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Dreaming of a Career in the Movies? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:37
Hollywood Director Offers Tips for Hopeful Writers, Actors, Cameramen

From the box-office smash “The Avengers” to the summer hit “Madagascar 3” reigniting the 3-D craze, movie lovers are more enthralled than ever with film magic, and many fantasize about becoming a part of it. Their annual Westward migration from every film and acting and writing school in the country is as active as ever as they seek their chance to wield the Hollywood wand.

In such a competitive and crowded circus tent, how can a person ensure they catch that elusive trapeze?

Here are five tips from film director Guy Magar, picked up over 30 years making movies and TV shows and teaching through Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminars, the educational course he founded. Magar is also the author of the new Hollywood memoir and love story, Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot, about his years in Hollywood which is a must-read for all who love movies (

• Find out if you really love it. “The movie business demands passion and dedication; the work is difficult and exhausting, the journey fraught with disappointments and financial stress,” he says. “So you better find out if this is truly something you want and you’re ready to sacrifice whatever it takes.” The best place to do that is at a film school or a university filmmaking program. “This is where I fell in love with the cinema and forged my commitment to the craft,” he says.

• Find out if you’re any good at it. When you discover that less than 5 percent of the 125,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild ever make a livable wage in any one year, the reality check about how competitive this business is can be quite intimidating, Magar says. So it’s not enough to love it – you have to have an aptitude for the craft if you want a chance at bat. “You better be one of the very best directors or writers or cameramen or actors wherever you’re studying and developing your work, so you can gain the self-confidence to throw your talent in a very crowded ring,” he says.

• Get your showreel ready! No one is going to hire you unless they can see what you can do. For a director, you better have an award-winning “wow” short. If you’re a writer, have some dazzling, unique screenplays. Actors need a great reel with diverse scenes showing range from comedy to drama. Cameraman? You need a reel that sizzles with cinematic visuals. Don’t come to Los Angeles without a reel. It shows who you are, what you can do — and why you’re worth paying to do it.

• Networking! Networking! Networking! “The movie business is first and foremost a people business,” Magar says. “Regardless of your talent, you better be good at schmoozing and an extrovert at heart.” It’s all about who you know, who can introduce you to whom, who likes you, who is willing to help you move forward, he says. If you’re a great networker, you have a better chance at a career than if you’re talented with no social skills. Introverts do not apply!

• Enjoy your journey or the dream will be a nightmare. Don’t put off having a life until you “get there,” he says. The big secret is to enjoy the journey and to have a life in the industry, regardless of the amount of work and accolades that may or may not come your way. You must commit to making a fulfilling life for yourself if you’re to find happiness in Tinseltown. Family, friends and a soulmate are as important and fulfilling as career gains. “They will sustain you in much deeper emotional ways than winning a spot on a softer toilet paper commercial,” he says.

Magar says his career in Hollywood was an exciting, gratifying one. “Between the words ‘action’ and ‘cut’, I get to make my magic … my visual storytelling,” he says. “I fell in love with making movies and have continued loving it for more than 100 production credits in my career.”

“If you share that passion to make film, have a terrific sense of humor to balance the obstacles, and can manage the five tips above, then welcome to Hollywood. Break a leg!”

About Guy Magar

Film and TV director/writer/producer Guy Magar has worked for more than 30 years in the motion picture industry. He recently published his Hollywood memoir, “Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot: A Filmmaker’s Journey into the Lights of Hollywood and True Love.” His TV credits include “La Femme Nikita,” “The A-Team,” “Dark Avenger” and “Blue Thunder.” His feature films include “Lookin’ Italian,” “Stepfather 3,” “Children of the Corn: Revelation,” and the cult thriller “Retribution,” to be rereleased on DVD for its 25th anniversary this summer 2012. Magar has taught and inspired thousands of students through his Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar, and his Action/Cut Short Film Competition is designed to discover and encourage new talent annually. He is a popular public speaker who inspires young filmmakers.

2012 Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Cohan   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:35
The 2012 Blackhawk Chamber Music Festival presents three unique performances, including a benefit for the festival entitled FLUTE FIESTA on July 21 with flutist Jeffrey Cohan, BEETHOVEN TO MODERN BIX on August 4 with soprano Anne Harley, harpsichordist Gregory Hand, violist Christine Rutledge, lutenist and viola da gambist Oleg Timofeyev and flutist Jeffrey Cohan.

All concerts will take place at 7:30 PM at Trinity Cathedral at 121 West 12th Street in Davenport.

On Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM, flutist and artistic director Jeffrey Cohan will present FLUTE FIESTA, a flute extravaganza featuring 13 flutes from the renaissance, the time of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and the present day which Jeffrey Cohan performed all over China last month. The program will include a Chinese piece modeled after a well known ancient Chinese melody and an American work with no notes but plenty of music. Proceeds from this unique program showcasing six centuries of flute music will benefit the remaining concerts.

On Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM in BEETHOVEN to MODERN, flutist Jeffrey Cohan and guitarist Oleg Timofeyev will perform works from Beethoven's time, the golden age of the guitar-flute duo, on an 8-keyed flute and guitar made in the early 19th century, and the jazz-inspired works of modern times on modern instruments.

On Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM in BACH for BIX, soprano Ann Harley, flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violist Christine Rutledge, harpsichordist Gregory Hand and guitarist and viola da gambist Oleg Timofeyev will perform an innovative program of transcriptions for new instrumental combinations including the exquisite cantata entitled Ich habe genug by the incomparable Johann Sebastian Bach, who like Bix Beiderbeck was an improvisational master.

The suggested donation (a free will offering) will be $10 or $15, and those 18 and under are free. For further information the public may call Trinity Cathedral at (563) 323-9989 and see Tickets are available at the door and through

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Canadian soprano ANNE HARLEY is a specialist in both baroque and contemporary music and has premiered works by many composers. She performs in North America, Europe and Asia as a recitalist and has appeared as a soloist with Opera Boston, The American Repertory Theatre, The Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the North Carolina Symphony and at the Tanglewood Festival. She débuted in Europe at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as the lead in Handel’s Acis and Galatea and created leading roles in the modern-day première of Royer’s Le pouvoir de l’Amour in conjunction with the Centre de
Musique Baroque de Versailles. The Boston Globe acclaimed her performance as “vocally and dramatically outstanding.” The Village Voice described her performance with the Finnish Tero Saarinen Dance Company and the Boston Camerata as transmitting a “heart-wrenching purity.”

In 2009-10, she performed the lead role of Margaret Mead in the world and US premières of Evan Ziporyn’s A House in Bali with Bang-On-A-Can in Bali, Boston and New York (BAM). Her latest project, VoicesOfThePearl, commissions artists and composers to create song cycles and multimedia pieces to texts by and about female mystical experience from traditions around the world.

She obtained the doctorate in Historical Performance at Boston University, and is codirector of Russian early music ensemble,TALISMAN, which won the Noah Greenberg Award in 2001 and released its first CD on Dorian to acclaim in Gramophone and EMA. They have since released several more recordings of early Russian and Russian Roma (Gypsy) music with major labels. Her solo performances are available on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Dorian, Canteloupe, Musica Omnia and BMOP/sound. Please see

Artistic director JEFFREY COHAN can “play many superstar flutists one might name under the table” according to the New York Times, and is “The Flute Master” according to the Boston Globe. He has received international acclaim both as a modern flutist, and as one of the foremost early flute specialists. The only person to win both the Erwin Bodky Award (Boston), and the top prize in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua (Brugge, Belgium), he won First Prize in the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Competition, and has performed in 26 countries, having earned the highest rating from the National Endowment for the Arts. Many works have been written for and premiered by him, including five new flute concerti by American and Slovene composers in the new millennium.

Born in Davenport, Jeffrey Cohan graduated from Rock Island High School and performed solo concerti with the Tri-City Youth Symphony under the direction of James Dixon, with the Clinton Symphony under William Henigbaum, and with the Rock Island High School Band under Donald Kruzan. He was Artist-in-Residence at Augustana College from 1983 to 1988, during which time he also taught flute at Indiana University in Bloomington and gave many performances in Ascension Chapel and yearly Candlelight Christmas Concerts. He has also taught at the University of Northern Iowa and at Grinnell College. His mentor while in the Quad Cities was and continues to be flutist Walter Haedrich of Moline. Jeffrey performs each year in Europe, most recently in Germany, Ukraine and Slovenia, and he performed and gave masterclasses throught China last month (June, 2012). He lives with his wife and three children in Washington State’s Skagit Valley, where he also directs the Cascade Early Music Festival and the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival in Washington, DC.

OLEG TIMOFEYEV plays the renaissance, 10-course, and baroque lutes, 19th-century guitar, viola da gamba and recorder, and is one of the world's foremost authorities on the Russian seven-string guitar. He was an Artist in Residence for the School of Music at the University of Iowa, where has been Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Russian since 1999. He also has taught at Grinnell College and Cornell College. Mr. Timofeyev has a Ph. D. in Performance Practice from Duke University and has received many fellowships, grants and awards, including two separate Fulbright grants for recent research into the Russian guitar in Moscow and for teaching early plucked instruments in Ukraine. His editions have been published by A-R Editions, and his articles have appeared in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in the Lute Society Quarterly among other periodicals. In Moscow he founded and directed the still active early music group Pratum Musicum for the Moscow Palace of Culture. He is guest lecturer/ performer with the annual Vanamuusika Päevad, an Estonian early music festival, and directs the annual International Russian Guitar Festival and the International Academy for Russian Music, Arts, and Culture, both in Iowa City, Iowa. He has made many solo recordings for Dorian Recordings.

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The Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival, founded in 2000, aspires to provide new perspective through chamber music by famous as well as little-known composers, illuminating many unusual aspects of musical performance from the Renaissance through the present, sometimes performing these early works on exact replicas of the instruments with which the composers were familiar and occasionally premiering new works. Festival repertoire ranges from classical favorites and new works written for the performers to unpublished musical gems from libraries around the world. The festival brings together artists from the region and other world-class musicians from around the country.

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Broadway Church seeks Keyboardist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Fialek   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:07

Broadway Church (710 23rd St, Rock Island) seeks a keyboardist for our contemporary Mosaic service at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays. 

Approximately 4-5 hours, including the worship service and rehearsals, will be required per week.

For more information, contact the church office (309)786-2631 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Guy Penrod coming to the Adler Theater! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Friday, 06 July 2012 10:18

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13

Reserved tickets ($18, $24 & $30) are on sale now!

Tickets are available at the Adler Theatre Box Office,, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at select Ticketmaster outlets.  The Adler Theatre is located at 136 East Third Street in downtown Davenport.

Penrod’s latest recording, Hymns, debuted at #1 on Nielsen Soundscan’s Southern Gospel retail chart and #5 on the Current Contemporary Christian chart following its release in March.  His 2010 Dove Award-nominated release, Breathe Deep, continues to be a benchmark for country recordings within the Christian marketplace, featuring successful mainstream country and southern gospel radio singles.

A 2011 Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Penrod made his Grand Ole Opry debut last year.  Prior to his solo career, Penrod spent 14 years with the GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band.

This concert is brought to you by Echo Ministries.

Des Moines to Host Thousands of Square Dancers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tiffany Tauscheck   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:34

Square Dancers Choose Greater Des Moines

DES MOINES, IOWA – The National Square Dance Convention has selected Greater Des Moines as their host city in June 2016. The group will bring approximately 6,000 square dancers to the city for four nights, for an estimated 8,000 room nights.

Representatives from the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (GDMCVB), Des Moines City Councilman Chris Coleman (Chair of the GDMCVB Board), Global Spectrum staff (Iowa Events Center) and local square dance enthusiasts all traveled to Spokane, WA to make the bid presentation to the site selection committee late last week. A video from Governor Branstad (a former square dancer) also helped lure the group to Greater Des Moines.

“A booking like this is a win for our entire region,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the GDMCVB. “This is an upbeat, passionate group that will be highly visible throughout the Metro during their stay here.”

Vicki Comegys, Vice President of Sales and Services at the GDMCVB, and Margie Marble, Director of Sales at the GDMCVB began taking reservations for the square dancers Saturday night. “By the time we shut down our booth, we had already received 397 reservations for 2016,” said Comegys. “This group couldn’t be happier about the site selection committee’s choice and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to Greater Des Moines.”

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.

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