Diana Nollen

Arts and Entertainment writer at The Gazette



Preview: “Happy Hour” by Monica Bill Barns & Company, to kick off Hancher’s 45th anniversary season

Audiences seldom sit passively at a Monica Bill Barnes & Company dance event.

True to form, observers will be part of the action when the New York dancers bring their #x201c;Happy Hour#x201d; to Hancher's Strauss Hall on Aug. 24 and 25.

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Connor bringing eclectic slide to Czech Village Blues

Czech Village will be singing the blues Saturday evening, and organizers are just fine with that.

The outdoor area along 16th Avenue SW is a good fit for bringing back the Linn County Blues Society's annual summer celebration, said entertainment c ... »

Former ‘Idol’ winner DeWyze not running on idle, performing in Cedar Rapids Aug. 16

"American Idol" is where America first heard Lee DeWyze, but that wasn't the real indicator of his artistry.

"I'm a songwriter first," the Chicago native, now 31, said by phone from his home in Los Angeles.

Since winning Season 9 in 2010 ... »

Garrison Keillor sharing golden year in tour coming to Cedar Rapids

Garrison Keillor retired from #x201c;A Prairie Home Companion#x201d; on July 1, 2016, after 42 years on the show, but the public radio icon still has stories to tell.

So even though he came to Cedar Rapids with his farewell tour in August 2015, he ... »

Capacity crowd, stars mingle at Collins Road Theatres for ‘Amelia 2.0’ world premiere

MARION - The wave of the future created a tidal wave of anticipation Friday for the world premiere of #x201c;Amelia 2.0#x201d; at Collins Road Theatres in Cedar Rapids.

All 850 tickets were snapped up, filling all five auditoriums screening the s ... »

Review: ‘Amelia 2.0’ gains new (artificial) life

If you could turn a play into a movie, should you? Yes - if that play is Rob Merritt's compelling sci-fi drama, #x201c;The Summerland Project.#x201d;

It's a story that takes most of the fiction out of science fiction. Set in the near future, it be ... »

Sidewalk Chalk bringing evolving blend of artistry, social awareness to Iowa Soul Festival

Just as sidewalk chalk the art form leaves its stamp until rain strips it away, Sidewalk Chalk the band creates an ever-changing experience in concert.

The Chicago-based band - featuring MC/frontman Rico Sisney, vocalist Maggie Vagle, Charlie Coff ... »

Futuristic film shot in Cedar Rapids ready to land where journey began

Director Adam Orton and his stars are ready to get their otherworldly tale out into the world.

#x201c;It's been four years since we first started working on it,#x201d; said Orton, 32, of Cedar Rapids. #x201c;I'm excited to see how people re ... »

Sleek, modern stylings of Cedar Rapids home reminiscent of home where Mary Weems grew up

CEDAR RAPIDS - As a young boy delivering newspapers, Mark Weems had been curious about the unusual modern-style house tucked off East Post Road SE, but he had never been there.

Now he lives there.

More or less. He remembers seeing it und ... »

Global modeling agency stages fashion show where journey began

CEDAR RAPIDS - Twenty years ago, Mary Brown sat in her office watching her dreams dissolve through her tears.

Her prospects were as dreary as that February day. Her marriage was ending and her attempts to nurture models and stage local fashion s ... »