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Iowa State Fair to Close with Talent Aplenty PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:41

DES MOINES, IA (08/06/2013)(readMedia)-- The 2013 Iowa State Fair is set to end on a high note on Extreme Sunday, August 18, with a boot tappin' Grandstand show and a full day of free entertainment. Fairgoers can receive discounted admission until 9 p.m. at $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-11. "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 8-18.


Country superstars Alan Jackson and Gary Allan will take the Grandstand stage at 8 p.m. Jackson's authentic lyrics and connection to traditional country roots helped him produce anthems like "Chattahoochie," "It's Five O'clock Somewhere" and "Small Town Southern Man." Allan's ten studio albums have produced hit song after hit song including "Nothing on but the Radio," "Watching Airplanes" and "Every Storm."

Tickets are $39, on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, by phone at 800/745-3000 and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair. Gate admission must be purchased separately.


In 2013, Sevendust's album Black Out the Sun went to number one on Billboard's Top Hard Music Albums chart in its first week of release. The band has toured with Iron Maiden, Slayer, Stone Sour, Korn and Disturbed. Rock out with Sevendust at 8 p.m. on the Fairview Stage.

Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 and knocked out an album's worth of rock music in three days. This first album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, was released in the U.S. in 2012 and was named one of the top 25 guitar albums of the year by Total Guitar Magazine. The group has opened for music legends Lenny Kravitz, The Cranberries and The Who. Catch Vintage Trouble at 8 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

The epitome of classic blues-rock slide guitar sounds, Foghat brings decades of experience to the stage. Their collection of 18 albums has received seven gold records, one platinum record and one double-platinum record. Favorite Foghat songs include "Slow Ride," "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Fool for the City." Foghat will perform at 8 p.m. on the newly-relocated Budweiser Stage. The Budweiser Stage will be moving west of the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center to accommodate its large crowds.

The Henningsens, featuring Brian, Aaron and Clara, began writing music as a family in 2007. The group penned three singles for The Band Perry's second album including the chart-topping hits "You Lie" and "All Your Life." Their debut album featuring the top-twenty single, "American Beautiful," was released in early July. Listen to The Henningsens at 8 p.m. on the Susan Knapp Amphitheater.

During the day, grab a seat at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage for Bill Riley's Talent Search Championship beginning at 1:30 p.m. Over 350 talented acts from across the state qualified to compete in this year's competition. Six Sprout Champions will be showcased in the Championship Show. In the Senior division, nine finalists will compete for the championship title.

In addition to all the musical talent, Fairgoers can also enjoy one final day of grounds attractions like acrobatic circus duo Mango and Dango, extreme breaking experts Team Rock and the Timberworks Lumberjack Show to name a few.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. 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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CCHS Alumni and UOI graduate returns to perform at his high school Performing Arts Center prior to chasing his dream as a musician! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa McNeely   
Friday, 02 August 2013 13:42

Central Community High School alum Elliott Beenk and his band, Chasing Shade, return to his alma mater Friday, Aug.16, to present a back-to-school concert at 7 p.m. at the Central Performing Arts Center at the high school in DeWitt.

This indie-beach-blues group based in Iowa City has shared the stage with some of the top acts in the country including Bon Jovi, Pepper, G. Love & Special Sauce, Rusted Root, Lissie and Mason Jennings.

The band is made up of University of Iowa graduates and a current student. Griffen Harris is the lead vocalist and plays drums and acoustic guitar; Beenk plays lead guitar and is backup vocalist; Trent Harrison plays trumpet; and Jonathan Birdsall, saxophone. The band also will have a bass player, to be named, for the DeWitt concert.

Chasing Shade is not a typical college rock band. Its members create a sound that digs deeper than the usual Iowa City rock group.

“I think we identify as indie folk rock,” Harris says. “We definitely have rock, we definitely have folk, but we also have a lot of blues influences, harmonies, and we dig jazz drumming.”

Chasing Shade recently completed a solar-powered tour across Iowa via bicycles during RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). The band was self-contained, transporting all of its instruments via bicycle trailers and generating sustainable power from active solar panels on their trailers. The tour included impromptu shows during the ride in addition to nightly shows at overnight stops. The goal of the tour was to promote the harmony of cycling, music and the environment.

Chasing Shade also is committed to giving back to the community and promoting sustainability. The band has contributed to and performed at fundraisers benefiting Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity and Engineers for a Sustainable World. In addition, Chasing Shade tries to be environmentally conscious with everything it does. The band recently led the “greening” of a music festival called Camp Euphoria.


The future of Chasing Shade is exciting. Soon the group plans to leave Iowa City, Beenk says. “We will move to Colorado or California or Europe or anywhere

. . . just somewhere we can grow and expand as musicians.”

“We’re going to chase the dream,” Harris adds.

Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.


Director Hosted Documentary Screening Aug 26th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Whitmarsh   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 15:10
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it m and Rozz Tox presents
One night only screening August 26th at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave Rock Island)
"Adjust Your Tracking:The Untold story of the VHS Collector"
with special guests, directors Dan Kinem & Levi Peretic.

"Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector" is a feature-length documentary all about the modern VHS comeback and the underground obsessives who still collect and cherish what many call a "dead format." This movie is designed for anyone who remembers going to the video store to rent a movie or having to rewind a tape before you could watch it. It features interviews with collectors, filmmakers, and video store owners from around the country including Lloyd Kaufman, Tony Timpone, Fred Vogel, Gary Cohen, Zack Carlson and many more."

Prior to the film starting we will be having a VHS swap so bring your tapes and lets do some trading. After the film screening there will be a Q&A with the directors. 

Admission to this event, like all our 365 horror events, but donations to the film makers are welcomed, and appreciated.
Dan & Levi, the directors of this documentary film will be in town and attending the screening. They have asked me to express there interest in providing online screeners for all press who may want to review the film. They are also willing to set up interviews.

Governor Quinn Proclaims Dennis Farina Day in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:52

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed July 29, 2013 to be Dennis Farina Day in Illinois in honor of his outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry and for his many years of public service.

WHEREAS, Illinois is a leader in supporting the arts, and acting has always been an important component of the artistic fabric of our state; and,

WHEREAS, one of the most successful actors to come from the Land of Lincoln was Dennis Farina, who was born in Chicago to a Sicilian-American family on February 29, 1944; and,

WHEREAS, Dennis Farina is unique in that he did not start acting until he was 37 years old, after serving in the military for 3 years and working for the Chicago Police Department for 18 years, where he spent most of his time in the burglary division; and,

WHEREAS, while still working in the burglary division, Dennis Farina’s big break came when he was hired by director Michael Mann for the movie “Thief” (1981). This movie received critical acclaim, and they would go on to work together many times in the future; and,

WHEREAS, after “Thief,” Dennis Farina started acting in Chicago theater before being cast by Mann in a lead role for the 1986 TV series “Crime Story”; and,

WHEREAS, Dennis Farina has acted in numerous other films including “Reindeer Games,” “Paparazzi,” “Midnight Run,” and “Manhunter”; and,

WHEREAS, more recently, Dennis Farina appeared in the feature films “The Grand,” “Bottle Shock,” and “What Happens in Vegas.” In addition, he also appeared on the NBC Series “Law and Order” and in the HBO mini-series, “Empire Falls,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series; and,

WHEREAS, on July 22, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dennis Farina passed away at the age of 69; and,

WHEREAS, Dennis Farina’s warmhearted nature, passion for acting, and great sense of humor were evident to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him; and,

WHEREAS, his personality was formed in Chicago and, despite his remarkable accomplishments, he always remained loyal to his hometown; and,

WHEREAS, Dennis Farina is survived by many loving friends and family members including three sons, several grandchildren, and his longtime partner, Marianne Cahill; and,

THEREFORE, I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim July 29, 2013 as DENNIS FARINA DAY in Illinois, in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the entertainment industry as an actor, and in remembrance of his years of public service to the Chicago Police Department and commitment to the Land of Lincoln.


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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