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Release: Jan. 21, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

COUPLAND READS FEB. 2 -- Canadian writer, designer and sculptor Douglas Coupland will read from his new novel, "Miss Wyoming," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, and simulcast on WOI AM 640 Ames/Des Moines.

"Miss Wyoming" is a contemporary American romance, set in the electronic buzz of pop culture. Tom Shone wrote in the New York Times Book Review that Coupland writes "characters contemplating their own obsolescence -- Hamlets of the shopping mall, pondering their mortality as if it were a sell-by date."

Coupland's works -- including "Generation X," "Shampoo Planet," "Life After God," "Microserfs," "Polaroids From the Dead," "Girlfriend in a Coma" and "Lara's Book: Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider Phenomenon" -- have made him a spokesman for his generation and have been translated into 22 languages. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times, the New Republic and ArtForum.

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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BLEW READS FEB. 4 -- Essayist, fiction writer and memoirist Mary Clearman Blew will read from her new book, "Bone Deep in Landscape" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, and simulcast on WOI AM 640 Ames/Des Moines.

The great-granddaughter of homesteaders, Blew grew up in northcentral Montana, and she has written extensively about the region, particularly in the collection "All But the Waltz." Kirkus Reviews described that book as "Subtle prose that transports to a magical place, dissolving the line between memory and the present. A superbly realized vision."

In "Bone Deep in Landscape" she examines how others have written about the West, its people, and its history. Her essays interlock nature writing, autobiography, literary criticism and history.

Blew is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Idaho, Moscow. Among her other published works are "Lambing Out and Other Stories," the memoir "Balsamroot," the short-story collection "The Runaway" and "Sister Coyote." She is also co-editor, with Kim Barnes, of "Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women's 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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RECORDER WORKSHOP FEB. 5 -- Clea Galhano, a concert recorder player and member of the Galhano/Montgomery recorder-harpsichord duo, will present a workshop in recorder performance during most of the day Saturday, Feb. 5 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.

The workshop will be presented in two sessions. From 9 a.m. to noon, Galhano will consider pedagogical aspects of the recorder, including technique, posture and breathing, articulation, rhythm and phrasing, and fingering. In the afternoon session, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., she will teach varied repertoire as a means to improve technique and interpretation.

The Galhano/Montgomery Duo -- Galhano and Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord -- will present "Songs in the Ground: Variations, Fantasias and Other Renewable Notions for Recorder and Harpsichord" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Building on the UI campus.

The cost of the workshop is $20. The concert will be free and open to the public.

A native of Brazil, Galhano is a leading figure in the early-music scene in the Twin Cities. She has explored jazz and avant-garde improvisation on the recorder and says her playing is deeply influenced by the swing and playfulness of Brazilian music. She teaches at St. Thomas University and the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and serves on the national board of the American Recorder Society. She has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and her own ensemble, Belladonna, and has made two CD recordings.

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ART OF MONTH BEGINS FEB. 5 -- Art of the Month, a free mini-course presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will get under way for the second semester at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 in the museum. This semester's course, "Pleasures, Portraits and Peasants: Prints from the Museum's Permanent Collection," will be open to the public free of charge.

Art of the Month sessions will be held once per month for three months, with additional sessions to be held Saturdays, March 4 and April 8. New participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.

The monthly sessions will be held in the Member's Lounge of the Museum of Art. For the 1999-2000 academic year, the program has been sub-titled "Satisfy your Appetite for Art." Bruegger's Bagel Bakery of Iowa City will provide a mini-brunch of coffee, bagels and cream cheese for each session. Seating in the Member's Lounge will be limited.

The first session, "Cultural Pleasures and the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Edo Period," will be taught by Cynthia Bland, a doctoral student in the UI School of Art and Art History. She will present a gallery tour of the current museum exhibition of Edo-period prints and discuss the subject matter and style of these images.

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.

Additional information on Art of the Month is available through the Museum of Art's page on the World Wide Web, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.