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Release: Oct. 15, 1999


MCCLOSKEY READS OCT. 25 -- Renowned economist Deirdre McCloskey, born Donald McCloskey, will read from "Crossing," a memoir of personal transformation, at 8 p.m. Monday Oct. 25 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

In the book, McCloskey chronicles her decision to become a woman, and describes the impact it has had on her life. McCloskey's books include "Knowledge and Persuasion in Economics" and "If You're So Smart: Narrative of Economic Expertise." She received both her bachelor's degree and doctorate in economics at Harvard College. She is currently the John F. Murray Professor of Economics at the UI.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at <>.

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FILM ON BAUHAUS OCT. 27 -- The film "Bauhaus: The Face of the 20th Century" will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The showing of the 50-minute film is part of the weekly Perspectives series held Wednesdays at the museum. Admission to both the museum and the lecture series is free.

The film examines the development of Bauhaus and its key figures -- including Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Laslo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers -- setting these artists and their work in the political unrest and economic chaos of Germany's Weimar Republic.

The film features numerous experts in the Bauhaus movement, architectural historians and former students from the Bauhaus. The film contains rare archival footage of the actual Bauhaus at Dessau and looks at the architecture of Chicago, much influenced by van der Rohe, who emigrated there after the Bauhaus was shut by the Nazis in 1933. Eminent American architect Philip Johnson discusses the influence of Bauhaus on his own work.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1999-2000 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. the day of the film showing. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

UNIVERSITY CHOIR CONCERT OCT. 27 -- University Choir, a mixed choir of 65 singers at the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform the Vivaldi "Gloria" as part of the program for a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

An advanced choir whose members are chosen by audition, University Choir is directed by UI graduate assistant Gregory Milliron.

In addition to the Vivaldi "Gloria," the choir will also sing Ralph Vaughan-Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" and "Three American Songs." The performances will feature several soloists from the choir. The University Choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra of UI students, and by pianist Hanna Lee, a graduate student in the School of Music.

Vivaldi is certainly one of the most familiar composers of the Baroque era. He is well known to concert audiences as well as the general public, largely on the strength of his many instrumental concertos. These were written as part of Vivaldi's role as violin teacher and orchestra director at the Ospedale della Pieta in Venice, an orphanage for female foundlings. Writing music for the students in the orchestra, Vivaldi composed concertos for a wide variety of solo instruments and instrumental combinations. Tuneful and cheerfully energetic, the concertos are perennially popular.

What is less well known is that Vivaldi also composed a great deal of vocal music, including operas and sacred choral works. Among the latter, the "Gloria" has been especially popular, as it incorporates all virtues of his most popular concertos. An extended work in 12 sections, the "Gloria" was probably written in 1713 or 1714 for the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin, a feast day of particular importance at the Ospedale della Pieta.

The "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" was written and first performed in 1912. It was originally conceived and composed for chorus, full orchestra and baritone soloist, but the composer sanctioned a variety of other settings, including the version for chorus, piano and cello that will be performed by the University Choir. A devoted collector and scholar of English folk music, Vaughan Williams incorporated genuine folk tunes in a number of works. Four of them are the basis of the Fantasia: "The Truth sent from above" and "There is a fountain" from Herefordshire; and "On Christmas night" and "Come all you worthy gentlemen" from Somerset.

The three American songs on the program reflect a small portion of the diversity of our country's musical heritage. They are the shanty "Shenandoah," the African-American spiritual "Satan's on my Shoulder," and the Appalachian folk song "Cindy."

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PEIRCE READS OCT. 27 -- Poet Kathleen Peirce, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new collection, "The Oval Hour," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"The Oval Hour" is the winner of the 1998 Iowa Poetry Prize.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Commenting on "The Oval Hour," published by the University of Iowa Press, Richard Howard writes, "Peirce has emotional authority and intellectual passion -- an inevitable triumph."

Peirce's first book, "Mercy," won the Associated Writing Programs Award for poetry in 1990. It was described by Writers' Workshop faculty member and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham as "a work of profound beauty and courage and spiritual accountability." Ellen Bryant Voigt wrote, "These are poems of great authority, impressive in their formal shape, clarity and resonance."

Peirce teaches in the Master of Fine Arts writing program at Southwest Texas State University.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at <>.

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AGEE READS OCT. 28 — University of Iowa graduate Jonis Agee will read from her new book of stories, "Taking the Wall," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"Taking the Wall" is a series of stories about National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) drivers and those who love them. A Publishers Weekly review stated, "This is a stellar collection about blue-collar folk, their plucky and despairing relationships and their dreams of speed and glamour."

Jim Heynen, author of "The One Room Schoolhouse," says, "'Taking the Wall' is a beautifully written book, filled with grace and wit . . . Jonis Agee takes us beyond the fierce world of race tracks where people pay for their mistakes into the quieter world of their domestic lives where they face their humble longings and disappointments."

Agee's other works of fiction include: "The Weight of Dreams," "South of Resurrection," "Bend This Heart," "Sweet Eyes," and "Strange Angels." She lives in St. Paul, Minn., where she teaches at the College of St. Catherine.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at <>.

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HARUF READS OCT. 29 -- Kent Haruf, author of "The Tie That Binds," will read from his new novel of small town life, "Plainsong," at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque downtown Iowa City.

"Plainsong" was recently named a finalist for the 1999 National Book Awards.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Howard Frank Mosher describes "Plainsong" as "the marvelous story of how seven extraordinary members of a tiny prairie community . . . come together, in the face of great difficulties, to form the most appealing extended family in contemporary fiction."

Rick Bass concludes, "This quiet, elegant book is one of the most revolutionary novels I've ever read, and deeply, intensely satisfying." Richard Russo calls Haruf's new novel "nothing short of a revelation."

Haruf's earlier novel "The Tie That Binds" received a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. He also wrote "Where You Once Belonged." He teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at <>.

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SZE READS OCT. 29 -- Arthur Sze will read from his poetry at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 , at the Pappajohn Business Administration Building, room W151, on the University of Iowa campus. The free reading is sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Sze is the author of six books of poetry. His most recent, a collection, is called "The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998." Carolyn Kizer writes, "Arthur Sze is the kind of poet I have hoped for all my life: He possesses the gravity of the great Chinese poets of the T'ang, the levity of a Japanese Zen master, along with a voice that is wholly contemporary. He is a master of description of the natural world."

Sze is a second-generation Chinese-American who was born in New York City in 1950. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He has won many awards for his poetry, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a 1996 American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Sze lives in Pojoaque, N.M., where he is a creative writing faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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DANCE THESIS CONCERT CHRISTENS 'NEW' SPACE/PLACE OCT. 29-30 -- Choreographers Sara Semonis and Shouze Ma, Master of Fine Arts candidates in the University of Iowa Dance Department, will present a joint Thesis Concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The concert will be something of a "Grand Re-Opening" for the Space-Place Theatre, in which theatrical seating has just been installed. For many years, audience members have been seated for Space/Place events on mats, bleachers and chairs. The renovation was made possible by funds from the College of Liberal Arts, with the support of the Performing Arts Production Unit.

The concert will present Semonis' "and she passed" and Ma's "The Butterfly Lovers."

Ma based his choreography on a Chinese folktale about two young lovers. At a time when girls were forbidden education, the story's heroine loved books so much that she disguised herself as a boy to attend school. At school she became a close friend of another student, but she never revealed her identity.

Finally, she returned home because her family expected her to honor a marriage they had arranged for her. When her school friend learned her true identity, he realized his love for her and, in despair that she was promised to another, he died of a broken heart. But the marriage never took place. On the way to her wedding, she passed by the tomb of her dead lover and leapt in, after which the two lovers emerged as a pair of beautiful butterflies, never again to be separated.

Ma was a founding member and soloist of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first modern dance company in China. Before coming to the UI, he studied at the Laban Center for Movement and Dance in London.

He has created more than 20 dances that have been performed by companies including the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the Beijing Modern Dance Ensemble and the Chinese Association Dance Company in England. His solo "Dance With Wind" has been performed for both the Paris International Dance Competition and the Japanese International Ballet Competition.

Both Ma and Semonis received awards of excellence as performers and choreographers in the 1999 regional American College Dance Festival.

Semonis made her dance a journey into the unknown -- the approach of death. She sought to convey the deep emotions and heightened awareness that may accompany the last moments of life. Her work features a cast of 11 dancers, including soloist Michele Kriner, a graduate student in dance performance.

Semonis is a former faculty member at Knox College, where her choreography was selected for the gala performance at the regional American College Dance Festival. At the UI she has performed in and choreographed for the Dancers in Company touring ensemble, and she is the director of Dance Forum. Last summer she won the Choreography Connection Award from Regional Dance America.

Admission to the Dance Thesis concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.