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UI DANCE THESIS CONCERT FEB. 20-21 CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH -- University of Iowa dance department graduate students Kabby Mitchell III, Sabrina

Madison-Cannon and Cecil Slaughter will present a joint Thesis Concert for Black History Month at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

All three Master of Fine Arts students came to the UI from distinguished professional careers in some of the country's leading African-American dance companies. Mitchell is a veteran of the Dance Theatre of Harlem; Madison-Cannon danced in Philadelphia's Philadanco; and Slaughter was a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the company that recently impressed a Hancher audience with its exploration of the African-American tradition in modern dance.

Mitchell has choreographed "Passages," tracing the history of Africans sold into slavery in America, and the development of black culture in the United States. The production features more than 20 African-American performers.

In "Through the Eyes of a Child," Madison-Cannon depicts the transformation from a child's innocent acceptance of all people to the acquisition of biases and prejudices. She choreographed this work for an ensemble of 19 women.

Slaughter charts the shifting perception of the American Dream in "Where the Buffalo Roam," contrasting the Normal Rockwell vision of homogeneity to the acceptance and celebration of diversity.

Admission to the Dance Thesis Concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger) at the door.

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POET GLAZER READS FEB. 23 -- Acclaimed poet Michele Glazer will read from her work at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public. It will be broadcast on "Live at Prairie Lights," originating on WSUI, AM 910.

Glazer will read from her collection "It Is Hard to Look at/What We Come to Think/We'd Come to See," which has received enthusiastic praise from poets and critics and received the 1996 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry.

Writers' Workshop faculty member Jorie Graham writes of the collection: Glazer has "a capacity for seeing so profoundly accurate one feels the ghost of (Elizabeth) Bishop hovering, and an ear so finely tuned it cannot but register all the finest, filamentary truths the eye discerns and translate them for us into idea, gesture, turn of mind. It is an extraordinary experience to be the reader of this ethically awake, brilliantly stoical -- and incidentally very sexy -- book."

Carole Maso describes the collection as "a work of desperate, beautiful invention: vision and fierce revision."

Glazer earned her Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has received the Paul Engle fellowship from Iowa, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts.

Her work has appeared in the Colorado Review, Ploughshares, Delmar, Poetry Northwest, Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Pavement, Ironwood among numerous other publications.

Glazer currently works for the Nature Conservancy's Oregon Field Office.

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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT FEB. 24 -- The Chamber Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

William LaRue Jones, professor of music and director of the University Symphony, will conduct the concert. Trombonist Denson Paul Pollard, a graduate student in the School of Music, will be the featured soloist.

The program will comprise two works: the Concerto for Bass Trombone, strings and percussion of contemporary American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich; and "La Creation du monde" (The creation of the world), a 1923 ballet score by French composer Darius Milhaud that was famous at the time it was written for incorporating features of American jazz into an orchestral score.

The Chamber Orchestra is a small ensemble of students at the UI School of Music. Serving as a training ground for student conductors and soloists, the Chamber Orchestra has occasionally accompanied public performances of UI choral groups. This year they are adding a series of concerts at their usual rehearsal time -- 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons -- to the schedule of free public events in the School of Music.

A UI music alumnus and the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., Jones came to the UI this fall to direct the University Symphony. A highly honored musician, he received the Twin Cities Mayors' Public Art Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award. He has also been selected Musician of the Year by Sigma Alpha Iota, a music honorary society.

Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras around the world. He has conducted all-state and festival orchestras in 46 states and five Canadian provinces. He has been conductor-in-residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami (Fla.).

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JMW TURNER VIDEO FEB. 25 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will show a video that dramatizes the life and artistic development of British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25. The video, "J.M.W. Turner: The Sun is God," will be presented as part of the weekly Perspectives series. The presentation will be open to the public free of charge.

Throughout his career, Turner experimented with light in an effort to capture the brilliance of the sun in his paintings. His unique style strongly influenced an entire generation of painters, including the impressionists.

The video, which lasts for 63 minutes, shows a wide array of Turner's works from various stages of his career. The video also focuses on Turner's life, and shows the paintings in the context of the time and place in which they were created.

One of Turner's paintings, "Queen Mab's Cave" has been loaned to the UI Museum of Art by the Tate Gallery of London, and will be on view in the upcoming exhibition of Victorian fairy paintings.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1997-98 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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HECHT READS FEB. 26 -- Novelist Daniel Hecht will read from his work at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public. The reading will be broadcast on "Live at Prairie Lights," originating on WSUI, AM 910.

Hecht' s literary thriller "Skull Session," his first novel, has been published with praise from Stephen White, author of "Harm's Way" and "Remote Control." White writes: "'Skull Session' is the most psychologically sophisticated thriller I've read since 'The Alienist.' ... (It is) a tantalizing novel of rare deliberation and patience. It is at once compelling and deeply unsettling."

Author Lorenzo Carcaterra, who wrote "Sleepers" and "Apaches", writes: "'Skull Session' opens with a murder and closes with a bang. . . . Hecht writes with a fine eye for detail, filling his pages with edgy characters primed to handle the dark deeds tossed at them from all directions. 'Skull Session' artfully takes you on a roller-coaster voyage into the slanted corners of a demented universe. It is a trip well worth the taking."

Jonathan Kellerman, the author of "The Clinic" and "The Web," writes: "'Skull Session' is vividly atmospheric, rich with twists and turns. Daniel Hecht has created something quite original; the neuropathologic Gothic."

Hecht received his Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has spent 20 years as a guitarist, recording records on Windham Hill Records. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and on international and domestic performance tours.

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MITCHELL READS FEB. 27 -- Fiction writer Judith Claire Mitchell will read from her work at

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Prairie Lights Books, 15. S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public. The reading will be broadcast on the "Live at Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI, AM 910.

Mitchell is a second-year graduate student in the fiction division of the Writers' Workshop. Her story "A Man of Few Words," which tells the story of a father who learns to talk to his children much too late, was included in "Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops 1998."

Mitchell was winner of the 1997 Prairie Lights short-story competition. She has taught creative writing in the Iowa Writers' Workshop summer program and is on the staff of the Iowa Review. She has been included in the Cedar Rapids' Art Museum's short story reading series. In addition to the Scribner's volume, her stories have been published by Story Quarterly, the Colorado Review and Pearl.

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PIANO DUO WILL PERFORM AT UI MARCH 1 -- Duo-pianists Karen Beres and William Budai will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The performance, presented by the UI Center for New Music, will be free and open to the public.

The program will span the 20th century, featuring the Suite No. 2, op. 17, of early-century Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff; the Capriccio for piano four-hands of John Beall; "Recuerdos" (Reminiscences) by William Bolcom; and the Seven Bagatelles of Marilyn Shrude.

Beres and Budai perform widely in solo and collaborative programs. Beres received her undergraduate degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in piano performance from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. She is active as an adjudicator as well as a solo and chamber musician throughout the United States. Currently she serves on the faculty and is piano coordinator and teacher in the Creative Arts Program at Bowling Green State University.

Budai received his undergraduate degree in music education from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in piano pedagogy and performance from Bowling Green, where he was a graduate assistant in applied piano. He has performed solo and chamber music throughout the Midwest and was a semi-finalist in the YKAA International Piano Competition. Currently he teaches piano at Bowling Green State University and Bluffton College. He also teaches in the preparatory department at Heidelberg College and in the Creative Arts Program at Bowling Green.