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30TH ANNUAL JAZZ IN JULY KICKS OFF JULY 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Metro Arts Alliance   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:33

THE FIRST TWO WEEKS

July 3: The Turner Center Jazz Orchestra at Des Moines Symphony's Yankee Doodle Pops, 6:30 p.m., State Capitol terrace

July 4: Big Band Sound at Lions Park, 5 p.m., 4103 72nd St., Urbandale

July 5: The Java Jews at Jester Park, 6:30 p.m., 11407 Jester Park Drive, Granger

July 6: Workshop and Paige Harpin Band in the East Village, 6 p.m., at East Fifth and Walnut streets

July 7: Gruve at the Roosevelt High School lawn, 6:30 p.m., 4419 Center St

July 8: The Betsy Hickok Quartet at Union Park, 2 p.m., 725 Thompson Ave

July 9: Witness Matlou at Drake's Turner Jazz Center, 6 p.m., 2505 Carpenter Ave

July 10: The Belin (String) Quartet at Terrace Hill, 6:30 p.m., 2300 Grand Ave

July 11: Jim Oatts quintet at Raccoon River Park, 6:30 p.m., 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines

July 12: The Scott Smith Trio at Wesley Acres, 6:30 p.m., 3520 Grand Ave

July 13: The John Morgan Orchestra at the Des Moines Art Center, 6:30 p.m., 4700 Grand Ave

July 14: Ed East World Round and Orquestra Alto Maiz at Clive Festival, 5:30 p.m., 1801 N.W. 114th St., Clive

 

For the full schedule, click here.

 
PUTNAM MUSEUM AMONG FIRST NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CINEMA PARTNERS IN THE WORLD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:14

[DAVENPORT – June 29, 2012]— The Putnam Museum has announced its brand partnership with National Geographic as the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater was unveiled on Friday. The branding partnership provides exclusive marketing of the Giant Screen Theater to all National Geographic magazine and on-line subscribers in a 75-mile radius. The Putnam will also be connected to all classrooms in the region that utilize National Geographic Kids magazine. Additionally, the Putnam will gain special access to one of the world’s largest Giant-Screen film libraries that includes award-winning films in 2D and 3D digital formats.

“The Putnam is proud to partner with a world-renown organization such as National Geographic. The relationship makes tremendous sense as the Putnam actively brings science, history and cultures to life for people of all ages in the Quad Cities region . . . and National Geographic does the same on a global scale,” said Putnam President/CEO, Kim Findlay. “Reaching out through National Geographic to their subscribers who we already know have strong interest in the topics the Putnam features, provides a great probability of bringing more people to the Putnam who will likely dine, shop and visit other Quad City venues.”

As a National Geographic Cinema partner, the Putnam will be among the first to show National Geographic films produced for Giant Screens. National Geographic has pledged to produce two new titles annually,

“We are excited to have the Putnam Museum onboard as a partner,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “In addition to bringing our engaging films to Davenport, its commitment to screen our films will allow us to create even more content for audiences here and around the world.”

The Putnam Museum is currently showing “Flying Monsters 3D,” an award-winning National Geographic film playing on the Giant Screen through Labor Day. Flying Monsters 3D stars Sir David Attenborough, the world’s leading naturalist who sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs. Coming to the Giant Screen this fall is a documentary called “Meerkats 3D.” This animal documentary takes audiences on a journey with a family of meerkats as they cope with the twists and turns of life in the Kalahari Desert. Upcoming National Geographic documentaries that the Putnam Museum plans to bring to the Giant Screen Theater are “Wildest Weather: The Conquest of Everest”; James Cameron’s “DEEPSEA CHALLENGE,” “Invisible Worlds” and “Robots 3D.”

Other outstanding films available from the National Geographic library include “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “Forces of Nature” and traditional feature-length documentaries including “U2 3D,” “The Wildest Dream,” “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.”

The Putnam Museum’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater is located in the Putnam’s Grand Lobby. Tickets for documentaries are $8.50/adults; $7.50/seniors/student/military; and $6.50/youth ages 3-12. Tickets for 2D feature movies are $11/adults; $10/senior/student/military; $8/Youth (ages 3-12). Tickets for 3D feature movies are $12.50/adults; $11/ senior/student/military; $9/Youth (ages 3-12). Movie times vary, for more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.putnam.org or stop in the Museum.

About the Putnam Museum  

The Putnam Museum is a 501(c)(3) educational corporation, providing the greater Quad Cities region with quality-of-life experiences since 1867. The Museum is the primary repository for the area's unique treasures -- over 170,000 artifacts and specimens that tell the stories of the region, the people who live here and their connections to the world. The Giant Screen Theater is equipped with 264 stadium-style seats; a screen six stories high and seven stories wide; a eight-speaker, 10,000 watt digital sound system; THX® Certified sound by QSC Audio Products, LLC; and a new 4k Dolby digital projection system. The Theater is Giant Screen Certified by the Giant Screen Association. Visit the Putnam Museum at www.putnam.org for more information.

About National Geographic Cinema Ventures 

National Geographic Cinema Ventures is responsible for production and distribution of giant-screen, 3D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV has produced or released a number of successful films, including Academy Award-nominated documentary “Restrepo”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.” Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV, and Mark Katz is president of NGCV distribution. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/movies.

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Up With Families Dance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Plett   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 12:16

Fun for the Whole Family and a Great Cause!

DAVENPORT, IA....Up With Families will host a fundraiser/dance on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Expo Building, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.  The tropical-themed dance features the popular country-rock-pop band, "Pulse-Ox."  Tickets, available at the door only, are $5 for adults and $2 for kids 3-12. Doors open at 5 PM with music from 6 to 10 PM.  In addition to music, the dance will feature food, tropical-themed children's games, a silent auction, raffle and more!  For more information, visit www.upwithfamiliesdavenport.com or call Deb Meyne at 319-481-0200.

About Up With Families

Up With Families is a local volunteer, non-profit organization that supports families with children with special needs through a weekend retreat.  It is designed to help them connect with peers and community resources.

 
RiffTrax Live Back in U.S. Cinemas with “‘Manos’ The Hands Of Fate” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Lopez   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 12:02
NCM® Fathom Events and RiffTrax Present Hilarious Cult Classic with
All-New Live Comedic Commentary from the Stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” Broadcast to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide August 16
RAVE Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807 7:00 PM
Centennial, Colo. – June 21, 2012 – NCM® Fathom Events and RiffTrax present “RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate” in theaters for only one night on Thursday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT. Featuring the same comedians from the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K), Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will reunite on the big screen to fire off their wisecracking commentary on the 1966 American horror feature “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate.” The event will be broadcast LIVE from Nashville to participating movie theaters across the country. Attendees will be treated not only to “Manos’” infamous abysmal acting, outdated effects and seemingly endless cat fights featuring ‘The Master’s’ many girdle-clad wives, but also a selection of free digital goodies.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
"Revisiting ‘Manos’ again after 19 years will be like running into a dear old friend—a friend who drinks all your beer and hits you up for money,” said Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000.’ “Still, we're thrilled to be able to bring this timeless classic to the big screen. (Don't tell anyone but I seriously love this film.)"
Previous successful Fathom and RiffTrax events have included “RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer” in August 2011, a hilarious riff of the cheesy 1962 fantasy epic featuring giant rubber monsters and a leprechaun in a jar; “RiffTrax Live: House on Haunted Hill” in October 2010, which took on the Vincent Price horror classic just in time for Halloween; “RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness” in August 2010, parodying the legendary cult classic; “RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 From Outer Space” in August 2009, skewering what is widely considered to be the ‘worst film ever made’; and “RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” in December 2009, featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic.
“Fathom’s live in-theater events with the RiffTrax gang have been tremendously popular with theater audiences,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “With ‘Manos,’ Mike, Kevin and Bill are sure to deliver yet another side-splitting evening of fun, packed with their signature brand of wisecracks.”
Infamous for its significant technical deficiencies and continuity flaws, “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate,” written, directed, produced by and starring Harold P. Warren, is widely believed to be one of the worst films ever made. The plot revolves around a vacationing family who lose their way on a road trip in Texas, and find themselves trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. In 1993 “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate,” launching the film’s cult status.
**Editor Note: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will be available for select telephone, radio and television press interviews. Artwork, bios and other promotional materials can be found at www.rifftrax.com/epk.
About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 181 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,000 screens (approximately 17,800 digital). During 2011, over 670 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 700 locations in 167 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 42 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.
About RiffTrax
Featuring former members of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” RiffTrax is composed of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Nelson has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, written a regular column for TV Guide and authored many best-selling books. Perhaps best known as the man behind the plucky red robot Tom Servo on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Murphy is also author of the bestselling book “A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey,” and has provided film commentary for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” In addition to being a screenwriter and an internationally-produced playwright, Corbett was the voice of the robot Crow (version 2.0) on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” as well as many other strange characters including the clueless alien The Observer (a.k.a. “Brain Guy”). To find out more about RiffTrax, visit www.rifftrax.com.
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Riverfront Pops presents ABBA: The Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 25 June 2012 10:01

For the Quad City Bank and Trust Riverfront Pops this September, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will bring one of the greatest pop music phenomenons in history back to life with ABBA: The Concert. Every year, thousands of people visit the Mississippi riverfront from all around the region for an afternoon of fun and music at Riverfront Pops.

ABBA: The Concert has been performed in more than 20 countries around the world and has done more than 1,000 shows. During these tours the show has always included members of the original ABBA rhythm section. ABBA: The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world while dazzling all who see them with their fantastic performance of such iconic hits as “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” ABBA is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time with over 370 million records sold. Their music has returned to prominence recently with the hit musical and subsequent film, "Mamma Mia!"

The gates open at 3:00 p.m. for seating on the field and in the stands, with the concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Shuttles will run from Central High School South Lot (11th and Harrison Streets), Palmer College (8th and Harrison Streets), and the Scott County Courthouse from 3:00 p.m. until concert time. Returning this year is a giant kids fun zone courtesy of Jumpin' Joey's Bounce Houses. And for the parents, Quad Cities Social Dancing will be giving free dance lessons from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Learn the Cha-Cha and the Hustle before the concert, and then you can dance the night away on our giant outdoor dance floor.

The Augustana Alumni Relations Office is participating in this tribute to the most popular Swedish band of all time by planning a weekend celebration of their own Swedish heritage. This weekend will include films, sight-seeing tours, and a pre-concert meet and greet with the original members of the ABBA band. To find out the latest information regarding this weekend exploration of everything Swedish, contact Kelly Noack, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 309.794.7474.

Riverfront Pops is proud to be an anchor event to the 2012 East West Riverfest, running from September 7 to 16. East West Riverfest is a celebration of the arts, culture, and heritage of the Quad Cities. Over 200 events and activities will be taking place all around the Quad Cities during the ten-day festival. Over 50 organizations have signed up to participate in this exciting new festival. For more information, visit www.eastwestriverfest.com.

All tickets are $20. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets go on sale this Friday and can be purchased in advance at the QCSO office, all area Quad City Bank and Trust locations, and through Ticketmaster. Groups of 20 or more can contact the box office directly at 563.322.QCSO for special rates and offers.

The Riverfront Pops is sponsored by Quad City Bank and Trust.

 
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