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ANN ARBOR & YPSI MUSIC: Local sound happenings are getting denser. First off Souther/Hillman/furay and David Bromberg play acoustic at Hill Auditorium tonight, Friday the 25th. Also tonight, WAR and REO Speedwagon are at Bowen Field House. Sunday night the 27th marks the appearance of the excellent jazz orchestra known as Sid Blair with Visions at Chances Are. Tuesday night the 29th a late-booked Todd Rundgren's Utopia plays Hill Auditorium. And Wednesday the 30th the inimitable rock and roll master Bob Seger helps you dance at Chances Are.

DETROIT MUSIC starts off with WilIie Dixon and Carey Bell at the Rainbow Room through Saturday the 26th. Lou Reed and Focus play at Masonic the 27th, John Sebastian at Ford Aud the 28th, Sha-Na-Na brings nostalgia to Masonic the 30th. Then Sunday night the 3rd of November marks the return of the J. Geils Band, with Mountain and Golden Earring at Cobo.

TWO ETHNIC EVENTS this week include the Black Arts and Cultural Festival, October 25-27 at E. Quad. With a theme "Of and For My People," the Festival will feature art, music, poetry and crafts. The Israeli Folk Festival brings a show of music and dance to the Power Center on October 28 at 8 p.m., and that same day a Jewish Arts Festival will hold forth at Hillel, 1429 Hill St., continuing until November 5.

TV, a medium which as currently utilized is rarely interesting, features a program based on Joseph Heller's new book, Something Happened, the second novel by the author of the classic Catch-22. That's on Channel 56 at 10:30 p.m., Sunday the 27th. Then tune-in Friday November 1st for Rock concert with the Rolling Stones, Kool and the Gang and Waylon Jennings, 1 a.m. on Channel 7. (We demand prime time!) And speaking of the Stones, the concert movie Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones, starts at the Fifth Forum November 1 .

UAC SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT, offers an evening of word/skill this Sunday the 27th, 6pm, Union Ballroom.

WAR RESEARCH TEACH-IN: A coalition of groups opposed to the so-called Environmental Research Institute's move to A2 with county support is meeting this Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Assembly Room, basement of the Michigan Union. The gathering is a forum on ERIM and its classified war-research contracts. Speakers will include Dr. Donald Rucknagal, an anti-war faculty member.