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PERSPECTIVES DEC. 3 -- As part of the University of Iowa Museum of Art "Perspectives" series, museum director Stephen Prokopoff will present a lecture and gallery tour of the photographs of Charles Marville at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the museum. The lecture and tour will be open to the public free of charge.

The museum's current exhibition, "Charles Marville: A Record of a Lost Paris," includes photographs that depict the city of Paris as it looked before an extensive urban renewal project altered much of the old city in the mid-19th century. Marville, a well known photographer of the time, was commissioned by government officials to document every area of the city that was to be destroyed to make way for the spacious urban design we know today.

Although originally intended only as historical documents, the photographs are now valued for their artistic significance as well. The black and white photographs represent the works of an early pioneer in the art of photography, as well as a record of a city that no longer exists.

The UI Museum of Art acquired the photographs for the exhibition from the Musee Carnavalet in Paris. The exhibition can be seen in the museum's Works on Paper Gallery until Feb. 1, 1998.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of Prokopoff's talk. Admission is free.

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NEW PLAYWRIGHTS TAKE STAGE DEC. 4-7 -- The Iowa Playwrights Workshop will showcase its new playwrights in two pairs of productions, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5; and at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Both productions on the University Theatres Gallery series will be presented in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The Thursday and Friday performances will feature sections of two plays in progress: "The Last Ramon" by Margaret Baldwin, directed by Sean Williams; and "The Fourth Nail" written and directed by Bob Berky.

On Saturday and Sunday the Gallery series will present Scott Working's short plays "Foolproof" and "Punch and Lefty," directed by Bob Cady; and the one-act play "Shadows Roses Shadow" by Steve Frattali. directed by Katherine Guthrie.

Baldwin describes "The Last Ramon" as "a play about desire and the hunger of the senses," in which a woman has a long history of relationships with men named Ramon, who meet an unusual fate.

Berky, who is an internationally renowned theatrical clown, will present the first act of "The Fourth Nail," a comedy that takes place in Prague in the year 1099. The story includes alchemists, crusaders returning with dubious religious relics and the search for the Elixir of Life.

"Foolproof" depicts a power struggle between two men, involving a woman, a gun and a Buick. In "Punch and Lefty," the power struggle is between a man and his left hand, involving a puppet, a knife and handcuffs.

Frattali's "Shadows Roses Shadows" finds a composer at the end of his life, encountering the consequences of an earlier incestuous relationship with his daughter.

Admission will be $4 ($2 for UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger) at the door.

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LECTURE ON BRAHMS' MUSIC DEC. 5 -- Peter Smith, an assistant professor of music theory at the University of Notre Dame, will present a lecture on the music of Brahms at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Room 1027 of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Smith will speak on "Brahms and the Neapolitan Complex: flat-II, flat-VI and their Multiple Functions in the First Movement of the F-minor Clarinet Sonata."

Smith's talk, which will be free and open to the public, is presented by the Musicology Colloquium and Theory Seminar of the UI School of Music.