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Two more Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts announced

The Iowa State Fair unveiled Friday morning two more shows that plan to take over the Grandstand stage in 2017: Award-winning country group Little Big Town and the nostalgia-filled “I Love The ‘90s” tour.

Hailing from Nashville, Little Big Town is set to invade the Grandstand on Aug. 18. Tickets to the show cost $52, $42 or $32 and go on sale Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. via etix.com or by phone at 800-514-3849.

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34th Annual Historic Preservation awards ceremony to be held January 19

Each year, Iowa City’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Friends of Historic Preservation host the Historic Preservation Recognition Program to acknowledge property owners, consultants, contractors, craftspersons, and community organizations for their efforts and completion of historically appropriate projects. This year’s event, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, marks the program’s 34th year. It will be held in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served beforehand, beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event and there is no admission charge.

Residential, commercial, and institutional properties will be recognized in several award categories: Paint and Exterior Finishes; Rehabilitation; and Additions and New Construction.

The event is sponsored by Iowa City Window and Door, MidWestOne Bank and New Pioneer Co-op. For more information, contact Iowa City Historic Preservation Planner Jessica Bristow at 319-356-5243 or jessica-bristow@iowa-city.org.


Doane College Choir to perform in Iowa City

Iowa City, Iowa – On Thursday, January 12 at 7:00PM the Doane College Choir (Crete, Nebraska) will give a concert of choral music at the UCC Congregational Church of Christ, 30 N Clinton Street, Iowa City.  The event is free and open to the public.
 
The Doane Choir has toured all over the United States and Europe, presenting concerts in Albuquerque, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, San Antonio, Phoenix, Pasadena, San Diego, and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The choir also tours internationally, and has sung in Austria, Brazil, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

Learn about food with Green Iowa AmeriCorps at ICPL

Green Iowa AmeriCorps will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21, for a special program for children in kindergarten through third grades.

“Where Does your Food Come From?” will explore local, regional and exotic foods, with samples for kids to try. Representatives from Green Iowa AmeriCorps will talk about where food comes from and the steps it takes before it arrives on kids’ dinner plates. Participants will make a craft and receive seeds to take home to nurture throughout the winter months, then plant in the spring.

Registration is required for this program. To register, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or register on the Library’s online calendar at calendar.icpl.org. Simply click on the date of the event and fill out the online form.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.


Iowa City Community Theatre presents "As You Like It"

The Iowa City Community Theatre will be bringing the production of "As You Like It" to the stage this January. This romantic comedy brings the idea of a complicated relationship to life, while throwing in several twists and turns along the way.  

Here is a synopsis: Rosalind lives at court under the jealous eye of her uncle, who overthrew and banished her father, the rightful duke. When Duke Frederick decides to banish his niece as well, Rosalind disguises herself as a man, and is followed into exile by her devoted cousin Celia and their jester Touchstone. These courtly castaways succeed in finding a new life in the Forest of Arden, but their peaceful existence is soon thrown into disarray by havoc of the heart. Between lovelorn shepherds, over-eager shepherdesses, and a dashing fellow exile who can’t see through her masculine disguise, it will take a miracle to get everyone their happily-ever-afters.

The cast features Valerie Davine Bills (Phebe/ 2nd Lord of the Court), Chuck Dufano (Adam/ Hymen), JoJo Johnson (Touchstone), Kristi Johnson (Amiens), Justin Lane (Charles the Wrestler/Jaques de Boys), Ace McCusker (Duke Frederick/Corin), Erin Mills (Celia), Kristina Rutkowski (Lord Frederick/Sir Oliver Martext), Josh Sazon (Jaques), John Shang (Orlando de Boys), Genevieve Trainor (Duke Senior/ William), James Trainor (Oliver de Boys), Alex Tucker (Silvius/ Dennis), Anna Marie Ward (Audrey/ 1st Lord of the Court) and, Hannah Adamson as Rosalind.

Performance dates are January 20th--29th, 2017. Tickets are available online at http://www.iowacitycommunitytheatre.com. Please see the attached press release for additional details, and feel free to let me know if you would like further information.

This January Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre brings two tales of love and revenge to the Paramount Theatre, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. -- Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre brings the popular pairing of Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni & Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo to the Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00pm.  Student tickets $10; adult tickets start at $19 at artsiowa.com or 319-366-8203.

The shows are directed by guest stage director Candace Evans, with conductor Daniel Kleinknecht and Orchestra Iowa musicians. Both stories, set in rustic Italy tell stories of passionate love, betrayal, and ultimate revenge.  

The Cavalleria rusticana cast features native Iowan mezzo-sopranos Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza), Janara Kellerman (Mamma Lucia) and Teresa Buchholz (Lola). Suzanne Vinnik sings the role of Nedda in Pagliacci, and former Cleveland Browns defensive end, now world renowned tenor Ta’u Pupu’a will sing both the Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu) and Pagliacci (Canio) lead roles.

Curtain talks by director Candace Evans will be held one hour before each performance.

Learn more at cr-opera.org.

RELATED EVENTS

Winter Concert at Temple Judah
On Monday, January 2, 2017, 7:00PM at Temple Judah, 3221 Lindsay Ln SE, Cedar Rapids enjoy a free

concert with singers from Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s productions of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci , and University of Iowa Professor Dr. Réne Lecuona, piano.  No reservations required; this event is open to the public.

Sitzprobe Social
Hear the performers of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci sing with the orchestra for the first time in this traditional unstaged rehearsal on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00PM at the Paramount Theatre.  Prior to the rehearsal enjoy conversation and refreshments with opera friends in the Opus Café at 119 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.  Tickets are $25 through the Opera Office, jlschulte@cr-opera.org or 319-365-7401.


Coralville Rec Center: Kid's Night In

Friday, December 9, 2016

Theme: Magical Creatures Grade: K-6 Deadline: 72 hours prior to each class date

When kids need a well-deserved break from their parents, they come to Kids' Night In at Van Allen! Our events give parents some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or just enjoy a quite evening at home. Meanwhile, children get some quality "kid time" in a safe, fun, familiar place with great staff and plenty of pizza. We will have an evening filled with fun activities relating to the theme. Some nights we will be featuring a movie that will be rated either G or PG. All families living in Coralville and all students who attend James Van Allen pay the resident rate.

Theme: Magical Creatures
Grade: K-6
Location: James Van Allen School
Deadline: 24 hours prior to each program date

Date: December 9, 2016
 
Time Details: 6:00-10:00 PM
 
Location: View Facility
Van Allen Elementary School
 
Address:  170 Abigail Avenue
North Liberty, IA52317
 
Contact: 319.248.1750
Email: Recreation
 
Cost: $22 res., $27.50 non-res. All students who attend James Van Allen pay the resident rate.
 
ADA:  Yes

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Iowa City Community Theatre brings 'George Washington Slept Here' to the stage this holiday season

Iowa City, Iowa – Envision the American dream this holiday season as the Iowa City Community Theatre presents GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, directed by Rachael Lindhart, December 2 – 11, 2016.

This comedic play brings the idea of the American dream to life, while throwing in several twists and turns along the way.

TICKETS: $17 adults, $14 students & seniors, $9 children.

Tickets are available online at www.iowacitycommunitytheatre.com or at the door, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa City. Call 319-338-0443 for special seating needs.

THE STORY: Newton Fuller fulfills a lifetime ambition: to own his very own colonial farmhouse—a home in the country. He drags his wife, Annabelle, and their daughter, Madge, out to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to set up homesteading in a wreck of a house—broken windows, falling plaster, and a cow in the kitchen. But, Newton has faith—after all, George Washington slept there, so it’s even a part of history.

The cast features Karle J. Meyer (Hester), Chuck Dufano (Mr. Prescott), Eric Teeter (Leggett Fraser), Serena Collins (Sue Barrington), Caleb Borden (Tommy Hughes), Rip Russell (Uncle Stanley), Grant Blades (Raymond), Amy Schaefer (Rena Leslie and Miss Wilcox), Brad Quinn (Clayton Evans), Kristin Schneider (Mrs. Douglas), Evelyn Stanske (Kathie the Cook), Michael Hamlett (Steve Eldrige), Alexis Russell (Madge Fuller), Kathy Maxey (Annabell Fuller), David Priebe (Mr. Kimber) and Duane Larson as Newton Fuller.


Citizens Police Academy Accepting Applications

Citizens Police AcademyApplications are now being accepted for the annual Johnson County Citizens Police Academy. Get to know your local law enforcement agencies and gain insight into how the departments operate, the services they provide to the community, and the techniques and tools they utilize to do their job.

Sessions will be held every Monday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 pm beginning January 30, 2017, and ending with a graduation ceremony on May 1, 2017. Classes will be held at the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center at 4529 Melrose Avenue in Iowa City.

More information and applications are available at www.coralville.org/citizenspoliceacademy or at the Coralville Police Department, Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, North Liberty Police Department, and University of Iowa Police Department. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2017 to be considered.

For additional information, contact Officer Adam Jennings at ajennings@coralville.org or call 319.248.1800.

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