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ARTS
Page 8 Thursday, May 26, 1983 The Michigan Daily
Bars and Clubs latest favorite pop hits. Sunday a Urist, continues this weekend at the del continues this week at the Univer-
SAFE house benefit will be held with Performance Network (408 W. sity Club in the Michigan Union. Kan-
The Blind Pig (208 S. First; 996-8555) the Wilmot Band and others. Washington). Urist is a regular writer del, a recent University graduate,
David "Honeyboy" Edwards per- Del Rio (122 Washington; 761-2530) for the Ann Arbor News who makes derives her work from landscapes or
forms Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday night is your chance to get good use of her talent in this story natural surroundings. She describes it
See Music. in on the local jazz scene as musicians concerning an artist who is suddenly as, "Atmospheric portraits of natural
Joe's Star Lounge (109 N. Main; 665- gather to jam all night long. thrown into the public eye and surroundings." The public is invited
JOES) Music discovers the sneaky complications to view the exhibit during University
Sun Messengers bring their Latin, blues The Blind Pig Cafe that attend fulfilled ambitions. Con- Club hours. For more information call
and jazz from Detroit for your Friday David "Honeyboy" Edwards winds stance Barron plays the lead along 763-4430. Free.
night's entertainment. Big Joe Turner hits up at the Blind Pig Friday and Satur- with Ron Miller, Shelley MacMillan, University Museum of Art
the stage Saturday night, see Music, day with the original, unimpeachable and Anne Whitney. The Performances Photographs by Howard Bond, an
country blues that only a master such begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, exhibition of photographs taken from
as "Honeyboy" can deliver. He's been and Saturday. Call 663-0681. a series of English churches and
performing this music for more than Exhibits cathedrals, continues this week until
half a century and tonight is your op- Ann Arbor Art Association June 5. Howard Bond is an Ann Arbor
portunity to see what it's all about. A Colorworks, Pencil Drawings is the resident who studied with Ansel
show not to be missed, it starts at 9:30 title of an exhibit that opens Friday, Adams and has exhibited in Michigan
p.m. both nights at the Blind Pig Cafe May 27 at the Ann Arbor Art and other states. His work is noted for
Pangaea wraps up the weekend with dan- (208S. First). Tickets are $3. Call 996- Association (117 W. Liberty). The its powerful imagery and technical
Pangae 8555. featured artist is Jori Mazer Black- excellence, characteristics that are
ceMrhit. Flood's Party (120 W. Liberty Joe's Star Lounge man whose drawings exhibit great evident in this exhibition.
M.ld Pay) L y Saturday night, none other than Big facility in both her technique and use Kyoto Metal, an exhibition of con-
995-2132) Joe Turner will be turnin' out the old of color. Mazer Blackman teaches temporary Japanese metalwork, con-
The Blue Front Persuaders will get style rhythm & blues in the style that drawing at the Ann Arbor Art tinues at the University Museum in its
your Friday and Saturday rollin' withthr wekuilJn 20Te
smooth R & B hits. Sunday George made him famous in the '50s with hits Association. Most recently her work third week until June 20. The
Bedard and Mr. B take over with like "Shake, Rattle, and Roll." Tur- has been included in the "Second An- exhibition includes implements for
Bera . Bner arrives in Ann Arbor after a suc- nual Michigan Fine Arts Com- tea ceremony and flower arranging, a
rockabilly. cessful appearance at the New petition" in Birmingham and "Tunnel variety of religious ornaments and
5350) Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Vision III" in Detroit and Windsor. jewelry demonstrating the delicate
5350)g and is ready to belt out some swingin' The exhibit continues through June 17 artistry of living Japanese craftsmen,
Masquerade plays Friday through tunes to keep your Saturday night and the reception will be held on May some of whom descend from families
Sunday for all you nuts of dance and rockin'. 9 & 11:30 p.m., Joe's Star 27, 7:36-9:30 p.m. Open to the public, who have worked in metal for fifteen
rck'is. A CLounge (109 N. Main). Tickets are $5. Monday, 12-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday generations.
Rick's American Cafe (611 Church; Call 665-JOES. 10a.m.-5p.m. Call 994-8004. The Museum is open Tuesday-
Newt and the Salamanders swing Theater University Artists and Craftsmen Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday
with R & B classics Friday while on The Performance Network Guild and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Call 763-1231 for
Saturday Astraight tunes into your Just Friends, a play by Rachelle An exhibit of pastels by Robin Kan- further details. Free.
Modern dance dazzles diverse audience

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By Katie Brewer
T here are some forms of art that
offer something for everyone. Con-
temporary dance is one of them.
Whether one understands it or not, con-
temporary dance is entertaining sim-
ply for its own sake and thus appeals to
a wide range of audiences. This point
was never more clear than at the per-
formance of Seven Contemporary Dan-
ces last Friday and Saturday night,.
The dances were choreographed by
seven Michigan professionals who were
brought together under the direction of
Lynn Slaughter. Slaughter was awar-
ded a Michigan Council for the Arts'
Creative Artist's Grant in order to
develop an evening of contemporary
dance works created by professional
Michigan choreographers.
Assisted by Alan Lommasson,
Slaughter produced the show by
recruiting individuals from the Univer-
sity, independent dance studios, and
Grand Valley State College.
The art of modern dance is one of the
most unique. It combines the pleasures
of music, visual art, drama, and dance
in a blend of richly satisfying enter-
tainment. Many fear that they will not
understand the meaning of the pieces
and are therefore scared away from at-
tending a performance. It is thus im-
portant to know that one does not need
to be an expert in the study of dance to
appreciate it. Dance can be loved sim-
ply for its aesthetic value.
A piece of particular interest was
"One Brick Shy of a Load" (1983)
choreographed byChristinepzeui

and performed by dancers from the
Wellspring Dance Collaborative. Nose
whistles provided the sound effects in
an amusing display of human relation-
ships.
Along the same lines, the performan-
ce offered, "...Then Gently Came the
Rains" (1983) choreographed by Alan
Lommasson. This piece put together
eerie science fiction theme music, a
clever lighting arrangement, and odd
costumes to create an atmosphere of
strange emotions. The movement itself
was fascinating as the dancers weaved
in and out; moving together to form a
pattern, holding it, then moving on to
form another new pattern.
To end the evening there was "Split"
(1983) choreographed by Susan
Matheke who performed with Willie
Feuer in their last performance as
members of the University. Again, the
bright lights, colorful costumes, and
upbeat music set the mood as the
movements of the dancers took over the
theme. The thrill of this piece was found
in the new and different movements
employed that lent an air of freshness
to the dance.
The pieces were performed to a wide
variety of music, including the live per-
formance of a Bach piano piece played
by Robert Pazur and two original works
by Gregory Ballard written specifically
for Feuer and Matheke's performan-
ces.
Contemporary dance is an individual
art whose interpretation should be left
to the viewer. Although some may be
more practiced than others, all can
benefit from the variety of stimulation

Willie Feuer and Susan Matheke performed their last piece at the University
Saturday evening.

that dance provides; the music,
costumes, and lighting as well as the
drama of the dance itself. Seven Con-
temporary Dances was a show that

brought this idea to light and praise
should to out to the choreographers,
performers, and all the others involved,
for bringing us such a delightful show.

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