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Cool music and cheap beer:
Bub's Pub is expanding soon
By FRANK BRAGG
Why do you fill me up, fill me
up buttercup baby, just to let me
down . .
At Bub O'Malley's Pub, the lyrics
to this song are extremely familiar.
The jukebox at this East Rosemary
Street bar cranks out party music
from the 1960s and 70s to create its
This music has been cranking at
Bub's since April 1987. Although a
relatively new bar, it seems to be a
marked success. An easygoing style
and cheaper beer prices have enabled
Bub's to join the ranks of traditional
bars such as He's Not Here, Hender
son Street Bar and Four Corners.
Bub's owners, Cynthia Shaffer and
Mike Stout, thought it was time for
a new beer bar in Chapel Hill.
"Chapel Hill went three years or so
with only three good beer bars," Stout
said. "We thought it was time for
The bar has been successful due
to its atmosphere, cleanliness, good
Soviet Union looks toward West, invites 'Amerika'in
From Associated Press reports
MOSCOW Images of Michael
Jackson dancing to rock music in a
Pepsi commercial flicker across the
Soviet television screen, and Levi's
jeans hug the hips of young Russians
in a crowded subway car. Amerika,
as the Soviets call it, has arrived.
"Far behind the Iron Curtain, we
were able to develop a pro-Western
mentality, and what, tell me, could
be more Western than America?"
emigre author Vasily Aksyonov
wrote about his youth in the Soviet
National Endowment of the Arts
rewards folk artists with grants
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON A dozen
American folk artists, ranging from
a Czech-American egg painter to a
Hawaiian cowboy singer and ukulele
player, have been awarded grants
from the National Endowment of the
Arts for their efforts to "preserve and
pass on the artistic legacy of their
"Among this nation's greatest
treasures is our rich and varied
traditional heritage," Arts Endow
ment Chairman Frank Hodsoll said
in announcing the award recipients
on Tuesday. "It is a heritage forged
from the ways and customs of the
many different peoples who settled
The 12 were selected from among
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WERE FIGHTING FOR
employees and food service through
out the day, the owners said. Envi
sioning a casual atmosphere where
people could be themselves, Shaffer
said she wanted a place where
students could come between classes
to eat and share a pitcher of beer.
Recent graduate Krista Matthews
agreed. "When you go to Bub's you
can wear shorts and a T-shirt and not
feel underdressed or feel that you are
on parade," she said. "Going to Four
Corners or Ham's, you feel as though
you have to dress up."
After a year of serving thousands
of pitchers of beer, Bub's is expand
ing. Initially, Shaffer and Stout were
hesitant to expand when they con
sidered the high turnover rate of new
bars in Chapel Hill. "We didn't want
to invest a lot of money ... we
wanted to make sure the bar would
warrant more space," Stout said.
But a growing clientele, evidenced
by long lines and busy weekends,
created a demand for more space.
As a result, the kitchen was con
Union of the 1950s.
Even the Cyrillic alphabet hasn't
prevented what the Russians call
Amerikanizarsia. "Jeansi," "stop,"
"breakdance," "OK" and one of the
latest signs of the times "stress"
are now part of the Russian
Soviet Communist Party General
Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev has
encouraged his people to learn more
about America. To demonstrate his
sincerity, he has allowed more travel
155 traditional artists nominated by
their peers to receive the $5,000
National Heritage Fellowships, said
"In a way, it's a celebration of
ourselves in all of our glorious
diversity," said Dan Sheeny, assistant
director of the endowment's Folk
Arts Program, which initiated the
awards in 1982 to honor the master
practitioners of the traditional arts.
"The art forms that we try to
recognize through the individual are
the art of a people," explained
Sheeny. "Some people call them
A complete repertoire
of seafood, pasta and
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solidated. Bub's now sports 400 more
square feet while retaining its food
With the onset of summer, the
extra space will allow for more
ventilation, the owners said.
Soon the new area will house a
third 8-foot-wide TV screen and a
new beer bar carrying four more draft
beers. Shaffer said it will reduce
crowding at the main bar and provide
faster service for customers.
Senior Robin Daniel was glad to
see the expansion, "It gives people a
lot more room," she said. "The
majority of the people that go to
Bub's go in groups to be with their
friends. It also gives people who want
to play foosball or video games more
room to move around." '
The expansion should be com
pleted when students return from the
Memorial Day break, Shaffer said.
Shaffer said she hopes that students
will enjoy the changes and that the
sounds of "Buttercup Baby" will play
for many years.
to the United States, ended the
jamming of Voice of America broad
casts and removed barriers to joint
In April, a record 1,200 Soviets,
most of them Jews, were allowed to
visit relatives in the United States. An
additional 1,000 Soviets traveled
there on official business. Before
Gorbachev, only a handful of Soviets
visited the United States monthly.
The 1985 Geneva summit gave an
offical stamp of approval to cultural
agreements - and "people-to-people"
tribal arts. Some people don't even
call them arts. Some people call them
The awards will be formally pre
sented to the recipients at a ceremony
on Sept. 29 in the nation's capital.
"Through these awards, we seek to
honor America's great traditional
artists those who successfully
preserve and pass on the artistic
legacy of their forebears and enrich
their culture," Hodsoll said. He
pointed out that many of the award
ees have full-time jobs and pursue
their artistic goals in their spare time.
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exchanges. Under the agreements,
Soviet and American lawyers, doc
tors, students, musicians, scientists
and teachers have visited each other.
In some instances, the exchanges
reflect a Soviet desire for American
help in tackling social problems such
as alcoholism and drug addiction,
problems the government previously
At the grass-roots level, Soviets
need little encouragement to talk
about things American.
When introduced to an American,
many Soviets immediately start with
the questions, on everything from war
and peace to the availibility of
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A taxi driver's reaction when a
passenger introduced himself as an
American was to run down the
American authors she loved Ernest
Hemingway, Mark Twain, Ray Brad
bury. Collections of these authors in
translation occupy prominent places
on the bookshelves in some Soviet
apartments. More contemporary
American authors are lesser known
because their works still aren't
available in the Soviet Union.
Levi's jeans are required attire in
certain circles. And some of those
who manage to get an American
candy bar, soft drink or pack of
cigarettes proudly display the empty
packaging in their living rooms.
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