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ARTS
Friday, May 8, 1987

Page 8

The Michigan Daily

Christmas comes early to Ann Arbor

By Beth Fertig
Christmas? What sort of band
would call themselves Christmas?
Well, Christmas is not some
new evangelical heavy metal outfit,
nor are they a poppy prep sub
group of the 700 Club. In fact,
Christmas is actually a really good
time because it's the name of a hot
little three piece rock and roll band
from Boston.
In ExcelsiorDayglo , Christmas'
debut LP, was released justlast year
on Big Time records. It earned them
a feature in Spin magazine and sub -
sequently became an instant hit on
the college/underground circuit,
which went positively gaa-gaa over
the trio's quirky style, a supreme
blending of twisted rock and roll
with a wonderful brand of
innocence. If the album's title alone
doesn't hint at that, check out song
titles such as: "Fishhead
Sandwich," "Commie the Truck,"

"Everything You Know is Wrong,"
and "Pee-Wee."
The story of the people behind
Christmas should provide an even
better glimpse inside this off beat
combi- nation. Drummer Liz Cox
is a refeshing personality. On stage,
she is a petite figure who can thrash
the hell out of her drum kit. Cox
writes the lyrics to many of the
band's tunes. On "Loved Ones" she
likes to point out that Adolf Hitler
didn't have many friends. She also
has a sweet childlike voice which is
capable of switching into a
hysterical shriek as she gasps, "It's
the worst thing in the world" on the
blaring "Fishhead Sandwich."
Guitarist Michael Cudahy is also
an exciting performer; his wild,
careening leaps can rival those of
Pete Townsend anyday. Last year he
rolled around on the Blind Pig dance
floor, trolled about the stage, and
lept on the bar counter, all the
while grinding out his guitar lines.
Cudahy also has a mean growl of a

voice, becoming particul
intense when he turns into
destrucive vehicle of the chi
nightmare in "Tommy the Truc
I can't tell you much a
Cristmas' new bassist, V
Knapp, except that he used to
Public
By Betsy Esch
There is good news for you
who thought you had to wait
dose of local artists. Thank
Women Painters, who are hold
at the Ann Arbor Public Librar
until May 28th, you no longer
fair days to see an exhibit b
artists.
This spring's exhibit is co
pieces by twenty-nine artist
pastels to photographs to water
for work that was technicallyv
Froelich, coordinator of the An
and juror for this exhibit, in a
base I chose works that held
virtue of their composition, col

arly
the
ild's
k."
bo'
olt
play

with Homestead recording artist
Antietem, an independant band from
New Jersey. He replaced the
departed Dan Salzman and we can
probably trust the good judgement
of Cox and Cudahy.
All are heartily encouraged to

check out Christmas' second Ann
Arbor performance on Thursday
May 14, at the Blind Pig although
after last years show, the bar will
probably want to put them all in
straight jackets. The Hysteric
Narcotics open the show, which
begins at 10 an d costs 4 bucks.

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lebrarygets exhibit
__ _values. Many works held my eye and intrigued me
with their depiction and use of light; across a
landscape , in an interior setting, or in a totally
abstract way."
uiAnn Arbor residents Originally part of the Ann Arbor Art Association,
until July o get your Ann Arbor Women Painters have since gained
:s to the Ann Arbor independence. The group, which is in its 35th year is
ing their spring exhibit composed of both amateur and professional artists. It
y at Fifth and Wilibm has grown substantially in the past ten years and they
need to wait until art now have about 115 members. Because of this
ey some of our finest increase in size it has become more difficult for
painters to get into the exhibits.
"I think that the organization is being followed
mposed of thirty-four more," said Angela Miller, chair of Women Painters.
s which range from "I also do think that there are more women artists in
rcolors. "I first looked Ann Arbor than there were in the past. Alot more
well done," said Susan competition, it keeps us on our toes."
n Arbor Street Art Fair The organization of Ann Arbor Women Painters is
statement. "From that funded through member paid dues. The cost of the
I the viewer's eye by exhibit, $5 single, $7 couple, covers the expenses of
ors or development of the show.

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Take me out to the ball game

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By Brian Bonet
Attention, baseball fans. Spring
is here and that means it's time to
fulfill your craving for our nation's
number one sport. Usually this
would require a trip to the ol'
ballpark, but starting next Tuesday
night at the Power Center, Major
League fanatics can satisfy their
hardball appetites at the Ann Arbor
Civic Theatre's production of Adler
and Ross's renowned musical,
Damn Yankees.

The musical, performed by a cast
dominated by local actors, is a
"typical fifties musical," according
to director Jan Koengeter,
Performing Arts Specialist for the
Ann Arbor Schools-City Recreation
Department. The musical's
storyline follows the old Faustian
legend in which a deal is made with
the Devil to obtain{ superhuman
abilities.
In the case of Damn Yankees,
Joe, an elderly man crazed by
baseball, is transformed into a

young, major league superstar by
the Satan-like character, Applegate.
With his newly found ability to hit
the long ball, Joe sets out to defeat
his dreaded nemeses, those Damn
Yankees. But the coniving Apple-
gate has several tricks up his sleave
and uses the sultry, suductress Lola
to lure Joe away from his loyal
wife, Meg.
Damn Yankees will begin in
true Major League fashion at a
Tuesday night benefit for Ann
Arbor's Main Street Theatre. Mayor

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