Each week Hoopla and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance team up to showcase arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa. Below are the hidden gems for this week:
The Englert Theatre, FilmScene, and the Iowa City Downtown District are excited to present the classic holiday film Home Alone on Saturday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets to the event will be $5 and available at the door. Home Alone is a 1990 American family comedy written and produced by John Hughes, directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Macaulay Culkin. After he is accidentally left behind while his family flies to Paris, 8-year-old Kevin has to defend his home against a group of idiotic burglars. Using clever booby traps, Kevin teams up with an unlikely neighborhood ally to outwit the intruders in this holiday comedy classic. For more information, visit englert.org or call the Englert Box Office at 319.688.2653.
Experience White Lights Holiday Music: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year this Saturday, December 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Westdale Mall. Cedar Rapids performers Marcia Hughes and Jenifer Phelan close out the White Lights series with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a songbook of holiday favorites. The vocal/piano duo have teamed for more than 15 years and regularly perform a repertoire that includes Broadway, standards, pop/contemporary, and gospel/sacred. This show will feature a collection of recognized holiday hits, as well as a few surprises. (Rumor has it Santa may make an appearance!)The concert is free and open to the public.
Celebrate holidays past by participating in Brucemore’s annual tradition, Holiday Mansion Tours, through December 30. Visitors will enjoy the seasonal splendor of 13 glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other seasonal cheer throughout the Mansion. Daytime tours will begin on the hour, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and every half hour, Sundays, Noon to 3:00 p.m. Admission for daytime tours is $7 per adult, $3 per child, and free to Brucemore members. Evening tours will be offered every 15 minutes from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 11, 13, 18, and 20. The last tour will begin at 7:30 p.m. Evening tours will feature live music from the original 1927 Skinner Pipe Organ. Admission for evening tours is $10 per adult, $7 per child, and $5 per Brucemore member. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour in the Visitor Center.
A Christmas Carol returns as the newest holiday tradition for City Circle Acting Company in Coralville. Join Ebenezer Scrooge through a life-changing journey as he learns what it means to be human. This faithful adaptation of Charles Dicken’s beloved classic story comes to life with bold acting, daring design and new special effects. Let the spirit of Christmas enter your hearts as you listen to the timeless carols. Remaining shows are December 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m. and December 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $12-$27.