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Saturday, May 28, 2016

5 Places to Get Your Culture on in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Paramount Theater
It's easy to get your culture fix in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With a history of diverse venues, the city established a cultural reputation many years ago. In 2008, a flood devastated the downtown, including many of those places. Now renovated, they have kept the original flavor with new and exciting touches.

Theater is alive and well. The beautiful Paramount Theater, on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1928 and then, as now, offered a full event schedule.  Check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Paramounttheatrecr/) or their website (http://www.paramounttheatrecr.com) for this year's scheduled performance.

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Theatre Cedar Rapids is a downtown community performance venue for locally produced shows. Like the Paramount, it opened in 1928 and has recently been renovated and enlarged. Check out their schedule at (https://www.facebook.com/theatrecedarrapids) or (http://www.theatrecr.org/about/history/).
National Czech and Slovak Museum

Museum of Art
The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (http://www.ncsml.org) is gearing up for a major Warhol exhibition this summer. Whether or not you have a Czech or Slovak heritage, the display on stories of freedom should touch you.The museum opened in 1978 and has grown from a three-room house into the beautiful 6-story building. Today it is an art and history museum as well as a cultural library. Check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/czechslovakmuseum).

Grant Wood painting
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (http://www.crma.org) is featuring a Grant Wood display this year in honor of the 125th year of his birth. Wood, a prolific artist, captured the flavor of Iowa in his paintings. Regular museum displays include art from ancient to modern times. Another display features the famous Argentinian printmaker, Mauricio Lasansky. Whether you like Roman or modern art, you'll find it at the museum.
Grant Wood window in
Veterans Memorial Bldg

The Veterans Memorial Building (http://www.gocedarrapids.com/directory/veterans-memorial-building/) features the only stained glass window designed by artist  Grant Wood. The massive work is twenty-four feet tall and 20 feet wide. The museum honors wars from the Spanish-American through Vietnam. An eternal flame sets atop the building.








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