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The Orpheum this Fall: Learn & Enjoy!

Michael Oxley

Many of you know about the wide variety of learning opportunities available through Iowa Valley Continuing Education (IVCE). Personal enrichment, craft instruction, and continuing vocational education courses are all available through IVCE. But did you know the IVCCD Orpheum Theater is also part of IVCE? We take being part of IVCE seriously, and there are many opportunities to learn coming soon to the O!

We’re beginning to offer more documentaries and other issue-oriented films in the O’s Movie House. We’ll be showing Movie Star, the award-winning documentary on Marshalltown’s own Jean Seberg, on Nov. 13 & 14. Seberg’s story is a fascinating look into the history of the 1960s, particularly in the area of the civil rights movements and race relations. Marshalltown’s anti-bullying effort, Not In Our Town, will also be at the O on Tuesday, Oct. 20, to show the short documentary Waking in Oak Creek, which tells the story of the 2012 attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and that community’s response to the horrific attack. Two members of the Oak Creek Sikh community will travel to Marshalltown for a discussion after the film.

The O is also excited to partner with the Marshalltown Public Library in November for a series about the Dust Bowl. The MPL will be hosting a touring exhibit (courtesy of the American Library Association) and the library will offer reading groups, children’s activities, as well as scholars and other speakers. The O will offer screenings of Ken Burns’ two-part documentary on the Dust Bowl, the Iowa Public Television documentary about the farm crisis of the 70s and 80s, and John Ford’s classic adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Beyond the Movie House, the O’s Gallery is a great opportunity to learn about Iowa entertainment history. From LeClaire’s Buffalo Bill Cody to Cedar Rapids’ Ashton Kutcher, and from the Swing Era’s Glenn Miller to the hardcore band Modern Life is War, the O has photography and other memorabilia about many native Iowans in the entertainment industry. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm; visits and tours can be arranged by appointment by calling 641-844-5920.

We pride ourselves on offering great entertainment options for Marshalltown and the surrounding area. We’re also committed to providing opportunities to learn through the arts. We hope you take advantage of these and other opportunities to make the O Marshalltown’s place where artist and audience meet!

Michael Oxley is director of the IVCCD Orpheum Theater.

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