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Prairie Lights hosts a launch party for ‘Creekfinding,’ a true Iowa tale turned storybook

Several years ago — or, in storybook parlance, Once Upon a Time — a long-lost creek in northeast Iowa came back to life. It did so with the help of Mike Osterholm, who acted on a hint and a hunch to add the nearly-forgotten waterway into his efforts to return an old cornfield to the […]

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Leslie Odom, Jr. tickets available Monday, Tuesday

If you’re determined to be in the room where it happens, you’ll have to plan ahead. Since demand is expected to be so high for Leslie Odom Jr.’s appearance late this month, the University of Iowa Lecture Committee and Hancher, where Odom will speak, have decided to make it a ticketed event. It is still […]

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The Dandelion Stompers kick off the season of fasting with a feast for your ears

Tomorrow — Feb. 28, 2017 — goes by multiple names in different cultures and contexts. Some call it Shrove Tuesday. Others know it as Mardi Gras. In some circles it’s known as Fat Tuesday. For many, it’s just an excuse to eat pancakes for dinner. The day before Ash Wednesday, whatever it’s called, is a […]

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Iowa Writers’ House hosts workshop with Iowa Poet Laureate

Writing from Start to Finish, with Mary Swander Iowa Writers’ House — Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. – Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. This weekend, the Iowa Writers’ House welcomes Iowa’s own poet laureate, Mary Swander, for a two-day workshop titled Writing from Start to Finish. The workshop is $245 for the two […]

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Album Review: Aseethe — Hopes of Failure

Aseethe Hopes of Failure aseethe.bandcamp.com/album/hopes-of-failure Iowa City trio Aseethe — Brian Barr, Danny Barr and Eric Diercks — broke last summer when they signed to Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records (Future Islands, the Fiery Furnaces, Trans Am). The band drops its first album on that label on Feb. 24, and returns to Iowa City for a […]

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Photos: The Fuss rock Gabe’s, prep for Java Blend

The Fuss on Java Blend Java House (211½ E. Washington St.) — Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Photos by Zak Neumann Des Moines four-piece the Fuss, fresh off of a weekend gig at Gabe’s (see photos), will be bringing their trippy psychpop sounds to the downtown Java House on Friday, Feb. 10 for a […]

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Mission Creek announces Mykki Blanco as newest lineup addition

Mykki Blanco Blue Moose Tap House — Thursday, April 6 at 11 p.m. Michael Quattlebaum Jr., the rapper, poet and performance artist from Orange County, California better known as Mykki Blanco, is the latest addition to the lineup for the Mission Creek Festival, which runs April 4-9 in various locations across Iowa City. Quattlebam’s Mykki […]

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William Elliott Whitmore to play the Englert on Feb. 3

William Elliott Whitmore Englert Theatre — Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Iowa’s own William Elliott Whitmore comes to the Englert this Friday, Feb. 3 for an 8 p.m. show. Whitmore is local royalty, of sorts — his ruling family of Iowa music includes cousin Luke Tweedy of Flat Black Studios, where his most recent […]

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Support the ACLU and local music this Friday

The music site Bandcamp announced this week that on Friday, Feb. 3, it would be donating its share of all proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In a post on its website, Bandcamp founder and CEO Ethan Diamond condemned last week’s Executive Order limiting travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, writing: “Like […]

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Just announced: Ghostface Killah added to Mission Creek Lineup

One of the most quintessential names in East Coast rap is joining the already robust Mission Creek Festival 2017 lineup. The festival team announced today that Ghostface Killah is the newest addition to the Mission Creek festival, which runs April 4–9 this year. He joins headliners Andrew Bird, Margaret Cho, Saeed Jones and Rufus Wainwright, […]

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Opinion: Reach out to Iowa legislators in support of the Iowa Cultural Trust

Today, perhaps as early as 1 p.m., the Iowa House will be considering HF 118, a financing bill that proposes cutting funding to many arts initiatives in this state, including the Iowa Cultural Trust. The threat to the Iowa Cultural Trust is something that affects all Iowans who have an interest in the culture of […]

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Protest planned today at Eastern Iowa Airport following recent executive order

A protest is planned starting at 4 p.m. today at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids against the recent executive order affecting refugees, immigrants and green card holders (although the administration seems to have walked back restrictions on green card holders in statements made today). This protest follows several others across the country held […]

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