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Release: Aug. 25, 2000

Sept. 7 reception celebrates 'Paint the Town' community art project installation in Hancher

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A free public reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, will celebrate the installation of the "Paint the Town" community art project in the lobby of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. Members of the public of all ages painted 15 large, colorful cityscape panels this summer on the Iowa City pedestrian mall in conjunction with the announcement of the 2000-2001 performing-arts season at Hancher.

It is estimated that nearly 200 people contributed to the painting. The cookies-and-punch reception will honor all the painters.

"Paint the Town" will be on view through Oct. 1 whenever the Hancher Lobby is open -- generally in conjunction with Hancher events. Events in Hancher during that period include: Mark Russell at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 and 3 p.m. Sept. 10; Zap Mama at 8 p.m. Sept. 15; Van Cliburn and the University Symphony at 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Regina Carter at 8 p.m. Sept. 26; and Pilobolus at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 3 p.m. Oct. 1.

The 2000-2001 season was announced in April, with the slogan "Come on, babe, why don't we paint the town? And all that jazz . . ." -- a line from the hit Broadway musical "Chicago," which will visit Hancher for four performances in March of 2001.

The Hancher staff decided it would be fun to take the line literally. So, beginning with the June 9 edition of the Downtown Association's Friday night concert series, members of the public contributed their urban impressions.

The Home Builders Association of Iowa City donated the materials and the plywood panels, which were cut by Johannes Architectural Woodworking to represent a skyline. Well-known local artist Deanne Wortman painted the outlines of buildings to prepare the project.

On June 9 City Manager Steve Atkins and other members of the city staff applied the initial brushstrokes. After that, anyone who was at least eight years of age was invited to contribute.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2000-2001 Hancher season. The free, full-color brochure, which includes mail order forms, is available from the Hancher box office -- 335-1160 in Iowa City or toll-free long-distance, 1-800-HANCHER -- or from the Hancher administrative offices, (319) 335-1130. The new season is also posted on the World Wide Web at <>.

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