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RELEASED: June 20, 2007

Black-Eyed Susan Band
Black-Eyed Susan Band

EAU CLAIRE — The Black-Eyed Susan Band will perform Monday, June 25, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, highlighting a week of free Summer Session Programs. The show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. Refreshments will be sold, and popcorn is free.

A band that rocks, the Black-Eyed Susan Band builds its show on a foundation of complex, story-driven lyrics and rich melodic structures. The band has been playing for select audiences since the release of its first CD, "Dimestore Novels." With a second CD, "Forever," and a third on the way, the Black-Eyed Susan Band is still hard to categorize except as a truly original band.

Susan Enstrom writes, sings lead, and plays guitar and piano. A veteran performer, she has played the Main Stage at Country Jam USA, the St. Paul Civic Center and the Wisconsin State Fair. Other members of the Black-Eyed Susan Band are Tracy Lea Landis (bass), Erin Schreurs (vocals), Jesse Regenauer (lead guitar) and Peter Diedrick (drums, vocals, guitar and piano).

The final week of the Jazz at Noon series also begins Monday, with shows from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday on the Central Campus Mall (rain site The Cabin of Davies Center). Jazz groups perform under the direction of UW-Eau Claire graduate Steven Hobert, a freelance musician, music contractor, teacher and composer. Hobert plays piano, accordion and woodwinds with ensembles ranging from jazz combos to such local bands as Daredevil Christopher Wright and Fat Maw Rooney.

Combining documentaries with thoughtful dialog, the Summer Cinema series will continue Tuesday-Thursday, June 2628, with "Hoop Dreams" (1994). The complicated influence of sports in America is seen over five years in the lives of two talented 14-year-olds who are recruited off the Chicago playgrounds to attend a suburban prep school. The film will screen at 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Wednesday's screening will be preceded by an informal discussion at 6 p.m., led by Blake Westerlund of the UW-Eau Claire department of English, and members of the Blugold Men's Basketball coaching staff. The pre-screening discussion will take place in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. Free pizza and beverages will be provided.

Named the best film of 1994 by both Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, "Hoop Dreams" spans nearly five years in the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two Chicago inner-city youths who dream of playing professional basketball. The real-life drama begins when they are recruited to attend St. Joseph's prep school, a basketball powerhouse and the alma mater of NBA superstar Isiah Thomas. The film documents their athletic achievements as well as the severe pressures of academics and family life. Winner of the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, the 170-minute documentary was, notoriously, all but ignored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Directed by Steve James, "Hoop Dreams" is rated PG-13.

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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