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Alice Peacock Concert and Other Free
Events Offered at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: July 1, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Singer-Songwriter Alice Peacock will present a free outdoor concert on Monday, July 15, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain: Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
In a songwriter world awash in dour troubadours who believe that brooding is a sign of depth, Alice Peacock's invitingly melodic and open-hearted songs are like a warm summer breeze. Performing is in her blood: Her grandfather was an accomplished actor in Germany who worked with Bertolt Brecht and appeared in Fritz Lang's classic film, "M"; her grandmother was a cabaret composer; her mother acted in film and TV; and her father was in repertory theater in the 1960s.
Born in White Bear Lake, Minn., Peacock studied theater at Lawrence University, detoured through San Francisco and sang backup with a rhythm-and-blues band, then packed up her VW bug and moved to Chicago to go solo. Amazon.com ranked her debut album, "Real Day," one of the Ten Best Emerging Artist CDs of 1999.
"Lyrically, Peacock delivers the goods on the usual subject matter - love, heartbreak, and personal triumph - but with a sincerity and originality that is rare and refreshing," wrote reviewer Michael Wells.
These free events will also be presented on campus during the week of July 15:
"The Sorrow and the Pity" (France 1972), Marcel Ophuls' monumental documentary, will screen Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre - continuing the Summer Cinema series about people making moral choices in an immoral world.
"A magnificent epic on the themes of collaboration and resistance" (Pauline Kael), the four-hour film creates a sense of living through the Nazi occupation of France (1940-44). Interviews with Resistance fighters, collaborators, spies, farmers, government officials, writers, artists and veterans are combined with archival film footage to explore the reality of the occupation in one small industrial city, Clermont-Ferrand. The result is a shattering portrait of how ordinary people actually conducted themselves under extraordinary circumstances.
"Both for first-time viewers and those who are revisiting an old friend, this remains one of the most potent documentaries ever made," wrote Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, "a piece of bravura filmmaking that transcends the specifics of its subject to become an engrossing examination of moral dilemmas and the roots of human behavior."
In French and German subtitled in English, the 251-minute black-and-white film will screen via video projection.
UW-Eau Claire and area jazz musicians will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin of Davies Center). A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold.
Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 1. A complete schedule is available from Activities and Programs, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 1, 2002