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Giving Tree’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ finds success in both humorous and serious moments

Under the direction of Rachel Korach Howell, the cast of the Giving Tree Theater’s production of the play successfully balances the script’s humor — which often asks the characters to slide toward caricature — with its more serious concerns.
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Tenth annual Local Foods Banquet honors Kevin Dietzel

Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) will hold its 10th annual local food banquet on Friday, Nov. 3, at Mercy Medical Center’s Hallagan Center (701 10th St SE, Cedar Rapids) beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $40. […]

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Coe’s Playground of Science celebrates its 15th year

According to Steve Feller, a professor in the Coe College physics department, an annual tradition on campus began in the mind of a student. “The Playground of Science was a Coe student’s idea,” Feller says. “Her name is Sara Campbell. The first year, we had 400 attend, and it went into the low thousands within in three years.” […]

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Interview: Folksinger Richard Shindell on his influences and his love of Cedar Rapids’ CSPS Hall

Songwriter, guitarist and folksinger Shindell returns to CSPS Hall on Wednesday night for a concert presented by Legion Arts. Tickets are still available — $18 in advance and $22 at the door — for the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Shindell will be joined by Marc Shulman on electric guitar. […]

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Gilded Pear explores Framework in their second juried art exhibit

The notion of Framework frames the new juried exhibition at the Gilded Pear Gallery in the Cedar Rapids Med Quarter District (808 3rd Ave. S.E.). Lauren Tucci, gallery assistant and inventory manager, is the coordinator of the show. She says the framework theme arose as waters rose in Cedar Rapids in September 2016. […]

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CSPS Legion Arts-commissioned ‘Pang!’ premieres in Cedar Rapids, exploring poverty on stage

Pang! CSPS Hall — Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 and 8 p.m. Pang!, a production made up of three live radio plays about families struggling with hunger, will have its world premiere performances this weekend at CSPS Hall in the New Bohemia district of Cedar Rapids. Legion Arts, […]

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North America’s only professional marimba quartet makes a stop in Cedar Rapids

The Heartland Marimba Quartet — the only professional marimba quartet in North America — will present a concert at the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (1841 E Ave NE, Cedar Rapids) on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. The concert is free, but a $15 donation is suggested. […]

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Amara Piano Quartet helps the Friends of Music at Coe celebrate a big anniversary

For 25 years, the Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC) has been working to connect the Coe College Music Department with the wider Cedar Rapids community in an effort to build audiences. The group, founded by alumni and friends of Coe, also works to provide enhanced educational opportunities by bringing guest artists to campus. […]

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‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ gives audiences the gift of laughter

Giving Tree Theater is offering audiences a gift: an evening of such silliness that one’s troubles can’t intrude while the stage lights are up. Under the direction of Joe Link, the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors delivers a rapid-fire collection of sight gags, linguistic trickery, recurring bits and general zaniness. […]

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Rothrock on DeWitte: The Cedar Rapids musician opens up about her husband’s illness ahead of a weekend of performances

Vocalist Lynne Rothrock and guitarist Ron DeWitte are fixtures of the Eastern Iowa music scene. They are also married. And together, they are coping with DeWitte’s serious illness. […]

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