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Designing a playground for all in Iowa City

It’s been just over a year now since the Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement with the Iowa City Community School District over the dozen playgrounds that failed to meet ADA requirements. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (which turned 30 just last year) provides that “no qualified individual with a disability […]

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Watch: ‘Is a naked body hurting you?’ Artist Talya Miller brings body positivity, kindness to her digital works

“Kindness is a huge aspect of my work,” Talya Miller, a visual artist in Iowa City, who works in multiple media including book design, said. But not “that fluffy idea of ‘Iowa nice.’” Miller talked to Little Village about the difference between working with digital and traditional art tools, the connection between the written word […]

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Weekender, June 24: Trekfest, nerdy burlesque, outdoor yoga and more to do this weekend

THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium Parades, festivals, the sounds of music in the air—almost feels like normal, doesn’t it? Have fun but stay safe, to ensure that you “live long and prosper!” Online ‘The 19th Hijacker’ — Webinar Commemorating 9/11 20th Anniversary Jun 24 – 7:00pm Prairie Lights presents an evening with bestselling […]

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TCR’s ‘Bright Star’ is full of shine

The bright sun shone on the face of Alice Murphy, played by the majestic Jordan Arnold, as she casually entered the playing space of Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Bright Star. This riveting musical (music/book and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) is presented live and outdoors on Brucemore’s beautiful Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater. Arnold opens […]

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Weekender, June 17: Juneteenth celebrations, Open Air Media Festival, Concerti Grossi

THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium Juneteenth is here! Celebrate Freedom Day (which just became the newest recognized federal holiday) with events across Eastern Iowa, or explore dozens of other events happening this weekend. Online Justice That Heals: A Forum on Restorative Justice Jun 17 – 12:00pm The U.S. criminal legal system relies on […]

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International Writing Program collaborates on reading in support of Burmese/Myanma poets

Since the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (Burma) had its most recent military coup d’etat on February 1, 2021, preventing the leaders elected last November from being sworn in, over 700 citizens have been killed, nearly one-third of its schoolteachers have been suspended for their opposition to the coup, and thousands have been detained, many […]

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Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to ‘Lizzie McGuire’

The first show of the Mission Creek Summer Sessions was a breath of fresh air, if you could manage a full inhale in the withering heat on Thursday evening. Seeing Iowa City poet Sara McGuirk and now Chicago-based musician Elizabeth Moen live, outside, in a dispersed but solid crowd on the Ped Mall was well […]

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Weekender, June 10: Penny Peach and Hex Girls, Beatles Marathon Acoustic Jam, Diversity Market

THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium The new Mission Creek Summer Sessions series kicks off, a bounty of benefits, parks and patios explode with music, and the first of the Iowa City South District’s Diversity Markets! Enjoy the sun this weekend, Eastern Iowa! The Weekender is sponsored by: Exclusive Deal for Little Village Readers […]

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