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The Shop Iowa City, selling vintage and repurposed home decor, is opening downtown in August

Kay Boyer, Kate Dreyer and Jessica Meyer have been hard at work peeling away layers from the downtown space that, until recently, housed University Camera for 48 years. In the past week, they’ve yanked up the thin gray carpet, opened up space around the front windows, pulled down the soffit and ceiling tiles and worked […]

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Takanami will become a Mexican restaurant (Updated)

July 20, 2018: This article was updated with new comments from Valentina Carrero. After 15 years serving sushi, teppanyaki and Asian-infused entrees, Iowa City’s Takanami will become a Mexican restaurant, new owner Valentina Carrero announced Wednesday. The rebranded business is set to open Aug. 2 in the same location at 219 Iowa Ave. “I have […]

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‘American Animals’ combines documentary and drama to explore a real-life art heist

“American Animals”, starting a run today at FilmScene, stars Evan Peters of “American Horror Story,” Barry Keoghan of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” Ann Dowd of “Hereditary”…And surprisingly enough, it’s not a horror movie. “Animals” is a crime drama, following a group of four college-age men looking to spice up their life by planning and executing an art heist at the library of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Star Trek historians headline the 34th Trekfest in Riverside

We’re roughly 215 years out from the birth of James T. Kirk in Riverside, Iowa, and the town’s present-day residents (and traveling Star Trek fans) continue to celebrate the future occasion with their annual Trekfest. The 34th festival will take place this weekend, with events beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and running late into the evening on Saturday, June 30. […]

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Iowa City is getting its first gaming cafe

The fact electronic sports, or esports, have a real shot of making it into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a good indicator of the rising popularity and prestige of the competitive video gaming community. That community will soon have a home in Iowa City as the area gets its first esports cafe, a type of […]

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Iowa City Municipal Airport celebrates 100 years of history

About 15 years after Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first flight in a powered aircraft, the Iowa City Municipal Airport opened on local farmland, where it remains today. Though its role and services have evolved since 1918 — as has flight itself — the airport continues to grow, and this weekend it’s celebrating a century of history. […]

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Alisabeth Von Presley will bring her ‘pink-painted world’ to Iowa City Pride Fest

When Alisabeth Von Presley was a little girl, she believed she was the reincarnation of Elvis. She’d perform in front of a mirror, singing into her dad’s hairbrush. The 30-year-old entertainer now embodies the King of Rock and Roll in other ways, from her name — changed from Caraway to Von Presley — to the Elvis portrait tattooed on her left forearm. She’s taken up guitar, and often performs in glam, eye-catching outfits that harken back to Elvis’ sequined jumpsuits. […]

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Five questions with Magic Giant’s Zambricki Li

Magic Giant is a Los Angeles-based trio forged on the festival scene (including the 2018 lineup of Coachella) with a distinctly positive alt-pop sound. They’re represented by the label Concord — also the parent label of St. Vincent and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats — and recorded most their debut album, In the Wind, outdoors as they toured the country. Magic Giant released an acoustic version of In the Wind earlier this year.
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John’s Grocery hosting 70th anniversary party

John’s Grocery is celebrating 70 years as a staple of Iowa City’s northside by focusing on what they do best: beer. John’s is hosting an anniversary party in their parking lot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, offering beer and wine samples from visiting breweries and wineries, as well as chances to win prizes. […]

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