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Frederick the Great program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Monday, 23 July 2012 12:54

Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center will host Kai Swanson of Augustana College as he asks the question, “Which Frederick was Greater? King, General, Composer?” on Sunday, July 29th at 2pm. His talk will be followed by a performance by Janet Stodd on the flute performing a short selection of Frederick’s own compositions during the 300th anniversary of this notable historical figure. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children, and free for members.

GAHC is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. For more information please call 563-322-8844 or visit

Meet & Greet Candidates for Director of the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barbara Christensen   
Friday, 20 July 2012 14:57

The Board of Trustees of the Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce a public forum to meet the candidates for the position of Director of the Muscatine Art Center.  A reception will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 6 to 8PM in the Stanley Gallery of the Muscatine Art Center.

The candidates who will be present are Allison Sheridan, who currently serves as Collections Manager and Communication Coordinator at the University Museums at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and Michael Schonhoff who is the Assistant Curator, Exhibition Management and Community Outreach at H & R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for the Director's position and provide feedback to the Muscatine Art Center's Board of Trustees.

Parking is available on Mulberry Avenue and in the parking lot behind the Stanley Gallery.

"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


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