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Questionable architecture Exhibition opens saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 31 May 2013 13:04

Davenport, Iowa (May 30, 2013) – Questionable Architecture: Terry Rathje in Collaboration with Steve Banks and Monica Correia is the latest exhibition to open at the Figge Art Museum. The exhibition will be on view in the Figge’s fourth floor gallery starting this Saturday June 1 and will be on view through August 25.

This multi-structure sculptural installation is the inspiration of Quad Cities artist and assistant professor of graphic design at Western Illinois University, Terry Rathje, who conceived of this “Village in the Figge” with the collaboration of designer Monica Correia and artist Steve Banks.  The installation explores the interaction of function and form in multiple structures designed digitally or scratch built by hand. Inspired by stupas, pagodas, ziggurats and roadside shrines, these structures are a mix of sculpture and architecture whose fanciful and imaginative designs have a visual impact completely unrelated to their use.

The show will include movable structures made of repurposed materials as well as a unique structure designed by computer and assembled onsite that visitors will be invited to enter. “After several years of building separate structures such as these which reference vernacular architecture, it was natural to imagine what many of them together might look like as a portable village, one that might pick up and move to a new location if conditions warranted,” said Rathje.

The opening reception for this exhibition will be held at the museum beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday and is free with membership or paid admission.

About the Artists

Terry Rathje received his MFA in 3D Design from the University of Iowa, and has created site-specific sculptures in many venues throughout the region, in addition to exhibiting his constructions and assemblage pieces. Monica Correia is Associate Professor of Design at the University of Iowa. A native of Brazil, she has extensive experience as a designer in Brazil and in the U.S. Quad Cities artist Steve Banks, a graduate of Florida State University, creates multi-media works that combine sculptural and painted elements.


About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


Broadway Stars in Timber Lake’s ‘A CHORUS LINE’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tina Stretton   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:54

Mount Carroll, IL-- Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) opens its 52nd Season in rural Mount Carroll with the record-breaking classic musical, A Chorus Line on Thursday, June 6. Executive Director James Beaudry has brought in three Broadway performers from New York for this production and several of the best singer-actor-dancers from the past several summers to stage and star in the show for the first time ever at TLP.

Will Taylor, who played Bobby in the recent Broadway revival of A Chorus Line directs and recreates Michael Bennett’s brilliant staging for the musical that tells the stories of performers with big dreams as they fight for a spot ‘on the line.’ The musical was an instant sold-out hit in 1975 becoming the longest running Broadway musical in history. Liza Minnelli famously couldn’t get a ticket, so she sat in an aisle.

A Chorus Line still sells out almost 40 years later, because it celebrates the unlimited possibilities in all of us--teaching that even the lowliest members of any group have the right to stand up for their integrity and dreams. Marvin Hamlisch’s score includes “What I Did For Love,” “I Can Do That” and the classic “One (Singular Sensation).”

Pilar Millhollen, seen as Bebe in the first national tour of A Chorus Line and on Broadway in Chicago, stars as Cassie. In the role of Connie Wong, Geena Quintos comes directly to TLP from the most recent national tour. Quintos, who performed on Broadway in Miss Saigon, also serves as Assistant Director.

TLP favorites Tyler Sawyer Smith (Chicago, Sweet Charity, Sunset Boulevard), Erica Stephan (Footloose, Working, Guys & Dolls), Henry McGinniss (Footloose, Sweet Charity, Children of Eden), Tim Wessel (Guys & Dolls, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Joe Capstick (Guys & Dolls, Cabaret), Adam Fane (Grease, The Wedding Singer) and Hanah Nardone (Guys & Dolls, Footloose) all return to Mount Carroll to fill out the cast. New York based actor Kaolin Bass leads the cast as Zach.

“TLP has never attempted to produce A Chorus Line because the level of talent and stamina required for this show is unmatched in any other musical,” Beaudry said. “To do the show right, these performers must be athletes. As one dancer quipped, “It’s like playing Monday Night Football 8 times a week.”

“But after his successes with TLP’s Oklahoma! and Guys & Dolls, I knew Will Taylor had the expertise to do the show right. It’s always an honor to bring Will to TLP, and working with Pilar, Kaolin and Geena has also been a joy and a privilege. Watching rehearsals makes my jaw drop, because these people are so good.”

Rounding out the company are 14 other performers new to TLP who were selected from over 1000 auditions all over the country. Abby Frank-Taylor, of Madison, plays Lois and has the distinction of being the first third-generation TLP company member. She is the granddaughter of Sheldon Frank, who served as Board President for two decades and was a founding board member in 1961. Abby’s mother Leslie also spent several seasons with the company.

A Chorus Line runs June 6-16 for 12 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 This Pulitzer Prize winning musical is not recommended for children, as it is based on actual interviews with real people and contains some adult language, humor and content. Later this summer, TLP will present Seussical and The Music Man which are perfect for all ages.


Brucemore’s Fifth Annual Tahitian Party Raise a Coconut to Grant Wood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:52

Revel poolside amid flickering tiki torches and listen to the beat of steel drums with a cool beverage in hand during the fifth annual Tahitian Party on June 28 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Throw on a hula skirt or Hawaiian shirt and relish the atmosphere of Tahiti in Cedar Rapids thanks to Howard Hall’s famous Tahitian Room located in the basement of the Brucemore Mansion.  Enjoy roast suckling pig, noshes, and Polynesian drinks. Join the list of contributors and raise a coconut to support the conservation of the Grant Wood Sleeping Porch. You will not want to miss this popular event.

In 1925, Irene and George Douglas commissioned Grant Wood to design and install a plaster mural on Brucemore’s second floor sleeping porch.  Wood, who earned world-wide fame five years later with the iconic American Gothic portrait, was still relatively unknown.  The former high school art teacher accepted commissions for portraits, graphics, and decorative arts from his home and studio behind Turner Mortuary.   Wood’s stylized presentation of flora and fauna on four walls of the sleeping porch utilizes common plaster and paint in unconventional ways.   A rare example of Wood’s work in decorative arts, the porch is evidence of local patrons who helped launch his career and a unique reminder of Iowa’s most famous artist. This summer, Brucemore will undertake the much needed conservation of the mural to ensure future generations the opportunity to enjoy this important part of the community’s heritage.

Tickets are $60 per person.  Space is limited; purchase tickets by June 19 by visiting or calling (319) 362-7375. Sponsorship levels are also available beginning at $125 and offering additional benefits. The Anderson Group at Morgan Stanley is the presenting sponsor. Tahitian Star Title Sponsors include Kathleen and Tom Aller; Echo Batson and Mike Ahart; Bradley and Riley PC; Brenda Duello and Kirk Haefner; Dr. Fred and Janet Manatt Pilcher; Paulson Electric; and Shuttleworth and Ingersoll PLC. Mercy Medical Center is the Printing Sponsor.

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


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Written by Coralville Arts   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:15

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts stage will feature a variety of events in June 2013, giving members of the community many opportunities to participate in performances and enjoy cultural offerings.  Highlights include a free performance by violinist Tricia Park and pianist Conor Hanick on June 4; a production of Shrek: The Musical featuring more than 60 local teens; and Steinway artist Dan Knight’s Iowa Farewell Concert.

The schedule includes:

·        Nolte Academy presents Jet Set, the dance school’s spring recitals.  Performances Friday, May 31 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm; Saturday, June 1 at 10am, 2pm, and 6:30pm; and Sunday, June 2 at 2pm and 6:30pm.  Tickets are $14; $10 for children ages 3-12.

·        Tricia Park, violin and Conor Hanick, piano, present Leon Kirchner’s Duo No. 2 for Violin and Piano on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30pm.  This recital is free and open to the public.  This voluptuous and passionate composition was commissioned in memory of the great violinist and pedagogue Felix Galimir, and is being performed by Park and Hanick at the request of Judy and Richard Hurtig, who co-commissioned the work in their uncle’s memory.

·        City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents Shrek: The Musical June 14-16.  Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, this musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for the whole family!  This production features more than 60 local teen performers, directed by Chris Okiishi.  Performances are Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm, Saturday, June 15 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 16 at 2pm.  Tickets are $12-$27.

·        Composer and pianist Dan Knight will present an evening of jazz to benefit the Crisis Center Food Bank on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30pm.  Knight will be leaving Iowa to take a full-time faculty position at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte this summer, so this will be his “Farewell Concert” and will feature percussionist Nick George, bassist Scott Barnum, and vocalist Marcia Hughes.  Tickets are $10.

·        Step on the stage on Saturday, June 29 for an Impromptu Summer Cabaret, beginning at 7:30pm.  Participants are welcome to bring a song to sing or play, a work to read, a poem to recite, or to simply watch the impromptu performance.  $5 suggested donation at the door.

Further information on these events and details on other upcoming events are available at

Tickets for most CCPA events are available by phone at 319.248.9370, online at, and in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.

Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 13 school events took place at the Center in 2012. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrates Newest Seminary Student PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Willey   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:29

St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA), 2363 W. 3rd. St., Davenport , celebrates Emily Martin, ’08 Davenport West High Graduate, its 17th member going to Seminary to become a Pastor. Emily has been accepted into the Master of Divinity program and also has received a Trustee scholarship from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

“St. Mark has been a formative place for many people who have felt God’s Call to ministry”, said Senior Pastor Travis Fisher, of St. Mark. “We are an encouraging community of faith, who believes strongly that we are to raise up leaders in all vocations, St. Mark has been particularly strong in raising up those who feel passionately about sharing faith though Word and Sacrament Ministry. We are delighted that Emily is pursuing a vocation of ordained ministry. She holds the gifts of a passionate leader, and compassion needed to be a pastor”.

Before moving to St. Paul and beginning her seminary education, Emily will be preaching at St. Mark Ev. Lutheran Church, Davenport, during the weekend worship services June 8th at 5PM and June 9th at 8 and 10AM – All Are Welcome!

For more information, Contact St. Mark 563.322.5318 from 8AM-4PM week days or visit

St. Mark Cares…Welcome, Worship, Witness.

St. Mark, established in 1922, is a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It houses a Churches United Food Pantry, Participates in Share-a-Meal Program, and supports the St. Mark Preschool which was established in 1987.

Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities, called and sent by the Holy Spirit, to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s World.

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