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City council candidates discussed core values at the first forum before Iowa City’s special election

Voters got an unusual opportunity to hear political candidates discuss the personal things that inform their public policy proposals during a forum at the Mill on Monday. All five candidates in Sept. 4 primary for the special election to fill the empty at-large council seat — Ann Freerks, Ryan Hall, Christine Ralston, Bruce Teague and Brianna Wills — participated in the forum organized by Daniel Boscaljon, as part of his new series of public discussions of important issues, Coffee with Dan. […]

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Iowan-made podcasts to stream from home

While you’re busy socially distancing yourself from friends and neighbors, a familiar voice can help you make it through the day. Here are five podcasts recorded here in Iowa to open your mind, without stepping outside your front door. Stuck in the Middle Listen on: Apple, Buzzsprout, Spotify Recorded in Davenport at the Underground Economy, […]

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Alyssa Limperis, mom impersonator and mental-health podcaster, to perform at Floodwater Comedy Festival

Alyssa Limperis frequently uses the word “joy” when she speaks of performing. That coincides, for her, with focus, presence and aliveness. “[It’s a] runner’s high, a feeling of no doubt, no pain, doing something that feels right, good and not doing anything else. That’s a rare feeling, with phones and everything else: to know I’m […]

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Exploring Witching Hour’s can’t-miss events: Readings

Crucet’s work promises to illuminate the struggle of belonging, the power of paying attention and the necessity of beauty and art in portraying problems. I want to hear how a narrative about something I wrestle with is understood by someone from a very different life experience. […]

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Exploring Witching Hour’s can’t-miss events: Workshops

Creative Tools for the Apocalypse: Workshop Merge — Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. In this series, local arts critic (and Witching Hour participant) Daniel Boscaljon provides a guide to his choices for the most thought-provoking parts of the 2019 Witching Hour Festival. Monday: Talks and resentations; Tuesday: Theater, film and performance. Today: Workshops Narrowly […]

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The new Stanley Museum of Art will serve as ‘a library and a laboratory,’ says its director, bringing art to all majors

Lauren Lessing began serving as the eighth director of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in July 2018, and less than nine months later, presided over the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new site for the museum. UI’s renowned art collection (arguably one of the top university collections in the United States) was displaced by […]

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