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‘I want to support artists’: Iowa Artisans Gallery highlights local artists in its Second Sunday Series

Iowa Artisans Gallery is a home for Midwestern and local art in Iowa City, and the next artist the gallery is spotlighting in its Second Sunday Series has deep Iowa roots. Painter Gordon Kellenberger lives and works in the Amana Colonies, where his family have been part of the community for four generations. Kellenberger’s pastel paintings are rich in color and usually feature Midwest landscapes. […]

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Rediscovering the women who brought classical music and literature to small town Iowa

A century ago, the small towns of Iowa may have seemed to be a world away from the cultural centers of America, but throughout the state, groups of women formed philharmonic societies to help bring culture to their hometowns. Marian […]

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Rummage in the Ramp returns for its 12th year

It’s an annual event as central to life in Iowa City as the return of the swallows is to San Juan Capistrano, California, or the return of the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio: the great apartment shuffle, as old leases expire at the end of July and new leases begin in August. And once again this year, anyone looking to donate items instead of moving them can bring those items to Rummage in the Ramp in the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp. […]

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The Haunted Bookshop turns 40

Despite its spooky-sounding name and the fact it’s in one of Iowa City’s oldest buildings, any mysterious noise heard in the Haunted Bookshop is likely the work of the shop’s cats, not ghosts. The store’s name comes from Christopher Morley’s 1919 novel, ‘The Haunted Bookshop.’ The only unquiet dead in the novel are “the ghosts of the books I haven’t read,” the fictional shop’s owner tells another character. “That’s why I call this place the Haunted Bookshop.” […]

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What do on the Fourth of July in Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids

Like every year, city governments are celebrating the beginning of American independent governance by closing down for the day. (Although garbage pick-up will continue on its normal schedule in Cedar Rapids). But all the cities in the CRANDIC (the greater Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area) will be sponsoring events. Enjoy food, fireworks, and family-friendly fun for the 4th of July. […]

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