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Release: Nov. 3, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MYLES READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 13 -- Poet Eileen Myles will read from her first novel, "Cool for You," at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 at Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Myles’ books of poetry include "School of Fish," "Maxfield Parrish" and "Not Me." She has published a collection of short fiction, "Chelsea Girls," and two plays, "Feeling Blue, Parts 1, 2 & 3" and "Modern Art." With Liz Kotz she co-edited "Adventures in Lesbian Reading." Myles has contributed articles and reviews to Art in America, The Nation, Nest, Civilization and The Stranger.

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

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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McNALLY READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 16 -- Fiction writer John McNally will read from "Troublemakers," his first collection of short stories, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"Troublemakers" won the 2000 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, which is presented annually to a distinguished writer who has not previously published a volume of fiction. The UI Writers’ Workshop administers the contest, and the winner’s collection is published by the University of Iowa Press. "Troublemakers" was published in October.

McNally is editor of two fiction anthologies, "High Infidelity: 24 Great Stories about Adultery" and "The Student Body: Short Stories about College Students and Professors." His stories have appeared in Sou’wester, Sonora Review and other periodicals. McNally has received a James Michener Fellowship, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellowship and a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Richard Russo calls McNally "an electrifying writer whose stories burrow under the skin." T.C. Boyle says, "John McNally has that rare gift of achieving both humor and poignancy, and his ability to evoke the personal past in all its delicious detail makes one think of an American Roddy Doyle."

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

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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UI MUSEUM OF ART WILL ‘LET THEM EAT CAKE’ NOV. 17 -- University of Iowa graduate student Christine Buckton will present "Let Them Eat Cake," an "edible performance piece" that focuses on cake decoration, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 in the Atrium of the UI Museum of Art.

"Let Them Eat Cake," which is part of a series of public events being held at the museum on Friday evenings through the fall semester, will be free and open to the public.

Buckton, a student in the painting program of the UI School of Art and Art History, will instruct viewers in her own version of cake decoration. The museum will provide sheet cakes and decorating materials for members of the audience, who will have the opportunity to participate in the art of cake decorating as well as eat their own creations afterwards.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, 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 9 p.m. Fridays during the fall semester. 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.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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HOLM READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 17 -- Essayist Bill Holm will read from his new book, "Eccentric Islands," at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

A combination of travel writing and philosophical meditation, "Eccentric Islands" asks whether islands encourage eccentricity and genius in humans, as scientists argue they do in the natural world. In the course of the book Holm visits five physical islands: Iceland, Madagascar, Molokai, Isla Mujeres and Mallard Island in northern Minnesota.

Holm’s previous books include "Coming Home Crazy," "The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth" and "Faces of Christmas Past." Garrison Keillor says Holm is "the tallest radical humorist in the Midwest and a truthful and wonderful writer." Kirkus Reviews calls "Eccentric Islands" an "expertly wrought memoir of journeys to islands real, metaphorical, and imagined."

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

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT NOV. 19 -- Philharmonia, a chamber orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Philharmonia is a small orchestra made up primarily of undergraduate music students. Performing standard orchestral repertoire, it serves as a training orchestra for both the players and conducting students in the School of Music.

The concert Nov. 19 will feature six graduate student conductors in a program of standard orchestral works:

-- Lucia Matos will conduct the Overture to "Egmont" by Beethoven;

-- Beverly Everett will conduct W.A. Mozart’s "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," K.525; and

-- four students -- Timothy Dixon, Robert Boer, Joe Chu Wang and Jean Montes -- will conduct in turn the four movements of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.