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The Weekender, June 18: Juneteenth protests and celebrations, Iowa Cyber Brew Festival, Iowa City Pride Virtual Parade and more

The Weekender Stay inside and explore the world this weekend with our arts editor’s selection of virtual events from local artists and venues. This week, we have also included information about protests and community events against police brutality and in observance of Juneteenth. If you choose to attend these events, we urge you to put […]

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Riverside Theatre announces upcoming season, pays tribute to longtime location in virtual gala

In years past, Riverside Theatre held a spring gala called Diamonds and Denim to raise funds and preview their upcoming season. This year, social distancing guidelines didn’t allow for an event quite so glamorous, so Riverside took their 2020 fundraiser virtual, rebranding it the Sweatpants and Slippers Gala. “There’s a lot of nostalgia about this […]

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The Weekender, June 11: Marion by Moonlight, Jordan Sellergren Band, Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey and more this weekend

The Weekender Stay inside and explore the world this weekend with our arts editor’s selection of virtual events from local artists and venues. Online Marion By Moonlight Virtually Presents Boot Jack Band Jun 11 – 6:00pm Marion By Moonlight goes virtual with the help of KCRG. More info >> Trumpet Blossom Cafe No Touching Sessions […]

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Book Review: ‘Nest’ by Lynne Nugent

As the world shuts down and ultimately starts to reopen, Iowa City circles its figurative wagons, our institutions working to keep local artists and retailers engaged. Little Village reaches out for book reviews. Prairie Lights delivers books for reviewers right to their doors. I have the privilege of reading Nest, a series of heartfelt essays […]

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Album Review: TWINS — ‘Dream On’

Dream On by TWINS The four years leading up to the latest album from Cedar Falls band TWINS, Dream On, could be summarized in this line from track two, “Hearts”: “Well, I was playin’ around ’til you came to town…” Singer and songwriter Joel Sires told me in a chat, “I’d exhausted the type of […]

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Hinterland cancels 2020 festival, but plans to bring headliners back next summer

After three days of rousing, high-profile performances from the likes of Hozier, Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile in 2019, the Hinterland Music Festival had momentum going into their sixth-annual fest. Then COVID-19 happened. Like the organizers of Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City Jazz Fest, Camp Euforia and dozens of other Iowa concert events before them, […]

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