News Briefs

Stomping Their Way To Fame and Fortune

Brooms, hub caps, and trash-can lids are just part of the act for STOMP, an eight-member percussion group playing at Zellerbach Hall Oct. 27-29 at 8 pm.

STOMP performers "make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound," said co-founder and co-director Luke Cresswell.

One Australian critic termed the result "quirky and cheeky, combining split-second timing with Busby Berkeley-like choreography."

Hailed by the New York Times as a "sure-fire crowd pleaser with a rock-and-roll heart," STOMP's London performance won the Olivier Award for Best Choreography. In Australia it took the Best of the Fringe Award and in New York it came away with an Off-Broadway's Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theater Experience.

STOMP was first produced in 1991. The unusual act has even found its way into an award winning Coca-Cola commercial.

Tickets prices range from $12 to $22. Berkeley students receive a discount of 50 percent. Faculty and staff, senior citizens, and other students receive a $2 discount.

Tickets are available at the Cal Performances Ticket Office in Zellerbach Hall, 642-9988; BASS ticket outlets, 762-BASS; or the BASS arts line at (415) 776-1999.

Then There's Stomping In the Animal Kingdom

How animals hop, romp, and stomp will be the subject of a family science workshop at the Lawrence Hall of Science Nov. 20 at 10 and 11 am.

Children and adults alike can discover the high jumpers, best runners, and fastest swimmers in the animal kingdom. Rabbits, birds, toads, salamanders, and more will be present.

Entry fee is $12 for one adult and one child with an additional $5 for each subsequent family member. Register in advance. For details, call 642-5134.

Get Your Propositions Straight Before Nov. 8

A non-partisan Election Ballot Forum to review the 10 statewide propositions in the Nov. 8 election will be sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies Library Nov. 4 at noon in 119 Moses Hall.

Bring your lunch to this public forum and hear pro and con arguments on immigration control, single-payer health reform, judicial accountability, smoking regulation, and three-strikes legislation, among other topics.

Shadows and Masks

The noted Balinese shadow puppeteer and mask dancer I Made Sidia will perform a lecture and demonstration Nov. 1 at 12:10 pm in 135 Morrison Hall.

Titled "Traditional Characterization and Multimedia Innovation in Balinese Performing Arts," the presentation will combine modern multimedia with elements of traditional dance and shadow play. Sponsors are the Department of Music, the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, and the Center for Southeast Asia Studies.

History of Halloween

Hear the true story behind Halloween Oct. 30 at the Museums at Blackhawk UC Berkeley Museum of Art, Science, and Culture in Danville.

Free with museum admission, the program begins at 2 pm and includes instruction in how to make Halloween masks. Museum admission is $7 for adults or $4 for students and seniors. Call 736-2280 ext. 238 for more information.

Other upcoming events at the Museum of Art, Science, and Culture include three lectures on paleontology:

* On Nov. 2, discover where the closest dinosaur deposits are and what prehistoric animals have been found in the Bay Area.

* On Nov. 9, review the debate of creation vs. evolution.

* On Nov. 16, find out why you have it all over your Pliocene ancestors in a discussion of the short life and hard times of Australopithecus afarensis, of which the most famous specimen is Lucy. She died about 3.6 million years ago at age 20.

Food and Clothing Drive

CALPIRG's Campaign to Stop Hunger and Homelessness will sponsor a food and clothing drive Oct. 17-Nov. 1.

Other sponsors are the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the Mortar Board Inc., and the Chinese Student Organization.

For more information, call 642-7313.

Nominate Presidential Faculty Fellows Now

Nominations close Nov. 7 for the National Science Foundation 1995 Presidential Faculty Fellows Program.

Award winners receive a grant of $100,000 per year for five years for work in engineering or science.

To apply for nomination, seven complete copies of the nomination package and seven copies of reference letters should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research in 119 California Hall.

The Faculty Awards Committee will review all applications and put forward two faculty members from Berkeley for the 30 national awards.

Eligible nominees must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents holding both a doctoral degree awarded after 1986 and a tenure-track faculty appointment. Also, they must be conducting research in an NSF-supported field.

For more information or forms, contact research administrator Neil Maxwell in the sponsored projects office at 642-0123.

Come to a Day of Caring

So you can know where your dollar will go in the upcoming charitable campaign, organizations being supported will distribute literature on upper Sproul Plaza Oct. 31.

About 50 local non-profit agencies have been invited to discuss their services and their need for funds.

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the event in costume.

Chancellor Tien will open the program at noon along with children from the Alta Bates Speech Therapy Center, where Tien volunteered during the 1993 Week of Caring.

Just as Resources Go, So Goes Economics?

A member of the Austrian CO2 Commission, Stefan Schleicher, will speak Nov. 2 on "The Economics of Sustainability and the Sustainability of Economics" at 4 pm in 2 Le Conte. Schleicher is also a visiting professor of economics at Stanford University.

His talk is the first in a series of three sponsored this November by the Energy and Resources Group. For more information, call 642-1640.


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