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The top five arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa this week

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UPDATED: 21 February 2014 | 3:23 pm   ::  

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:

 

Learn about hot wax painting on Saturday, February 1, at the Indian Creek Nature Center’s Encaustic Art Workshop. Artist Michelle Fischer will teach encaustic painting techniques (also known as hot wax painting) using beeswax and colored pigments to create amazing original two-dimensional works. Workshop is limited to 12 participants, aged 18 and over. Fee includes all supplies needed for two finished pieces to take home. Workshop is from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Preregistration required; cost is $25. Register on line or call 319-362-0664.

 

What if your job was outsourced—to Mars? Join Club Hancher for an investigation of the nature of work and its connection to the meaning of life. Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra has been a band since 2005, and includes Ethan Lipton (vocals), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs, (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax). Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra will perform the Obie-Award winning No Place to Go, a theatrical song cycle written by Ethan about a man who loses his job. No Place to Go is a 14-song cabaret play that tells the story of Ethan’s day job, workplace culture, shifts in the United States economy, relationships, and the company soccer team. Performances are at The Mill in Iowa City on Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 & $20 available at the Hancher Box Office: 1.800.HANCHER.

 

All are invited to a Milonga (Tango Dance Party) on Saturday, February 1, from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. Come join in on the fun at the Iowa City/ Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn Street in Iowa City, as we participate in an evening of leisure and dance! A Milonga is a festive time to concentrate on dancing, socializing, and enjoying food and refreshment with fellow dancers and friends. Admission is $5.

 

Fairfield, Iowa based writer and performer Andrew Edlin will perform his play Churchill at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 2, at 2:00 p.m. Edlin stars as the charismatic statesman, orator, and wit Sir Winston Churchill in a powerful performance seguing from iconic speeches to private revelations, from witty stories to brilliant commentary. Set in 1955, the 80 year old statesman retreats to his World War II bunker and reviews his extraordinary life as he tries to decide whether to finally retire as Prime Minister of Great Britain. Tickets are $20, $15 for youth under 18 and are available online at CoralvilleArts.org, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 1301 5th Street.

 

Wickiup Hill/Linn County Conservation invite you to learn about one of Iowa's conservation success stories during Prairiewoods: The Return of Iowa's Bald Eagles on Monday, February 3, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., at 120 East Boyson Rd in Hiawatha. Award-winning photographer Ty Smedes presents a program on the return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles. In 1977, Iowa recorded its first bald eagle nest in 72 years and, amazingly, just a little more than 3 decades later, 253 young were reared across 88 counties. This program chronicles the conservation success story. The 2nd edition of Ty’s book, The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free. This is a joint program with Cedar Rapids Audubon Society and Prairiewoods Spirituality Center.

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