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June 25, 2004

WSUI Blends Music And Talk With 'Java House' Broadcasts

Want some fresh brewed conversation topped off with live music? Then tune into "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" program this month on WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

Shows this month will cover a broad range of subjects, starting with a preview of the Iowa City Jazz Fest, and including a discussion about dealing with mental illness. Guests also are poet and musician Joy Harjo and actors from the Old Creamery Theatre performing excerpts from their production of "Amadeus."

The program is broadcast at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House at 211 E. Washington in Iowa City. Listeners can also stop by the coffee house to see the show live and listen to music. Host Ben Kieffer mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues.

The shows are free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning. The show is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It can also be heard in streaming audio at

The July 'Java House' lineup is:

- Iowa City Jazz Fest Preview and Kevin "BF" Burt - July 2
Conversation and live music featuring rhythm and blues artist Kevin "BF" Burt (left) kicks off this 2004 Iowa City Jazz Festival preview show. Kevin Burt and his band The Instigators will be a main stage act at the festival. Festival director Steve Grismore will share samples of the line-up for the three-day jazz extravaganza.
Live music by Kevin "BF" Burt.

- Poet and Musician Joy Harjo - July 9
Award-winning poet Joy Harjo (right) shares her writing and music. Harjo belongs to the Muscogee Nation of Native Americans and is the author of six books of poetry. Besides performing her poetry, she also plays saxophone with her band "Poetic Justice."

- Dealing with Mental Illness - July 16
Besides struggling with the mental illness itself, sufferers often have to deal with the stigma of society. Guests this hour will include people who've dealt with serious mental illness first-hand, as well as Joanna Mouming, director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Johnson County; and Frank Fleming, co-clinical director of the University of Iowa Mental Health Clinical Research Center. Live music will be performed by singer-songwriter Nikki Lunden (left).

- Mozart: Fact and Fiction - July 23
Who was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Actors from the Old Creamery Theatre perform live excerpts from their production of the Tony Award-winning play "Amadeus." "Amadeus" explores envy, mediocrity and greed in a riveting and wickedly funny story, based partly on history and partly on legend. The OCTC production's director Tom Schwans and classical radio host Barney Sherman discuss the fact and fiction of Mozart's life and work. Live music will be performed by new UI associate professor of violin Katie Wolfe.

- Catfish Keith - July 30 (Rebroadcast- no live event this date)
Award-winning blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith performs live and talks about his career. The 20-year veteran has toured the UK and Europe dozens of times, appearing with legends Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor and many others.

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