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The Dollhouse DIY brings Femme Film Fest to Iowa City

Dollhouse Femme Film Fest Public Space One — Sat., Mar. 26 and Sun., Mar. 27 at 8 p.m. Co-sponsored in Iowa City by Public Space One and Chicago performance venue The Dollhouse DIY, the Dollhouse Femme Film Fest is a touring film festival dedicated to supporting and highlighting female-identified filmmakers. A series of short films […]

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Sabata-mpho Mokae takes workshop attendees ‘From Memory to Imagination’

From Memory to Imagination: A Generative Writing Workshop The Iowa Writers’ House — starts Fri., Mar. 25 at 6 p.m. The Iowa Writers’ House is welcoming writer Sabata-mpho Mokae back to Iowa City, as part of his U.S. tour. The South African author, currently a doctoral candidate at Rhodes University and a creative writing lecturer […]

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Just announced: James McCartney and Arbor Labor Union heading to The Mill

Arbor Labor Union The Mill — Fri., May 27 at 9 p.m. James McCartney The Mill — Fri., Jun. 24 at 8 p.m. The Mill has two exciting concert announcements, and tickets for both go on sale today. First up are Georgia-based rockers Arbor Labor Union (formerly known as Pinecones). Signed to Sub Pop records […]

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North Liberty announces exciting headliner for its 10th year of Blues & BBQ

St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Blues & BBQ Centennial Park — Sat., Jul. 9 at 9 p.m. North Liberty has hit an exciting milestone in their yearly summer celebration, and they are celebrating in style. This July marks a full decade of the always free, family-friendly event Blues & BBQ. The community has […]

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Album Review: Bob Bucko Jr – I Did What I Could With What I Had

Unless you are a devotee of uninterrupted streaming, or 5-disc CD changers, you know that there’s an eerie silence that lingers after an album is over. It can shock you out of your reverie, demolish whatever translated worldview your music of choice has created for you. It’s how you realize that the world around you is lacking… […]

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Tap into a fun weekend at the Indian Creek Nature Center

2016 Maple Syrup Festival Indian Creek Nature Center — Sat., Mar. 19 and Sun., Mar. 20, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The maple syruping season is drawing to a close, and the folks at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids (6665 Otis Rd. SE) are getting set for their annual celebration. The Maple Syrup Festival […]

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Burlesque troupe to host benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Kick Ass Red Lipstick Burlesque Revue Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — Saturday, Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. Vitality Dance Studio in Cedar Rapids is sending its burlesque troupe, The Va Va Voom, south to the CCPA — their first performance in Coralville — for a one-night show to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma […]

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Mission Creek Festival announces full 2016 literary line-up

More than 30 events, mostly free, make up the literary track of this year’s Mission Creek Festival, which kicks off on Apr. 5. The emphasis is on “Literature Within & Beyond Text,” a concept highlighted by festival headliners Alison Bechdel, who rose to fame with her graphic memoir Fun Home (recently adapted into an award-winning […]

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Just announced: Lily & Madeleine at The Mill this May

Lily & Madeleine The Mill — Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. Folk duo Lily & Madeleine started out in music by uploading YouTube videos when they were in high school. Since then, the perilously youthful Jurkiewickz sisters (the younger, Lily, is still in her teens) have released three albums and cemented their place in […]

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Just announced: Theatre Cedar Rapids’ 83rd season

New surprises, familiar traditions and beloved classics are all on the bill for Theatre Cedar Rapids, which announced its 2016-17 season tonight. For the second year in a row, they kick off their production year with a play in the Grandon Studio — this year, it’s The Flick, by Annie Baker, a comedy that won […]

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Power trio Rangda plays Mill on Saturday

Rangda The Mill — Sat., Mar. 12, 8 p.m. A furiously explosive supergroup, Rangda, brings the combined power of its members’ decades of experience to The Mill in advance of a new album due out early this year. The term “rangda,” an ancient Javanese word for widow, is often associated with the devilish, Kali-like, child-eating […]

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