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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
ARTHUR GOLDEN READS AT SHAMBAUGH AUDITORIUM MARCH 1-- Novelist
Arthur Golden will read from his debut novel, "Memoirs of a Geisha,"
at 8 p.m. Monday, March 1, in Shambaugh Auditorium in the University of
Iowa Main Library. The reading, which is part of the "Live from Prairie
Lights" series originating on radio station WSUI, AM 910, is free
and open to the public.
The Washington Post calls Golden's first novel, "Astonishing .
. . a breathtaking performance . . . By the time you realize the extent
of [the geisha's] professional skill, you are seduced as completely as
any of her clients, hungry for her story."
"'Memoirs of a Geisha' [is] not only a richly sympathetic portrait
of a woman, but a finely observed picture of an anomalous and largely vanished
world . . . An impressive and unusual debut."
Golden, who has received master's degrees in both Japanese art and history,
and has lived in Beijing and Tokyo, currently resides in Brookline, Mass.
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LESLIE PIETRZYK READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MARCH 2 -- Iowa City native
Leslie Pietrzyk will read from her first novel, "Pears on a Willow
Tree," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Prairie Lights bookstore,
15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, which is part of
the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on radio station
WSUI, AM 910, is free and open to the public.
Critic Hilma Wolitzer, a former faculty member of the University of
Iowa Writers' Workshop, says Pietrzyk's new book "is a powerful and
tender-hearted novel of family love, of the strains and bonds of a shared
"Ms. Pietrzyk's prose is clean, strong, evocative, judicious and
precise. I admire her ability to deliver her characters in fullness, without
any tricks and without cheating their great dignity," says writer
Richard Bausch, a workshop alumnus.
Pietrzyk's fiction has been published in numerous literary journals,
including TriQuarterly, the Iowa Review and the Gettysburg Review. She
lives in Alexandria, Va., where she is the director of communications at
an area Chamber of Commerce.
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PERSPECTIVES, MARCH 3 -- Linda McIntyre, University of Iowa program
associate and computer expert, will demonstrate the newly completed interactive
CD-ROM "Art and Life in Africa," at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March
3, in the UI Museum of Art.
This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives
series, is open to the public free of charge.
"Art and Life in Africa," created by McIntyre and UI art faculty
member Christopher Roy, includes more than 10,000 images, using text, objects,
field photos, video and music to explore the cycle of life as represented
in African art.
CD users can staffs, bowls, jewelry, clothing, stools, figurines and
drums, among many other African art objects.
Thirty-six scholars world-wide have contributed to this CD's field essay
section, and more than half of its 650 objects are from the UI Museum of
Art's Stanley collection.
McIntyre said, "Professor Roy and I originally designed this CD
for use by college students, but later decided to expand it so that it
would be accessible to all age levels and anyone interested in African
art. The wonderful thing about this CD is that it contains more images
than can possibly be on view at one time in any museum. It's a great resource
for teachers, or for anyone who just wants to sit home and browse through
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the
University of Iowa Foundation.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of McIntyre's talk. Admission is free.
Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the
museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.
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MARLY SWICK TO READ AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MARCH 3 -- Novelist Marly Swick
will read from her new novel "Evening News" at 8 p.m. Wednesday,
March 3, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown
Iowa City. The reading, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers'
Workshop, is free and open to the public.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler, a graduate of the UI Department
of Theatre Arts, calls Swick's latest "a novel of rare power and profound
"[Swick's] prose defines an intricate emotional landscape, a precision
that in itself produces a kind of thrill," a critique in the New York
Times Book Review observed.
Swick is the author of a novel, "Paper Wings," and two collections
of short stories, "Monogamy," and "The Summer Before the
Summer of Love." She lives and teaches in Lincoln, Neb.
The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI Am 910 and
WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.
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PETER CAREY READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MARCH 4 -- Booker Prize-winner Peter
Carey will read from his new novel, "Jack Maggs," at 8 p.m. Thursday,
March 4, in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown
Iowa City. The reading, which will be broadcast live on radio stations
WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640, is free and open to the public.
The Times (London) says that in his new book, "Carey has attempted
something new again: taking another's invented world -- that of Charles
Dickens -- and turning it in his hand like a prism to cast a new light."
"Anybody who cares at all for fiction should not miss it,"
Literary Review has asserted.
Born in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, in 1943, Peter Carey is the author
of a collection of short stories and five other novels, including the Booker
Prize-winning "Oscar and Lucinda."
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UI GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS GENET'S 'THE MAIDS' MARCH 4-7 -- The University
Theatres Gallery series will present "The Maids" by Jean Genet
at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March
Genet's script portrays two sisters who attempt to escape their drab
existence as servants by creating and inhabiting their private, increasingly
distorted fantasy world.
"'The Maids' is like an entrance into a labyrinth of illusions,"
explains director Cheryl L. Kaplan, a student in the UI Department of Theatre
Arts. "Genet does not approach this play directly, but rather sets
the mood of the play through inference or implication, merely suggesting
themes but never setting clairvoyant paths of meaning to be followed.
"'The Maids' unfolds and overlaps within itself like a mirrored
maze, where one cannot always decipher what is real and what is a reflection.
With this question of what is real and what is fake, Genet's writing reveals
that theater is the ultimate phoniness, but it can also tell the ultimate
Genet's view of life was molded by an early life spent in correctional
institutions and prisons. Both his manipulations of theatrical forms and
his poetic language made him an influence far beyond 20th-century French
theater. "The Maids," which premiered in 1947 and was mounted
in New York in the mid-'50s, was his first produced play.
The Gallery production features costumes by Danielle Bryant, sound by
Lindsay Kem, lighting by Kelly PerkinsSmith, and dramaturgical assistance
by Ansa Akyea and Kristen Gandrow.
Akyea, Gandrow and Kaplan have brought Bernard Frechtman's British translation
into the American vernacular.
Tickets will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at
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LECTURE ON HAITIAN POPULAR MUSIC MARCH 5 -- Gage Averill, the chair
of the music department at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, will speak
on "The Politics of 'Authenticity' in Haitian Popular Music,"
at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 5, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building
on the University of Iowa campus.
Averill's lecture, which is part of the Colloquium series sponsored
by the musicology area of the UI School of Music, will be free and open
to the public.
Averill explains that his lecture will "examine how a series of
social and political movements in 20th-century Haiti defined and refined
a notion of 'authenticity' in musical performance. I believe that this
process has been central to the stylistic development of Haitian popular
music and that the political agendas of the movements evoking 'authenticity'
have shifted radically over time. Finally, I think that this process has
implications for musical study throughout the African diaspora."
Averill holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology from University of Washington.
He taught at Wesleyan for several years and is now chair of the music department
there. Averill, who speaks Haitian Creole, has worked extensively in Haiti
and was a member of the elections monitoring group for the Haitian presidential
elections when Jean-Baptise Aristide was chosen president.
Averill has also played Irish music professionally in Madison, Wis.,
and has led steel bands and Haitian rara music ensembles. He had a regular
column on Haitian music in the world music magazine The Beat for many years
and has been involved in several recording projects of Haitian folk and
popular music. His book, "A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey:
Popular Music and Power in Haiti" appeared in 1997.
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ART OF THE MONTH, MARCH 6 -- Missy Gaido Allen, a doctoral candidate
in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will speak on
"Breaking Away: 20th-Century Europe and American Sculpture,"
at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6 in the UI Museum of Art.
This presentation is the second in the museum's current four part mini-course,
Art of the Month. This semester's course, "Cultural Connections in
Three Dimensions from the UI Museum of Art Permanent Collection,"
highlights selected works from the museum's permanent collection of sculptural
objects and will consider their connections to other art forms and ideas
from a variety of cultures.
The remaining sessions in the spring series, "Modernist Visions
of the 'Primitive' " and "A Consideration of the East/West Cultural
Exchange at Mid-Century," will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturdays
April 3 and May 1.
Art of the Month sessions are open to the public free of charge, and
new participants are welcome at the each session.
In her presentation March 6, Allen will explore the changing nature
of modern sculpture in Europe and America through examination of works
both inside and outside the museum, including Henry Moore's "Leaf
Figure" and Mark di Suvero's untitled outdoor sculpture, among many
Allen said, "We will be discussing how changing techniques represent
new approaches to sculpture, with lasting consequences for the history
of art. Over the course of past century, practices in sculpture have switched
from the more traditional techniques of carving and modeling used in early
20th-century Europe, to the more industrial techniques and materials utilized
in present-day America."
The March 6 session will require some walking.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Public metered
parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside
Drive and just north of the museum.
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COLLEGIUM CANCELLED MARCH 7 -- The March 7 concert by the University
of Iowa Collegium Musicum, announced on some arts calendars, has been cancelled.