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Release: February 26, 1999
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
ART LECTURE MARCH 4 -- Cynthia Manning Crosby, a visiting artist in
the painting and drawing area of the University of Iowa School of Art and
Art History, will speak on current paintings that mimic the outer appearances
of urban space at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.
Crosby's lecture, "Notes on a Brick Epic," will be free and
open to the public.
Crosby received a master's degree from the UI and a Master of Fine Arts
from the State University of New York in Stonybrook. She is currently teaching
at the Tyler School of Art.
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CLARKE READS MARCH 5 -- Welsh poet and playwright Gillian Clarke will
give a reading at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5 in Tippie Auditorium of the University
of Iowa Pappajohn Business Building. Sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop,
the reading is free and open to the public.
Clarke is the author of 10 books of poetry, including, "Snow on
the Mountain," "Letter from a Far Country," "The King
of Britain's Daughter" and "Five Fields."
She has also published essays, written plays and been widely anthologized.
She is an honorary fellow at the University of Wales and has received,
among other awards, the Cholmondeley Award for Poetry and the Chair of
Judges T.S. Eliot Award in 1997.
Clarke is president of Ty Newydd, the Writers' Centre, which she co-founded
in 1990. She teaches creative writing at the University of Glamorgan, South
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MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM, MARCH 7 -- Iowa City's versatile John Lake Band
will perform at the University of Iowa Museum of Art at 2 p.m. Sunday,
This presentation, which is part of the Music in the Museum series,
will be open to the public free of charge. The performance will be preceded
by a tour of the museum's current exhibitions, led by a museum docent.
Exhibitions on display in the museum will include "Artists Poster
Committee: A Decade of Political Art," "Barry Le Va: Sculpture
and Drawings for Sculpture," "Boris Lurie," "Dale Joe
Paintings" and "Baba Wague Diakite: African Folktales."
The John Lake Band will perform original songs along with an eclectic
mix of acoustic music reflecting the band's rock, pop, folk, country and
gospel influences. Included will be pieces from a wide array of artists,
including John Haitt, Patsy Cline, Gram Parsons, Bob Marley, the Beatles,
Bonnie Raitt, and Les Paul and Mary Ford.
The John Lake Band, made up of John Lake, Jeffrey Morgan, Heather Kingham,
Rick Cicalo and Eric Griffin, was formed in the spring of 1996 to feature
original music written by Lake, as well as a diverse mix of popular covers.
Icon Magazine's Jim Musser wrote, "Whether on electric or acoustic,
solo or in groups from two to ten, bandleader or sideman, managing to find
something of worth and durability at every stop along the way, Lake is
left today with an enviable set of chops, a delicate touch, and a refined
understanding of the scope and merits of Western popular music."
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 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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UNIVERSITY AND CONCERTS BAND GIVE CONCERT MARCH 8 -- The University
and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present
a joint concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the
UI campus. The concert will be free and open to the public.
Both groups are open to all UI students on the basis of auditions. They
share a concert program once or twice each semester.
The University Band will be directed by graduate student assistant Russ
Kramer. They will perform a band arrangement of J.S. Bach's Prelude and
Fugue in G minor; "They Hung Their Harps in the Willows" by W.
Francis McBeth; "Sun Dance" by Frank Ticheli; the Symphonic Suite
of J. Clifton Williams, and "The Big Cage," a circus march by
Iowan Karl King.
The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a member of the School
of Music faculty. In addition to directing the Concert Band, Kastens directs
the Hawkeye Marching Band during the fall semester, teaches band arranging
and marching band techniques, and during the summer will be director of
the All-State Music Camp.
The Concert Band will perform five works: "Folk Festival,"
music from the film "The Gadfly" by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich,
as arranged for band by Donald Hunsberger; Percy Grainger's arrangement
of "Air from County Derry," a tune widely known as "Oh Danny
Boy"; "Colonial Airs and Dances," a suite by Robert Jager
based on songs from the colonial period of America's history; "Year
of the Dragon" by Philip Sparke; and Japanese composer Naohiro Iwai's
arrangement of "76 Trombones" from the popular Broadway show
"The Music Man" by Iowan Meredith Willson.
Before coming to the UI in 1998 Kastens served five years at the University
of Missouri, where he directed the marching band, Marching Mizzou, the
Symphonic Band and the pep band for men's basketball games, Mini Mizzou.
He has written articles for the Music Educators Journal and other professional
publications. He assisted in the beta testing and development of "Drill
Quest," a marching band drill-writing software program, and he continues
to be involved in the improvement of the program. He has presented workshops
and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared
as guest conductor at band clinics throughout the Midwest.
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SCULPTOR WILL LECTURE ON HER WORK -- Pam Blotner, a visiting artist
in the sculpture area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History,
will present a lecture on her work at 8 p.m. Monday, March 8 in the Basement
Auditorium of the UI Art Building.
Blotner has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1996. Working
in her Oakland studio, she examines functional objects, such as tools for
cultivation, vessels for carrying water and grains and religious articles,
as evidence of humankind's relationship to nature, science, religion and
calamity. In recent years she has created a personal "form language"
-- a kind of visual and thematic source bank that she can draw upon in
her work -- based on objects and images that she as seen and collected
while traveling in remote areas of the United States, Thailand, Cambodia,
Ireland, Iraq, Bolivia, Mexico and Guatemala.
Blotner is particularly interested in agrarian peoples and how the forms
and shapes of their shrines and reliquaries are reflected in everyday objects.
She sees these utilitarian objects as timeless reminders -- even in the
worst of times -- of humankind's tenacity and capacity to endure.
"Peasant societies must struggle to survive," she has written,
"and their tools, through their familiar shapes and associations,
serve not only to mark seasonal changes and the cyclical rhythms of life,
but through their inherent evocative and associative power, come to represent
and embody the promise of change, as well as the existence of a higher
In her work, Blotner aims to blend a personal aesthetic with humor while
examining subject matter that may be disturbing and difficult.
Blotner grew up in Virginia and North Carolina. After earning degrees
at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Syracuse University, she taught at
Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, the University of Maryland
at College Park and Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She is presently
on the faculty of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she teaches sculpture
and co-directs a program called "The Artist as Citizen in Contemporary
Blotner is also a faculty member at the new Pixar University of Pixar
Animation Studios. She has had solo and group exhibitions of her work in
Great Britain Italy, Belgium, Africa and throughout the United States.
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ALLEN READS MARCH 10 -- Mary Allen will read from her new memoir, "Rooms
of Heaven," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at the Prairie Lights bookstore
in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the University of Iowa
Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public.
"This book may haunt your imagination," says Susan Allen Toth,
author of "Blooming, a Small-Town Girlhood." "Mary Allen
raises many questions -- about the nature of love, the meaning of death,
the possibility of a world beyond this one -- and tries to answer them
in remarkably lucid, sometimes shimmering prose."
Honor Moore calls Allen's book "An unflinching romance for our
Allen, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, lives in Iowa City.
The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and
WOI AM 940, as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.
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EVANS READS MARCH 12 -- Novelist Elizabeth Evans, a graduate of the
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new novel, "Carter
Clay," at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12 in Prairie Lights Books in downtown
Iowa City. Sponsored by the Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, the reading
is free and open to the public.
Writer Ann Patchett says Evans' new novel "is thrilling in its
enormous ambition and intelligence. [Evans] is a fearless writer."
"Beautiful, mysterious, and superbly written, 'Carter Clay' is
an enthralling and profound meditation on the accidents of fate that can
often cause life to slip beyond our control," Oscar Hijuelos writes.
The author of the novel "The Blue Hour," Evans has received
numerous grants and fellowships for her writing, including a National Endowment
for the Arts Fellowship and the James Michener Fellowship.