10 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 14, 2003
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Daily Arts Editor
Wednesday the whole town will be
once again waking up to the grim real-
ities of Ann Arbor's annual summer
Art Fair. No secret that both the city's
permanent residents and students tem-
porarily holed up here have a compli-
cgted relationship with the massive,
On the one hand, very deserving and
hardworking local merchants rake loads
of cash that help keep their diverse
cross-section of businesses open
through these lean economic times.
Good for them. In that sense, theoriti-
cally, the Art Fair makes A2 a better
place for us all.
But the hassle of trying to complete
remotely normal tasks in town between
early Wednesday and late Sunday,
quickly wears on one's nerves.
It's the biggest collective pain-in-the-
ass this side of Move-in Week (By con-
trast, Hash Bash and Football Saturdays
are relatively localized, one-shot events,
avoidable and temporary so as to limit
their headache inducing power).
It doesn't seem particularly FAIR
that you won't be able to catch a bus to
class or work for the better part of a
week. It doesn't seem FAIR that you
can't park anywhere at all, or frankly go
anywhere near downtown to eat or shop.
FAIRNESS doesn't usually involve
barricading oneself in one's home for a
And why? So old bearded / pony-
tailed men in dolphin t-shirts can sell
vases carved out of driftwood to subur-
banites who don't know any better? So
that the international handmade, dangly
earring /cat brooch trade won't suffer?
ART's always a subjective term, but
most of the event's (sometimes) talented
venders are selling CRAF'S, which
aren't the deep, serious, soul shaking
stuff I call ART.
Then again I don't wear earrings.
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crowd and up to the twisted carnival
stage, which was decked out with ferris
wheel, circus tent and giant clown face.
When Eminem finally emerged from
the Humvee to the pounding beat of
"Square Dance," he seemed bulletproof
- his delivery was crisp and strong.
All was well until "Kill You," when
Em's audio track dropped out a la Milli
Vanilli, leaving the rapper staring
blankly into space until the track start-
ed up again without him.
It was never entirely clear if he was
lip-syncing or just rapping over a pre-
recorded track, but it was clear that the
audience didn't care either way.
The high energy early in the set
dropped off when Em's D-12 toadies
and Obie Trice joined him onstage for
some tag-team rapping, featuring the
disgustingly shirtless lyrics Bizarre.
Throughout his set, Eminem marked
the occasion with references to his
hometown, the first of which came
during "Square Dance" with the line
"Go to Detroit and do a show there!"
Em was later joined onstage by 50
Cent for 50's "Patiently Waiting,"
which was highlighted by a high-
stepping dance from 50's adorable
Despite D-12's presence and the
occasional lull, Eminem kept it real
for his hometown crowd. There were
no attacks on Ja Rule and Benzino
or harsh words for his mother, and
Erik Everlast didn't show up to
defend his rep. It was just a man and
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read this book and find out it takes a lot
more than money to get a girl like Janey
Wilcox. Still, a lot of men love my writ-
ing because they think I'm honest."
Book Reporter Guy remembered the
honesty of the "Sex and the City"
columns and the flashy titles given to
them - "Meet the Guys Who Bed
Models!" and "City in Heat! Sexual
Panic Seizes Mr. Big." He asked her for
a good title to use with his piece.
"I could come up with something,
but you probably wouldn't want to use
it. But it would be something like
'Adorable Young College Guy Inter-
views Big City Author."'
"Adorable?" Teddy bears and puppies
are adorable, not college seniors, Book
Reporter Guy thought. Then, he
remembered "adorable" might be
appropriate coming from someone
more than twice his age. She sure does-
n't look it, though, he thought, before
he realized he should be paying more
attention to her words.
"Sometimes I think I could write
about people. in the Midwest. But I
promise you they'd be just as awful as
New Yorkers. I promise you there's a lot
of trading up going on at your universi-
ty, right under your nose."
Before her reading, Wildly Success-
ful Authoress signed Book Reporter
Guy's copy of "Sex and the City," "To
the Real Mr. Big," and Book Reporter
Guy knew she didn't write that on just
any guy's book. Right?
I always love a good Me too! But I wish stores
"Grand Opening" sale! would have more of them,.Wow.
There's always such like five times a year.
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