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Release: March 10, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

JONES READS MARCH 20 -- Kathleen Jones, a professor of women's studies at San Diego State University, will read from her new book, "Living Between Danger and Love," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 20 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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

Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women, writes, "Kathleen Jones shows us the complex and painful side of modern feminism's unfinished agenda. 'Living Between Danger and Love' brings home the stories of domestic violence that we all read in the newspapers. Her book makes you realize that this type of tragedy can happen to someone like me, someone like you, or someone you love."

Rickie Solinger, author of "Wake Up Little Susie," calls "Living Between Danger and Love" a "thickly braided marvel: part memoir, part memorial and lamentation, part compassionate feminist cosmology . . . a fast read that makes you think long and hard."

Jones is also the author of "Compassionate Authority: Democracy and the Representation of Women" and co-author of "The Political Interests of Gender and Women Transforming Politics."

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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DANIELEWSKI READS MARCH 22 -- Marc Danielewski will read from his new horror novel, "House of Leaves," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Lethem proclaims, "This demonically brilliant book is impossible to ignore, put down or persuasively conclude reading. In fact, when you purchase your copy you may reach a certain page and find me there, reduced in size like Vincent Price in 'The Fly,' still trapped in the web of its malicious, beautiful pages."

Booklist's review states, "This stunning first effort is destined for fast-track cult status . . . a kaleidoscopically layered and deconstructed H. P. Lovecraft-style horror story. It hums and resonates with wonder, dread and insight."

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

BOHJALIAN READS MARCH 23 -- Novelist Chris Bohjalian, author of the Oprah Winfrey selection "Midwives," will read from his most recent novel, "The Law of Similars" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

In a review of "Midwives," the Washington Post Book World's critic wrote, "This skillfully constructed, fast-paced novel is not only beautifully written but also as hard to put down as any old-fashioned thriller. . . This astonishing story will keep readers up late at night until the last page is turned."

The New York Times review proclaimed, "Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power."

About the new book, The Boston Globe reviewer writes that Bohjalian "seems to have hit his literary stride with Leland Fowler, whose voice is intimate, credible, and sure in illuminating the shadows of his soul. Readers who tend to be interrupted should think twice before starting this novel. Once opened, 'The Law of Similars' is a hard book to put down."

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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LECTURE ON RENAISSANCE MUSICIANS MARCH 24 -- Christine Getz, a member of the faculty of University of Iowa School of Music, will discuss evidence about the activities of musicians in 16th-century Milan, Italy, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 24 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

Getz's lecture, " 'Of Trustworthy Voice and Sound Reputation': Milanese Instrumentalists and the Law 1546-1555," will be free and open to the public. It is part of the Musicology and Music Theory Colloquium series at the School of Music.

Ferrante Gonzaga, who was governor of Milan from October 1546 through March 1555, is known to history for his patronage of musicians. According to Getz, there was a sharp rise in the number of musicians who obtained hearings in the chancery court in Milan while he was governor.

However, Getz does not believe that this rise signals a major revival of musical patronage. Instead, it points toward a freelance musical culture that struggled against the authority of the state, a growing suspicion on the part of the state regarding the activities of its musicians and a greater interest among Milanese musicians in acquiring positions abroad.

Getz received her doctorate from the University of North Texas. She was formerly a member of the music faculty at Baylor University, where she was the director of the Collegium Musicum and the recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Teaching Award for Tenure-Track Faculty. Her research interests include Italian archival studies, 16th-century Italian polyphony, and 18th-century instrumental music, and focus specifically on the city of Milan.

Getz has been the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship, an NEH Summer Stipend, an NEH Summer Seminar Fellowship, and a Fulbright. Her articles have appeared in scholarly journals including BACH (Journal of the Riemenscheider-Bach Institute), Explorations in Renaissance Culture, Musica Disciplina, Arte Lombarda, Early Music History and Studi musicali.

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CAIN READS MARCH 24 -- University of Iowa graduate Chelsea Cain will read from "Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture," a collection of essays by women about growing up in the 1960s, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 24 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

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

Two contributors to "Wild Child," Suke Cody and Cecily Schmidt, will also be reading.

Cain is the author of "Dharma Girl: A Road Trip Across the American Generations." A critique in the Midwest Book Review called the book, "An uncommon road trip undertaken by a daughter and mother is presented in this blend of autobiography and travelogue. 23-year-old Chelsea's trip begins when her mother is diagnosed with cancer: they head for an Iowa hippie commune where they lived 20 years earlier, in the process learning about the roots of home and their feelings for each other."

"Dharma Girl" was originally a master's project under UI faculty member Judy Polumbaum. Much of it takes place in the vicinity of Iowa City.

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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SMALL JAZZ GROUPS MARCH 26 -- The Iowa Jazztet and the Oftensemble, two small jazz groups from the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform original jazz pieces and arrangements by members of the groups on a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Oftensemble, a sextet of undergraduate students, will play the first half of the concert. Of five pieces programmed, three will be original works by members of the quintet: "Blonde Ambition," a cool jazz waltz by trumpet player John Cord; "Get Some" by trombonist Matt Ertz and "Vanish" by pianist Evan Mazunik.

Other members of the group are Michael Chesnik, tenor saxophone; Brad Townsend, bass; and Greg Sicher, drums. In addition to the original pieces, the Oftensemble will play "Four Winds" by Dave Holland and "Free Range Chicken" by Matt Wilson.

The Iowa Jazztet, a quintet of graduate students in the jazz program, will play six pieces, five of them originals by members of the group. Alto saxophonist Michael Giles has contributed two pieces, "Double D" and "Mowing the Carpet." Other pieces will be "Pillow" by bassist Wes Phillips, an untitled score by pianist Alexandre Lunsqui, and "No U-Turn" by drummer John Willmarth.

Rounding out the quintet is tenor saxophonist Luke Ziegenhorn.

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/. UI jazz bands are on the World Wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/JAZZensm.html