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Release: Jan. 14, 2000


JONES READS JAN. 19 -- Fiction writer Thom Jones, an alumnus and former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Jones' "Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine: Stories" was a 1999 New York Times "Notable Book of the Year."

Reviewing "Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine," Kate Sekules wrote for, "spending time with Jones' battle-worn eccentrics and disenfranchised misfits leaves you feeling bruised but also elated. 'Been down so long,' they seem to be saying, 'it's hilarious.'"

Jones' previous short-story collections were "The Pugilist at Rest," a nominee for the National Book Award, and "Cold Snap" -- books that received almost unprecedented acclaim for a writer's debut. John Skow wrote in Time magazine, "what's common among mannerly short-story writers is to leave the reader, in a muted last paragraph, with a carefully polished pebble of irony. Jones leaves a chunk of primal matter, painful to hold, thrown up from volcanic depths."

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KAPLAN READS JAN. 21 -- Laura Kaplan, author of "The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service" will read at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, and simulcast on WOI AM 640 Ames/Des Moines.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer explained, "In the four years before the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, most women determined to get abortions had to subject themselves to the power of illegal, unregulated abortionists. But a Chicago woman who happened to stumble across a secret organization code-named 'Jane' had an alternative. Laura Kaplan, who joined Jane in 1971, has pieced together the histories of the anonymous (here identified only by pseudonyms), average-sounding women who transformed themselves into outlaws."

Cynthia Leive wrote in New York Newsday, "'The Story of Jane' succeeds on the steam of Kaplan's gripping subject and her moving belief in the power of small-scale change."

A review in the Chicago Sun-Times stated, "During the four years before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973, the 100 members of Jane helped some 11,000 women end their pregnancies...There is more in this remarkable book that will further raise eyebrows...Kaplan's engrossing tales of the quiet courage of the women who risked their reputations and freedom to help others may remind many readers of other kinds of outlaws who have resisted tyranny throughout history."

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HOAGLAND READS JAN. 24 -- Poet Tony Hoagland will read from his latest book, "Donkey Gospel," at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 in Room 321 of the UI Chemistry Building. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

"Donkey Gospel" was the recipient of the 1997 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets.

A Hungry Mind review of "Donkey Gospel" concluded: "Hoagland's puzzlement is palpable, and yet his effervescent cleverness and original twists of phrase, sometimes aphoristic in philosophical content, ring true. His poetry of cultural irony, contemporary sexuality, and the absurdities of the rock-and-roll generation leave us with a satisfied feeling of having ridden out a storm."

Hoagland's first book, "Sweet Ruin," won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Zacharis Award from Ploughshares at Emerson College. His poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, the Three-penny Review, AGNI, American Poetry Review, the Georgia Review and other periodicals.

He teaches at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

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CHARLES CUTLER LECTURE JAN. 25 -- University of Iowa emeritus faculty member Charles Cutler will speak on a well-known painting by the famed Dutch painter Heironymous Bosch at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

Cutler's lecture, "New and Old Light in Bosch's Lisbon 'Temptation of St. Anthony,'" will be free and open to the public.

Cutler has been at the UI since 1957. He received degrees from Ohio State University, the University of Paris and the University of Brussels, and a doctorate in art history from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, where he wrote a dissertation on Bosch's "The Temptations of St. Anthony."

His many publications in the field of northern Renaissance art include the popular text "Northern Painting from Pucelle to Breugel," which was originally printed in 1968 and revised in 1991. He has also recently completed a series of essays on the art of Bosch.

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1999 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER HA JIN READS JAN. 25 -- Ha Jin, whose novel "Waiting" won the 1999 National Book Award for fiction, will present a reading at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, and simulcast on WOI AM 640 Ames/Des Moines.

"Waiting" is the story of an officer in the Chinese army who was pressured by his parents into an arranged marriage with a woman he knew he could never love. Stationed far from his family, he falls in love with a nurse in the hospital where he works. Every summer for 17 years, he makes the journey back to his small village to ask his wife for a divorce, and every summer she agrees before backing out at the last minute.

A loophole in Chinese law, however, allows divorce without consent if couples are separated for 18 years. The novel follows the characters as they wait for the approach of this 18-year mark.

Ha Jin was born in Liaoning, China, in 1956, and he served in the Chinese People's Army 1987-1995. He is now a member of the faculty at Emory University.

He has written six books since he began writing in English only 11 years ago: the short story collections "Ocean of Words," winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and "Under the Red Flag," which received the Flannery O'Connor Award; two volumes of poetry, "Between Silences" and "Facing Shadows"; and the novella "In the Pond," in addition to "Waiting."

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GALLERY SERIES PREMIERES 'JOSEPHINE '65' JAN. 27-29 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Josephine '65" by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Kirsten Greenidge at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 27-29, in the Space/Place Theatre of the University of Iowa North Hall.

Greenidge's play -- an African-American gothic drama about the relationship of two families in a small New England town -- was selected for development at the 1999 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. The script was chosen from among more than 1,000 entries.

Greenidge is a second-year graduate student in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Her play "each loop like you mean it" was produced in the Iowa Playwrights Festival last spring. She says that "Josephine '65" is a play that "places the practices of the black upper classes center stage in a drama that celebrates life, memory and tea."

The Gallery series production features direction by Allison Moore and lighting design by Scott Hosford.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Please note that this production is in the Space/Place, an unusual location for Gallery productions, and a change from the production's original location, before the show was postponed.

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UI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE PERFORMS FOR ARTS SHARE JAN. 29 -- The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Moore, will present its "World of Percussion" program in a concert for families at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 3:00 p.m. at UI Clapp Recital Hall.

A $1 donation from adults, which will benefit the UI percussion department, will be accepted at the door. Admission will be free for children.

The Steel Band and World of Percussion program takes audiences on a tour of percussion-based music and instruments from around the world.

The UI Percussion Ensemble offers everything from ancient rudimental drumming to ragtime, jazz and 20th Century idioms, and music from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and other parts of the world. An active performing and touring organization, the ensemble provides performance experiences in the wide-ranging contemporary styles, cultural traditions, and historical roots of percussion.

Moore and the Percussion Ensemble are among the most popular artists on the UI Arts Share touring roster, and they have performed for hundreds of Iowa school children and communities.

Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes nearly 100 faculty members, ensembles and graduate students in the performing, visual and literary arts.

The concert is made possible by a grant from Target Stores to UI Arts Share. Arts Share and Target Stores have been partners for five years, including free community performances and concerts for school children in Iowa City and the region.

For more information, call (319) 335-1618.

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HARPSICHORD-RECORDER DUO FEB. 6 -- The Galhano/Montgomery Duo -- Clea Galhano, recorder, and Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord -- will present "Songs in the Ground: Variations, Fantasias and Other Renewable Notions for Recorder and Harpsichord" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Building on the University of Iowa campus.

The concert, which is sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

The title of the performance refers to pieces based on a "ground bass" -- a repeating bass line that is usually heard beneath a set of variations in the upper parts. The concert will bring together a new ground bass piece by John Morrison, who teaches composition and electronic music at Luther College, with older works based upon grounds, songs, and other borrowed material.

In addition to featuring both old and new pieces for recorder and harpsichord, the concert will also explore different ways that musical material can be re-used or renewed. Thus the duo will perform arrangements of pieces that were originally written for another medium.

The complete program will comprise seven works: two sonatas by the 17th-century Italian composer Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi; the Sonata in D minor by the 18th-century composer Paolo Benedetto Bellinzani; J.S. Bach's English Suite in G minor, BWV 808; Morrison's "Twisted Ground"; an arrangement of Bach's Trio Sonata, BWV 525; an arrangement of Bach's Passacaglia in C minor for organ, BWV 582; and Ciaccona in G minor by Giovanni Battista Vitali.

A native of Brazil, Clea Galhano is a leading figure in the early-music scene in the Twin Cities. She has explored jazz and avant-garde improvisation on the recorder and says her playing is deeply influenced by the swing and playfulness of Brazilian music. She teaches at St. Thomas University and the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and serves on the national board of the American Recorder Society. She has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and her own ensemble, Belladonna, and has made two CD recordings.

Vivian Montgomery won First Distinction in the 1993 Warsaw (Poland) International Harpsichord Competition. The recipient of a 1995 Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montgomery was a founding member of the performance ensemble Antiqua/Nova and was harpsichordist for the Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble. In addition to performances with the Galhano/Montgomery Duo, she performs solo concerts and conducts Women in Music residencies with her ensemble Cecilia's Circle. She taught harpsichord at Vanderbilt University 1993-96 and is currently on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for the Arts. She has served as music director of the Minneapolis Baroque opera company Ex Machina and guest music director for Baroque opera performance at the University of Minnesota.

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