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Leaning into the world with Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith

Taylor Goldsmith spent a week recently sitting in his Los Angeles house alone, practicing every song he’s ever released. For the lead songwriter, singer and guitarist of Dawes, that adds up to 63 songs over the last 10 years. The band plans to play every one of them over the course of this leg of their “An Evening with Dawes” tour, which comes to the Englert Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $40. […]

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Five questions with: Author Tom Hunt

A disastrous accident embroils a family in terror in Iowa native Tom Hunt’s new thriller, ‘One Fatal Mistake.’ When 18-year-old Joshua hits a man with his car, he has no idea that his choices will be the catalyst for a chain of horrifying events. Hunt will read from his novel at Prairie Lights. […]

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‘Is There Life After High School’ features lovely performances but faces challenges

Presented by Iowa City Community Theatre, Is There Life After High School? is a musical of carefully woven monologues told from the perspective of adults that both loved and hated high school. This production marks the second time that ICCT has brought the show to the stage. The first was in 1995 as a contest production — Jeff Mead, who was in the band of the 1995 production, returns as director, actor and musical director. […]

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‘Gridshock’ filmmaker honored for Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month

The new documentary on human trafficking in Iowa, Gridshock, will be screened for audiences at the world premiere hosted at The Des Moines Civic Center on April 2. Director Vanessa McNeal is a survivor of sexual violence who has gone on to become an acclaimed speaker and documentarian. Drawing on her deeply personal experiences, she […]

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Public Space One celebrates 16 years of making art ‘radically accessible’

Public Space One, also known as PS1, evokes the idea of the commons, a venerable tradition that allows all members of a society to have access to the same materials and spaces. “The name has always struck me as challenge,” said John Engelbrecht, PS1 director. […]

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A new documentary highlights Holocaust writers and the ‘sacred memory’ they recorded

This Jan. 27, FilmScene will take part in a global screening event (one of two in Iowa) to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Connecting our community with the International Day of Commemoration, FilmScene will show the documentary ‘Who Will Write Our History’ and Agudas Achim’s Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz will moderate a panel discussion […]

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