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Live Music and Historic Presentations on Saturday

Saturday at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa is going to be a busy day!

Starting the day off we have the Smithsonian’s Home Town Teams exhibit opening at 10am in our Gymnasium.  The exhibit is FREE to the public and includes stories and memorabilia from the local region including Mount Vernon and Lisbon.


Also at 10am, we will have a special presentation in our Uptown Theatre – Remembering 6-on-6 Basketball Gallery Talk.  

The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the end of 6-on-6 girls’ basketball in Iowa.

To commemorate and reflect on this uniquely Iowan sport, the Iowa Women’s Archives and Sport Studies faculty in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa have collaborated to create a touring exhibition that tells the story of 6-on-6 basketball in Iowa and the girls and women that played it.

In conjunction with the Remembering 6-on-6 Basketball Gallery Talk the Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives will be collecting girls’ and women’s sport histories in Iowa.  Please stop by to tell your stories, ask questions about donating historical materials, or to donate documents, photographs, or other items related to 6-on-6 basketball or other sporting experiences.

Established in 1992, the Louise Noun – Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives collects and makes available historical materials that tell the stories of Iowa women from all walks of life.


We end the night with a lively performance by returning acoustic artists known as Frances Luke Accord.  The show starts at 7:30pm.

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

TICKETS are only $15.

They have a new video that shows off their talents:

Hometown Teams Special Events This Weekend

This Saturday, April 14th 2018, we will be have two very special presentations in our Uptown Theatre as a part of the Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibit.

NOTE: The Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit is on display free to the public and fills our gymnasium.


“A Wrestling Life,” Talk and Book Signing by Dan Gable – April 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Wrestling legend Dan Gable will talk about the sport and his life, followed by a book-signing. His latest book, “A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable,” will be available for purchase.

Gable is a retired Olympic wrestler and coach best known for his tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa where he won 15 NCAA team titles between 1976-1997.


Playing to Win – Kids and Sports – April 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Cornell College professors of kinesiology Steve DeVries and Kristi Meyer will discuss origins and social factors that have influenced the growth of youth sports in the USA, how we have gotten to where we are now, and some current trends and issues.

Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Folk and Americana

Performing Saturday, April 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

TICKETS are only $15.

Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord’s approach to music has marked a boundless evolution.

In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir.

Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).

“Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music.” – Joni Deutsch, NPR’s Mountain Stage

“Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people. We couldn’t recommend their debut LP, Fluke, highly enough.”- Darlingside

“While Simon & Garfunkel may be no longer touring, Powers and Gunty are more than talented enough to take their place.” –Quinn Delaney, PlaylistHQ

Live Music – Chuck McDermott – Americana

An intimate evening with Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame singer and acclaimed songwriter Chuck McDermott. Paste Magazine says “his music is simply pure art”.

Chuck McDermott is best-known nationally for his touring, recording, and collaborations with former Kingston Trio guitarist and vocalist John Stewart, the writer of “Daydream Believer,” “Gold,” and “Armstrong.”

McDermott is also fondly remembered for the popular (and pioneering) successful 70’s Americana band Wheatstraw. His songwriting has won high praise from the Boston Globe, the Village Voice, and No Depression.

He will be performing as a solo artist as part of the LilFest Concert Series in the Uptown Theater at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 14. Doors open at 7:15.

McDermott is performing select dates again across the USA after taking decades off to raise his family. His most recent album, “Gin & Rosewater,” was released in 2017, and has received praise from Stephen Stills and Rosanne Cash.

The LilFest Concert Series regularly presents folk and international concerts in intimate settings in Iowa. Past performers include Ellis Paul, Gina Forsyth, Jim Post, Dave Moore, and The Sweet Potatoes among others.

Cost:  General admission tickets are available for $15 through Brown Paper Tickets: http://chuckmcdermottiowa.bpt.me .

For more information about Chuck McDermott, visit his website: http://www.chuckmcdermott.com/

To see some videos from the new album:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVG0N53U8DrNNk9VwCpjBdw

And for additional audio:
https://soundcloud.com/chuck-mcdermott-563523792

Live Theatre – And Then There Were None – by Agatha Christie

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”

One of the classic murder mystery stories of the 20th century.  Agatha Christie’s dramatization of one of her darkest and most successful mystery novels is set in a house on a remote island off the coast of Devon, England in the 1940’s. The plot revolves around ten strangers who are summoned there because they have a secret past in common.

Each visitor has been marked for murder and, one by one, they are killed in the order dictated by a sinister nursery rhyme about ten little soldiers. As a storm rages outside, there is no escape. This is a classic murder mystery drama by one of the masters of the genre!

Do they deserve it? Who is the murderer? Who will be the next victim? Will anyone leave the island alive to tell the tale? Will anyone in the audience figure it out before it’s too late?

Performances Thursday, March 8th – Saturday March 10th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 11th at 2pm.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, or before by calling 319-535-2030 and asking for tickets to the show.

For more information about the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre check out their website.

Auditions for – And Then There Were None

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The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre will be presenting Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” in March.

Be a Part of the Show!

This weekend they are holding auditions for parts in this iconic murder-mystery Sunday, January 21 at 7 pm and Monday, January 22 at 7 pm  in the Uptown Theatre.

There are roles for adults: 8 males, 3 females

Here’s a summary of the play from the MVLCT website

Agatha Christie’s dramatization of one of her darkest and most successful mystery novels is set in a house on a remote island off the coast of Devon, England in the 1940s.

The plot revolves around ten strangers who are summoned there because they have a secret past in common. Each visitor has been marked for murder and, one by one, they are killed in the order dictated by a sinister nursery rhyme about ten little soldiers.

As a storm rages outside, there is no escape. This is a classic murder mystery drama by one of the masters of the genre!


Got to the MVLCT website to learn more about this and other performances put on by this great local group.

Live Theatre – Resistance Radio – Radio Tales of Dystopia

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The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa will be hosting the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s production of “Resistance Radio – Radio Tales of Dystopia”.

The MVLCT will recreate the Golden Age of Radio and present several classic broadcasts, including H. G. Wells ‘War of the Worlds’– first aired for Halloween in 1938– a dramatization of Shirley Jackson 1948 short story, ‘The Lottery’ and ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Ray Bradbury.

VINTAGE ATTIRE is encouraged but not required!

When:
October 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 PM

Tickets:
$8.00 for students/seniors, $10.00 for adults.  Call 319.535.2030 to purchase tickets in advance.

Come on out and support your local actors!  Below is the cast list for the three productions:

The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles

Todd Brewington
Bill Croghan
Richard Douglas
Grant Freeman
John Gruber-Miller
Stephen Gruber-Miller
Craig Jarvie
Kristi Keast
Jasper Rood
Kathleen Weiss
Steve Weiss
Kai Yamanishi
Silas Young

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Amanda Bishop
Todd Brewington
Bill Croghan
Richard Douglasur
Eva Giacomo
Stephen Gruber-Miller
Michele Payne Hinz
Craig Jarvie
Kristi Keast
Betty McCleary
Bridget O’Connor
Jasper Rood
Steve Weiss
Emrys Yamanishi
Kai Yamanishi
Silas Young

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

Amanda Bishop
Lisa Smith
Tawnua Tenley
Meghan Yamanishi

Live Improv Comedy – Drunk Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing

Open Arenas Productions Presents:

DRUNK SHAKESPEARE:
Much Ado About Nothing

Performances in the Uptown Theatre on August 4th and 5th @ 7:30pm, with an open Improv Dress Rehearsal on August 3rd

Cost: Donation Only!!!

Do you like Shakespeare, but think it’s too long and confusing?

Never fear, Drunk Shakespeare is here to the rescue.

Watch this 80 minute, heavily improv’d, hilarious interpretation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

20 Parts, Five Actors – all drunk.


Starring
Zak Moran
Brandon Douglas
Stephen Gruber Miller
Hannah Rublaitus
Grant Freeman

Beer/Wine is BYOB for audience members as long as they have either a MVLCT or First Street Community Center covered cup.