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Flutist Peter Phippen to Perform
Outdoor Concert at UW-Eau Claire


 MAILED:  June 29, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - A free outdoor concert by ethnic flutist Peter Phippen will highlight the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs for the week of July 12.

His show will begin at 7 p.m. Monday on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.

"There is no doubt that with such talent and so many beautiful melodies that Peter Phippen will one day be one of the greats," wrote Ethnotempos of France. Phippen spent his early career days as a bass guitarist and recording artist, but when his first flute - a 25¢ bamboo whistle - found its way into his hands, wooden flutes became his solo instruments of choice. Phippen's three CDs on the Canyon Records label - most recently "Night Song" (2003) - feature the haunting tones of the Native American flute, bamboo flute, Japanese shakuhachi and other ethnic flutes from around the world.

"Fargo" (1996) will continue the Summer Cinema festival of films by the Coen brothers Tuesday and Thursday, July 13 and 15, at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

A car salesman (William H. Macy) hopes to wipe out his debts by contriving the kidnapping of his wife and collecting a ransom from her wealthy father. Frances McDormand won an Academy Award as Brainerd's sheriff in this Best Picture nominee about a simple crime gone horribly wrong.

"'Fargo' begins with an absolutely dead-on familiarity with smalltown life in the frigid winter landscape of Minnesota and North Dakota," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "Then it rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen. To watch it is to experience steadily mounting delight, as you realize the filmmakers have taken enormous risks, gotten away with them and made a movie that is completely original... The screenplay is by Ethan and Joel Coen (Joel directed, Ethan produced), and they have elevated reality into a human comedy - into the kind of movie that makes us hug ourselves with the way it pulls off one improbable scene after another. Films like 'Fargo' are why I love the movies."

Rated R, the 97-minute color film will screen via DVD projection. Admission is free.

Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 5. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833, and on the Web.

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Updated: June 29, 2004