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Buen Vsta Social Club
The Wim Wender's jazz documentary
"Buena Vista Social Club" makes its
run at the Michigan Theater this week,
Catch it before it leaves this Thursday.

ARTS

MondayJ lL

Art Fairs roll into Ann Arbor

ay Nesbe Sarkozy
Daily Arts Writer
Most of Ann Arbor's day-to-day
functioning came to a halt as the
Annual Art Fairs pitched their small
white tents downtown, marking 40
years of Ann Arbor tradition.
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are actual-
ly three separate fairs that go on
simultaneously throughout down-
own: The Ann Arbor Street Fair, The
State Street Area Art Fair and the
Summer Art Fair.
The wide array of art that can be seen
throughout the streets of Ann Arbor is
anywhere from black and white photog-
raphy to pottery,jewelry to watercolors.
The Fair offers an important venue for
artists to showcase their work as well as
for new up and coming artists to exhib-
it and sell their art.
While the artist themselves seemed
ecstatic about their work, they also were
pleased at the chance to interact with so
may people seeing and purchasing their
work.
More than one artist exclaimed that

seeing individual reactions to their care-
fully and methodically prepared art-
work made it all worthwhile.
Despite the excruciating humidity
and heat and the on-again, off-again
stormy weather there seemed to be a
steady crowd flowing through the nar-
row streets of the downtown. The three
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Art Fairs, covering more than 24 city
blocks, attracts people and artists from
all over the United States and Canada
each year. "Ann Arbor has a very edu-
cated crowd," one Ann Arbor resident,
"which makes for a certain appreciation
for the arns?
Of course with every fair as large as
this one, there is an influx of non-prof-
it organizations and religious groups -
each one attempting to explain the
importance of whatever it is that they
believe or agree in.
"These volunteer non-profits are
very Ann Arbor" commented another
local resident.
And yes, although art is supposed
to be at the crux of the Art Fair, the
gross number of people inundating
the city makes it great for business.
Ann Arbor gets more then 1,000
artists and more then half a million
visitors. With so many people attend-
ing this somewhat different array of
art, the diversity of it is what makes
the Ann Arbor Art Fairs a necessary
summertime experience.

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"The Practice" will defend its best drama title against upstart "The Sopranos." 04
EmmVs get mobbed

Fae P"oto
"Dude, like Art Fairs ruck, dude."

The warped Atomic Fireballs

By Jonah Victor
Daily Arts Writer
Yesterday the Atomic Fireballs
gave a hometown performance at the
Phoenix Plaza Amphitheater in
Pontiac, and brought over 20 other
bands with them as the 1999 Warped
Tour made its stop in Michigan.
This swinging jump-blues band
from Detroit joined the tour for the
second year in a row after their first
national album, "Torch This Place,"
was released in May on Atlantic
Records.
The Fireballs' sudden leap into the
national scene came as no surprise to
the band. "Its something we've been
working on for a long time," said
trumpet player and band co-founder
James Bostek in a recent interview.
Fitting in with the punk dominated
tour was no problem for the band.
"That was easiest part," said
Bostek, "Everybody really stands
tehind each other." After the huge
success of last year's Warped Tour,
the band did not hesitate at the

chance this year to meet other musi-
cians and listen to their favorite bands
while traveling around North
America.
The band has actually found more
popularity in cities outside of
Michigan having garnered large fan
bases in Chicago, St. Louis and Los
Angeles. "The rest of the country has
been more kind to us than our home-
town. Bands get more respect when
viewed as a national band in another
city than a local band in their home-
town."
Bostek also believes that they are
not the only Detroit band that could
find this sort of success. "The Detroit
scene is great. There's a lot of talent
and great players. I'd like to see more
of them follow us in taking the next
step and get out into the rest of the
country."
The Atomic Fireballs is the latest
of bands to find success in the current
swing fad, but the band does not see
themselves in that way. "We play rock
'n' roll. Absolutely. We have our own

influences, but we're a rock band and
our sound is still growing and chang-
ing."
Bostek foresees future challenges
as the band must keep their fan base
as well as satisfying the record com-
pany in an industry that does not
support long-term growth, "There
are some great things going on in the
electronica movement, but
Americans are very nostalgic and
like to look into their past with clas-
sic music"

By Erin Podoisky
Daily Arts Writer
It's going to be a mob mob mob mob
world at the Emmys this year, as cable
net HBO's stellar freshman series "The
Sopranos" came out of nowhere to cap-
ture 16 nominations, more than any
show on network television.
Virtually sweeping the writing cate-
gory for dramatic television (with only
"NYPD Blue" sneaking in for a lone
writing nomination to "The
Sopranos"'s four), the series also
picked up nods for best drama, direct--
ing, actor and even two for best actress.
This marks the first time that a cable
show has been nominated for best
drama.
Despite HBO's "The Larry Sanders
Show" shutting down last year, the net-
work came back strong not only with
"The Sopranos" but also comedies
"Tracey Takes On ..." and "Sex and the
City" doing quite well.
Leading the network pack were
David E. Kelley's two powerhouse
series, "The Practice" in drama and
"Ally McBeal" in comedy. Each took
13 nominations.
NBC was out in front in total nomi-
nations with 82, but HBO was hot on its
heels with a not-too-shabby 74.
"ER" took one of the biggest drops
from last year to this, a result that
nobody should argue with; the show
has been on a decline for several sea-
sons now, but this past season was by
far its most boring and repetitive. Last
year garnering 16 noms, "ER" picked
up only band said adios to categories it
used to rule, including acting and writ-
ing. Inexplicably, it retained its best
drama series slot which by all accounts
should have gone to a more deserving
and consistent show.
FOX's "The X-Files" also came up
short, like "ER" dropping nomina-
tions for acting and writing,
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accounts, should have been pushed
in the supporting actress category.
But for stalwart of quality televisio
"NYPD Blue," which this year unde
went a major cast change with the death
of Jimmy Smits' character and the addi-
tion of Rick Schroder, it was business
as usual. Three-time winner Dennis
Franz was nominated yet again for his
heartbreaking portrayal of Andy
Sipowicz, while Smits was given his
due as he exits network television for
the second time (he also was on "LA
Law" once upon a time). Nominated
last year in the lead actress catego
Kim Delaney dropped down to suppo
ing both as a sign of her storyline and,
likely, to get out of the way of the
"Sopranos" juggemaut.
Other good nomination news includ-
ed the double-recognition of Don
Cheadle for lead actor ("A Lesson
Before Dying") and supporting actor
("The Rat Pack") in a miniseries or
movie. Both aired on, you guessed it,
HBO. Indeed, the possibility of Chea*
making good on not one but both nods
is quite likely.
Additionally, "Friends" experienced
a resurgence after its incredible quality
comeback this season, picking up a
well-deserved nomination for comedy
series. Cruelly, Matthew Perry, whose
Chandler Bing has been the comedic
heart and soul of the show, was left out
in the cold. Only Lisa Kudrow got an
acting nomination.
Unfortunately, Kudrow's nominat
was the end of the Emmy justice. Eve
teen's favorite network, WB, went
empty-handed in all of the major cate-
gories. Its best shot for an actress or
series nomination, the increasingly
wonderful "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
(not to mention "Felicity'"s Golden
Globe-winner, Keri Russell), was given
a slap in the face with nothing more
than a couple of makeup and sound
editing nods.
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