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"When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions" To Be Shown Every Sunday at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Friday, 20 July 2012 14:48

Lift off for Discovery!


Landmark Series Detailing 50 Years of NASA Every Sunday at the Figge

Davenport, IOWA (July 2012) Relive mankind's greatest adventure—the development of a rocket allowing them to leave the earth and explore space—through episodes of the Discovery Channel’s landmark special series “When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions” every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm between July 21 and October 7 at the Figge Art Museum. “When We Left Earth,” the dramatic story of NASA’s pioneering, awe-inspiring missions, commemorates the first 50 years of space exploration. This series is being offered in conjunction with NASA|Art: 50 Years of Exploration, on view at the Figge July 14 through October 7, 2012.

Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, “When We Left Earth” is the incredible story of humankind’s greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early quest of the Mercury program’s goal of putting a man in space to the historic moon landings, through the Soyuz link-up and the first un-tethered space walk by Bruce McCandless, this series documents how the space age came of age.

The vivid HD series features vintage rushes and all of the key onboards, as filmed by the astronauts themselves. The sequences are captured by cameras onboard the spaceships, enabling the series to tell the stories at a depth never seen before.

“The story of NASA is really America’s story. People coming together with grit, audaciousness and determination to go—quite literally—where no man had gone before,” said John Ford, President and General Manager, Discovery Channel. “‘When We Left Earth’ is a story of great human courage, innovation and groundbreaking science and technology. We are proud to have played a part in preserving NASA’s film archives so that future generations can celebrate this glorious past and dream and build an even brighter future.”

Each of the six episodes will air four times in the John Deere Auditorium at the Figge: episode 1, Ordinary Supermen will be shown July 21, July 22, September 1 and September 2; episode 2, Friends and Rivals will be shown July 28, July 29, September 8 and September 9; episode 3, Landing the Eagle will be shown August 4, August 5, September 15 and September 16; episode 4, The Explorers will be shown August 11, August 12, September 22 and September 23; episode 5, The Shuttle will be shown August 18, August 19, September 29 and September 30; and episode 6, Home in Space will be shown August 25, August 26, October 6 and October 7.

“When We Left Earth” is produced for Discovery Channel by Dangerous Films. Richard Dale is executive producer for Dangerous Films. Bill Howard is the executive producer for Discovery Channel.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications is the world’s number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.  Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including  Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information, please visit



Figge to Host "Papergirl Quad Cities" Exhibit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:14

Davenport, IOWA (July 2012) The Figge Art Museum will be hosting the one-day exhibit Papergirl Quad Cities, which will run from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 19th in the Figge’s Lobby. Papergirl Quad Cities will showcase works that will be distributed as part of the Papergirl Quad Cities project. Papergirl collects all kinds of artwork from anywhere to be bundled up and distributed for free by bicycle.


Papergirl Quad Cities is part of a global project that aims to open the art world into the urban streets of everyday life. What began in Berlin in 2006 as a response to other forms of street art—such as graffiti and stencils—is now an international movement that seeks to surprise people by upturning the predictability of day-to-day life. Papergirl also seeks to make people aware of how art is ever-present in daily living. In short, Papergirl is participatory, analogue, non-commercial and impulsive.


Papergirl Quad Cities has been organized by East Moline native Glorie Iaccarino.  Ms. Iaccarino will give the talk “Public Art Philanthropy” at 6:00pm on Thursday, July 19.  This talk will focus on the three core areas of the Papergirl project: Art, Philanthropy and Bikes.  During the talk Ms. Iaccarino will discuss the importance of Public Art and will provide examples of public art, places that benefit from public art, and the five types of public art.  This talk is offered in conjunction with “Thursdays at the Figge”. From 5pm-8pm guests will have the opportunity to create their own original works to donate to the project.


“As an artist and community-teaching artist, I believe anyone can learn how to create art and develop his or her creativity. I see a formula: Skill, perception, and product. It is in the perception that passion is born and the product is a gift in which we, as observers, engage. With Papergirl Quad Cities, we are offering opportunities in which to engage,” stated Ms. Iaccarino.


About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m.  Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website,



Brucemore Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Cabaret in the Courtyard: Susan Werner and Courtyard Jesters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:37

Brucemore will celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cabaret in the Courtyard, the sophisticated and saucy nightclub event at Brucemore, August 9 – 11 and 16 – 18 at 7:30 p.m. The ambience of the Brucemore Visitor Center courtyard will be transformed into a cabaret club with tables, chairs, twinkling lights, and stars on the stage and in the sky for two back-to-back weekends you don’t want to miss. Cabaret in the Courtyard is sponsored by Bankers Trust and Novak Design Group.

The first weekend, August 9 – 11, features local Eastern Iowa native and singer-songwriter Susan Werner.  Last seen in Cedar Rapids at the grand opening of CSPS in 2011, she will charm audiences with her effortless blend of folk, country, agnostic gospel, jazz, and pop. Visit for more information about Susan Werner or to sample her music.

The second weekend, August 16 – 18, brings four local comedians and well-known performers - Jason Alberty, Tim Boyle, Leslie Charipar, and Meg Merckens – to one stage to entertain audiences with stand-up comedy, improv, and humorous song. Courtyard Jesters follows the success of Brucemore’s original production, Tenors Tonight, in 2011. Richard Barker is the stage director and Gerard Estella, one of the stars from the 2006 series, will return as musical director.

Advance tickets are $20 per person and $18 per Brucemore member. All tickets are $25 at the gate (if available). Limited space available; please call (319) 362-7375 or visit to purchase tickets. Individuals reserving five or more advance tickets will have tables reserved under their name. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 7:00 p.m. On-site parking is available. Patrons are encouraged to bring their favorite beverages and glasses, but no food is allowed.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


Figge Art Museum partners with UI Department of Physics and Astronomy on NASA | ART exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 08:54

Davenport, IOWA (July 2012) The Figge Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition, NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration, features a companion display of spaceflight instruments and models designed and built at the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The department led investigations of the upper atmosphere and magnetosphere under the direction of James Van Allen, and UI scientists since have built instruments flown on more than 60 space missions. Faculty members Mary Hall Reno and Kathy Kurth, along with UI Libraries Special Collections and Archives, were eager to help coordinate the display. “These historic instruments aren’t normally available for people to walk in and view,” notes Kurth. “We’re grateful for the chance to make them accessible to the public.”

“We’re always trying to find ways to collaborate with other institutions,” says Rima Girnius, associate curator for the Figge. “And since the University of Iowa has always been at the forefront of space research, we couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”

Alongside 72 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by such artists as Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and Jamie Wyeth, visitors to the museum can view 11 spaceflight instruments associated with the missions referenced by the art.

The UI instruments include a spare Rockoon (a rocket-borne instrument launched by Van Allen in 1953); a spare of the UI instrument flown on the first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer 1; a spare of the UI-built Hawkeye satellite; and models of the currently operating Juno and Cassini spacecraft.

Exhibiting the spaceflight instruments alongside the artwork they made possible reinforces, says Girnius, “the connection between science and art.” The exhibition will also feature a music production by the Kronos Quartet based on sounds of space gathered by Don Gurnett, UI professor of physics and astronomy.

The exhibitions will run from July 14 to October 7. For more information and a schedule of accompanying events and activities, visit

About NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration 

In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2008, NASA collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the exhibition NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration. Drawn from the collections of NASA and the National Air and Space Museum, the exhibition features 72 works of art commissioned by the NASA Art Program. Established soon after the inception of the U.S. space program in 1958, NASA’s Art Program provides a unique way to communicate the accomplishments, setbacks, and sheer excitement of space exploration to the public. The selected works span the entire history of NASA and include paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other media by such artists as Annie Leibovitz, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, and Jamie Wyeth.

NASA | ART at the Figge Art Museum is generously sponsored by the ALCOA Foundation, John Deere, Genesis Health Systems and Cobham, plc.

NASA | ART was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in cooperation with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of “NASA | ART” public programs.

STORY SOURCE: Iowa Now, News from the University of Iowa; Figge Art Museum

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PHOTO: A spare Rockoon—a rocket-borne instrument carried into the upper atmosphere by a balloon before being launched to higher altitude—is one UI item on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Courtesy of the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Lights! Sirens! Action! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Monday, 16 July 2012 13:48

WHAT: Lights! Sirens! Action! Emergency Responders Exhibit
WHEN: Opens Saturday, July 21 – February!

WHERE: Putnam Museum
COST: Exhibit Hall Pricing: Adult: $7; Senior/Military/Student: $6; Youth: $5; Members: Free. Make it the perfect emergency combo by adding Rescue 3D for only $4.50!


DAVENPORT - Lights! Sirens! Action! is an exhibit that explores how emergency responders spring into action when someone calls 911! This is a family oriented, hands-on exhibit that features local emergency responders - fire fighters, law enforcement officers, EMT’s and dispatchers who help people in emergency situations.

See equipment used by local responders and discover how new technologies have changed the way responders do their jobs. Local emergency staff and vehicles will be on-site for you to explore at the Museum on Saturdays to have an up-close and personal experience!

Talk to the professionals and tour the emergency vehicles that will be at the Museum Saturdays through September!

Saturday, July 28: East Moline Police Department

Saturday, August 4: Quad City Airport Fire Department

Saturday, August 11: Red Cross Emergency Responders Vehicle and Medic Ambulance

Saturday, August 25: Rock Island Police Department

Saturday, September 1: Davenport Police Department

Saturday, September 8: Bettendorf Police

Saturday, September 15: Scott County Sheriff and Media Ambulance

Saturday, September 22: Davenport Fire Department

Saturday, September 29: Scott County Sheriff and Medic Ambulance



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