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Beat the Winter Blues with the Arts
posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016  Post Comment

As we patiently wait for spring, I’d like to remind you that there’s a calendar full of things happening throughout the Creative Corridor to get you out and about and beating the winter blues. Whether it’s warming up at a local museum, enjoying a theatre or music event, or participating in another fun activity, the Corridor has a little something for everyone! Add a little sunshine to the remaining days of winter through arts and culture.


Visit the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance website,, or browse our mobile app to find a calendar full of fun and exciting winter events brought to you by our 150+ arts and culture partners. Here is a small sampling for March:


3/1/16 – Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week: The Hungry Games – Get your eat on with the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year's edition of Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week will be a week-long social media competition that culminates in a foodie event recognizing the best restaurants the area has to offer. Which restaurant will prove themselves the victors of the most exciting food competition Cedar Rapids has ever experienced? Follow the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau on Facebook at to vote for your favorite participating restaurant! The week's top vote getters will advance to the Dinner of Champions where a Victor will be crowned! Restaurant Week is March 1-6. Lunch is priced at $10 per person and dinner is $25 per person. Find event details and a list of participating restaurants at


3/4/16 – Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams – Dreamwell Theatre presents their production of Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams and directed by Matthew Falduto. Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. Performances are March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Public Space One. Tickets are $10-$13 and can be ordered online at


3/4/16 – Next to NormalTheatre Cedar Rapids is excited to take audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting one family's story with love, sympathy and heart. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Performances are March 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24-$34 and can be purchased by calling the Theatre Cedar Rapids Box Office at 319.366.8591.


3/12/16 – Elvis: Rock ‘N’ Remember, presented by Joseph Hall – Join Coralville Center for Performing Arts for an incredible production featuring the greatest hits of the King of Rock ‘N Roll! Joseph will blow you away as he recreates the legend of Elvis Presley, live, onstage. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$35 and can be purchased by calling the Coralville Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 319.248.9370.


3/12/16 – New Frontiers - Orchestra Iowa brings you a memorable evening of musical daring. Featuring the works of Milhaud, Mozart and Schumann, this concert marks principle bassoonist, Matthew Ransom’s debut performance as a soloist with Orchestra Iowa. Each composer broke new ground in their own unique way whether it was the shocking embrace of 1920’s jazz idioms in Mihaud’s whimsical interpretation of the Creation of the World, Schumann’s exuberant hyper romanticism or Mozart’s unprecedented precocious ease with his musical mastery.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$49 and can be purchased by calling the Orchestra Iowa box Office at 319.366.8203.


3/13/16 – Markus Zusak ReadingThe Linn Area Reads committee is thrilled to bring author Markus Zusak to the Hotel at Kirkwood Center on March 13 at 5 p.m. for a live author event. Markus will sign books following his reading. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha Public Libraries. This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested at

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