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

Release: Immediate

Oct. 2 Women's Center spaghetti dinner to feature musicians

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The annual Women's Resource and Action Center spaghetti dinner, a fund-raiser for the center, will feature local musicians Deb Tiemens and Josh Metz. The dinner will be Friday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the social hall of the First Christian Church, 217 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City.

The menu will include spaghetti with vegetarian sauce, green salad with choice of dressing, bread and homemade desserts, all prepared by members of the center's advisory board. Door prizes donated by local merchants will also be given away throughout the event. Suggested donations for tickets are $7 to $15, with children under 12 admitted for $3. Advance tickets are available at the Women's Center, 130 N Madison; or at Alternatives, 323 E. Market. Tickets will also be available at the door of the event.

Funds raised at the event will be used to support the Center's services and programming which are offered both to university students, staff and faculty, and to members of the community.

This annual event "provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together in support of the Center, and to enjoy good food and great music," says organizer Linda Kroon, a staff member at the Women's Center. "We're particularly excited about the quality of the entertainment being offered this year."

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Deb Tiemens will perform from 5 to 6 p.m. Tiemens grew up in northwest Iowa, where she performed throughout her teenage years and twenties at Iowa clubs, coffeehouses and community events. After moving to Washington, D.C. in 1989, she was a member of the Oratorio Society of Washington, a nationally recognized choral group that frequently performs with the National Symphony Orchestra.

As a solo performer, she appeared in Washington area clubs such as Hill Haven, Food for Thought, and Friends Piano Bar. She also played regularly at the Old Post Office Pavilion and was a featured artist in Lammas Bookstore's women's music concert series. In September of 1991, Deb was one of 50 performers chosen for the seventh annual Kennedy Center Open House. The Open House is a day-long performing arts festival featuring the best of Washington's local artists. Deb has lived in Iowa City since 1992. Her performances feature a combination of original songs and covers in her trademark acoustic ballad style.

Bassist Josh Metz will be featured from 6 to 7 p.m. Metz has been playing bass for 13 years. He plays various styles, including funk, blues, jazz and classical. He has played in bands that have opened for Joan Jett, Sonia DaD, House of Large Sizes, Vim, New Duncan Imperials, and Dead Eye Dick.

"Of all the styles of music I play, classical music, although the most difficult, is the most beautiful and most rewarding," he says.

The event is open to the public, and the site is fully wheelchair accessible. Some volunteers are still needed to help with the event. Anyone interested in helping out, or needing an accommodation in order to attend should call (319) 335-1486.

9/28/98