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No Mo’ FOMO: This weekend’s hottest shows, in summary

Lookin’ to get down, but not sure where to go this weekend? It’s OK; happens to the best of us. Don’t let Monday find you with no great stories to share. Little Village has the lowdown on this weekend’s can’t-miss shows. Friday Catfish Keith Englert Theatre — Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m.; tickets $20 […]

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Seaweed unlike you’ve ever seen it: ‘Making Life Visible’ exhibit closes this weekend

Visit Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College this Saturday for a last chance to tour Making Life Visible: Art, Biology and Visualization. Tours this Saturday, June 9, run 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. and are part of Grinnell Summerfest, a day of workshops, cultural performances and family oriented activities. […]

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Des Moines musician Lily Detaeye enjoys a double life as a UI junior

Lily Detaeye, a 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Des Moines, is currently a Junior at the University of Iowa and doubles as a musician at Station One Records in Des Moines. She’s been touring the midwest all summer, and will hit her second home, Iowa City, on June 8th. She’ll perform at the Yacht Club at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7. […]

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Alisabeth Von Presley will bring her ‘pink-painted world’ to Iowa City Pride Fest

When Alisabeth Von Presley was a little girl, she believed she was the reincarnation of Elvis. She’d perform in front of a mirror, singing into her dad’s hairbrush. The 30-year-old entertainer now embodies the King of Rock and Roll in other ways, from her name — changed from Caraway to Von Presley — to the Elvis portrait tattooed on her left forearm. She’s taken up guitar, and often performs in glam, eye-catching outfits that harken back to Elvis’ sequined jumpsuits. […]

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Five questions with Magic Giant’s Zambricki Li

Magic Giant is a Los Angeles-based trio forged on the festival scene (including the 2018 lineup of Coachella) with a distinctly positive alt-pop sound. They’re represented by the label Concord — also the parent label of St. Vincent and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats — and recorded most their debut album, In the Wind, outdoors as they toured the country. Magic Giant released an acoustic version of In the Wind earlier this year.
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Detroit’s Flint Eastwood to headline downtown Iowa City block party

The second annual Downtown Block Party in Iowa City, which wooed and entertained around 30,000 people last year with sand volleyball, a silent disco, free live music and more, has announced part of its lineup for this year’s event, which takes place Saturday, June 23. […]

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On the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood, Cedar Rapids artist Mel Andringa looks back to look forward

In 2008, he had been considering retirement. Now, he’s curating two major shows, both opening June 7. One is of his own post-flood work (running through July), and will be held at CSPS Hall, the renovated New Bo building that houses his studio and Legion Arts, both of which suffered great losses due to the flood. The other (running through June 16) is a look back at the 2x2xU exhibit that was hanging all around New Bo when the flood came through. […]

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Iowa City’s Wyatt Darby wins Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour Dominaria

Professional players of the competitive collectible card game Magic: the Gathering descended on Richmond, Virginia from all over the world this weekend to compete in the pro tour for the current expansion set, Dominaria, which was released in April. This was the third of four events this season leading up to this year’s World Championship. […]

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‘Fuddy Meers’: Telling stories one character at a time

Fuddy Meers Theatre Cedar Rapids — runs through June 17; tickets $19-24 What’s your story? Who do you allow to write the chapters of your life? Every day is, quite literally, a blank page for amnesiac Claire (Kristen Wilcox) whose husband, Richard (Duane Larson), patiently re-constructs her life for her every morning. David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy […]

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Moving, not mawkish: Iconic Iowa tale ‘Bridges of Madison County’ comes to Eastern Iowa

This weekend, the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County makes its Eastern Iowa premiere at Revival Theatre Company at Coe College, Dows Theatre in Cedar Rapids. It runs through June 3; tickets are $20-40. […]

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Gilded Pear Gallery opens summer show ‘Figured’

Gilded Pear Gallery (808 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids) is holding an opening reception today for their summer show, Figured. The reception, which begins at 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features both archived and new work from Midwest artists Jim Ochs, Ann Royer, and Priscilla Steele. Figured explores and examines the human form. “While all three artists draw upon historical inspirations,” the press release states, “each stray from realism to dissect the body into lines, blocks of color, and blurring features.” […]

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