Diana Nollen

Arts and Entertainment writer at The Gazette



Coe reception to honor Grant Wood

CEDAR RAPIDS - For the first time in a generation, Coe College is loaning three large Grant Wood mural panels to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

The paintings will be part of a large exhibition titled #x201c;Grant Wood: Amer ... »

Local performers jazz up Orchestra Iowa’s holiday concert

Eddie Piccard will be jazzing up the holidays with Orchestra Iowa in a trio of weekend Holiday Spectacular performances, for a trio of reasons.

#x201c;He's got a great following, and I haven't really worked with him for the many years that I've be ... »

REVIEW: Straight No Chaser serves up intoxicating blend of holiday spirits in Iowa City

IOWA CITY - Straight No Chaser added a most welcome chaser to its Hancher mix Friday night. After an hour of silky smooth a cappella harmonies shaking up pop tunes and standards, the nine vocalists added nearly another hour of holiday favorites, turned ... »

New twists for Cedar Rapids holiday parade

Five years ago, Corey and Dee Chestnut of Cedar Rapids met on a blind date at the city's Holiday DeLight Parade. But how would they find each other in the crowd? By dressing as Waldo, the storybook character who hides in plain sight in a candy cane-stri ... »

REVIEW: A new ‘Christmas Carol’

AMANA - Charles Dickens' tale of two Scrooges has never been told in a more brilliant way on any Eastern Iowa stage.

Artistic director Sean McCall has discovered the perfect adaptation for the The Old Creamery Theatre's intimate stage. Patrick Bar ... »

The Four Seasons, led by original member Frankie Valli, coming to Cedar Rapids

The City of Five Seasons is about to welcome The Four Seasons - led by the legendary Frankie Valli.

The original Jersey Boy and his new lineup will perform Friday (12/1) at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.

"We're really ... »

Get out of the house this holiday weekend: Area museums, theaters offer plenty of holiday diversions

Had your fill of turkey and football, but don't know what to do with all those leftover holiday guests? Here are some local sites with sights to behold, ready to welcome all ages with open arms. For even more ideas, go to ... »

Nickelodeon rewards Iowa girl’s relief efforts

Whenever Raegan Junge of rural Keystone hears about a natural disaster via the news or Facebook, she springs into action.

#x201c;I will pack up a box with personal items - little items like toothbrush, toothpaste, stuff like that - then I will get ... »

Maquoketa artist seeks to open dialogue on misperceptions

When talk of building a wall between the United States and Mexico sprang up, artist Rose Frantzen of Maquoketa began thinking about ways to tear down walls between people.

Another portraiture project became her medium.

An eight-month Smithso ... »

University of Iowa alum stretches her yoga boundaries, all the way to Cambodia

AMANA - Lily Allen-Duenas may turn into a mermaid on a Cambodian beach after Dec. 1.

Or perhaps a downward-facing dog or a warrior or something even more exotic, when the marketing manager for the Old Creamery Theatre embarks on a new adventure. ... »