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May 24, 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 Hollywood Westerns to local Shakespeare productions. Guests also include outdoor writer Seth Kantner (left) and authors from the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

The program is broadcast at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House, on 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 May 'Java House' lineup is:

- Hollywood's Wild West and The Letterpress Opry - June 4
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch is sponsoring the "One Last Round Up" Symposium June 4-5, which revisits the Old West of the silver screen. Guests from the symposium will include western film historian Boyd Magers and a number of western TV and screen stars including Robert Horton (left) , Dick Jones, Jan Shepard (center) , Dirk London (right) and Gregg Palmer. Also, The Letterpress Opry will perform live music inspired by the Wild West.

- Much Ado about Shakespeare and Dan Knight - June 11
This program is a lively preview of Riverside Theatre's Shakespeare Festival from June 17 through July 11 in Iowa City. Riverside actors will perform excerpts from this year's featured works, "Much Ado about Nothing" and "Measure for Measure." The productions' directors, Ron Clark and Kristin Horton, will discuss the plays' inner workings. There will also be a Shakespeare trivia contest and original music for the festival performed live by composer and pianist Dan Knight (left).

- Seth Kantner's Alaska and The Mad River Duo - June 18
Trapper, fisherman, photographer, igloo-builder and author Seth Kantner talks about his acclaimed new novel "Ordinary Wolves" and his boyhood in America's last frontier. Kantner was born in a sod igloo on the Alaskan tundra and raised simply on the land. Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights says "Ordinary Wolves" "tackles ecology, ethnology and cultural imperialism without ever ceasing to be a sharp, poignant story of real people with real emotions." Also, Irene Schroeder and Joseph Rebik of "The Mad River Duo" will play live music. Composer Schroeder has bicycled all the way from Alaska to the tip of South America.

- A Summer of Writing and Patrick Brickel - June 25
Every summer, people with a passion for writing converge on Iowa City and the University of Iowa to take part in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Several established writers who are teaching at this year's festival will share insights about their craft. Singer-songwriter Patrick Brickel will perform live; his debut CD is titled "Songs from the Pink Sofa." Music reviewer Jim Musser says Brickel's sweet romantic tenor strongly recalls a young Paul Simon.

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