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The top five arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa this week

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Each week Hoopla and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance team up to highlight the top arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa. Below are the hidden gems.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) invites you to Mucha by Moonlight! Come and tour their exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau" into the night hours on Thursday, November 1. Alphonse Mucha is a famous artist and well known throughout the Czech-Slovak community as his writings pertain to the Red Square, the Slav Epic, theater, and other aspects of Czech-Slovak culture and way of life. With over 250 pieces of Mucha's works, what better way would there be to gain information on Mucha than by touring our exhibit through extended gallery hours into the night at the NCSML! Gallery hours are extended from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is $12/adults, $5/students.

Kirkwood Community College invites you to join them for the opening of their 2012-2013 season: The Drowsy Chaperone on Thursday, November 1. Mayhem, mix-ups and a wedding mark the high-spirited hijinx of The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five 2006 Tony Awards. The fun begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone" and the show magically bursts to life. Suddenly the man finds himself immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring to the rafters. Shows are November 1, 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.; November 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students, and can be reserved in advance at 319.398.5899.

Are you a food critic in the making or simply a lover of delicious cuisine? Join UI International Programs on Friday, November 2, for an exceptional Chinese food tasting event: Confucius Institute hosts Chinese Cook-Off. Watch as UI Professor and Director of the Confucius Institute Chuanren Ke and other contestants cook up a storm! Each chef will give a brief demonstration and background information on their dish and then give samples to the audience, who will vote by secret ballot for their favorite dishes in each category. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited to 45 attendees. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Erin Mullins at erin-mullins@uiowa.edu or 319-335-3857.

Starlighter’s II Theatre in Anamosa presents Sam Shepard's 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama, Buried Child. When Vince brings his girlfriend, Shelly, home to meet his family, she is at first charmed by the “normal” looking farm house which she compares to a “Norman Rockwell cover or something”–that’s before she meets his crazy family. Strangely, no one seems to remember Vince at first, and they treat him as an intruder. Eventually, however, they seem to accept him as a part of their violently dysfunctional family. Gradually, the family’s dark secret begins to come clear. Shows are November 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.; November 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $13/adults, $12/seniors.

The Englert Theatre invites you to join them for the Iowa City Song Project Brunch on Saturday, November 3. Come enjoy great music from the Iowa City Song Project and brunch at the Motley Cow Café from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Over the past year, The Englert Theatre commissioned 31 musicians and bands to write and record songs inspired by experiences or impressions of Iowa City. The songs the bulk of them recorded locally were collected into a compilation album called the Iowa City Song Project. The album features a diverse collection of artists tapping into sounds that range from roots-rock traditions to the experimental and avant-garde. This collection of songs, which could never claim to be the final word on a continually growing music community, is nonetheless a colorful snapshot of the scene that has been inspired by this small but vibrant town. The Iowa City Song Project is The Englert Theatre's first commissioned work. The album will be available from Maximum Ames on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats starting November 6. Visit maximumamesrecords.com for album presale details.

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