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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 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,, 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.


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

'Scrooge & Marley' showing across U.S. this holiday season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tracy Baim   
Friday, 16 November 2012 11:22

Los Angeles, Chicago week runs plus NYC, Philly, San Francisco and more

Soundtrack features Jason Gould, Matt Alber and more

CHICAGO -Sam I Am Films, producers of "Scrooge & Marley," a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens' classic holiday story, "A Christmas Carol," will show in more than a dozen cities this holiday season.

In Los Angeles, the film runs Nov. 21-27 at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. In Chicago, the hometown film will run one week at the prestigious Music Box Theatre Nov. 29-Dec. 6, including an opening night gala with the actors and filmmakers.

The film will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray in December, and the soundtrack is now available. See
for links to purchase items.

Acclaimed out actor David Pevsner portrays Ben Scrooge while former Saturday Night Live star Tim Kazurinsky appears as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. The film also stars Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch, Megan Cavanagh, Ronnie Kroell, David Moretti, Richard Ganoung, and JoJo Baby. It is narrated by Tony award-winning actress Judith Light. The stars at the gala opening include Pevsner, Schwimmer, Vilanch, Cavanagh, Kroell, Moretti and Ganoung.

"Scrooge & Marley" was shot in Chicago in May and also highlights a host of recognized theatrical actors who round out the cast: Drew Anderson, Christopher Allen, Nicholas Bailey, Allison Torem, Fawzia Mirza, Peter Mohawk, Becca Kaufman, Scott Duff, PJ Powers, Amy Matheny and many more.

Scrooge & Marley features a wide range of music from award-winning singers and bands, with a special end credit song performed by Jason Gould and written for the film by Marsha Malamet, Liz Vidal and Stephan Oberhoff. Other performers in the film and soundtrack include Matt Alber, BETTY, Linda Good, Amber deLaurentis, Becca Kaufman, Jeannie Tanner and more.

Following are the upcoming screenings of the movie (more to be added):

Nov. 21-27: Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 310-478-3836, All shows 1 p.m. Special talk-back with actors Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m.

Nov. 29-Dec. 6, Chicago's Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport,

Wed., Dec. 5, 2012, 7 p.m.: The Seattle at The Rendezvous JewelBox Theatre (2322 2nd Ave., Seattle) will serve as host with proceeds benefiting Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea). This special screening is being presented by The Seattle Lesbian. Tickets are $10 general admission and $25 VIP. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., full bar and food menu available. Brown Paper Tickets: . Facebook event page: .

Thursday, Dec. 6: Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film festival special screening. 8 p.m., $10, at Baywalk Muvico, 151 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Fla.,

Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Michigan,

Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, Mich., 616-459-4788,

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Cinema Center, 437 East Berry St., Fort Wayne, Ind., 260-426-3456, .

Sunday, Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m. at The Fleur Cinema, 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa, 515-287-4545, $10; advance tickets available at the theater,

Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Philadelphia Ritz East, 125 South Second Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 215-925-7900, Direct ticket link:

Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Camelot Theatre, Palm Springs, 2300 E. Baristo Rd., 760-325-6565 Cast David Pevsner, Ronnie Kroell and David Moretti will do a post-show talk-back. Benefit for Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 3:15 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, Calif. In a double-header with "Hannah Free" starring Sharon Gless, 1 p.m., $8, start time, "Scrooge & Marley at 3:15 p.m., $10. Tickets available at the door prior to showtime,

Sunday, Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m., Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 937-767-7671.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St., Columbia, SC,

Thursday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m., Landmark Theatres Sunshine Cinema, 143 W. Houston St., New York, NY. Tickets:

Friday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:45 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 27, 7:45 p.m. at Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N., State Street, Chicago,

Friday, Dec. 21, 7 and 9 p.m., Reel Affirmations XTRA: Monthly Film Series, at Carnegie Institute for Science at 1530 P Street NW,

More screenings to be added in additional cities this December.

The film is also on Tugg, a new website that allows people to create their own theatrical screening of current and classic movies at local theaters. See .


"Scrooge & Marley" is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens' timeless tale of a man's redemption at the holidays-thanks to the help of three ghostly spirits-comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion. The film is based on an original script by Ellen Stoneking, Knight and Timothy Imse. It was directed by Knight and Peter Neville. Producers of the film are Tracy Baim ("Hannah Free") and David Strzepek ("Foodgasm"), joined by several co-producers (Knight, Neville, Stoneking, Kroell, and Moretti) and noteworthy crew.

Full cast and production team bios at .

Twitter:!/ScroogeMarleyCH .

On Facebook see .

Holiday Gifts from Ballet Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D. Koster   
Friday, 16 November 2012 10:44
Upcoming Performances

The Nutcracker

December  1 & 2, 2012

Paramount Theatre Cedar Rapids, Iowa


December 8 & 9, 2012

Adler Theater Davenport, IA


for the Davenport performances in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office

or online at []

Join us after the Saturday evening December 8th 7:30pm performance for a special
reception to meet the dancers in the lobby of Hotel Blackhawk - light food will
be served compliments of Hotel Blackhawk


Love Stories


February 16th

1:00pm & 7:30pm

Scottish Rite Cathedral Moline, IL


Saturday, April 20th

1:00pm & 7:30pm

Adler Theater Davenport, IA


Ballet Under the Stars


Our Gift to the Community

Friday, June 7th

Saturday, June 8th

Sunday, June 9th

Lincoln Park Theater

Rock Island, IL
Dec. 8 @ 1:00 PM

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