew up,"
ires" housed in 4th Street she said. "it was the kind of place
's second floor. where you could find old wicker
k into one of the drawers furniture, but the cushions were
whole mess of tidbits comes so worn that mom would make
g out: vintage milk bottle new cushions for them. And then
rom Oberlin Farms, buttons for the parties, she always needed
d in test tubes with ribbons more chairs, so she'd buy chairs at
ng around the tops, packages auction sales.
ss watch springs that quiver "When I went off the college,
you pick them up. On top of they didn't have places like Tar-
ky vintage stove with knobs get where you could buy stuff real
e of pool balls, jewelry made cheap," she added. "So my grandpa
worn Scrabble letters and went to an auction sale and bid on
riter keys intermingle with the stuff that I needed."
s and bags cross weaved Today, many Cambruzzi's finds
d issues of the defunct Ann still come from the estate sales and
News. antique malls of her Illinois home-
the past five years, FOUND town, partly out of nostalgia and
ettled into a comfortable partly out of consideration for her
market of old and new alike, customers.
arking back to items from "I find that I really don't want to
s past and providing an buy that much in the (Ann Arbor)
c and creative means to area because some of my custom-
e them. Local artists and ers are also into the estate sale
s tourists have embraced business," she said. "I don't want to
be the only person grabbing all this
stuff at cheap prices and then sell-
ing it back to people who already
saw it at X estate sale. So in gen-
eral, I go out of the area to buy."
In addition to its miscellaneous
collection of discovered objects,
FOUND also provides its custom-
ers with newer items such as soy
lotions and paper products. How-
ever, the store is perhaps most
notable for its diverse assortment
"I think we have the best candle
collection in the area," Cambru-
zzi said, picking up a scarlet bird
with a wick on top of its back. On
the shelf below it, more candles are
scattered around: a row of three
green peas squirming in their pods,
twisty birthday candles in the
shape of micelles, fragrant aspara-
gus tapers imported from France,
cylindrical pillars from Charlevoix
that glow from the inside when lit.
FOUND is also known for fea-
turing several works from local
artists in the area, who take recy-
cled items from rummage sales or
antique malls and redesign them to
their own purposes. For instance,
jewelry designer Sue Rosengard,
who ordinarily designs hand-
blown jewelry for the high-end art
gallery Selo/Shevel, has fashioned
for the store a series of green, bud-
get-friendly earrings crafted out of
old sheet music. Local artist Mar-
garet Shaw creates re-purposed
socks out of hand-painted thrift-
store sweaters by re-knitting them
on antique sock machines.
"I like to use old things in my
art. The sock machine kind of goes
hand in hand with reusing things
that already exist," Shaw said.
Shaw initially began learning on
the sock machine with commer-
cialized wool, but made the plunge
into hand-painted sweaters when
looking for new inspiration for her
"It was somewhat of a learning
process because the sweaters have
to be taken apart very carefully,
because their knitting is a one-
element process. So when you're
taking them apart, you have to
make sure you're not cutting that
strand," she said.
Another surprising contributor
to FOUND's repository of knick-
knacks is Terri Sarris, a lecturer
in Screen Arts and Cultures who
designs her own "found object
assemblages"- 3-0 collages made
out of letter scraps, rusty nails and
"(Found art) is liketelling a story
in a little box," Sarris said. "A box is
a really compellingshape and form
because it's this concise little the-
ater that you build a story around.
I'm also a filmmaker, and I find a
lot of similarity in terms of editing
and putting things together when
telling a story."
Sarris finds inspiration in all
walks of life, from planets to stars
in the sky to birds - even French
"For a while I was doing a Joan
of Arc series," she said. "I had this
little children's book about Joan
of Arc and it told this story of her
See FOUND, Page 4B
ly, I got
ou're curious. I'm curious. People Think You're Normal" and
We're all curious. a guide to Jamaican medicinal
What is the deal with herbs. Are you chilled out yet?
maican Jerk Pit on N. Thay- A few more tributes to Jamaica
et across seal the deal. The large glass dis-
ill Audi- play case carries an assortment
Is it of coconut-covered desserts and
nen? imported beverages. A sign in
t made the corner next to the gigantic
itant stainless steel grill reminds you
otering that there is "No Ganja Smok-
exterior. ing," because clearly the vibe is so
obscure LILA relaxed that one may be tempted
eyes KALICK to get a little lifted.
eeking Large conch shells and an
's going empty Red Stripe bottle serve as
nside. Scenes of whitewa- decorations in the large basement
ing, beaches and famous window where the heater is. They
an athletes taped to the are shyly shielded by delicate
of the windows are more twine-link chains hanging from a
live of a travel agency than curtain rod and mirrored on the
urant. other side of the room by a beaded
ing through the glass curtain featuring a picture of,
oor, you'll find there is who else, Bob Marley.
nyone behind the recep- Interms of cuisine, the Jamai-
counter or sitting at the can Jerk Pit's fare is jammin'. The
The lights are always off restaurant offers an assortment
niddle of the day. All these of Jamaican and Caribbean clas-
come together to cre- sics with a few exotic choices for
eir of mystery too thick to more adventurous members of its
rom the outside. Ann Arbor clientele. Oxtail and
wondered about the Jamai- curried goat are two of the more
k Pit for the last three exploratory selections not for the
Every once in a while after faint of heart.
The jerk chicken is the signa-
ture dish and can be ordered at
is three different levels of spice:
)parent , it i S mild, medium or hot. It comes in
the form of an entr6e, sandwich or
:pen ... and salad to fit what you're craving. I
encourage you to go for the spicy
delicious. - it's not too hot to handle and
the flavors really come out strong.
If you want a little bit of every-
n my way to State Street, thing try the sampler plate. It
ked by, each time more includes plantains, jerk chicken
o enter than the last. Final- wings, coconut shrimp and oxtail
up my courage. I pushed accompanied by respectively
e sketchy entrance and sweet and tangy pifia colada- and
d the sign indicating to go Southwestern-flavored dipping
airs. sauces. Sauces are key!
t I found surprised and Other offerings include an
ed me. The Jamaican Jerk assortment of salads, sandwiches,
rs a timeless, stress-free appetizers and desserts, each with
rnce, guaranteed to help its own Caribbean panache. Fes-
ll out. Its basement loca- tivals, fried pieces of sweetened
ekes it the perfect tropical cornmeal similar to hush puppies,
ninterrupted by the inva- are the perfect supplement to any
any glimpse of the overcast meal. If you get thirsty, the full
y outside. menu fruit smoothies or tropical
ebullient interior of the juices, playfully labeled "Cool
airs dining room erodes Runnings," should do the trick.
sion experienced from Sometimes, especially in the
ancy of the first floor. The wintertime when it's two degrees
yellow walls are trimmed outside and your jacket just isn't
d and green accents. A cutting it, all you want to do is
VC TV sits in the corner sit on a beach and sip a tropical
the counter where the drink. It's just not possible ... until
aces the orders. Perfect now.
ching important games, Could it be the place "where
asizes the restaurant's you wanna go to get away from it
shack appeal. all?" Is the Jamaican Jerk Pit your
plastic flowers sit in simple Kokomo? Yes. The Jamaican Jerk
ases at the edges of the Pit is Ann Arbor's island getaway.
and tables. The napkin Get there fast, then take it slow.
hold no napkins, but
offer an assortment of
ading. Titles include "The
se Book," "How to Make
Kalick is neither a jerk, chicken
nor Jamaican. To find out what
she is, e-mail Ikalick@umich.edu
Javanese gamelan: from
the World's Fair to the 'U'
True love alters
space and time in
By JACOB AXELRAD
Inside a large room in the
School of Music building on
North Campus, the rhythmically
timed sounds of percussion thump.
It's a soft, melodious music, and
distinct from anything else one
might happen to hear around Ann
Arbor. The space is filled with cast
bronze instruments of all shapes
and sizes, arranged in a manner
allowing perfect synchronization.
Everyone sits barefoot and
cross-legged next to their instru-
ments, paying close attention to
a series of numbers written on a
white board. This is the home of
the University's Javanese Gamelan
Taught at the University since
1967, Javanese Gamelan is musi-
cal style imported from the Indo-
nesian island of Java. A gamelan
is a collection of many instru-
ments meant to always be played
together, comprised of drums,
xylophones and gongs.
"It's a tradition all on its own,
without any standard," said Dr.
Susan Walton, the LSA and Music,
Theater & Dance professor who
leads the group.
Walton describes the gamelan
as "an orchestra, but a specific
orchestra where none of the pieces
Each gamelan is given a name
that reflects its individual spirit.
"Ours is named Kyai Telaga
Madu, which means 'Venerable
Lake of Honey' because of our
position here in the Great Lakes,"
said Beth Genne, an LSA and
MT&D professor who practices
with the ensemble.
According to Walton, after the
1965 New York City World's Fair
was held, the Indonesian exhibit
tried to auction off its gamelan.
The University went into a bid-
ding war for the gamelan and lost
to Wesleyan University. But when
another gamelan became avail-
able, the University purchased it
directly from Indonesia. Judith
Becker, a graduate student at the
time, hired a Javanese musician
and the first ensemble was born.
Open to all members of the Uni-
versity community, the ensembles
are made up of both a beginning
and an advanced class with two
to three performances each year.
According to Walton, the mem-
bers of the respective groups come
from all areas of the University.
"We've got engineers and
librarians and scientists," she said.
Some students take the courses
to fulfill credit hours, but most
are devoted to the ensembles.
Family is an important aspect of
gamelan, and in Indonesia it's not
uncommon to have both parents
and children involved in the same
ensemble. The University ensem-
bles take this value to heart. From
the students to the faculty, the
participants are committed to this
staple of Indonesian culture.
A musical tradition with deep ed the popularity of the gamelan
cultural roots, gamelan is typically this year at the University. An
performed in conjunction with accomplished musician, choreog-
ceremonial events like weddings rapher and scholar, his presence
and coronations. But recent years breathes new life into the group.
have seen a resurgence in popular- "Having (Widaryanto) here
ity of classical music and dance in with us is the equivalent to hav-
Indonesia. ing a great western artist," Genne
"This has led to more young said.
people wanting to learn gamelan," The group's primary concert
according to F. X. Widaryanto, a won't be held until March, but
Javanese ethnomusicologist in Widaryanto can be found perform-
residence at the University who ing different styles of Javanese
works with the group. dance in the Keene Theater in the
He emphasized that gamelan Residential College on Nov.6.
is a peaceful art form, which cel- In many ways, the ensemble is
ebrates community and togeth- as much about exploring tradi-
erness, unlike western classical tions outside our own as it is about
learning the music. The class is
conducted in the traditional Java-
nese manner and Javanese cus-
M ore than just toms are upheld and respected
-no one is allowed to step over
about the music. the instruments, as this is consid-
ered a form of disrespect to the
gamelan in Javanese culture.
music, which can be accompanied Gamelan transports the listener
by high levels of competition. to a part of the world radically dif-
"It's a way to relax, and the ferent from campus life. Inimi-
structure of the music reflects this table in its style, it's an art form
relaxed quality. There's no scold- steeped in history. But more so
ing in the instruction of gamelan," than anything, it's the music itself
he said. "It's about harmony." that stands out.
Similar to American jazz, the "We tend to not know about
musicians are all dependent, con- musical and dance cultures out-
stantly playing off of one another. side of our own," said Genne, who
"Everything you do is always in is also a teacher of world dance.
relation to someone else," Genne "But Gamelan is striking and beau-
said. tiful and rich and in many ways is
According to Walton, Widary- equally as complicated as western
anto's guest instrdction has boost- music or dance."
By ADDIE SHRODES
If love can make one hour feel
like one minute,
can it make two Cloud
years feel like 20 Tectonics
Tectonics," a play Preview
by Jos6 Rivera, tonight at
explores the idea 8 p.m.
that time is rela- Pit & Ian
tive, amplifying Pay-what-you-can
how love can
alter time and Friday to
thus identity. Monday at 8
The creative p.m., through
director of Ann Nov.15
Arbor's The New P
Theatre Project Pit & lo
(TNTP), Keith Ticketsfrom $10
wanted to include a play in TNTP's
first season that was revolutionary
in the history of theater. Rivera's
1995 work "Cloud Tectonics" fit
Rivera, an award-winning
Puerto Rican playwright and
screenwriter for "The Motorcycle
Diaries," is known for his inno-
vative theatrical use of "magical
realism," in which character's
interactions are realistic, but
the world in which they occur is
and the setting. The show takes
place in Los Angeles, but it's not
the city audiences ,yould recog-
"It's not an L.A. of the future,
or of yesteryear, but of a different
L.A. - if things had happened dif-
ferently," Medelis explained.
But it's the play's mysterious and
magical main character, Celestina,
played by local actor Jamie Weed-
er, who shapes the dramatic and
comedic plot. She miraculously
- and cursedly - doesn't experi-
ence time like other people. When
the play introduces her, she looks
25 but is 54 years old, and has been
pregnant for two years.
Celestina meets Anibal, played
by Dearborn actor Samer Ajluni, at
a bus stop where she waits in "the
stormofthe century" for a bus that
never seems to arrive. He gives her
a ride, and their romance blossoms
quickly. The twist of time begins
for both of them.
"The play explains how when
you are in love, time doesn't feel
In "Cpud Tectonics," magical , normal," said Ben Stange, the
realism shapes the main character See CLOUD, Page 4w9