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Mission Creek headliner Cakes da Killa pushes back against racism and homophobia on the streets of Iowa City

Brooklyn rapper Cakes da Killa, in town for the Mission Creek Festival, experienced verbal harrassment after his show Thursday night, Afropunk reported. Their story followed a video Cakes da Killa posted on his Instagram around 4 a.m. Friday, showing the artist chasing an unknown individual down Burlington Street. […]

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A multitude of moving parts: Algiers’ Franklin James Fisher on finding the center in the music

Algiers, the sonically undefinable band from Atlanta rolling into this year’s Mission Creek Festival for a show on Friday, April 6 at 9 p.m. at Gabe’s, tend to get a whole lot of press for their lyrics and their politics. […]

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Rest easy, Iowa City: ‘The Miracle Season’ is good, or at least good enough

If you’re like me, you’ve been nervous about the story of Caroline Found and the 2011 West High volleyball team being “Soul Surfer”-fied. But rest assured, the film holds up. Here are the highs, lows and uncanny bits about watching a very Iowa City story on the big screen. […]

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Dick’s Tap and Shake opens up their Shake Room music venue

Located in what used to be a trophy shop next door to Dick’s Tap, the front door of the Shake Room has had a sign announcing the coming arrival of the performance venue since the end of last year. In the last few months there has been a flurry of activity getting ready for the opening. […]

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Five questions with: Cavan Hallman of Mirrorbox Theatre

The newest addition to the Eastern Iowa theater scene, Mirrorbox Theatre, opens its inaugural production this weekend. The play, Ike Holter’s “Exit Strategy,” runs Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7 in the C Space at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids’ NewBo District. […]

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Two Days in April: A poem for the 50th anniversary of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

Two Days in April April 4, 1968 At 6:01 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot by a white supremacist named James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. At 7:05 p.m. he was pronounced dead—killed, according to an expert panel of forensic pathologists, by a single “soft-point, […]

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LitCity tour site launches today

Just in time for Iowa City’s hosting duties for this year’s Annual Meeting of UNESCO Cities of Literature, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, in collaboration with the University of Iowa, is launching LitCity, a new website that provides literary tours of Iowa City. […]

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Bassem Youssef, the ‘Egyptian Jon Stewart,’ is taking on Trump’s America

Media outlets tend to tout Bassem Youssef as “the Egyptian Jon Stewart,” due to the popularity of his political satire in Egypt. Yet whereas Stewart got into the comedy business through comedy, Youssef’s rise to prominence came through a more circuitous route: political revolution.
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Built to Spill, Mission Creek Festival headliner, is as chill as ever

Everything about singer-guitarist Doug Martsch and his longtime band is unassuming and undramatic — from the two decades of major-label albums they’ve steadily released as the music industry collapsed around them to the lilting melodies and long, winding solos that weep gently from Martsch’s guitar. […]

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