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Local students make Lewis University Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathrynne Skonicki   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:46

ROMEOVILLE, IL (06/18/2013)(readMedia)-- Lewis University announces Dean's List honorees.These following students were among those honored on the Lewis University Dean's List for spring semester 2013.

Erie resident Kimberly Teats was studying Biology at Lewis University.

East Moline resident Jake Dopler was studying Finance at Lewis University.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.25 out of a possible 4.0.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

 
New Album, ‘Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864,’ Explores U.S. Legacy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 07:41
American Pioneer Music Says Campaign Songs Offer Unique Perspective on United States History

A new album of twelve 19th-century campaign songs, “Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864,” explores the popular media that helped influence political history in the United States before the 24-hour cable news cycle, Twitter and presidential debates broadcast on YouTube, says American Pioneer Music Director of Research Stuart Schimler.

“Political campaign songs were a central part to how citizens perceived candidates in presidential elections, and the songs of 1864 give us insight into the critiques of Abraham Lincoln before he became a legend,” says Schimler, whose company is the only record label to exclusively tackle this distinctly American folk and political history.

“Many of the themes expressed during 1864 are still relevant to today’s topics, including the gold standard, income taxes, war profiteering, civil liberties and continuing a war that began to lose favor with the public.”

To say the least, “Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864” is unusual – even for a concept album, says Schimler, who researched and selected the songs for the project.

Catchy campaign songs were an effective way of spreading messages. Promoters, politicians and supporters matched set their lyrics to popular Irish and Scottish melodies, minstrel songs and ballads.

In this compilation, American Pioneer Music offers a collection of interpretations of authentic songs from the political campaign of 1864, from both the Republican and Democratic parties. The powerful 19th century lyrics, with their accurate depiction of themes, language and sentiments of America at its critical juncture, are even more controversial in the 21st century.

Most 19th Century minstrels songs, such as “oh Susannah,” “My Old Kentucky Home” and “Camptown Races” have offensive lyrics removed during recording sessions. American Pioneer Music decided to release the album with its original language as to not change the meaning of the songs. To fully understand the political culture of the time, listeners must be aware of the original lyrics. “Modern audiences can gain valuable insight into a heated presidential campaign,” Schimler says. “This album is perfect for adults that want to experience American history.”

About American Pioneer Music

American Pioneer Music L.L.C. was founded in 2013 to produce songs from the American experience, with an emphasis on presidential campaign tunes. The company is a one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial effort for a largely forgotten genre in both U.S. history and folk music. Its first release “Abraham Lincoln and the 1864 Election” is currently available on iTunes.

 
‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ Comes Alive at Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tina Stretton   
Friday, 14 June 2013 14:00

Mount Carroll, IL-- Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) follows up its hit season opener, A Chorus Line, with the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie opening Thursday, June 20. Acclaimed Chicago director Chuck Smith returns to direct the show that stars longtime TLP favorites Robert Maher and Courtney Crouse in the story of an accomplished journalist who visits an old college professor and gets one final lesson on the meaning of life.

Mitch Albom’s book has sold over 15 million copies worldwide since its release in 1997 and became a cultural touchstone. A TV movie starring Jack Lemmon was filmed in 1999. The stage adaptation was praised as “Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more humorous, more shattering.”

To celebrate the life-affirming themes of the play, Timber Lake Playhouse is looking for people to share their own stories of their mentors. Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, but most people have heroes in their lives they never thank. TLP will give away two tickets to each performance of Tuesdays With Morrie to people who have served as mentors to others. To nominate your mentor, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, your mentor’s name and contact information and a short explanation of how this person inspired you. TLP will pick 11 mentors to receive free tickets to the production.

Tuesdays With Morrie runs June 20-29 for 11 performances only. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $15-23 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. Following Tuesdays With Morrie, TLP will present The Music Man July 5-14, Unnecessary Farce July 18-27, Monty Python’s Spamalot August 1-11. Seussical, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, will be presented for children and families July 9, 11, 12 and 13 and August 6, 8, 9 and 10. All tickets to Seussical are only $6.


Full Production Credits:

TIMBER   LAKE   PLAYHOUSE presents

Mitch Albom’s

Tuesdays With Morrie

by JEFFREY HATCHER AND MITCH ALBOM

BASED ON THE BOOK BY MITCH ALBOM

Directed by

CHUCK SMITH

Original New York production produced by

David S. Singer, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Joey Parnes,

Amy & Scott Nederlander, Harold Thau,

Moira Wilson, Shadowcatcher Entertainment

Originally presented by New York Stage and Film Company and the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College, 2002.

Tuesdays With Morrie was supported by a playwright’s residency and public staged readings at the 2001 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT.

Tuesdays With Morrie is presented through special arrangement with

Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

TLP Production Partner Sponsors:

Compliance Signs Kunes Country Auto Group

Suit Supply Chicago     Timber Lake Resort     Anonymous

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the

Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Chuck Smith (Director) has served twelve consecutive seasons at TLP. A twenty-one year Goodman Theatre artistic staff member and an associate producer of Legacy Productions, a Chicago-based touring company, he recently received the 2012 Goodman Theatre August Wilson Award and the 2011  Lloyd Richards Directing Award with his production of Knock Me a Kiss at the National Black Theater Festival (winner of 11 New York  Audelco awards, including Director of a Dramatic production and Dramatic Production of the Year). Smith’s Goodman credits include the Chicago premieres of By the way Meet Vera Stark, Race, The Good Negro, Proof and The Story; the world premieres of By the Music of the Spheres andThe Gift Horse; James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, which transferred to Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company where it won the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Direction; Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun; Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’; the 1993 to 1995 productions of A Christmas Carol; Crumbs From the Table of Joy; Vivisections from a Blown Mind; and The Meeting. He served as dramaturg for the world-premiere production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Goodman. At Columbia College Chicago he was facilitator of the Theodore Ward Prize playwriting contest for 20 years and editor of the contest anthologies Seven Black Plays and Best Black Plays. He won a Chicago Emmy Award as associate producer/theatrical director for the NBC teleplay Crime of Innocence, and was theatrical director for the Emmy Award-winning Fast Break to Glory and the Emmy Award-nominated The Martin Luther King Suite. Mr. Smith is a 2003 inductee into the Chicago State University Gwendolyn Brooks Center’s Literary Hall of Fame and a 2001 Chicago Tribune Chicagoan of the Year. He is the proud recipient of the 1982 Paul Robeson Award and the 1997 Award of Merit presented by the Black Theater Alliance of Chicago. He is currently a board member of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago.

PRODUCTION STAFF

Production Stage Manager …................................................................... Rena Waits

Stage Manager.............................................................. Mary-Catherine Mikalayunas

Scenic Designer........................................................................................... Loren Borja

Lighting Designer............................................................................ Tony Luetkenhaus

Costume Designer ….......................................................................... Kelcey Matheny

Costume Shop Manager ...................................................................... Emma Crafton

Technical Director............................................................................... Roger Chapman

Properties Master …............................................................................ Tasha Sandage

Sound Designer/ Engineer........................................................................ Patrick Bley

Master Electrician…………….................……........................…...…… James Kolditz

Assistant Technical Director …...........................................................… Carrie Peiffer

Scenic Artist ….............................................................................. Catie DelleMonache

Carpenter …................................................................................... Matthew Birchmeier

Costuming Assistant ……………….............................................……. Hollyann Lillie

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The Classics at Brucemore Presents Cyrano de Bergerac PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:16

A genius hero with a ridiculously long nose and a passion for poetry and love will have crowds roaring with laughter during Cyrano de Bergerac, July 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 at 8:00 p.m. The 18th annual production, directed by Richard Barker and starring Jason Alberty, will be one of the largest productions in the history of the Classics at Brucemore. The natural amphitheater near the estate’s pond will provide an encompassing backdrop as sword-wielding brawls erupt amidst the audience and romantic verses gush on stage. The gates will open at 7:00 p.m.; audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages to enjoy pre-show revelry.

Cyrano de Bergerac is an unabashed historical romance set in the 1640s featuring a swashbuckling hero. While first and foremost a passionate love story, the plot develops as a comedy with fast-paced action and a tragic ending. Despite his bravado, Cyrano suffers through unrequited love for Roxanne, whose eyes only see the dashing Christian. Many widely known adaptations have been made, including the film Roxanne, starring Steve Martin.

Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for Brucemore members and students. All tickets at the gate are $20.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.brucemore.org, by calling (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store located in the Visitor Center.

Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and media sponsored by The Gazette, KCRG-TV9, and Hoopla, Cyrano de Bergerac features a cast of the area’s finest actors. Ten return to the Classics stage, including Jason Alberty, Angela Meisterling Billman, Andrew Clancey, Brett Engmark, Steve Ginsberg, Larry Hansen, Scott Humeston, Matthew James, Jim Kropa, Bill Lammers, Rob Merritt, David Morton, Marty Norton, Len Struttmann, and Cherryl Thomason. Making their Classics debut are Jon Day, Taylor Foster, Paul Freese, K. Michael Moore, Angie Toomsen, and Steve Worthington. For additional information, please visit the Brucemore website, www.brucemore.org.

The Classics at Brucemore began as collaboration between Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996, thus launching outdoor theater in Eastern Iowa. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theater, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and twentieth century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, the Classics fully utilizes the site as the natural amphitheater provides a lush backdrop and the outdoor environment is incorporated into the action — actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience’s picnics.

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 www.brucemore.org.

 
NorthPark and SouthPark Malls Host Safety Fairs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Monday, 10 June 2013 14:57

Join us for our Safety Fairs at either NorthPark or SouthPark Malls

Who: Safety is a top priority for our guests and retailers, and we strive to maintain a safe, enjoyable shopping environment at all times. This safety fair brings a heightened awareness to child and family safety by incorporating life-saving and family friendly activities for everyone.
Per Mar Security, Farmer’s Insurance, the Chick-fil-A Cow and local Fire Departments will be on hand to talk about summer safety throughout both centers.

What: For more information on either Safety Fair, visit www.north-park-mall-ia.com/events or www.shopsouthparkmall-il.com/events, or follow us on Twitter @NorthParkMallIA or @SouthParkMallIL, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthParkMallIA or www.facebook.com/SouthParkMallIL.
For businesses that would like to participate or secure a booth, please contact Amanda at 563.391.6773 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Where:

NorthPark Mall – June 22, 2013 from 1p-4p
320 West Kimberly Road
Davenport, IA 52806

SouthPark Mall – June 29, 2013 from 1p-4p
4500 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

 
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