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Cedar Rapids Museum of Art celebrates its 125th anniversary with an exhibition of American and French impressionist painters

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is kicking off its 125th anniversary with a new exhibition showcasing 19th century impressionist art.“Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens” will showcase the “complex relationship” between French impressionism in the late 1800s and the American interpretation of the style in the following decades. […]

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Strong performances ground the chaos in ICCT’s ‘God of Carnage’

Iowa City Community Theatre opened ‘God of Carnage’ on Jan. 24 to an amused and unsettled audience. The play takes viewers on a journey that goes from domestic bliss to untethered chaos. “I believe in the God of carnage,” Alan Raleigh, played by Trent Yoder, said. The line echoes in the ears of Iowa City theater-goers as they watch
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Riverside’s ‘The Agitators’ a timely exploration of 19th century concerns that still plague us

Riverside Theatre opened its first play of 2020 with an intense reminder of the importance of history, civil rights and activism. Jessica Link portrays Susan B. Anthony and Curtis M. Jackson is Fredrick Douglass in this retrospective of their friendship and political lives, which often found them at odds with one another. […]

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‘Kids, let’s face it — they can be a tough audience’: Hancher to kick-off youth programming with Gina Chavez

Musician Gina Chavez is a study in synthesis. In a story familiar to many multi-ethnic Americans, she didn’t always have meaning or identity convenient to her. But she has made a life and a career of creating meaning, of pulling disparate elements in her life into communion with each other. “I didn’t grow up speaking Spanish,” Chavez said […]

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Weekender, Jan. 23: Four readings, three plays, two beer festivals and one nerdy con!

Weekender An extra-hefty selection of events this weekend. Click through the listings for Kiley Reid, Color Out of Space, The Color Purple, Emma Goldman Clinic, The Tin Woman, Chris Liddell-Westefeld and Garth Greenwell to read LV’s coverage and reviews! If you’d like to receive the Weekender in your inbox, sign up for the newsletter. Iowa […]

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Book Review: ‘They Said This Day Would Never Come’ by Chris Liddell-Westefeld

Every president of the United States dominates public discourse so thoroughly that they almost erase their predecessor from the collective consciousness. No one has done that as thoroughly as Donald J. Trump. One has to think hard to remember the Obama presidency, given the relentless onslaught of dishonesty and brutish absurdity […]

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Book Review: ‘Cleanness’ by Garth Greenwell

Cleanness, the second book by Garth Greenwell (released Jan. 14, 2020), is exemplary. It provides rare rewards to its readers beyond the scope dared by many authors of contemporary literature. It demands much of the reader — not due to its difficulty, but in the unrelenting rigor of the narrator who patiently preserves the paradoxes of everyday […]

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Five questions with: Brandon A. Wright, Harpo in ‘The Color Purple’

Brandon A. Wright on ‘The Color Purple’: There really is a piece of take-away for every single person and it may not be in the big or popular moments. That’s the beauty of it: If you come with an open heart and mind, you will find your moment, and it will feel as fulfilling as it’s supposed to.” […]

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Bernie Sanders campaign announces free Bon Iver and Vampire Weekend concerts in Iowa, ahead of caucus

The Bernie Sanders campaign announced on Wednesday morning it will be staging two free concerts the weekend before the Iowa Caucus. Bon Iver will perform in Clive on Friday, Jan. 31, and Vampire Weekend will play an acoustic show in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Iowa Caucus will held on Monday, Feb. 3. […]

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‘I was there’: University of Iowa performers, President Harreld to celebrate Stonewall, 50 years later

Seismic social change sometimes starts at a dive bar. In the summer of 1969, a spontaneous uprising that began outside the Stonewall Inn inspired the gay rights movement and eventually transformed the ways we think about gender and sexuality. The University of Iowa is honoring the 50 years that passed since that formative event with a […]

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Album Review: The Vahnevants — ‘Freakout People’

Two years ago, I saw the Vahnevants play a show on a city bus. The audience was an even split: Half of the people were bus regulars, just trying to get to their stop on their way to or from work. The other half was a mix of the kinds of freaks and art geeks who tend to turn up for these out-of-the-ordinary occurrences of live music. Due to the […]

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