Reporter 457, 23 October 2000


Next tango in Leeds: Astor Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango is to be one of the treats in a typically varied lunchtime menu from the Northern Saxophone Quartet, performing in the Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall on Thursday 2 November. The long-established West Yorkshire ensamble, whose repertoire ranges from classical works to tailored arrangements of jazz and musicals, consists of Richard Ingham, Julia Mills, Tony David and Nick Turner. Cuban sax legend Pacquito d'Rivera's Sofia y Watango is also on the bill, aong with Lorenz Hart's My Funny Valentine.

Latin culture feast

The Instituto Cervantes, Spain’s official cultural centre in Leeds, joins forces with the Venezuelan Embassy to present a showcase of Latin culture on campus on Thursday 26 October. Sol de Giraluna by Neiffe Peña, singer-songwriter and Marisol Matheus, actress-singer, is staged in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall.

Texts from Spanish Golden Age authors, such as Calderón de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Cervantes and Quevedo feature along with modern poetry, such as Lorca, Alberti and Borges. The four-stringed guitar, or cuatro, and the voice of Neiffe Peña accompany the acting of Marisol Matheus. Tickets for the 7pm show are £6 or £4.

On November 2, the Clothworkers’ hosts María Dolores Rueda Ruiz, Lola, a legend in flamenco dance and song. Her personality and enthusiasm on stage makes her one of the most exciting performers in the genre. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are £8 (concessions £6).

Site for active citizens

Common Purpose, an organisation promoting active citizenship, has launched a website which it claims is the biggest in the UK for ‘people who want to change the world (or their bit of it)’.

The site, at, offers hundreds of links to information sources and discussion areas for anyone interested in helping shape the future of the area where they work and live.

Over the first 10 years of its existence, the Lottery-funded Common Purpose has provided training for 10,000 community leaders from all sectors and backgrounds right across the UK, including members of the University.

Courses offer key skills

A series of staff development courses is available throughout next month, provided free by the staff and departmental development unit. Details of the programme are available on or from Beryl Stoker in SDDU (ext 4012, fax 4162, e-mail

The programme starts on November 9 with a one-day course on ‘Handling information overload: Speed reading and mind mapping’.

An introductory meeting for recently-appointed researchers is to be held on November 20. The end of the month sees events on leadership and management, effective lecturing, research staff review and development, strategic planning and managing the performance of staff.

REPIS shows its wares

Two lunchtime presentations are planned to introduce staff to REPIS, the University’s web-based Research Expertise and Publications Information System.

Professor Christine Leigh will explain the system’s workings at 1pm on Monday 20 November, repeated on Monday 4 December, in lecture theatre 24 of the Roger Stevens building. Professor David Hogg, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for C&IT, will join in on the second date.

REPIS provides both a service to locate information about research expertise within the University, and a research management tool to store and manage information about publications, expertise and projects across the University.

It is designed to support the research process: to increase the success of University staff in winning research funding and to provide an introduction for potential collaborators in academia, industry, government and charities. The presentations will explain how you can use REPIS now, and the plans for its future development.

To attend a presentation, please contact Joanna Watt, business development manager, REPIS Unit & VSP Services, c/o School of Computing; ext 5319 or 5472; or email

Talking shop

Café Scientifique, a discussion group ranging over every field of science, meets on Monday 30 October at Rhythms, on Harrogate Road. The speaker is Kenan Malik, author and science writer, and his subject is what proper conclusions can be drawn from racial differences in sport and other areas of human behaviour. Snacks are available from 7pm and the talk starts at 8pm.

The following Café Scientifique session is at Casbar in Regent Street on Tuesday 7 November. The speaker is Professor Ray Taliss, and his subject is whether neuroscience will ever explain the mind. Professor Taliss, a gerontologist and philosopher, doubts it.

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