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‘Marjorie Prime’ an incredibly sensitive meditation on aging and grief

The rub of science fiction is that it requires quite a bit of world building to be comprehensible to the audience. Director Jen Brown guides her actors into a subtlety that nicely highlights the universals of personality, humanity and family life without dwelling too long on the technicalities of 2050. […]

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William Shatner on showing horses, his upcoming Christmas album and chasing opportunity

It was 52 years ago this month that a scrappy, upstart little sci-fi program premiered on NBC. In the captain’s chair of the NCC-1701, also known as the USS Enterprise, sat a Canadian, classically trained Shakespearean actor with only a few films, a couple of Broadway credits and a handful of one-off television spots to his name stateside. He was well-reviewed but hardly a household name. […]

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Woodstock’s break-out chanteuse Melanie heads to Cedar Rapids

Forty-nine years ago this week, a relatively unknown young woman took the stage at perhaps the seminal cultural event in U.S. history. Melanie Safka-Schekeryk was only 22 when the Woodstock Music and Art Fair — “3 Days of Peace & Music,” the posters read — took over a farm in upstate New York and changed the course of music. […]

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Album Review: Young Charles — Armageddon Party Dress

Mitch McAndrew, both the vocal and songwriting chops behind Young Charles, comes across on the band’s debut, Armageddon Party Dress, as a jazz composer who desperately wants to be a folk singer (with a slight addiction to pop melancholy). The genres fuse and break, weave in and out of each other in ways that evoke the mid- to late-’70s years when Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel were contemporaries. […]

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Nashville musician Seth Cook kicks off Iowa City Unplugged

Seth Cook w/ the Dashi Project Iowa City Ped Mall — Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. A new live music series is starting up in downtown Iowa City tonight, Thursday, Aug. 2. For the next nine weeks, carrying us from late summer into early fall, Iowa City Unplugged will set up shop at the […]

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Five questions with: artist Maggie Vandewalle

Maggie Vandewalle Artist Reception Catiri’s Art Oasis — Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Raised just outside Iowa City, Maggie Vandewalle went to the University of Iowa on an art scholarship and has been painting ever since. Although her studies at UI were focused initially on printmaking, she fell in love with watercolors. Now, painting […]

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No Mo’ FOMO: This weekend’s hottest shows, in summary

Lookin’ to get down, but not sure where to go this weekend? It’s OK; happens to the best of us. Don’t let Monday find you with no great stories to share. Little Village has the lowdown on this weekend’s can’t-miss shows. […]

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FilmScene first cinema honored as an Iowa Arts Council Cultural Leadership Partner

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced their 2019 grant recipients, and included among the eastern Iowa honorees is FilmScene — the first cinema to be named as an Iowa Arts Council Cultural Leadership Partner. More than 200 organizations were awarded a total of over $2 million by the Department of Cultural Affairs this year, […]

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