November IAS features the Co'Motion Dance Theatre, Cedar Valley House Concerts and more!

Oct 31, 2014

As you start to plan for Thanksgiving, prepare to mark your calendars with these exciting arts events already happening this month in Iowa. The November Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Kathy Eldon on the life and photographs of her son, Dan Eldon, currently on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in “The Restless Spirit: American Art from the Collection”

·         Iowa Public Radio’s producer Tony Dehner delving into the Cedar Valley House Concerts, hosted by Darice Mangin.

·         Tim Schiffer reviewing the many exciting exhibits currently showing at the Figge Art Museum

·         Valerie Williams sharing details about Iowa’s Co’Motion Dance Theatre

·         and Michael Egel talking about the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2nd Stages Series, featuring a collaboration with StageWest Theater and two educational events revolving around World Aids Day

Currently on display from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s permanent rotating display, The Restless Spirit: American Art from the Collection, are the photographs of the former Reuter’s war correspondent Dan Eldon. The theme of his exhibit is The Nation Wars. Kathy Eldon, speaks about her son’s career and gives more details on his amazing life and exhibit.

Iowa Public Radio’s Tony Dehner goes behind the scenes with the Cedar Valley House Concerts. Over the last 6 years, Darice Mangin has been opening her home to traveling singer-songwriters and giving them an intimate place to perform—right in her own living room. The concerts can be found on Facebook and Tumblr, and on her website at

Tim Schiffer, executive director of Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, highlights their exhibit African American Art since 1950. He also reviews Against the Grain: Wood Art from the Figge Collection, the 2014 College Invitational, Artists First: College Art Faculty of the Quad Cities, and Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Museum.

Valerie Williams, Co-founder of Co’Motion Dance Theatre in Ames, shares an insider’s view of her unique dance studio. The ensemble travels for residencies and performances in different venues across the Midwest, with the mission of spreading dance education to people of all ages.

Michael Egel, Artistic Director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, shares insight into the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2nd Stages Series which collaborates with the StageWest Theater Company. The two titles chosen include the Des Moines Metro Opera’s performance of Jake Heggie’s opera Three Decembers and the StageWest Theater Company’s production of Paula Vogel’s play The Baltimore Waltz. Michael also mentions two education events happening in tandem with the opera and the play. Everyone has a Name is an art exhibit opening on November 15 at Grand View University. They are also hosting a Community World AIDS Day poetry event at the Des Moines Social Club. 

You can now listen to the the November show right here! Join us every month for the Iowa Arts Showcase on IPR Classical, on the first or second Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.