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A Modern Salon at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 26 November 2012 15:36
Enjoy the tenth anniversary of hilarious stories, engaging conversation, and outstanding music with SPT Theatre and special guest, Jim Kern, during A Modern Salon, January 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Emulating the Parisian salons at the turn of the twentieth century, A Modern Salon is held in the Mansion’s Great Hall, where Brucemore’s second family, the Douglases, frequently entertained guests. Admission is $45 per person or $40 per Brucemore member and includes pre-show wine tasting from First Avenue Wine House and appetizers starting at 7 p.m. Champagne and desserts will be served during intermission. Evening dress is encouraged and valet parking is available. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at www.brucemore.org, by telephone at (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store.

No stranger to Brucemore and the local arts scene, Jim Kern will provide comically nostalgic insight into A Modern Salon with this year’s theme, “tradition.”  As former Assistant Director and Executive Director at Brucemore, Jim was instrumental in expanding the educational programs, tour menu, building and landscape preservation activities, and arts and culture events offered on the estate.  Now that he is officially retired, his biography is a list of former exploits and careers: teacher, stage director, actor, restaurateur, historic site director, development director, caterer, and Oprah panelist.  In short, he could never quite figure out what he wanted to be when and if he grew up.  He currently serves as Chair of the Cedar Rapids Visual Arts Commission, on the boards of the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Theatre Cedar Rapids, and as travel group host for Destinations Unlimited.  In July, he will return to the Classics at Brucemore, which he co-founded in 1996, as the Artistic Director for Cyrano de Bergerac.

 

SPT Theatre was founded by Doug Elliott, Gerard Estella, Janelle Lauer, and Jane Pini, four local performing artists looking to support, provide for, and expand the artistic opportunities available to performers and arts patrons in the Cultural Corridor. For further information about SPT Theatre, call (319) 361-5297 or visit www.spttheatre.org.

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.

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Maggie Brown Live in Concert at DPL! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Library   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:19
Don’t miss the chance to see blues and jazz singer Maggie Brown live in concert at the Davenport Public Library! She will be performing at the Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue) on Monday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Based in Chicago, Maggie Brown is a talented singer and performer who infuses her music with history and storytelling. She describes her style as “edutainment” and strives to use music to educate and uplift people. This performance is being sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. For more information, please visit the Mississippi Valley Blues Society website at http://www.mvbs.org/index.php/education/115-bits-maggie-brown-2012.  For more information about other programs offered at any of the Davenport public libraries, visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

 

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Naomi Iltis Part of Theatre Production at Concordia University, Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenny Hammond   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:15

Students Staged the Musical "Into the Woods"

SEWARD, NE (11/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Naomi Iltis of Le Claire, Iowa, took part in staging the theatre department at Concordia University, Nebraska's presention "Into the Woods," a musical production depicting troubled fairy tale creatures, based on the works of the Brothers Grimm. The musical was performed Nov. 2-3 and Nov. 9-11 in the Weller Hall Auditorium. Iltis served on the Production Crew.

"Into the Woods," written by James Lapine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, follows the stories of several fairy tale creatures including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack from "Jack and the Beanstock" and Rapunzel. The stories weave with the tale of a baker and his wife on their quest to start a family as they discover they've been cursed by an evil witch.

 
Loebsack Office to Distribute Inaugural Tickets by Lottery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Monday, 19 November 2012 14:13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that his office will provide tickets to President Barack Obama’s swearing in ceremony through a lottery system during the month of December.  Residents of Iowa’s Second Congressional District who are interested in attending the event must fill out the form at http://loebsack.house.gov/inauguration to register for the lottery.  Each resident awarded a ticket will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.

The lottery drawing will take place in mid-December.  At that time, constituents will be required to provide additional information before they can secure their ticket allotment.

Inauguration Day is Monday, January 21, 2013.   It is expected there will be a variety of events that will not require tickets, including a public viewing area of the Inaugural ceremony on the National Mall and the public Inauguration parade. Iowans unable to attain tickets through Congressman Loebsack’s office are encouraged to monitor the Inauguration Planning Committee website, http://inaugural.senate.gov/, for further details on non-ticketed events.

Please be aware that there are a few organizations trying to sell fake tickets to people.  Tickets are only being provided free of charge from official government offices, and tickets must be picked up in person from Loebsack’s office before Inauguration. Any group that suggests differently is providing incorrect information.

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Lt. Governor to address 80th annual education conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:36
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will address educators, administrators and leaders in the field at the 2012 Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Simon will also welcome research professor of education at New York University and renowned education historian Diane Ravitch. Ravitch served as assistant secretary of education and counselor to U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander under President George H. W. Bush.

“This conference provides a great opportunity for our state’s education experts to get together and exchange ideas that will help us make sure our students excel in and out of the classroom,” said Simon. “This year we are so fortunate to have Diane Ravitch share her expertise in national education policy.”

Simon serves as Governor Quinn’s point person on education reform and is chair of the Joint Educational Leadership Committee for Illinois top educational advisory body, the P-20 Council. She also chaired the Classrooms First Commission, which is dedicated to improving education programs in schools around the state while streamlining district operations.

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 17

TIME: 8:30 a.m.

PLACE: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago

 
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