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:
Mount Vernon After Dark, a Historic Uptown residence tour/fundraiser for The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group will be Friday (11/8) from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy eight great parties in eight very different historic Uptown spaces, each with great food and really interesting artists and musicians. The tours will include food and wine and other beverages from several eateries including Big Creek Market, Chameleon’s, El Sol, Fuel, Lincoln Café and Wine Bar, Mount Vernon Confections, Perfect Blend, Pizza Palace, Skillet Café and Video Village. New this year will be a fire dancer performing outside on the street, as well as dozens of artists and musicians performing and exhibiting their work inside seven Uptown spaces. Cost of the tour is $20 per person. Tickets are limited. To purchase presale tickets, contact Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935 at the Mount Vernon Visitor Center, or Sonia Redmond at (319) 895-8835 at Mount Vernon Bank and Trust Co.
Come one, come small! The Chait Galleries Downtown in Iowa City invites you to join them for the opening reception of the sixth annual juried Small Works Show on Friday (11/8) from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will feature 56 local, regional and national artists with a great variety of mediums and imagery. Awards will be announced during the reception for Best-in-Show 2D and Best-in-Show 3D. Light refreshments will be served throughout. This is the show for art enthusiasts and novice collectors alike. It’s good to be small. All of these mini-masterpieces are available for purchase and will be on display through Jan. 6, 2014. This event is free and open to the public.
Hancher presents Wycliffe Gordon on Friday (11/8) in a club-like setting at The Mill in downtown Iowa City. Wycliffe Gordon is a hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz musician. His modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound has solidified Gordon as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $20 through the Hancher Box Office at 1.800.HANCHER.
See Civil War Re-enactors at the History Center on Saturday (11/9) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the Iowa 24th Volunteer Infantry Regiment will appear in uniform and speak to visitors at the Carl & Mary Koehler History Center in Cedar Rapids. See artifacts and hear stories about what life was like during the Civil War Era. Event is free and open to the public.
Don’t miss Neil Simon's "Jake's Women" now showing on Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Grandon Studio. America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife. Performances are: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 24. Tickets are $10 to $25 at the Theatre Cedar Rapids Box Office by calling (319) 366-8591.