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Foundry Performance Laboratory raises stakes with Conor McPherson’s ‘The Seafarer’

I have always subscribed to the philosophy that theater has a responsibility to use the tools at its disposal to expose hypocrisy, contextualize truths and show people who they really are. There is no better way fiction has achieved this goal than with stories that include magic or the supernatural. People are just more honest when they’re making things up. […]

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New exhibit at the National Czech and Slovak Museum promises to be a party

A new art exhibit opening this weekend at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) brings a traditional piece of Slovak party wear into 2020. The exhibit Party in the 21st Century features photos and paintings of the nearly extinct Slovak parta, an elaborate headband that girls often wore during big church feasts, or brides […]

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Hazy Buchanan, the groundbreaking Miss Iowa City titleholder, offers advice ahead of the 2020 pageant

With Iowa City Pride Week still five months away, the community could use a dose of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Iowa City Pride will host their annual Mr. and Miss Iowa City competition at Studio 13 on Sunday. Last year, Hazy Buchanan, a drag queen who identifies as a woman, both in and outside of drag, was dubbed Miss Iowa City.

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Giving Tree’s ‘The Tin Woman’ warms the heart with artful storytelling

The Tin Woman, by Sean Grennan, opened at Giving Tree Theater in Marion during the icy rain last Friday, but the atmosphere in the theater was anything but cold. The Tin Woman tells the story of Jack and Joy — the former, an organ donor; the latter, the recipient of his heart. […]

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Weekender, Jan. 16: Opera, roller derby and other can’t-miss events in the CRANDIC

UPDATE: The All in a Day play festival and Hot Cocoa Crawl have been postponed due to inclement weather. Check event pages for updates and stay safe out there! Weekender This weekend’s can’t-miss events include opera, roller derby and a volunteering opportunity with the United Way. Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio Gallery Reception for […]

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Arcade gaming returns to downtown Iowa City

There’s something familiar and gratifying for a Gen Xer about holing up in a narrow basement space with atmospheric lighting, ruining your vision while simultaneously improving your hand-eye coordination, plugging in quarters like you’re king of the world. It’s fun for kids, too, I hear. […]

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Five questions with: Dolores Sparkles, burlesque comedian

Dolores Sparkles debuted her solo show in New York City and has played in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. You can laugh with and relate to her this Saturday, Jan. 18, at The Mill. Several years before being “born” onto the “Wall of Babes” at Studio Vitality dance school in Cedar Rapids, the nouveau-vaudevillian was a New Jersey medievalist who […]

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Album Review: Douglas Kramer Nye — ‘The End is Nye’

Doug Nye has been playing shows around Iowa City for almost a decade. A self-taught guitarist, singer and songwriter, he’s always had a resonant, deep baritone voice and an ear for bleak folk-tinged songwriting. His voice has become more confident even as his songwriting has turned more cryptic and playful. […]

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Album Review: Body Punishment — ‘Body Punishment Presents: Oyster World’

Body Punishment surfaced on Oct. 27 with an EP — Body Punishment Presents: Oyster World — released on Bandcamp, which features Siren Song I-IV. The “about” section says, “Millennia old sea sirens surface with a vengeance and a taste for human blood.” Shortly thereafter, the group performed at Yacht Club — a costumed duo […]

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Book Review: Kiley Reid — ‘Such a Fun Age’

Reading: Kiley Reid Prairie Lights — Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Such a Fun Age By Kiley Reid — G.P. Putnam’s Sons Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Kiley Reid has written a timely and compelling debut novel. The action begins when Emira Tucker, a part-time babysitter, who is black, is called in for emergency sitting […]

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Book Review: Michael Zapata — ‘The Lost Book of Adana Moreau’

A Model Earth, the tale within a tale central to The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, is a science fiction story that involves travel between multiple dimensions. It is the manuscript that Saul Drower finds in his grandfather Benjamin’s possessions after his death, and sets out to deliver to Maxwell Moreau, son of its author, Adana. The debut novel […]

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