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 Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to the Homestead Journey Progressive Dinner on Saturday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a delicious meal visiting the Amana Heritage Society’s historical sites in the village of Homestead. The event begins at the Homestead Blacksmith Shop (next to Henry’s Market) for appetizers, moves on to the Homestead Church for the main course consisting of traditional Amana favorites, and finishes with dessert at the Homestead Store Museum. You will see demonstrations and learn about the people who used the buildings at each site. Cost is $45/person. Advance reservations are required. Contact the Amana Heritage Society at 319-622-3567.
UI International Programs invites you to a World Music Concert, Friday, April 26, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at 1117 University Capitol Centre. As the end of the semester nears, come enjoy a late-afternoon concert of haunting Sufi melodies from the Indian Desert. Lakha Khan of the desert village of Raneri, Jodhpur District, in Rajasthan, India, is an acclaimed maestro of the folk sarangi, an upright bowed lute known for its soul-stirring sound. He belongs to the Manganiyar community, which is both Hindu and Muslim in practice, and has for centuries exceled in Rajasthani traditional and Sufi mystical music, bridging the gap between classical and folk. Lakha sings in Hindi, Sindhi, Marwari, and Punjabi, and will be accompanied by his son, Dane Khan, on dholak (a double-headed drum). A translator will interpret the lyrics. This free concert is open to the public. Chai and Indian snacks will be served.
Join the Harmony Hawks for their Annual Spring Show: Spectrum of Harmony, at the Concert Hall at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Friday April 26th at 7:30 p.m. This year’s show includes special guest. Vocal Spectrum, 2006 BHS International Quartet Champions. The Cedar Rapids based Harmony Hawks Barbershop Chorus will present a varied program ranging from Gospel to patriotic, rock to show tunes, and everything in between. Our Guest quartet Vocal Spectrum will amaze you with their vocal range, tight harmony and musicality. Also appearing: Prairie Middle School’s A Few Good Men. The Harmony Hawks Chorus includes a mix of 60 mens voices of all ages. Their concert program will include pop adaptations including Down on the Corner, Pretty Woman as well as spiritual selections such as Beautiful Savior and You Raise Me Up. The Harmony Hawks will include music from several other genres including Everybody Loves Somebody and Honey/Little Eyes Medley. Reserved seating is $20 for adults, $5 ages 18 and under. Tickets can be ordered online at ShowTix4U.com or by calling 1.866.967.8167.
InterDance presents Iowa Dance 2013: Dancing Our Visions this Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. An evening of dance performances brings Iowa dancers and choreographers together to celebrate this beautiful, exciting, and athletic art form. For the 7th consecutive year InterDance, in collaboration with numerous Iowa artists, will participate in National Dance Week and International Dance Day celebrations that take place all over the world. Groups from Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Davenport, Des Moines, and Iowa City will present a program that mixes concert forms and experimental works including classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip hop, Irish, Indian, belly dance, Bollywood, and social dance. Join them in celebrating dance in Iowa! Admission is $8/adults, $3/children 12 and under.
The Cedar Rapids Science Center is partnering with the EpiCenter Maker Group to host the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Science Center at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Faire visitors can expect to see 3-D printers, CNC technology, robotics; quad copters with cameras; toy and electronic musical instrument hacking; a superconductor demo; liquid nitrogen smashing of fruits; persistence of vision demo’s; a Vandegraph, and much more! Displays will focus on creative applications of technology, the arts and sciences. Event is free and open to the public.