Advertisement

Crowdfund the arts in Eastern Iowa: Initiatives by Akwi Nji and Anaïs Duplan take to the web

Artist Anaïs Duplan has a fundraiser scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. at The Mill in Iowa City (Little Village is a sponsor of the event). But that’s not the only avenue she’s pursuing to raise money and awareness for the new Center for Afrofuturist Studies coming to Public Space One this […]

Read More…

Mission Creek Festival residency program brings Ian Svenonius to Iowa City

An Evening with Ian Svenonius Trumpet Blossom Café — Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. Acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based musician Ian Svenonius is headed to the chill midwest to take part in Mission Creek Festival’s artist-in-residence program. Best known for his work with bands Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up and Weird War, Svenonius’ residency here will […]

Read More…

New Center for Afrofuturist Studies brings Iowa City to the intersection of art, race and technology

Octavia Butler. Jean-Michel Basquiat. Nicki Minaj. You don’t often see these disparate names in the same context — but when you do, recent transplant to Iowa City, poet, performer and artist Anaïs Duplan is right there with them. Duplan, in conjunction with Public Space One, is founding a Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City. […]

Read More…

Interview: Local H and the sophistication of the simple

A full year is a long time to be on tour. Then again, 25 years is a long time to be in a band. Local H, who played their first show on April 20, 1990, hit that second milestone early last year, and are coming to Gabe’s in Iowa City on Jan. 30, almost exactly 50 weeks since they were here last, and about two weeks before their current tour will finally wind down.
[…]

Read More…

New immigration and identity film festival launches in Des Moines

Define American Film Festival Des Moines Art Center — Thursday, Jan. 21–Saturday, Jan. 23 A new film festival kicks off in Iowa on Thursday, courtesy of the non-profit Define American, an organization dedicated to using stories and narrative to take the national conversation about immigration to the next level. Filmmaker and Define American founder Jose […]

Read More…

Daytrotter show to celebrate new studio and concert space

Grand Opening Show Daytrotter — Monday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. Music website and recording studio Daytrotter announces the culmination of a five-year-long odyssey: a new all-inclusive recording space and small concert venue, right in the heart of downtown Davenport (324 Brady Street). They’re breaking it in with a grand opening concert on Monday, featuring […]

Read More…

Hear ye, hear ye! Mid-Winter Renaissance Faire takes over Cedar Rapids Public Library

Mid-Winter Renaissance Faire Cedar Rapids Public Library — Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.   This Saturday, the Cedar Rapids Public Library will be transformed into a fantastical wonderland for its second annual Mid-Winter Renaissance Faire. Events occur in all major areas of the library, including a Marketplace in Beems A & B and a […]

Read More…

R-rated puppet show ‘Avenue Q’ makes its way to Theatre Cedar Rapids

Opening Night: Avenue Q Theatre Cedar Rapids — Opens Friday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m The first thing to understand about this puppet-driven musical is that it’s NOT for children. This six-time Tony nominee (it won three) premiered in 2003, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez (of Frozen fame) and Jeff Marx, and book […]

Read More…

International Writing Program participating in Worldwide Reading for Ashraf Fayadh

Reading for Ashraf Fayadh Shambaugh House — Thursday, January 14 at Noon As part of an initiative sponsored by the International Literature Festival Berlin, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) will be hosting a reading in support of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who is currently in prison and under threat of death penalty […]

Read More…

Make it an evening with FilmScene, Forbidden Planet and ‘The Thing’

John Carpenter’s The Thing FilmScene & Forbidden Planet — Sunday, January 17 at 5 p.m. Classic 1982 sci-fi horror film The Thing will be showing at FilmScene next Sunday, with a twist: your $18 ticket ($15 for FilmScene members) will not only get you into the 5 p.m. screening, but will travel with you for […]

Read More…

100 years later, new audiences discover legendary outsider

In 1981, then-junior high history teacher Michael Zahs lucked into a treasure trove of relics from a Washington, Iowa basement. He took a chance on what might have been so many boxes of junk, because of their source — they had originally been owned by W. Frank Brinton, a man who had been known locally […]

Read More…