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Nov. 5, 2008

At A Glance

IWP presents monologues in 'Local Express' event Nov. 7

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present "Local Express," a free performance of five monologues written by writers in residence with the program, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

The hourlong performance will feature texts written in response to two trigger words, "Iowa" and "Memory," by Maryam Ala Amjadi from Iran, Alina Nelega from Romania, Nikola Madzirov from Macedonia, Jianni Skaragas from Greece and Yorgos Trillidis from Cyprus.

"Local Express" is the flood-year answer to "Global Express," which the IWP has presented for several years.

Maggie Conroy, a graduate of the UI Playwrights Workshop, assisted by Nelega, directs the event. Local talent, including students in the Department of Theatre Arts, will perform the readings.

For biographies of the writers in residence this fall at the IWP visit


Lake Street Dive plays 'Java Blend' show Nov. 14

The Boston-based acoustic quartet Lake Street Dive will perform live on Iowa Public Radio's performance series "Java Blend" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

The group first met and began playing together as students in the jazz studies department at Boston's New England Conservatory. Iowa City native and bassist Bridget Kearney was 2005 Grand Prize and Lennon Award recipient in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the University of Iowa and will be recorded for broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 on Iowa Public Radio.

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