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8B -The Michigan Daily - Wcd w tc. - Thursday, October 19, 1995

An unforgettable evening of beauty,
poise and talent awaits you tomorrow
according to the planners of the second-
annual Miss Black & Gold Pageant, spon-
sored by the Epsilon Chapter of the his-
torically black Alpha Phi Alpha Frater-
nity, Inc. This show is but one of various
levels of pageant competitions offered to
beautiful, intelligent, talented African-
American women by the fraternity.
According to chapter member Ron
Jackson, "the various pageants sponsored
by both local chapters and the national
headquarters for Alpha Phi Alpha were
created in an effort to recognize the sup-
port of African-American women to the
fraternity." Over 700 Alpha Phi Alpha
chapters nationwide sponsor an annual
Miss Black & Gold Pageant. Winners
from these events go on to compete in
State then Regional Pageants. Winners
from the Regional competition will then
go on to the National Pageant. Various
honors and prizes are bestowed upon the
winners of each level of competition, and
the winner and first runner-up of
tomorrow's competition will receive

are awarded points based on various as-
pects including talent, personality, origi-
nality and grade point average.
Tomorrow's contest will also include a
question and answer period and a swim-
suit competition, both of which will be
scored. However, warned Jackson, the
winner of the second-annual Miss Black
& Gold Pageant is chosen for much more
than her physical beauty alone.
"Some may think this is going to be a
sexist pageant because of the swimsuit
competition, but it's not. In fact it is the
lowest-scored constituent of the compe-
tition," he said. "The swimsuit competi-
tion, in my eyes, shows how comfortable
the competitors are. Any woman of any
shape or size can look good in a swimsuit
as long as she's comfortable with her
look. That is exactly who we want for

Patrice Petway will be handing over her crown to this year's Miss Black and'Gold.

God Street Wine's funky, jazzy, folky rock will hook you at the Blind Pig Friday.

Miss Black & Gold, someone who is
comfortable with herself."
One of those comfortable African-
American women is LS&A senior Lae]
Wright. A member of the historically
black Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
she will be her sorority's sole representa-
tive on stage. And she's definitely look-
ing forward to it.
"This pageant promotes talent, intelli-
gence, beauty and scholarship among
black women," she said. "This is an op-
portunity topromotepositiveblackbeauty,

something which isn't done too often at
U-M or in this nation."
A panel of seven judges - three
women, four men (none ofthem students)
-will determine the victor. The second-
annual Miss Black & Gold Pageant will
begin tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the
Michigan Union Ballroom. An after-party,
also sponsored by the fraternity, will fol-
low the pageant. The cost to attend the
pageant or the party alone is $4. Ticketsto
both events can be purchased for the
discounted price of $7.

God Street
a groove all
By Aaron Huppert
Fdr the Daily
'There's something about today's
Spopular music that would make it all
tclo easy to categorize God Street Wine
,"alone of the many "neo-hippie bands."
"After all, these men did played on this
summer's H.O.R.D.E (Horizons of
Rock Developing Everywhere) tour.
They pride themselves on improvisa-
tional jams. And of course, they have
tlfeir very own newsletter and an Internet
horme called FineWine.
But somehow, for some reason, God
Sireet Wine has managed to remain
iritmune from the MTV mainstream for
over 7 years. And one thing's for sure,
it' ain't the music that's holding the
hod Street Wine
Vhen: Friday
Where: The Blind Pig
tickets: $8 in advance
boors open at 9:30.,_
bond back.
;Look out, because now here they
came. After dropping the Geffen la-
bel because of an unhealthy relation-
sAip, the band is releasing their fourth
album, once again without a major
aibel backing (it'll be out Nov. 22 and
at~ailahle primarily through the mail;
you can call 1-800-311-5513 formore
"We're all really psyched about it,"
said God Street Wine drummer Tomo.
"Q's definitely our most mature record;
wi're taking a lot more chances and the
lyrics are more personal than they've
been in the past." With their first west
coast tour coming to bat, these guys are
ready for some well-deserved public-
The majority of the band members

its own
met in 1988 at New York University.
"Our first real gig was in December of
'88 and we've been pretty much on the
road ever since," Tomo explained.
The band's vocals are more or less
shared between both the guitarists,(lyri-
cist) Lo Faber and Aaron Maxwell.
This adds a sweet touch to the God
Street Wine's overall sound, givingthe
listener a break from any sort of repeti-
tiveness. The rest of the quintet is com-
posed of the jazzy aura of Jon Bevo's
piano and organ, Dan Pifer's funky
bass, and Tomo's solid drums. Many of
God Street Wine's songs are highlighted
by in-your-face guitar licks, shifting
tempos, funky beats, jazzy rifts, and
unpredictable hooks.
"In the past, we went through phases
in which all we did was get up on
stage and jam. Now I think we found
an interesting middle ground where
we could express ourselves and at the
same time keep the tunes tight and
more listener friendly," Tomo com-
mented. Another middle ground that
God Street Wine constantly searches
for is how to stay away from the trap
that the Spin Doctors fell into while
still managing to sell records and gain
"It's a delicate balance," Tomo re-
marked. "I hope Blues Traveler and
Dave Matthews come out alright. I
think Phish discovered that balance. It
would be nice to sell a bunch of al-
bums, go on tour, take a break, and then
start it all up again later. We could use
a break; I feel like we've been on the
road forever."
"By playing togetherso often, we've
all influenced each other to the point
where we can reach those moments
when themusicjust feels so right. When
that happens, you know it's all worth

Businesses and bands celebrate fall, Halloween

By Elan Stavros
Daily Arts Writer
As the leaves turn colors and the season
pushes deeper into fall toward the coming
winter, the months of October and No-
vember through their Halloween and
Thanksgiving holidays present us with a
variety of special activities.
Ranging from costume parties to hay-
rides to pumpkin carving, the Ann Ar-
bor community offers several things to
do that are unique to fall.
From Oct. 6 through Halloween (Oct.
31, a Tuesday) haunted houses and hay-
rides are being held. Wiard's Orchards
in Ypsilanti claims to have spooky hay-
rides and "Michigan's largest ultimate
haunted barn," open Thursday through
Sunday evenings. For more informa-
tion call them at (313) 482-7744.
Another haunted forest hayride as
well as "the dungeon of doom," says
it's "too scary for kids 5 and under."
They offer group discounts and can be
reached at (810) 231-0045. And
Haunted Hayride Locations in Roches-
ter Hills gives a Thursday night"Meijer
Special" for $6.
Many nightclubs in the area are hav-
ing special Halloween-type events the
weekend before and on the holiday. On
Oct. 28, newly-opened Roadrunner's
Raft on Yemans Street in Hamtramck is
featuring modern rock band Orgone
Box at their Halloween bash. Also that
Saturday The Edge, amodernrock dance
club north of 1-94, is throwing a Hal-
loween costume party with prizes.
The Sanctum, on Huron Street in
Pontiac, will have a "Halloween fright
night" Oct. 28 with $2000 worth of
cash and prizes. And T.C.'s Speakeasy
Bar and Grill in downtown Ypsi will
also give prizes for costumes and con-

tests that Saturday.
A special "Devil's Night appear-
ance" by the band Wig (local indus-
trial rock) will be at Cross St. Station
in Ypsi on Oct. 30. The Heidelberg
on Main Street will have Frank
Allison and the Odd Sox perform
pop-rock originals on the31st. They'll
also host a costume party with prizes.
Rick's Cafe on Church Street is also
having a Halloween party.
For your costume needs, vintage
clothing store Light Wraps on State
Street advertises special Halloween
items for sale. Other places to try are
Fantasy Attic Costumes on Main Street
and Gags and Gifts on Washtenaw.
Of course the "holiday" would not
be complete without a showing of the
1978 original "Halloween" film, where
a child murderer later escapes from a
hospital to continue his career. It is
showing Oct.27 at 11 p.m. in the Michi-
gan Theater.
And the first film based on Bram
Stoker's "Dracula," called"Nosferatu,"
will play at the Michigan Theater Oct.
28. It's a silent film, so a live orchestra
will accompany it.
Also on Oct. 27 and 28 the famous
"Rocky Horror Picture Show" reap-
pears at the State Theater with the usual
live actors imitating the screen per-
For a different type ofentertainment,
the Annual U-M Halloween Concert
with the University Symphony and U-
M Philharmonia Orchestra will per-
form "in full Halloween regalia" on
Oct. 29. Tickets are $5 and $7, avail-
able at the Michigan League Ticket
Office and the North Campus Informa-
tion Desk. The concert will be at Hill
Auditorium, at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
For another fine art alternative, au-
thor Susan Holtzer, who wrote Ann
Arbor-based mysteries "Curly
Smoke" and "Something To Kill For,"
will appear Oct. 22 from i to 3 p.m. at
Aunt Agatha's Bookstore on South
Fourth Avenue. She will also read
from "Curly Smoke" at Borders
Books on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
As an alternative, join the Druids of
Shining Lakes Grove in their annual

celebration of the season for free - a
pumpkin picking and carving party. On
Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., the group will meet at
Denny's Restaurant on Washtenaw
Street. For more information, call 485-
3616. One strange thing about October
and November is that a million types of
squash suddenly appear for use as deco-
ration and/or food. Where all these weird
vegetables come from Idon't know, but
buy some pumpkins and have a squash
design party.
Horseback riding seems to be a tradi-
tional autumn sport and nearby you can

sing with someone's guitar andtell ghost
stories. Oooh, it conjures up cheesy
images of hot chocolate, people hud-
dling to keep warm and the smell pf
pumpkin pie.
The concept of taking a walk, though
vastly overdone, can really be a plea-
sure in the coming weeks among color-
ful falling leaves. A couple of pfiks in
the area provide trails and fields for
several activities. Bundle up yourself
and your friends in your fave sweaters,
cords, hiking boots and wool hats and
find out what really goes on at North

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take a tour at Rolling Acres Riding
Stable on Old US- 23 a half-hour north
of Ann Arbor, at (810) 750-6455. Or try
Maybury Riding Stable in Maybury
State Park at (810) 750-6455.
For you nature lovers, drive a few
miles outside of Ann Arbor to places.
like Canton Township at Real Life Day
Camp and Farm to take in their beauty.
In addition, Sugarbrush Farms in Ypsi
gives unhaunted hayrides, barn parties,
horsedrawn sleigh rides, etc., some with
actual farm animals for the city kid.
If you're wondering how you can
enjoy the season for free, spending time
outside is a great way to do it. (Caution:
This may require you to travel to North
Campus where forests and open green
fields can actually be seen.) Thankfully
the weather is still bearable enough to
be outside, blessing us with warm spells
once in a while.
Most ofyour common summersports
can still be played in between rain show-
ers - tennis, basketball, soccer,
rollerblading and mountainbiking (if
you can find a mountain or even a dirt
trail). Fall also makes you want to put
on layers of sweats and play flag, touch
and (coed) tackle football with your
friends-oreven capture the flag. Then
you go inside and make warm coffee-
isn't it quaint?
Great fall parties usually include a
bonfire. Around a monstrous firepit,
friends can gather and drink, eat -
roasting marshmallows and hot dogs,

Campus as you explore the woods.
Heck, bring a camera and "capture the
In Northern Michigan people actu-
ally pay to see such tours (road trip
alert!). You could even reminisce
about your junior high days as you
add to your long-abandoned seventh
grade leaf collection. And if you're
really brave, some die-hard campers
still hit the campgrounds through
November. Hey, it's an excuse to
cuddle with someone, for warmth or
... Plus, this~ is the advent of hot-
tubbing season., Sneak into a hotel's
outdoor one after hours or become
friends with someone who owns one.
If you've got a vehicle with four-
wheel drive you can participate in
another Michigan "hick" sport called
off-roading or four-wheeling. Legal
or not, just find an unpopulated dirt
two-track trail among woods and
fields. Drive as fast as you possibly
can, preferably spinning the steering
wheel crazily and slamming on the
brakes to discover the neat tricks your
car can do.
What is it about fall that makes
people want to get all cozy? Human
beings seem to innately crave this
intriguing phenomenon for sorne un-
known reason - any psych. or soc.
profs out there have a theory? What-
ever the reason, we'd better enjoy it
now before the dreaded Michigan
winter sets in.

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