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This Week in Downtown Davenport: 9/11 - 9/17/2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport Partnership   
Friday, 12 September 2014 15:37

Spend your evening with one of today's most talented blues and roots vocalists, Janiva Magness, when she performs tonight at River Music Experience. If you'd prefer to be the star of the show, participate in the Songwriter's All-Original Open Mic event on Saturday. And, of course, what kind of Friday would it be without a little live music? Start your weekend with food and good company in the RME Courtyard during Friday Live at 5 featuring The Low Down tomorrow.

 

 The time has come! Swing by the Figge Sunday for the unveiling of Liam O'Neill's Big Turnings wooden throne. Here's your chance to meet the artist and hear a presentation about O'Neill's work. While you're there, peruse the new Exhibition: Artists First, which opens Saturday and features the talents and achievements of working student artists. Become an artist of your own on Tuesday during a Figure Drawing class over at the Figge, too.

 

 Farms, food, fermentation. Indulge in a little of each on Sunday by participating in the Quad Cities Culinary Ride. Round up those bikes and make your way to the Freight House Local Marketplace for a day of fun stops and delicious cuisine. Ride the full 40 mile route for a full-day adventure, or choose a 10 mile or 15 mile option to keep it shorter. Stops throughout the day include Nahant Marsh, the Quad City Food Forest, Augie Acres, and Happy Hollow U Pick.

 

 Who doesn't love a good discount? Ragged Records hosts a Massive Discount Night tomorrow night with thousands of LPs and 45rpms for 50 CENTS. What's more? Trash Can Annie is offering 20% off all vintage gear at the same time. This after-hours event also features in-store performances by Centaur Noir and GOSH as an added bonus. Live music and great deals? You won't want to miss this.

 

 Mustard lovers, unite! Me & Billy has partnered with locally-made Boetje's Mustard to bring you a night of mustard-filled greatness. Relish in an unlimited buffet of potato salad, glazed chicken wings, tacos, and more highlighting the unique mustardy taste you've grown to love. On Saturday, get your attire and your appetite ready to cheer the Hawkeyes on over at Me & Billy during their Iowa Hawkeyes Game Watch.

 

 Speaking of Iowa sports, the Iowa Hawkeyes Baseball team comes to the Best Minor League Ballpark this Sunday to verse the Ontario Blue Jays. With $5 tickets, $2 beer, pop, and peanuts, amusement rides, and FREE parking, how could you pass this up? Did we mention you can even bring the pup along for Bark in the Park?

 

See you downtown!
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This Week's Events: September 11 - 17


Thursday, September 11

An Evening with Janiva Magness
Where: River Music Experience, Redstone Room
Time: Doors 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:30 p.m.
Price: $18

Bar Wars Trivia

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Bix BeiderBomb: Comedy Workshop
Where: Upstairs of Boozies Bar and Grill
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Price: FREE

 

Bucktown Center for the Arts

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $10

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Falbo's Karaoke Night
Where: Falbo Bros Pizzeria, RME Community Stage
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Figure Drawing/Painting Class
Where: Atom Studio + Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 6:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Price: $60/month or $15/session
Gardeners' Community Potluck
Where: Quad Cities Food Hub
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Japanese Artist Anna Ito- Calligraphy art, ZEN art stones, & Statement Jewelry Exhibit
Where: Bucktown Center for the Arts, Showcase #1
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: Available for purchase at affordable prices
"Night Swing" Painting
Where: Re-Cre8 Studio
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $30
Portraits in Acrylic Paints Level 1
Where: Atom Studio + Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Price: $95
Pub Trivia
Where: Brady Street Pub
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Price: FREE

 

River's Edge Monthly Ice Schedule

Discover dozens of sporting events at River's Edge!

Follow the links below to see the complete ice and turf schedule for the month.

Ice Schedule

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Three Strikes and You're Out
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursdays at the Figge: Artist Talk and Performance

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 5:30 p.m. Refreshments / 7:00 p.m. Artist Talk and Performance

Price: FREE

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Wine-tini Thursdays

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Price: 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine and 1/2 Price Martinis

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Friday, September 12

 

After Hours: Centaur Noir//GOSH! Live In-Store + Massive Discount Night

Where: Ragged Records & Trash Can Annie's

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Price: Varies

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Artists with Special Needs Class

Where: Atom Studio + Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Price: $140

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Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 6:00 p.m

Price: N/A

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Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Drop-In Hockey (Adult)
Where: River's Edge
Time: 8:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Price: $10
Friday Live at 5 featuring The Low Down
Where: River Music Experience, Courtyard
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Price: FREE

 

Japanese Artist Anna Ito- Calligraphy art, ZEN art stones, & Statement Jewelry Exhibit
Where: Bucktown Center for the Arts, Showcase #1
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: Available for purcase at affordable prices
John Fliss
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Live Lunch with Tony Hoeppner
Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Price: FREE

Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

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Mike Cochrane

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Public Skate
Where: River's Edge
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Price: $5 and up
Saturday, September 13
$23,000 Pigskin Pick & Win
Where: Rhythm City Casino
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Art Therapy Class: Bookmaking
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Price: FREE for cancer patients, survivors, and caretakers
Art Therapy Class: Journaling
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: FREE for cancer patients, survivors, and caretakers
Artist Performance: Anaitte Vaccaro Dwelling in Minutiae
Where: Galvin Fine Arts Center
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price: $13 or less, FREE with Figge membership
Beginning Drawing and Painting Portraits- Grades 4-8
Where: Atom Studio + Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Price: $100
Beginning Drawing for Children
Where: Atom Studio + Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Price: $95

Brewery Tours

Where: Great River Brewery
Time: Noon, 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Price: N/A

 

Bucktown Center for the Arts

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Exhibition Opens: Artists First

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum admission ($7), or FREE with membership

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Exhibition: Berlin: Divided Past, United Future
Where: German American Heritage Center
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Price: Museum admission ($5 or less), or FREE with membership
Exhibition: Berlin- Made in America
Where: German American Heritage Center
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Price: Museum admission ($5 or less), or FREE with membership

 

Exhibition: Living Proof

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

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Exhibition: Thunderstorm
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership
Exhibition: Turned Wood
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership
Exhibition: Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

 

Freight House Farmers Market

Where: Freight House Building and Lot

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Iowa vs. Iowa State Game Watch

Where: Me & Billy

Time: 2:30 p.m. kick-off

Price: Varies

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Japanese Artist Anna Ito- Calligraphy art, ZEN art stones, & Statement Jewelry Exhibit
Where: Bucktown Center for the Arts, Showcase #1
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: Available for purcase at affordable prices

 

Live Music at the Market: Kevin Boyd

Where: Freight House Farmer's Market

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

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Midnight Multiplier

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: Midnight - 4:00 a.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

NAMI Walk

Where: Centennial Park

Time: 9:00 a.m. registration / 10:00 a.m. step off

Price: Varies

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Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

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Quad Cities Culinary Ride

Where: Freight House Parking Lot

Time: 9:00 a.m. check-in; 10:00 a.m. start

Price: $40 in adv., $50 day-of

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River Prairie Minstrels

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Songwriter's All-Original Open Mic

Where: River Music Experience, Second Floor

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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The Hitman

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Tour: Two Americans in Paris

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Price: Museum Admission ($7), or FREE with membership

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Workshop: Floral Watercolor - Beginner/Intermediate

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Price: $35/member; $45/non-member

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Sunday, September 14

Book Discussion and Signing
Where: German American Heritage Center
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Price: Museum admission ($5 or less), or FREE with membership
Exhibition Closes: Thunderstorm
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Price: Museum admission ($7), or FREE with membership
Iowa Hawkeye Baseball Game
Where: Modern Woodmen Park
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Price: $5
Liam O'Neill's Big Turnings Unveiling, Reception, and Talk
Where: Figge Art Museum
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Price: FREE
Open Mic Night with Karl Beatty
Where: Barrel House 211
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Public Skate
Where: River's Edge
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $5 and up

 

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bix Bistro

Where: Blackhawk Hotel

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Price: $22.95/Adult, $8.95/Kid age 6-12, FREE/Kids 5 & under

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Sunday Specials

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Price: $3 craft and domestic drafts

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Monday, September 15

 

Live Lunch with Lewis Knudsen

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Mexican Monday

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: $3 Margaritas & $6 Tacos

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Nifty 50's

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and up

Website

Tuesday, September 16

 

$5,000 Free Play Frenzy

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Acoustic Music Club

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Bar Wars Trivia

Where: Me & Billy

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price: $5 Coors Light pitchers/$6 Cheeseburgers, fries, and Old Style Light

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Class: Figure Drawing

Where: Figge Art Museum

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: $20/3 classes/student; $30/3 classes/adult; $12/single session

Website

 

Drop-In Hockey (Adult)

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website

 

Freight House Farmers Market
Where: Freight House Building and Parking Lot
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: FREE

 

It's Firkin Tuesday!

Where: Barrel House 211

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Price: $3 Burger Baskets

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Open Studio

Where: Re-Cre8 Studio

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Price: $25

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Quad City Kix Band

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

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Vino van Gogh

Where: The Phoenix

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Price: $38

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Wednesday, September 17

 

$1500 Weekday Winning Slot Tourney

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: 100 points/entry; 10 entries max/guest

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Acoustic Open Mic Night

Where: River Music Experience, Community Stage

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

"Anchor Quote" Painting

Where: Re-Cre8 Studio

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Price: $30

Website

 

Attack of the Casks

Where: Great River Brewery

Time: 5:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: N/A

Boetje's Mustard Night
Where: Me & Billy
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $13
Bucktown Center for the Arts
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Japanese Artist Anna Ito- Calligraphy art, ZEN art stones, & Statement Jewelry Exhibit
Where: Bucktown Center for the Arts, Showcase #1
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Price: Available for purcase at affordable prices
Making Natural Household Cleaners
Where: QC Food Hub
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Price: $12

Nifty 50's

Where: Rhythm City Casino

Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Open Jam Session

Where: Brady Street Pub

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Price: FREE

Website

 

Public Skate

Where: River's Edge

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $5 and Up

Website

 
Author Elke Ertle speaks on her book Sunday, Sept. 14th @ 2pm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:51

WALLED-IN A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom by Elke Ertle

Join us for her presentation, a discussion, & book signing on SUNDAY. SEPT. 14TH -2PM

Elke Ertle will speak on her memories of living in West Berlin during the Cold War. In her memoir, Walled-In, J. Elke Ertle shares what it was like to grow up in West Berlin, Germany, during the aftermath of World War II, a time when the city was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet occupation sectors. Initially, forty percent of all structures in the city were destroyed. There was little food or shelter. Many died, but Elke's family survived.

Interweaving history with personal experiences, J. Elke Ertle takes the reader on a remarkable journey into her closely supervised, yet happy childhood, her youthful disillusionment, and her deliberate, albeit difficult decision to choose freedom.

Thank you to our Sponsor!

This event is a part of the programming for GAHC's latest exhibition Berlin: Divided Past/United Future. This exhibit and programming is sponsored by the H. J. Dane Law Firm of Davenport. We are grateful for their generous support in bringing the exhibit and companion programming to the Quad City community.

More info!
Watch Elke's interview with the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lCh0uFDtm4

Find out more about her book here: http://walled-in-berlin.com/

Visit the German American Heritage Center this month and receive a coupon for $2 your $5 Admission to the Pioneer Village Harvest Moon Song & Dance Fest on Sunday, Oct. 5th from 1-5! 7 bands, 3 dance groups, 100 years of rural American Music! Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village- 18817 290th St. Long Grove, IA 52756 Tickets are just $2 for kids!

 
Our Season has started! Community support is going strong... and we'd like you to meet Madeleine! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:50
Demanding rehearsals are underway as our dancers prepare to enthrall and bewitch our audiences with the first performance of the season,Dracula. Please join us at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Avenue, Moline, IL on October 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, you won't want to miss the sensual choreography of this most popular ballet.

The celebration continues after Saturday night's performance. You'll be under the spell of Dracula and want to attend the best Halloween Costume Party of the season. Hosted by Domingo Rubio, aka Count Dracula!  Where you'll "drink" delicious wine and "bite"  tasty snacks... and of course, there will be lots of spook-tacular surprises.  

Costumes are optional but highly encouraged!

Ticket Prices:  $22 - Adult | $12 - 18 and Under
We accept Check or Credit Card.
Call 309-786-3779 to purchase.

 
CITY CIRCLE PRESENTS THE 2014 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:37

Celebration includes 8 new 10-minute plays September 20 and special performances of Sue Gilbert’s Catchin’ the Babies September 18 and 20

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents the 2014 New Play Festival on Saturday, September 20 at 7pm. City Circle will also remount Sue Gilbert’s one-woman play about pioneer midwife Annie MacFarlane on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 20 at 2pm.  The Festival is sponsored by Cedar Rapids-based Heuer Publishing and celebrates emerging voices in theater.

All performances take place at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts at 1301 5th Street in Coralville.  Tickets are $12; packages for both the New Play Festival and Catchin’ the Babies are $20.  Tickets are available by phone at 319.248.9370, online at coralvillearts.org, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

The Saturday evening performance will feature eight brand new 10-minute plays by writers with Iowa ties.  The plays present a wide variety of tone, styles, and subject matter.  Some contain adult themes and language.

Boy In A Cage by Catherine Shook, directed by Robyn Calhoun.
An allegory of what can happen when a man’s sexuality is suppressed.

Hot In The Kitchen by Christopher Okiishi, directed by Elijah Jones
A radio cooking show staring high-energy, mildly naughty hosts Phil and Phyllis.

Lovely Wonderful Thoughts by Elizabeth Breed, directed by Mary Sullivan
What if Peter Pan came to a modern-day Darling family?

On the Possibilities of Endings by Jennifer Fawcett, directed by Scott Strode
A thoughtful look at the moment before leaving this world.

Shoving It In The Alleyway by Elijah Jones, directed by Patrick Du Laney
A comedic look at a drug deal gone wrong.

The Concentrated Masses by Duane Larson, directed by Adeara Jean Maurice
A farcical look at corporate America.

They Grow Up So Fast by Duane Larson, directed by Scott Strode
A father’s hilarious attempt at sending his son out into the world.

Wednesday Night Witness by Amy White, directed by Liz Tracey
Two boys’ disturbing conversation in the library.

Catchin’ the Babies
As part of the New Play Festival week, City Circle is also presenting a remount of Sue Gilbert’s award-winning play Catchin’ the Babies on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 20 at 2pm.  Catchin’ the Babies was developed through two previous New Play Festivals and is a glimpse into early pioneer life, as seen through the eyes of Annie MacFarlane, a half-Cherokee, half-Irish midwife. In February 2007, Catchin’ the Babies competed in the Iowa Association of American Community Theatres Festival and won Best Play, Best Female Actor, and Best Set Design (Michael Blake).  It is directed by John Harper. 

About the playwrights

Elizabeth Breed is an Iowa City native; her first show was produced at City High when she was fifteen.  She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where more of her plays premiered.  She has performed in both the Iowa City area and in her current home of St. Louis, Missouri.

Jennifer Fawcett is an Iowa City based writer and the Associate Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre.  Her most recent play for WGT, Out of Bounds, was awarded the NEFA National Theatre Project Award.  Other plays for WGT include The Broken Chord (Hancher commission), After Ana (In the Raw Series/Englert), The Toymaker’s War, Atlas Of Mud, Telling: Iowa City (co-written with Jonathan Wei) and Odysseus Iowa (co-written with Sean Lewis).  Her play Birth Witches premiered at Riverside Theatre and was nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg Award.  She was the NNPN Emerging-Playwright-In-Residence at Curious Theatre Company (Denver) and is the winner of the National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center.  A graduate of the University of Iowa MFA Playwrights Workshop, Jennifer's plays have been produced at the Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project (Nashville), The Drilling Company (New York), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), the Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY), Alcyone Festival (Chicago), Theatre Masters (Aspen/West Palm Beach), the Hatchery Festival (Washington, DC) and in festivals across Canada.

Formally a stalwart of the Iowa City Community Theatre and then a founding member City Circle Acting Company, Sue Gilbert has worked in theatres all over the Midwest as an actor, director, designer, costumer and now playwright.  She has appeared on stage in shows as diverse as The Rocky Horror Show, The Lion in Winter, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Come Back Little Sheba and The Boys Next Door.  Sue is also a historical re-enactor across three centuries teaching children and adults about the lives and skills of our ancestors.  Her work as a re-enactor led to writing Catchin' the Babies, the family stories about her 2x Great Grandmother that became a play.

Elijah Jones is a recent graduate of Iowa City High School.  He got his first stage experience at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and has performed for City Circle and other local theater groups for the last four years.

Duane Larson lives in Cedar Rapids and has previously had plays produced for TCR's Underground Festival and MVLCT's Slices of Life, and has been a member of the Black Dogger's playwriting group. Duane has performed with TCR, MVLCT, ICCT, and Usher's Ferry Theatre, among others.

Christopher Okiishi is a native Iowan and over 20 year resident of Iowa City.  His work has been seen at Riverside Theater (Walking the Wire), SPT Theater (Tales from the Writer's Room), No Shame Theater (including seven "Best of" and one "Best of Best of" events), and Working Group Theater (Was the Word).  His play Faithless was made into an independent film in 2001.  He divides his days between four mental health facilities as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Catherine Shook is a senior at the University of Iowa, focusing on creative writing.  She had her playwriting debut last year at the University’s 10 minute play festival with her piece Just One Puff and recently completed a staged reading of Too Few To Mention for the fall non-mainstage season.

Amy White of Mt. Vernon is a member of the Black Doggers playwriting group and serves on the board of directors of Mt Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre.  Her plays and monologues have been produced locally bu MVLCT, Dreamwell, City Circle and Riverside, and by groups as far as Kansas City and Madison.  Her most recent production was Someone Who Knew Her, based on the 1959 murder of Lisbon teenager Marlene Padfield.  Amy is a volunteer speech coach at Mt Vernon High School and director of the Lisbon Public Library.

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YOUNG FOOTLITERS PRESENTS THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE SEPTEMBER 12-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:50

Young Footliters presents Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of the C. S. Lewis novel The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for 4 performances, September 12-14 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The production features 32 local children in 4th grade through 10th grades and is directed by Matt Falduto.  Hills Bank is the supporting sponsor.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Friday, September 12 at 7pm, Saturday, September 13 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, September 14 at 2pm.  Tickets are $7 - $12 and are available online at www.coralvillearts.org, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

Robinette’s adaptation features the characters of the novel – the four children, the talking animals, the White Witch and her followers, and the great lion Aslan – in a timeless setting that contemporary children can identify with.   Director Falduto worked to create an empowering experience for the children who are in the cast and those in the audience, helping them understand the themes of the story.  For example, he says that as a child, he “loved that Edmund could screw up, find forgiveness, and then become the hero.  To me, that’s a very powerful message for our kids to learn.”  This adaptation also presents a strong, brave Susan and a Peter who finds strength in emotion and empathy, portrayed by real life siblings Emma and David Bluder.

Young Footliters is a program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts offering children and teens fun, creative, and educational theater arts opportunities in a safe, positive, and professional environment.  Young Footliters aims to produce quality productions and classes that promote responsibility, confidence, leadership, cooperation, and arts appreciation.

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