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July 9, 2009

At A Glance

Reminder: Hancher-Voxman-Clapp forum tonight

The University of Iowa will host a public forum on relocating the Hancher Auditorium/Voxman Music Building/Clapp Recital Hall complex, as well as the original Art Building complex, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., today, Thursday, July 9, in the Macbride Hall Lecture Room.

The event will also be streamed live via Web at Additionally, UI Television is covering the event and will rebroadcast it on cable later this week. UI News Services will include the UITV schedule in Friday's UI News Digest.

Joe Hibbard of Sasaki and Associates will facilitate the forum and present information on various site options. The campus community and all concerned citizens are invited. Ongoing site investigations will be reviewed and public comment will be welcomed.

Following evaluation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Iowa Board of Regents, in April endorsed the plan to replace the 2008 flood-damaged Hancher/Voxman/Clapp complex, as well as the original Art Building complex on the UI arts campus.

Supporting documents related to the relocation, an email address for comment submissions and other information is available at

Classic car show to support UI Children's Hospital

Classic cars will be on display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the second annual "Cruis'n for the Kids" Classic Car Show. The event will be held at University of Iowa Kinnick Stadium Krause Family Plaza, located off Melrose Avenue in Iowa City.

Activities and entertainment for the whole family include free die-cast cars for kids, visits with Batman and the Batmobile, 50's and 60's music, opportunities to meet Herky and Perky, a silent auction, and more.

Admission is free. The show registration fee per car is $15. All proceeds will be donated to UI Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network. For more information, contact Terry at 319-358-8390 or e-mail

Animal Tales Storytime continues at Museum of Natural History July 19

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Animal Tales Storytime series continues on Sunday, July 19, with a free, public children's book reading about alligators and crocodiles at 2 p.m. in the Biosphere Discovery Hub, located on the third floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

Families are invited for an afternoon of stories related to the animals on display in the museum. After the storytime, visitors can explore the associated exhibits with museum staff, and children will be given activity sheets to take home. Stories are geared toward elementary-aged children and will be read in various galleries of Macbride Hall.

The next Animal Tales Storytime reading is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit

Iowa Summer Rep presents staged reading of Ruhl's 'Eurydice' July 19

Iowa Summer Rep 2009 will present a staged reading Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

A modern tale of loss and love, "Eurydice" is the myth of Orpheus retold from the heroine's point of view -- Ruhl's response to the death of her own father. The reading is directed by Sarah Ballema, who will also direct a full production of this play in the upcoming University Theatres Mainstage season.

A playwright with a unique comic voice, Ruhl is fast leaving her mark on the American stage with hundreds of stagings of her plays. Iowa Summer Rep is the first company to present a festival of her work.

Iowa Summer Rep is an U/RTA (University/Resident Theatre Association) professional company employing Equity actors and stage managers, as well as students who earn points toward their Actors Equity card. The University of Iowa Community Credit Union and the UI Summer Session support Iowa Summer Rep 2009.

Tickets are $5, and may be purchased in advance from the Hancher box office: 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER (TDD line: 319-335-1158).  Tickets also may be ordered online 24 hours a day at

Iowa writer Mary Gottschalk reads July 20

Iowa writer Mary Gottschalk will read from "Sailing down the Moonbeam," an account of her five-year, around-the-world adventure, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed and then archived on the UI Writing University Web site:

Gottschalk moved to New York City to build a career, but 15 years later -- with two houses, two cars and more frequent flier miles than she could ever use -- she and her husband, Tom, found themselves increasingly dissatisfied with conventional measures of success. Since leaving New York on a sailboat in 1985, she has lived and/or worked as a financial consultant in Panama, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Mexico. Along the way, she backpacked through Asia and the Middle East.

She now lives in Des Moines, where she works as a financial consultant and increasingly focuses her professional energies on assisting nonprofit agencies that serve the homeless and the mentally ill.


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