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March 17, 2011

At A Glance

Museum's Storytime Adventures Series looks at Iowa rocks and fossils

Be a paleontologist for a day and take a closer look at the rocks and fossils right under your own feet in Iowa! Children and families are invited to a reading at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Museum staff will read educational stories about rocks and fossils in Iowa Hall. Afterward, children will be able to complete a themed craft.
The reading is part of the Museum of Natural History's monthly Storytime Adventures Series, held the third Sunday of each month. Stories are geared toward elementary-aged students and are followed by activities that can be done at the museum and at home. The events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
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Sidewalks along river near Hubbard Park temporarily closed beginning March 21

The sidewalks west of Hubbard Park, between Danforth Chapel and the railroad tunnel, will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, March 21. The sidewalk in front of Danforth Chapel will reopen April 1 allowing for pedestrian traffic between the Iowa Memorial Union and the English-Philosophy Building. The walk between Danforth Chapel and the Iowa River will remain closed until May 1. Signage will be in place and detours accessible along Iowa Avenue and Madison Street. The closure is necessary for construction related to the River Corridor Sidewalk Flood Mitigation Project.

For additional information, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


Ceramics visiting artist Boldon lectures at the UI March 21

Brian Boldon, a visiting artist in the ceramics area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 6 p.m Monday, March 21, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall.

Boldon has developed new technologies for digital printing on ceramics and glass, integrating digital media with tradition ceramic studio art practices. He is based in Minneapolis, where he is producing large-scale architectural and public art commissions and pursuing his sculpture independently.

He studied at the University of Wisconsin and the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, and he has taught at Hamilton College, headed the ceramics program at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and coordinated the ceramics and graduate programs at Michigan State University.

Learn more at his website at


Heathcock reads from new story collection on March 26

National Magazine Award-winner Alan Heathcock will read from his first collection of short stories, "Volt," in a free event at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Each of Heathcock's stories -- four of which were previously published in literary journals -- involve a violent death in the northern plains. Six of the stories are set in the imaginary village of Krafton, where all the disasters are of purely human invention.

His work has appeared in Zoetrope, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon Review and "Best American Mystery Stories." He is the writer-in-residence for the city of Boise, Idaho, where he teaches at Boise State University.


Society of Composers presents CNM concert at UI March 26

The University of Iowa student chapter of the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) will present a free Center for New Music concert -- featuring guest composer Tomas I Gueglio-Saccone -- at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

In addition to Guelglio-Saccone's "Bi/diletantes druidas, miles," a mixed chamber ensemble composition conducted by Kira Horel, the program will be "Interfacial Colloid," a string and wind quintet by Brian Penkrot; "et si sensus deficit‚" for solo violin by Daniel Houglum; "My Fairy King" for English horn and guitar by Zachariah Zubow; "Focus/Unfocus" for solo cello by Anthony Donofrio.

Gueglio-Saccone's education includes a bachelor or music degree from the Facultad de Artes y Ciencias Musicales de la Universidad Católica Argentina and a master of music degree from the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.

He has been commissioned in his country by important organizations including the Centro Nacional de la Musica and the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and in the United States by the Society for New Music. He is now a doctoral student at the University of Chicago.

SCI is dedicated to the promotion of composition, performance, understanding and dissemination of new and contemporary music.


Figge Museum to host discussion about Pollock 'Mural' debate

"The Pollock 'Mural' Debate: What Have We Learned?" is the topic of a presentation set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Second St. in Davenport.

The presentation and discussion is a collaborative effort of the Figge and the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). Andrew J. Butler, president of the board of directors of the Figge Art Museum, and UIMA Executive Director Sean O'Harrow will comment on the questions raised by recent efforts by state legislators to mandate the sale of the Jackson Pollock's "Mural" as a means of providing scholarships for UI students.

The presentation will also examine the role of art objects and art museums in public education, including the role of real objects for use in teaching; and how cultural institutions advance economic development.

Participants will also have the opportunity to see "Mural," which is on display at the Figge, along with other UIMA works of art following the flood of 2008.

University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff are admitted to the Figge free of charge with a UI ID card. UIMA donors are admitted free with their donor courtesy cards.

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Doc Dash 2011 set for April 2 in Iowa City

The 26th Annual Doc Dash 5K Run/Walk is set for 9 a.m. April 2 at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic and the College of Medicine Mobile Clinic. The event is open to all members of the community and their families.

Registration is available online at Registration fees are $20 for online registration before March 19 and $25 for online registration after March 19. Registration on the day of the race is $30, and those wishing to register should be on-site by 8 a.m.

The race is presented by the UI Carver College of Medicine, Iowa Medical Society and the Johnson County Medical Society and Alliance.

For more information and a link to the registration site visit the Doc Dash 2011 Facebook page.


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