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Musician Donovan Leitch talks legacy of ‘Sunshine Superman’ and importance of Transcendental Meditation

Donovan at FAIRfest Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts — Sunday, Sep. 4 at 8 p.m. In 1966, the U.S. was in turmoil. Race riots rocked the streets. War with Vietnam was escalating — more young men were drafted than during any other year of that war. Demonstrations erupted across the country. Into all of […]

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Just Announced: Three Women and the Truth at The Mill, Nov. 18

Three Women and the Truth The Mill — Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at noon today, Wednesday, Aug. 17, for a just-announced show at The Mill in Iowa City: Three Women and the Truth. Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson, each a seasoned and spectacular artist in her own […]

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Bloated Kat punk fest brings Meat Wave, others to Gabe’s

Bloated Kat presents Bloated Saturday, featuring Meat Wave, with Lifestyles and Younger Gabe’s — Saturday, Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m. This Saturday, Dallas Center, IA’s Bloated Kat Records descends on Gabe’s Iowa City with a huge swathe of its roster along with some guest phenoms for the first ever Bloated Kat Punk Fest. Tickets are […]

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Interview: A chat with Jorma Kaukonen ahead of Hot Tuna’s return to the Englert

Hot Tuna Englert Theatre — Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. For more than 50 years, Jorma Kaukonen has been making the sort of music that shakes the world. It’s obvious, in talking to him, that this comes from simply living in it. When we spoke, he had just returned from a motorcycle ride with […]

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At the second annual This Is Our Peace, the Iowa Writers’ House tackles race in the Iowa City community

This Is Our Peace: Many Races, One Iowa Uptown Bill’s — Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. The Iowa Writers’ House is following up last year’s inaugural spoken word event (which focused on the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings) with a program titled Many Races, One Iowa. Once again, the reading will […]

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Brooklyn five-piece Lucius brings their tour to Codfish Hollow

Lucius Codfish Hollow Barnstormers — Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. (5 p.m. doors) Synth-pop chanteuses Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig bring their skyrocketing band Lucius to the barn at Codfish Hollow for an early evening show on Thursday, Aug. 11. Supporting are Asheville, N.C.’s River Whyless, Lowlight, out of New Jersey, and Midwest pop […]

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Just announced: Sacramento hip hop duo Blackalicious to land at Gabe’s Iowa City

Blackalicious Gabe’s — Wednesday, Sep. 28 at 7 p.m. Sacramento, CA, hip hop superstars Blackalicious announced today on their Facebook page that they’d be bringing their brief fall tour to Gabe’s in Iowa City on Sep. 28, linking a Bandsintown page for the event. Ticket prices and opening acts have yet to be announced. Blackalicious, […]

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Les Claypool and Sean Lennon bring their Delirium to Iowa City

The Claypool Lennon Delirium Englert Theatre — Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Englert Theatre welcomes two great tastes that taste great together! Musicians Les Claypool (Primus) and Sean Lennon came together as individuals after touring together one summer with their respective musical projects. The resulting album, a sonorous slice […]

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Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theatre presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Sleeping Beauty Brucemore Mansion — opens Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Brucemore Mansion, in collaboration with Theatre Cedar Rapids, presents an Outdoor Children’s Theatre production of Sleeping Beauty, opening tonight, Aug. 3 and running through the weekend. Director Erica Jo Lloyd guides a bevy of eastern Iowa talent through this highly interactive […]

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Interview: Comedian Weird Al Yankovic talks resetting pop culture’s funnybone

Weird Al Yankovic’s Mandatory World Tour McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids — Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. $35-85 For 40 years, Weird Al Yankovic has been steadily building a career that has landed him at the top of a nexus of different fields. He weaves together skills in music, comedy, acting, directing and production […]

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The largest anime convention in Iowa takes over the Coralville Marriott this weekend

AnimeIowa Coralville Marriott — Friday–Sunday July 29–31 Join convention sponsors the Mindbridge Foundation this weekend as eastern Iowa’s anime and manga convention AnimeIowa celebrates its 20th year. Attendance was only 150 strong at the inaugural event in 1997; now the convention caps attendance at 3,000. A wide variety of guests from artists to writers to […]

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Prairie Lights, Barnes and Noble bring together a magical community

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Barnes and Noble Coralville — Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. Harry Potter Midnight Release Prairie Lights Bookstore — Sunday, July 31 at 12 a.m. There are few things that can bring a community together like a midnight release. The excitement is electric when fans come together, hyped up on […]

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