Each week Hoopla and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance work together to promote the top arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa. Here are this week’s hidden gems.
The Marion Arts Council invites you to the Cedar River Artisans Artists Reception/Gallery Talk for their current exhibit this Thursday evening in the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center art gallery at 4500 N. 10th Street in Marion. The new exhibit will be in the gallery until November 9th and features the works of six artists, who have banded together as the Cedar River Artisans. The works include paintings, prints, sculptures, mixed media, fiber art and ceramics. The artists include: Bryan Davis, Dean Dunkel, Michelle Fischer, Nancy Lindsay, Tom Nugent and Elizabeth Rhoads Read. The artist’s reception and gallery talk will be held Thursday evening, September 13th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Come and meet the Cedar River Artisans! Light refreshments will be served.
SPT Theatre Company’s Tales from the Writer’s Room opens its fifth season this Friday at CSPS / Legion Arts. The Writers’ Room format features music interspersed with humorous and reflective stories performed by professional local actors. Performances feature Janelle Lauer, Jane Pini, Doug Elliott and Gerard Estella as well as material from writers Jason Alberty, Akwi Nji, Dave Martino, Mary Sullivan and Adam Witte. Special guests include David Combs, David Morton, Nicolette Coiner- Winn, Matt Brooks and Ron DeWitte. Shows are at 8:00 p.m. September 14, 15 & 16. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Enjoy Romantic Guitar at Tuscan Moon this Friday and Saturday! Tom Nothnagle serenades diners with romantic and contemporary instrumental guitar in historic Kalona. Tom Nothnagle, aka Guitar Tom, is accomplished in a broad range of genres and numerous instruments including flamenco, 10-string, 12-string, bass guitar, banjo and mandolin. He will serenade diners at Tuscan Moon Grill on Fifth, which is housed in the old Kalona Hotel and brings a touch of old world charm to downtown Kalona. For reservations call 319.656.3315.
Dreamwell Theatre presents: The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort, directed by Rachael Lindhart. Based on true events, this engaging play is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award. Shows are September 14, 15, 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City. For reservations visit www.dreamwell.com or call 319.423.9820. Tickets are $13, $10/students and seniors.
So what makes up a star? Wickiup Hill and Linn County Conservation invite you to Stellar Spectra this Saturday, September 15, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center, 1365 Ivanhoe Rd in Mount Vernon. Cedar Amateur A member Doug Nauman will provide an explanation of how we know the composition of stars through the use of spectral lines made by stars and comparing them with spectra of elements on earth. A further explanation of how emission and absorption spectral lines are formed is also included. Advanced registration is not required, this event is free and open to the public.