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

Live music, art and more

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UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 3:48 pm   ::  

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.

The Englert Theatre proudly welcomes Iowa City's favorite tribute band back for New Year's Eve! A 15-piece "all-star" homage to the music of Steely Dan, The Fez is going to knock your socks off! The band is composed of some of the finest musicians in Eastern Iowa dedicated to faithfully reproducing the jazz/rock fusion masterpieces of Steely Dan. Featuring a 4-piece horn section, 3 backup singers, 2 keyboardists (including a genuine Rhodes 88), 2 guitarists, and one of the best rhythm sections around, The Fez captures the magic of Steely Dan's glory days. The band is includes veteran players from notable Iowa bands, such as Public Property, OSG, Dr. Z's Experiment, Jumbies, Insectoid, We Funk, and Big Funk Guarantee. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. General admission is $18/advance, $22/day of show.

Enjoy Romantic Guitar at Tuscan Moon this Friday and Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tom Nothnagle warms up diners for the New Year 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.

Experience Mucha by Moonlight at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library this Thursday, December 27, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tour the exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau" during extended gallery hours into the night! What better way to tour an exhibit over the holidays than by moonlight hours? Alphonse Mucha is a famous artist and well known throughout the Czech-Slovak community as his works pertain to the Slav Epic, theater, the Red Square, and various aspects of Czech-Slovak culture and way of life. If you're looking to expand your knowledge on Alphonse Mucha or simply learn about the father of Art Nouveau, the NCSML is the place to be through extended gallery hours on December 27.

University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums invites you to Welcome Back Rose: A Holiday Concert with Dan Knight this Sunday. Artist Dan Knight will be presenting a very special holiday concert at the Old Capitol Museum at 2:30 p.m. on December 30. The concert will feature the return of the 1878 Steinway piano, Rose. Dan Knight, Iowa City’s own jazz pianist, will be performing several of his compositions including Three Variations on Themes by Duke Ellington, The Four Seasons, and Selections from The Walt Whitman Suite featuring Dr. Ed Folsom. The piano left the Old Capitol Museum in 2011 for repairs sponsored by the UI School of Music. Now, Rose is back, and so is Dan Knight. The concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is excited to offer a rare treat—live chamber music performed by the Paramount Chamber Ensemble at the CRMA on Sunday, December 30, 2012 beginning at 2:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss violinist Takuya Horiuchi, cellist Cole Guillen, and pianist Steven Vosatka as they perform works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Anton Dvorak on the main level. Admission is free and open to the public!

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