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Events & Programs

View all upcoming live concerts, literature/poetry readings,

exhibition openings, and more below.

Email Programs Coordinator to propose an event at the Hearst Center.

Red House Studios:  Located next door to the Hearst Center, this facility offers studio space to artists.  We announce open lease opportunities on this site and our social media.  Thanks to the UNI Art Department for their continued partnership in awarding a recent graduate a sponsored space at the Red House.

Upcoming

All events listed below are free, unless otherwise noted requiring pre registration via Civic Rec

MARCH

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MIDDAY MELODIES
Friday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy classics performed by the UNI School of Music Department students and faculty.

Guest musicians: Anthony Williams directs UNI Trombone Students

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FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Thursday, March 28

Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit finalthursdaypress.com to attend virtually Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month in Mae Latta Hall.

Guest author: J. D. Schraffenberger | Schraffenberger is the author of the recent poetry chapbook, American Sad (Main Street Rag), which Dan O’Brien describes as “deeply moving, unnerving, provocative, darkly comic, and thoroughly recognizable.” His other poetry collections include The Waxen Poor and Saint Joe’s Passion. Schraffenberger is an editor of the North American Review and a professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa.

APRIL

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MIDDAY MELODIES
Friday, April 12 at 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy classics performed by the UNI School of Music Department students and faculty.

Guest musicians: Hannah Porter-Occena directs UNI Flute Students

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BOOK READING: ROSIE THE RIVETERS OF IOWA BY LINDA BETSINGER MCCANN
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. 

Rosie the Riveter was a name used to encourage women to work during WWII to take the place of the men who were fighting the war. Iowa had 70 businesses that used women to meet production of military needs. Linda Betsinger McCann, author, was able to speak with 35 women who had worked as Rosie’s. Some worked in Iowa and others went to the West Coast.

Books are available for purchase, cash or check only.

McCann is an author of non-fiction Iowa history; including Prisoners of War in Iowa; Prohibition in Iowa; several books about the Civilian Conservation Corps in different areas of Iowa; and The Vanished Towns of the Cedar Valley series

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IOWA CHAMBER MUSIC COLLECTIVE
Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a live music concert featuring the stormy Phantasy quartet for piano and strings by Frank Bridge and other chamber works. This diverse group of local musicians founded the Iowa Chamber Music Collective in 2022 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to performing classical concerts for communities in Iowa. Musicians: Daniel Kaplunas, violin, Bethany Washington, violin; John Chiles, viola; Liudmila Lebedeva, cello; Ranee Yang, clarinet; Camille Balleza, piano.

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FILM SCREENING OF HOTSPOTS OF WAVERLY
Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. 

Rated R for language; Run-time is 75 minutes Cornfield Babylon presents its first feature film, Hotspots of Waverly, written and directed by Joe Frenna, starring some of the most talented denizens of the Cedar Valley.  Synopsis: A woman with a wild streak who holds on too long and too hard to everything accidentally finds herself on a serendipitous blind date with a sensitive, careful man who always lets go before things get painful. The mismatched couple must deal with the chaotic collision of their lives and personal psychoses.

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RED HERRING THEATRE PRESENTS: ALL MY SONS
Tuesday, April 40 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Written by Arthur Miller; Directed by Gary Kroeger; Sponsored by Jones Law Firm, Mike and Rita Waggoner, and Friends of the Hearst.

Synopsis: All My Sons by Arthur Miller is a three-act play, which tells of Joe Keller and Steve Deever’s desire for wealth at the expense of twenty-one American soldiers, including Joe’s son, Larry, by selling faulty airplane parts.

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FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Thursday, April 25

Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit finalthursdaypress.com to attend virtually Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month in Mae Latta Hall.

Guest author: Micki Berthelot Morency | Morency is the author of the debut novel, The Island Sisters (BHC Press). Stacy Hawkins Adams says Morency’s writing “leaves you rooting for her characters as if they’re your kin. Her vivid prose paints an unforgettable portrait of Haitian culture and customs, while imparting wisdom and gripping your heart

MAY

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MIDDAY MELODIES
Friday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy classics performed by the UNI School of Music Department students and faculty.

Guest musicians: Bonus Concert! Alex Pershounin directs UNI Bass students

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SIDEWALK CHALK COMMUNITY ART PROJECT
Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Pettersen Plaza

Local artist Katie Walberg will guide participants to create a sidewalk chalk mosaic at Pettersen Plaza in Cedar Falls. All ages are welcome to participate. Stay tuned for more details.

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OUTDOOR SING ALONG CONCERT WITH MET CHORALE
Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearst S

Metropolitan Chorale reprises its popular Cedar Valley Beer Choir at the Hearst Sculpture Garden. Join the choir that sings and BYOB! If you love cool beverages and get the urge to sing along with the performance, you’ll love Beer Choir! No talent is required for this enjoyable participation-optional event. The Chorale will provide their Beer Choir Hymnal, a songbook of 40 drinking song classics, original works, and favorite melodies updated with irreverent lyrics.

Bring a lawn chair and your beverage of choice to join in the fun

JUNE

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OUTDOOR CONCERT WITH CARTER GUSE
Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Singer and songwriter, Carter Guse, is a performer who excites audiences with stories and songs ranging from the 50’s through today’s hits. He is currently attending Belmont University in Nashville and majors in Songwriting and Music Business.

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