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Oct. 14, 2005

'Art After Hours' Presents Oktoberfest Oct. 28 At UI Museum of Art

Art After Hours, a program of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will host its own Oktoberfest from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct 28 in the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Participants will have a chance to experience a traditional German buffet, including bratwurst, potato salad and sauerkraut. A cash bar with a variety of German beers will also be available.

In Germany, Oktoberfest began with the royal Bavarian wedding of Prince Ludwig I to Princess Therese. In celebration of their wedding, Prince Ludwig I proclaimed a fair to be held in Munich.

The first celebration was so successful that the king issued a decree making October a time of festivals in Munich. Taking place over two weeks leading up to the first weekend of October, Oktoberfest is held each year in Munich's Theresienwiese (Therese's meadow), which was named in honor of Princess Therese. It is considered the world's largest fair with more than six million people attending each year.

Admission to the Oct 28 Art After Hours Oktoberfest -- $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members -- will be collected at the door.

Persons who plan on attending the event are asked to make a reservation by calling 319-335-3676, or by emailing uima-artafterhours@uiowa.edu.

The Art After Hours program was organized in 2002 to introduce art and art museums to adults under 40, and to further their knowledge of and interest in a variety of art forms. New participants are welcome and encouraged. For more information regarding the Art After Hours program, call 319-335-1727.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.