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Release: Oct. 5, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS 'TRANSLATED' OCT. 18-20 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Translated," by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Joseph Ferron Hiatt, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"Translated," which explores our constant hunger for entertainment, combines elements of Vaudeville, traveling carnival, MTV, lounge acts and religious rituals.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

This production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the UI Department of Theatre Arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information.

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'INGENUITY ON PERCUSSION' FOR 'BREATH OF ART' OCT. 19 --The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of UI School of Music faculty member Dan Moore, will present a performance titled "Ingenuity on Percussion" as part of the ongoing "Breath of Art" series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the UI Museum of Art.

A collaborative project between the UI Museum of Art and the UI Division of Performing Arts, "Breath of Art" is a series of musical performances held Friday evenings in the museum. Future performances in the series will include the Iowa Brass Quintet on Oct. 26;the Maia String Quartet on Nov. 2; and French horn improvisations by Jeffrey Agrell on Nov. 30.

Moore said the group will present a "minimalist" performance Oct. 19. "Iowa Percussion Ensemble concerts are known to feature hundreds of different percussion instruments, but for this program the group will require only three instruments -- a marimba, a vibraphone, and a bass drum," Moore said. "Even the group is smaller, featuring only six performers rather than the group's full compliment of twenty or more."

Featured on the program will be classic minimalist compositions for percussion including Steve Reich's "Music for Pieces of Wood," Peter Garland's "Apple Blossom" and "Overload" by Dana Gleason, which calls for six players on one vibraphone.

"Minimalist music is a bit of a misnomer," Moore said. "It should be called 'maximum' music because you are trying to get maximum effect from a limited amount of material. This music will sound terrific in the very live acoustics of the Museum of Art."

The program will also include Mexican marimba music, contemporary solo marimba pieces, and a musical interpretation of a work of visual art -- "Kandinsky Variations" by American composer William Kraft, in which the painting is "performed" by the percussionists as if it were a musical score, using directions supplied by the composer.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.

Formed in 1958, the UI Percussion Ensemble performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season 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, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and 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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UDALL READS OCT. 19 -- Brady Udall, graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new novel, "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint," at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 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.

The novel -- which has drawn comparisons to the work of John Irving -- charts of life of a half-Apache orphan who is taken from his home on an Arizona reservation after he miraculously survives being run over by a mailman. His life's journey takes him from the hospital to a sadistic school for delinquents to a Mormon foster family and his eventual, unexpected return home.

"The whole blessed/bloody roil of the human condition courses through 'The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint,'" wrote Tony Earley, author of "Jim the Boy." "If Dickens had been born in Arizona, he might have written a book like this."

A Publishers Weekly review commented that Udall's style "is reminiscent of the '60s black humorists, but he doesn't share their easy cruelty or inveterate superciliousness, making this not only an accomplished novel, but a wise one."

In a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint is described as "a remarkably assured debut novel . . . a bit of a miracle in its own right. "

And Malcolm Jones wrote in Newsweek that the book is "Like nothing else you've read. . . Udall persuades us to care for Edgar, to root for him to survive, and he is so successful that by the end of the story the only unbelievable thing is that Edgar Mint is nothing but a figment of Brady Udall's imagination. That's the real miracle here."

Udall was born and raised in Arizona. At the UI he was a James Michener Fellow and a winner of the Playboy fiction contest. His stories have been published in GQ, Story and the Paris Review, among other places. His first book was "Letting Loose the Hounds: Stories."

Learn more about Udall and the novel at http://www.edgarmint.com.

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BANG READS AT UI OCT. 18 -- Poet Mary Jo Bang, whose collection " The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans" was published last spring, will read at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Room 101 of the Becker Communications Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, sponsored by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Critic Donna Seaman wrote of Bang in Booklist, " Her language is musical; her consonance consummate; and the depth and complexity of her thoughts take on different configurations with each rereading"

Reviewing " The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans," Rachel Barenblat wrote, "Reading this book is like looking through a kaleidoscope. The world appears in stunning fragments: vivid colors, absurd juxtapositions, occasionally something recognizable in the shifting jumble. . . If you enjoy Lucie Brock-Broido or John Ashbery, you'll probably like Mary Jo Bang. Like their poems, Bang's poems reward a slant-reading. Let the delicious images and phrases wash over you."

John Trenter, editor of Jacket Magazine, wrote, "Mary Jo Bang's poetry is vivacious and at the same time mysterious. Its surface glitters with the sparkle that the brightest American writing has always given off, and in the depths it reveals a mixture of smoky, quirky complexities, a blend that is hers alone."

Bang is the author of the collections "Apology for Want," winner of the 1996 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Poetry, and " Louise In Love," and she is poetry coeditor of Boston Review. Her poems have appeared in "New American Writing," the Paris Review, The New Yorker, the New Republic, the Denver Quarterly, the Harvard Review, and other journals and anthologies. She is a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis.

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IWP WRITERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN OXFORD EVENT OCT. 20 – Writers from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will be featured in an afternoon of free events noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Mendala Community Art Gallery in downtown Oxford, Ia., marking the opening of an exhibition of photographs and collages by Dan Eldon. Eldon was a photojournalist who was killed on the job in Somalia.

The IWP will be represented by Viet Huu Tran from Vietnam, Sitok Srengenge from Indonesia, Rehman Rashid from Malaysia, and Victor Aladji from Togo.

Other events during the afternoon will be a screening of a CNN documentary made by Eldon's sister, readings by Jennifer New from her biography of Eldon and a question-and-answer session.

Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence at the IWP through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

To learn more about the IWP, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp> the on the World Wide Web. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa>. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.