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Iowa City stand-ups take comedy seriously

Condensation forms on tables in the Iowa City Yacht Club’s basement as the heavy late-summer air clashes with the building’s rapidly aging air conditioner. The machine kicks on periodically, requiring the volume of conversation to increase by at least a quarter of a shout. It’s three minutes till 9 on a Monday night, and a […]

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Louise Bock’s intense dreamscapes

Saturday, May 4 will bring vocalist and instrumentalist Louise Bock to Trumpet Blossom in Iowa City as part of the Feed Me Weird Things listening series. Bock’s unique take on song structure and multi-instrumentality allow her to create soundscapes that are intensely layered. […]

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Five questions with: Author Leslie Carol Roberts

Leslie Carol Roberts’ most recent book, Here Is Where I Walk, a meticulous examination of nature, identity and the complex relationship between them. Roberts will be reading at Prairie Lights on Thursday, May 2 […]

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The Wonk brings the love to Trumpet Blossom Cafe

This will be the first show in Iowa City for any Wonk lineup incarnation, and Poole looks forward to bringing her music, as well as her new, collaborative sounds with Applegate, to Trumpet Blossom. Poole looks forward to this tour and the new sounds that it might bring to her longer-standing work. […]

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Celebrating 10 years of Cedar Rapids EcoFest

As the weather warms up and Earth Day approaches, many Iowans will be emerging from winter hibernation, re-engaging with the rich landscapes and vibrant communities around them. However, the winter melt reveals both new grass and the previous month’s litter, reminding Iowans of how much work must be done to care for the ecosystem around us. […]

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Room to play: Critical Hit Games moves to larger space in heart of downtown

In its surprisingly well-lit, expansive, new underground space, Critical Hit’s walls are lined with games, with the middle of the room now devoted entirely to seating and play space, for new customers or those who attend their weekly gameplay events. […]

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Nothing sweeter: Luisa Caldwell finds art in candy wrappers

Composed of two separate pieces, Curtain Call and Folly, Caldwell’s installation showcases the intricacies of movement, composition and highly textured sculpture in three-dimensional space. Her work for this installation was largely done using candy wrappers, collected with the help of friends, family and city street litter. […]

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Stephanie Burt prepares to see her poetry in motion with Mission Creek’s visual poetry synthesizer

Adulthood is complex. Often, as adults, we leave behind the people we were in childhood, and focus our identities forward to who we think we should be. Dr. Stephanie Burt, poet, literary critic and professor of English at Harvard University, would say “Fuck that.” […]

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Home is where the art is?: Exploring UI theme semester American Dream through notions of home

Saturday, March 16 will see the first installment of Going Home, a three-part series of conversations hosted collaboratively by UI’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and MERGE, seeking to find a common ground somewhere between the university and the Iowa City community. […]

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Get in sync with nature’s rhythms at the Spring Physics Demo Show

At 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a public talk on Nature’s Rhythms. This talk will include physical demonstrations, a chance to ask questions and a raffle offering science-themed toys for a few lucky participating children. […]

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Groundbreaking silent films interpreted anew with music from the Awful Purdies

The Awful Purdies, the all-female Midwest folk scene staple ensemble, will be accompanying silent movies by female film pioneers on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. as part of Film Scene’s Women’s March events. Tickets are $15. […]

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