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Sept. 2, 2009

At A Glance

Limón's masterpiece 'Psalm' is introduced in Sept. 3 event

Nina Watt, the José Limón Dance Company veteran who is reconstructing Limón's masterpiece "Psalm" for Dance Gala 2009, will be joined by University of Iowa Department of Dance faculty member Rebekah Kowal, in a free Public Introduction and Lecture 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Iowa City Public Library.

"Psalm," which was premiered at the 1967 American Dance Festival, will be performed by UI dancers Oct. 29 to Nov. 7 in the Space Place Theatre in North Hall.

Watt is a 30-year veteran of the Limón Dance Company, with which she toured internationally, including two State Department tours and a White House State Dinner. She was a 2002 recipient of the "Bessies" New York Dance and Performance Award for Sustained Achievement.

Limón (1908-1972) was a modern dance pioneer who founded his company in 1946 with Doris Humphrey as the first artistic director, and it became the first modern dance company to survive its founder's death. His style continues to have a distinctive influence in contemporary dance.

The reconstruction of "Psalm" is made possible by American Masterpieces: Dance, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with Dance/USA.


Hawkapalooza event plans updated

University of Iowa officials have announced some restrictions for the Hawkapalooza event in Hubbard Park Thursday, Sept. 3. The Hawks Nest and SCOPE Productions will present Grammy award-winning artist Lupe Fiasco at the event, which is free and open to the public.

No smoking, alcohol, dogs, lawn chairs, coolers, signs on sticks, or strollers will be allowed into the park. Backpacks and large purses will be allowed, but concertgoers will be asked to open them at the entrance.

The gate to Hubbard Park, located on the corner of Jefferson and Madison streets, will open at 6 p.m. The event will kick off with a pep rally and food from local vendors.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to call 319-335-3041 for special seating accommodations. For more information, visit or


UIMA@IMU to open to general public Sept. 8

Public hours for the University of Iowa Museum of Art's new art venue in the Iowa Memorial Union, UIMA@IMU, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The space is closed Mondays and university holidays. UI instructors may schedule appointments for their classes by using an online tour form or calling 319-335-3232.

Located in the former Richey Ballroom on the IMU's third floor, UIMA@IMU is a visual classroom that will serve as the museum's main, temporary, on-campus location while the museum is displaced following the June 2008 flood.

The installation features art objects from a wide range of locales and periods (including Africa, China, Japan, Tibet, and the Ancient Americas) as well twentieth-century European and American ceramics, conceptual art, and a changing selection of figurative art. Additionally, the more than 250 prints, drawings and photographs that had been available since October in the UI Libraries' Special Collections will soon move to the UIMA@IMU, for a total of more than 500 objects.

For more information visit or call 319-335-1727.


Design class with Margaret Wenk begins Sept. 14

"Design Fundamentals," offered by the Osher Institute at the University of Iowa, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 14-30, in room 5159 of the Westlawn Building.

Instructor Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer, resident designer for the UI Performing Arts Production Unit, will teach the design process used in areas from fashion to fine art. Students will explore the relationship between line, shape, form, value and textures through simple cut, paste and sketch compositions.

No previous art skill is required. The course fee is $60, which includes course materials.

Learn more or register online at,  or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.


Learn West Coast Swing with Osher Institute beginning Sept. 14

"Beginning West Coast Swing," offered by the Osher Institute at the University of Iowa, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 2, at City Ballet of Iowa City, 700 S. Dubuque St.

Students will learn foot work and timing for West Coast Swing, a fun partner slot dance, as well as basic moves including sugar push, left and right side pass, tuck turn and whips. 

No partner is required and beginners are welcome. The course fee is $55 per person for Osher Institute members.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.


Baritone Spivey sings music of Reynaldo Hahn in Sept. 17 recital

Baritone Norman Spivey, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform "Ecoute: pieces of Reynaldo Hahn" in a free event at 7:30 Thursday, Sept. 17, in 1670 University Capitol Center (the Iowa City downtown mall, next to Meta Homes). Parking is available in the mall ramp.

The original one-person musical, written and directed by Susan Russell, draws on Hahn's experiences and relationships, particularly with his closest friends, actress Sarah Bernhardt and writer Marcel Proust.

Hahn (1875-1947) was a Venezuelan/French composer, pianist, singer, music critic, conductor and impresario. He entered the conservatory at age 10, wrote many of his most enduring melodies in his teens and became the darling of the Parisian salons.

Spivey is on the voice faculty at Penn State University. A veteran of musicals, operetta and opera, he has been heard in concert and opera engagements throughout France, as well as a tour of France and Canada as Papageno in Mozart's "Die Zauberflîte."

Russell is on the theater faculty at Penn State, after a 25-year career as a professional actor on and off-Broadway, in regional theater and at opera companies.


Sexual assault survivors invited to fall Voices of Courage support group

Sexual assault survivors are invited to participate in a free and confidential support group, Voices of Courage. The group will meet Thursdays this fall, beginning Oct. 1 and continuing for eight weeks until Nov. 19. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program office, 320 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The registration deadline is Sept. 24. For more information or to set up a screening appointment, call Karen Siler, Johnson County Services Coordinator for RVAP, at 319-335-6001.

For more information, see  The site provides information about statistics, education, victim services and resources. The 24-hour Rape Crisis Line number, at 319-335-6000, offers free and confidential information, support, advocacy and counseling to victim/survivors of sexual assault and their partners, friends and family members.


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