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Release: Jan. 30, 2003

'Java House' Broadcasts Set For Fridays in February

WSUI's "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House," continues in February, starting out with a performance by local roots band The Letterpress Opry.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa’s public radio station, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. on Fridays, live from the Java House at 211 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. Host Ben Kieffer, mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues. The show is free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning. It can also be heard in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.

The Letterpress Opry, appearing in the Feb. 7 show, is a roots band that will perform live and introduce their new CD “American Gothic.” “Both sweet and startling, their music delivers a passionate and sometimes haunting slice of Americana,” Kieffer said. “If you’ve ever yearned for tunes that will make you dig down deep or jump for joy, this is it,” he added.

Other upcoming Friday broadcasts in February include:

-- Feb. 14: In honor of Valentine’s Day, the show will explore love and the human condition by previewing the drama, music, and poetry of two sets of theatrical works: "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams and "Uncontrollable Mystery," consisting of three short plays by W.B. Yeats. Both works are opening in February at the University of Iowa. (See production details at http://www.uiowa.edu/~theatre/production/season.htm) Dave Olson will perform live music with a unique Valentine’s Day twist.

-- Feb. 21: Listeners can revisit the Old West of the silver screen with guests of the "Hollywood Cowboys" exhibition at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. Singer-songwriter/ cowboy actor Johnny Western will perform live and share his thoughts on westerns along with movie and TV director Earl Bellamy. Joining them will be UI Associate Professor Corey Creekmur, author of the forthcoming book, “Cattle Queens and Lonesome Cowboys: Gender and Sexuality in the Western.”

-- Feb. 28: Considered by many to be the greatest of all American poets, Walt Whitman celebrated an evolving democratic sensibility that would eventually unit humanity. Whitman scholar Ed Folsom, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of English at the UI, will discuss the ways in which Whitman’s poetry and prose continue to be meaningful more than 110 years after his death. Folsom is the editor of a new collection of essays titled "Whitman East and West." Bob and Kristie Black, who are well-known for their traditional music, will perform live.

For more information see http://wsui.uiowa.edu/events.htm or call (319) 335-5730.