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Release: Oct. 25, 2002

WSUI's 'Java House' broadcasts set for Fridays in November

On WSUI's "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" program Nov. 8 and Nov. 29, writer Ethan Canin will talk about the new film "The Emperor's Club" starring Kevin Kline, which is based on a short story by Canin.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving eastern Iowa, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the coffee house at 211 E. Washington.

Hosted by Ben Kieffer, the show combines live local music with lively talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues. The live Friday "Iowa Talks" show is free and open to the public at the Java House. It is also broadcast in streaming audio at

On Nov. 8, live music by singer-songwriter Greg Brown headlines a show focusing on Iowa City's historic Englert Theatre. Justine Zimmer, executive director of Englert Civic Theatre Inc., discusses the theatre's history and the critical campaign to meet the Vision Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant challenge in order to restore the theater to its former grandeur. Writer Ethan Canin talks about the November 16th Englert benefit premiere of "The Emperor's Club," a new film based on his short story "The Palace Thief."

Canin returns Nov. 29 to the Java House to discuss "The Emperor's Club." The film stars Academy Award winner Kevin Kline, who plays a passionate and principled professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student walks into his classroom. Canin also makes a cameo appearance in the film. This show also features live music by Mike and Amy Finders.

Details about more Friday broadcasts in November include:

-- Nov. 1: "Exploring Mystical Experience" University of Iowa philosopher Evan Fales discusses his research in mystical experience and divine intervention. Rachel Gordon, who works as an intuitive consultant, talks about her "divine gift of spiritual vision- the ability to see and receive information from Divine Spirit." Singer-songwriter Robert Morey will perform live.

-- Nov. 15: "Depressed Anonymous" Local members of Depressed Anonymous, a group that follows a 12-step program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, address their struggles with depression and how DA helped them lead a more normal existence. Tony Wobeter, a licensed psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist from the Counseling and Health Center in Iowa City, will follow up with a discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of depression. Live music will be performed by The Saul Lubaroff Trio.

-- Nov. 22: "From Psychedelic to Psyche-Celtic" Join singer-songwriter, folk harpist and harp maker Rick Stanley as he shares his musical and spiritual journey from the psychedelic 1960s to the present. Stanley co-founded the 1960s psychedelic soft-rock group "The Gentle Soul," and he was recently chosen by the Iowa Arts Council as the 2002 recipient of the Traditional Arts Award. "With his rich Cat Stevens-like voice and passionate rhythm and harmonies, Stanley will perform Celtic and original music on his Irish harp and guitar," Kieffer said. Cellist Robin Pfoutz, who has worked with Livingston Taylor, Pete Seeger and Paul Horn, will perform with him.