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"A Midsummer's Night Dream" was performed in the Arb last summer.

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival offers Top of the Park shows for free.

Sinking into the A2 summer arts scene

Festivals, fairs
and the Bard begin
when school ends
SeniorArts Editor
When the breezy, stress-free
days of summer roll around,
droves of students will be leav-
ing their beloved school-year
hometown to pursue exotic
opportunities in far-off places.
For students who plan to fill their
four-month break with intern-
ships, volunteering, studying
abroad or working at their dream
job, Ann Arbor seems to close
her tired eyes in their absence,
lay down her winter-beaten body
and slip into a peaceful hiberna-
tion until the student population
But however tempting it may
be to subscribe to this vision of
the University's surrounding
town, the perception is flawed
- Ann Arbor is alert and wide
awake throughout the summer,
bursting to life with technicolor
opportunities in which students
can immerse themselves. Stu-
dents who spend their much-
needed hiatus in Ann Arbor have
the exclusive opportunity to cre-
ate, experience and participate
in a variety of artistic pursuits.
Shakespearean students
For students interested in let-
ting their inner thespian loose,
Shakespeare in the Arb provides
a nontraditional way to stretch
out their drama muscles. Now

in its 11th year, the program
presents Shakespeare's classics
on the informal stage of Nich-
ols Arboretum's landscape. Past
productions have used the space
to full advantage, incorporating
dramatic elements - like a ship-
wreck in the Huron River for
"The Tempest" - to, as director
and Residential College lectur-
er Kate Mendeloff said, "make
Shakespeare come alive."
Mendeloff added: "The way we
perform Shakespeare is in a very
accessible manner because you're
right there with the actors, and
you're right there in the action."
This year's production will
be "The Winter's Tale" - one of
Shakespeare's later works that
switches from tragedy to comedy
halfway through the play. Men-
deloff, who jumpstarted Shake-
speare in the Arb 11 years ago,
intends to continue her tradition
of using the setting of the arbo-
retum by incorporating a flock of
sheep and, ideally, a bear into the
"Shakespeare could go over
to the bear-baiting place, which
was right next to the Globe The-
atre, and borrow the bear for 15
minutes," Mendeloff said. "But
it'll be a little harder for us."
In addition to attending this
year's show, students can apply
to be ushers (and get to see the
show for free) or audition to be
involved in performance or pro-
duction. Selected students have
the opportunity to earn credit
for participating. The Residential
College .offers a corresponding
four-credit, upper-level humani-
ties course - "Environmental
Theater Production Workshop in

the Arboretum" - which focuses
on reading the play, interpreting
it and rehearsing.
"(Students) ought to really
consider getting involved as
actors, designers, musicians,"
Mendeloff said. "It's an opportu-
nity for students to explore great
works of theater as part of their
academic experience and also as
part of their viewing experience.
"It's just a great opportunity to
celebrate the Arb and celebrate
Shakespeare," she added.
Cooljams for hot summer days
Robb Woulfe, director for the
Ann Arbor Summer Festival, says
the annual music and arts festi-
val has something for everyone.
The Ann Arbor Summer Fes-
tival includes many events at a
variety of locations on Central
Campus, including free outdoor
film screenings, DJs spinning
late into the night and Rock the
Mall, a teen band competition to
be launched this summer. How-
ever, Woulfe believes the festival
is best known for its free out-
door and ticketed indoor concert
series: Top of the Park and Main-
stage, respectively.
This year's Mainstage lineup
includes comedian Steve Martin
on banjo with The Steep Can-
yon Rangers, indie sensation
and notorious whistler Andrew
Bird and jazzy local group The
Macpodz. Mainstage perfor-
mances will also feature a host
of blues, folk and rock bands, in
addition to daredevil acrobats
from Australia. Top of the Park's
lineup of free shows will be
announced May 2.

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new this year will be a area, the Ann Arbor art fairs fea-
foot inflatable walk-in ture famous and local artisans
tion exhibited on Palmer sellingwares, more than 500,000
nown as "Amococo," the attendees appreciating the vari-
luminated collection of ety of artwork displayed and
unnels, domes and col- impromptu entertainment and
ails from an English com- music performances.
rchitects of Air, which The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair,
and constructs lumi- The Original was established
r display. Students will in 1960 and has since expanded
e opportunity to wander into three other fairs - the State
the multicolor tubes and Street Area Art Fair, the Ann
us spaces and explore the Arbor Summer Art Fair and Ann
ent-like structure. Arbor's South University Art Fair
ever students discover - which will dominate the city
nmer Festival, Woulfe for a few days in late July.
I that the public - includ- According to Mo Riley, execu-
ents - chose a significant tive director of the Street Art
of the events through Fair, students will be able to
like Pick-a-Flick, that see art produced by their peers
'ossible film screenings, through the fair's New Art, New
eup Wish List, that listed Artist program. The program
al bands for Mainstage will feature eight to 10 University
of the Park performanc- students selected to participate
in the fair at no cost.
community was really "You can see the work of your
in putting the season peers and support new artists in
r," Woulfe said. "Some the process," Riley said. "There's
were really out there art available in every price range.
gning for movies and We hope you can find something
they wanted to see. It's to buy on a limited budget, and
reat to see the community even if you're on a limited budget
gwho they're going to see that does not allow you to pur-
chase, you can still look around
and develop ideas about what you
Art on display like."
She added: "The art fair is cer-
aps Ann Arbor will tainly about more than shopping.
the most flurry of activ- It's about experiencing art."
n the city plays host to Whether students are look-
ionally known, award- ing to stimulate their theatrical,
g, behemoth, sprawling auditory or tactile artistic senses,
ion that brings about Ann Arbor offers opportunities
lion into the community throughout the summer for the
y: the four Ann Arbor art creation, participation in and
experience of art - no plane tick-
ug over the downtown et necessary.




E-mail fourlokos@umich.edu for
information on applying.

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the lovely layered feel you usu-
ally get when you fork into this
dish. Sharon had the vegetarian
version. We were both pleased,
but underwhelmed.
After two courses, we were
stuffed. But alas - we had to try
to the baklava. We ordered one
to split. The waiter delivered it
on two plates, divided without
asking. The pastry before us
was perfection. Flaky layers of
crisped phyllo dough gave way to
syrupy filling flecked with nuts
and goodness. This was fantastic
baklava. Totally worth push-
ing through the fullness we felt

All and all, the experience was
pleasant. At $11 each, the meal
wasn't bad for two courses and a
dessert. I was glad I finally went
inside, having passed it many
times these last four years. The
food wasn't excellent, but we
gave it the old college try.
In the end, all the places I've
gone to during my time in Ann
Arbor deserved that "try." The
ones that are great are that way
because of the food, but also
because of my memories of them.
There is a reason some of us
know the inside of our favorite
coffee shop better than we know
the inside of our bedrooms. It's
because that's where we do our
Twenty years from now, you
might look back and realize that


some of your best times took
place at Pizza House at 4 a.m.
biting into an order of cheesy
bread. Perhaps you'll remember
slurping on a cup of soup from
Le Dog, saving the sauerkraut
dripping from your Reuben at
Zingerman's or having a Col-
lider at Rod's during a rough
Waiting for breakfast at
Angelo's, sampling the beer at
Ashley's and stepping over the
threshold of Dominick's when
you were finally old enough not
to get turned away - these are
the things we will not forget.
I've spent a great deal of time
exploring the local cuisine this
place has to offer. I'm so glad I
did. It's part of the reason this
town is so special. Stay tasty,
Ann Arbor.
Managing Arts Editor Sharon
Jacos did not edit this article.
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ask for an invitation to her banquet,
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