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Oct. 11, 2010

At A Glance

Online comic art auction to benefit Holden Cancer Center

The second annual Marla Bea Benefit, an online comic art auction, will start Oct. 12 to raise money for breast cancer research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

The auction features original sketches donated by artists who draw for well-known comic book and sketch card companies. The auction items can be viewed at, which will have a link to eBay where the auction will occur under the seller name "marlabeabenefit" beginning on Oct. 12.

North Liberty resident Jason Gavin, a comic book fan and friend of several comic book artists, organized the auction in honor of his sister, Marla, from Clinton, Iowa, and mother, Beatrice, from Maquoketa, Iowa, who were both diagnosed with breast cancer. Gavin asked comic book artists to donate a sketch of a strong female character that incorporated the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon or the color pink. Over 40 sketches are up on the auction block.

The inaugural auction in 2009 raised $4,200.

For further information, contact Jason Gavin at 319-325-9300 or


School of The Art Institute of Chicago professor to lecture Oct. 14 at UI

This event has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present a lecture by Michelle Grabner of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and visiting artist in Painting and Drawing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center.

Grabner is a professor and chair of the painting and drawing department at SAIC where she has been teaching since 1996. She is also a visiting artist in the painting and drawing division in the UI School of Art and Art History.

Her essays and reviews have been published in “Artforum,” “X-tra,” “Frieze,” and “Modern Painters” among other periodicals and catalogues. Grabner and her husband Brad Killam run the artist project space called The Suburban in Oak Park. Since January 1999 they have worked with more than 120 artists. In 2008 Grabner and Killam purchased the Waupaca County Poor Farm in central Wisconsin. The Poor Farm, a nonprofit art space and residency also hosts a dormitory building for artists and writers.


Flute, oboe faculty to present recital Oct. 14

University of Iowa music faculty members Nicole Esposito, flute, and Andrew Parker, oboe, will present a duo recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Riverside Recital Hall, 405 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City.

The program will feature works of international and stylistic variety, both for flute and oboe duo, as well as solo pieces for each instrument, include those by G.P. Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, G. Rossini, Gilles Silvestrini, Shulamit Ran and Eugene Bozza.

Esposito, an assistant professor of flute, has achieved a career on an international level as a soloist, teacher and chamber and orchestral musician and has performed across the United States, Europe and Central and South America. Parker was recently appointed assistant professor of oboe at the UI. In addition to his experience as a teacher and chamber music coach, he has performed with many orchestras in the United States.

For more information on Esposito and Parker, see and


Pumpkins, farming and harvests featured in Old Capitol Museum’s HiStory Time Oct. 16

How does one tiny seed grow into a gigantic pumpkin? Who grows the giant gourds that we carve up each year for Halloween? These and other questions will be explored in the Old Capitol Museum's HiStory Time, “Iowa Farming and the Harvest,” on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Supreme Court Chamber. 

The free event is geared for children and their families and will feature museum staff reading from “Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden” by George Levenson. After the reading, there will be harvest-themed, educational activities for participants. No registration is required and the event is open to the public. For more information visit, or call 319-335-0548.


Trombonist to give recital Oct. 18 at UI

Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, a trombonist of the Seattle Symphony and the Saito-Kinen Orchestras, will play in a trombone recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto began studying trombone at age 12 with his father. He went on to study at the Tokyo College of Music Senior High School and later was accepted at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. Now as a soloist and recitalist, Yamamoto performs throughout Japan and the United State with many groups, including the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Chamber Orchestra.

Yamamoto, a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music, also has performed on numerous TV and movie recordings. For more information on Yamamoto see


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