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Springtime with the Arts
posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016  Post Comment

Whether you are celebrating your mom, Memorial Day or doing something just for you this May, there are plenty of arts and cultural happenings this month all throughout The Corridor. 

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 150+ arts and culture partners. Here is a small sampling for May: 

4/29/16 – 1776 – The Coralville Center for Performing Arts presents an award-winning musical that tells the story of John Adams and his struggle to convince his colleagues to vote for independence. This is a rousing, funny, smart tale of the founding of our great nation in 1776 with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone. Shows are Friday, April 29-30 and May 6-7at 7:30 p.m., and May 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$27 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-248-9370. 

4/29/16 – Steeple People Old Creamery Theatre invites you to a brand new southern gospel comedy. Great gospel tunes are performed by the “Steeple People” men’s quartet of Stinking Creek, Tennessee as they sponsor a benefit concert and clothing drive with tight harmonies, terrific music and lots of laughs. Rated G. Performances are April 29-May 22. Main Stage shows are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$30 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 319-622-6034.

 5/7/16 – Mount Vernon’s Chalk the WalkThe Mount Vernon/Lisbon Community Development Group invites you to the 11th annual Chalk the Walk, Iowa’s largest-ever street-painting festival. Scheduled to take place Mother’s Day Weekend, this year’s event will feature the work of more than 300 artists utilizing a downtown city street as a canvas and more than a half-ton of chalk. The two-day festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 7-8. This event is free and open to the general public. 

5/13/16 – Disney’s The Little MermaidTheatre Cedar Rapids brings you one of the most iconic Disney films of all times.  Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order in the ocean's depths. Performances are May 8-June 5. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $24-$39 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8591.

5/21/16 – Marion Arts FestivalMarion Arts Festival presents collaborative, creative merrymaking at it’s finest. Consistently named among the top tier of fine art and fine craft events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival presents 50 nationally sourced artists to an audience of 12,000 patrons. The Marion Arts Fest is a free, family friendly community art party with accessible high quality culture for all. A half marathon and 5K run and fun walk, hands-on art activities and demonstrations complete the event. Join the fun in City Square Park in uptown Marion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

5/21/16 – Big Bad Voodoo DaddyOrchestra Iowa brings back this high-octane, action-packed program of high-energy swing. You’ll be jumpin’ and-a jivin’ all night long with this dance band, sporting their crazy zoot suits. It was an unstoppable hit when they played in the Paramount during its 2012/2013 season, and now they’re back, joined by the full forces of Orchestra Iowa. This event will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$49 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8203.

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