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Release: Oct. 5, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS 'TRANSLATED' OCT. 18-20 -- The University Theatres
Gallery series will present "Translated," by Iowa Playwrights Workshop
student Joseph Ferron Hiatt, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20
in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.
"Translated," which explores our constant hunger for entertainment,
combines elements of Vaudeville, traveling carnival, MTV, lounge acts and
Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the
This production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience
members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should
contact the UI Department of Theatre Arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information.
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'INGENUITY ON PERCUSSION' FOR 'BREATH OF ART' OCT. 19 --The University of
Iowa Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of UI School of Music faculty
member Dan Moore, will present a performance titled "Ingenuity on Percussion"
as part of the ongoing "Breath of Art" series at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 19, in the UI Museum of Art.
A collaborative project between the UI Museum of Art and the UI Division
of Performing Arts, "Breath of Art" is a series of musical performances
held Friday evenings in the museum. Future performances in the series will
include the Iowa Brass Quintet on Oct. 26;the Maia String Quartet on Nov.
2; and French horn improvisations by Jeffrey Agrell on Nov. 30.
Moore said the group will present a "minimalist" performance Oct.
19. "Iowa Percussion Ensemble concerts are known to feature hundreds
of different percussion instruments, but for this program the group will require
only three instruments -- a marimba, a vibraphone, and a bass drum,"
Moore said. "Even the group is smaller, featuring only six performers
rather than the group's full compliment of twenty or more."
Featured on the program will be classic minimalist compositions for percussion
including Steve Reich's "Music for Pieces of Wood," Peter Garland's
"Apple Blossom" and "Overload" by Dana Gleason, which
calls for six players on one vibraphone.
"Minimalist music is a bit of a misnomer," Moore said. "It
should be called 'maximum' music because you are trying to get maximum effect
from a limited amount of material. This music will sound terrific in the very
live acoustics of the Museum of Art."
The program will also include Mexican marimba music, contemporary solo marimba
pieces, and a musical interpretation of a work of visual art -- "Kandinsky
Variations" by American composer William Kraft, in which the painting
is "performed" by the percussionists as if it were a musical score,
using directions supplied by the composer.
An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience
from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing
all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic
and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist."
Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor
of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion
at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha
Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written
for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.
Formed in 1958, the UI Percussion Ensemble performs musical styles ranging
from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical
styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to
the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest
music written by both professional composers and students.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season 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
noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday
and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking
lots west and north of the museum.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at
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UDALL READS OCT. 19 -- Brady Udall, graduate of the University of Iowa Writers'
Workshop, will read from his new novel, "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint,"
at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 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
The novel -- which has drawn comparisons to the work of John Irving -- charts
of life of a half-Apache orphan who is taken from his home on an Arizona reservation
after he miraculously survives being run over by a mailman. His life's journey
takes him from the hospital to a sadistic school for delinquents to a Mormon
foster family and his eventual, unexpected return home.
"The whole blessed/bloody roil of the human condition courses through
'The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint,'" wrote Tony Earley, author of "Jim
the Boy." "If Dickens had been born in Arizona, he might have written
a book like this."
A Publishers Weekly review commented that Udall's style "is reminiscent
of the '60s black humorists, but he doesn't share their easy cruelty or inveterate
superciliousness, making this not only an accomplished novel, but a wise one."
In a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
is described as "a remarkably assured debut novel . . . a bit of a miracle
in its own right. "
And Malcolm Jones wrote in Newsweek that the book is "Like nothing else
you've read. . . Udall persuades us to care for Edgar, to root for him to
survive, and he is so successful that by the end of the story the only unbelievable
thing is that Edgar Mint is nothing but a figment of Brady Udall's imagination.
That's the real miracle here."
Udall was born and raised in Arizona. At the UI he was a James Michener Fellow
and a winner of the Playboy fiction contest. His stories have been published
in GQ, Story and the Paris Review, among other places. His first book was
"Letting Loose the Hounds: Stories."
Learn more about Udall and the novel at http://www.edgarmint.com.
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BANG READS AT UI OCT. 18 -- Poet Mary Jo Bang, whose collection " The
Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans" was published last spring,
will read at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Room 101 of the Becker Communications
Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, sponsored
by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.
Critic Donna Seaman wrote of Bang in Booklist, " Her language is musical;
her consonance consummate; and the depth and complexity of her thoughts take
on different configurations with each rereading"
Reviewing " The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans," Rachel
Barenblat wrote, "Reading this book is like looking through a kaleidoscope.
The world appears in stunning fragments: vivid colors, absurd juxtapositions,
occasionally something recognizable in the shifting jumble. . . If you enjoy
Lucie Brock-Broido or John Ashbery, you'll probably like Mary Jo Bang. Like
their poems, Bang's poems reward a slant-reading. Let the delicious images
and phrases wash over you."
John Trenter, editor of Jacket Magazine, wrote, "Mary Jo Bang's poetry
is vivacious and at the same time mysterious. Its surface glitters with the
sparkle that the brightest American writing has always given off, and in the
depths it reveals a mixture of smoky, quirky complexities, a blend that is
Bang is the author of the collections "Apology for Want," winner
of the 1996 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Poetry, and " Louise
In Love," and she is poetry coeditor of Boston Review. Her poems have
appeared in "New American Writing," the Paris Review, The New Yorker,
the New Republic, the Denver Quarterly, the Harvard Review, and other journals
and anthologies. She is a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis.
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IWP WRITERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN OXFORD EVENT OCT. 20 Writers from
the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will be featured
in an afternoon of free events noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Mendala
Community Art Gallery in downtown Oxford, Ia., marking the opening of an exhibition
of photographs and collages by Dan Eldon. Eldon was a photojournalist who
was killed on the job in Somalia.
The IWP will be represented by Viet Huu Tran from Vietnam, Sitok Srengenge
from Indonesia, Rehman Rashid from Malaysia, and Victor Aladji from Togo.
Other events during the afternoon will be a screening of a CNN documentary
made by Eldon's sister, readings by Jennifer New from her biography of Eldon
and a question-and-answer session.
Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence at the IWP
through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers residency at
a university, and it remains unique in world literature. Over the years, nearly
a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies
in the program.
To learn more about the IWP, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp>
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