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Hardacre Film Festival Announces 2013 Award-Winning Films PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hardacre Film Festival   
Monday, 29 July 2013 13:53

TIPTON, Iowa – The jury of the 2013 Hardacre Film Festival has announced its award-winning films in six categories. The festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, at the Hardacre Theater, 112 E. 5th St. in Tipton.

“We’re really excited to share such entertaining and innovative films with our audience,” said Will Valet, festival director. “Some of these films premiered at the top film festivals in the world and are having their Iowa or Midwest premieres at Hardacre.”

The 2013 award-winning films are:

Best Narrative Feature

WINNER—“Scrapper” tells the story of Hollis, whose drive in life is to collect scrap metal to pay for the care of his aging mother. That life is turned upside down when he meets Swan, a teenage runaway. Producer and co-writer Ed Dougherty will present the film at Hardacre Friday night, Aug. 2.

RUNNER-UP—”The Little Tin Man,” a comedy-drama, features Iowa native Aaron Beelner as a little person looking to score a big role in a remake of "The Wizard of Oz." Beelner will present the film at Hardacre Saturday night, Aug. 3.

Best Documentary

WINNER—“William and the Windmill” profiles young Malawian William Kamkwamba, who builds a power-generating windmill from scrap parts, rescuing his family from famine and poverty and setting him on a life path he didn’t expect.

RUNNER-UP—“The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne” tells how a poor African American woman from segregated 1930s America became one of the world’s most notorious and successful jewel thieves. This documentary presents the unapologetic 81-year-old Doris Payne as her life of crime catches up to her.

Best Short Film

WINNER—In “Gun,” directed by University of Iowa alum Spencer Gillis, a terrifying break-in prompts Roy to buy a handgun to protect his family, but the power he feels carrying the weapon leads down a path that may have tragic consequences. Producer Nicole Cosgrove will present the film at Hardacre Saturday night, Aug. 3.

RUNNER-UP—In “Paper People,” the lives of a suicidal U.S. Marine, a single mother, and her precocious daughter collide with incendiary results.

Best Student Film

WINNER—In “Escaping the Island,” a young man struggles with society’s obsession with technology.

RUNNER-UP—In “Christian Dating 101,” two young people revel in the social boundaries of Christian dating.

Best Animated Film

WINNER—In “Double Occupancy (Zweibettzimmer),” two old men share a hospital room in which the window is the only connection to the outside world, and thus, it becomes a highly demanded resource. This is a dark parable about the greed of man;an animated, psychologically intimate play about the power of imagination and illusion.

RUNNER-UP—“Animation Hotline” is a series of daily animations that use messages left on the Dusty Studio voicemail for content. The project was first seeded by giving out the phone number to a few poets and friends, but it eventually caught on with bloggers and as the phone number proliferated through the internet, the messages increased.

Best Iowa Film

WINNER —In “Bring Me a Dream,” young Lynn disobeys her parents by not going to bed on time and Mr. Sandman decides that it’s time to pay Lynn a little visit. Director Mikeal Burgin and star Kaylynn Burgin will present the film at Hardacre Friday night, Aug. 2.

Hardacre will also give an Audience Award, to be voted on by the audience and announced at the conclusion of the festival Saturday, Aug. 3.

Hardacre 2013 will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3. Admission to any of Hardacre’s programs, Friday Night, Saturday Day or Saturday Night, is $8 each. An all-festival pass can be purchased for $20. Films on Friday begin at 6 p.m. On Saturday, screenings will run all day from 9 a.m. through 11 p.m.

For a full schedule or more information about the Hardacre Film Festival, go to

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Skip-a-Long Child Development Services Moline Kids’ Choir to Sing at Southpark Mall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Strader   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:37

Skip-a-Long Child Development Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible care to all children, formed a children’s choir at the Moline campus at the request of the children attending the center.

The children have had a talent show performance, have appeared on Paula Sands Live during the Christmas season, and now will perform a short concert at Southpark Mall in Moline.

WHAT: Moline Skip-a-Long Kids’ Choir performance

WHERE: Southpark Mall, food court area

WHEN: Thursday, August 1st at 10:00am

We invite you to join us in celebrating one of the many successful programs at our center, a program created for our children and by our children. They work hard on a weekly basis with our choir director, Linda Backmann, and enjoy being able to have this enhancing experience here at our high-quality, comprehensive early childhood development organization. We provide a safe, healthy, educational environment where learning is fun!

Great Seats Available for Iowa State Fair Grandstand Shows PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:36

DES MOINES, IA (07/26/2013)(readMedia)-- "Happiness Is" a rocking concert in the Iowa State Fair Grandstand. Music-loving Fair fans still have time to purchase tickets for this year's line-up of award-winning Grandstand concert and track events. "Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair set August 8-18.

Seats are still available for performances by hit Christian artist Casting Crowns, country stars Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson, pop-rockers Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted and Victoria Justice, and Saturday Night Live comedians Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon. Don't forget to get your yearly dose of all the roaring track action with the Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull, Deery Brothers Summer Series, Demolition Derby and Figure Eight.

Tickets for all Grandstand events are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, by phone at 800/745-3000 and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. All concert events are reserved. All track events are general admission. Convenience charges apply to all tickets.

The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office, located on the front porch of the Administration Building, is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). During the Fair, the Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

Complete line-up follows:

2013 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

presented by U.S. Cellular

Thursday, August 8 Casting Crowns with special guest Jeremy Camp, 8 p.m., $30

Friday, August 9 Happy Together Tour 2013 starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys, 8 p.m., $25

Saturday, August 10 Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon from SNL, 8 p.m., $38

Sunday, August 11 Dierks Bentley with special guest Justin Moore, 8 p.m., $39

Monday, August 12 Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Dirt Trucks, 5:30 p.m. Hot Laps, 6 p.m. Races, $17 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Tuesday, August 13 Victoria Justice with special guest Pentatonix, 8 p.m., $29

Wednesday, August 14 Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull sponsored by Iowa Farmer Today, 2 p.m., $20 Adults, $10 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Thursday, August 15 Toby Keith Hammer Down Tour presented by Ford F-Series with special guest Kip Moore, 8 p.m., $49

Friday, August 16 Train with special guest Matt Nathanson, 8 p.m., $39

Saturday, August 17 Demolition Derby: Modified Weld, Stock Weld and Compact Weld; Figure Eight: Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive, 11:30 a.m., $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Saturday, August 17 Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted, 8 p.m., $35

Sunday, August 18 Alan Jackson and Gary Allan, 8 p.m., $39

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. Save money on advance admission tickets now through August 7 (while supplies last). The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Brucemore’s Cabaret in the Courtyard Presents Sidney Wingfield and Chase Garrett PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 22 July 2013 07:57

Brucemore’s sophisticated and saucy nightclub event, Cabaret in the Courtyard, will showcase nationally-recognized talent from Eastern Iowa during two back-to-back weekends, August 8 – 10 and 15 – 17 at 7:30 p.m. Since 2003, the lovely ambience of the historic courtyard has been magically transformed into a cabaret club with tables, chairs, twinkling lights, and stars on the stage and in the sky.

The first weekend, August 8 - 10, features Sidney Wingfield, Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School alumnus and current resident of Sarasota, Florida. After attending the University of North Dakota on a basketball scholarship, Sid began a musical career that would eventually lead to a 2001 induction into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. An introduction and opportunity to tour Europe with Luther Allison brought him in contact with other musical legends—Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, and B.B. King, to name a few. Beyond performing at Brucemore’s Cabaret in the Courtyard in 2004, Sid has performed on European cruises, as well as at the Chicago Blues Festival, Mardi Gras, Milwaukee Summerfest, and more. While notorious for playing locally at the former Piano Lounge, Sid is world-renowned for his boogie-woogie piano solos and mood-inducing organ playing. Sid guarantees the party of the year by fulfilling spontaneous requests in all genres, leading sing-alongs of dueling piano favorites, and an evening of high-energy entertaining.

The second weekend, August 15 - 17, features Chase Garrett, Iowa City native and current resident of New York City. Chase began playing piano at age nine and by seventeen was performing professionally across the United States. In his travels, he has shared the stage with some of today’s most influential blues, boogie woogie, and jazz pianists including Axel Zwingenberger, Michael Kaeshammer, and James Goodwin. He is as much of a performer as he is a preservationist, teacher, and producer. He has brought world-class pianists to the Englert Theatre in Iowa City for his annual “Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp” and has taught at blues and swing festivals across the country. Voted the “Star of Tomorrow” in Brucemore’s 2009 Cabaret in the Courtyard competition and “Best Local Act” by the Daily Iowan in 2011, audiences will hear a mixture of original and chart songs ranging in musical style from Chicago blues and boogie woogie to Kansas City Swing and New York Jazz.

Advance tickets are $20 per person and $18 per Brucemore member. All tickets are $25 at the gate (if available). Space is limited; 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, but no food is allowed. Cabaret in the Courtyard is sponsored by Bankers Trust, Novak Design Group, and Corridor Business Journal.

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


"Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013" Comes to Nearly 500 Select U.S. Cinemas August 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:28
NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts LLC invite you to experience the ultimate guitar concert featuring the best performances from this year’s legendary guitar festival when “Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013” arrives in nearly 500 select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30pm (local time).
Pre-recorded over two nights at Madison Square Garden in April, cinema audiences will be treated to backstage access and some of the best performances from the sold-out festival, featuring the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes.
“Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013” will be presented at the following cinemas in your area on August 13:
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53rd St Davenport IA 52807
Click here for a full list of participating theaters (subject to change).

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