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Explore the Arts this May
posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017  Post Comment

Explore the Arts this May


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


5/1/17 – Making God Laugh Old Creamery Theatre invites you to a brand-new comedy that follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years’ worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star — all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations. Rated PG. Performances are May 1-14. Main Stage shows are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.50-$31 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 319-622-6034.


5/5/17 – Annie Get Your Gun – The Coralville Center for Performing Arts presents a bright, funny musical about love and showbiz. This classic musical tells the fictionalized story of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley, and her days as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. As she falls for Frank Butler, formerly the star shooter of the troupe, elements of the battle of the sexes come into play. The show, by Irving Berlin (music, lyrics) and Dorothy and Herbert Fields (book) is bursting with familiar tunes. Showtime’s are May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$27 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-248-9370.


5/5/17 – Peter PanTheatre Cedar Rapids brings you another great classic. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night, and with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and the villainous Captain Hook. Performances are May 5-28. Showtime’s are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $31-$40 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8591.


5/6/17 – 1001 Arabian NightsOrchestra Iowa performs Rimsky-Korsakov's masterpiece, "Scheherazade," and Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite, and the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Liszt featuring guest pianist Andreas Klein. Undeniably Slavic in character and feel, 1,001 Arabian Nights explores the storytelling mastery of the Russian culture. Come enjoy an evening that explores the storytelling mastery or the Russian culture. This event will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$16 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8203.


5/6/17 – Kirkwood Concert Band and Chamber Winds ConcertKirkwood Community College invites you to the final performance of the semester. The concert will feature Kirkwood’s concert band and chamber winds, both under the direction of Joe Perea, director of instrumental music at Kirkwood Community College. This concert will be held in Ballantyne Auditorium and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10 and available at the door or by emailing


5/6/17 – Maifest – The Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to celebrate spring in the historic village of Amana with Maifest. The festivities start Saturday morning with a parade at 10 a.m. Plenty of kids' activities Maipole dancing and German folk music are offered throughout the weekend. This event is free and open to the public. Visit for a full schedule of events.


5/20/17 – Marion Arts FestivalMarion Arts Festival presents 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 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.

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