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Shane Blair Named to Summer 2013 Dean's List at Southeast Missouri State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Hayes   
Monday, 12 August 2013 08:09

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (08/09/2013)(readMedia)-- The following student is among 801 students named to the summer 2013 Dean's List at Southeast Missouri State University.

Shane Blair of Rock Falls, IL, has been named to the Dean's List for academic achievement during the summer 2013 session.

Students named to the list earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and completed at least six degree credit hours during the summer session.

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, 07 August 2013 12:46

"Powerful and Poignant!"

$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.

Find out more about our Mildred Fish Harnack Exhibit and Documentary Film Showing Tomorrow on Talk of Iowa at 10:40 am! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:58
Joel Waldinger from WPT on Talk of Iowa from Iowa Public Radio!
Tune in on Wednesday, August 7th at 10:40 am to hear Joel Waldinger from Wisconsin Public Television speak on Mildred Fish Harnack, the exhibit featuring her at GAHC, and the documentary on her life that he helped create.

In the QC? Listen at 94.5 or 102.1 fm
or listen online at

Missed the program? Visit our facebook page at where we will post the podcast after it airs!

Thank you for your support!


German American Heritage Center
712 W Second Street
Davenport, Iowa 52802

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:53

Production Features 16-Piece Orchestra and Stars Broadway Veteran Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia and International Opera and Theater Performer John Muriello


The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate its second birthday with a special benefit production of Cole Porter’s Broadway hit Anything Goes.


On an ocean journey from New York to England, unlikely romance, comic mistaken identities, dancing sailors, good old-fashioned blackmail, eminently hummable songs, and unlikely happy endings come together for a fast-paced, fun, classic musical theater event.

This minimally-staged production features a 16-piece orchestra, placing the emphasis on Porter’s unforgettable music including It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get a Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, and the title number. There will also be special dance numbers courtesy of Leslie Nolte and Nolte Academy. This production is directed by Josh Sazon, with music direction by Edward Kottick.

The Center will serve birthday cake to the audience following each performance.

Tickets ($22; $17 for students/seniors 55+; $12 for children 10 and under) are available by phone at 319.248.9370, online at, and in person at the CCPA box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Rec Center (1506 8th Street).  Special premium sponsor tickets ($50) are available for the August 23 performance and include premium seating, program recognition, and a pre-show reception at the Luxe Zone.  Patrons should call 319.248.9370 or visit the box office for those tickets.

This production is sponsored by Hills Bank.

Performers include Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia as Reno Sweeey, John Muriello as Moonface Martin, Megan Keiser as Hope, Joe Mosher as Billy Crocker, Megan O’Brien as Erma, and Ken Van Egdon as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.  Brett Bordon, Trista Carlson, Jon Cryer, Jean Grewe, Emily Hill, Brian Lawler, Susan Manuel , Mike Nelson , Christine Pernetti, Glen Schmitz, Jerry Stamp, Raiden Takeuchi, Rex VanDorpeAudrey , Wagner, Teresa Wagner, Lisa Warren and Sheila Wayson round out the ensemble.

The orchestra includes Adam Balling, Dan Berkowitz, Melissa Brobston, Bill Colby, Laura Kastens, Laura LaComble, John Lake, William Laubengayer, Paul McNally, Ron Mirr, Tom Nelson, Nathan Platte, Suzanne Smith, Brad Thayer, Beth Villhauer, and Paul Weach.

Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia is a supporter of and frequent performer with Corridor area theatre. She has performed in 5 seasons of Iowa Summer Rep and many productions with Riverside Theatre.  Before moving to Iowa City, Kristen performed with various theatres in Chicago and spent 5 years performing on Broadway in musicals including Sunset Boulevard, Side Show and Les Misérables. She also toured the nation playing the role of Fantine in Les Mis. Kristen holds a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Her favorite role (in which she co-stars with husband, Jordan DeGrazia) is that of Mom to Mason, Maia and Tess.

John Muriello has carried on a varied performing career in opera, operetta, musical theatre and concert work.  Stage credits include Tartuffe in Kirk Mechem’s Tartuffe, the Lecturer in Argento’s A Water Bird Talk, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Marcello in La Bohème, Voltaire in Candide, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Muriello has concertized in London at The Wigmore Hall and in Moscow at the Moscow Conservatory, as well as throughout the lower forty-eight.  Concert and oratorio solo credits include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Brahms Requiem. Muriello has performed with several contemporary music festivals, at the Union of Composers Autumn Festival in Moscow, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, at the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, and James Madison University. He has worked with the Skylight Opera Theatre, Opera Carolina, Lyric Opera Cleveland, L’Opera Français de New York, Ohio Light Opera, Seaside Music Theatre, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and La Gran Scena Opera di New York (as Miss Sylvia Bills, America’s most beloved retired diva).  Muriello’s directing credits include H.M.S. Pinafore for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and The Fantasticks, She Loves Me and A Little Night Music for the University of Iowa School of Music.

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; 16 school events took place at the Center in the 2012-2013 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


U. S. Grant--the General--Arrives at Oakdale Memorial Gardens! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dustin Oliver   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:52
Dan Haughey (hoi), professional actor and playwright from the Quad Cities, will perform his one act one-person show on Ulysses S. Grant in the Public Mausoleum at Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport on September 14. The show, entitled MR. U. S. GRANT: A MAN AND A PATRIOT, focuses on U. S. Grant as the Civil War General.  Showtime will be 4:00 p.m., as a part of  Forget-Me-Not:

Victorian Day at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, which runs from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person, or admission is included for patrons of Forget-Me-Not: Victorian Day at Oakdale Memorial Gardens.  

Mr. Haughey holds the M. F. A. degree in theatre arts from Southern Illinois University.   He has studied acting at the Florida State University-Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training and is a 2013-14 Illinois Humanities Council “Road Scholar”.   Among his film and stage credits, he has toured MR. U. S. GRANT to schools, museums, and Civil War venues throughout the United States to include the National Park Service, The Lincoln Home auditorium, The War Memorial Museum of Virginia, the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, and the Market House in Galena, Illinois.  Grant’s Civil War era home is in Galena. This one-act play on March 23 features Grant’s rise to Civil War fame with reference to the famed soldiers of Union Army’s 2nd Iowa.  Charles Bracelen Flood, author of the book  Grant and Sherman and the award-winning Lee: The Last Years, says of Mr. Haughey’s performance "…I felt that it was an original and exceedingly worthwhile portrayal of a much misunderstood, underestimated man.  This is fine theatre: this is Grant as he really was."

For more information, contact Oakdale Memorial Gardens at 563-324-5121, located at 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52803.  For more on MR. U. S. GRANT, go to or

From September 6 to 22, 2013, the Quad Cities hosts East West Riverfest, a community-wide, two week celebration of the arts, culture and heritage thriving on this bend of the Mississippi River. Over 300 events will take place at almost 100 various theaters, music venues, galleries, historic sites, museums, parks, and attractions on both sides of the river in the Quad Cities. For more information, visit or the official Facebook page.

This event is endorsed by the  State Historical Society of Iowa’s Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. For more information on Iowa’s commemoration of the Sesquicentennial, visit

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