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Podcast Review: The S(o)uper Bowl, #MeToo and IPR’s ‘Unsettled’

This year’s Super Bowl arrived in a cultural moment where an increasing number of men and women have become thoughtful about the nature of masculinity and how it is represented in culture. One of the best resources I have found that provides tools for thinking through the relationship of how masculinity is celebrated in our culture — and the frequently problematic consequences of doing so — is IPR’s podcast ‘Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo.’ […]

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Interview: Isolation and collaboration intertwine as David Huckfelt shines light on the world’s ‘Stranger Angels’

David Huckfelt of the Pines will headline at The Mill on Saturday, Nov. 24 2018 in honor of the upcoming release of his solo album, Stranger Angels. Tickets are $15-18. […]

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Four lessons learned from Ailey II

I decided to see Ailey II on Nov. 4 at the Englert Theatre more to fulfill my drive to explore the unknown in the arts than from a desire to see it. The opportunity to interview Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell for Englert’s Stages magazine was the tipping point — he’d been insistent on the point that dance is an art that anyone can appreciate and understand. And so I went. […]

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‘Iphigenia Point Blank’ not just a retelling, but a focus on the world today

This month, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has the honor of presenting a Iphigenia Point Blank: Story of the First Refugee. Its final performances will be Nov. 8-10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the David Thayer Theatre, UI Theatre Building. Tickets are $5-20. […]

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Video premiere and interview: The Awful Purdies, ‘45’

Because “45” has a simple, catchy melody, its easy to overlook the levels of depth that make it great. The melody is accompanied by a complex arrangement of acoustic elements, one of the hallmarks of the Awful Purdies’ sound. It unfolds into Katie Roche’s vocals and includes textured and layered harmonies that echo and support them. […]

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Ghosts of the past haunt a timely production of ‘The Price’ at Riverside

Throughout the play, the Franz family consistently seems unwilling to face the loneliness of silence. In general, while lines are delivered with passion or reserve, the production allows a sense of accumulation — like the crowded stage — in which everything adds together. […]

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