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Christmas at Augustana PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Schlouch   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:31

ROCK ISLAND, IL (12/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Augustana College performed its annual 'Christmas at Augustana,' performance on Friday, December 5, and Saturday December 6. More than 300 student musicians shared their talents, in one of the highlights of the Augustana and Quad-City holiday season. From your area this includes:

Liam Baldwin of Davenporyt

Samantha Turner of Rock Island

Taylor Anderson of East Moline

Sydney Crumbleholme of Moline

Brittany Middleton of Davenport

Alecsus Sebben of Rock Island

Andrew Skalak of Davenport

Adam Bengfort of Davenport

Joseph Oliger of Davenport

Payton Brasher of Davenport

Sonja Hurty of Moline

Chelsea Mentado of Moline

Shannon Ryan of Moline

Hannah Griggs of Bettendorf

Leslie Carranza of Rock Island

Jennifer Darby of Moline

Sheila Doak of Rock Island

Emmalynn Tully of Bettendorf

Rebecca Knapper of Davenport

Christine Harb of Davenport

Philip Tunnicliff of Bettendorf

Anthony TouVelle of Bettendorf

Benjamin Knapper of Davenport

Jacob McManus of Reynolds

Jens Hurty of Moline

Erik Whitcomb of Rock Island

Robert Holmquist of East Moline

Benjamin McKay of Rock Island

Biniam Anberber of Coal Valley

Daniel Culver of Rock Island

Charles Bald of Blue Grass

Alyssa Kendall of Davenport

Susan Stone of Rock Island

Shylee Garrett of Vernon Hills

Mariah Logan of Moline

Adam Bengfort of Davenport

Nicholas Clark of Moline

Janina Ehrlich of Rock Island

Samuel Ferry of Rock Island

Corey Jacobs of Rock Island

Tanner Logan of Moline

Kayla Jackson of Rock Island

Ingrid Schneider of Davenport

Andrew Bainter of Coal Valley

Benjamin McKay of Rock Island

Caitlin Thom of Bettendorf

Margaret Ellis of Rock Island

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Happy Holidays -- Trumpet Blossom Café PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trumpet Blossom Cafe   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:34

TRUMPET BLOSSOM CAFÉ :: 310 E. Prentiss St. :: Iowa City, IA :: 319-248-0077

Happy Holidays from Trumpet Blossom--

We’re excited to be hosting some fun gatherings this month. We’d love to see you here!
Thanks for sharing this dynamite Iowa winter with us,
Katy Meyer, chef/owner

--Pete Balestrieri Annual Xmas Party:
--New local tofu from Ethan Brown
--Gifts for the Holidays
--Holiday Hours

Our good friend, Pete Balestrieri, is putting together his annual Christmas party! Please join us for a night of live music from a handful of local musicians as well as stories from Christmas past and plenty of holiday cheer.

Feel free to get in touch with Pete if you’d like to play a tune or two the night of the event:

Our friend at Wake Up Iowa City (a local coffee roaster & maker of Cobra Verde), Jarrett Mitchell, has teamed up with Coralville’s Backpocket Brewery to produce the awesome Wake Up Iowa Coffee Stout. Lucky us! Join us for a half-barrel in our cooler that we’re saving just for you til the night of the party.

Jarrett, in true entrepreneurial style, has plenty of his patented fun planned for the evening. Join us to try a pint (or two, or three) of this unique and limited-edition beer and hang out for the shenanigans. Also, Jarrett requested we make chili cheese fries that night so be sure to enjoy an order of those!

As you probably already know, sourcing locally-made ingredients is a top priority at Trumpet Blossom so it really makes us happy when a new product is made available that’s produced right here in Iowa City. And this one is especially exciting for us because one of the co-owners of the company is a former employee, Ethan Brown, who joined us way back at The Red Avocado shortly after his 17th birthday. We’re looking forward to purchasing & working with this locally-made tofu very soon. Please read on to learn more about their venture.

Trumpet Blossom Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list who enjoys delicious made-from-scratch meals that also happen to be good for you & the environment. Gift certificates are available in any amount and we’re happy to mail them anywhere you wish. You can purchase them in person here at the restaurant or head to our website:

We have a small number of Trumpet Blossom tees for sale too—screen-printed here in Iowa City by White Rabbit!

In addition to our gift certificates and tee-shirts I’m also pleased to offer many of my Grandma’s hand-made items for sale. She is the creator of our popular cloth napkins and also the skilled crafter of quilts, handbags, purses, dish cloths, “burp cloths” for babies, and cloth coasters. She lives just over the Mississippi in Illinois and has been sewing for 70 years. Please stop in and take a look at her creations which occupy a special place in my restaurant. And believe me when I say that you can’t find a better made product at a better price! There are plenty of seasonal items for sale as well as unique gifts that fit any décor year-round.

Holiday Hours:

Open Wed. Dec. 24th 11am-2pm

Closed Thurs. Dec. 25th

Open Fri. Dec. 26th 5pm-10pm

Closed for a short winter break Thurs. Jan. 1st-Wed. Jan. 7th

Open normal hours otherwise

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:15

A Year with Frog and Toad is a delightful family-friendly musical;
The Holiday Cabaret Offers “Naughty” and “Nice” Entertainment


A Year with Frog and Toad

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville and Hills Bank will present the Broadway hit musical A Year with Frog and Toad for six performances December 12-21 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Adapted from the beloved books by Arnold Lobel by Willie Reale and Robert Reale, this heartwarming musical tells the story of a year in the life of forest neighbors Frog and Toad and their many woodland friends.


Lobel’s stories of the worrywart Toad and the perky Frog are brought to life in lively songs and charming scenes.  Through the course of their year, Frog and Toad awake from hibernation, plant gardens, swim, have picnics, bake cookies, fly a kite, rake leaves, tell stories, and celebrate Christmas before hibernating again.  They have comic interactions with Birds, Moles, a Mouse, a Snail, and a Squirrel.  The New York Times calls the script, “bright, bouncy, altogether lovable.”

The cast features Joe Mosher as Frog, Ken Van Egdon as Toad, Brett Boden as Snail, and Renee Zukin, Heidi Bibler, Katherine Boothroyd, and Kristina Rutkowski as the forest animals.  This production is directed by Liz Tracey, who previously directed the hit production of Jesus Christ Superstar for City Circle.  Wesley Habley serves as music director.  Lead sponsorship is provided by Hills Bank and Trust.

Performances are Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm December 12-21 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets ($12-$27) are available at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).  ACT is sponsoring 100 free tickets for youth under 18 for the December 12 performance; these free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling or visiting the box office.

Holiday Cabaret – Sugar & Spice

City Circle is again presenting a Holiday Cabaret featuring music, dance and comic performance by local artists celebrating the season.  Performances are Saturdays, December 13 and 20, with a “Nice” cabaret of warm family fare at 7:30pm, and a “Naughty” show at 10pm featuring more mature material.  Performs include Broadway veteran Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia,  Christopher Okiishi, Ryan Shellady, Ellen Stevenson, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Elijah Jones, Paula Grady, Young Footliters, and more.  Tickets are $10 for one performance, or $15 for both, and are available at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

City Circle Acting Company is the community theater program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Since 1997, City Circle’s mission has been the production of high quality dramatic, musical, and performing art pieces for the enjoyment of the public.  Upcoming City Circle productions Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound (February 13-15), and Into the Woods (April 24-May 3).

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; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Jersey Boys On Sale Now - Makes Great Holiday Gift! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:50

April 21 - 26, 2015
Jersey Boys

Find Jersey Boys Tickets now!


– Chicago Tribune

“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “THE CROWD GOES WILD!” cheers The New York Times.

The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

JERSEY BOYS contains authentic, “profane Jersey language” and is recommended for ages 12+

Check out this great video featuring  Frankie Valli!

5,000 years of Civilization. Live on Stage! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Monday, 08 December 2014 10:14

Feb. 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m.
Shen Yun

EMBARK   on an extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. From ancient dynasties to the modern day, witness inspiring stories and legends come alive on stage. Featuring classical Chinese dance, a full orchestra, exquisite costumes, and dazzling animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world.

For thousands of years, China was known as the Divine Land. Its rich culture, said to be a gift from the heavens, valued virtue, integrity, compassion, and tolerance. Yet over the past 60 years of communist rule, this glorious heritage has been almost destroyed. Formed in 2006 in New York, Shen Yun strives to revive authentic Chinese culture and share its beauty with the world.

Check out this great video!

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