UW-Eau Claire Psychology Study to be Featured on Spectrum West

January 30, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Al Ross
715-839-3868

UW-Eau Claire Psychology Study to be Featured on Spectrum West

A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire psychology faculty member’s new study on cross-sex friendships will be featured on Spectrum West this Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. Other topics include the upcoming presentation of “They’re Playing Our Song” by the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild, a visit to Chippewa Falls by Gingarte Capoeira, and a preview of the upcoming Fiber Arts Festival and Annual Banbury Art Crawl.

Host Al Ross will talk with Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, a faculty member in the psychology department at UW-Eau Claire, about her recently published study on cross-sex relationships. The study, “Benefit or Burden? Attraction in Cross-Sex Friendships,” explores the element of attraction in platonic cross-sex friendships.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Ann Sessions, executive director of the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild. Sessions will talk about CVTG as well as its upcoming production of “They’re Playing Our Song,” which opens February 1 at the Grand Little Theater in Eau Claire.

Marisa Cordeiro, mestra of the Chicago-based performance group Gingarte Capoeira, also joins the show. Cordeiro and  troupe will perform at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. “Capoeira” is an African-Brazilian style of dance based on an  self-defense and martial arts. It was developed by enslaved Africans almost 500 years ago.

Ross will also preview the upcoming Fiber Arts Festival at the Chippewa Valley Museum on February 2, and the 4th Annual Banbury Art Crawl taking place on February 8-9.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in Western Wisconsin.  The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more.  It is heard weekly on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.

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