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Release: March 15, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

JEFFREY McDANIEL READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MARCH 22 -- Poet Jeffrey McDaniel will read from his most recent volume, "The Forgiveness Parade," at 8 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, says McDaniel's latest book is "heartbreaking and hilarious simultaneously. And McDaniel's love of language is everywhere evident, making images you won't soon forget."

McDaniel is also the author of "The Alibi School." His work has appeared in Ploughshares and Best American Poetry.

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. The series is hosted by Julie Englander of UI radio stations WSUI/KSUI.

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PERSPECTIVES, MARCH 24 -- The documentary film "Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper" will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

This one-hour documentary film examines the life and career of Japanese-American sculptor Noguchi. The film discusses Noguchi's ceramics, furniture, interiors and garden designs in light of his Japanese roots and fondness for the Japanese artistic tradition. His earliest work, including the famous Noguchi "heads," are presented within the context of his apprenticeship under the father of modern sculpture, Constantin Brancusi.

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. they day of the Perspectives program. 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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GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS NEW PLAY MARCH 25-28 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "A Word Like Fork or Bus Station" by undergraduate playwright Elise Gustafson at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 25-27, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

When two sisters return home to Iowa at Christmas, they discover how their family life has affected their own views of relationships, sexuality and love. "This play takes a humorous look not so much at 'life issues' but rather at the people who have affected them," says Gustafson. "The play is very much about dialogue and how words are used and often overused."

Gustafson is a senior theatre arts major. An earlier draft of this play received a reading at the 1997 Iowa Playwrights Festival. Her play "The Kitchen Princess" was produced in February at the regional American College Theatre Festival, and her short play "Utah, Here We Come" was one of several plays presented by Love Creek Productions at the Harold Clurman Theatre in New York City in September.

The Gallery production is directed by Tina Shackleford. It features a set by Chris Cook, costumes by Mandi Lee, lighting by Becca Sissel and sound by Gwen Komala. Tickets will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

This production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the UI department of theatre arts at 319-335-2700 for additional information.

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VIVIAN GORNICK READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS MARCH 26 -- Non-fiction writer Vivian Gornick will give a reading at 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 at the Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

A visiting professor in the English department at Penn State, Gornick is the author of "The End of the Novel of Love: Critical Essays," published by Beacon Press in 1997.

Newsday calls Gornick's essays "Magnificently written . . . Incontrovertible evidence of the essay's utility as a literary form, of its merit as both instrument for analysis and source of esthetic pleasure in its own right."

Gornick has also written "Approaching Eye Level: Personal Essays" (1996), "Fierce Attachments: A Memoir" (1987), "The Romance of American Communism" (1978) and "In Search of Ali Mahmoud: An American Woman in Egypt" (1973), as well as articles and reviews in the Nation, the New York Times Book Review and Magazine, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker and the Threepenny Review. She received a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination in 1997 for "The End of The Novel of Love" and a National Book Award nomination in 1974 for "In Search of Ali Mahmoud."

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. The series is hosted by Julie Englander of UI radio stations WSUI/KSUI.