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Nov. 11, 2009

At A Glance

UI Tennis Facility to receive two awards

The University of Iowa Tennis Facility at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex will soon receive two facility of the year awards.

The Iowa Tennis Association (ITA) Facility of the Year award will be presented Saturday, Nov. 14 at the ITA's awards luncheon in Pella, Iowa, and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Missouri Valley Facility of the Year award will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Missouri Valley Hall of Fame Banquet in Kansas City, Kansas.

Criteria for the awards were based on overall layout and amenities, as well as events and programming. The well-designed and maintained facility has allowed the UI to host a wide variety of events including the Iowa varsity matches, Girls High School state tournament, USTA matches and tournaments and a comprehensive lesson and league program.

The facility has been enjoyed by the people of not only the Iowa City area, but players from all around the region and nation this past year, said Michele Conlon, tennis coordinator for the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

For more information contact Conlon at


Visiting artist Jing-Yun Jeng will give Nov. 12 presentation about her work

Artist Jing-Yun Jeng, a guest of the jewelry and metal arts area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will give a free presentation about her work at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Room 1022 in the Studio Arts Building.

Jeng studied metalsmithing and product design in the department of applied arts at Fu-Jen University and received her bachelor's degree in 1995. She then worked as a gold jewelry designer for two years before studying metalsmithing at the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts at Tainan National University, where she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2001.

She has won both first and second prizes at the Swatch Metalwork Competition in Taiwan, and the Second prize in the Calvin Klein Jewelry Competition in Switzerland. For the past three years she has been teaching at the Tainan Community University in Taiwan.


Jazz ensemble to perform set inspired by Ray Charles and Quincy Jones

The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble (JRE) directed by Brent Sandy and the Johnson County Landmark (JCL) under the direction of John Rapson will share a concert of big band standards and arrangements at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

JRE will open the program with a set of works by Thad Jones, Harold Arlen, Charles Mingus and Horace Silver.

JCL, the top big band in the jazz studies program of the UI School of Music, will follow with a "soul" set featuring organ rather than piano, focusing on "Genius + Soul = Jazz," the album on which Ray Charles played organ with the Quincy Jones big band. The set includes not only music by Charles and Jones, but also compositions by John LaBarbera, Melba Liston, Bobby Timmons, Gerald Wilson and Bob Berg.

Learn more about the UI jazz ensembles at and read bios of Sandy and Rapson at and


Myles reads from new essay collection Nov. 17

Post-punk poet Eileen Myles will read from "The Importance of Being Iceland," her recent book of travel essays, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Myles travels the city -- wandering on garbage-strewn New York streets in the heat of summer, drifting though the antiseptic malls of La Jolla and riding in a van -- seeing it with a poet's eye for detail and with the consciousness that writing about art and culture has always been a social gesture.

Culled from 20 years of art writing, the essays in "The Importance of Being Iceland" - framed by her account of her travels in Iceland -- document life in these contemporary crowds. The essays include fresh takes on Thoreau's Cape Cod walk, working class speech, James Schuyler and Björk, queer Russia and Robert Smithson; and opinions on such widely ranging subjects as filmmaker Sadie Benning, actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Ted Berrigan's Sonnets and flossing.

Myles is the author of books including "Cool for You," "Chelsea Girls," Sorry Tree" and "Skies." Visit her Web site at


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