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The Recliners in Concert at Riverside Theatre to Benefit Music Fund PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:58

Iowa City, IA – On Saturday, May 5, Riverside Theatre will be rockin’ with songs from Iowa City’s most eclectic ensemble, The Recliners.

With their wide ranging repertoire there will be something for everyone, from classic ’60s and ’70s numbers to songs by contemporary singer-songwriters, Irish melodies to bluegrass, from Van Morrison and the Beatles to the edgy rock and traditional ballads of Richard Thompson.

Proceeds from this special concert will benefit Riverside Theatre’s Janet G. Altman Fund for Music, which was established in 2008 to enhance collaborations in music and sound at Riverside Theatre. The fund celebrates the memory of Janet Altman, a longtime Riverside friend.

The concert is Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St, Iowa City. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. To order tickets, call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672, noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.


A Rock Island Junior High Anti-Bulling Skit is going on the road…… PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:56
(Rock Island) 17 members of Washington Middle School are heading to Tinley Park, Illinois this Thursday, April 19th to perform the “Stomp Out Bullying” play to 200 educators.  The WJHS Drama Team received state-wide attention for their play when it was featured in an Illinois State Board of Education newsletter last month…and was asked to perform the skit to members attending the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Conference.

The Drama Team is funded through the Lights ON Community Learning Grant and Site Coordinator, Kristie Sullivan, says showcasing what her students can do may inspire other afterschool programs to create drama teams.  She and the students are excited to “hit the road” and get the message out that bullying is wrong and should not be tolerated.  The show was written by the students and the drama teacher, Deb Halstead.

Members of the media will get a “sneak preview” of the play on Wednesday, April 18th at 3:00 pm in the school gym.  The students, Site Coordinator and Drama Team Advisor will be available for interviews.

WHO:  Washington Junior High Drama Team
WHAT:  Sneak preview of play, “Stomp Out Bullying”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2012  3:00 pm
WHERE:  Washington Junior High Gym–3300 18th Ave Rock Island.

ISU Scott County Extension & Outreach Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:25

Internet Players' THE GUARDIAN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nathan Porteshawver   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:22

April 6, 2012

The Internet Players start their rehearsals this week for the upcoming
show, “The Guardian.” A boy named Charles sparks a “green” revolution.
A Story told in song, dance and puppetry.

The play’s theme, ‘A Green Revolution’ was developed in collaboration
with the Davenport Community School District, and it was written by
first time IP collaborator, Kevin Straus.

The show will be performed May 10th-20th at the Village theatre in
East Davenport.  Please see attached poster for more details. Tickets
will be on sale online and at the door.

The Guardian is directed and produced by Nathan Porteshawver and Stage
Managed by Diane Franken. The show features an original score composed
and recorded in Boston, MA by Seth Bailin, and IP Musical Director,
Tony Hartman, in Nashville, TN.

Stage Designer John Hayes is an architect and graphic designer based
out of Chicago. Steve Couch is developing special sound effects and
Michael McPeters, veteran lighting designer at The Village theatre,
will design the lights for the show.

The Guardian stars 7-year old Gage McCalester, a student at Jackson
Elementary and Adam Mohr, a well-trained area actor.

Previous IP actors Jamie Em Bencke, and Nathan Porteshawver return to
the Village Theatre, as parents to the wonderful Charles Caine.

Michael King and Susan Perrin-Sallak pair up against Don Hazen and
Connie Bracey. Meghan Smith and Martha O’Connell will play each
other’s sister. Emily Jawoisz, a local musician will play the part of
the messenger.

Joel Franken and Ron Bellomy hit the stage to set things right in
their special Cameo appearances and Jennifer Little a 10-year old from
Hopewell Elementary plays aspiring new characters.

Dan Portes, Nathan’s father, plays the City’s Mayor in his first time
ever performance. Cindy Ramos-Parmley, Miss Illinois Plus America
plays Omaha County’s leading reporter.

Student interns include Josie Mumm, Dylan Carr, Lia Bellomy, Mathew
Lehna, Jared Svoboda and Deena Gibbs.

Dates:  May 10th through 13th and May 17th through 20th
Time:  7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 pm Sunday
Address:  Village Theatre of East Davenport, 2113 East 11 St.

Contact:  Nathan Porteshawver, Executive Producer, The Internet Players
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USGC Global Update for April 5, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marri Carrow   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:20

Highlights from the Council's Online News Room

News Room:
- USGC's Analysis of USDA's Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks Reports
- Bryan Lohmar Named U.S. Grains Council China Director
Chart of the Week: U.S. Corn Area Planting and Yield
Word from the Ground:
- Council Activities Grow DDGS Demand in Saudi Arabia
- New Buyers Emerge for Brazilian Corn
- An Order for Italian Take-Out
Council News:
- USGC Membership Services Gets Revamped
Council Cast
- Thomas Dorr Audio on China Director
- Wendell Shauman Audio on China Mission

USGC's Analysis of USDA's Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks Reports
Get the U.S. Grains Council's analysis and perspective on USDA's annual publications, Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks. For the full report, CLICK HERE.

Bryan Lohmar Named U.S. Grains Council China Director
The Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bryan Lohmar as its new director in China. In this capacity, Lohmar will oversee the Council's programs in the country while maintaining and fostering key relationships with Chinese policy officials. READ MORE

Chart of the Week: U.S. Corn Area Planting and Yield
According to the recently released USDA reports, U.S. producers are projected to plant a record 95.9 million acres (38.81 million hectares) of corn in 2012 - the highest corn planted area since 1937. More factoids on the 2012 planting season are available here. READ MORE

Word from the Ground: Council Activities Grow DDGS Demand in Saudi Arabia
In a country whose economy is largely dependent on oil exports, the ethanol industry (and related co-products) is often maligned and a large target of contention and discomfort within Saudi Arabia. READ MORE

Word from the Ground: New Buyers Emerge for Brazilian Corn
We are seeing major changes taking place in buyers of Brazilian corn. The biggest surprise is Taiwan, which leads this period, purchasing almost 250,000 metric tons (9.8 million bushels) of corn. READ MORE

Word from the Ground: An Order for Italian Take-Out
The Council’s Japan office participated in the Italian Cuisine Show held last week in Tokyo. More than 3,000 Italian chefs and restaurateurs were on-site to showcase their specialty dishes that featured corn flour as the star ingredient. READ MORE

Council News: USGC Membership Services Gets Revamped
To meet the evolving and expanding demands of our membership, the Council is excited to announce Lyndsey Erb-Sharkey’s position with the Council has been reclassified and re-titled to manager of membership. READ MORE

Council Cast:
Listen here to USGC President and CEO, Thomas Dorr on the new China Director
Listen here to commentary by Wendell Shauman, USGC Chairman, on his recent mission to China

April 9 - 20: The Council, in collaboration with the Sino-U.S. Dairy Management Training Center, will host a corn silage demonstration program in China to expand the demand for feed grains and co-products in the Chinese dairy industry. Two USGC consultants will conduct on-farm consultations and short-course training sessions for local growers to learn about corn silage techniques and the benefits of incorporating U.S. DDGS in livestock rations. For more information, contact Kyle Cromer, USGC international operations coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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