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Season's greetings, dear friends, and welcome to the endof-the-year edition of our humble rag, in which we also manage to take a tentative look into 1976 and try to come out swinging. Jhis is the seventh edition of the SUN since your mtrepid reporter became 3 fulltime staff member back in September, and we hope you've found a few things here and there to keep yoLii interest up... Our next issue will be Volume 4, Number 1 of the Sun, which may be kind of confusing since we started this experiment in alternative journalism way back in 1967 as the Warren-Forest Sun. After four modest issues in the Motor City the Sun moved, along with its creators, to the nearby town of Ann Arbor, where the paper continued fitst as a series of free street shepts (1968-69-70), emerged for thre'e issues as a nationally-oriented paper titled Sun Dance, and began regular publication asa tabloid newspaper on May 1, 1971, as the Ann Arbor Sun. A uniform numbering system was finally established at the beginning of 1975, which was designated as Volume 3 for some reason, and thus we go into 1976 with Volume 4 proudly atop the masthead. In case you don't remember, the Ann Arbor Sun became The Sun this past summer, and the paper established its editorial offices In downtown Detroit on October 1st, 1975, when we moved into a third-floor suite at the Shelby Hotel. Now, at year's end, we're out of the Shelby (along with everyone else who was staying there) and into a second-f loor suite of offices in the Leiand House (formerly the Detroit Leiand Hotel) at Cass & Bagley, half a block from the Michigan Palace, where we happily invite you to visit us. This place has got Invt , too, like our space at the Shelby never seemed to have, and it's a great place to start out the new year... SPEAKING OF The Michigan Palace, you might recall Frank Bach's report a couple issues back that Steve Glantz & Co., dba Steve Glantz Productions, Michigan Concert Palace, etc, were having trouble with their landlords at the Palace and might face eviction from the downtown concert hall. Well, a ort n the Free Press a few days ago had Judge Thomas Roumell appointing attomey Ar thur Schueler as receiver fot Steve Glantz Productions, charged with controlling all of SGP's finances and concert promotions until the Glantzes settle their dispute with the owners of the Palace concerning their alleged non-payment of rent and Utilities. The Judge seemed to be guided in his action by an overall repugnance with the Glantzes bizarre methods of doing business, charging that Glantz Productions had "caused or permitted" an --J estimated $175,000 worth of damage to the hall following the Kinks' concert there last Friday (Dec. 19), including (according to the Freep's Cari Arrington) "smashed mirrors and statues, missing chairs, brass plating stfipped from the walls and trash strewn about." Tsk, tsk, fellas. Meanwhile, former Glantz partner Leo Speer has signed a promoter lease with the building's owners, Bagley Associates, and plans to clean up the mess and produce "rock" concerts there, while Glantz told Arrington - (he won't soeak to the Sun) - - that he will keep - moting n Detroit. While he does, at least as long as the Judge is in the case, he'll have a court-appointed receiver running his affairs, and it's hard to see how that could be any worse than what we've had. Maybe this lawyer fellow will force them to clean up their act in some of the non-fiscal áreas as well... BACK TO THE NEWS, there's as much exciting activity coming up in the next month as theif always is- please check out our calendar for all the glonous details, and might we )ust mention these items ot innarest: The mindblowing Alvin Ailey Dance Company visits the Music Hall Jan. 6-10... "Ebenezer Is a Geezer," the Xmas Carol extravaganza mounted by Lisa Nowak and the Harbinger Dance Company for the Detroit Youtheatre people at the Institute of Arts- music by Jim Hartway-enjoys its final three performances Dec. 26-27-28. Hartway is joined by Larry Nozero (reeds), Dennis Tini (ke'yboards), Hubie Crawford (bass), Denise Ward (organ), and Rich Mikels (drums) in the pit band, and the whole thing is "an all-Detioit production, conceived, created and produced by Detroiters and made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts," it sez here... Albert King, the master of the blues guitar, is at Ethel's Cocktail Lounge (Mack east of Grand Blvd.) for another big weekend Dec. 26-27-28, followed by Little Milton on New Year's Eve... The Origináis and Kim Weston at Lowman's, followed by Terry Collier plus The Choice Four (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)... Vibist Gary Burton with guitarist Ralph Towner and their band at the Showcase Theatre Jan. 10, the first in a new series of shows by Probity Productions, of whom more next ish... I Bro. Jack McDuff and nis hot oigan band at the Pretzel Bowl in Highland Park, Jan. 14... Luther Allison at Lizard's n East Lansing Jan. 5-6, followed by Radio King and his Court of Rhythm (Jan. 7-10), who I will giace Chances Are for New Year's Eve n Ann Arboi ... Koko Taylor and her Chicago Blues Band at the Blind Pig in downtown Ann Arbor for NY's Eve... Chet Baker (backed by Detroiters Bert Myrick, drums, and Dan Jordán, bass) finished out the year for Baker's last weekend. The Livernois-8 Mile hotspot opens Jan. 9 with ace percussionist Muruga and his all-star band featuring Darius Brubeck & Perry Robinson. Maruga, formerly known quite well in those parts as Steve Booker, has an amazing approach to percussion, and his electrified talking squeeze drum must be heard!... Thelonious Monk turns up ( on record ) as WJZZ's Artist of the Week startina Dec 28 a ting tribute to Motor City music fans and a welcome feather n the cap for WJZZ GM Bobby Bass, who will mark his first year at JZZ next month. Hang on n there, bro, we can hear t coming... Get ready for the master brass v " star Dizzy Gillespie, who brings his quartet to ham's Groves High School. Jan. 23rd... The Lyman Woodard Organization at Cranbrook's Academy of Art Museum, Sunday, Jan. 4, at 3:00pm. Tribe turned out a full house for the Dec. show, and Sam Sander's excellent band, Visions, will close the Detroit's Jazz Today series at Cranbrook the first Sunday n February... Happy Birthday to Kim Weston, the SUN's Bill Adler, Chairman - Mao Tsetung, and the beloved late po'et and geMfcfc. nius, Charles Olson, who would've hit 65 this week... In Abraham's Bosom, the 1922 Pulitzer PrizeV1 winning drama of cohtinued on