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Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, April 14-15, Announces Call for Entries

The 2023 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival will be held April 14-15, 2023 at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa. The festival is now accepting entries from across the state of Iowa, as well as nationwide, and worldwide for the 20th annual event.Complete rules are available on the festival website,, and on its FilmFreeway page page.

One night only: Christmas with the Kranks

For one night only, the Vinton Palace Theatre will be showing, "Christmas with the Kranks." Tonight, December 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The movie is rated PG and runs for 93 minutes. Click HERE to book a seat!Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American Christmas comedy film directed by Joe Roth and starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film is based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.
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TONIGHT ONLY! - Christmas Vacation at the Vinton Palace Theatre

Do you need a mid-week pick me up this Christmas season? Head to the Vinton Palace Theatre tonight at 7:00 p.m. for a single showing of, "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation."Be sure to CLICK HERE to reserve a seat, they are going fast!

S.O.S. (Save our Santa) & Reindeer's Revenge at the Palace

ACTI will hold a Holiday Double Feature presentation on Saturday, December 3 at 10:30 am and Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm. The two productions include, "SOS: Save Our Santa" and "Reindeer's Revenge."Admission for the two plays will be $5. Concessions will also be available at the Palace. SOS: Save our SantaWho will find Santa? He goes missing and the cast needs to find him so that the children can still have Christmas.

Live Animal Christmas Show in Washington, Iowa

Normally, I don't promote anything happening outside of Benton County. However, it's the Christmas season, and this news release came in. There is a Live Animal Christmas Show that happens in southeast Iowa in Washington, Iowa. I've seen this production, in Washington, Iowa, and as a gal that's seen a lifetime of church productions, this one is impressive.
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Great Bluegrass Herons & Friends Acoustic Christmas Program December 4

The Great Bluegrass Herons & Friends Acoustic Christmas Program is the perfect way to welcome the Christmas season! Join us for a Sunday afternoon of songs and stories of the season.  Performers will include The Great Bluegrass Herons, Castle Ridge, The Anderegg Family and Meg Merckens.  This will be a good time!  Hope to see you

ACT I Presents Genevieve's Nutcracker

ACT I (Area Community Theatre, Inc.) of Benton County is delighted to present GENEVIEVE'S NUTCRACKER at the Vinton Palace Theatre Thurs.-Fri. Nov. 17th and 18th at 7:30 pm, and Sat.-Sun. Nov. 19th and 20th at 1 pm and 4 pm. GENEVIEVE'S NUTCRACKER is an original adaptation of the beloved holiday classic, centering around the Baxter family and 6-year-old Genevieve, who becomes fascinated by an unusual toy she receives from Grandma on Christmas Eve.

The Little Mermaid

The cast of The Little Mermaid is ready to entertain this weekend! The Vinton-Shellsburg high school theater department will be performing Disney's The Little Mermaid on Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th at beginning at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. You can see the performance in the Vinton Shellsburg High School auditorium.  Ticket prices are $10 each.  The performance is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements.
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"Monster in the Closet" November 11-13 Union Middle School

Mark your calendar for November 11-13 to see the performance of Monsters in the Closet. Friday, November 11 - 7:00 p.m.Saturday, November 12 - 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Sunday, November 13 - 2:00 p.m.Each performance will be held at the Union Middle School located at 505 West St. in Dysart. Tickets for adults cost $10 and $5 for students. Ages 5 and under are free.

Genevieve's Nutcrackers coming to the Palace in November

We can't wait for GENEVIEVE'S NUTCRACKER! Join us as six-year-old Genevieve (Brynlee Kriner) learns the story of The Nutcracker Prince through Grandmother's (Sue Gates) narration as this beloved holiday classic comes to life at the Palace Theatre. Running time is one hour with six chances to see the production- Thurs./Fri Nov. 17th- 18th at 7:30 pm.
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