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Can We Bomb Knowledge?

Author and journalist Barbara Nimri Aziz has spent many hours in Iraq, talking to the Iraqi people. In her new book, “Swimming Up the Tigris: Real Life Encounters with Iraq,” Aziz gives a human face to the people of Iraq and delves into the impact that the war has on the country and its people.

Aziz will speak on “Can We Bomb Knowledge? The Case of Iraq” at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Giffels Auditorium in Old Main on the University of Arkansas campus. She will discuss the current state of culture, education and art in Iraq and broach subjects that those who rely solely on mainstream media are unaware of.

In 1989 Aziz began concentrating on Iraq and the Palestinian lands. In 1992 she founded the Radius of Arab American Writers. She currently hosts a weekly radio program on Pacific-WBAI Radio NYC and www.RadioTahrir.org.

The lecture is free.

Music

Music fans from around the tri-state area will be flocking to the Walton Arts Center Saturday night for the show by guitarist Joe Bonamassa. B.B. King discovered Bonamassa when Bonamassa was only 12. King took the young guitarist on the road in 2005. But, Bonamassa, now 34, was not just a one-hit wonder. Known for his deft fusion of British blues, Delta blues and rock, he continues to wow audiences as well as fellow musicians. Ted Nugent compared him to Hendrix, Stevie Ray and Jeff Beck. Tickets are available at 443-5600 or waltonartscenter.org.

On Stage

The Walton Arts Center is hosting the Broadway touring company of “South Pacific” Tuesday through April 4 and the popular musical will be complete with lavish sets and costumes.

On a smaller scale, Theatre Squared will open the compelling “Mauritius” at the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

The dark comedy is the story of two sisters who inherit a book of rare stamps and tangle with three collectors who are after one rare stamp.

The play will see the return of actors Rebecca Harris and John T. Smith and debut visits by Chicago actors Kathy Logelin, Bradford R. Lund and Kevin Christopher Fox.

The performance will be directed by Chicago director Kimberly Senior.

“Mauritius” opens Friday and continues through April. 11. For tickets go to theatresquared.org or call 445-6333.

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