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    By VIC COX

    Irwin Appel, assistant professor of dramatic art, has the title role in "Richard III."

    Arts and culture-oriented groups have wasted no time in setting a rich smorgasbord of events before the campus and outside communities this fall. Arts & Lectures launches its year of programs on Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at Campbell Hall.
    Featuring conductor Wynton Marsalis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz artist, and 15 other players, the orchestra's repertory ranges from Duke Ellington to Thelonious Monk.
    Beginning Friday, Sept. 28, faculty and student actors from the Dramatic Art Department will present 10 performances of Shakespeare's "Richard III," directed by Judith Olauson. Writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor also appears on Campbell Hall's stage that Friday night.
    A panel discussion on Oct. 1 in the MultiCultural Center brings together disabled faculty from dance and the Writing Program with disabled hip-hop dancer Bill Shannon, dubbed "Crutchmaster." Shannon performs the next two nights with Rennie Harris Puremovement at Campbell Hall. The Philadelphia hip-hop group will meet the audience after each evening's performance as part of its artists' residency.
    On Oct. 3, the new African American and American Indian Cultural Center will celebrate its opening at noon with a reception in Building 434, home of the Educational Opportunity Program. The public is invited to attend. This center joins the existing EOP-sponsored El Centro Arnulfo Casillas and the Asian American Resource Center in offering counseling, information, and a social center for students of different ethnic groups.
    Following a fund-raising private review on Oct. 6, the University Arts Museum (UAM) opens its fall exhibition, devoted to architect and modern furniture designer Paul Tuttle, to the public on Oct. 9. Occupying four galleries and most of the museum's display space, the Tuttle exhibition is also director Marla Berns' swan song. While the exhibition runs until Jan. 13, 2002, Berns will leave UCSB on Oct. 12 to take command of UCLA's Fowler Museum.
    Continuing the ArtAbounds creative collaborations between A&L and the Lobero Theatre, the Miami City Ballet will perform George Balanchine's three-part ballet "Jewels" at the Arlington Theatre on Oct. 14. Three other ArtAbounds events are planned, including teaming with Sings Like Hell to present on Jan. 15 vintage big-band Orquestra Ibrahim Ferrer from Cuba, one of the stars of the Buena Vista Social Club tour.
    While Campbell Hall is still the linch pin in A&L's academic year program of more than 30 events, active outreach to Santa Barbara groups has spread the partnership umbrella beyond the Lobero and Arlington theaters. Starting on Dec. 14, three chamber music events, cosponsored by the Pearl Chase Society, have been arranged for classically styled local sites, including Our Lady of Sorrows church and the Montecito Country Club.

    Rennie Harris Puremovement performs a blend of hip-hop and other contemporary dance forms on Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. in Campbell Hall as part of an Arts & Lectures-organized artists' residency.