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The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Eye on the Arts column

June 1, 2014

By Craig Neises, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

June 01--The Snake Alley Festival of film, now in its third year, opens Tuesday at the Capitol Theater in downtown Burlington.

The festival, organized by Burlington filmmaker Lonnie Schuyler, expands to six days.

A two-hour block of foreign films opens the festival Tuesday evening, and things get going in earnest Wednesday, all leading up to Saturday night's red carpet and awards ceremony. A two-hour block of family films close the festival next Sunday.

In all, 72 films will be shown on the Capitol screen during the six days. There also will be nightly after parties, tours of Burlington for filmmakers and other guests, readings, question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, screenwriters and actors and the annual spectacle that are the Cyn-a-palooza wiener dog races, set for Saturday on Jefferson Street.

For a complete listing of films in this year's festival, visit, and click the link to the festival blog.

Admission to the festival ranges from $7 for a single two-hour block to $55 for the whole event. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling (319) 237-1099, or at the theater box office at 211 N. Third St.

Howard birthday countdown starts today with sing-along

A sing-along performance of "Fly Me to the Moon," and screening of films featuring music by Burlington-born composer Bart Howard are set for 2 p.m. today at the Capitol Theater, marking the start of a countdown to Howard's 100th birthday celebration.

Howard was born June 1, 1915.

The "Sing-a-long Birthday Celebration" is being sponsored by the Capitol and the Des Moines County Historical Society.

Films to be screened include "Good Luck Mr. Gorski," an Allegra Huston production that was the first film shown at the Capitol when it reopened June 1, 2012, after lying fallow for 35 years.

Roger Hatteberg will provide piano accompaniment for the sing-along.

Admission is $7 and doors open at 1:30 p.m. Howard memorabilia on loan from the Bart Howard Room at the Des Moines County Heritage Center will be on display.

For more information about tickets, visit the Capitol website, or call or visit the box office.

Ahern joins DeVilbiss, Strother in recital

A longtime annual recital by Burlington vocalists Terry Strother and Gloria DeVilbiss this year will feature a third voice, that of retired Southeastern Community College vocal music teacher and dean Timothy Ahern.

The recital is set for 3 p.m. next Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 421 Washington St., in downtown Burlington.

Admission is free.

Piano accompaniment will be provided by Roger Hatteberg, as DeVilbiss, a soprano, and tenors Strother and Ahern, sing music from such composers as Bach, Faure, Monotti, Mozart, Brahms, Handel, Copland, Work, Johnson and others.

The recital is dedicated to the memory of Doris Mae Dickey Youngstrom Pedersen, a Burlington native and longtime organist at Messiah Lutheran Church and First Christian Church, and Bel Canto Chorale accompanist who died last November.

Carrick in hometown concert

Mount Pleasant native Mary Heaton Carrick will perform Saturday as part of an ongoing effort in her hometown to raise money to restore the Union Block Building on the north side of the square.

The 7 p.m. concert will be in the Chapel Auditorium at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. It will feature music from Carrick's new CD, "Let's Fly," which features new interpretations of classic and contemporary music from the Great American Songbook of standards, jazz, musical theater and more.

Carrick performs professionally across the Midwest, and around Omaha, Neb., where she now resides. Providing accompaniment will be J. Gawf, resident music director of Opera Omaha, who also was artistic producer on "Let's Fly."

The concert will include music from Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen, Harold Arlen, Barry Manilow, Hank Williams, Stephen Schwartz, Dolly Parton and more.

Tickets for the concert are $35 and may be purchased at Brown's Shoe Fit and the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance office. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Union Block.

A CD signing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at de Brito Baking Bistro on the square in Mount Pleasant.

Annual FMAAA photography exhibit opens

Photos by a quartet of area photographers are featured this month in the Fort Madison Area Arts Association gallery.

The annual photography exhibit includes pictures by Laurel Gillespie of Carthage, Ill.; Doug Ewing of Keokuk; Julie Long of Fort Madison; and Chloe Millward Whitmore of Montrose. A reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The FMAAA gallery, 825 Avenue G in downtown Fort Madison, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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