FilmScene at five: Origin story and future projections

There was a hole left in the downtown Iowa City culture when, in 1999, the twin movie screens of Englert Theatre closed for the large scale renovation and reopening of the Englert Theatre that we enjoy today. This was made worse when the University of Iowa bought and closed the sole remaining theatre, Campus 3 in the Old Capitol Mall, in 2007 to convert into UI offices and, after the flood, to house the UI School of Music. Iowa City was left without a permanent downtown movie theatre for the first time in almost 100 years. […]

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Puddles Pity Party — the golden-voiced, vegan, Kevin Costner-lovin’ clown — will headline Witching Hour

Puddles Pity Party, the enigmatic, reticent 6’8” clown best known for his cover of Lorde’s “Royals” and his appearance on America’s Got Talent (season 12), recently offered a rare interview for Little Village. Puddles explains that he is taciturn because there is “too much talking in the world today.” “I always seem to say the wrong thing anyway,” he wrote. “I notice the less I talk, the more I hear.” […]

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‘Kinky Boots’ struts its stuff into Hancher, courtesy of the nimble Jos N. Banks

Based on a BBC documentary series that featured the true story of a struggling heir of a failing shoe-manufacturing company that rebooted itself by designing footwear for drag performers and the fetish market, Kinky Boots was adapted into a Broadway musical by a trifecta of talent, with multi-Tony winning Harvey Fierstein writing the book, lyrics by Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony-nominated Jerry Mitchell as choreographer and director. […]

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