Interview: Comedian Weird Al Yankovic talks resetting pop culture’s funnybone

Weird Al Yankovic’s Mandatory World Tour McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids — Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. $35-85 For 40 years, Weird Al Yankovic has been steadily building a career that has landed him at the top of a nexus of different fields. He weaves together skills in music, comedy, acting, directing and production […]

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The largest anime convention in Iowa takes over the Coralville Marriott this weekend

AnimeIowa Coralville Marriott — Friday–Sunday July 29–31 Join convention sponsors the Mindbridge Foundation this weekend as eastern Iowa’s anime and manga convention AnimeIowa celebrates its 20th year. Attendance was only 150 strong at the inaugural event in 1997; now the convention caps attendance at 3,000. A wide variety of guests from artists to writers to […]

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Prairie Lights, Barnes and Noble bring together a magical community

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Barnes and Noble Coralville — Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. Harry Potter Midnight Release Prairie Lights Bookstore — Sunday, July 31 at 12 a.m. There are few things that can bring a community together like a midnight release. The excitement is electric when fans come together, hyped up on […]

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Alumni of the Cedar Rapids Emerald Knights to perform at Tournament of Drums

Tournament of Drums Kingston Stadium — Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Five drum corps units from across the country will gather on Friday, July 29 at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids (907 15th St. SW) for the second year of the newly-revived Tournament of Drums. The program showcases the musicianship and marching skills of […]

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Iowa City’s most raucous Celts, Wylde Nept, set to rock The Mill

Wylde Nept

Wylde Nept The Mill — Saturday, July 23 at 9 p.m. It’s always a raucous party whenever Wylde Nept comes to town. This time, they’ll be at The Mill on Saturday, July 23 for a set kicking off at 9 p.m. Often, Nept’s revelries are associated with some special event, such as their legendary Halloween […]

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Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre steps into the Shakespeare fray with ‘Twelfth Night’

Twelfth Night Uptown Theatre — opens Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Mistaken identities, separated twins, cross-dressing and crossed garters will cross the stage this weekend in Twelfth Night, Or What You Will at Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre. William Shakespeare’s early 1600s madcap comedy kicks off on Thursday, July 21 at the Uptown Theatre in […]

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Album Review: The Maytags — Love Lines

The Maytags Love Lines Seven-piece Des Moines band The Maytags continues their rise to the top of the modern soul scene with their full-length debut, Love Lines, out July 1. Frontman Dustin Smith told me in February that, when recording all in analog (as this album was done) there’s “no excuse not to have […]

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The future of rock: Youth music festival in Cedar Rapids

Riley Smith

Riley Smith Youth Music Festival NewBo City Market — Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Alburnett, Iowa native Riley Smith is returning to his roots to headline a festival filled with some of eastern Iowa’s most exciting rising talent. Smith, known to many for his role as Markus Keene on the TV show Nashville, will […]

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Jen P. Harris closes exhibit and launches catalog

Jen P Harris - Ghost Prairie

Jen P. Harris: Closing Reception and Catalog Launch Legion Arts CSPS Hall — Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. Iowa City-based artist Jen P. Harris closes out her exhibit at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Sunday with a reception, an artist’s talk and a newly published catalog. The event runs from 2–4 p.m. Harris, […]

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Celebrate the summer solstice with Grow: Johnson County

Solstice Party and Open House Grow: Johnson County farm — Sunday, June 26 a 1 p.m. Grow: Johnson County, an organization formed over the last year to work towards and strategize ways to combat hunger in Johnson County, is inviting the public to a Solstice Party and open house event at their farm (4811 Melrose […]

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Fans to boldly go to Riverside for the 32nd annual Trek Fest

Trek Fest XXXII Hall Park, Riverside — June 24–25, 2016 We’re less than 212 years out from the birth of the greatest fictional captain (with apologies to Captains Ahab, Kangaroo and Mal Reynolds), and the annual celebration of his legacy is once again about to go into full swing. On Friday, June 24, at 5 […]

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Eastern Iowa sees an explosion of local theatre this weekend

CROT Brucemore South Pacific

Once upon a time, in a land much like ours, summer was a down time for the theatre community. You’d have an outdoor Shakespeare production, perhaps, but by and large, companies drew down the curtain for a few months, especially at community and amateur theatres. Those times are gone, and this weekend is a phenomenal […]

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