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Take a trip to the ‘Dark Side’ with the 8th annual MusicIC Festival

The culmination of the 2018 festival will be the Solera Quartet’s June 22 performance of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at the Englert theatre (tickets $10-18), arranged by Solera cellist Andrew Janss. In addition, the audience at that performance (the festival’s sole ticketed event) will be treated to original literary work that muses on money, madness and mortality. […]

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Five questions with: Ryan Young, fiddle player for Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles, a folk-rock/bluegrass band with Minnesota roots, are headlining this year’s Iowa Arts Festival. They perform in downtown Iowa City at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Currently, the band is touring in support of their new album, Life is Good on the Open Road, their first record in four years. […]

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Joan Osborne, ’90s chanteuse, will perform for Iowa Arts Fest

Iowa Arts Festival: Joan Osborne Downtown Iowa City — Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m. Among an excellently curated set of local gems and national talent, the Iowa Arts Festival’s featured performer for Friday night, June 1 is Joan Osborne, who claimed notoriety with her 1995 song “One of Us.” The biggest single off her […]

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Mission Creek 2018: A look back

It is impossible for any one person to offer a complete perspective on the Mission Creek Festival (MCF), as even the avid attendee is still limited to one body and one set of guiding preferences. More than most years I became aware of my limitations as a reviewer and the radically different possibilities for what MCF means, is and becomes. […]

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Bassem Youssef, the ‘Egyptian Jon Stewart,’ is taking on Trump’s America

Media outlets tend to tout Bassem Youssef as “the Egyptian Jon Stewart,” due to the popularity of his political satire in Egypt. Yet whereas Stewart got into the comedy business through comedy, Youssef’s rise to prominence came through a more circuitous route: political revolution.
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Q&A: Jamie Quatro speaks in-depth about ‘Fire Sermon,’ faith and fascination

Prairie Lights will host author Jamie Quatro on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. for a presentation of her novel in conversation with novelist Garth Greenwell. Quatro has quickly developed a reputation for being an author of penetrating acumen and lyrical grace. […]

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Review: Jennifer Colville’s ‘Elegies …’ evoke a vibrant sense of life

Although one should never judge books by covers alone, the one gracing Jenny Colville’s Elegies for Uncanny Girls conveys an apt sense of the book’s contents. This befits Colville’s work as the editor of PromptPress, which invites authors to create verbal reflections inspired by images. […]

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‘Nurturers of a garden’: Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief talks song creation and the act of becoming

The few people who didn’t hear about Big Thief’s 2016 debut, Masterpiece, likely learned about them through Capacity, released in June of this year — some of the most gorgeous, yearning music being made in America today. […]

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