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Release: Nov. 17, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

SPINDEL READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 27 -- Non-fiction writer Carol Spindel will read from her new book, "Dancing at Halftime: Sports and the Controversy over American Indian Mascots," at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the 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.

Spindel is the author of "In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove," a memoir of living in West Africa that was a New York Times Notable Book. Her essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines and on National Public Radio. Her new book explores the American attachment to imaginary Indian chiefs, and chronicles a 10-year controversy concerning a sports mascot.

Dee Brown, author of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," says, "Spindel displays considerable courage in tackling a controversial subject. ‘Dancing at Halftime’ . . . is strongly and beautifully written."

Spindel was a faculty member in this year’s Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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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HAMILTON READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 28 -- Novelist Jane Hamilton will read from her latest novel, "Disobedience," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Shambaugh Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. 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.

"Disobedience" is Hamilton’s fourth novel. It follows "The Book of Ruth," "A Map of the World" and "The Short History of a Prince."

"The Book of Ruth" captured the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel while "The Short History of a Prince" won the Heartland Prize for Fiction and made the short list for Britain’s Orange Prize. A film version of the best-selling "A Map of the World," starring Sigourney Weaver, came out this year.

A U.S. News and World Report review said, "Hamilton’s special genius lies in blending the quotidian and the mythic." A New York Daily News critic said of Hamilton, "Few writers have the courage to attempt a truly adult novel or the skill to produce one. Thankfully, Jane Hamilton is among them. A daring writer."

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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FOSTER READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ NOV. 29 -- Patricia Foster, who teaches in the University of Iowa’s program in literary non-fiction writing, will read from her new memoir, "All the Lost Girls: Confessions of a Southern Daughter," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 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.

Foster is the editor of "Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul" and "Sister-to-Sister," and she co-edited "The Healing Circle" with UI alumna Mary Swander.

She has won the PEN/Jerard Fund Award and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award for her non-fiction and a Florida Arts Council Award for her fiction. She has three times been shortlisted for the Best American Essay Award, and her short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and quarterlies

Nanci Kincaid says of Foster’s new book, "I love the way Patricia Foster just wades into that dark and murky love-hate that keeps mothers and daughters forever mysterious to each other."

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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KOCH READS NOV. 30 -- Award-winning poet Kenneth Koch, known for his association with the avant-garde New York School of poetry, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The reading -- which is sponsored by the UI Writers’ Workshop -- is free and open to the public.

Koch is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry as well as a collection of short plays, two books of fiction and several books on teaching children to write poetry.

His collections "One Train" and "On the Great Atlantic Rainway" earned the 1995 Bollingen Prize. Koch has also won the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry as well as awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Fulbright, Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill Foundations. In 1996 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

"I think poetry really accomplishes something and is really useful," Koch says. "I think it connects us to the world we use, to our language, and connects those words to things that are outside of us."

For more information on this reading, please call the UI Writers’ Workshop at 319-335-0416. 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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LECTURE ON 19th-CENTURY OPERA DEC. 1 -- Musicologist Hilary Poriss will present a public lecture on 19th-century opera at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus. Poriss’ lecture, "The Closing of Open Forms: Narrative Upspringing and Aria Borrowing in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor,’" is part of the Colloquium series sponsored by the musicology area of the UI School of Music.

Poriss will also have an informal discussion at 4 p.m. in Room 1008 of the Voxman Music Building with the UI Opera Studies group, who is a co-sponsor of her visit to the UI campus. The subject of that discussion is an article she has written for the scholarly journal 19th-Century Music, "’Making their Way through the World’: Italian One-Hit Wonders."

Both presentations will be free and open to the public.

Poriss recently completed work for a doctorate at the University of Chicago. She received a fellowship from the American Association of University Women to complete her dissertation, "Artistic License: Interpolation and the Italian Operatic World 1815-1850." She also received a Paul A. Pisk Prize from the American Musicological Society, a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship from the University of Chicago and a Fellowship for Research in Venice from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, among other awards and fellowships.

She has published articles in scholarly journals and presented papers at professional conferences in the United States and Italy. She has taught music history courses at the University of Chicago and performed as a violinist in orchestral, string quartet and solo performances.

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>.

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EXHIBITION OPENING WILL INCLUDE HINDU RITUAL DEC. 1 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of "Experiencing Devi: Hindu Goddesses in Indian Popular Art" starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in the museum.

The exhibition features more than 50 colorful and dramatic art works in various media from the Georgana Falb Foster Collection, a recent donation to the museum. It will be on display in the Museum of Art through May 27, 2001

The formal opening event will begin with a ritual "awakening," performed at 7 p.m. by Krishna Shastry, a Brahman priest from Waterloo, of a goddess image created from Iowa clay specifically for the exhibition. A local five-woman devotional singing group led by Latika Bhatnager will greet the goddess with hymns.

Following the ceremony, Philip Lutgendorf will give a tour of the exhibition. Lutgendorf is professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies, chair of the UI department of Asian languages and literature and co-chair of the UI South Asian Studies Program. He assisted Vicki Rovine, the museum’s curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, in the creation of the exhibition.

A reception will follow Lutgendorf’s tour. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition features representations of devi, female deities who play central roles in Hindu religious practice, and includes paintings, sculpture, metalwork, textiles and industrially produced images.

In India, shrines and altars are adorned with devi figures. On the street, in private homes, businesses and temples, the sculpted and painted images of devi inspire and guide religious contemplation. These objects may be hand-made or mass-produced, intricately worked or elegantly minimal. They all illustrate the central role of art in human communication with the spiritual realm.

Support for the exhibition has been provided by the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative, the International Programs Major Projects Fund and Arnold and Meenal Menezes. 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 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 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.

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.

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HARSTAD READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ DEC. 1 -- Iowa mystery writer Donald Harstad will read from his new novel, "The Big Thaw," at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 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.

Harstad, who spent 26 years working for the sheriff’s department in Elkader, is the author of two other novels, "Eleven Days" and "Known Dead." He retired from law enforcement to pursue a writing career and continues to make his home in Elkader.

Richard Bernstein, writing for The New York Times, said of Harstad, "He is an author who knows his territory, and his description of it is gritty and realistic."

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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JAZZ LAB BAND CONCERT DEC. 2 -- The Jazz Lab Band from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform its fall semester concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert, under the direction of Brent Sandy, will be free and open to the public.

A student ensemble featuring instrumentation of the swing band and big band eras, the Jazz Lab Band plays a repertory that combines classic works from the jazz stars of the 1920s through the '40s with contemporary big band charts and arrangements representing the works of diverse contemporary artists. A part of the instructional program of the jazz area in the UI School of Music, the band is devoted to teaching the skills of sight reading, stylistic interpretation, sectional playing and solo improvisation in large jazz ensembles.

Sandy said the Jazz Lab Band will combine strong ensemble work with an outstanding group of soloists. "This is my first year as a member of the jazz faculty, and along with my colleagues in the department, we are continuously amazed at the high level of all the student musicians in the jazz program," he said. "Improvisation is the fundamental ingredient of jazz as an art form, and on this concert, we are proud to be able to present 15 different soloists. This says volumes about the strength of the jazz studies department."

The program will include "Moten Swing," composed by Bennie Moten and arranged by Ernie Wilkins for the Count Basie Orchestra; "Once Around," composed by Thad Jones and performed by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra; "Cheers," a composition in the Basie style by Henry Mancini; "Doodlin’," a blues-based composition of the early 1960s by Horace Silver; and Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s classic ballad "Prelude To A Kiss."

Charles Mingus will be represented on the program with "Boogie Stop Shuffle," arranged by Steve Grismore, a well known local guitarist/educator who is also a newly appointed member of the jazz faculty. Also on the program will be a piece by Brazilian pianist/educator Rafael Dos Santos, whose music was featured by Johnson County Landmark in their last concert.

The Jazz Lab Band will be augmented by a tuba, two French horns and two trombones for "La Nevada Blues," "Thoroughbred" and "The Maids of Cadiz." by Gil Evans, a composer and arranger who wrote for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra and collaborated on several groundbreaking recordings with jazz legend Miles Davis.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty this past fall, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, he traveled nationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and other bands. He has performed and recorded with groups ranging from Latin bands to small combos and with a wide variety of jazz artists including Paul Smoker, Brian Lynch, Bobby Shew, Bobby Bradford, Vinnie Golia, Kim Richmond, Roberto Miranda and Matt Wilson.

Sandy performs regularly with local jazz groups including the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, the OddBar Trio, Chris Merz and the Xtet and Nine Easy Pieces. As a member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz he has made five CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and will be featured later this year on "Jazzset with Branford Marsalis" on National Public Radio. He is an educational specialist/clinician with Conn Musical Instruments, a division of United Musical Instruments, USA, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Jazz Festival.

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>.