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This week's hidden arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa

The House of Yes production and more

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Each week Hoopla and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance team up to showcase arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa. Here are five hidden gems.

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) invites you to join us for a Celebration of the Arts on Monday, November 12, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Celebration of the Arts is ICCA’s annual meeting event, intended to elevate the awareness of the artistic and cultural organizations in the Corridor and to celebrate the outstanding collaborations of ICCA partners. The evening will begin with a reception, including hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and Spanish Guitar by Tom Nothnagle. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will feature performances honoring the Englert Theatre, Orchestra Iowa and Prairie Voices Productions, each celebrating a special milestone anniversary in 2012. Arts organizations will be recognized for their collaborative efforts throughout the year by Collaborative and Reaching Out Award honors. Additionally, Larry Eckholt and Cultural Advocate Award honors will be given out to community members who have exemplified passion, commitment and advocacy to the cultural vitality of the Corridor. The ICCA Celebration of the Arts is open to the community. Admission is $15 at the door. To attend, please RSVP to Jessica Johnson at: Jessica@culturalcorridor.org or 319.849.8ART (8278).

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group invites you to Mount Vernon After Dark this Friday, November 9, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The Historic Uptown residence tour and fundraiser will feature the food of eight local restaurants and the creative work of several local artists and musicians. Participants will enjoy food and wine and other beverages from several eateries including Big Creek Market, Chameleon’s, El Sol, Fuel, Gary’s Foods, Lincoln Café and Wine Bar, Mount Vernon Confections, Perfect Blend, Pizza Palace, Skillet Café and Video Village. New this year will be four Uptown residences, not included on last year’s tour, as well as four from last year’s tour, and a lighting sculpture and installation on the site of the former Mount Vernon Fire Station, 217 First St. NW, created by artist, lighting designer and Mount Vernon resident Stan Crocker. Sauter-Baty Associates, 113 First St. NW, will once again serve as the official wine tasting and Silent Auction stop on the tour. And all on the tour will experience the best in art and music that Mount Vernon has to offer.

Pitch-black comedy strikes the heart of Iowa City this November with Dreamwell Theatre’s play The House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod. Shows Friday and Saturday, November 9, 10, 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City. For Thanksgiving, the Pascal family’s eldest son, Marty, returns to his wealthy Washington DC suburban home just across the grass from the Kennedy’s mansion. Much to the surprise of his mother, brother, and beloved twin sister, Jackie-O, he arrives with an unannounced fiancée. An impending hurricane traps the young couple in the house, and over the course of the long night dirty secrets and hidden desires are revealed. As morning closes in, the audience is forced to ask themselves the question of which character will triumph. Just in time to prepare for our own dysfunctional family Thanksgivings, The House of Yes runs as the second show in Dreamwell Theatre’s season of women writers. Tickets are: $13/adults, $10/students & seniors, and can be purchased by going to: http://www.dreamwell.com/view-tickets/

Orchestra Iowa presents Homecoming, Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, and Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. After four seasons of performing outside its home, Orchestra Iowa makes its triumphant return to the newly restored and renovated Paramount Theatre for a homecoming performance. This highly anticipated event will feature a program including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Gunther Schullers' Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, and Iowa's own Jerry Owen's Glee. The Orchestra will also celebrate the fifth season of its Iowa City symphonic series with a second performance on Sunday at the Iowa Memorial Union. Maestro Timothy Hankewich will host Insight, a pre-concert discussion, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at each venue. Insight is open to all patrons in attendance. Single tickets for Homecoming are $20-$50 and may be purchased online at www.orchestraiowa.org or by calling 319.366.8203 or 800.369.TUNE (8863).

The Englert Theatre presents Ralphie May: Too Big To Ignore on Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. As loveable as he is outrageous, Ralphie May is one of the most popular comedians in the country. Since his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” audiences can’t get enough of the larger than life comedian. Now, Ralphie proves he’s TOO BIG TO IGNORE with his record breaking 4th Comedy Central Special and North American tour. Voted one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Ralphie spreads his comedic wealth further than ever by tackling topics that will make you think and occasionally squirm. With no subject off limits, Ralphie dives in and reveals the hilarious quirks that infiltrate politics, race and even his family. Lovable enough to get away with anything, Ralphie continues to capture the hearts of thousands on his sold out tours and promises to make you gleefully uncomfortable. Tickets are $34.50 at 319.688.2653.

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