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TCR Screening Two Important Documentaries in October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Monday, 08 October 2012 13:51

October 5, 2012 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Through a collaboration between Theatre Cedar Rapids and The Arc, the acclaimed documentary Wretches and Jabberers will be presented at TCR, 102 3rd St. SE, at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 16.  The event is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a panel discussion to be held in the Linge Lounge at the theatre.

Directed by Oscar winner and twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Geraldine Wurzburg, the 90-minute film Wretches and Jabberers chronicles the world travels of disability rights advocates, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, each of whom learned to break through their world of autism by learning to type as adults.  Tracy, Larry, and their support team, Harvey Lavoy and Pascal Cheng, visit Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland, giving interviews and presentations and learning about the lives of people with autism in these countries.  The film's portrayal of these travels, which the duo named The World Intelligence Magnified Tour, challenges attitudes about the intelligence and abilities of people with autism.

The panel discussion following the film will feature co-presidents of the East Central Iowa Autism Society, Jennifer Bohn and Cindy Dircks, each of whom parent a child on the autism spectrum.  The panel will also include two speech-language pathologists, Liz Delasandro with the Wendell Johnson Speech Clinic at the University of Iowa, and Jenn Haeger with Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton.  The panelists will share their experiences working with individuals on the autism spectrum, with a question and answer session to follow.

 

For more information go to www.theatrecr.org or call the TCR box office at 319-366-8591.  This is a free event, and open to the public.

 
The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences opens Bunnicula PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:08
Amana - Join The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences for the delightful story of Bunnicula, just in time for Halloween! Bunnicula opens Saturday, Oct. 20th on the Main Stage and runs through Nov. 3.

Written by James and Deborah Howe, adapted by Jon Klein with music by Chris Jeffries, Bunnicula follows the adventures of a cute and cuddly bunny by day and something else entirely by night!

Directed by Sean McCall of Marengo, the cast of Bunnicula consists of Nicholas Hodge of South Amana, Jeff Haffner of Cleveland Ohio, Elizabeth Higbee of Tonganoxie Kansas, Vaughn Irving of Washington DC, Jackie McCall of Marengo and Max Locher and Brennan Urbi both of Cedar Rapids.

Bunnicula is rated Theatre G for all audiences. Tickets are $8 per person for reserved seating. Show times are 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Thursday, Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 27. Walk-ins are welcome but some weekday matinees are sold out and reservations are highly recommended for all shows.

Bunnicula is sponsored by Scheels with Kiss Country 96.5 as the media sponsor.

For tickets or more information, call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or 800-352-6262 or visit the website at www.oldcreamery.com

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

 
Manzullo, Schilling, Loebsack Statement on Thomson Prison Developments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:59
Congressmen Don Manzullo (IL-16), Bobby Schilling (IL-17), and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) today released the following statement on the Obama administration moving to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center from the state of Illinois:

“The bottom line is that this is a welcome development for our region, particularly those who have been struggling to find good jobs.  Thomson Correctional Center has been sitting empty for 10 years, costing the residents of Illinois millions of dollars in upkeep and keeping many Illinoisans and Iowans out of work each year.

“We have been working together towards the same goal of reaching across the divide, finding a solution, and bringing these jobs to our area without moving detainees from Guantanamo to U.S. soil.   If the Administration was willing to move on Thomson without closing Guantanamo all along, we question why they waited this long before taking action.  But as the old saying goes, ‘There’s no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.’”


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Quad City Premiere of 9 to 5 – The Musical at North Scott High School this Fall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joanie Demmer-Freeman   
Monday, 01 October 2012 09:08

They are showing the boss who’s boss!

Lancer Productions, the Theatre Department at North Scott High School will be presenting 9 to 5: The Musical for its fall production. Show times will be October 26, 27, and November 3 at 7 pm, and October 8 and November 4 at 2 pm. Performances will be in the North Scott High School Auditorium in Eldridge, Iowa.

Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers, Violet, Doralee and Judy put together a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigoted boss Frank Hart. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge. Based on the 1980 hit movie produced by 20th Century Fox Pictures starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman, this musical will keep audiences laughing, tapping their toes, and reminiscing about the days before email, faxes, and political correctness.

9 TO 5: The Musical features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. The director is Joanie Demmer-Freeman, vocal director Sue Becker, choreographer Connie Bracey, technical directors and house managers Tom Goodall and Steve Parmley, costumes Margo Stites, accompanist Terri Wittkowski, and orchestra director Alan Guss.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $6 for students and Senior Citizens. Members of Plus 60 and other seniors are invited to join Lancer Productions before the Sunday, October 28 and November 4 matinees for buy one get one free tickets and to meet in the lobby for coffee and dessert and the chance to sign up for door prizes.

For additional information contact Joanie Demmer-Freeman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NOTE: Reserved seating is not available for this production. Tickets are available at the door only!

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The leads in this musical are (from left) Danielle Berger as Doralee, Ashley Crouch as Judy Bernly, Maria Leik as Violet, and Nathan Greve as Mr. Hart.

 
Galena, Illinois, celebrates 28th Annual Nouveau Wine Weekend November 16-17, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Galena Cellars   
Monday, 01 October 2012 08:03

Galena, Illinois - Celebrate the new vintage with wine-inspired lunches, dinners and tastings at the 28th Annual Nouveau Wine Weekend in Galena, Illinois, November 16-17! The weekend starts at noon on Friday, when many area restaurants offer traditional French peasant stew made with Nouveau wine. At 2:30 pm, Cellars Vineyard & Winery releases their Nouveau wine with horse-drawn wagon delivery to downtown businesses and a parade of revelers. Galena comes alive with a multitude of offerings: vineyard tours, wine dinners, wine tasting, lodging, shopping and spa specials throughout the beautiful, relaxing corner of northwestern Illinois. Web: www.nouveauweekend.com

Revelers join in a horse-drawn wagon parade down Galena, Illinois’s Main Street celebrating the release of Galena Cellars’ limited edition Nouveau wine.

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