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June 11, 2008

At the UI, the river rises but the show must go on

Facilities on the University of Iowa arts campus on the west bank of the Iowa River have been closed for the summer due to the rising waters of the Iowa River, but most performances scheduled during the summer months will take place in alternate locations.

So far, the only cancellation is the summer opera, scheduled for July 12, 13, 18 and 19 in Clapp Recital Hall.

Also, the UI Museum of Art is closed until further notice. The "Know the Score LIVE" radio program, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in the museum on Friday, June 13, has been moved to Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St. in Iowa City.

The first week of Iowa Summer Music Camps, continuing through Saturday, June 14, has been moved to Iowa City West High School, 2901 Melrose Avenue. Music camp performances, including the closing concert by bands and orchestra at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, will be in the West High Auditorium.

Locations are still pending for subsequent weeks of music camp. The location of public events will be announced as soon as they have been determined.

The season of Iowa Summer Rep 2008, three plays by David Lindsey-Abaire scheduled from June 26 though July 26, will also move to West High School. The two productions scheduled in Mabie Theatre -- "Wonder of the World" and "Fuddy Mears" -- will be presented in the Main Auditorium. The production of "Rabbit Hole" as well as the reading of "Kimberly Akimbo" will take place in the Little Theater.

Dates and times of the Summer Rep productions, as well as ticket prices, will remain unchanged. The sets and costumes will be exactly as planned for the performances in the UI Theatre Building. All titles, dates, times and locations for Summer Rep are listed on the ArtsIowa calendar of arts events, at

Tickets to Iowa Summer Rep performances at West High School will be available from the Hancher Auditorium Box Office. Normal box office operations have been suspended, but online sales will continue, 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's Web page,

Telephone sales are temporarily unavailable while the box office is moving, but will resume as soon as possible. Phone numbers will be unchanged: from the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160; long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

All departmental offices located on the arts campus have been relocated, including the School of Art and Art History, the School of Music, Summer Music Camps, the Department of Theatre Arts, Hancher Auditorium and the Museum of Art. Phone numbers for these offices remain unchanged.

Calendar updates are posted during the day at the ArtsIowa Web page. For all UI flood updates, go to

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),