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Exploring the visceral and diaristic music of Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco has gained prominence in the past few years as an artist that blows up conventions — in the hyper-masculine world of hip hop, she’s queer, HIV positive and gender fluid, a gay man performing as a woman without being either trans or drag. Her songs are, as she says “diaristic,” speaking about personal fears and feelings in a genre known for bragging about expensive cars and coke-dealing and violence. She is both Mykki Blanco and Michael Quattlebaum Jr, she and he — an artistic creation, but never artificial. […]

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Generifus and friends to perform DIY music showcase at Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Generifus/Us-mode/Liv Carrow Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Thu., Apr. 7 at 8 p.m. The Mission Creek Festival may seem to have swept through the entirety of Iowa City this week, but there are still some other great shows going on outside of its auspices. Tonight at 8 p.m., Trumpet Blossom Cafe will host Washington’s Generifus (touring […]

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Interview: Saul Williams on his early writing, adolescence and latest album

Saul Williams - Illustration by Cheryl Graham

Saul Williams Q&A Prairie Lights — Sat., Apr. 9 at 4 p.m. Saul Williams with Psalm One, Akwi Nji & Lovar Davis Kidd The Mill — Sat., Apr. 9 at 8:30 p.m. Saul Williams, a poet, rapper, songwriter, musician, actor — pretty much an all-around artist — has been sharing his time and thoughts with […]

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Cherishing Terry Zwigoff: A chat with an auteur for our age

Terry Zwigoff

Illustrations by Adam Burke Mission Creek: An Evening with Terry Zwigoff FilmScene — Thurs., Apr. 7 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) In 2001, a New York Times article about Terry Zwigoff predicted that the filmmaker was “not likely to do a lot of pictures.” In the 15 years since, he has made just […]

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Pro Tips with Wayne Diamante: Where to camp and what to wear at the 2016 Mission Creek Festival

Pro Tips

Dear Wayne, I’ll be attending the Mission Creek Festival this year and I’m wondering if you can provide me with some tips for finding reasonably priced accommodation near downtown. Thanks, Bernice Bernice, Tip #1: You should have taken care of this a long time ago. Tip #2: You need to get your act together. Look, […]

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MCF Preview: Dawn of Midi is sensuous, immediate and visceral

Dawn of Midi plays Mission Creek 2016 on Apr. 6

Dawn of Midi w/ Tyondai Braxton Englert Theatre — Wed., Apr. 6 at 6 p.m. Dawn of Midi are an acoustic trio that features Qasim Naqvi on drums, Aakaash Israni on bass and Amino Belyamani on Piano. Their record Dysnomia has slowly built its reputation and sales since it was released almost three years ago, […]

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Interview deep cut: Faust’s Jean-Hervé Péron on band harmony, compromise and cement mixers

Mission Creek Presents: faUSt, with Mammifer and Bob Bucko, Jr Gabe’s — Tue., Apr. 5 at 8 p.m. Learn more about the history and origins of the band Faust in this deep cut from Liv Carrow’s interview with founding member Jean-Hervé Péron, aka JHP art-errorist, in advance of faUSt’s performance at Mission Creek Festival. Despite […]

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Lineup announced: Little Village presents Mission Boutique on Saturday, April 9

On Saturday, April 9 an exciting mix of musicians and writers will offer free pop-up readings and performances at downtown retail locations, presented for the second year in a row by Little Village and the Mission Creek Festival. Check out the lineup below, and keep your eyes and ears open next weekend for these intimate, […]

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Mission Creek’s innovation conference returns with a new name — and free for all

For the third year in a row, Mission Creek will host an innovation conference during its festival in April — but this time with some major updates. Mission Creek launched its Innovation Conference in 2014, supplementing its traditional parade of literary, musical, visual arts and film events. This year, that conference takes on a new […]

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Album Review: Bob Bucko Jr – I Did What I Could With What I Had

Bob Bucko Jr

Unless you are a devotee of uninterrupted streaming, or 5-disc CD changers, you know that there’s an eerie silence that lingers after an album is over. It can shock you out of your reverie, demolish whatever translated worldview your music of choice has created for you. It’s how you realize that the world around you is lacking… […]

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Interview: Alison Bechdel on queerness, fame and therapy

Alison Bechdel - Photo by Elena Seibert

Mission Creek Presents: Alison Bechdel The Englert Theatre — Tue., Apr. 5 at 7:30 p.m. When Alison Bechdel began Dykes to Watch Out For in 1983, it was with a single sketch in a letter to a friend labeled “Dykes to Watch Out For, Plate No. 27.” The “27” was fanciful — there were no […]

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Lisa Jane Persky brings her photos and stories of ’70s New York to Iowa City

Writer, actress and photographer Lisa Jane Persky is surely the only participant in the early CBGB punk scene who also appeared in When Harry Met Sally. After moving to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, she met several colorful characters — from Divine and Debbie Harry to Lance Loud and Yoko Ono (the latter of […]

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