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:
Club Hancher presents Miguel Zenón this Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15 at The Mill in Iowa City. One of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Miguel Zenón achieved a jazz first in 2008: he was honored with both the Guggenheim Fellowship and the MacArthur Fellow “genius grant” in the same year. Over his illustrious career, the multiple Grammy Award nominee has showcased a masterful ability to balance the often contradictory roles of institution and innovation, creating a signature blend of Latin jazz infused with mathematical precision, furious improvisation, and elegant lyricism. All About Jazz says it simply: Miguel Zenón is “modern jazz at its very best.” Shows are 7:30 & 10:00 PM. Tickets are extremely limited, call 1.800.HANCHER to order.
Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids will host Valentine’s on the Hilltop: Songs on the Seven Sides of Love on Thursday, February 14, at 8:00 PM in the University Center Commons. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited. This Valentine’s evening will feature Cedar Rapids native Austin Kness, baritone; his wife, Susannah Biller-Kness, soprano; and Mount Mercy’s music faculty member Tony Nickle, pianist. The trio will present art songs and arias that capture the many faces of love with works from Mozart, Monteverdi, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Bellini, Faure and Korngold.
Go back to the 70′s with the Old Creamery Theatre and the Ox Yoke Inn for this year’s thriller comic murder mystery Death By Disco. Your favorite Old Creamery Theatre performers will take you, platform shoes and all, to the disco contest where someone won’t be “Staying Alive” after all. The evening comes complete with an Ox Yoke Inn dinner fit for any disco king or queen. Event occurs on February 14, 15, 16 & 17, starting at 5:30 PM at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana. Tickets are $45 per person, call 800.233.3441 for reservations.
The Marion Arts Council invites you to Coffeehouse Night at the Lowe Center, 4500 N. 10th Street in Marion, on Friday, February 15th. Performing will be the Iowa blues artist Kevin Burt, who is a popular singer from the Iowa City area. The performance is from 7:00 to 8:30 PM with the doors opening at 6:30. Get there early for a good seat. Event is free and open to the public. Coffee and dessert from Witte’s End Coffeehouse will be available for purchase.
Dreamwell Theatre proudly presents The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, by Naomi Wallace and directed by Chuck Dufano. A poetic, Depression-era play by a prize-winning writer is a coming-of-age story with a wicked twist. The Chicago Theatre Beat describes Wallace’s work as “…Romeo and Juliet without the romance, just rebellion and it’s not enough.” This show is an emotional complement to the Dreamwell season, in conjunction with the theme, Ova-tion: A Season of Women’s Words. Adeara Jean Maurice, who portrays Pace, feels “”Naomi Wallace is a playwright that does something really unique. Her plays make you think. You can’t leave a Naomi Wallace play without talking about it with a friend a couple weeks later. It’s important we do plays like that.” Shows are Friday and Saturday, February 15, & 16, 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City. Tickets: adults $13, students/seniors $10.