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March 2, 2011

At A Glance

Hancher to present Irish band Danú in sold out concert on March 4

Danú has been called “the finest traditional band in Ireland” by the Irish Herald. A sell-out crowd will enjoy the band’s passionate and popular music when the University of Iowa’s Hancher presents Danú on Friday, March 4, at 7:30 pm at the Englert Theatre.

The performance is supported by the Hancher Partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation. Should additional tickets become available, the Hancher Box Office will offer them for sale.

The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone (335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Englert Theatre.

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UI Department of Theatre Arts holds auditions for Iowa New Play Festival

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will hold general auditions for the productions of the 2011 Iowa New Play Festival 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. Callbacks will be 6-11 p.m. Monday, March 7, through Thursday, March 10.

No affiliation with the UI or the department is required. Perusal copies of the scripts may be borrowed from the main office of the Theatre Building. Rehearsals begin on March 27 with performances May 1-7.

This spring's festival will feature five productions and five readings of new scripts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

For additional information on the shows and to sign up for an audition slot visit Other additional information is available by contacting


B.o.B to perform at IMU April 6

SCOPE Productions has announced that B.o.B. will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.
His 2010 album "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" sold 84,000 copies in its first week, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. His first major single "Nothin' on You," a collaboration with Bruno Mars, reached number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. His next hit single, "Airplanes" with Hayley Williams of Paramore, ended sixth on Billboard year-end chart.
B.o.B.’s music encompasses a multitude of genres, ranging from 80s music to rock to funk to doo-wop. His album also includes collaborations with Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Rivers Cuomo, Eminem, Janelle Monae, and Young Dro. 
Through Best Buy, three Iowa City acts will open for B.o.B., Good Luck Jane, EMDubai, and The Beat Boxcar Children.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 3 at the University Box Office, where students can U-Bill tickets, and at all Ticketmaster locations. There are a limited number of discounted student tickets available at the University Box Office.

For more information about upcoming shows SCOPE Productions, visit


Biological enhancements and ethics explored in UI lecture March 9

The University of Iowa European Studies Group (ESG) will welcome visiting scholar Michael Bess for a talk on the ethical and social implications of new technologies for human biological enhancement.

The lecture, titled “The Human Body and Mind: Endangered Ecosystems?” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

Bess will address the reconfiguring and boosting of people's physical and mental capabilities through human biological enhancement and how, over the coming decades, these technologies will reach into their lives with increasing force. He argues that it is likely they will shake the moral foundations on which contemporary civilization rests, and raise profound questions about what it means to be human.

Bess is Chancellor's Professor of History at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Sponsors for this program are ESG, UI International Programs and the UI Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Michel Laronde at or 319-335-2264.


Chang-rae Lee reads on the Writing University live stream March 9

The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will carry a live stream of a reading by Chang-rae Lee at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. The stream will originate in a free event in Prairie Lights Books, where he will read from his fourth novel, "The Surrendered."

This meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation and surrendering oneself to another is the story of a Korean war orphan, an American GI and a beautiful but damaged missionary.

Lee, who teaches at Princeton University, is the author of "Native Speaker," which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction; as well as "A Gesture Life," winner of the Asian American Literary Award; and "Aloft," winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.


Oboist Parker presents faculty recital at UI March 10

Oboist Andrew Parker, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by faculty colleague Alan Huckleberry, piano, to present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49, by Benjamin Britten; the Adagio and Allegro, op. 70, by Robert Schumann; Franz Schubert's Ausgewählte Lieder; and the Duo Concertante by Antal Doráti.

Parker joined the UI faculty this academic year. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music and master’s degree at Yale University, he finished doctoral studies at the University of Michigan.

In addition to broad experience as a teacher and chamber music coach, he has performed with many orchestras in the United States, including the Florida Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Flint Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony and the Plymouth Symphony. Parker is currently the interim principal oboe of the Quad Cities Symphony.


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