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Jan. 22, 2009

At A Glance

Lunch with the Chefs returns to IMU

Lunch with the Chefs is returning to the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Main Ballroom after a brief hiatus due to the June 2008 flood. On Thursdays from January to April the IMU's award-winning chefs, including new Executive Chef Donovan Campbell, will be putting together and serving a four-course meal based on a culinary theme.

This semester's themes are:
--Jan. 29: Evening in Havana-Cuban Foods.
--Feb. 19: Down Home Iowa.
--March 26: Raging Cajun Louisiana Creole.
--April 23: Rockin' Moroccan.

Cost of the meal is  $7.99 for staff and the general public, $6.99 for University of Iowa students. The lunches begin at 11:15 a.m. and end at 12:45 p.m. All guests will be served on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information visit or call 319-335-3114.

People's Art Project invites 'pieces' for human puzzle in Spirit Lake project

Come, be part of a human puzzle that will take shape Jan. 24 on the lake ice of Little Miller's Bay on West Okoboji Lake. Known as the People's Art Project, the event will create a gigantic image of a dragonfly -- formed by people -- in order to raise environmental awareness.

Participants are asked to dress warmly in primary colors and meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Peace Corner, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 86 in Spirit Lake. From there, busses will shuttle volunteers to the lake. Shuttle buses will run until 3 p.m.

The People's Art Project is a collaboration between Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (a partner with University Hygienic Laboratory and UI Continuing Education), ArtsLIVE and the Friends of Lakeside Lab. Now in its second year, the project used 173 volunteers in 2008 to create a giant turtle.

Cancellation due to bad weather will be posted online at

Bijou Theater presents 'Timecrimes' and 'A Christmas Tale' Jan. 23-29

The Bijou Theater at the Iowa Memorial Union opens its spring season Friday, Jan. 23 with two new films, "Timecrimes" and "A Christmas Tale."

"Timecrimes" directed by Nacho Vigalondo, is the story of a man named Hector. While being chased through a forest by a horrifying figure, he escapes to a building that houses a time machine, a discovery that sets off a mysterious and disturbing series of events. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

"A Christmas Tale," directed by Arnaud Desplechin, is in French with English subtitles. This dark comedy about strained family relationships appeared on many critics' top ten film lists of 2008.  The New York Observer calls the movie "a film experience to be seen and savored for its exquisite delineation of human feelings and foibles."

Admission is $5. Both features run Friday, Jan. 23, through Thursday, Jan. 29.

For information and complete show times visit or call 319-335-3258.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium features diversity research Jan. 30

Eighteen students in the University of Iowa College of Education will display posters highlighting research on diversity in education from noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in Jones Common (Room N300) in the Lindquist Center on the UI campus. The display is part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium, sponsored by the UI College of Education Diversity Committee.

UI College of Education Dean Sandra Damico will make welcoming remarks at noon, and Wallace Loh, UI executive vice president and provost, will give a keynote address around 12:15 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held following the address that recognizes the winning posters, which are judged by a panel of College of Education faculty and past Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award recipients.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information call 319-335-6210 or

The 100s on Iowa Public Radio's 'Java Blend' Jan. 30

The 100s will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend" at noon Friday, Jan. 30, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Eastern Iowa's roots-rock-country-folk band The 100s returns to the Java House stage. In their new CD titled "Echoes," the band combines fiddle and dobro guitar, along with a heavy pedal steel guitar sound to span all the gaps from rock to country to folk to pop. Music reviewer Jim Musser lauds The 100s as having "captured the modern rural Iowa Zeitgeist with posture-free accuracy."

Broadcasts of this performance are on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15 on Iowa Public Radio.

For broadcast times and stations visit

For more information on the group visit


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