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January 16, 2004
CONTACT: Deborah Pankey-Mebane
(443) 287-9900

Hopkins Wednesday Noon Series Begins with
Indian Dance

Dancer Sudha Bhagwat will open the Spring 2004 Wednesday Noon Series at The Johns Hopkins University on Feb. 4 with her performance, "India: Its Culture, Costumes and Classical Dance."

Presented by the Johns Hopkins Office of Special Events, the Wednesday Noon Series is now in its 38th season of cultural programming on the Homewood campus. All programs in the series are held on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. They are open to the public and admission is free.

Bhagwat brings the mystery and majesty of India's traditional dances to the stage. Immersed in the ornately textured music of the sitar, she reveals the gesture language, varied costumes, and rich mythology of the percussive and vibrant Kathak Dance. Having begun her dance training at the age of six, Bhagwat continually visits India to add to her repertoire. She collaborated with famed cellist Yo Yo Ma on his 2002 Silk Road Project and has performed around the globe both as a solo artist and in ensembles, including performances at the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theater, the New York City Opera, embassies, and schools. A digital photo of Bhagwat is available upon request to amycowles@jhu.edu.

Other spring events in the series are:

Feb. 11How I Wrote This Story, a panel discussion by Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars chair Jean McGarry, and professor Stephen Dixon and senior lecturer Tristan Davies, all Johns Hopkins University Press authors, moderated by WYPR host Andy Bienstock.
Feb. 18Acoustic Urban Blues, a performance by Chic Street Man in observance of Black History Month.
Feb. 25Maryland Basketball: Tales from Cole Field House, a lecture by Paul McMullen, sports writer for The Sun and author of The Johns Hopkins University Press book.
March 3Feast Your Eyes, Feed Your Head, a performance by Momentum Dance Theatre.
March 10Ink Sandwiches, Electronic Worms, and 37 Other Experiments for Saturday Science, a lecture by Neil A. Downie, author of The Johns Hopkins University Press book.
March 24Musical Maryland: Three Centuries of Song in the Land of Pleasant Living, a lecture by David Hildebrand and Elizabeth Schaaf, authors of the forthcoming Johns Hopkins University Press book.
March 31Unconscious Crime: Mental Absence and Criminal Responsibility in Victorian London, a lecture by Joel Peter Eigen, author of The Johns Hopkins University Press book.
April 7A performance by Peabody Institute violinist Igor Yuzefovich, winner of the 2003-2004 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition.
April 14Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America, a lecture by Bradford W. Wright, author of The Johns Hopkins University Press book.
April 21The Caribbean Experience, a musical performance by Goombay.
April 28The Michael Austin Story: An Innocent Man's 27-year Quest for Freedom, a discussion led by Austin and attorney Larry Allen Nathans.

For information, call the Office of Special Events at 443-287-9900

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