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Down on their luck drama
Kevin Kuczek is ex-convict 'Lenny' and Matthew Smith is 'Skank' in the play 'In Arabia We'd All Be Kings.' (Photo by Peter Smith Photography)

The Department of Theatre and Drama will open its 2004-05 season during the next two weekends with eight performances of the drama "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings." The play, directed by Professor John Neville-Andrews, is a character study of down-on-their-luck individuals.

The play will be at The Frieze Building's Trueblood Theatre 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 & 14, 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 15-16, and 2 p.m. Oct. 10 & 17. Set around a bar in Hell's Kitchen and detailing life on the streets, it is recommended for mature audiences only.

Tickets, $15 for general admission and $9 for students, are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office, by phone at (734) 764-2538, or on the Web at

October to feature Investing in Ability events

The Council for Disability Concerns is sponsoring the 15th annual Investing in Ability series that begins this week and runs through the end of October.

Investing in Ability consists of educational programs and events designed to increase awareness of important disability issues and to promote a greater recognition of the skills and talents that people with disabilities contribute to the University and the greater society.

Events include: two new disability studies courses; a presentation of the documentary "Liebe Perla" with a panel discussion featuring the film's producer and nationally recognized scholar in disability studies, Simi Linton; and "Making Kids Smile, Maize and Blue Style"—Dance Marathon's 2005 event.

All events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit, or call the Office for Institutional Equity at (734) 763-0235 or TTY (734) 647-1388.

'Beyond the Stigma: Palestine/Israel/USA through Art'

The LSA Honors Program and the Residential College (RC) are hosting a series of events entitled "Beyond the Stigma: Palestine/Israel/USA through Art" Oct. 11-16.

A team of visiting artists (music, theater, film, photography and poetry) will join with U-M faculty to explore the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through the lenses of the performing arts. The goal is to move beyond the stigma to learn again to hear, see and try to understand "the other."

Events open to the public:

• A public conversation moderated by Steve Darwall, director of Honors, and Janet Shier, RC, with all participants in the week's events,
7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, G421 Mason Hall

• Photography exhibition by Raphael Magnes, Honors Lounge; reception 1-3 p.m. Oct. 16, 1330 Mason Hall

• "The Black-Eyed," a play by Betty Shamieh, 7 p.m. Oct. 12, RC Auditorium, Readers' Theatre

• A film screening by Henry Chalfant and Annemarie Jacir, filmmakers, and Shier, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Perlman Honors Commons, G421 Mason Hall; free, but pre-registration is required to

• Readings with jazz piano improv, featuring Liz Magnes, piano, Kathleen Chalfant, actress, and Anan Ameri, author, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, RC Auditorium.

For more information, contact Donna Wessel Walker at (734) 764-6274 or visit

Assistant sec. of state first SNRE speaker

John Turner, assistant secretary of state for oceans, international environmental and scientific affairs, will deliver the inaugural lecture in the Distinguished Speaker Series of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in Room 1040 of the Dana Building.

Turner heads up State Department programs and activities concerning the environment, climate change, oceans affairs, and science and technology, including HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. The Distinguished Speaker Series is a newly focused effort to bring highly experienced leaders to speak to the U-M community. The goal is to inform the community about environmental and scientific issues at the forefront of national and international policymaking.

For more information, contact Cathleen May at (734) 615-0271 or

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