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University of Iowa News Release

May 29, 2003

Photos (from left): Authors Dan Coffey, Jim Heynen, Sharon Warner, Marilyn Abildskov, Kate Aspengren and Gordon Mennenga.

WSUI's 'Java House' Broadcasts Set For Fridays In June

In June, programs of WSUI's "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" will feature the Riverside Shakespeare Festival, local classical music composers and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. on Fridays. The program will be live at the Java House on 211 E. Washington. Host Ben Kieffer mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community and cultural issues. The show is free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning. It can also be heard in streaming audio at http:/

Upcoming Friday broadcasts in June include:

June 6: Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival

This show will be a preview of Riverside Theatre's Shakespeare Festival to be staged from June 12 through July 13. Riverside actors will perform excerpts from this year's featured works, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Macbeth." Also, there will be a discussion with the productions' directors, Dennis Romer and Mark Hunter, a Shakespeare trivia contest with prizes and original music composed for the festival performed live by pianist Dan Knight.

June 13: Creating Classical Music

Violinist Mary Larew and pianist and composer Herman Whitfield III give a live performance of movements from Whitfield's new Violin Sonata. A graduate of Iowa City's West High School and The Preucil School of Music, Larew now studies composition at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Whitfield, Larew and classical radio KSUI's Joan Kjaer will also discuss trends in classical music.

A Summer of Writing - June 20 and June 27

Every summer, people with a passion for writing converge on Iowa City and the UI to take part in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. This two-part broadcast will feature discussions with several established writers who are teaching at this year's festival. They'll share insights about a variety of writing including novels, short fiction, first-person voice, playwriting and humor.

Guests on June 20 will include authors Dan Coffey, Jim Heynen and Sharon Warner. The awarding-winning, young jazz ensemble Sax Attack will perform live. Guests on June 27 will include authors Marilyn Abildskov, Kate Aspengren and Gordon Mennenga. Live music will be by singer-songwriter Bob Hillman.

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