Everyone's a Critic

WJN’s journalistic triumph

More than twenty years ago, I met a new neighbor while we mowed our back yards. We were amused to learn that we both were editors (not a common occupation, even in Ann Arbor). I’d recently taken over the Ann Arbor...

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Holden in Heaven, by Eve Silberman

In mid-February, forty people were waiting their turn to check out a 60-year-old novel from the Ann Arbor District Library. Of course it’s not just any novel–it’s the high school classic Catcher in the Rye. The...

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Remembering Miep Gies, by Eve Silberman

The recent death in the Netherlands of Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank and preserved the diary that stirred the conscience of the world, was especially significant to Ann Arborite Irene Butter–a retired U-M...

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Sophisticated Funk and a Sophisticated Fan

Quite a few bands from New Orleans come through Michigan on tour, and if the Subdudes have gotten lost in the shuffle for you, be advised that they don’t sound like any of the others. Their starting point was probably the...

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A Staredown and a Turning Point

Many if not most blues lovers in southeastern Michigan have a John Lee Hooker story to tell, but last month at the Ark the veteran South Carolina folk singer and guitarist Jack Williams had one that was new to most of us. The...

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A Staredown and a Turning Point

Many if not most blues lovers in southeastern Michigan have a John Lee Hooker story to tell, but last month at the Ark the veteran South Carolina folk singer and guitarist Jack Williams had one that was new to most of us. The...

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FOOTBALL SATURDAY SILENCE, by Al Slote

One of the joys of living in Ann Arbor and within a mile or two of the U-M Stadium is hearing on a football Saturday afternoon the noise of the crowd. You knew Michigan had just scored. And prolonged silence meant things...

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NAKED CAME THE MAYOR by Bruce Laidlaw

“He was the voice of Republicanism in the middle of the radical sixties and seventies,” says John Stephenson about his father, Jim Stephenson, mayor of Ann Arbor from 1973-75. Stephenson infuriated thousands of young...

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STADIUM VIEWS by Craig Ross

The Michigan Stadium renovations have now consumed over 400,000 man hours. The project is on schedule and will be completed by next June. The last major piece of the project will be the removal of the old press box. This will...

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LITTLE MISS HIGGINS, by James M. Manheim

The show by Little Miss Higgins at the Ark on July 9 stood out from those of other young artists the club has booked lately. It wasn’t very well attended; Jolene Higgins is an unknown in these parts, and long warm evenings...

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POT GARDEN, by Sandor Slomovits

One might assume that ever since the Michigan Medical Marijuana Law went into effect, weed gardens have been springing up like…well, weeds. Supporting evidence is a colorful, hand-lettered sign by a small garden on the Old...

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE ARB, by Sally Mitani

You might be doing a disservice to your kids to bring them to Twelfth Night, this years’ Shakespeare in the Arb. They might grow up thinking Shakespeare is always this much fun and will be in for some crushing...

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SHOULD THE NETWORK AIM HIGHER? by Eve Silberman

I walked out of Fences, which ends its extended run at the Performance Network on May 31, in the daze you got only from first-rate theater. Only one other performance at the Network has so profoundly affected me: a production,...

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THE ANN ARBOR NEWS – IN MEMORIAM, by Walt Palesch

Today one of my best friends was diagnosed to be dying of a new and irreversible disease. A hundred or so cases have been diagnosed. But this malady appears to be sweeping across the land with deadly vengeance. I try to imagine...

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AT THE ANTIQUARIAN FAIR, by Eve Silberman

What you find at the Antiquarian Book Fair: A Gone with the Wind poster, autographed by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, price at $1200. A 1966 Detroit Tigers program for $45. A woman’s diary from the 1890s, in spidery,...

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SELF-CRITICISM, by Sandor Slomovits

While the full house at Hill Auditorium roared its appreciation and approval after every piece during Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’s concerts last month, one music lover clearly didn’t feel she was getting her...

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BUZZ SAW, by John Hilton

“Attention please: the Ann Arbor News is closing.” Sales rep Vikki Enos, first with the buzz as usual, announced the news over the Observer intercom at 9:55 Monday morning. I discarded the email message I’d...

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