Five Things to Do This Weekend in Marion: Jazz, Jazz and the Jungle Book
Who said there's nothing to do in Marion?
1. The Ray Blue Jazz Quartet
Today, at 7 p.m. The Ray Blue Jazz Quartet will by playing at the Campbell Steele Gallery. The event will feature wine and beer tasting, chocolates, skewers and "world famous" cheese plates, available for $15. The leader of the group, Ray Blue, is a life-long, acclaimed Jazz musician who founded the Cross-Cultural Connection, a nonprofit that promotes jazz in culture, schools, colleges and communities, according to his website. So, he's a pretty big deal.
2. Coffeehouse Night at Lowe
Performers Natalie Brown and Craig Erickson are coming back to coffeehouse nights tonight at 7 p.m, at Lowe Park. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free, but coffee and desserts from Marion's very own Witte's End Coffeehouse are not.
3. Valentine Art Extravaganza
Another event by the Marion Arts Council, an event for 3-6-year-olds, and, of course, their parents, to create Valentine's Art Projects, participate in story time and eat treats. The event is $5 per child. To call to register, call (319) 377-4846.
4. Valentine's Jazz Brunch
The Campbell Steele Gallery is holding a benefit for the Cedar Rapids Museum of art, featuring a performance by the George Jazz Trio and Dan Knight. Dan Knight is actually a well known and acclaimed jazz artist himself, the pianist's work was nominated for Pulitzer Prize in Music. Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased by contacting Angela Kron at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art at (319) 366-7503 ext. 207, or online, here. Seating starts at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
5. Jungle Book Preview
The Marion Public Library will get a preview of Disney's "The Jungle Book," a "Playtime Poppy" performance that will make it to the Linn-Mar High School in full March 1-3. Snacks and crafts after the performance, which starts at 10:30 on Saturday.