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  Culture Corner - Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance Blog
Revive Your Spring with the Arts
posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2015  Post Comment

Spring and springtime often refer to the season, but did you know that spring and springtime also refers to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal and regrowth?

I’d say spring is great opportunity to say good-bye to the winter blues and the perfect time to add some color and freshness back into you life. Arts and culture can do the trick!

While most of the Corridor’s outdoor activities are still a month or so away, there are plenty of other great indoor activities to revive your day. Start your spring off right and enjoy something new. Whether it’s a trip to the theatre, the museum or a local musical performance, don’t let these early spring rainy days stop you from getting out an enjoying some cultural fun!

Visit the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance website, www.culturalcorridor.org, or browse our mobile app to find a calendar full of fun and exciting winter events brought to you by our many arts and culture partners. Here is a small sampling for April:

4/9/15 – A Lost Letter – Join Kirkwood Community College for the ultimate election-time comedy, replete with adulterous governors, cuckolded elder statesmen, corrupt politicians, drunken voters, and incoherent candidates. Sounds familiar? The action happens to take place in 19th-century Romania, but it would be just as valid today in any other part of the world. Translation by Mircea Tomus. Directed by Rick D. Anderson. Performances are April 9-12. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10 and available by emailing Ballantyne@kirkwood.edu.

4/10/15 – Clybourne Park – Theatre Cedar Rapids brings you a riveting show that explodes in two acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Performances are April 10-26. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13-$24 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8591.

4/10/15 – Housebroken – Riverside Theatre presents an exciting world premiere that gleefully skewers the hilarity and heartbreak of buying and selling a house in today’s rocky economy. The offers, the counter-offers, the closings that don’t close, the granite countertops and the cracked foundations cause Megan to question the truth of the American Dream. Written and performed by Megan Gogerty. Directed by Alexis Chamow. Performances are April 10-26. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18-$30 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-338-7672.

4/11/15 – Slow Art Day at CRMA – The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has joined a global event with a simple mission: encourage more people to discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Visitors are invited to come slowly enjoy five pieces of art. A free, informal discussion of experiences and observations with CRMA Associate Curator Kate Kunau will take place in the CRMA Carnegie Library, outside the Museum Store. Bring your own lunch. The pieces selected for Slow Art Day will be available as a list at the front desk near the galleries. Participants are encouraged to spend ten minutes (or more) looking at an individual works. Visitors may make notes or sketches on paper and pencil. The intention is to purposefully immerse yourself in art to have a meaningful experience. Join the fun from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Normal admission rates apply for the galleries, but there are no additional charges.

4/11/15 – The Secret Garden – Old Creamery Theatre is excited to bring you a childhood classic. A golden key opens a secret ivy-covered door to a wondrous garden, for neglected orphan Mary. As she learns how to help the garden thrive, she blooms into a lovely young girl herself all while helping her ill cousin Collin to heal. Friendship and flowers all flourish in The Secret Garden! Adapted by April-Dawn Gladu. Based upon the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Performances are April 11-18. Show times are at 1 p.m. on April 11 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 18. Tickets are $10 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-622-6034.

4/24/15 – Into the Woods – The Coralville Center for Performing Arts is proud to bring you Into the Woods presented by City Circle Acting Company. In their journey in and out of the woods, they meet a woman fleeing a ball, a girl with extraordinary hair, a cow-sick boy, a sweet-loving granddaughter, a couple of princes, and at least one giant. Music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Christopher Okiishi directs this audience favorite. Performances are April 24-May 2. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$27 and available at the Box Office by calling 319-248-9370.

4/26/15 – Jay Unger and Molly Mason – CSPS/Legion Arts is proud to host Jay Unger and Molly Mason. Listen to the timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions. Their performance of Jay’s haunting composition Ashokan Farewell—the musical hallmark of the PBS series—earned the couple international acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy and the PBS series—originally inspired by Jay & Molly’s annual fiddle and dance camps—was nominated for an Emmy. Performance starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 319-364-1580.

Rebecca Larkin is a member of the ICCA Board of Directors and Marketing Coordinator at Kirkwood Community College. rebecca.larkin@kirkwood.edu.


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