Arts & Culture

Art Talks: Josh Duffee

Jul 31, 2014

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival Music Director Josh Duffee.

Fiber artist Elizabeth Rhoads Read.

Art Talks: Megan Quinn

Jul 17, 2014

Ceramic artist and Professor of Art Megan Quinn

Art Talks: Bill Stamats

Jul 10, 2014

Painter and collage artist Bill Stamats.

Director Jack Walker, and actors Aaron Sullivan, Kitty Israel, and Stephanie Moeller from the Prenzie Players’ production of “Doctor Faustus.”

Autographed scripts, vintage costumes, and movie reels. These are some of the features of "Hollywood in the Heartland," the first blockbuster museum exhibition of its kind in Iowa. The exhibit opened today at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.

Spokesman Doug Miller says it showcases 100 years of film history, from the time when production houses started distributed films to mass audiences, until now. It shows the strong ties writers, directors, filmmakers, and producers had to the Midwest.

Art Talks: Mike Bayles

Jun 26, 2014

Poet Mike Bayles

Art Talks: Photographer Mark Hirsch

Oct 23, 2013

This month, musicians from a local school and New Orleans helped the Quad Cities commemorate the 2008 flood. The University of Iowa sponsored a performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Davenport's LeClaire Park. The band from New Orleans performed in seven cities across Iowa this month, to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2008 flood. And the Williams Intermediate School Hornets kicked off the evening, leading a "second line" parade, from the River Music Experience to the bandshell.