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Album Review: Kate Kane — Meet the Cats

Meet the Cats by Kate Kane I can’t think of a single better combination of words than “cat-themed Kate Kane album from Bloated Kat Records.” Any of those three factors would have me dropping everything else to listen, but the combination is an outstanding pop-punk success filled with whimsical odes that I’m pretty sure retroactively […]

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Hozier, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit announced for 2019 Hinterland Music Festival

The fifth annual Hinterland Music Festival announced its headliners today, which include Irish folk rocker Hozier, Alabama alt-country group Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Americana artist and Hinterland alumna Brandi Carlile, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, eight-piece soul group St. Paul and The Broken Bones and more. […]

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‘The Full Monty’ brings a red-hot night to Theatre Cedar Rapids

If you are looking for something to warm up these cold, cold days of mid-winter, look no further than Theater Cedar Rapids’ production of ‘The Full Monty.’ Directed by Cavan Hallman with costuming by Noel VanDenBosch, this production heats up the stage and the audience as it takes us from working class blues to one red hot night. […]

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Comedian Shane Mauss talks comedy, science, upcoming show

Shane Mauss, comedian and host of the ‘Here We Are’ podcast, will bring his intellectually stimulating, laugh-out-loud hybrid act Stand Up Science to the Mill on Friday, Feb. 1. The show brings local scientists and comedians from each city it visits together for a night of entertainment and learning, followed by a panel discussion with all guests. […]

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An overly in-depth and totally not bitter alternative Best Picture list

After dozens of forays to FilmScene and local multiplexes in 2018, crunching countless popcorn kernels in anticipation of celebrating the best of the best come February 2019, it was both anticlimactic and disappointing to see a line-up of Best Picture nominees that included the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, Green Book and Black Panther. That’s […]

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Sister Species descends on Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Minneapolis-based band Sister Species features an eight piece lineup, including three trumpets, a double bass and, occasionally, an accordion. Touring shortly after the November release of their latest album, ‘Heavy Things Do More,’ and a new music video trilogy, Sister Species will be at the Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. The cover is $7. […]

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‘Black Klansman’ Ron Stallworth tackles white supremacy, activism and Donald Trump at Englert lecture

“I bet you all thought you were gonna get John David Washington up here, but you got me,” Ron Stallworth began, prompting laughter with a joke about the actor who played him in last year’s BlacKkKlansman, within two minutes of his arrival on the Englert Theatre stage. […]

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Public Space One’s Sweet 16 auction ends Jan. 26

One of a kind art of all media for all ages can be found this week at Public Space One, nestled in the the basement of the Wesley Center on North Dubuque Street in Iowa City. As part of their Sweet 16 birthday celebration, Public Space One (PS1) opened their gallery doors for public viewing […]

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