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The Friars at the Power Center
The Friars appear in their 40th annual Study Break Concert tonight.
Tickets are $6 at the door or at the Michigan Union. Also appearing are
Ladies First. Don't miss this entertainment tradition.

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December 8. 1995






Entertainment options abound in Ann Arbor and Detroit for students

Hicok's compelling poetry

By Dean Bakopoulos
Daily Books Editor
Once in a while you are lucky enough
to read a novel that you simply can't put
down, something that compels you to
turn the page, for just one more hit of
perfect polished prose, one more rush of
suspended emotion.
But how many poetry collections can
you say youjust couldn't put down? Well
at least one, that is if you've been luck
enough to catch Bob Hicok's new poetry
collection "The Legend of Light" (Uni-
versity of Wisconsin Press, $10.95). This
book, the winner of the Felix Pollack
Prize in Poetry, is so ripe with stunning
craftsmanship and subtle insight, reading
it is an exercise in anticipation. You just
can't wait for that next line that strikes
deep into the pit of your gut, with Hicok's
curiously powerful restraint.
In a town like Ann Arborthe poets that
often get the most recognition are poets
who teach here at the University, poets
that some call "academic poets." But a
growing tide of local writers in Ann Ar-
bor are deserving ofthe literary spotlight.
Bob Hicok is one such writer. An Ann

Arbor resident, Hicok has done much to
sponsor the local poetry scene.
Hicok sponsors the "After Hours,"
reading series at Shaman Drum, bring-
ing mid-career poets to town. The poets
receive $250 fortheirperformance, which
Hicok pays for out of his own pocket.
The series brings poets to town who are
not likely to be heard at the Ann Arbor
Poetry Slams or the University's reading
Meanwhile, Hicok, who works at a
Livonia firm as an automotive die de-
signer and computer systems adminis-
trator, not only supports other poets, but
is quickly establishing himself among
the best of the contemporary Midwest-
em poets. He has published another book,
"Bearing Witness" (Ridgeway Press,
1991) and appeared in many respectable

Hicok reads from "The Legend of. Light."
literary publications like "Ploughshares,"
"Poetry" and "The Iowa Review."
But his latest book, "The Legends of
Light," which he will read from tonight at
8 p.m. at Shaman Drum, solidifies his
reputation. Remarkable in both its emo-
tional and technical precision, "Legends
of Light" leaves the reader uncertain as to
whether they should feel defeated or
renewed. Hicok takes on all subjects,
See HICOK, Page 7B

A scene from "Restoration," an atypical comedy playing at the Michigan Theater this month.'
chign Theer'sschedule

By Joshua Rich -
Daily Film Editor
While many of us will be leaving the
frosty quaintness of this thriving me-
tropolis over the upcoming winter holi-
day break, there will undoubtedly be the
occasional lone straggler, left behind to
brave the conditions of Ann Arbor sans
friends, classes and the typical rockin'
fratparty. Forthese lucky souls, the Michi-
gan Theater will be providing some much
needed and, as always, greatly appreci-
atedhigh-quality entertainmenton its large
Besides two showings - on Dec.l I
and 14 -of Orson Welles' classic film,
"Citizen Kane" (1941), the theaterwi 1 be
presenting "Double Happiness," a film
certainly much more modern in content.
It will run all next week, from Dec.11 to
16. This movie tells the story of a Chi-
nese-Canadian woman who is torn be-
tween her cultural roots and her contem-

porary surroundings.
At the sametime, on Dec.12 and 13, we
will finally be able to see John Candy's
final film, "Canadian Bacon." Directed
by Michael Moore, of "Roger & Me" and
"TV Nation" fame, this silly comedy is
based on the absurd premise that the
United States has declared waron Canada.
With some occasional yuks, this film will
probably be fine fora nice once-over. But
it will surely fail to rival the current (and
far superior) politically-based hit, "The
American President." Nevertheless, it is
your last time to see a fresh Candy feature
that has not yet lost its sugary-sweetness.
Also next week, two recently-released
movies, "The Usual Suspects" (playing
Dec.15 and 16) and "A Month By the
Lake" (Dec.14 and 16), will grace the
silver screen at the Michigan. One of the
best films of 1995, director Bryan Singer's
"The Usual Suspects" is an intriguing
movie both fascinating in its intricate plot

and outstanding in its stylized design. It is
definitely worth the walk over to E. Lib-
erty Street. On the other hand, "A Month
By the Lake" will certainly prove to be a
happy and much-needed escape from the
bitter Michigan winter, despite its much
more limited theatrical run.
An assortment of films will be shown
the following week, beginning on Mon-
day, Dec.18. "The Legend of Fong Sai
Yuk" (playing Dec.18 and 19) is a comi-
cal commentary on modern Chinese soci-
ety. Following this film each night will be
"Swordsman II," a sequel to the original
bloody Asian action flick, "Swordsman."
While "The Incredibly True Adven-
tures of Two Girls in Love" (Dec.20) is
an interesting tale of adolescence and
sexual awakening, another picture,
Diane Keaton's first
See FILM, Page 7B

Jefferson Airplane's guitarist flies into the Ark

By Tim Furlong
Daily Arts Writer
Who says the '60s are dead? This Fri-
day night at the Ark, you can witness a
living breathing part of that turbulent era
when Jorma Kaukonen, former lead gui-
tarist for Jefferson Airplane, brings his
unique blend of folk, blues and finger-
picking guitar to Ann Arbor.
Kaukonen, along with fellow "rabbit
chasers" Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden
and Co. will be honored for their contri-
bution to rock history as the latest induct-
ees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
this January. The ceremony will mark the
first time these rock pioneers have played
together in almost 20 years.
In his illustrious three-decade career,

Where: The Ark
When: Tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $14.75 in advance.
Kaukonen has played and recorded with
such rock legends as Jimi Hendrix, Janis
Joplin, andJerry Garcia. In a career filled
with so many highlights, Kaukonen said
the one moment that outshines them all,
and not surprisingly, was
"Woodstock"(that's the first one for all
you Gen X's out there).
"There wasjust this unbelievable vibe
in the air at Woodstock, you felt like
anything was possible," Kaukonen said.

"Plus we had this whole good vs. evil trip
going on, like everyone was out there
fighting for the same universal cause."
Kaukonen said he thought our genera-
tion couldn't recapture the same vibe and
glory of Woodstock. "Back in the '60s we
all shared some sort of common identity
and I just don't think its possible to today
with all of the media bombardment the
kids are getting, there's just too much out
there," he said.
After30 years in the business, Kaukonen
is showing no signs of slowing down. He
still manages to work about 200 nights a
year, a very impressive statistic in an in-
dustry where you're here today and gone
later today. "I just love touring," he said.

George Ci'nton
comes to
Stop by Schoolkids' Records Sunday, December
17 at 7:30 p.m. to meet the Godfather of Funk,
George Clinton, on tour for his first full-length
independent release Dope Dogs.
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features players like Bootsy Collins,
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other P-Funk luminaries. Not only
do you get classic Funkadelic-style
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proves he's as current as ever with
some more bass-oriented raps,
including the title cut, which is as
socially on-target as anything he's
ever done!

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