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Interview: Poet Ali Habash explores rifts caused by war and distance.

“Love and war never meet except in poetry, people who lived the war can agree to that.” These words, penned by Iraq-born poet and journalist Ali Habash, capture the essence of his latest poetry volume Another Life. I spoke during National Poetry Month to the intrepid poet and one of his translators about his first book published in English. […]

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The metafictional ‘Neruda’ opens this weekend at FilmScene

The bio-drama ‘Neruda’ will be opening at FilmScene on March 24 for a special one-week engagement in Iowa City. ‘Neruda’ is a metafictional tale directed by Chilean-born filmmaker Pablo Lorraín, who recently filmed ‘Jackie’ (2016), based on Jacqueline Kennedy and the aftermath of her husband John F. Kennedy’s assassination. ‘Neruda’ stars Gael García Bernal (‘The Motorcycle Diaries,’ Fidel’) as police detective Óscar Peluchonneau, who attempts to arrest revolutionary poet and politician Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) as he goes underground in his native Chile during the late 1940s. […]

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PEACE Iowa and the Family Folk Machine host benefit concert in Iowa City

PEACE Iowa Benefit, featuring the Family Folk Machine Old Brick — Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa (PEACE Iowa) will host a benefit concert at the Old Brick Church in Iowa City (26 E Market St) on the evening of Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., with […]

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‘Do Not Resist’ documentary to screen at FilmScene for Vino Vérité series

Vino Vérité series presents Do Not Resist FilmScene — Sunday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Social Exchange/Vino Vérité screening of Do Not Resist presented by Bread Garden and Little Village FilmScene — Monday, Jan. 9 at 12:00 p.m. The new documentary Do Not Resist (2016) will offer film-goers an uncompromising view of the ongoing militarization […]

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Fight for $15 an hour continues after Tuesday’s national day of disturbance

Thousands of workers marched in the streets of over 340 cities and 20 airports across the country on Tuesday demanding a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to a union during a national day of disturbance. In Iowa, that fight continues. Although a handful of counties have worked to increase the local […]

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Alloy Orchestra to score ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ at the Englert Theatre

Alloy Orchestra Presents: Man with a Movie Camera Englert Theatre — Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The Alloy Orchestra will be performing the live score for the silent classic Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Soviet Union) at the Englert Theatre in a production co-sponsored by FilmScene on Oct. 5. The Alloy Orchestra first […]

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In anticipation of John Waters’ visit, FilmScene dives into ‘Deep Waters’

“Deep Waters” series FilmScene — begins Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. Filmmaker and raconteur John Waters is returning to the Englert Theatre for “Filthier & Dirtier,” a special one-night engagement co-sponsored by FilmScene on Saturday, Oct. 1 (tickets $35-100). Waters last performed at the Englert during the 2011 Mission Creek Festival. Now, the pope […]

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