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Ballet QC 2012-2013 Season Tickets on Sale! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 August 2012 08:31

Ballet Quad Cities 2012-2013 Season Tickets






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You don't want to miss the exciting 2012-2013 season with LIVE MUSIC, the return of

Domingo Rubio, plus amazing performances!


Ballet Quad Cities' 16th season will include live music with Orchestra Iowa for both the holiday favorite The Nutcracker and the most beloved fairytale of all times Cinderella.

Ballet Quad Cities' historic 2012-2013 season officially opens September 28 and 29 as Dracula is performed at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline, with renowned artist Domingo Rubio dancing the lead role of Dracula. The original choreography and music collage is by the company's resident choreographer Deanna Carter; the ballet loosely follows the Bram Stoker's piece of literature "Dracula".



2012-2013 marks the beginning of an exciting cultural partnership between the Ballet and Orchestra Iowa. The two premier state performing arts organizations team up for two classic productions. The Nutcracker and Cinderella will be staged at both the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and the Adler Theatre in Davenport.


Waltz of the Flowers


Annual subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season may be made by downloading the order form TODAY!






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Scott County Board of Supervisors' Tentative Agenda Aug 13 - 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Friday, 10 August 2012 07:56
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

Facilities & Economic Development

1. Approval of temporary road closures for the Quad City Air Show. (Item 1)

2. Approval of the first reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 10, Sec. 10-10 of the
Scott County Code to establish a new "No Parking" area in Parkview. (Item 2)

3. Approval of purchase of an aluminum box culvert. (Item 3)

4. Approval of award of bid for fine paper purchase. (Item 4)

5. Approval of award of bid for the purchase of a Jail transport vehicle for the Sheriff's
Office. (Item 5)

Human Resources

6. Discussion of pending litigation pursuant to Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c). - CLOSED

7. Approval of personnel actions. (Item 7)

Finance & Intergovernmental

8. Discussion of setting upcoming canvass dates: North Scott School District Election
on Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 a.m. and General Election on Wednesday,
November 14 at 1:00 p.m.

9. Approval of beer/liquor license for Mickey's Country Cafe.

10. Resolution approving the appointment of Tony Brus (Muscatine County appointment)
to the Benefited Fire District #6. (Item 10)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Regular Board Meeting - 5:30 pm
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center


1. Urban County Coalition update by Murphy Consultants.

Theatre Cedar Rapids Volunteers Recognized at Annual Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Charipar   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:48
August 7, 2012 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Theatre Cedar Rapids celebrated its 2011-12 season by honoring volunteers at Ovations Saturday, August 4, 2012.
The awards program featured video montages of every production from the past season; remarks by directors and staff members; and special awards for actors and a variety of volunteers. The celebration also included naming TCR's Volunteer of the Year.  Images of the event can be viewed at TCR's volunteer Facebook gallery by clicking here.
Award Recipients:
  • Volunteer of the Year
    • Emmy Palmersheim
  • Fed Hedges Lifetime Achievement Award  
    • Joan Sammons
  • Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play 
    • Andy Lesieur as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland
  • Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play 
    • Marty Norton as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Golden Badge Award  
    • Doreen Meier
  • Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play  
    • David Morton as Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
  • Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play  
    • Lindsay Prince as Georganne Darby in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
  • Technical Volunteer of the Year  
    • Rachel Potthoff
  • Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical  
    • Aaron Canterbury as George in The Wedding Singer
  • Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical  
    • Tina Conroy as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray
  • Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical  
    • Michael Holmes as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray
  • Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical  
    • Emma Drtina as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Youth  
    • Josh Payne as Link Larkin in Hairspray
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Youth  
    • Carly Herron as Penny Lou Pingleton in Hairspray
  • 2011-2012 Season Spirit Award winners:
    • Lovar Davis Kidd and Conor Schulz for "13"
    • Nicolette Coiner-Winn and Craig Allen for "Superior Donuts"
    • Danny Mulka and Greg Smith for "Damn Yankees"
    • Amy Marner and Lucie Riddell for "A Christmas Carol"
    • Angela Billman, Kevin Hartnett, Nicolette Coiner-Winn for "The Importance of Being Earnest"
    • David Morton and Andrew Clancey for "Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde"
    • Michaela Arnold and Rob Merritt for "The Wedding Singer
    • Rachel Potthoff, Andrea Kelly and Lindsay Prince for "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress"
    • Theresa Alt and Len Struttmann for "Alice in Wonderland"
    • Susie Streit and Shari Miller for "On Golden Pond"
    • Mike Holmes and Stephen Banks for "Hairspray"
  • Outstanding Play   
    • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
  • Outstanding Musical   
    • Hairspray




Where’s the Outcry Over Reviving TV News Censorship, Ex-NBC Exec Asks? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:30
Hard-Won First-Amendment Freedom is Again in Bureaucratic Crosshairs, Lawyer Says

While recent protests over proposed legislation addressing media entertainment piracy were loud and widespread, a veteran TV executive says the public seems unaware of an even greater threat to our free speech and a free press.

“People voiced concern about whether SOPA and PIPA (the House and Senate piracy bills) would limit free speech on the Internet. But the resurrection of television’s old Fairness Doctrine, so government could again edit and censor news is a far more ominous threat,” says Corydon B. Dunham, former 25-year NBC-TV executive and author of Government Control of News: A Constitutional Challenge (

“The Federal Communications Commission has drafted a new policy for government control of news.  And even though a special study last year recommended that such a censorship policy be scrapped, it’s still pending, with the potential for action. Frankly, I’m surprised there is no outcry or debate about this political threat to distort news and speech and suppress them.”

The FCC’s proposed new Localism, Balance and Diversity Doctrine mirrors many aspects of the long-dead Fairness Doctrine, he says. That doctrine was revoked in 1987 when the FCC and the courts found that it had suppressed news, chilled speech, imposed censorship, prevented criticism of the administration then in office, and created an atmosphere of “timidity and fear.”

“The new localism doctrine is very similar.” Dunham says. “It would force television stations to provide government ‘localism’ in news production and coverage – as well as revise news reports to comply with government dictates on news balance and viewpoint diversity. Failure to comply could mean loss of the station license to broadcast.

“It may sound good to some people, but in the past, government investigations and regulation enforcement deterred news broadcasts about public and political issues. to keep their broadcast licenses, stations had to conform their news and political reports to what they believed FCC commissioners would approve or revise news reports to what the commissioners did approve.

“The FCC itself finally revoked that doctrine as against the public interest. Since the FCC is planning to transfer to the internet the broadcast spectrum now used by local TV, news websites ultimately could fall under the new Internet rules.”

Here are some highlights of the old doctrine and the new one:

• The Fairness Doctrine ruled TV news broadcasters from 1949 to 1987. Believing that the communication power of this, at the time, new medium concentrated great power in few hands, the government mandated that broadcast stations provide what the FCC would decide and dictate as  appropriate “contrasting view” coverage.

• Under the Localism Doctrine, enforcement would not only be the job of the FCC, but also of a local board added at each station to monitor programming, including news. the members of that board would be required to recommend against a station’s license renewal if  they thought station programming news was not complying with this new FCC  policy on localism, balance and diversity.

• Under localism rules, a three-vote majority of five politically appointed FCC commissioners at a central government agency would make local news judgments. They would override independent, local TV reporters and editors to impose government agency views on what should be reported and how.

“This new policy, if activated, would directly target news and speech on television and enable an administration to use news coverage to manipulate and influence public opinion about important public and political issues,” Dunham says. “The effect would inevitably be something quite different from independent news.”

That isn’t speculation, Dunham notes. It’s history.

About Corydon B. Dunham

Corydon B. Dunham is a Harvard Law School graduate. His Government Control of News study was initiated at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institute, and expanded and developed for the Corydon B. Dunham Fellowship for the First Amendment at Harvard Law School and the Dunham Open Forum for First Amendment Values at Bowdoin College. Dunham was an executive at NBC from 1965 to 1990. He oversaw legal and government matters and broadcast standards. He was on the board of directors of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Corporate Counsel Association, and American Arbitration Association among other posts.

Charlie Brown Returns to TLP’s Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Parsons   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:33

Mount Carroll, IL-The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse is presenting the classic musical for kids of all ages, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The show, staged by TLP Artistic Director James Beaudry, enjoyed a successful week-long run earlier in the summer and returns August 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 11 a.m. All tickets are $6 and the show runs about an hour.

Cast Shot of Charlie Brown.jpg

Charles Schultz’s beloved Peanuts characters were a mainstay of American comics and television for half a century, and they continue to entertain us in reruns today. Featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Sally and Schroeder, the stage production is full of the joyous wonder, good humor and naive wisdom of these characters that resonate with both children and adults. The musical, based on the original comic strips, was written by Clark Gesner and began its life as a record album in 1966. A year later, the stage adaptation opened in New York City, where it ran for over four years.

The cast includes six performers from TLP’s resident acting company. Charlie Brown is played by Tim Wessel, who thrilled audiences as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls. Anne-Marie Trabolsi, praised for her comedic deadpan as Urleen in Footloose, is Sally Brown, Charlie’s sister. Henry McGinniss (Ren in Footloose) is Schroeder. Zak Jacobs, known for his tremendous skills as a dancer, takes on Linus. Lucy is played by Hayley Gribble, who was unforgettable as Adelaide in Guys & Dolls. Joe Capstick, Nathan Detroit to Gribble’s Adelaide and currently starring as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, plays the lovable Snoopy and serves as choreographer for the production.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at 815-244-2035 during regular business hours, 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. daily. They may also be purchased online Timber Lake Playhouse, located at 8215 Black Oak Road in Mount Carroll, IL is the state’s longest-running professional summer theatre.

Timber Lake Playhouse, What’s Your Story?

This program is partially supported by a grant for the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Production Sponsors are Kunes Country Auto Group and Compliance Signs.


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