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Giving Tree takes audiences to ‘Almost, Maine’

In 2010, an off-Broadway flop surpassed the classic, whimsical — royalty-free — Shakespeare comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as the most-performed show on U.S. high school stages. The play? John Cariani’s 2004 series of vignettes, ‘Almost, Maine.’ […]

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Celebrating the jólabókaflóð tradition this year? Here’s how!

Jólabókaflóð, roughly translated as “Yule book flood” and pronounced (again, roughly) /yo-la-bok-a-flot/, originated in Iceland during World War II. Paper, unlike many other commodities, was not rationed during the war, making books a perfect option for gift exchanges. […]

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Headliner announcement: Floodwater Comedy Festival is back for 2018

The Floodwater Comedy Festival announced the lineup today for their next fest, coming up March 1-3, 2018. Leading the pack is comedian Carmen Lynch. She will start off the festival with a show at The Mill on Thursday, March 1. PREACH Improv follows with a Friday performance at the Blue Moose, and the festival returns to The Mill on Saturday, March 2 with Jo Firestone. […]

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Combined Efforts Theatre presents ‘Shell Shocked,’ a new play by Janet Schlapkohl

A new play opening this Friday at Combined Efforts Theatre was the result of a talk that theatre founder Janet Schlapkohl presented on shell shock to the Society of Medicine in Iowa City. Combined Efforts — an inclusive theatre for actors of all developmental abilities — opens ‘Shell Shocked’ on Friday, Dec. 15 and it runs through the weekend. […]

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Mission Creek 2018: Built to Spill, Wye Oak, Jamila Woods and more

As Iowa City’s Mission Creek Festival hits lucky number 13 this year, they’re pulling out all the stops with a wide range of artists across genres and disciplines offering something for everyone. […]

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Album Review: Ryan Phelan — Memories

Cedar Rapids musician Ryan Phelan has been a mainstay on the close-knit music scene there for years, from beloved jam band Dr. Z’s Experiment to fresh effort Young the Lion. So it’s no surprise that on Memories, his solo effort released last month, he draws on the wide array of Cedar Rapids talent for an album filled with guest appearances, varied genres and local hat tips. […]

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SCWPro’s ladder match redux comes to Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon

SCWPro, a wrestling promotion out of Scott County, returns for its second bout in Iowa City this weekend, at the Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon. Tickets are $10. The 14-year-old promotion has previously featured such notables as WWE Superstar Seth Rollins, who founded the associated wrestling academy the Brave and the Bold. […]

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Musician Fiona Grey likes her pop dirty, with a theatrical flair

Chicago native Fiona Grey is excited to be back in the Midwest. She’s bounced between Los Angeles and Chicago for several years now, and her music career is based in LA. But, “I still consider myself a Midwestern girl,” she said in a recent conversation with Little Village. Grey’s current tour brings her through Iowa City on Thursday, Nov. 30 with a 7 p.m. show at the Yacht Club. Tickets are $8. […]

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Lip Sync for Learning raises funds for Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation

Cedar Rapids school officials and community members will channel their inner rock stars on Friday at the second annual Lip Sync for Learning, a fundraiser for the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation (CRCSF). Tickets are $50. […]

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