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A taste of a good cause
the role of co-producer. In addition, and national chapters of Jazz For
y B"Taste" has received the help of other Life. Louis Johnson explains that
generous sponsors, such as the Ann their goal is "to establish a model," to
HIS SUNDAY promises to Arbor Conference and Visitors stay in Michigan and then expand af-
be a unique Father's Day for the Bureau. ter their Detroit chapter takes off.
city of Ann Arbor. From noon to 5:oo Jazz For Life was incorporated in Sunday's event will feature perfor-
p.m., the Main Street area will be the September of '85. Founded by Louis mances by Louis Johnson and Jazz
site of "The Taste of Ann Arbor," a Johnson, it began as a non-profit, Life, pianist James Dapogney, trum-
very special event co-produced by the University student organization. The peter Louis Smith and the Claude
Ann Arbor Restaurant Association project's first event was their spring Black Trio, Detroit natives Willie D.
and the Jazz For Life Project. campaign of this year which raised its Warren and the Blues Cruiser, and the
The event will be running along money through bucket drives, skip-a- Ann Arbor Community High Jazz En-
Main Street between William and meals (in the dorms) and a perfor- semble, among others. There will also
Washington Streets. It will feature mance by Dizzy Gillespie at Hill be T-shirt paintings, balloons,
booths of finger food by each of the 25 Auditorium, in addition to a special caricaturists, and cooks in addition to
restaurants involved, as well as benefactors' performance by the the mimes and clowns. And featured
clowns, mimes, and jazz bands sup- great artist. That campaign's first among the 25 or more contributing
plied by the Jazz For Life Project. All dispersement went towards pur- restaurants will be Raja Rani,
proceeds will go towards the chasing a van for the Student-Parents Moveable Feast, Brandy's, Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County area's children in Center and Perry Nursery School in Inn, and Lovin' Spoonful.
poverty (under age six) - the target Yspsilanti. The van will be used to As to the event's Father's Day
of Jazz For Life's benefits. bring the children of young parents to significance, organizer Johnson ex-
"Taste of Ann Arbor" was first con- nutrition and health care services. plains, "We wanted to do something
ceived about three months ago by the The Jazz For Life project is looking that would tie in with a day when you
Ann Arbor Restaurant Association. towards a bright future. What began could treat Dad to something special
When asked to provide the music, as a student organization is now on its and people would be generally recep-
Jazz For Life became more involved way to becoming a corporation: a tive to coming down....we wanted to
in the event, eventually moving into combination of Washtenaw, Detroit, tie in with the whole aura of the day."

Blues singer Leon Redbone has descended from his in-flight Budweiser
beer commercials and will land on the Ark tomorrow night for two per-
formances. Showtimes are 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.


Less Than Zero
Bret Easton Ellis
Softcover, 208 pp.
Penguin Books
For all the young and restless
summer denizens of Ann Arbor, Bret
Easton Ellis's striking first novel,
Less Than Zero, is required reading.
Set in L.A., the novel unfolds as
Clay, Ellis's protagonist, returns
hone for Christmas vacation after a
semester of college out East. It is not
a season of good cheer, however, as he
and his friends, with too much time -
and money - on their hands, go in
search of the ultimate sensation.
Nothing is off limits in this blackly

comic entourage of transvestites, pancreatic cancer....As my gran- modern trend in fiction towards
bisexuals, anorectics, and junkies; dmother lay in her bed, the others cinematic objectivity, Ellis echoes
cocaine, alcohol, lurid parties and continued...talking about Mexico Salinger andCarver, sometimes a bit too
nightclubbing abound. But for Clay, and bullfights and bad movies. loudly. However, despite the shadows
the Holden Caulfield of the '80s, the of literary heavyweights looming over
lifestyle becomes a vortex that hurls They ordered food from an taian its author, the novel manages to
him into deep disillusionment. restaurant in town and a boy with establish enough individual identity.
Indeed, deft characterization of a patch on his jeans that read Ellis, only 22 and from a wealthy
Clay is the lifeblood of the novel. Clay, "Aerosmith Live" delivered the section of L.A., speaks for a new
who in unskilled hands could easily food. My grandmother came generation facing new problems. His
have emerged as just another ,Sy.gforte is in revealing, no holds barred,
whining, self-pitying teen from a down. She didn't eat anythig, the immense difficulty of forging out
hackneyed literary mold, is, instead, though. Isat by her and my gran- some sense of value while under the
wonderfully complex. Carefully dfather did a magic trick with two oppression of an age whose lust for the
wrought flashbacks jar against a silver dollars. "Did you see that, limitless pervades everything from
sickly inextricable whirl of jacuzzis, Grandma?" I asked, too shy to technologyto morality.
video games, new wave bands and ,, Although, in a recent interview with
orostitution, illuminating the central look into her faded eyes. Yes. Diana Maychick, Ellis made it clear
character: saw it," she said, and tried to that he did not advocate this lifestyle,
My grandmother had gotten smile. and that the novel should read as a
very ill that afternoon....She had Undoubtedly, in following the

"cautionary tale," his characters
generate not mere condemnation, or
pity, but empathy. Like a song called
"Los Angeles" Clay remembers, a
song full of harshly real images of
troubled youth, Less Than Zero
"reverberates in (the) mind for
- Sue Misencik
A defense
against cancer can be
cooked up in your kitchen.
Call us.

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