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:
UPDATE: Summer of the Arts’ celebration planned for Thursday was one of our picks for things to do this week. In case you were planning on going, it’s be rescheduled for Aprill 11. (Due to the expected winter storm)
Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will premiere their new documentaries Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 at the UI Museum of Natural History on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin with a free public reception in Iowa Hall from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Following the screening, representatives of the Ioway Nations and other film participants will take part in Q&A. Admission is free. The films contain mature themes and historical images that may be disturbing to young children. There will also be a display of artifacts from the Iowaville site in the Biosphere Discovery Hub gallery (inside the Hageboeck Hall of Birds) that will highlight the importance of the site and recent research that has been conducted there. Ioway Elders and tribal members join other Native scholars, historians, archaeologists and anthropologists to tell the dramatic and true story of the small tribe that once claimed the territory between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from Pipestone, Minnesota to St. Louis. The state of Iowa takes its name from the Ioway Tribe. Filming took place in nine states, from Montana to Iowa. The films include footage gathered during recent fieldwork done by the Office of the State Archaeologist at a large Ioway village site (occupied 1765-1820) near the Des Moines River in southeast Iowa. The documentaries will continue screening throughout the U.S. and will be released on a single full-featured DVD in April 2013, including an alternative soundtrack in the nearly extinct Ioway language Broadcasts on Midwestern PBS stations are slated for 2013.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to join them for a sneak peek at the new Ladd Library! Come to the Love My Ladd Library Fundraiser on Friday, February 22, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 3750 Williams Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids. Enjoy live music by the Dennis McPartland Quartet, heavy appetizers, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages; and a sneak peek at the new Ladd Library on the eve of grand opening. Buy your ticket to celebrate with us a day early at the first party in our new digs. Tickets are $40/person. Questions? Contact Katie Geiken at 319-739-0411 or GeikenK@crlibrary.org. Grand opening is on Saturday, February 23!
Tickle your imagination and your sweet tooth by attending Puppets and Pastries: Dessert Theatre for Adults featuring the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Co. and their talented friends! Enjoy beverages and delectable desserts including the famous “tres leches” cake from the Acapulco Bakery. The evening will feature three puppet pieces: Monica Leo, Eulenspiegel’s lead puppeteer, will premiere her new paper theater piece, Play to Play (or Hold your Puppet Up!), a touching and humorous glimpse into the private lives of the puppets and puppeteers. Using the traditional art of Paper Theater as a starting point, Monica has created a performance featuring incidents experienced during thirty five years as a touring puppeteer. The show uses hand painted paper puppets and paper engineered staging. Buffy Quintero and Jen Shook will present a shadow puppet show, The Myth of Persephone, using sand as a medium, and Angela Polowy will present an eclectic short piece, Amos Moses, combining several puppetry styles. Fans of mesmerizing storyteller Susan Short Gilbert and her prize winning play, Catchin’ the Babies, will be thrilled to be treated to a new work featuring her Cherokee great grandmother! Rounding out the evening will be Al Zimmerman, a favorite area musician, and his fabulous jazz piano. Add the angelic singing voice of Laura Kittrell, delicious desserts, beverages, and laughter for an unforgettable evening!
Red Cedar Chamber Music and Brucemore collaborate to present Seven Score and Ten in the warmth of Brucemore’s Great Hall on Saturday, February 23, 8:00-9:30 PM. Seven Score and Ten brings these organizations together for an evening of 19th-c. parlor music that provides an intimate look into the music that was part of the fabric of life during the most divisive period in our nation’s history the American Civil War 1861-1865. Red Cedar Chamber Music’s flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall will be joined by soprano Karla Goettel and historian Michael Zahs to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with 19th-c. American music that inspired the troops, supported the war effort and entertained those at home. Michael Zahs will read excerpts from his collection of Iowa Civil War letters. Performed on instruments from the period. A champagne and dessert reception will be held during intermission. Tickets are $35. To order tickets, call Brucemore at 319.362.7375. Advance ticket purchase is recommended due to limited seating.
Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the Coe College International Club’s 39th Annual Banquet on Sunday, February 24. Appetizers will be served during a reception at 6:00 p.m. in the upper lobby of Gage Memorial Union, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Gage Dining Hall. This year’s buffet-style banquet features foods from various countries including Korea, China, Kenya, Japan, Nepal, France, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Dishes such as oshiruko, sambusa, quinoa, bulgogi, chicken curry, grilled prawns, pork ribs, crepes, mango lassi and much more will be served. In keeping with long-standing tradition, Coe international students will don costumes and serve from a buffet line reflecting their nationalities. A brief program featuring the students will follow the dinner. The event is open to the public and tickets are $10, free for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by calling the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.