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November 8, 2006

‘PLAIN HEATHEN MISCHIEF’ AUTHOR TO LEAD DISCUSSION – Martin Clark, author of the recently published book “Plain Heathen Mischief,” will read from and discuss the book at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Annenberg Forum, Room 111, in Wake Forest University’s Carswell Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.  “Plain Heathen Mischief” appeared on’s and Barnes and Noble’s Top 100 prior to its release.  “The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living,” Clark’s first book, appeared on several bestseller lists, was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a finalist for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award.  Clark is a circuit court judge in Virginia for Patrick and Henry counties and the city of Martinsville.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

SÃO PAULO ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM LATINESQUE CONCERT The Orquestra de São Paulo of Brazil will perform the third concert of Wake Forest’s Secrest Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Wait Chapel.  A Secrest Signature Talk with Patricia Dixon, senior lecturer in music at Wake Forest, will be held prior to the concert at 6:40 p.m. in the chapel’s Balcony Room.  Conducted by John Neschling, the orchestra will perform a Latinesque, percussion-filled program.  Award-winning Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses will be the featured soloist. 

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

VIRGINIA FOXX TO HONOR VETERANS AT WFU CEREMONY U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx will honor and recognize United States military veterans at Wake Forest’s Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at the flag pole in Perritt Plaza located between Benson University Center and Reynolda Hall.  Military veterans and the public are invited to attend the free event.  The 30-minute ceremony will also include traditional military bugle soundings; a reading of the history of Veterans Day; remarks by members of the Wake Forest Army ROTC program; a keynote address by Michael Hughes, professor of history at Wake Forest; and a wreath-laying ceremony.  The event is sponsored by the Wake Forest military science department (ROTC).  To arrange coverage, contact the News Service at (336) 758-5237.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

POET, WINSTON-SALEM NATIVE TO HOLD PUBLIC POETRY READING – Devin Johnston, a Winston-Salem native, will hold his first public poetry reading in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Wake Forest’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery.  The event is free and open to the public.  Johnston has published two books of poetry, “Aversions” and “Telepathy,” as well as a book of criticism titled “Precipitations:  Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice.”

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

SCHULZ BIOGRAPHER WRAPS UP PEANUTS EXHIBIT Rheta Grimsley Johnson, author of “Good Grief:  The Story of Charles M. Schulz,” the authorized biography of Charles M. Schulz, will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Art Department, Room 102.  Johnson will discuss some of the personal details of Schulz’ life and how they influenced his creative work.  The lecture will be the final of four held in conjunction with the exhibit “Charles M. Schulz:  His World in Art and Objects,” which runs through Nov. 15.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

PANEL TO DISCUSS CRIMINAL JUSTICE, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT – Approximately five panelists, including Darryl Hunt, the Winston-Salem man exonerated of murder charges after he served 19 years in prison, will participate in a panel discussion addressing criminal justice and capital punishment at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Ring Theatre in Wake Forest’s Scales Fine Arts Center.  The event is free and open to the public.  Wake Forest senior Dowd Keith, a theatre major who is directing Kia Corthron’s “Life by Asphyxiation,” a play about criminal justice and capital punishment, organized the discussion.  “I believe there needs to be discourse regarding the subject matter of the play,” Keith said.  Other panelists include Earl Smith, Rubin Professor of American Ethnic Studies and professor of sociology at Wake Forest; Angela Hattery, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow and associate professor of sociology at Wake Forest; Jennifer Cannino, chair of the Darryl Hunt Freedom Project; and Jeremy Collins, campaign coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium.  Mark Rabil, Hunt’s attorney, has been invited to participate.  Performances of “Life by Asphyxiation” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Ring Theatre.  Admission for either performance is $2.  For information, contact Keith at (704) 996-9354.

Contact:  Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

PBS DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES AT WAKE FOREST Author and filmmaker LeAnne Howe will visit Wake Forest Nov. 15-16 for a two-day event, featuring the local premiere of her PBS documentary “Spiral of Fire.”  A book reading and signing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Museum of Anthropology.  Howe will read from her latest book, “Shell Shaker.”  The film screening of “Spiral of Fire” will be held Nov. 16 beginning with a reception with Howe at 6 p.m., the screening at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 8:15 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall.  Panelists will include Howe, representatives from the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and Wake Forest students.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

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