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CANIN'S READING POSTPONED UNTIL NOV. 9 -- Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Ethan Canin, who was scheduled to read from his new novel, "For Kings and Planets," on Oct. 5, will instead read at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building.


MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM OCT. 4 -- Classical Indian musician Shafaatullah Khan will give a performance to highlight the University of Iowa Museum of Art's exhibition "Contemporary Indian Miniatures" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in the museum.

This performance, which is part of the UI Museum of Art's Music in the Museum series, will be preceded at 1 p.m. by tours of current exhibitions lead by museum docents. Both the concert and the tours will be open to the public free of charge.

"Contemporary Indian Miniatures," an exhibition of 29 paintings from private collections, will be on view in the museum's Focus I Gallery through Saturday, Oct. 18.

Khan, whose musical heritage can be traced back to the golden age of arts in the 16th-century courts of the Indian Mongol emperors, is the first known classical musician of India to have mastered the stringed instruments sitar and surbahar as well as the percussion instrument from Northern India, the tabla.

Since his debut at age 11 before the Queen Mother at the British Kingsly festival, Shafaatullah has been in demand around the world. He has performed at the Acropolis in Greece, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian and at Lincoln Center, as well as in performances in India, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland and Norway.

He has shared a television program with Ray Charles and BBC television has broadcast several of his concerts. Author Deepak Chopra has produced three historical CD recordings on which Shafaatullah played sitar and accompanied himself on tabla, a first in the history of Indian classical music.

Shafaatullah taught at the University of Pennsylvania's Southeast Asian Regional Studies Program for three years.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

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IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP READINGS SERIES OCT. 4 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by Hungarian poet Andras Petocz and Writers' Workshop student Allison Amend at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

A prolific writer, Petocz has published numerous books of poetry, and has also published collections of his essays, written and directed two video films and produced recordings of acoustic poetry.

Petocz has been awarded a number of prizes for his writing, including the1990 Robert Graves Prize for best Hungarian poem of the year.

The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community of established writers from all parts of the globe. This fall 19 writers from 18 countries will spend three months at the UI.

(Note to broadcasters: Andras Petocz is pronounced /ahn DRASH/ /Peh-TOOSH/.)

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INTERNATIONAL WRITERS DISCUSS LITERARY NONFICTION OCT. 7 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion about writing literary nonfiction at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building.

Participants in the discussion will be Igal Sarna of Israel, Bernardo Carvalho of Brazil, U Pe Myint of Burma and David Hamilton of the UI faculty.

Sarna received the IBM Prize for Tolerance for a series of articles about Iranian political refugees in an Israeli prison, and his biography of the Israeli poet Yona Wallach was on the Israeli best-seller list for several months.

Carvalho is a reporter and critic for Brazil's major daily newspaper. He also is a freelance consultant and translator for a prestigious Brazilian publishing firm. He is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories.

Myint has published more than 25 books of fiction, nonfiction and translated works, including, "Those Who Sell 'Things' for Human Use and other stories," winner of the 1995 National Literary Award.

The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community of established writers form all parts of the globe. This fall 19 writers from 18 countries will spend three months at the UI.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Igal Sarna is pronounced /ee GAHL/ /SAHR nah/; U Pe Myint is pronounced /oo/ /pay/ /myent/; Bernardo Carvalho is pronounced /behr NAHR doh/ car VAL yo/.

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GREG SARRIS READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS OCT. 8 -- Native American fiction writer Greg Sarris will read from his debut novel, "Watermelon Nights," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Reviewer Joy Harjo says of the novel, "I am still haunted by the smells of flowers, blood and love that intertwine and link families to nations, make history. Sarris is an awesome talent."

Sarris is also the author of "Grand Avenue," a collection of short stories. He is currently serving his fourth elected term as Chairman of the Federated Coast Miwok tribe.

The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series.

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POET MARK JARMAN READS OCT. 8 -- Poet Mark Jarman, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and a nominee for the Lenore Marshall Award, will read his poetry at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at Tippie Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The reading is free and open to the public.

Jarman is the author of numerous books of poetry and essays, including "North Sea," "The Rote Walker," "Far and Away," "The Black Riviera," "Iris" and "Questions for Ecclesiastes," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was co-founder of the controversial journal the Reaper, a militant proponent of New Formalism, which advocates a return to rhyme, classical meters and narrative.

Jarman has received awards including the 1991 Poets' Prize, and NEA fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at Vanderbilt University.

"Jarman has often advanced highly polemical arguments for narrative poetry as an antidote to what he sees as exhausted lyric and meditative modes of contemporary verse," writes critic Richard Flynn. "But his collections of poems are more convincing arguments for narrative, demonstrating a growing facility with all aspects of the art. However strident the Reaper pronouncements may have been at times, Jarman's poetry is not strictly narrative but combines narrative, lyric, meditative and dramatic elements with increasing skill."

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PERSPECTIVES OCT. 7 -- Robert Sayre, University of Iowa professor emeritus of English, will present a lecture on his response to photographs by Stuart Klipper on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

Eighty of Klipper's photographs are currently on display in the UI Museum of Art exhibition "Cardinal Points." The exhibition offers a photographic essay illustrating divergent regions of the world -- Israel and the Sinai Desert, Greenland, Antarctica, the Costa Rican rainforest and the American Midwest.

Sayre said, "what makes Klipper different is the variety and uniqueness of his work. He has a comprehensive sense of geography which begins with the prairie and encompasses the whole earth. At any given moment Klipper is aware of where he stands, the immediate landscape, and the relationship existing between distant places and his homeland, Minneapolis."

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 Sayre's talk. 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.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the UI Foundation.

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LECTURE ON HILDEGARD OF BINGEN OCT 9 -- Professor Martin Jenni from the University of Iowa School of Music will speak on "Elastic Melody, Unmeasured Verse: The Free-Form Sequences of Hildegard" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

Jenni will be speaking about music and texts by Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century German composer, poet, abbess and mystic whose music has become popular as part of the recent revival of interest in Gregorian and other forms of religious chant. As one of the first documented women to compose, Hildegard also has attracted a great deal of popular and scholarly interest.

There are several commercial recordings available of her music, which is highly individual, and the vivid imagery of her texts adds to its appeal. In addition to her poetic and musical works, Hildegard also wrote medical and scientific treatises and recorded her many visions.

Jenni is a professor of composition and music theory at the UI School of Music. He has a master's degree in medieval studies from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in composition from Stanford. Since joining the UI faculty in 1968 he has composed several works for the Center for New Music, the University Symphony and members of the music faculty, most recently a clarinet solo, RAGAMALIKA, for Maurita Murphy Mead.

Jenni also founded and continues to direct the Cantores, a choir specializing in the performance of Gregorian chant.

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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OCT. 11 -- The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra will present a concert with conductor William LaRue Jones and baritone soloist Stephen Swanson at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Swanson will be featured in rarely heard vocal versions of portions of Sergei Prokofiev's popular orchestral suite from "Lt. Kije." Other works on the program will be incidental music for the play "Pelleas et Melisande" by French composer Gabriel Faure and Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor. The concert will be free and open to the public.

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. He replaced James Dixon, the director of the orchestra for more than 40 years, who retired at the end of the 1996-97 academic year. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Jones is conductor of the Bloomington (Minn.) Symphony and has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland) 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.).

Swanson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1994. For nearly 20 years before that date he had an active operatic career in Europe. During that time his repertoire grew to more than 70 roles in opera, operetta and musicals. He has sung on German, Austrian and Dutch radio broadcasts and has been a featured soloist in European festivals including the Berliner Festwochen, the Days of Contemporary Music in Dresden and the Festa Musica Pro in Assisi, Italy.

Swanson has also had an extensive career as a concert singer, appearing as featured soloist with many U.S. orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony under Sir Georg Solti, Raphael Fruehbeck de Burgos and Margaret Hillis. He has recorded Mendelssohn's "St. Paul" and Ullmann's "Der Kaiser von Atlantis." Since coming to Iowa City, he has appeared in UI Opera Theater productions and performances of the Chamber Singers of Iowa City.