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Pulitzer winner to give reading at UNT in April

The University of North Texas Visiting Writers Series will bring Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jeffery Eugenides to campus for a reading and Q&A session at 2 p.m. on March 31. The event will be in Rm. 333 of the UNT Union, 1155 Union Circle. 

Eugenides' novel, Middlesex, earned the 2003 Pulitzer for fiction and the Ambassador Book Award. The novel follows Calliope Stephanides, an intersex person raised as a girl who is hormonally a boy.  The novel also explores the Greek-American immigrant experience. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was adapted as a movie by Sofia Coppola. 

The series is presented by the UNT Creative Writing Program.  

Ansel Adams protege to exhibit photos in solo show. 

Alan Ross, a one-time assistant to iconic photographer Ansel Adams, will open a solo exhibition of his own silver gelatin prints at the Sun to Moon Gallery in the Dallas Design District on Thursday. 

"Alan Ross: Art of the Gelatin Silver Print," opens Thursday and runs through April 29. The exhibit showcases highlights from Ross' 45 years of photography around the world. It features a variety of images, such as landscapes, oak trees at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, still life images, architectural photographs, one nude and more. The exhibition also includes a selection of portraits and candid shots of the legendary photographer Ansel Adams, which Ross took during his tenure with him.

Ross will be at the gallery to share some of the stories behind the art from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, during an opening reception. A photography workshop with Ross runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the same day.  To register for the workshop, contact the gallery.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. The gallery is located at 1515 E. Levee St. in Dallas. For more information, call 214-745-1199, or visit here.

The gallery is owned and operated by Denton native and photographer Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn.

UNT Press releases book on women's contributions to jazz

The University of North Texas Press has published a book about women in jazz, as seen through a very particular festival. 

Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival 1978-1985 (UNT Press, $29.95 cloth cover/$23.96 ebook) by Carolyn Glenn Brewer surveys the Kansas City festival and the women who performed there. The second wave feminist movement had made inroads across the culture, but jazz? It was still a boys club. 

The cover of "Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival 1978-1985," by Carolyn Glenn Brewer, is shown. To purchase a copy, visit the UNT Press website.UNT Press
The cover of "Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival 1978-1985," by Carolyn Glenn Brewer, is shown. To purchase a copy, visit the UNT Press website.
UNT Press

The book looks at a group of women (and a few men) who went from talking about the jazz glass ceiling to producing their own revolutionary and controversial festival. Brewer shows that the women changed jazz through swing over speeches, and bebop instead of protest signs. 

Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival 1978-1985

352 pages

40 black and white photos

To purchase a copy, visit the UNT Press website.

UNT HarpBeats to perform in international event

A University of North Texas harp ensemble has a date to perform at the World Harp Congress in June in Hong Kong. 

The HarpBeats, a UNT ensemble made up of 10 musicians, will perform in concert during the event, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the harp world. This will be the group's first performance at the World Harp Congress, which meets every three years and draws harpists from more than 50 countries. 

The University of North Texas College of Music s HarpBeats are heading to Hong Kong to perform at the World Harp Congress.UNT College of Music
The University of North Texas College of Music s HarpBeats are heading to Hong Kong to perform at the World Harp Congress.
UNT College of Music

The group recently won the National Harp Ensemble Competition of the American Harp Society.  The HarpBeats is recording a CD that features original compositions and arrangements by ensemble members.

The HarpBeats play a broad range of music, from Bach to Led Zeppelin. Members have so far raised $20,000 for the trip through concerts, alumni donations and university funding. They need to raise $5,000 more to meet their goal, said HarpBeats director Jaymee Haefner.

For more information, go to here or here.