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a good time playing together and
practicing," Sailers says, "that even-
tually we got to play open mic
nights, and we went on to play at
0bars." Wanting to remain in the At-
lanta area, they both completed their
college educations at Emory, where
they named themselves the Indigo
Girls, and acquired a following.
When a group of musicians play
together for a substantial amount of
time, they learn a good deal about
each others' styles. Although Sailers
and Ray are both capable songwrit-
ers, they learned by trial and error
that collaboration is simply not an
option for them. "We wrote one
(together), but it was horrible," Sail-
ers says. "Our approaches to things
lyrically is so drastically different.
I'm much more of a narrative style
writer. Sometimes I write a song
like I'm writing an English paper,
making sure all the images run to-
"Amy writes in much more
sweeping images," she continues,
"sensual images, things of the Earth
and from an angrier perspective, to
work through to the hope. I start
from a more positive perspective, or
at least more emotionally de-
tached.... There's no way you can
write together when you have those
sort of differences."
Another basis of their differences
is their conflicting sources of inspi-
ration. Sailers notes Ray "is more
Watson, are you sure
it's really a Ming?
by Diane Frieden
A n eggshell-thin bowl is
beautifully colored and comes in its
own padded silk box, complete with
letters of authenticity. The dealer
assures you that it's a rare piece.
Should you buy it?
Identifying counterfeit art is just
one of the "lessons" taught in the
University Museum of Art's current
exhibition, Lessons From The East.
Compiled by Marshall Wu, Curator
of Asian Art, the exhibit highlights
various pieces of ceramic art, as well
as prints, other paintings and scrolls
selected from the permanent collec-
In the above example of the an-
tique bowl, as with other showcased
pieces, secrets are disclosed to un-
cover forgeries. The didactic material
points out that the thin ceramic
bowl could not be used because of
its fragility, a seal under the bowl
would not be stamped over the glaze
and the authentic papers are actually
not. "Beware of the container's al-
lure," it also warns. The "evidence"
that the piece is fake is in the design
of the bowl and the techniques and
materials used. Wu writes in the ex-
hibit's corollary information, "Like
reading a good detective story, noth-
ing can be more satisfying than to
unravel the mystery of the past."
Reproduction of art is another
theme in this exhibition. The Shui-
in ("waterprint") process is ex-
plained, a method where an original
ink scroll is reproduced through
woodblock printing; then, by hand,
brush strokes are used to apply
color. The result is a manufactured
product that still pays homage to the
The written materials alongside
the works were explanatory, if con-
fusing at times. Aside from a few
typographical errors and sentence
fragments, some displays, such as
Chun Ware, were not laid out
clearly. Most of the descriptive ma-
terials discuss the art, artist and pe-
riod, but some of the material was
lacking in detail. However, a great
deal is to be learned from the
Structurally, the exhibition is ar-
ranged well, with a few key pieces
isolated in center cases. However,
some wall hangings are not lit very
well and shadow falls on the reading
material. The lighting shouldn't dis-
suade anyone, though, who wants to
go and play detective for an after-
noon; Lessons From the East is an
exhibition that would please anyone
with a little Sherlock Holmes in
LESSONS FROM THE EAST is
on display at the University Mu-
seum of Art through March 10, if
the West Gallery. There is no admis-
Exactly how close are Amy Ray and Emily Sailers (I to r) to fine?
influenced by alternative rock 'n'
roll," like the Replacements,
R.E.M. and Bob Mould, as is evi-
dent by the Husker Da t-shirt she
wears on their new album's back
cover. Sailers is more into Joni
Mitchell, Bob Dylan and other con-
temporary singer/songwriters like
Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Sailers says they will not be
playing exclusively acoustic num-
bers all night. Joining them on-stage
will be the nomadic bassist Sara
Lee, as well as the night's opening
performers, the Ellen James Society.
Sk, describes the show as being a
"casual free for all." Hopefully this
will not incite those rowdy Indigo
Girls fans to tear the Hill Audito-
rium seats to shreds.
THE INDIGO GIRLS jam at Hill
Auditorium tonight with THE
ELLEN JAMES SOCIETY opening
at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 and
available from TicketMaster.
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in separate trash cans, displayed
much talent as well. The despair of
these characters' world is so well
conveyed that their wretchedness and
stench unloads itself onto the audi-
The show stresses a unique vocal
rhythm, combining pauses with
quick dialogue and whispers with
shouts. This rhythm evokes a
purposely uneasy, almost painful
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