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Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:22



“Stories and Cuentos”, a puppet show presented in both English and Spanish by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, will offered for FREE on Thursday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Muscatine Art Center. The public is encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs as the performance will be held in the E. Bradford Burns Performing Arts Park (just west of the Musser House on Mulberry). In case of rain, the performance will be moved to Central Auditorium.

Developed and performed by Monica Leo and Mexican puppeteer Eli Portugal, co-founder of Mojiganga Arte Escenico, this performance includes two classic Mexican animal tales. “The Rabbit in the Moon”, a well-known myth, gives a whimsical explanation for the shadows we see in the moon, while delighting audiences with the age old battle of wits between rabbit and coyote. “The Musical Ant”, a less known tale, follows Hormiguita (little ant) as he learns to play the piano and brings peace to his ant colony through music. The production uses hand puppets, rod puppets, masked characters, and music.

Monica Leo has been creating and performing as founder and principal puppeteer of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre since 1975. Eulenspiegel has toured in 28 states and four other countries and is a former winner of the Iowa Arts Award. Eli Portugal of Jalapa, Mexico, studied music, theatre, and dance at the University of Veracruz in Mexico. In addition to her performance and design skills, she has extensive experience teaching workshops to children as well as to teachers.

Reservations are not required to attend the puppet performance.


Niabi Zoo Announces Earth Day Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:48
Coal Valley, IL – April 24, 2014 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be holding its annual Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 27. The event, which will be held from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Zoo, will feature a variety of activities and information to help both kids and adults alike learn how they can make every day Earth Day.

Niabi Zoo’s Earth Day Celebration will feature a variety of themed games for kids and adults alike, which will teach Zoo guests about conservation and making environmentally responsible choices while still being fun and engaging. “Major components of Niabi Zoo’s mission are conservation leadership and engaging educational experiences,” said zoo director Marc Heinzman. “Niabi Zoo’s Earth Day Celebration provides a fun and engaging experience for the community to learn how they can help protect this amazing world.” Several other organizations will be part of the Earth Day Celebration, including the Quad City Audubon Society and the Master Gardener/Naturalists.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Regular admission rates will apply.

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Loebsack Announces Start of Online Voting for 2014 Congressional Art Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:54

To vote, visit: 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that online voting to select the 2014 People’s Choice Award to represent Iowa’s Second Congressional District in the Congressional Art Contest has now begun. The piece that receives the most votes will be named this year’s winner and will be displayed in the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year. The winning student and guardian will also each receive a free flight to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception held in their honor. This year, Loebsack’s office received a record 167 entries from 13 different high schools in 10 counties.

For the first time, to open the process to as many students and Iowans as possible, the winner will be chosen by the public. Voting is now open and closes on Friday, May 2nd at 5:00pm CDT. The winner will be notified and announced the week of May 5th.

Click HERE to vote. Scroll through to view the entries and then chose from the dropdown list at the bottom to select who you think is the best.


Don Wooten speaks on Strauss at GAHC this Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:21

Please join us as we host WVIK's Don Wooten as he presents "Celebrating Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Composer and Conductor" on Sunday, April 27th at 2pm. Learn about this German composer who had much influence on 20th Century music from one of the area's most ardent supporter of the arts. Don't miss out!

100 Years - 100 Stories

An exhibit celebrating a century of excellence of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra opens Friday, April 25th!  This exhibit features stories, vignettes, images, and interactives all celebrating the history of this cornerstone of our community!

Event Info
Open Friday, April 25 till Sunday, July 20
Tuesday- Saturday 10-4
Sunday 12-4

Riverbank Art Fair and Wine Tasting April 26 and 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shannon Wallace   
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:41
Iowa City, IA (April 18, 2014) The UI Fine Arts Council welcomes spring with the annual Riverbank Art Fair and Wine Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge on the University of Iowa campus.
Ceramics, glassworks, paintings, jewelry, metal works, fiber, mixed media and photographs will be among the works featured by more than 75 professional artists from the Iowa City and Coralville communities, and across the Midwest.
The art fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The wine tasting—open to all patrons 21 years and older—will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Both events are free and open to the public.
Among the wineries appearing are Ardon Creek Winery and Fireside Winery, both vendors with Iowan roots. According to organizers, the fair will also boast live music and a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere.
“Spending a weekend afternoon at the show promises an aesthetically and culturally enriching weekend,” say members of the Council, noting that community members will have the unique opportunity to support local artists.
The Fine Arts Council is a self-supporting, student organization that places the utmost value on support and promotion of art within the Iowa City and Coralville communities, as well as throughout the state of Iowa. Strengthening the connection between local arts and the community through free, public events remains inherent to the organization that has been active since the 1970s.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact the UI Fine Arts Council in advance at 319-335-3393 or at




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