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Radkey returns to Gabe’s for another night of hard-hitting garage rock

Missouri garage-rockers Radkey are swinging back into Iowa City for another round at Gabe’s on Saturday, Dec. 12. With hints of the Melvins mixed with a bit of a John Doe vibe, these home-schooled brothers sound like the best version of everyone’s 20s…
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New Public Space One exhibit explores the relationship between art and work

Public Space One will host a new gallery exhibition, opening Dec. 11, titled Maintenance Mode. The pieces explore the often tense relationship between art and work, and the ways in which artists interact with the “maintenance work” that is a necessary part of their lives… […]

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Mission Creek announces Saul Williams, Marc Maron, Alison Bechdel and more

Mission Creek Festival has made its first lineup announcement for the eleventh annual event, set for April 5–10, 2016. Festival passes ($135/$350 — see below for details) will go on sale Dec. 11 at noon, online at Midwestix… […]

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Essay: On ‘The Nutcracker’ and ballet’s diversity problem

The Nutcracker The Englert Theatre ($16-$18) Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre ($87-$128) Sat., Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. The Nutcracker has a wild and complicated history. The original creepy tale by […]

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Album Review: Hailey Whitters’ ‘Black Sheep’

Hailey Whitters Black Sheep www.haileywhitters.com I hesitated, at first, to review this album. I’m not generally a fan of country music, and I didn’t know if I could pull off something both generous and honest, without getting caught up in genre biases. I listened to Black Sheep, set it aside, walked away. Then something strange […]

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Saturday at CSPS Hall: One-man play tells the story of labor hero Joe Hill

Joe Hill’s Last Will CSPS Hall — Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. On Nov 19, 1915, after a questionable trial over a trumped-up murder charge, labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill was executed by firing squad in Utah. Since his death, he has become a legend, memorialized in poetry, prose, song and the play […]

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Theatre Cedar Rapids’ improv series takes audiences on a JOYRIDE

JOYRIDE Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Grandon Studio — Fri-Sun, Nov. 13-15 Theatre Cedar Rapids breaks new ground this week with its very first Studio Improv Series. Once the sole purview of the independent theater and college scenes, and dedicated companies like the Magnet Theatre and the IO, improvisational theatre has found an unlikely home at TCR […]

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Welcome to the family: How a UI alum helped unearth a new species of early man

In Nov. 2013, an expedition that would have a profound impact on our understanding of our human ancestry commenced at the Rising Star cave system in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Funded by the University of Witwatersrand (“Wits”) and the National Geographic Society, the excavation was part of a particularly social media-savvy engagement with science. National […]

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Interview: Astrophysicist Cornelia Lang talks black holes, creativity and Witching Hour

Beyond Visible Light: Searching for Clues to the Unknown in the Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy Iowa City Public Library — Friday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Cornelia Lang is something of an anomaly on the Witching Hour line-up. As a friend noted joyfully when I shared a post about the festival on Facebook: […]

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Impassioned actors carry campy ‘Psycho Beach Party’

Psycho Beach Party Johnson County Fairgrounds — Through Nov. 1 In his program notes for Psycho Beach Party, director Louis Edward Doerge says of the show that, “at its core, it’s a love letter to film.” That homage is evident from the start, and many elements of the production highlight and emphasize those aspects of […]

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‘Listening for Grace’: A play reconciling sexuality, comedy and Christ

Listening for Grace Old Brick Church — Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Issues of religion and sexuality are difficult to navigate in conversation. Navigating just those sorts of difficulties is where the arts — and theatre in particular — excel. Enter Ted Swartz. For two decades, Swartz has been travelling the U.S. and the […]

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Things that go bump on the stage: IC’s October theatre lineup is spooky good

Humans love to tell each other stories. We sit around our proverbial campfires and spin yarns to keep the dark at bay. This time of year, though, the dark lasts longer; our fears are deeper. The nights are chill, the trees are stark. The earth is cycling away from the sun, and, as a society, […]

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