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Summer Session Music
and Cinema Series Continues

RELEASED: July 5, 2007

Peter Phippen Group
Peter Phippen Group

EAU CLAIRE — A free outdoor concert by the Peter Phippen Group will highlight the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs for the week of July 16.

An ethnic flutist who presents a mix of the very old and the very new in music, Phippen will perform with his quartet Monday from 7-9 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold and popcorn is free. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. In the event of rain, the concert will be presented in Schofield Auditorium.

Since 1993 this innovative performer has performed concerts, workshops, residencies and assembly programs across the country. Phippen's four recordings on the Canyon Records label — most recently "Shadows of Dawn" (2006) — feature the haunting tones of the Native American flute, bamboo flute, Japanese shakuhachi and other ethnic flutes from around the world. "Shadows of Dawn" was in the top 25 on Public Radio International's "Echoes" for five months (October 2006 through February 2007), peaking at number eight on the radio program's playlist.

"He skillfully maps the heart and soul with every subtle, emotional musical gesture," Kathleen Joyce-Grendhal, executive director of the International Native American Flute Association wrote. "Many world flute players are masters of their instruments, but Phippen instills an aura of worldly mysticism and elemental knowledge in each breath, making the music delicate and achingly beautiful."

"An Inconvenient Truth"
"An Inconvenient Truth"

The Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006) continues the Summer Cinema series, screening Tuesday through Thursday, July 17-19. The film intertwines simple but harrowing statistics with personal reflections as it presents Al Gore's argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue — rather, that it is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization. Rated PG, the 100-minute documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. all three evenings in Davies Theatre. Admission is free.

"When I said I was going to a press screening of 'An Inconvenient Truth,'" wrote film critic Roger Ebert, "a friend said, 'Al Gore talking about the environment! Bor...ing!' This is not a boring film. The director, Davis Guggenheim, uses words, images and Gore's concise litany of facts to build a film that is fascinating and relentless. In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to."

"An Inconvenient Truth" offers a passionate and inspiring look at one man's crusade to halt the progress of global warming by exposing the myths and misconceptions surrounding the issue. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who re-set the course of his life after his defeat in the 2000 election and launched an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. Interspersed with facts and predictions about global climate change is the story of Gore's personal journey from an idealistic college student, to young Senator, to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life.

Wednesday's screening will be preceded by an informal discussion at 6 p.m., led by Crispin Pierce, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of environmental public health, and Jim Phillips, associate professor of chemistry. The pre-screening discussion will take place in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. Free beverages and healthy, locally grown snacks will be provided.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 2. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, 715-836-4833, or online.

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JS/KH

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