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IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP JOINT READING NOV. 15 -- Brazilian novelist Bernardo Carvalho and poet Erica Bernheim present a free reading sponsored by the International Writers' Program and the Writers' Workshop at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Carvalho is a reporter and critic for Brazil's major daily newspaper. He is the author of three novels, "Teatro," "Os Beabados e os Sonambulos," and "Onse," and a collection of short stories, "Aberracao." He also serves as a freelance consultant and translator for a major Brazilian publishing firm.

Bernheim is a graduate student in the Writers' Workshop.

The IWP is a unique organization that brings together esteemed writers from all parts of the globe. This fall, 19 writers from 18 countries are spending three months at the UI.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Bernardo De Carvalho is pronounced /behr NAHR doh/day/car VAL yo/.)

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IRA SADOFF TO READS PRAIRIE LIGHTS NOV. 17 -- Poet Ira Sadoff will read from his new collection, "Grazing," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Iowa Writers' Workshop emeritus faculty member Gerald Stern calls Sadoff's poems "Nothing less than masterpieces . . . Nowhere else in American poetry do I come across a passion, a cunning, a joy greater than his. I see him as one of the supreme poets of his generation."

Sadoff is the author of six books of poems. He recently won the American Poetry Review's Jerome J. Shestack Prize.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640, as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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LYNN FRANKLIN READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS NOV. 18 -- Lynn Franklin will read from her new book "May the Circle Be Unbroken: An Intimate Journey into the Heart of Adoption" at 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 18, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Dr. Deepak Chopra says Franklin uses her personal experience with adoption to "open our hearts and expand our awareness of the inner world of adoption." South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls Franklin's book "Deeply moving," and says it "shatters some long-held stereotypes and eloquently calls for some much-needed changes in the system."

Franklin serves on the board of directors of two adoption agencies, Spence-Chapin and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. She lives in New York City, where she works as a literary agent.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640, as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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JAZZTET CONCERT NOV. 20 -- The Iowa Jazztet, a jazz sextet made up of faculty and graduate students of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free performance at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Iowa Jazztet is devoted to the performance of original works and classic small-ensemble jazz. The group was founded by Tom Davis, a professional jazz percussionist and the former percussion teacher at the UI School of Music, and took its name from a famed professional group led by Iowa native Art Farmer and Benny Golson. Over the past four years the Iowa Jazztet has produced more than 50 compositions and arrangements and did a three-week tour of Brazil in the summer of 1996.

The Nov. 20 performance will include works by John Rapson, head of the UI jazz studies program and trombonist with the Jazztet; UI jazz program alumnus Rafael Dos Santos; and New York jazz artist Mike Lee, who was a guest of the UI jazz program for performances and classes. The performance will also feature original arrangements of jazz standards.

Current members of the Jazztet are: Rapson; Brent Sandy, trumpet; Mike Giles, saxophones; Alex Lunsqui, piano; Anton Hatwich, bass; and Jim Dreier, drums.

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LECTURE ON NICARAGUAN FOLK MASS NOV. 20 -- T.M. Scruggs, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will speak on "Contradictions of Musical Expression and Religious Ceremony in the Nicaraguan 'Misa Campesina' " at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in Room 1027 of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Scrugg's lecture, which is part of the Colloquium series sponsored by the musicology area of the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

The "Misa Campesina" of Nicaragua is the best known and most widely copied folk mass in Latin America, Scruggs said. The use of local vernaculars -- both linguistic and musical -- created and continues to cause some unique problems in the church services where they appear. These problems will be one of the topics of Scruggs' talk.

T.M. Scruggs is both an ethnomusicologist who has done field research in Latin America and a performer whose principal instrument is the piano. He learned Nicaraguan marimba while doing research in that country for his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Before entering graduate school Scruggs played Haitian popular music and salsa in several bands in Chicago.

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SAXOPHONE MASTER CLASS NOV. 21 -- Saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, recipient of the 1998 University of Iowa Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, will present a saxophone master class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

The master class, featuring performances by UI saxophone students, will be free and open to the public.

One of the most acclaimed classical saxophonists in the world, Rousseau is distinguished professor of music at Indiana University, where he also served for many years as head of the woodwind department. A guest teacher at the Paris Conservatory, the Hochscuele fuer Musik in Vienna, Arizona State University and other institutions, Rousseau was made an honorary faculty member of the Prague Conservatory in 1993.

Rousseau has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pan-American Festival Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the BBC Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Kansai Philharmonic, the Santaigo Philharmonic, the Austrian Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Other solo performances have been with the U.S. Field Band at the Kennedy Center, the Budapest Strings in Hungary and the Tokyo Bach Band. His many recordings include solo albums for Deutsche Drammophon, Delos, Liscio, Crystal and RIAX labels, and collaborations with Frederick Fennell, David Baker and the Haydn Trio of Vienna.

A co-founder of the World Saxophone Congress, Rousseau has served as president of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Comite International du Saxophone. He has published arrangements, scholarly works and saxophone method books. In 1995 he was awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation by the American Bandmasters Association.

Rousseau's principal teacher and mentor when he was a student at the UI was Himie Voxman, former director of the UI School of Music.

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THIRD ART OF THE MONTH SESSION NOV. 21 -- University of Iowa doctoral student Missy Gaido Allen will present a talk, "Pop Art, or Against Abstract Expressionism, Part One," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 in the UI Museum of Art.

Allen's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the third of four sessions in the museum's current Art of the Month mini-course, "Modern Art in America 1920-1970." This series of talks will use works from current exhibitions in the museum and works from the museum's permanent collection to explore movements within 20th-century American art. Art of the Month has been coordinated by Allen and Gwen Robertson.

The final session of the current series will be held Saturday, Dec. 12. New participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.

In her presentation, Allen will use works by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstien, Ed Ruscha and others from the museum's permanent collection to discuss pop art and how it derived from its predecessor, abstract expressionism.

"I'd like to examine the genesis of pop art in Britain and the United States in 1950s and '60s," Allen said. "Although pop art was originally conceived of in Britain, it is better known as an American movement that emerged as a backlash against abstract expressionism, the dominant mode of art at that time."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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.