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In memoriam: John Rapson, 1953-2021

I’m tearing my house apart looking for a piece of paper. The hunt delays the grief. That paper led me to take all of Ira “John” Rapson’s classes and to gratefully leap when he called me back into his ensembles years after graduation, playing first in jazz vespers, then in Hot Tamale Louie and now […]

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Weekender, July 22: Downtown Block Party, Women’s Comedy Night, Death Kill Overdrive

IT’S LITTLE VILLAGE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY. Sign up for home magazine delivery: SUBSCRIBE >>  Help us write the next big story: SUPPORT >> THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium The Johnson County Fair and the Iowa City Downtown Block Party are both this weekend, plus a reading from the Midwest Writing Center, Riverside Theatre’s take on “The Winter’s […]

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Riverside Theatre restores something much missed to the community with ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Adam Knight’s smile was as bright as the sunny evening sky while we chatted for a few moments ahead of the opening night (July 15) performance of Riverside Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale on the Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park. Knight, Riverside’s producing director and director of The Winter’s Tale, […]

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Book Review: ‘The Renunciations’ by Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly’s The Renunciations (Graywolf Press) sees its greatest impact when panned out to see the full picture. Zooming out adds nuance. On the whole, Kelly is, as the title suggests, rejecting the contents inside. They are framed within units of time that repeat: NOW, THEN, AFTER. The renunciations, then, are Kelly’s reckoning. This elegiac […]

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Album Review: Hex Girls — ‘Pop Fluff’

Pop Fluff by Hex Girls In typically warped Hex Girls humor, the back of the 10” vinyl version of Hex Girls’ new EP Pop Fluff shows a taxonomic chart with the caption “Hex Girls feed off of the energy of heterotrophs.” The food chain presented includes “Evil” and “Truth,” “Death,” “Boredom,” “Sex” which leads to […]

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