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Tipton’s Historic Hardacre Theater to Close Following Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hardacre Film Festival   
Friday, 02 August 2013 13:25

TIPTON, Iowa—It was announced this week that Tipton’s historic Hardacre Theater, which has been in continuous use as an opera house and movie theater since 1914, will close under its current management. This is effective after the 2013 Hardacre Film Festival’s conclusion Saturday night, Aug. 3. The film festival is Iowa’s longest-running film festival, celebrating its 16th year.

An announcement about the theater’s closing will occur during the festival shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The festival will award the theater’s owner, Stuart Clark, in recognition of 16 years of supporting the festival and more than 20 years of keeping the theater running.

However, the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association is pursuing nonprofit status to purchase the theater and renovate it. Learn more at

What:    Hardacre Film Festival

Who:    Members of the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association and visiting filmmakers will be available for interviews.

When:    Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3. Stuart Clark will be presented with an award Saturday, Aug. 3, shortly after 3 p.m.

Where:    Hardacre Theater, 112 East 5th Street, Tipton, IA 52772

Governor Quinn Statement on General Assembly Lawsuit to Restore Their Own Pay Before Enacting Pension Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:57

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement regarding today’s filing of a lawsuit to restore pay for legislators. On July 10, 2013, following two years of legislative inertia on pension reform – the most critical job for the state – the Governor issued a line-item veto of House Bill 214 to suspend pay for legislators until they pass comprehensive pension reform. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Governor has the power to line-item veto any appropriation. The Governor is also not accepting his own salary.

Below is his statement:

"Today's lawsuit filed by two members of the Illinois General Assembly is just plain wrong.

“If legislators had put forth the same effort to draw up a pension reform agreement that they did in crafting this lawsuit, pension reform could have been done by now.

"Instead of focusing on resolving the state's pension crisis – which is costing taxpayers millions of dollars a day – legislators have chosen to focus on their own paychecks and waste taxpayer time and money on this lawsuit.

"My action to suspend the appropriation for legislative pay is clearly within the express provisions of the Illinois Constitution.

“Legislators should not be rewarded for an endless cycle of promises, excuses, delay and inertia on the pension problem.

"I've spent a lot of time with working people across Illinois who understand the importance of this issue. They work hard for their paychecks and they do what's hard to support their families.

"They don't get paid if they don’t do their jobs. And neither should members of the General Assembly.

“I will defend the interest of Illinois taxpayers in the courts. Nobody should be paid until the pension reform job gets done for taxpayers.”


Theatre Cedar Rapids was born in the roaring 20's so we are celebrating with a speakeasy party! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:49


$60 per ticket ($50 for TCR Members) - OR, become a "Host" and get 10 tickets (plus more benefits!) for $500.

  • Program includes 80th season preview performances, surprise guests and special announcements.

  • Entertainment includes prohibition era music before & after the program.

  • Food and moonshine provided (with a cash bar available)

  • Cocktail attire (If you prefer, dress for the era or add a hat for fun!)

  • To get your ticket and password, contact the TCR Box Office or go to

  • Ticket and password required for entry.

  • Make sure you are not being followed by anyone as to tip off the whereabouts of the soiree.



Pick at least three shows...

TCR's magical 80th season is available online for three show (minimum) Starter Packs, or full subscriptions with mix/match and ala carte options.  Click the link, and purchase the shows you want for the performances you want.  Don't forget, the 80th Season will end with the international hit... Les Misérables!


A new DIVAPALOOZA show you won't want to miss. Imagine Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Bette Midler all together on one stage, and you've got DIVAPALOOZA. Janelle Lauer, Jane Pini , and Lynne Rothrock will entertain with a band of the finest musicians. Something for everyone - rhythm & blues, jazz, musical theatre, rock & roll, folk, and country.


The Music Man In Concert w/ Orchestra Iowa
at The Paramount September 25-29, 2013

LAST CHANCE TO GET PRIORITY SEATING - Single Tickets go on sale August 9th, but TCR Subscribers can take advantage now by ordering three or more productions.  Contact TCR Box Office or order online today!

Join us for Meredith Willson's "The Music Man: In Concert" collaborating Theatre Cedar Rapids and Orchestra Iowa in an evening of incredible singing with classics such as: "76 Trombones" "Shipoopi" "Goodnight My Someone" and other favorites from one of the greatest and most beloved musicals of all time.


FINAL TCR Camps Begin August 5th

It's not too late to register!

3rd-5th Grade Theatre

Master the essential techniques of theatre - onstage and behind the scenes.  Through improvisation, acting and scene work, as well as learning some basis of the technical elements of theatre, each session will develop an original play or series of scenes to present at the showcase.  Come develop the confidence needed to make a splash at your next audition or performance - confidence you will carry through the school year and your lifetime.  $195 (TCR member rate $156)

  • Session 7: August 5-August 16, 9:00am-12:00pm OR

  • Session 8: August 5-August 16, 1:00pm-4:00pm

3rd-5th Grade Musical Theatre

Are musicals your thing?  If you can't get enough of singing show tunes, this camp is for you.  You'll hone your singing, dancing, and acting skills while working on pieces from famous musicals.  $195 (TCR member rate $156)

  • Session 11: August 5-August 16, 1:00-4:00pm


City Circle’s RENT Opens Friday, August 2 at the CCPA! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:02

RENT opens Friday, August 2 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Presented by City Circle Acting Company of Coralville, RENT will be performed August 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm and August 4 at 2 pm.

Cast members from City Circle’s 2009 sold-out teen production of RENT reunite to reprise their roles in this highly acclaimed Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.

Ten Iowans to be Honored at the 2013 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carly Grenfell   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:51

News from Blue Ribbon Foundation

DES MOINES, IA (07/29/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to announce the recipients of the Iowan of the Day award for the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Each winner will receive a special day of perks at the Iowa State Fair. Along with a one night's stay at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott, they will each receive a cash prize, grandstand tickets and use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart. There will also be a recognition ceremony on their day at 2:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation began the Iowan of the Day award in 1997 to honor those Iowans who have truly made a difference in their communities. This year, the judges reviewed hundreds of nominations and selected those that demonstrate integrity, Iowa pride, hard work and dedication.

"We are pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals as Iowans of the Day," said John Putney, Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation. "Their volunteerism, dedication and service to their community and the state of Iowa make each one deserving of this honor."

The 2013 Iowan of the Day recipients are:

Cole Mace of Estherville

Steve Leinen of Panama

Sharon Juon of Waterloo

Dean Kluss of Clarion

Keith Sash of Gladbrook

Shirley Stout Frederiksen of Chariton

Beth Titman of Boone

Paul Venner of Breda

Jack Finneseth of Jefferson

Ellen Lemke of Bedford

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $95 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


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