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Album Review: Dan Padley — ‘Bloom’

Bloom by Dan Padley On a first listen, I struggled to find my way into the musical world of Dan Padley’s Bloom. The record by the Iowa City guitarist and composer is mysterious, almost certainly by design. But it is by way of this sense of mystery and wonder, it seems to me, that the […]

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Battle rappers are making a scene in Des Moines

“Sometimes, it’s real beef or real grudges that need to be settled on stage,” $ANTHI said of the rap battles he’s been part of over the past two decades. “Sometimes rappers get called out, egos clash, shade is thrown. Some people are picky about who they battle. Some don’t care, and will attempt murder on […]

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A beginner’s guide to breaking

Hi everyone! Local dancer and author Chuy a.k.a. Bboy Original BEATS here. In this article, All The Way Up Studio co-owner Joel Sorenson a.k.a. Bboy Keitsu and I are going to teach you some core foundational elements of breaking (commonly referred to as breakdancing.*) Our goal is to give you the tools to approach your […]

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Weekender, June 3: Outdoor concerts, Afrofuturism, antique airplanes, 2021 Summer Gallery Walk

THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium Ranshaw House Thursday Night Farm Sessions: Brian Johannesen Jun 3 – 5:30pm A free outdoor concert series at Wilson’s Orchard. This week: Drawing inspiration from heroes like John Prine and Bruce Springsteen, Johannesen writes about everyday life with sincerity and humor. More info >> Maquoketa Downtown Green Space […]

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Taylor Bergen named executive director of CSPS

Taylor Bergen has been named executive director of CSPS, the Cedar Rapids arts organization formerly known as Legion Arts. Bergen had been serving as the interim director since October 2019 after co-founder F. John Herbert stepped down in late September 2019 after 28 years with the organization. Co-founder Mel Andringa retired a few months later […]

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