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:
Don’t miss Meklit Hadero at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids on Monday, February 4, at 7:00 pm. Born in Ethiopia, raised in the U.S. and nurtured by San Francisco’s diverse arts scene, Meklit Hadero embodies far-flung worlds. Joining her soul-filled phrasing with a songwriter’s craft, her influences range wide: from the jazz and soul favorites she grew up on; to the hip-hop and art-rock she loves; to folk traditions from the Americas and East African home of her forebears. But her singular sound and vibe are all her own. Meklit erupted to national notice with the 2010 release of On a Day Like this… on Porto Franco Records. Hailed by Filter magazine for “[combining] New York jazz with West Coast folk and African flourishes, all bound together by Hadero’s beguiling voice,” the release announced the arrival, as the San Francisco Chronicle put it, of “an artistic giant in the early stages” and garnered feature stories from NPR, PBS and National Geographic. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Celebrate the sweetest month of the year with live music and local art! The University of Iowa Museum of Art invites you to its February First Friday, February 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at hotelVetro in downtown Iowa City. For $5, enjoy drink specials, light hors d’oeuvres and art by Cheryl Jacobsen, local artist and calligrapher. Each guest will have the opportunity to hand-make a special valentine with a piece of custom-made calligraphic work by Jacobsen. Live music will be provided by accomplished guitarist and native Iowan Tom Nothnagle.
City Circle Acting Company’s production of Urinetown opens Friday, February 1 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and runs for six performances over two weekends. Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for the privilege to urinate. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! This wickedly funny satire became a Broadway smash hit winning three Tonys. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up. Urinetown runs Feb. 1-3 and Feb. 8-10, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12-$27 and can be purchased by calling 319.248.9370.
Come to Opus Café in Cedar Rapids for an evening of Jazz this Friday! The Opus Concert Cafe and KCCK present the First Friday Jazz Series featuring jazz pianist Tom Bourcier. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., concert is 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door. The performance will be broadcast live on KCCK FM 88.3 or online at www.kcck.org . The Opus Concert Cafe provides a full-service bar for those 21 years of age and older.
Now in its seventh year, the Piano Sundays’ concert series presented by West Music at the Old Capitol Museum has showcased its most talented University of Iowa faculty and students. Each concert presents a unique set of musical selections ranging from Bach to Bartok, Jenni to Ginastera, Mozart to Mussorgsky and more! Open to the public in 1976 as a historical landmark and museum presenting early Iowa and University of Iowa history, the Old Capitol Museum is honored to offer this special ongoing musical series that highlights the rich sounds of “Rose”, the Museum’s beautifully restored 1878 Centennial Style Concert Grand. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. All concerts begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the historic Senate Chamber. This Sunday there will be a special showing of Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, the full length independent documentary, featuring the year-long craft of making a Steinway concert grand, at 12:00 p.m. before the concert. For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319.335.0548.