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Despite a number of other
options, most students either
haven't heard of or don't care to
try anywhere else: many are won
over by 42's selection, pricing and
service. Knowledgeable, friendly
and accommodating; the crew is
comfortable managing interac-
tions with allikinds of clientele and
matching them with their desired
product. Without fail, the equal
part art gallery and candy store
charmwinsovervisitors and locals
the first time the top of the stairs is
reached - often turning them into NICHOLAS WILLIAMS/Daily
lifelong customers. Supposedly Mohammed Hassan stands behind the counter at Bongz and Thongz.
unrivaled in product diversity in work of artists the store sources thing from artisanal massage
the Midwest, 42 is the place to go from, and can occasionally put the oils and lingerie to hand-blown
if you're looking for your firstpiece enterprising individual in touch smoking utensils can be picked up
or you're buying yourself a little- with one for a customized piece. somewhere in the shop. Walking
too-nice of a birthday present. The store lacks a tobacco license in the first time, you're struck by
and the big names in glass, but they an outward divide in the layout of
Foggy Bottom Bayou offset it with great quality, better the 2600 square foot space. The
prices, a wholesome atmosphere ground floor is dedicated solely to
Foggy Bottom Bayou is Ann and modus operandi. the sale of tobacco products. On
Arbor's homegrown, locally- Recently having condensed one shelf sits a large assortment
sourced, fair-trade and feel-good into one room, the Bayou's gift of hookah products while another
head shop. Opened in April 2008, shop leads into its glass selection, corner proudly displays bongs of
FBB is dedicated to providing with beads hanging from the ceil- every color.
quality goods for the best price ing and a subtly tribal/East Asian The basement is a living,
while being as involved in the local feel throughout. Foggy Bottom's breathing shrine to anything
economy as possible. The bulk of choice not to stock the big names dirty. Sleazy posters line the walls
the pieces available - a smaller in glass is compensated by its devo- while the shelves are crowded
selection of spoon-shaped bowls tion to the art of glassblowing and with sex toys that only someone
and water tubes, primarily - are itsosupportcof local artists. The staff baked out of their mind could
from one of five local artists or is friendly and keen to converse have dreamt up. The uninhibited
their protgs. Alongside smoking about the trade and culture, mak- filthiness of it all is endearing, and
pieces, local artists like "Lindsey" ing Foggy Bottom Bayou an entic- in the right "state of mind," trippy
display hand-blown vases and ing locale for the curio-curious as balls. Even if you're not that
other artwork. Foggy Bottom is and conversation-keen individuals into commercialized kinkiness,
also the only head shop with a stall in town. just pick up something for the
at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, where sake of novelty - the heads you'll
it will show the most complex, Bongs and Thongz inevitably turn as you stroll down
unique and beautiful pieces its art- the street with a bong in one hand
ists have completed. From the outset, it looks like and a dildo in the other make it
It's not uncommon for tourists the basic business idea for this worth it.
and newcomers alike to wander local glass shop just hinges on the Bongs and Thongz has received
in wide-eyed, having climbed the notion that the words bong and criticism in the past for its seem-
cramped stairs to the store's loca- thong rhyme - and perhaps the ing dedication to quantity over
tion after leavingUrban Outfitters, intriguing question "Do people quality. Whether or not that's
dazed from hipster irony overload. smoke pot wearing nothing but a true, an ever-present attitude of
Fortunately, Foggy Bottom is one thong?" Whatever the case, the "fun" never leaves you while you're
of the best places in town to get quirky strangeness of the concept poking through its shelves. And
lost. Much of the staff is educated never gets in way of the quality of at the end of the day, that's what
in the design and process of glass the products advertised. Located bong-hunting should be about:
blowing, and can tell the story of on East Liberty Street, the mel- the anticipation of getting stoned
many of the locally-blown pieces' low, green-walled establishment out of your skull coupled with the
creation and inspiration. They're has garnered a reputation for the giddy high of a shopping-bag full of
intimately familiar with the net- diversity of its inventory. Every- unnecessarilybrightunderwear.
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Daily Arts Writers dig through recent
Netflix releases to find the movies
worth revisiting or discovering.

As someone who at age 8 choreographed an
interpretive dance to "Summer Lovin"' in her
basement (playing both Danny and Sandy, natu-
rally), "Grease" seemed to be an obvious choice to
watch while stuck in the winter blues. There are
awesome dance numbers! And romantic beach
scenes! And skinny John Travolta's butt chin!
"Grease" is a timeless (and accordingly misogy-
nistic) portrayal of teen love, but it has a fresh
quality that keeps generations turning to it. Watch
it if you are anxious to lose yourself ina summer-y
land of Pink Ladies and Greasers; veer away if you
want some substance with your hot cocoa.

"She's All That"
It's the end of senior year and baby-faced Fred-
die Prinze Jr. is starting fresh, after his hottie girl-
friend cheats on him over spring break. He makes a
bet with his standard jock-jerk friends that he can
turn "ugly duckling" Laney Boggs into their Cali-
fornia high school's prom queen. Watch for the '90s
beach parties, gratuitous makeover scene and Paul
Walker in possibly his most thought-provoking role
ever. Ignore any themes or messages the film tries
to impart - change yourself and you will find love...
girls with glasses are by definition unattractive. Just
appreciate the blissful vibe of a SoCal summer and
Usher's screen debut as the school's DJ.

"Y Tu Mama Tambien" "The Wild Thornberry's"

Definitely the most provocative of the films
on this list, "Y Tu Mama Tambien" was director
Alfonso Cuarfn's debut film, and featured now
world-renowned actors Gael Garcia Bernal and
Diego Luna as privileged Mexican teens seeking
adventure and sex on a road trip to the beach. Dark,
funny and painfully real, these boys grow up - or at
least become a little more self aware - as theytravel
from their rich Mexico City through tiny, ram-
shackle towns. This may not be the tequila-soaked
and American-infested Cancan of spring break fan-
tasies, but "Tambien" is certainly transformational.

Nigel Thornberry's nose is a vast, unexplored
territory unto itself, but this film boasts more than
just an impressive schnozs. Yes, it's animated. Yes,
it's based on a Nickelodeon TV show. But "The
Wild Thornberry's" was one of our generation's
first tastes of adventure, of a life outside of suburbia
and Whole Foods. In the feature-length film, the
Thornberry's travel to Africa, where Eliza (voiced
by Lacey Chabert, "Mean Girls") talks to animals
and proves to be the most badass female role model
ever. Watch for the nostalgia, stay for the animal
absurdity and surprisingly good animation.


Crafting what has been
dubbed by many as the best
dance record of 2013, Brit-
ish house
duo Dis- A
continue Grab Her
stand-out Disclosure
effort PMR
for "Grab Her!" Following
an overly touchy boss, who
with every unwarranted feel
makes whatever object (or
person) ascend indefinitely,
the Lawrence brothers offer
a fresh silliness to the elec-
tin genre. The video tracks
the world's most gauche
supervisor through an osten-
sibly mundane French office
in what the muted colors
would have us believe is the
mid-90s, as files, staplers
and the occasional work-

place-friendly pet make their
way upward.
The absurdity laced
throughout the three min-
utes and 45 seconds breathe
a new life to a track that
would typically be heard in
a sweaty, drug-laced base-
ment or a sweaty, drug-laced
music festival. For two guys
- both under the age of 22 -

the video shows off a smart,
lighter aide to a style of
music that keeps taking itself
more seriously with each
Top 40 collaboration and
additional Twitter follower.
But it only seems fitting
that the best up-and-coming
electronic group produces a
cleverly engaging video.

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