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 Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) is hosting a free Ice-Skating Party in Downtown Iowa City on Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13. The ice skating rink, recently purchased and presented by Big Ten Rentals, will be located on the idyllic Iowa Avenue between the intersections of Dubuque and Linn Streets. The entire community is invited to bring the whole family Downtown to enjoy the ice rink for the weekend. The rink will be open Friday (1/11) from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday (1/12) 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Sunday (1/13) 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The ice rink will be lit for skaters during the evening hours and host food vendors and music. The City will provide free parking for skaters in the Clock Tower parking garage from 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. on Saturday evening to further support the event.
Take a Collage “Mini Class” with Mary Zeran this Thursday, January 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art! Collage is an extremely versatile way of making art. During this class, you will experiment with techniques like drawing, painting, layering, and cutting to create a beautiful collage that has special meaning to you. Supplies and tools provided. Adults only, cost is $20 per person. Class size is limited. Register online today at www.maryzeran.com or contact Mary Zeran at 319.363.0053 or email@example.com.
Dozens of literature-related children’s activities will highlight the second annual Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature One Book Two Book festival this weekend in and around Iowa City. One Book Two Book will begin on Friday, January 11, with the “Once Upon a Time…” dinner at 6:00 p.m., created to celebrate stories written and performed by children from each elementary school in the Iowa City school district, as well as Regina and Willowwind. The students wrote their pieces based on the prompt, “Once Upon a Time I Had the Most Amazing Dream.” After the dinner, a keynote presentation will be made by best-selling author Nancy Krulik, who created the popular “Katie Kazoo Switcheroo” and “George Brown Class Clown” series. In addition, the Iowa Children’s Museum will provide activities for young attendees, while children’s book characters will make an appearance. Tickets for the event are $25 per person, and are still available through www.onebooktwobook.org/friday.
Brucemore invites you to enjoy the tenth anniversary of hilarious stories, engaging conversation, and outstanding music with SPT Theatre and special guest, Jim Kern, during A Modern Salon, January 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Emulating the Parisian salons at the turn of the twentieth century,A Modern Salon is held in the Mansion’s Great Hall, where Brucemore’s second family, the Douglases, frequently entertained guests. Admission is $45 per person or $40 per Brucemore member and includes pre-show wine tasting from First Avenue Wine House and appetizers starting at 7:00 p.m. Champagne and desserts will be served during intermission. Evening dress is encouraged and valet parking is available. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at www.brucemore.org, by telephone at 319.362.7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store.
Legion Arts presents Kelly Joe Phelps live in concert this Sunday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. at CSPS Hall. Kelly Joe Phelps has been described as “The Phantom Monk of Folk- Blues,” and rightly so. Over the past 17 years of recording and touring, Phelps has been talked about as much for his passionate, spirit-driven, lone-wolf musical ways as for the inventiveness of his playing and singing. Using the blues as a pallet and his songs as a canvas, each performance is an original improvisation. According to Popmatters, “Phelps speaks directly to your soul. If that isn’t the stuff of legends, I don’t know what is.” Tickets are $14/advance, $17 at the door. Call 319.364.1580 for more information.