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‘One October,’ from Iowan-turned-New Yorker Kacy Ross, comes to FilmScene

It’s 25 minutes in before anyone in the film One October uses the word gentrification. But every shot, every beat of the film is infused with the specter of that term. Rachel Shuman’s 2017 documentary, showing tonight at FilmScene, is a narrow snapshot of a changing city, on its surface. […]

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Five questions with: Hannah Weeks, Nimbus Dance Works dancer from Iowa City

Hannah Weeks, born and raised in Iowa City, is returning to her hometown for the Iowa Dance Festival Saturday. She’s been with the Nimbus Dance Works company for three seasons and serves as a dancer and the assistant director of programming. Weeks attended the the University of Iowa, Nolte Academy of Dance and City Ballet of Iowa as well as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program.
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‘Les Misérables,’ Kristin Chenoweth and ‘Letters from Iraq’: Hancher announces 2018-19 season

Hancher Auditorium has announced its 2018-19 season, and it’s jam-packed with the most prestigious music, theater and dance touring the region. Tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 1, but donors who gave over $100 to Hancher in the last year should watch their mail for the season brochure with early ordering instructions. A full season schedule can be found on the Hancher website. […]

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‘Minding the Gap’ between friendship and fulfillment

Minding the Gap is touted as a coming-of-age film, an exploration of manhood in 21st century America. It is definitely those things. But it’s also something more. Or, rather, it takes something more and adds it to what we as viewers should expect from that genre of film. […]

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Nellie McKay and her dog Bessie are coming to Cedar Rapids

When delightful East Coast songstress Nellie McKay makes a tour stop in Cedar Rapids this weekend, she won’t be alone. “She will be coming to Iowa, her first time in Iowa,” McKay said in a phone call of her travel partner, her beloved rescue dog Bessie. “She’s looking forward to lots of skips and rolls.” […]

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Cinco da Blues supports KCCK’s blues library

One listen to Gloria Hardiman’s voluminous voice is really all the impetus you need to head out to the Mill on Saturday, May 5 for the first Cinco da Blues fundraiser for radio station KCCK (tickets $20). But the Chicago blues great isn’t just performing for Cinco da Blues — she was also a driving force behind its creation. […]

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Five questions with: Phil Hester

This Saturday, May 5, millions of comic books will fall into the hands of eager fans at the 16th annual Free Comic Book Day. Joining the fun in-store at Daydream Comics for Free Comic Book Day is artist, writer, University of Iowa alum and Iowa native Phil Hester. He’s been supporting Daydreams for years, since he was a student at UI.

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‘Don’t hold anything back’ — The world finally catches up to Lavender Country

Lavender Country w/ Good Morning Midnight, David Dondero The Garden Club — Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m., $10 NOTE: The event information here corrects the print calendar in Little Village issue 242 Forty-five years ago, activist and self-proclaimed “country hick queer” Patrick Haggerty drew on his own life-long passion for country music and assembled […]

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New tour and augmented reality app explore Ana Mendieta’s Iowa City

Artist Ana Mendieta came to Dubuque in 1961 at age 12 as a refugee from Cuba. She discovered her love of art there, navigating junior high school with limited other means of expression (her English was not yet good). But it was in Iowa City where her signature brand of bloody, violent and boldly feminist artwork was honed. She earned both a BA and an MA in painting as well as an MFA in intermedia at the University of Iowa, studying under Hans Breder, intermedia program founder who passed away last year. […]

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Five questions with: Marta Renzi

The Iowa International ScreenDance Festival celebrates its third year this weekend, with 125 entries from 25 different countries screening at FilmScene on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. Part of the 12th annual Iowa Dance Festival (which runs May 11-12), ScreenDance films will also be shown in Mexico City this year, in August. […]

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‘Saving Brinton,’ ‘Amelia 2.0,’ ‘Morris’ bring top IMPA Awards home to Eastern Iowa

The Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) held its 27th annual awards this weekend, and Eastern Iowa brought home the lion’s share of the state honors. Amelia 2.0, filmed in Cedar Rapids and based on Cedar Rapids playwright Rob Merritt’s The Summerland Project, garnered a directing Excellence award (the festival uses this terminology instead of the […]

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Rural Route Film Festival’s ‘Very Best Of’ tour rolls into Cedar Rapids

Elkader native Alan Webber is back in Iowa for two presentations of his Rural Route Film Festival — tonight, April 19 at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids (tickets are $10) and Sunday, April 22 at Luther College in Decorah, as part of the Oneota Film Festival. […]

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