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Experience the musical variety of the 319 as festival fills Czech Village with sound

The sixth edition of Three One Nine Music & Arts Festival, which focuses on bands based in the 319 area code, will take over Czech Village on Saturday, July 29. The free, all ages event is presented in association with the Czech Heritage Association and will highlight a variety of musical styles including indie rock, metal¸ punk, electronic, hip hop, folk and more. […]

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New Concerts at the Creek series set to attract new visitors to Indian Creek Nature Center

The Indian Creek Nature Center (5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids), a longtime resource to nature enthusiasts, has recently updated and upgraded its campus. As part of that effort, the staff conducted some research to discover what sort of offerings the community might value. One result of that effort: the new Concerts at the Creek Series (see schedule below), which will feature concerts held at the organization’s new amphitheater. […]

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Five for Five Seasons: Five women at the helm of area arts and culture organizations

Gail Naughton has announced she will retire in June 2018 from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, an organization she has led since 2002. She is one of several female leaders who have been setting the course of some of the Cedar Rapids area’s most robust and innovative arts and culture organizations. Here are five of them. […]

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Alisabeth Von Presley plays Uptown Friday Nights, drops new album this week

Alisabeth Von Presley is arguably the living embodiment of “go big or go home.” And as her musical career continues to pick up steam, she has no intention of sitting around at home. This Friday, July 7, is a big day for Von Presley as she performs at Uptown Friday Nights at the McGrath Amphitheater and releases her new record, ‘Diamonds in the Blackout.’ Uptown Friday Nights shows are 21+; admission is $5. […]

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Pride Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels game this Friday

June may be over, but you can’t contain LGBT pride in a single month. This Friday night, July 7, is Pride Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels game. Discounted tickets are available by phone at 319-896-7560 or online through Thursday night at midnight. The seats are in section 109 behind home plate. […]

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‘Reasons for Living’: Leslie Charipar hitting the road in search of inspiration

By any measure, Leslie Charipar has lived through a couple of lousy years. “Lived through” is no mere turn of phrase. Charipar has been in the grips of not one, not two, but three cancers — breast, lung and thyroid — not to mention blood clots in her brain. At the moment, she’s on the […]

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Flaherty and company elevate ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ at Theatre Cedar Rapids

For a story set in Thatcher-era England, ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’ has surprisingly strong connections to Eastern Iowa. There’s Alex Ko, an Iowa City native who played the title character on Broadway. And there’s the late Basil Thompson, a renowned dancer, ballet master and instructor who taught in the University of Iowa Department of Dance, whose life story mirrors that of Billy Elliot (though the creators deny any connection). […]

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