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Amara Piano Quartet helps the Friends of Music at Coe celebrate a big anniversary

For 25 years, the Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC) has been working to connect the Coe College Music Department with the wider Cedar Rapids community in an effort to build audiences. The group, founded by alumni and friends of Coe, also works to provide enhanced educational opportunities by bringing guest artists to campus. […]

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‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ gives audiences the gift of laughter

Giving Tree Theater is offering audiences a gift: an evening of such silliness that one’s troubles can’t intrude while the stage lights are up. Under the direction of Joe Link, the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors delivers a rapid-fire collection of sight gags, linguistic trickery, recurring bits and general zaniness. […]

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Rothrock on DeWitte: The Cedar Rapids musician opens up about her husband’s illness ahead of a weekend of performances

Vocalist Lynne Rothrock and guitarist Ron DeWitte are fixtures of the Eastern Iowa music scene. They are also married. And together, they are coping with DeWitte’s serious illness. […]

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Granger House kicks off a spooky season with an exploration of ‘Macbeth’

‘Macbeth’ Granger House Victorian Museum — Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Things are about to get spooky at the Granger House Victorian Museum. Beginning this weekend and through October and beyond, the uncanny will take center stage. The Granger House (970 10th St, Marion) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It […]

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‘We kind of grew up together’: Mother and daughter pair Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche head to Iowa

Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are, of course, well aware of the famous musical figures in their extended family. From The Roches, Suzzy’s vocal group with her sisters, to Lucy’s father Loudon Wainwright III and half-siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright — not to mention Lucy’s own solo efforts — there is plenty of musical firepower in the family. […]

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SPT Theatre celebrates 10 years of Tales from the Writers’ Room

The 10th season of Tales from the Writers’ Room kicks off, as it were, with 1st and 10, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, at CSPS Hall. Performances, featuring sketch comedy, music and more, start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. […]

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Explore Czech Village and New Bo destinations at Room with a Brew

Room with a Brew returns to Czech Village and the New Bo neighborhood this weekend, and organizers are hopeful that the second edition of the event will not have to contend with any weather issues. This year’s event is this Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. The starting point is the NewBo City Market where there will be prize drawings and exhibitors and where participants can pick up a souvenir glass and a tour map. The self-guided tour includes four excellent examples of the urban living options in the district and four great eateries. The tour map serves as the ticket, granting access to the living spaces and securing participants two free beverage tastings and appetizers at the restaurants. […]

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Frequent ‘Antiques Roadshow’ appraiser Nicholas Lowry to appear at BrewNost

BrewNost National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library — Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Nicholas “Nicho” Lowry — president of Swann Auction Galleries in New York City and well known for his appearances on Antiques Roadshow — will serve as the celebrity auctioneer at this year’s Brewnost event at the National Czech & Slovak […]

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Sample music from the Landfall Festival, marking its 10th year in Cedar Rapids this week

Landfall Festival of World Music various venues — through Saturday, Sept. 16 The tenth edition of the Landfall Festival of World Music is underway with more than 35 artists taking to the CSPS Hall stage as well as the Cedar Rapids Public Library and NewBo City Market. As always, the festival, which is produced by […]

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Cedar Rapids’ Dale Todd among honorees at AAMI’s History Makers Gala

Each year, the African American Museum of Iowa uses its one and only annual fundraiser as an opportunity to honor African Americans from across the state who have made outstanding contributions to their communities. This year’s History Makers Gala will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. […]

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Giving Tree’s ‘The Elephant Man’ offers nuanced performances that honor the playwright’s legacy

Bernard Pomerance, playwright of The Elephant Man, passed away on Aug. 26 at the age of 76. Less than a week later, the Giving Tree Theater production of the play — which won for the Tony for best play in 1979 — opened and offered proof that its author will long be remembered. […]

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