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Anaïs Duplan and Louis Chude-Sokei share the stage for Live from Prairie Lights

Anaïs Duplan and Louis Chude-Sokei Prairie Lights Bookstore — Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS) is in the midst of welcoming its second artist-in-residence this week. The peak of this introduction comes Thursday, May 19 at Prairie Lights Bookstore, when the center’s founder and director, Anaïs Duplan, is joined […]

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Interview: Joe Hill talks word economy, AC/DC and coloring books

Joe Hill Coralville Public Library — Sunday, May 22 at 5 p.m. Since he emerged onto the literary scene — careful to maintain his secret identity at the outset as a horror/fantasy legacy — Joe Hill (born Joseph Hillstrom King) has been building his reputation as one of the keenest voices in horror. He spins […]

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See it here: Des Moines band Tires premiers a new video ahead of its single, out May 27

This January, Des Moines band Tires headed into Flat Black Studios to finally record the full album their fans have been waiting for. With a couple of EPs under their belt, it was about time for these tenured musicians to finally commit to something large scale. Tires could quite easily be termed a “supergroup,” in […]

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Interview: Parker Millsap talks weird thrift store clothes and early inspirations

Parker Millsap w/ The Grahams The Mill — Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Legion Arts CSPS Hall — Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is gaining a lot of attention lately as the kid with the wild voice. With comparisons to a young Elvis being tossed around, thanks to his […]

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‘This is My Brave’ explores stories of mental illness

This is My Brave Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. This year marks the second annual eastern Iowa This is My Brave presentation. The event is a collection of stories, poems, songs and essays written and performed by people living with or affected by mental illness. The show […]

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Students to address racial disparity in Iowa City schools

ICCSD School Board Meeting Educational Services Building — Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Although the school year is winding down for Iowa City students, at least one group is planning to make full use of the final school board meeting of the term. At tonight’s meeting, set for 6 p.m. at the Educational Services […]

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Just announced: Beach House at the Englert

Beach House The Englert Theatre — Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. The Englert Theatre has just announced that it will be welcoming Baltimore dream pop band Beach House to the stage on Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have been performing and recording together as Beach House since 2004; […]

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12th annual Benz Beer Fest hits Cedar Rapids this weekend

Benz Beer Fest Benz Beverage Depot — Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. For the 12th year in a row, beer enthusiasts from across eastern Iowa will gather at Benz Beverage Depot (501 7th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids) for an afternoon of sampling and camaraderie. Benz is renowned throughout the area for its broad selection […]

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IARGUS Russian Guitar Festival turns 10

Russian Guitar Festival Various venues (see article) — starts Thursday, May 5 Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the International Annual Russian Guitar Seminar (IARGUS) will once again bring some of the world’s foremost performers to Iowa City and the surrounding area for a series of concerts. Events will kick off on Thursday, May 5 […]

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Interview: Director Elizabeth Tracey on City Circle’s upcoming musical, ‘1776’

City Circle presents: 1776 Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — opens Friday, Apr. 29 City Circle Acting Company’s production of 1776 opens Friday, Apr. 29 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. They couldn’t have chosen a better moment. The world is agog with Founding Fathers fever, with the new musical Hamilton having […]

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The evolution of ‘Bruno’

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore The Englert Theatre — opens Friday, Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. “What does it mean to be fully-formed, and who decides it?” This question, crafted by writer/director Sean Lewis, is raised about halfway through our conversation about The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, the newest play from his company, Working Group […]

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