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 an unforgettable evening on the Amana Artisans Studio Tour throughout the Amana Colonies. Amana artisans will open their private workplaces and studios for the special event. Take a self guided driving tour that provides visitors an opportunity to see the artists at work, experience historic sites, and go shopping too! This event will be held Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Maps are available at each studio and gallery and also at the Amana Colonies Visitors Center. Watch for the Art Tour signs. Admission is free.
The Englert Theatre presents Mobb Deep’s Special 20th Anniversary Tour this Friday, September 13, with supporting acts: Prodigy x Alchemist & AWTHNTKTS. Mobb Deep is an American hip-hop duo from Queens, New York that consists of members Havoc and Prodigy. They arose to great acclaim in the mid-’90s amidst a scene that included contemporaries like Nas and the Wu-Tang Clan. This current tour celebrates their 20th Anniversary. The duo is one of the most critically lauded hardcore East Coast hip-hop groups and is best known for its dark, hardcore delivery. Mobb Deep have become one of the most successful rap duos in hip-hop having sold over three million records worldwide. Concert starts at 9:00 p.m. General admission is $22/advance $25/day of show.
Downton Abbey fans will enjoy Brucemore’s Hired Help Tour this Thursday, September 12, at 6:00 p.m. Join a costumed interpreter for a tour exploring the lives of Brucemore’s domestic servants in the early twentieth century. Consider what it was like to live and work on one of Iowa’s grandest estates while discovering the servants’ living quarters and the Servants’ Village, an area only open to the public during this tour. Documents, photographs, and other materials from Brucemore’s collections enrich visitors’ understanding of the relationships between the employers and “the hired help.” Additional Hired Help Tours are scheduled for October 3 and November 14 at 6:00 p.m. The Hired Help Tour is part of Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup. Every Thursday night, Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup or the May schedule, visit www.brucemore.org or call (319) 362-7375.
Enjoy a showing of this 1975 British comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, along with costume contest this Friday, September 13, at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Monty Python and the Holy Grail features King Arthur, his squire, Patsy, and the Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, and Sir Galahad the Pure. They embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles. Winners of the Costume Contest will receive two free tickets to opening night of City Circle’s presentation of Spamalot. Categories include: Best Male, Best Female, Best Couple, Best Group, and Spamalot cast’s choice (Spamalot cast members will vote on their favorite). The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8.
KCCK and Share Wine Lounge are injecting some gospel, as well as some great soul food, into the inaugural Iowa Soul Festival, coming up September 13-15 in downtown Iowa City. On Sunday morning, September 15, attendees can groove to some gospel sounds and enjoy a gourmet take on classic soul food at KCCK’s Gospel Brunch at Share Wine Lounge, next to the Iowa City Sheraton. Viola Boyd, a soul and gospel entertainer from Chicago, will perform, along with Iowa City favorite Gloria Hardimen. Also appearing will be Doug Jackson, well-known performer from The Follies and Liars Theatre. Jackson also hosts a gospel and soul music show every Saturday on KCCK. A special soul food menu has been developed by the chefs of Share, including Sandy Greens Corn Casserole, Roast Beet Salad, Chicken and Sweet Potato Rosemary Waffle, Chicory Brine Pork Loin with Black Eyed Peas, Portabella Fritters, Bread Pudding and Red Velvet Torte. Two shows: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are $30. Call 319-354-4640 for reservations. The Gospel Brunch is a part of the Iowa Soul Festival presented by Summer of the Arts and Diversity Focus. Free entertainment Sept. 13-15 includes Buddy Guy, Mint Condition, plus many local soul, blues and gospel entertainers. More information and schedule are available at www.summerofthearts.org.