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Nov. 2, 2010

At A Glance

Aiming For A Cure Foundation shopping spree at Coralville Walmart Nov. 3

Three young cancer patients who received care at University of Iowa Children's Hospital will have $5,000 to spend on toys, games and comfort items courtesy of the Aiming For A Cure Foundation. The items purchased during the shopping spree, which will take place at the Walmart store in Coralville at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, will go to UI Children's Hospital patients to enjoy during their hospitalization.

The children will be assisted by their families and Child Life specialists from UI Children's Hospital.

The Aiming For A Cure Foundation has successfully raised nearly $850,000 in seven years for cancer patients and their families receiving care at UI Children's Hospital.


Dance professor Kowal to discuss performance in postwar America Nov. 4

Rebekah Kowal, University of Iowa associate professor of dance, will read from and discuss her new book “How To Do Things with Dance: Performing Change in Postwar America” at Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

In her book, Kowal juxtaposes artistic practices within modern dance with other postwar cultural formations, including U.S. foreign and domestic policies and administration of communist containment; housing construction and design in postwar New York City; the civil rights movement; and cultural constructions of gender, race and sexuality.

Kowal concentrates on choreographers whose artistic work conceived dance in terms of action, including Martha Graham, José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty and Anna Halprin. Facing a domestic culture of anti-communist containment, the assertion of difference, or even defiance, carried professional and personal risks.

Kowal teaches dance history and theory. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Barnard College/Columbia University, she danced in New York City with Heidi Henderson, Molly Rabinowitz, Bryan Hayes and Pat Cremmins. She graduated as a certified movement analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute and holds a doctorate in American Studies from New York University.


Artist Trevor Winkfield to lecture Nov. 4 at UI

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present a lecture by artist Trevor Winkfield 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Winkfield was born in Leeds, England, and after studying painting at the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City in 1969, where he has lived ever since. His work is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery and has been the subject of over 15 solo exhibitions throughout the United States.  The gallery describes his paintings as strikingly absurdist and unpredictable juxtapositions of disparate images, all rendered in a flat graphic style.

He has received numerous awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

A book on his paintings and drawings, "Trevor Winkfield's Pageant," with essays by Jed Perl and John Ashbery, was published in 1997 by Hard Press. He has also collaborated on books with poets of the New York School and his essays have appeared in magazines such as Art in America and Modern Painters.


Old Capitol Museum all tuned-up for Piano Sundays recital Nov. 7

University of Iowa graduate student Seong-Sil Kim, a native of Korea, and undergraduate student Ryan McNamara of Maple Plain, Minn., will perform works by Liszt and Chopin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Old Capitol Museum’s Senate Chamber. The Piano Sundays concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the UI School of Music, West Music and the Old Capitol Museum.
Kim is currently a doctoral student of UI Professor of Music Uriel Tsachor. Playing since the age of four, she has won the Seoul Music Festival Competition and the preliminary competition for the Asia Chopin International Competition. She will perform “Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178” by Franz Liszt.
McNamara is a second year undergraduate studying with UI Professor of Music Ksenia Nosikova. Winner of many competitions, McNamara has performed as a soloist for the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He will perform “Sonata in B minor, Op. 58” by Frederic Chopin.

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum, visit or call 319-335-0548.
The UI School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Rutledge and Mead are joined by guests for Nov. 14 UI recital

University of Iowa School of Music faculty members Christine Rutledge, viola, and Maurita Mead, clarinet, will be joined by guest Wanchi Huang, violin, and Barbara Michaelson, piano, for a free recital of solo and chamber music at 7:30 pm. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be the Duo No. 2 in B-flat Major for Violin and Viola, K 424, by W. A. Mozart; the Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for solo violin, op. 27, no. 1, and the Sonata No. 4 in E Minor for solo violin, op. 27, no. 4 by Eugene Ysäye, featuring Huang; and "Märchenerzählungen" for clarinet, viola and piano, op. 132, by Robert Schumann.

Huang is a faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia ( and Michaelson is a piano instructor at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City (

Biographies of Rutledge and Mead are accessible at


Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Englander returns for Nov. 15 reading

Fiction writer Nathan Englander, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall.

Englander’s first novel, "The Ministry of Special Cases," was published in 2008, and his short fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and numerous anthologies, including "The Best American Short Stories," "The O. Henry Prize Anthology" and a Pushcart Prize collection.

Englander’s story collection, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," became an international bestseller and earned him a PEN/Faulkner Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker. He was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and he was a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2004.


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