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Vino Vérité presents a grittier sort of foodie documentary

Fans of chef-focused, “food porn” documentaries like Chef’s Table or Anthony Bourdain’s The Mind of a Chef will enjoy 42 Grams, a somewhat gritty documentary following a Chicago chef’s journey from underground food to a critically acclaimed restaurant. […]

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The Me Too domino effect in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and beyond

“This fight is for all of us. It is not a fight for just survivors,” said Katryn Duarte, assistant director for sexual assault services at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). “If we really want to eliminate sexual violence, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on what that means and how to stop it.” […]

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Ani DiFranco, feminist icon and ‘righteous babe,’ will present a softer sound at the Englert

With the release of her 20th studio album, Binary (2017), singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco brought a few new politically-prescient, strongly feminist songs into the world, but with a softer side than some of the frenetic albums from earlier in her career. […]

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Weeklong series of events in Iowa City aims to bring community members together to honor legacy of Martin Luther King

After a tumultuous year that highlighted divisions within the community and the nation at large, Iowa City is kicking off a weeklong series of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while also challenging community members to address existing issues and tensions. […]

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Cedar Rapids, Mt. Vernon events will celebrate Martin Luther King’s vision, but also address continuing divisions

Each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day offers a chance to not just celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of a great American leader, but also to examine the ways in which society still falls short of King’s vision. Among the events and activities honoring King on Monday are the 28th annual celebration at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, and conferences at Coe College and Mount Vernon High School. […]

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Indivisible Iowa conference to help activists gear up for the legislative session

Get ready for the upcoming legislative session with the Activists Get Active conference in Cedar Rapids on Saturday hosted by Indivisible Iowa, a non-partisan network of grassroots organizations across the state, and TeamCAN, the Teamsters Community Action Network. […]

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Know Your Neighbor: Inter-Religious Council joins with Cedar Rapids library for community discussions about religion

Starting Monday, Jan. 8, the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County is joining forces with the Cedar Rapids Public Library on three Know Your Neighbor community discussions, each focused on three different religions. […]

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‘Slow down’: Forum urges Cedar Rapids school board to heed concerns on facilities master plan decision

During a community forum on Tuesday night, there was one resounding message to the Cedar Rapids school board about its plans to close or replace most of its elementary schools: “Slow down.” […]

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SILT, Awful Purdies collaborate on music video to raise awareness of loss of farmland

With the release of a music video to the song “Common Ground” by the Awful Purdies, the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) is hoping to raise awareness about the ongoing loss of Iowa farmland to development and the challenges facing new farmers — and showcase the SILT’s effort to protect the land and support a new farming generation. […]

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