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Oct. 28, 2009

At A Glance

Registration underway for midlife planning conference Nov. 5

A midlife planning conference "Creating the Second Half of Your Life" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW in Cedar Rapids. The "Intelligent Planning for Midlife Change" program is a joint project of Kirkwood Community College and the University of Iowa's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Alan Bernstein and John Trauth, nationally recognized authors, speakers and authorities on creative planning and solutions for midlife change, will present. Participants will receive personal plans for their next 20 years at the end of the conference.

Topics will include: five major "myths" that distort realistic perceptions about later life; psychological preparations for change; understanding your personality to determine what lifestyle will allow satisfaction and fulfillment; and creating a "NewLife Vision" based on personal lifestyle and developing the initial personal strategy to turn that vision into reality.

Group "memory exercises," breakout sessions on healthy eating, and preparing for expected and unexpected changes in mature life stages will also be offered.

Registration for the conference is $95, including a catered lunch. Osher Institute members may register for $80. Register at 319-398-1022 or toll-free at 800-332-8833. For more information, see


'Live from Prairie Lights' celebrates 50th anniversary of 'Naked Lunch'

To celebrate the 50th anniversary edition of William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch," University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni Stephen Kuusisto and Cheeni Rao will read selections from the novel at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

The free "We Read Banned Books" event will be hosted by UI English faculty member Loren Glass.

"Naked Lunch" was published in Paris in 1959, but obscenity laws delayed the book's appearance in the United States, where it was literally "banned in Boston" in 1962. The novel was recently included in Time magazine's list of "100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005"

This non-linear novel, filled with crude language and taboo fantasies, is a series of vignettes about a junkie on the run whose adventures take him to locations both real and imaginary.


University Theatres Gallery series presents 'One Man's Trash'

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "One Man's Trash," by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Jess Foster at 8 p.m. Nov. 5-7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

In this production, directed by graduate student Sarah Ballema, three children find a boot on a run-down playground and it tells the story of its owner's unsuccessful suicide attempt. The children set out on a mission to find the owner when a strange woman appears and claims the boot is hers. As the children deliberate, the boot's spirit shows them the dark potential of their futures, and they must face their greatest fears in order to solve the mystery.

Foster has worked at Trinity as a literary associate and in the literary departments of the Huntington Theatre and Boston Playwright's Theatre. One of her scripts was developed at the Fusion Theater in Albuquerque and her work was produced by the Chameleon Theatre Circle and Madcap Players. She also wrote, co-directed, and co-produced her first 10-minute film, "Have your Cake," with Blizzard in July Productions.

Admission to "One Man's Trash" will be $5 (free for UI students with a valid UI ID).


UI theater department holds Nov. 12-18 auditions for spring productions

General auditions for spring productions of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will be held 8:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, and noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Theatre B of the Theatre Building. Callbacks will be Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 15, 17 and 18.

A three-minute time period is allotted for each audition.  Auditioners should prepare one or two monologues. The musical "The Boy in Black" will also be cast, and those who wish to be considered for that production may sing 8-32 bars of
a song. There will be an accompanist and a CD player available.

For information on the shows and to sign up for an audition slot, visit Audition slots will be available starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 30th.

Auditions for University Theatre productions are open to everyone. For academic considerations, priority is given to theater majors, and then all other UI students. People not affiliated with the UI are also welcome to audition, and there are several roles available for older actors.

For more information, please contact David McGraw at 319-335-3906 or


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