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May 18, 2011

At A Glance

Storyteller Simon J. Ortiz presents 'from Sand Creek' reading May 23

Simon J. Ortiz, a poet and storyteller from Acoma Pueblo and a professor of English and American Indian studies at Arizona State University, will read from his book, "from Sand Creek," at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

Students from Iowa City West High School will present their artwork and artistic interpretations, inspired by his writing. Question and discussion time will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Ortiz held a fellowship at the UI International Writing Program (IWP) in the late 1960s. He is the author of "Woven Stone," "Out There Somewhere," "After and Before the Lightning," "Beyond the Reach of Time," "Change," "The Good Rainbow Road" and other books.

Event sponsors are: the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the American Indian and Native Studies Program, the ICCSD Foundation: Staley Fund, the UNESCO City of Literature, CARTHA, the IWP, Humanities Iowa, the Iowa City Public Library, Prairie Lights, M.C. Ginsberg, Objects of Art and Hotel Vetro. For more information, call the English department at 319-335-0454.


UI hosts Iowa Piccolo Intensive May 31-June 4, with three public concerts

The University of Iowa School of Music will host the Iowa Piccolo Intensive, an international symposium hosted by faculty member Nicole Esposito, May 31 through June 4, including three free concerts in the Riverside Recital Hall:

--Esposito will present a solo recital at 7 p.m. June 1.
--A recital at 7 p.m. June 2 will feature Nicola Mazzanti, soloist and recording artist from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra in Italy.
--A concluding Gala Recital at 6 p.m. June 3 will feature Esposito and Mazzanti, as well as Horacio Massone of Teatro Argentino and English pianist Timothy Carey, who is the accompanist for the Flutewise series and other flute events internationally.

For symposium participants, the event will also feature a lecture, master classes and injury-prevention information from Geralyn Caticone, former flute and piccolo soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

Learn more at Read Esposito's biography at


UI Museum of Natural History to join Children's Day at Iowa Arts Festival

Come Sunday, June 5, children and parents will have an opportunity to handle fossils, bones and other artifacts, thanks to the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. The museum will collaborate, once again, with the Iowa City Public Library Children's Day event during the Iowa Arts Festival. Children's Day activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, as part of the three-day long Iowa Arts Festival, June 3-5, in downtown Iowa City.

In addition to sharing fossils and the like, the Museum of Natural History will provide interactive activities and information for children to take home. Other groups participating in the event include the Iowa Children's Museum, UI Hawk-Eyes on Science and West Music.

Children's Day is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa Arts Festival, which is a program of the Summer of the Arts. For more information on the Summer of the Arts and the Iowa Arts Festival visit: For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History, visit


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