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International Children's Theatre visits CCPA

One of Canada’s most renowned theatres for young audiences will thrill children of all ages this month at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is an award-winning children’s theatre that tours internationally each year. On Thursday, February 18th, they will be performing childhood favorites Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny at 6:30 PM at the CCPA. An early afternoon performance booked especially for area school children has already sold out.

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation brings a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

Tickets for the 6:30 performance on February 18th are still available. Tickets are $12 for children, $14 for students, and $16 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the Coralville Center Box Office at or by calling 319.248.9370.

Founded in 1972, Mermaid Theatre’s unique adaptations of children’s literature have delighted more than five million young people in sixteen countries on four continents. Based in Windsor, a small rural town in Nova Scotia’s Avon Region, the company performs for more than 300,000 spectators annually, and currently ranks among North America’s most active touring organizations. Closer to home, Mermaid offers instruction at all levels through its Institute of Puppetry Arts, welcomes artists-in-residence through its Theatre Loft, provides a unique outreach program for adolescents through the Youtheatre, and offers a vibrant performing arts series at MIPAC (the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre).

UI goat watch: Still on the lam

Six days after he bolted from the University of Iowa's Research Park, the Richard Kimble of barnyard animals — William the Goat, as he's been nicknamed — remains at large, with law enforcement reporting a couple of near apprehensions.

One veterinary science expert, meanwhile, said Thursday that goats can survive for long periods of time in the wild, possibly even years, meaning the escapee could be well-equipped to fend for himself.

Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford said while his officers are not actively searching for the research goat, they have been responding to reported sightings. Bedford said the goat — named William by his department on the "Wanted" poster it's circulated on social media — has evaded capture at least twice this week.


Lohaus returns, Iowa City West scores 102 points | The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — There was a point when Tanner Lohaus feared his prep basketball career was over.

He was sitting in a hospital, waiting to be checked on by a doctor after injuring his right foot and ankle during a mid-December game against Cedar Rapids Washington. The Iowa City West senior forward and University of Northern Iowa signee came down on it awkwardly, felt some tearing and a whole lot of pain.

“I thought the bone might be sticking out,” Lohaus said.


Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs agree to one-year deal worth $10.7 million, report says

CHICAGO -- Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a one-year, $10.7 million contract, a source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers, confirming a report by The Associated Press.

The deal avoids arbitration and gives Arrieta the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.

Arrieta, who turns 30 in March, had a breakout season last year, helping the Cubs to the National League wild card. He won the NL Cy Young Award after going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA, easily cruising past most of his previous career highs.


Iowa State forward Jameel McKay suspended indefinitely

STILLWATER, Okla. — Iowa State starting forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely, according to Matt Shoultz of the school’s athletic media relations department.

The 6-foot-9 center did not accompany the team to its game at Oklahoma State, where the Cyclones hope to end a two-game losing streak in Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

McKay not accompanying the team to Stillwater was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

When asked directly by the Register if McKay’s suspension dealt with anything of a legal nature, Shoultz texted: "Not legal related."



Fading Illini still dangerous for high-flying Hawkeyes | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — Anyone older than 30 who regularly follows college basketball has to squint twice, lean back and exhale to comprehend the current predicament facing Illinois men’s basketball.

The proud Fighting Illini program is 11-12 overall and hovers near the Big Ten’s bottom at 3-7. Illinois needed three overtimes on Wednesday to extend Rutgers’ Big Ten losing streak to 24 games with a 110-101 win. The Illini also required overtime to beat winless Big Ten foe Minnesota.

This is a shell of a program when compared to its past. Barring an epic run at next month’s Big Ten Tournament, Illinois will miss the NCAA tournament for the third straight season. The Illini haven’t done that since before the tournament’s expansion in late 1970s. Only Indiana (38) has more NCAA appearances than the Illini’s 30 among Big Ten schools.


Hawkeye grapplers clinch share of Big Ten dual title : Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling

IOWA CITY — The second-ranked Iowa wrestling team dominated No. 20 Indiana on the Hawkeyes' senior night Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten dual championship for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

Wrestling in his final Big Ten home dual meet, Hawkeye senior Brody Grothus of Davenport Assumption recorded a pin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time in his career, leading Tommy Cash 2-1 in the final minute of the first period at 141 pounds before flipping him for the fall in 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

"I am glad I finally got that one,'' Grothus said. "It was worth the wait, and we'll have a lot of chances ahead of us to get more.''


Bernie Sanders is going on Saturday Night Live with Larry David – Metro

Bernie Sanders has the Millennial voter base excited. Now, he will get a chance to prove himself to them where it counts: in the arsenal of late-night comedy.

The Democratic presidential candidate will appear in an interview with Larry David, on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," the New York Times reported on Friday. David has impersonated Sanders in the show:


Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Crosses $900M, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Tops Friday - Forbes

The top movie of Friday and thus Super Bowl weekend is Kung Fu Panda 3. The DreamWorks Animation toon earned $5.2 million on its second Friday, dropping 49% from last Friday, to bring its cume to $53.25m. Expect a $22m second weekend (-47%) for a new $70m ten-day total. For comparison, that’s just a bit more than the $66.75m that Kung Fu Panda 2 earned on its six-day opening back in 2011, and less than the adjusted-for-inflation $72m Fri-Sun debut of Kung Fu Panda (in 2D) back in 2008. This late January release date was always a risk, but we’ll see if it pays off next weekend. If it plays like Monsters vs. Aliens from here-on-out, it gets to $133m domestic. The better news, if it can hold off competition and screen loss on the Chinese New Year, is that it topped $100m in China yesterday with a $101m total after nine days of play.


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