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March 26, 2009

At A Glance

Free fitness assessments available March 31

Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, resting heart rate, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle.

For more information contact Amy Fletcher, 319-335-8213 or

Devour a good book at International Edible Books Festival April 1

The University of Iowa's Center for the Book invites the UI community to celebrate the annual International Edible Books Festival by creating a delicious book to share with their fellow literary and food enthusiasts.

To celebrate this event, the UI Book Arts Club is organizing an exhibition of edible books to be on display Wednesday, April 1, in the North Lobby of the UI Main Library. Entries must be edible and have something to do with books as shapes and/or content. An entry fee of $5 supports the Book Arts Club.

Edible books will be on display from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a reception and book tasting from noon to 2 p.m. The awards ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m., with prizes awarded based on Best Book Structure, Most Creative Literary Reference, and Best in Show. Also, all entries are automatically entered into a raffle for free sketchbooks from Blick Art Materials.

The International Edible Book Festival ( unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment.

For more information contact Jessica White at the Center for the Book, 319-331-5621 or or visit

Public Property on Iowa Public Radio's 'Java Blend' Apr. 3

Iowa's premiere reggae/ska/roots band Public Property will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend at noon on Friday, April 3, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Public Property is a seven-piece reggae band based in Iowa City. Mixing gospel and roots reggae with ska, a ukulele, and hip-hop. The band is due to release its fourth studio album "Work To Do" in May.

The public is invited to be part of the live audience for this free show, which will be recorded for broadcast across the state on Iowa Public Radio's Java Blend performance series, on Saturday April 18, and Sunday, April 19.

For broadcast times and stations, visit

For more information on Public Property, visit

Wilson reads from new UI Press poetry collection April 8

Emily Wilson, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new UI Press poetry collection, "Micrographia," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The "Live from Prairie Lights" series event will be streamed live and then archived on the UI Writing University Web site at:

"Micrographia" explores what Wilson calls "the complex rigged wildness" of geographical, emotional, and verbal states. Following in the tradition of Dickinson, Bishop and Ammons, Wilson's work regards the mind as 'enmeshed' with the natural world, always 'at the hinge of going over.' Her examination of detail ranges from coastal Nova Scotia to the Andean highlands to Brooklyn's industrial Gowanus Canal to her own backyard."

Read more about Wilson and the new book at

'Feminists, Freaks and Fairies' photography exhibit opens April 10

"Feminists, Freaks, and Fairies," a photography exhibit by University of Iowa graduate student stef shuster featuring protests and portraits across the country, will be on display April 10 through May 10 at the UI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, 125 Grand Avenue Court, Iowa City.

An opening reception will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 10. Refreshments will be provided, and parking is available behind the center.

Shuster's work could be characterized as street photography -- capturing protests, candid moments and events. Shuster also enjoys photographing objects that appear stylistically to be human portraits.

A photographer, shuster seeks to understand the world and interactions between beings, to show images of underrepresented folk, and to give a space for people -- many of whom may not normally be considered beautiful -- the chance to evoke beauty. As a self-identified queer trans kid, shuster appreciates variations of self-expression and aims to translate those sentiments into images.

A native of Louisville, Ky., shuster is pursuing a doctorate in sociology at the UI.

For more information contact or 319-358-2165.


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