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Release: Sept. 17, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

HENDRIE READS SEPT. 27 -- Laura Hendrie, whose collection of stories, " STYGO," won several awards, will read from her first novel, "Remember Me," at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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

A Kirkus Associate review concludes that "Hendries' portrait of Queduro's inhabitants is unsparing but never cruel, and Rosea's haunted but resilient figure is one of the most original (and believable) heroines in recent fiction. The narrative may be loose in places, but Queduro and Rose are rendered with such depth that one doesn't mind lingering. A bracingly tough-minded and authentically moving work."

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.

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DAMASIO READS SEPT. 28 -- University of Iowa neurologist Antonio Damasio will read from his new book, "The Feeling of What Happens," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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

Damasio is the Van Allen Professor and head of the department of neurology at the University of Iowa Medical Center and is an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in San Diego. The recipient of scores of scientific honors, he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His book "Descartes' Error" was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, has been translated into17 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.

Jorie Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet in the UI Writers' workshop, concludes, "Not only does the story of our coming-to-being as conscious creatures read in Damasio's hands like a grand detective novel, it reasons like the most incisive philosophy, and it is sinewed to the bone with the delicate truths of poetic imagery. There is no simpler way to say this: Read the book to learn who you are."

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.

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DAUMIER FILM AT MUEUM OF ART SEPT. 29 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a 52-minute film about the artist Honore Daumier as part of its weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the museum. Admission is free.

The film, "Daumier: One Must Be of One's Time," was produced by Judith Wechsler, a professor of art history at Tufts University. It is presented in conjunction with "Honore Daumier: Chronicler of His Time," an exhibition of 24 lithographs by the French caricaturist that is currently on display in the museum.

The film will be introduced by Stephanie Rieke, a UI graduate student and museum education assistant who is curator of the exhibition.

Daumier is considered to have been one of the most prolific and popular caricaturists of his time. His career spanned much of the century's political and cultural vicissitudes, beginning in 1830. He published in the satirical periodicals of his day, mocking many aspects of French society.

Daumier's statement that "one must be of one's time" -- used as the title of the film -- was taken as a manifesto by the realist artists of the mid-19th century.

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, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the Perspectives program. Admission to the museum and the film is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.

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LETHEM READS SEPT. 29 -- Johnathan Lethem, author of "Gun With Occasional Music," will read from his new book, "Motherless Brooklyn," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.29 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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

A Kirkus Review concludes: "A brilliantly imagined riff on the classic detective tale: the fifth high-energy novel in five years from the rapidly maturing prodigy whose bizarre black-comic fiction includes, most recently, 'Girl in Landscape' (1998). Lethem's delirious yarn about crime, pursuit, and punishment, is narrated in a unique voice by its embattled protagonist, Brooklynite (and orphan) Lionel Essrog, a.k.a. 'Freakshow'."

The resulting complications are hilariously enhanced by Lionel's verbal 'Tourette's flowering,' a barrage of sheer rhetorical invention that has tour de force written all over it; it's an amazing stunt, and, just when you think the well is running dry, Lethem keeps on topping himself."

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.

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MANFRED READS OCT. 1 -- Freya Manfred will read from her memoir "Fredrick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers," at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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

In this memoir the poet-novelist recounts the artistic life and death of her father, the prolific Iowan author Frederick Manfred.

Using family letters and passages from her father's novels as well as her own memories, she explores their literary relationship, which spanned nearly five decades.

Freya Manfred is the author of three volumes of poetry, as well as poems in anthologies and reviews. She also writes screenplays, children's stories, and novels and teaches writing.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.

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JAZZ TRIO PLAYS IN MUSEUM OF ART OCT. 3 -- The La Fosse Jazz Trio, featuring violinist Leopold La Fosse, pianist Dan Knight and bassist Craig Dove, will perform at the University of Iowa Museum of Art starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

The performance, part of the Music in the Museum series presented monthly at the museum during the academic year, will be free and open to the public. It will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a tour of the museum's current exhibitions, led by museum docents.

The La Fosse Jazz Trio will play a program of jazz standards. The group appears regularly in the Iowa City area and around Iowa, and they recently recorded a CD for After Hours Recordings, "Dan Knight and the La Fosse Jazz Trio: Live from Studio III."

A member of the UI School of Music faculty, La Fosse is known for his versatility, playing jazz as well as classical concert music. He traces his interest in jazz to the days when he played in an orchestra during the year and worked as a jazz player during the off season.

"I love jazz and love playing it," he has said. "Improvising in a jazz group is so different from the kind of note-by-note accuracy you aim for in classical playing, and the give and take with the other players is really fun for me."

As a concert artist La Fosse maintains an active international career, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia. At the UI he teaches violin, directs a group of students devoted to the performance of Baroque and Classic music, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, and serves as area head for strings. He has also done extensive research in string pedagogy. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach and give master classes.

Knight is one of the most active jazz pianists in the local area. In addition to playing with the La Fosse Trio, he makes solo jazz piano appearances around the world, performs with his own duo, trio and quartet, and has made several CDs. He recently returned from performances at the Montreux (Switzerland) jazz festival, one of the most prestigious jazz events in the world.

A Steinway Artist, Knight teaches jazz piano at Grinnell College. Claude Nobs, founder and artistic director of the Montreux Jazz Festival, said, "Knight is incontestably one of the finest solo pianists in the world."

He has appeared several times at the Museum of Art, and he recently recorded and released a CD of music inspired by nine paintings in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art. The CD, titled "Pictures at an Exhibition" after a famous classical piece by Russian composer Modest Musorgsky, has been released on the After Hours record label.

Dove is a classical bassist as well as a veteran jazz player. As a classical bassist he has performed with the San Francisco and Cedar Rapids Symphonies. As a jazz musician he has performed extensively in the Chicago and San Francisco areas. He played in the Quad Cities for several years as the bassist for pianist Warren Parrish.

For the past three years he's performed nationally and internationally as bassist with the Dan Knight Trio. With the trio, Dove performed in London in July 1998 at the Croydon Clocktower Jazz Festival. He is also featured bassist on the newest release from After Hours Recordings, "The Dan Knight Duo, Live at Riverside Theatre."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, will be open 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.