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Giving Tree’s new owners kick off their first season with ‘The Mousetrap’

his past April, Jamie and Andrea Henley were talking about opening a small family business. Three months later, they became the new owners of Giving Tree Theatre in Marion. A month after [, they opened their first show, The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie. […]

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Five questions with: playwright Rob Merritt

In 2011, at the first ever Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground New Play Festival, the community was surprised by a new play from local playwright Rob Merritt, The Summerland Project. A fascinating and philosophical piece of rare science fiction theater, The Summerland Project explored the implications, both ethical and emotional, […]

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How to stay ever vigilant: William Elliott Whitmore at Grey Area 2019

On the farm where he was raised in Montrose, Iowa, William Elliott Whitmore is spending the afternoon rearranging his wood
shop. He just got back home after a couple of weeks touring throughout the Northwest, and he’s just glad to be back at work putting things in order: in his head, his wood shop and his garden. […]

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Raising a Muddy Ruckus at the Yacht Club

Muddy Ruckus, a Maine band comprised of Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl, will be returning to the Midwest for the sixth time, on tour with their newest single, “Perfectly Aligned.” Though they have come to the area many times before, this tour will bring the Americana-folk-punk-rock duo to Iowa City for the first time. […]

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Cedar Rapids issued more than 4,000 tickets in four days after the I-380 speed cameras were reactivated

Cedar Rapids issued over 4,000 tickets generated in four days after it reactivated its I-380 speed cameras at the beginning of July, the Gazette reported on Wednesday. Between July 1-4, the southbound camera at the highway’s S-curve generated 2,272 tickets and its northbound counterpart produced 2,192. […]

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Public Space One to relocate to ‘a home for possibilities’ in Iowa City’s Northside for fall 2019

Formalized at the Aug. 6 City of Iowa City council meeting, PS1 has made the purchase of two historical homes on Gilbert Street, in the heart of the Northside neighborhood, bringing it out of the basement (of the Wesley Center on Dubuque Street) and into the light. […]

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