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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

JULY

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PARTY ON THE PATIO
Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by Friends of the Hearst
Come jam with us to local live acoustic music on the Corning Patio. Thank you to Second State Brewery for refreshments. Popcorn will also be provided. *Inclement weather concerts will be held in Mae Latta Hall.

July 11: California and Sunnyside
July 18: Ace Jones
July 25: Karla and Deb
August 1: Zoot and Newt

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ARTISANS IN THE GARDEN
Sunday, July 14 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.  

Celebrate art from times past with local artisans showcasing their crafts. Participate in art activities for all ages with The Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild; “Do a Little Weaving on a Little Loom” piece, Hearst Education Crew; candle making, Thursday Painters; watercolor painting, and Uncle Stinky; blacksmithing. Buy art from local artists at the expo, enjoy delicious food from Concept Kitchen, and listen to the sweet tunes of musician, Uncle Finch.

 

Follow our social media for continued exciting updates on this event.

AUGUST

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FRIENDS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP CELEBRATION WITH THE AVEY GROUWS DUO Thursday, August 22 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Friends of the Hearst
Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy an outdoor evening filled with live music and food trucks. Avey Grouws Band blends blues, roots, rock, and soul as powerfully as the Mississippi River runs through their home in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. Led by powerhouse vocalist Jeni Grouws and ace guitar man Chris Avey, the twotime top ten Billboard charting band are known for their gritty sound and engaging shows. Learn how your membership donations are being used during the Friends of the Hearst Annual meeting while enjoying local food from vendors on site. Friends of the Hearst will share projects and events made possible through membership donations over this past year. We invite all members and prospective members!

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RED HERRING THEATRE PRESENTS: BAD BOOKS

Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Written by Sharyn Rothstein; Directed by Sam Card; Sponsored by Jones Law Firm, Mike and Rita Waggoner, and the Friends of the Hearst.

Synopsis: A worried mother comes to the library for what she thinks will be a reasonable, polite discussion about which books are appropriate for her teenage son. But her confrontation with the town librarian, a woman who cares deeply about her job and her community, sparks a chain reaction of consequences no one expected. Equal parts heartbreakingly poignant and absurdly funny, Bad Books leaves audiences wondering what it truly means to care for our children. A raucous and brash debate in the quietest place in America... the library

FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES

Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit finalthursdaypress.com for links 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.

August 29: Vince Gotera | Iowa Poet Laureate Vince Gotera launches his latest poetry collection, Dragons and Rayguns, at the inaugural event of the 24th season of the FTRS. Enjoy a late summer night with fantasy and science fiction poetry.

SEPTEMBER

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MARY SWANDER PRESENTS: SQUATTERS ON RED EARTH

Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m

Sponsored by Friends of the Hearst

Actor, Rip Russell; Director, Brant Bollman; Music Composer, Laura Hudson Kittrell; Costume Designer, Michele Payne Hinz; Set Designer, Shelley Buffalo; Puppet Designer, Monica Leo. Squatters on Red Earth is a one-man touring play that explores the positive relationship that the Amana Colonies have had with the Meskwaki Indigenous people.

 

Synopsis: The Amana Inspirationists fled religious persecution in their homeland in Germany only to become part of the white settler land grab in the United States. The Inspirationists sought productive land hidden from the rest of the mainstream society in the Iowa River Valley where they encountered the Meskwakis and their long agricultural tradition. The two groups, both agrarian and communal with strong spiritual beliefs, managed to live together peacefully, with a mutual respect for the ecology and sacredness of the land.

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OUTDOOR CONCERT WITH FORREST MCCURRAN

Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Forrest McCurren comes from the heart of the heartland, where the foothills of the Ozarks meet the Big Muddy: The Middle-of-Missouri. Blazing his own trail while stylistically tipping his hat to the songwriting giants of the past, McCurren wields the magic of lyricism to cast a light on the many intricacies of everyday life set against vignettes of Middle America. Tackling topics such as: wise words from waitresses, heartbroken high school football standouts, and tattooed trailer park lovers, McCurren writes songs for good people that got bad grades in school, are drunk on dreams, and still trying to figure out if life is sour or sweet.

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