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Springtime Arts, Sun and Fun
posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015  Post Comment

By Rebecca Larkin 

Last month I talked about reviving your spring with the arts. As we wash away the April showers with May flowers, I challenge you to continue making arts and culture a part of your life. Whether you are celebrating your mom, a birthday, Memorial Day or doing something just for you, there are plenty of arts and cultural happenings this month all throughout The Corridor. It’s time to get outside and enjoy the springtime arts, sun and fun! 

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

5/8/15 – American Girl Fashion Show – The Coralville Center for Performing Arts brings you the American Girl Fashion Show. Hosted by The Iowa Children’s Museum, the American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends and favorite dolls! Celebrate the experience of being a girl, whether yesterday or today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Enjoy elegant refreshments, enter to win door prizes and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture and girls’ individual styles. Shows are May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available by calling the Coralville Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 319-248-9370. 

5/8/15 – Disney’s Mary PoppinsTheatre Cedar Rapids brings you a musical based on the similarly titled series of children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, and is a fusion of various elements from the two. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduce us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Performances are May 8-24. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24-$35 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8591.

 5/9/15 – Kirkwood’s Concert BandKirkwood Community College invites you to their spring band concert featuring Kirkwood instrumental students and community musicians under the direction of Dr. Beth Zamzow. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium on Kirkwood’s main campus. Tickets are $5-$10 and may be purchased at the door. 

5/14/15 – Living Legends Tour West Music Company invites you to see and play the very Steinway pianos your musical heroes have performed or recorded upon. These pianos have felt the touch of some of the world's greatest artists, including:

Keith Jarrett, Diana Krall, McCoy Tyner, David Benoit, Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Bruce Hornsby, Allen Toussaint, Ramsey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Fred Hersch, Regina Spektor, Jason Moran and Billy Joel. This is your opportunity to discover the responsive touch and superior sound that enthrall the world's most renowned musical artists. It's your opportunity to imagine the electricity of your favorite performer's fingertips. It's your opportunity to touch greatness. Tour dates are May 14-20. Playing appointments are free can be scheduled by calling 319-351-2000. 

5/16/15 – Marion Arts FestivalMarion Arts Festival is excited to bring you collaborative, creative merrymaking at its finest. Consistently named among the top tier of fine art and fine craft events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival presents 50 nationally sourced artists, offering both fine art and fine craft to an audience of 14,000 patrons. The Marion Arts Fest is a free, family friendly, come-as-you-are community art party with accessible high quality culture for all. A half marathon and 5K run & fun walk, hands-on art activities and demonstrations complete the event. Join the fun in City Square Park in beautiful uptown Marion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

5/16/15 – Cirque MusicaOrchestra Iowa is proud to take audiences on a journey to a faraway land of dazzling beauty and mystery. The show blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music from classical and popular repertoire. Audiences are treated to a full sensory experience that will have them on the edge of their seats and in awe of the beauty, thrills and majesty that is….Cirque MUSICA. Performances are May 16 at 7:30 p.m. and May 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $27-$54 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8203. 

5/29/15 – Clue: The Detective Game Event – The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art invites you to dress up as your favorite character from the board game "Clue" or in the fashion of the 1940s if you choose. Unique drinks, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, a social Clue game, unlimited mysteries and a silent auction await you! The fun starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 319-366-7503, ext. 207. 

5/30/15 – Junkin’ for a Cause – The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy invites you to a spectacular junkin’ event. Shop for antiques, collectibles, art, home and office furniture, estate items, household décor, music equipment, sporting goods, lawn and garden items, and much, much more. Junkin’ time is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public.

Rebecca Larkin is a member of the ICCA Board of Directors and Marketing Coordinator at Kirkwood Community College.


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