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The Weekender, May 28: Quarantine Edition #11

The Weekender Virtual events to keep you busy this weekend! If you’d like to receive the Weekender in your inbox, sign up for our newsletter. Online Writers of the Depths Paperback Book Launch May 28 – 6:00pm The Writers’ Rooms has officially launched the paperback of Writers of the Depths. The online event features giveaways, […]

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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: Darius Stewart, the Englert’s 2020 Nonfiction Writing Fellow, discusses Iowa City, poetry and HGTV with Elly Hofmaier

As part of Little Village’s ongoing Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase, we highlight poet Darius Stewart and his work as the Englert Theatre’s Nonfiction Writing Fellow for 2020. Stewart is the second recipient of the fellowship, which was designed to give writers a space to create and a new way to connect with the community. […]

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Artist profile: QC lamp lover Mike Steele

With his recent multimedia avant-garde ode to light fixtures, experimental artist Mike Steele demonstrates the potential of creative constraints and a renaissance of absurdism. Eastern Iowa and other QC live music fans already know Steele as the human giant who has introduced bands at Codfish Hollow, the Rust Belt, RIBCo and other staples of the […]

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Local artist and political cartoonist John Martinek is sending his mind traveling during quarantine

While practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, John Martinek, a local painter, printmaker and drawer (as well as a political cartoonist for Little Village magazine), is turning his artistic gaze from the stresses of the present to his own past experiences. Martinek took his first trip abroad in 1994 when he went to Africa […]

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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: The artists behind FilmScene’s promotional trailers

When you sit down for a show at FilmScene, you see more than local commercials and dancing concession stand treats before the movie. FilmScene Marketing Manager Stacia Rain and Projection and Programming Assistant Dominick Shults combine their artistic skills to create specialized trailers, programs, stickers and more for the nonprofit’s film series — including, and […]

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Weekender, May 14: Quarantine Edition #9

The Weekender This weekend’s can’t-miss local (virtual) events include a discussion of the film “Ladybird” with FilmScene and the Iowa City Library, a virtual drag show from the Kings and Queens of Iowa City Pride, Houby Fest 2020 and more! If you’d like to receive the Weekender in your inbox every Thursday, sign up for […]

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Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground goes online: 10th annual festival pivots amid ongoing COVID concerns

Theatre Cedar Rapids is underground and online this year as they prepare to present their 10th-annual Underground New Play Festival. This year’s theme, The Mysterious, offers theatergoers an opportunity to see 13 original plays written, directed and performed by people with Iowa connections. The plays will be presented May 16 and 17 in an online […]

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Weekender, May 7: Quarantine Edition #8

The Weekender The round-up of this weekend’s best socially distanced local events. Stay safe, stay connected! If you’d like to receive the Weekender in your inbox every Thursday, sign up for our newsletter. Prochaska Greenhouse Drive Through Plant Sale May 7 – 4:00pm All weekend, Prochaska Greenhouse will offer a safe and beautiful way to […]

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