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Urban Bush Women to explore issues of body image, race and gender in Hancher performance, dance workshop

“This process … really predates us all.” Chanon Judson, one of the artistic directors of Brooklyn, New York-based dance company Urban Bush Women, is speaking of the company’s practice of applying culture to dance. “We are all part of a lineage that has been doing that since the beginning of time.” Urban Bush Women was founded in 1984 by dancer and choreographer Jawole Willa Zollar, who still holds the title of Chief Visioning Partner of the group.
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Raising a Muddy Ruckus at the Yacht Club

Muddy Ruckus, a Maine band comprised of Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl, will be returning to the Midwest for the sixth time, on tour with their newest single, “Perfectly Aligned.” Though they have come to the area many times before, this tour will bring the Americana-folk-punk-rock duo to Iowa City for the first time. […]

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Get ready to laugh with ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]’ at the CRPL

The Cedar Rapids Public Library will put on a PG-13-rated play, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised], on July 20 and 21. The performance — full of local and mature humor — represents both the billowing theater community in Cedar Rapids and the need for programming for library-goers in between
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Lights for Liberty vigils planned in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids

On Friday, July 12, the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project and El Trueque will host Iowa City’s Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps in College Green Park at 7 p.m. Cedar Rapids will also be holding a vigil, co-hosted by the Center for Worker Justice and Freedom for Immigrants Eastern Iowa, across from the Federal Courthouse. […]

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Monarch Fest lands again at Indian Creek Nature Center

Fortunately, any person can take small steps to aid monarchs and other native butterflies. “By planting native wildflowers and milkweed plants you will be helping not only the monarch but all local pollinators,” said Cossolotto. “Dandelions and clover are just a couple of plants that are great for pollinators.” […]

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Book Review: ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ by Claire Lombardo

In Claire Lombardo’s debut novel, ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had,’ she isn’t afraid to tackle the biggest of topics, specifically for women—sisterhood, fear, general annoyance and birth or the absence of it. The reader gets an intimate look at the conception of the Sorenson family (literally, considering Lombardo’s plethora of sex scenes),
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Don’t stop believin’: Fourth of July festivities, from live music to fireworks

This year’s Freedom Festival has been kicking around Cedar Rapids since June 20, but the final days, including Independence Day, bring the most celebratory events. To attend Freedom Festival-produced events, guests will need a $5 Freedom Festival […]

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Millstream gathers a wide variety of eastern Iowa cover bands for inaugural Millstock

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the notorious 1969 music festival, Woodstock, Millstream Brewing Company is hosting Millstock from June 28-30. Eight artists will be featured and, in the spirit of the original festival, camping is welcomed on festival grounds. […]

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