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Passion of the Christ: Orchestra Iowa, Nordic Choir team up for Bach’s ‘St. John’ masterwork

18 March 2012 | 12:01 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Iowa City area, Music by Diana Nollen

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the music, but a higher power orchestrated his genius through his “St. John Passion.” Timothy Hankewich, music director for Orchestra Iowa, is convinced Eastern Iowa audiences will experience “an extremely deep and profound experience” as the symphony, its ...

REVIEW: Younger Farley finds own voice in family funny business

17 March 2012 | 10:37 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture by Diana Nollen

  By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group CEDAR RAPIDS — Kevin Farley may admittedly be a D-List actor, but he's at least a C-List comedian, even nudging toward a B. Of course it helps to have an older sibling pave the way to Hollywood, tossing bit parts your way, but Farley, a year ...

BEST BETS: Kevin Farley, gems, minerals and fossils, Cabin Fever Comedy Festival

15 March 2012 | 10:31 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Theater by Diana Nollen

Kevin Farley March 16 and 17, 2012 Best known as the younger — by one year — brother of the late “Saturday Night Live” comedian Chris Farley, Kevin Farley followed in Chris’ footsteps and established himself as a comedic screen presence in his own right. Both grew ...

Sláinte! Get ready to go green this weekend

15 March 2012 | 10:09 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Iowa City area, Music, Theater by Diana Nollen

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group Green clothes? Check. Green hats? Check. Green hair? Check. Gigantic green glasses? Check. Green beer? Check. Green eggs and ham? Yuck. However you choose to go green this weekend, join the County Johnson Irish, SaPaDaPaSo folks and others of their ilk for ...

New works, old favorites leaping to Theatre Cedar Rapids stages in 2012-13 season

13 March 2012 | 6:00 pm  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Theater by Diana Nollen

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two blockbusters hot off Broadway and an original script that played to sold-out crowds and standing ovations during the November 2011 Underground Festival will heat up Theatre Cedar Rapids' 2012-13 season. "Legally Blonde" and "Spring Awakening" anchor the season, announced in a news conference ...

The art of chocolate: CR Opera Theatre concocts evening of decadent delights

11 March 2012 | 12:12 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Music by Diana Nollen

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group Sensual, silly and somber. All ways to describe chocolate confections, all ways to describe the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s upcoming extravaganza, “The Art of Chocolate.” Julia Child will bake a cake, Lynne Rossetto Kasper from public radio’s “The Splendid Table” will speak ...

The skinny on chocolate from ‘The Splendid Table’ host

11 March 2012 | 12:01 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Music, Theater by Diana Nollen

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group Once considered diet Kryptonite, chocolate is now in vogue. “People realize it can be very healthy,” says Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of “The Splendid Table” cooking show on public radio since 1995. “It can be healthy for the heart and in small ...

REVIEW: ‘Wedding Singer’ hits retro high notes at Theatre Cedar Rapids

10 March 2012 | 9:31 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Music, Theater by Diana Nollen

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group CEDAR RAPIDS -- "The Wedding Singer" is no "Romeo and Juliet," nor does it try to be. Shakespeare's tragedy has been done and redone, just like the hairdos onstage now through March 31, 2012, at Theatre Cedar Rapids. No, the only tragedies in ...

A new day: Lunasa stirs modern layers into traditional Irish musical brew

8 March 2012 | 8:32 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Iowa City area, Music by Diana Nollen

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group Lunasa marches to the beat of a different drummer, via double bass. No bodhran in sight, band co-founder Trevor Hutchinson has traded his electric bass for the acoustic stand-up kind to bring a new twist to Irish music over the past 16 ...

BEST BETS: ‘Punk Yankees,’ Bar2Bar 5K, ‘Wedding Singer’ and more

8 March 2012 | 12:01 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Culture, Iowa City area, Music, Theater by Diana Nollen

Hancher: ‘Punk Yankees’ March 8, 2012 In a mashed-up digital age swirling with samples, inquiries into ownership and battles over authenticity, the dancers of Lucky Plush are striving to make an original statement by borrowing from other work. An intimate and innovative night of contemporary dance will ...

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