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Spring / Summer Master Classes. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kim Furness   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:26
This season the Curtainbox will be offering two acting master classes, each appropriate for all levels of acting experience. In each class the student will learn how to analyze the written material to build a compelling performance. We will discuss and practice creating a character, defining relationships, determining specific intentions, and making bold, yet appropriate choices which will all lead to a strong and effective performance.

Monologue and Song Performance Class

Tuesday, May 28th from 6pm–9pm

The novice actor should come prepared to learn. We will provide you with a short monologue on the day of the class.
The actor with experience or who has taken class before should bring in a memorized monologue or song. The material should not exceed 2 minutes and 29 seconds. If the student chooses to bring a song, he/she must provide either a CD with the recorded accompaniment or bring in their own method of reproducing the accompaniment. Cuts of songs are appropriate if the full song is too time consuming. Whether preparing a song or monologue the student is encouraged, though not required, to bring in the written version of the material for reference during class.The student may bring one additional monologue or song which will be addressed as time allows.
CLASS FEE: $75.00 / Student

Scene Study

Tuesday, June 11th from 6pm–9pm

The student will be assigned a particular part in a scene well in advance so that the student has sufficient time to memorize the scene before the night of the class. Come prepared to learn and explore along with your classmates and scene partners.
CLASS FEE: $75.00

PLEASE NOTE: If you sign up for both classes you will get a $25.00 discount. Both classes for $125.00 .

To register:  Please call Kim Furness with any questions you may have regarding our upcoming classes. You may register by downloading the registration form and mailing it in with payment.  Or you may reserve a place in the class by phone, however, your place is not secure until payment is received.  Please feel free to call with any questions you may have.  Registration form is attached.

Looking forward to seeing you all in class!!

Cookin’ With Gus opens May 30 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:36
Amana – With the chance for her own television show being dangled in front of her like a perfectly glazed carrot, Gussie Richardson decides to face her fear of the cameras to tape a cooking segment. With a few post hypnotic suggestions and “help” from the tipsy gypsy next door, Gussie cooks up a recipe for laughter that will have you bubbling like a cheese soufflé. Don’t miss Cookin’ With Gus, opening Thursday, May 30 at 3 p.m. on
The Old Creamery Theatre’s Main Stage in Amana.

Written by Jim Brochu, Cookin’ With Gus is directed by Sean McCall, Artistic Director at The Old Creamery Theatre. The cast consists of Deborah Kennedy of West Amana, Marquetta  Senters of South Amana, Eddie Skaggs of Cedar Rapids and Dion Stover of Chicago.

Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $18 for students. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Student rush tickets are available half an hour before performances. A student ID is required to get this special rate of $12 per ticket. Group rates for 15 people or more are available. Cookin’ With Gus is rated Theatre PG and runs through June 30.

The media sponsor for Cookin’ With Gus is WMT-AM.

Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at for tickets or more information. Walk-ins are always welcome if seats are available.

Reservations are highly recommended.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 42 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Lt. Governor Simon to Bike to Work, celebrate Women’s Health Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:46

SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will participate in the city of Springfield’s “Curb Your Car, Bike to Work” event on Wednesday. Simon, an avid cyclist, has previously participated in the annual event and often commutes by bicycle in Carbondale.

Later Wednesday morning, Simon will proclaim it Women's Health Day in Illinois with legislators and officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Northwestern University and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Simon will urge downstate women to participate in a health survey so Northwestern researchers can better understand causes and patterns of women’s health issues.

"From biking to work to accessing regular health screenings, there are simple things we can do to keep ourselves and our environment healthier," Simon said.


Wednesday, May 15

EVENT: Bike to Work group commute

TIME: 7:30 a.m. – depart from Washington Park

LOCATION: Washington Park Picnic Pavilion to Café Moxo, 411 E. Adams St., Springfield

NOTE: Photo and b-roll opportunity only.

EVENT: Women’s Health Day press conference

TIME: 10 a.m.

LOCATION: Illinois State Capitol Rotunda, Springfield

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Date: 05/15/13
Time: 1:00 PM (CT) – 1:15 PM (CT)

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Farm and Nutrition Bill Clears Committee, Grassley Provisions Included PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:42
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the farm bill that passed the Senate Agriculture Committee was a step in the right direction, but he hoped that further reforms would be included when the bill is debated on the Senate floor.

“The farm and nutrition bill provides some needed reforms, and moving this bill out of committee gets us one step closer to providing our farmers and rural communities the certainty so many of them desire.  Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran incorporated reforms that make the farm program more defensible and effective.  By including my payment limits reform they showed a real effort to put together responsible programs that ensure a safe and stable food supply for the American people while giving certainty to farmers and rural communities,” Grassley said.  “Now that the bill is moving forward, we can look at additional reforms and continue to improve the bill.”

Grassley has long sought reform of the farm payment system.  His provisions that were included in the bill are nearly identical to legislation he introduced earlier this year that would place a hard cap on the farm payments an individual farmer can receive in a year and close long-abused and well-documented loopholes in the farm payment program.   The legislation would establish a per farm cap of $50,000 on all commodity program benefits, except those associated with the marketing loan program (loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains), which would be capped at $75,000.  Thus the combined limit would be $125,000, or, for married couples, $250,000.  The $50,000 cap would apply to whatever type of program is developed as part of the new Farm Bill. The bill also closes loopholes that currently allow non-farmers to qualify for federal farm payments and would allow one off-farm manager, but only one.

In addition, an amendment sponsored by Grassley along with Senators Mike Johanns, John Thune and Pat Roberts was approved during today’s Agriculture Committee action on a new farm bill.

Grassley said the measure is intended to make the farm bill more market-oriented in the way target prices are set.  Grassley would have preferred that a target price program not be included in the bill, but since the target price program was included he wanted to push for ways to make it more market-oriented.  For commodities except rice and peanuts, the measure set the target price by averaging the prices from the five previous years, while dropping the low and high price for that average, and multiplying it by a factor of 55 percent.

“Target prices distort planting decisions, and I hear opposition to target prices from farmers in Iowa, so this is an effort to move toward a market orientation as much as possible,” Grassley said.  “That way, if peanut and rice farmers want to protect a high price set by congress, they can fight that battle, but other farmers won’t have to defend high target prices.”

Grassley did not have the opportunity to offer his amendment that would restrict the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to release personal information to environmental activists.  Grassley’s amendment follows the EPA’s release of information to activists on 80,000 farmers nationwide.  Grassley said that he is preparing the amendment for floor consideration.

Here is a copy of the text of Grassley’s opening statement at the mark-up.

Prepared Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley

Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Mark-Up

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

First of all, I want to say thank you Madam Chairwoman and Ranking Member Cochran.  You both have been working diligently to get us here today to another mark up of the farm bill.  It is not an easy process to get a farm bill ready for committee consideration, but I appreciate all the work that has gone into making this happen today.

I supported the bill we passed out of the Senate last year.  It was not a perfect bill, but it included some important reforms, and would have provided the certainty our farmers were requesting.  Beyond certainty for farmers, by getting a farm bill completed, we give certainty to rural communities, conservation initiatives, and people who are truly struggling to put meals on the table for their families.

Many of the reforms from last year’s bill are again included in the Chair’s mark.  I appreciate the inclusion of my payment limits reforms.  Having responsible payment limits on the commodity program is crucial to the defensibility of the farm safety-net.  We need payment caps on our commodity programs, and we need to close loopholes that have allowed non-farmers to game the system.  The status quo must change.  Farm program dollars going to those who aren’t actually farming is an offense to the American taxpayer and to the farmers who actually grow this nation’s food.

So let me just say thank you again to the Chair and Ranking Member for agreeing to put these payment limit reforms in the mark.  In addition, the mark also reflects the priority many of us share, which is to maintain crop insurance.  No matter where I go in Iowa, farmers keep stressing the importance of crop insurance.

In regards to other reforms in this bill, ending direct payments is another reform the committee can point to as an important step.  However, I still have serious reservations about the programs created in the Chair’s mark that would replace direct payments.  The shallow loss, or Agricultural Risk Coverage, program certainly is more market-oriented than direct payments, but I continue to have concerns with how the program will interact with crop insurance.

But my bigger concerns are with this new target price program.  This proposed program falls short of the reform-minded approach we approved last year.  Setting high target prices for any commodity is bad policy.  The federal government has been down that road, and it does not work.  It is not good for farmers, and it is not good for taxpayers.  We need programs that have farmers making decisions based on the market, not based on how much money they will get from a government program.

Another area of reform the committee has worked on over the last two years is in dairy policy.  I understand current policies may not be providing the assistance needed.  But after listening to many of my dairy farmers and processors in Iowa, I would also like to express concern with the proposal to put a supply management system in place.  Similar to how we shouldn’t have crop farmers planting for government programs, we shouldn’t have policies that induce dairy farmers to artificially adjust production.

Furthermore, it continues to trouble me that we have not been able to have a more constructive discussion on how to find savings in the nutrition title.  We should have found more savings in the nutrition title last year, and unfortunately we are headed down the same path this year.

Some of my colleagues have put forward very thoughtful proposals that would save money from nutrition programs, and these proposals are simply good government reforms.  This is not about taking away the benefits of those who really need food assistance.  It is about making sure we don’t have wasteful spending on things like paying states bonuses in the food stamp program for simply running the program they way it’s supposed to be run.

I have highlighted some of my concerns with this bill, and I have laid out some of the positives.  Is this bill perfect?  No.  But it does provide some needed reforms, and if we move this bill out of committee today, we will be moving one step closer to providing our farmers and rural communities the certainty so many of them desire.

I look forward to working with the Chairman, Ranking Member, and others to have a defensible and effective farm bill.


Grassley Seeks Details Behind IRS Official’s Apology for Targeting Tax-exempt Groups PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:39

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the IRS for details on the agency’s move to disclose the targeting of tax-exempt groups for scrutiny and apologize for the targeting at a legal conference, after refusing to fully answer questions about such activity from members of Congress who have been asking about the targeting for more than a year.  Grassley also asked for communications on the issue between the IRS and the White House or other organizations.

“An IRS official apologized for activities the IRS previously denied,” Grassley said.  “She explained the activities in a detailed way.  Why now, and why at a conference instead of to Congress?  Congress has been asking the same questions.   The IRS has to answer for its behavior and its failure to disclose its behavior.”

The IRS’ screening of tax-exempt groups with certain political leanings came to light on Friday, when the head of the IRS’ tax-exempt division disclosed the practice at an American Bar Association conference and apologized for it.  The disclosure came days before an inspector general report on the issue is expected to become public.

Key members of Congress have written to the IRS and heard testimony from top IRS officials in denial of the targeting practice over the past year.

The text of Grassley’s letter is available here.


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