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CONTACT: LINDA KROON
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail:linda-kroon@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Homecoming queen to headline Halloween Coffeehouse Oct. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is sponsoring the October Coffeehouse featuring a holiday party, performers and the UI Homecoming Queen. The event will be Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 South Gilbert St., Iowa City.

Coffeehouse organizer Suzi Steffen urges participants to wear costumes. "Since Halloween, the pagan holy day Hallomas, and the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, we decided to make the October Coffeehouse a big party," Steffen says.

Experienced and new performers will entertain at the event. Patty Ankrum, of local folk group "Black Sheep," will perform some of her new and developing work. UI graduate Angie Haag will read her poetry and short fiction, and UI Homecoming Queen Tanna Frederick will perform part of her one-woman show, "Questioning Jabe" which was produced at the UI Theatres last month. There will be an open microphone where women will read, drum, dance, sing and perform in various other ways, Steffen says. Persons who wish to perform can sign-up at the coffeehouse or in advance by calling the Women's Center.

The Stepping Up Project is helping to sponsor the coffeehouse. For more information, or to join the coffeehouse committee in decorating for the event, call the Women's Center at (319) 335-1486.

10/23/98