Events

December

AUTHOR’S TALK WITH WILMA ADELMUND-CONRADS
Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

The author and artist shares stories from her self-published book Florence, which set in Iowa during World War II and is based on a true story.

The Songbook Trio – This event has been canceled
Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Mae Latta Hall

Theme: Holidays Through the Seasons, It’s Not Just Christmas—We Take You Through the Year with America’s
Iconic Seasonal Favorites

LUNCHTIME CONCERT
Friday, December 10 at noon with musical guest: Jean Hilbert on piano. This concert is a fundraiser to support needed repairs for the Hearst’s Steinway D.

Bring your lunch and enjoy classics performed live by the UNI Music Department students. Thank you to the UNI School of Music for providing amazing musical lunchtime experiences at the Hearst.

BEL CANTO CEDAR VALLEY – ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT AT THE HEARST
Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit and join in for our annual holiday concert. BCCV is a premiere community chamber choir serving the communities of the Cedar Valley that contributes to the cultural enrichment of the community by promoting quality choral music, exploring vast and varied choral repertoire, and encouraging music as a life-long passion.

CEDAR FALLS AUTHORS FESTIVAL
The Cedar Falls Authors Festival was founded in 2017 to celebrate six nationally-known, best-selling Cedar Falls authors, past and present. The year-long festival was such a success that the founders, with the help of the Hearst Center, are launching “Cedar Falls Authors Festival: Volume II.” Partners include the Cedar Falls Public Library, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Cedar Falls.

All events in Mae Latta Hall unless otherwise noted. For more information about upcoming events, visit cfauthorsfestival.org or cedarfallslibrary.org. View a printable pdf for this festival here.

Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.: Poet and Author Vincent Gotera speaks about The Coolest Month (Final Thursday Press, 2019), a collection of poems written for every day of the month of April, in response to multiple NaPoWriMo and Poem-a-Day prompts.

Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.: Grant Tracey discusses his 2020 book Winsome (Final Thursday Press). Winsome follows Eddie Sands, a Korean War vet turned taxi driver, whose efforts to protect people near him quickly entwines him in a tale of jealousy, corruption and redemption. Tracey, a professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, also regularly appears in regional theatre.

January

RED HERRING THEATRE PRESENTS NATIVE GARDENS
Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Written by Karen Zacarias; directed by Bob Filippone; Red Herring Theatre is sponsored by Jones Law Firm
In this comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and privilege.

SOUND BATHING WITH COLLETTE ELLISON
Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Collette Ellison, a certified sound healer, in the gallery surrounded by exhibiting artist Charles Matson Lume’s hearing it get dark (for William Faulkner) installation, for an hour of beautiful sonic tones. Using crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, gongs, drums, monochord, voice, and other sonic tools, Ellison creates vibrations and harmonies to restore natural resonance and bring you back into harmonic balance. Feel free to bring a yoga mat; participants will be asked to lie on the floor for this program.

VIRTUAL! MUSIC AND HEALTH: A discussion with Dr. Alpha Woodward, Ph.D., MTA, FAMI
Thursday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m.
*Free, but registration is required to receive the program link.

Led by Dr. Alpha Woodward, Director of Music Therapy at Wartburg College, this virtual program explores how listening behaviors and music therapy can be applied to personal and community health. Dr. Woodward’s discussion is based on her extensive experience in healthcare settings and through her humanitarian work. Dr. Woodward, a certified music therapist with over 17 years of clinical experience, has presented her work internationally in the UK, Japan, Argentina, Canada, Bosnia, Italy, and the US, and has several published journal articles and book reviews in Voices and The Arts in Psychotherapy. To register, click here.

INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO @ THE HEARST
Saturday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Bring your children and have some fun! Kids engage hands-on with instruments from various families of the orchestra and have a whole lot of fun in the process! The Instrument Petting Zoo appears at events throughout the community and is an educational program from the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony.

FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Click here 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 in Mae Latta Hall.

January 27: Kamyar Enshayan; Enshayan writes “My citizenship papers are in this book! They are reflected in ways I have felt at home here in Iowa, ways I have been involved in my community, experiences that have helped me become rooted in Iowa, ways I have worked with so many others to make Iowa a better place.” Enshayan was born in Iran and came to the US in 1978. He has been involved in strengthening Iowa’s local food economy, directs UNI’s Center for Energy & Environmental Education, and served on the Cedar Falls City Council. These varied experiences serve as the backdrop for his latest book, My Citizenship Papers, a collection of essays.

February

RICK VANDERWALL PRESENTS: A SPECIAL SONGWRITERS CONCERT
Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Rick Vanderwall, Karla Ruth, and Uncle Chuck for live music and a discussion about the process of songwriting. All musicians are members of the Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association.

MIDDAY MELODIES
Second Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

Sit back and relax with your lunch while the UNI School of Music students and faculty perform in Mae Latta Hall. Wind instruments are featured this season.

February 11: Stephanie Ycaza directs the UNITUBA ensemble

FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
Click here 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 in Mae Latta Hall.

February 24: Larry Baker; Larry Baker is the author of the new novel, Wyman and the Florida Knights. Peter Wyman was the most famous portrait painter in America, but his fame had come with a high price—his mind and soul. Nearing the end of his life he wants to erase himself, but how? He decides to go into hiding. But where? He’s clueless until an aging blond cashier in St. Augustine points him in the right direction. Baker’s other books include From a Distance, A Good Man, and The Flamingo Rising. A former member of the Iowa City City Council, he is also an honoree on the Iowa Literary Walk of Fame in Iowa City.

VIRTUAL! LUNCH AND LEARN
Wednesday, March 23 at 12:00 p.m.
Historian Bob Neymeyer discusses the Influenza Epidemic of 1918, an epidemic that did not exempt the Cedar Valley. Drawing on newspaper accounts, letters and diaries, family memories, and public records, Neymeyer tells the story of those deadly days in the autumn of 1918.

Neymeyer serves as historian at the Grout Museum of History and Science in Waterloo. He has researched the Cedar Valley for the past 20 years and conducted over 1,800 filmed oral history interviews. He completed graduate work at the University of Iowa and is a lecturer in the Department of History
at UNI. Program link coming soon.

March

MIDDAY MELODIES
Second Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

Sit back and relax with your lunch while the UNI School of Music students and faculty perform in Mae Latta Hall. Wind instruments are featured this season.

March 11: Hannah Porter-Occeña directs UNI flute students

FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
Click here 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 in Mae Latta Hall.

March 31: Kathy Fish
Kathy Fish has published five collections of short fiction, including her most recent book, Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003–2018. A UNI graduate, her work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Norton Reader, Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, Washington Square Review, and numerous other journals, textbooks, and anthologies.
She also writes the free monthly newsletter, “The Art of Flash Fiction.” This reading is co-sponsored by the UNI Women’s and Gender Studies program as part of Women’s History Month.

April

MIDDAY MELODIES
Second Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

Sit back and relax with your lunch while the UNI School of Music students and faculty perform in Mae Latta Hall. Wind instruments are featured this season.

April 8: Anthony Williams directs the UNI Trombone students

FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
Click here 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 in Mae Latta Hall.

April 28: Jesse Swan
Jesse Swan is a Professor of English in UNI’s Department of Languages & Literatures. After many years of writing and publishing literary history and criticism, he has recently turned to poetry, and his work has appeared as part of The Telepoem Booth Project.