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Release: Sept. 10. 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

IWP DISCUSSION SEPT. 14 -- Participants in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will discuss "Millennial Images Across the World" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in Room 304, the Gerber Lounge, of the UI English-Philosophy Building. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The participants will be Russian poet Gleb Shulpyakov, poet Lola Shoneyin from Nigeria, poet Kote Kubaneishvili from the Republic of Georgia and Poland's Halina Cieplinska-Bitner, who is a poet, playwright, essayist and translator.

Kubaneishvili, the IWP's first participant from Georgia, is a freelance poet, a translator of Russian writers, and host of a radio program in Tbilisi. He is also a playwright at the State Rustaveli Theatre and Youth Theatre. Kubaneishvili has been the most active and outspoken player in the changing world of Georgian poetry in the past decade. His poetry touches upon general issues of mankind, as well as describing everyday routine. Also reflected in his poetry are the tensions in the political and public life of Georgia. With the release of his book came T-shirts with logos and slogans distributed widely among young people and the general public.

Shulpyakov is the author of numerous essays and articles about literature, and he is a translator of contemporary British and American poetry. Only 28 years old, Shulpyakov has already established a strong reputation as a rising star in the Russian literary landscape, and his verse has been published in the most prestigious Russian literary journals.

At the age of 25, Shoneyin is an editor of Ovalonion publishing house, marketing manager for the literary journal Glendora Review and a scriptwriter for a radio soap opera. Now 25, Her publications include "So all the time I was sitting on an egg," poems and short stories published in the Glendora Review and the Association of Nigerian Authors Review, and poems and short stories published in Nigerian newspapers and magazines. She has won four Association of Nigerian Authors 'National Awards' for poetry and prose fiction. She is well known for her poetry, newspaper articles, and scripts for TV sitcoms.

Cieplinska is a freelance translator and critic for American and British literature and works for publishing houses, literary magazines, radio and television and theatres. Among her 25 books of original work, she has written a play, critical studies and numerous translations. She is affiliated with Polish television as editorial and artistic director in the translation of film scripts.

Her participation in the IWP is supported by the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation. The other participating writers are supported by the United States Information Agency.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together the writers of the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 100 countries have completed residencies in the program.

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ALBERS READS SEPT. 15 -- Patricia Albers, a 1967 graduate of City High School in Iowa City, will read form her new book, "Shadows, Fire, Snow," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading, which will be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, is free and open to the public.

A New York Times Book Review concluded that "Albers has managed scrupulously to weave together all the loose threads of (her character's) life, without trying to prettify the sometimes clashing patterns that emerge."

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ANDERSON AND HASSLER READ FROM UI PRESS ANTHOLOGY SEPT. 16 -- Editors Maggie Anderson and Don Hassler will read from their new anthology from the University of Iowa Press, "Learning by Heart," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading, which will be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, is free and open to the public.

LouAnne Johnson, author of "Dangerous Minds," concludes, "I would wager that you have forgotten 90% of the academic lessons you learned in school. I would also wager that you remember 100% of the lessons you learned about yourself -- from your teachers and your classmates. And I am certain that whether you were the teacher's pet or the pariah of the playground, you will find yourself in 'Learning by Heart,' walking those familiar hallways, hiding in those familiar corners, wishing on the stars and stepping over the cracks in the sidewalk in front of your own school."

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JEFFREY SMITH READS SEPT. 17 -- Jeffrey Smith will read from his new book, "Where The Roots Search For Water: A personal and Natural History of Melancholia," at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in Downtown Iowa City.

The reading, which will be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, is free and open to the public.

A review by Annie Dillard concludes that "Where the Roots Search for Water" is, ". . . a beautiful, haunting and compelling book".

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DANTICAT READS SEPT. 20–Edwidge Danticat, a young writer from Haiti, will read from her book "Farming the Bones," at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading, which will be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, is free and open to the public.

Wall Street Journal review concluded that "Clearly Ms. Danticat has successfully balanced what could have simply been a tale of woe with the redeeming power of bearing witness . . . eye-opening and delicately written. . . ."

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MUSEUM OF ART PERSPECTIVES PROGRAM SEPT. 22 -- Chuck Hindes, a faculty member in the ceramics area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a gallery tour of the exhibition "Different Stokes: International Woodfire Ceramics," 12:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 22, in the UI Museum of Art.

Hindes' tour, which will be free and open to the public, is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series.

A joint presentation of the museum and the ceramics department of the UI School of Art and Art History, "Different Stokes" is timed to coincide with an international conference on woodfired ceramics to be held at the UI Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.

For centuries, artists from all around the world have combined clay, wood and fire to create objects of both utilitarian and aesthetic value. Presented in celebration of this long tradition, "Different Stokes" includes work ranging from the elegantly functional to the starkly sculptural. Artists in the forefront of the field will represent the state of woodfire pottery from many countries, including Australia, Hungary, Japan, Sweden, Scotland, Norway, Thailand and the United States.

For information on the International Woodfire Ceramics conference, contact the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4141.

M. C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1999-2000 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. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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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FOSTER READS SEPT. 23 -- Ken Foster will read from his new book, "The Kind I'm Likely to Get," a collection of short stories, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading, which will be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, is free and open to the public.

A New York Times Book Review article concluded that, ". . . mostly Foster seems to do exactly what so many writers on the edge fear doing: he follows his heart, and he makes it easy for his readers to follow suit."

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'WOODY ALLEN'S FALL PROJECT' PREMIERES SEPT. 23-25 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present a workshop production of "Woody Allen's Fall Project," a new black comedy by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student David Adjmi, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 23-25, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The banality of sex, the elusiveness of memory and the obsolescence of the nuclear family are among the topics skewered in this deadpan comedy of manners, directed by Playwrights Workshop graduate student Scott Working.

"Everyone in the play is struggling to achieve a sense of identity," Adjmi says, "But they cannot escape the grip of an elusive force that binds them to the meaninglessness of their own lives."

Adjmi's "Doppel-Gang-Bang" was produced last spring at the Iowa Playwrights Festival, and his new play has been given readings at both the UI and Columbia University.

Admission to "Woody Allen's Fall Project" will be $1 at the door.

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SCHINE READS SEPT. 24 -- Catherine Schine will read from her new book, "The Evolution of Jane," at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading, which will be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, is free and open to the public.

A Boston Globe book review concludes that "the title of Cathleen Schine's perceptive comedy of manners, 'The Evolution of Jane,' might lead one to expect the central character to undergo a profound change over the course of the story. The evolution Jane experiences is a subtle one, a slight but crucial mutation, as understated as Schine's style."

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SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLES SEPT. 25 -- Several small jazz ensembles from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Opera Rehearsal Room of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

Appearing on the program will be the Iowa Jazztet, Trioism, Realtime Workshop, and two newly formed combos from the jazz studies area at the School of Music. The program, which each group will announce from the stage, will include original arrangements and compositions by ensemble members as well as jazz standards and ballads from the jazz mainstream tradition.

John Rapson, head of the jazz studies area of the UI School of Music, commented: "The small jazz curriculum in the School of Music is directed toward helping students develop unique repertoires and leadership skills necessary for creating self-sustaining professional ensembles."

The Iowa Jazztet, a jazz sextet made up of faculty and graduate students of the UI School of Music, is devoted to the performance of original works and classic small-ensemble jazz. The group was founded by Tom Davis, a professional jazz percussionist and the former percussion teacher at the UI School of Music, and took its name from a famed professional group led by Iowa native Art Farmer and Benny Golson. Over the past four years the Iowa Jazztet has produced more than 50 compositions and arrangements and did a three-week tour of Brazil in the summer of 1996.

Realtime Workshop and Trioism are both made up of UI upper class students and are working ensembles that have performed often in the Iowa City area. Realtime recently released their first CD, "Knots."

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/