In Memory of Michel
HonorsNovelist James Michener and his late wife Mari have been named recipients of the Medal for Distinguished Philanthropy from the American Association of Museums for 1996. The medal, presented annually to persons or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to museums, recognizes the couple's gifts of $100 million to museums, including their art collections (such as their Twentieth Century Painting Collection, housed at UT's Archer M. Huntington Gallery). A formal presentation of the medal will take place Saturday, October 19, during a luncheon at the Huntington.
Opera OnlineQuestion: If you sing an aria in cyber-space, is there a sound? You can find out next Wednesday, October 23, when the cyberspace opera honoria in ciberspazio is broadcast over the World Wide Web. The opera, a comedy about five lonely humans looking for love on the Internet, is an Austin creation, developed by Madelyn Starbuck, aka honoria, a mail artist, grad student, and member of the Advanced Communication Technologies Lab. She drew the libretto from rhyming couplets submitted to the opera's website, added electronic loops of opera music, then in April of this year, broadcast the work on the Web using videoconferencing technology. This week's webcast, which features some new material, can be found at http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~slatin/opera and begins at 3pm. Call 441-4496 for more info.
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