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‘Loving Vincent’ transports viewers to the world as van Gogh envisioned it

Painted entirely in oils, Loving Vincent is art set in motion. Although it’s worth seeing just to sit back and admire the swirling brushstrokes, it doesn’t rely on the novelty or gimmick of its production. The movie delves into Vincent van Gogh’s last days before his suicide and the mystery surrounding his death — bringing up questions about mental illness, artistic genius and the cost of following one’s own path. […]

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LGBTQ rights advocate Zach Wahls announces Iowa Senate run

Iowa City-native Zach Wahls, an advocate for LGBTQ rights and author of a bestselling book ‘My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family,’ announced his campaign for the Iowa Senate today with a series of social media posts as well as an event in Coralville. […]

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Make the most of the holiday weekend with local, festive events

There’s one weekend left before it’s time to settle in with family and friends, overeat, open presents and generally bask in yuletide cheer. Whether you’ve not quite gotten into the festive spirit or you’ve been belting carols since Halloween, here are a few weekend activities to kick-start your holiday. […]

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History Center kicks off remodeling of century-old Douglas Mansion in Cedar Rapids

A ceremonial wall breaking kicked off renovation and restoration work at the historic Cedar Rapids Douglas Mansion, which will be the new home of the History Center and, if all goes to plan, should open in the fall next year. […]

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Grant Wood works from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Coe College head to New York’s Whitney Museum

Thirty Grant Wood pieces, three from Coe College and 27 from the Cedar Rapids Art Museum, will journey to New York City for an exhibition in the Whitney Museum of American Art, where they will hang along with some of Wood’s other works, including the iconic “American Gothic.” […]

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Exhibition provides a glimpse inside Iowa prisons

An ongoing art gallery displayed in the Little Village Iowa City office challenges society’s conceptions of people living in prisons. “A Glimpse Inside: Art Produced in Iowa Prisons,” which will be on display through January, is a collection of works produced by Iowa prisoners, including many from the Oakdale and Mt. Pleasant facilities. […]

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Iowa grad’s second novel, ‘Pigeon,’ pulls readers into a Parisian mystery, with a twist

Pres Maxson, a 2002 University of Iowa graduate, published his second novel, Pigeon, in October. The book, a rollicking romp through the made-up world of a Parisian uber-elite sports club, follows a young busboy mistaken for the world’s greatest detective as he tries to solve a decades-old mystery. […]

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Local high school musicians will join Lindsey Stirling during performance at U.S. Cellular Center

Eight local high school students will join Lindsey Stirling during her performance Tuesday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. Sophie Pionek, a cellist from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, said she learned that she would be playing with Stirling on Nov. 15, “the day we got our ACT scores back.” […]

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Time to speak up: Cedar Rapids school district holds three meetings this week on elementary school plans

The Cedar Rapids Community School District is holding three public input sessions gathering feedback on its Facilities Master Plan — which includes plans to close eight elementary schools and rebuild nine at an estimated cost of $216 million over 15 years. […]

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