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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 24, 1996)
I By Cliff Hicks I
I (with Emily Wray) |
Emily wants to be a vampire so
it seemed fitting, with Halloween
and all, that we do a vampire story.
But I am sick and tired of the tradi
tional vampire stories, so I picked
“Agyar” by Steven Brust.
Brust is my favorite writer in
America today, from his Vlad TMtos
series to his quasi-religious “To
Reign In Hell.” “Agyar,” I think, is
his best book to date.
This was Emily’s first exposure
to Brust, however, and her reactions
were, to say the least, mixed.
“I don’t know,” Emily told me,
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journalist to me.”
Brust’s strength, I told her, is the
narrative. It sounded to me like she
hit the character, in some ways, right
on the head. Aren’t all vampires
journalists? Or is that all journal
ists are vampires..! can never re
“I like his affinity for typing, and
I can relate to him when he has
grammar problems,” Emily said.
“Agyar” is the story of a man
named Jack Agyar, who just hap
pens to be a vampire trying to lead
a normal life in a haunted, aban-'
doned house. He writes the story on
an old typewriter in the attic.
The book is a quick read, and it
seems to rush off the page at you.
As always, Brust’s first-person per
spective gives a streamlined point
of-view that whittles it down to the
Laura Kellem, who is dying, is
Jack’s creator. She’s the vampire
who chose Jack a long time ago in
London. Susan, who calls him
Jonathan, eventually becomes en
tangled in Jack’s muddled life as
things get a great deal more diffi
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“Agyar” is really a story about
power, though, more than anything
“That was my second thought,
after the sex and the blood,” Emily
agreed. (I must have missed all the
sex, I thought to myself.)
At first, I kind of got the impres
sion Emily was disappointed with
“I didn’t mind it. I just don’t
think it was the best thing I ever
read,” she told me. “I feel kind of
ambivalent toward it—kind of like
the way Jack feels towards his vic
I, however, loved the book. I
usually hate vampire fiction, but this
is the kind of piece I enjoy reading.
The vampirism is secondary to the
story, not the focus. I like that.
For Halloween, I highly recom
* mend this book. I’d recommend it
Emily added a word of warning,
though: “Watch out for tall, dark
Hungarian strangers with vampire
Did we mention both Agyar and
Brust are Hungarian? I have a little
Hungarian in memys^f.
Hicks is a sophomore news
editorial and English major.
Wray is a junior news-editorial
major. They are both Daily Ne
braskan staff reporters and avid'
Old Chicago tosses deep dish in Haymarket
By Ann Stack
Old Chicago: The words conjure
images of baseball, Michigan Avenue,
the North Shore and good blues bands.
Now add to that picture a new res
taurant in Lincoln’s Historic
Old Chicago, Eighth and P streets
(the former location of Billy Frogg’s
in the Haymarket), will open its doors
Saturday. The restaurant is becoming
well-known for its 115 beers and deep
dish Chicago-style pizza.
There are 35 Old Chicago restau
rants in 10 states. Two are in Omaha
— one in the Old Market opened in
May and another in West Omaha that
will open in November.
The first Old Chicago—which got
its name from a pinball machine —
opened in Boulder more than 20 years
ago with the mission of serving the kind
of pizza for which the Windy City is
famous. The beer association came
later, regional manager Jeff Daley said.
“Our sister company is Rock Bot
tom Brewers,” he said. “They’re a
microbrewery. They make it and we
_01d Chicago started with 18 beers
on tap, and expanded to 30 drafts, 80
bottles and five rotator beers that
change each month. (The beer of the
month is currently Evil Eye Amber.)
Old Chicago has beers represent
ing 20 countries, including Canada,
Scotland, Ireland, Italy, the Nether
lands, Czechoslovakia, Australia and
Jamaica. Some other imports include
the 25.4-ounce Chimay Red from Bel
gium, Paulaner Oktoberfest and Beck’s
from Germany and Aegean from
With this, the restaurant promotes
their “Old Chicago World Beer Tour.”
If people can drink every beer on the |
list, they get an embroidered “World
Beer Tour” sweatshirt, along with their
name engraved on a plaque on the 1
“Wall of Foam.” To help drinkers on
their quest, Daley said custom-made
prizes are given along the way.
But Old Chicago’s focus is still on
the food, no matter how much beer is
consumed. Along with the pizza, which
totals more than 60 percent of their
food sales, Old Chicago serves salads,
sandwiches, pasta and desserts. A bo
ius about their cheese — it’s low-fat,
from a dairy in Wisconsin.
The thick crusted, deep dish-style
pizza served at Old Chicago also boasts
i topping menu containing 51 differ
ent meats, vegetables and fruit. Top
pings such as cream cheese, pineapple
md shrimp are among the favorites at
pther Old Chicago restaurants.
Daley said he hopes people leave
Did Chicago with a sense of well-be
“I want people to take away the
cnowledge that they had a great time
with great people,” he said. “I want
hem to think, ‘These people care about
is. They were genuinely concerned
with whether we had fun.’”
Old Chicago’s hours are from 11
i.m. to 12:30 a.m., every day.
By Liza Holtmeier
This week’s Theatrix production
of “Largo Desolato” will provide
entertainment for its audience and
a chance to be daring for its actors.
Directed by Patrick Tuttle, the
play revolves around the struggle of
a writer, Leopold, who is caught
between pressure from his support
ers and from those in political
Although the show deals with
serious issues involving the de
mands of heroism in society, cast
member Ken Paulman said “the
play can’t really be classified.”
The play has proved to be a chal
lenge for its cast members. Paulman
said that the chemistry of this cast
has been different from any other
show he has worked on in the past.
“The play itself is so intense. I
feel like a lot of the closeness you
would have with a comedy, for ex
ampie, is not mere, nesaia.
Tuttle has also provided chal
lenges for his actors.
“He knows how to give direc
tion when direction is needed, but
he also lets the actors have their
freedom to express their feelings as
well,” cast member Eva Nekovar
Hie cast has been rehearsing for
about a month, but Nekovar said
that a Theatrix production still re
quires about half the time a
mainstage play requires at UNL.
“Yes, there has been a time com
mitment, but it’s definitely been
worth it for me,” cast member
Abbie Thompson said.
Hie play starts at 8 p.m. today
through Saturday and at 2 pja Sun
day on the Howell stage in the
—Temple Building. Admission is $3.
Famous Indian flutist to perform at UNL
By Ann Stack
Indian music has a long tradition
as world music, and UNL will get to
experience some of that tradition Sun
RAAG, the student organization
that promotes Indian music and culture
in Lincoln, will be presenting world
renowned flutist Pundit Hariprasad
Chaurasia at 6:30 pjn. Sunday at the
Westbrook Music Building. He will be
accompanied by percussionist
Chaurasia is not only a leading flut
ist in India, he is possibly one of the
top five flute players in the world. He
plays a bamboo transverse flute, known
as a “bansuri.” It is one of the oldest
melody instruments in the world.
Ramakrishna Prasad, a graduate
student in chemical engineering and
president-elect of RAAG, said it was
the group’s goal to bring at least two
influential Indian performers to Lin
coln a year.
“We’re honored to have him come
to Lincoln,” Prasad said. “We try to get
the best artists from India to perform.
We’re glad to be hosting him.”
Prasad said that a group at the Uni
versity of Pittsburgh has a classical
Indian musical chapter equivalent to
RAAG. They help the students in
PUNDIT HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA will be performing at the
Westbrook Music Building Sunday night.
RAAG book artists to perform in Lin
“They were very appreciative of the
fact that we’re trying to host these
events,” Prasad said.
Chaurasia has been called both a
traditionalist and an innovator as a
musician. He has performed exten
sively in Asia, Nath America and Eu
rope. Currently, he’s touring the United
In 1992, the president of India gave
him one of India’s highest civilian
awards for his outstanding contribu
tions to Indian music.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for
the public and $7 for students with ID
and can be purchased through
China wants values in cartoons
unuiisu (Ar)—in the battle for
the hearts and minds of China’s chil
dren, the government is playing a new
‘toon. Donald and Mickey are out;
homegrown cartoons with Communist
values are in.
A new campaign promotes cartoons
with Chinese characters and themes.
Among them: tales of Coniiicius, the
life of a revered poet, and the fable of
a sports hero who soars through obe
dience and teamwork.
In today’s market-driven China, it
also makes business sense to go after
what a state-run newspaper called “the
unchecked spread of foreign comics.”
Parents enriched by economic re
forms are lavishing more money on
their children, often indulging the ev
ery whim of “little emperors” bom of
the government’s one-child family
Up to 180,000 copies of Mickey
Mouse —- or “Mi Laoshu” — maga
zine sell in China each month. Hun
dreds of thousands of kids also have
cajoled their parents into buying
Disney’s “The Lion King” and “Toy
Stoiy” comics after seeing the films.
“Parents want books which will
raise their child’s educational level,”
said Zhao Ertao, manager of a
children’s bookstore in western
Beijing. “But children just want the
famous characters, things they see on
Chinese officials and newspaper
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