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Early bird tickets on sale for 2018 Witching Hour festival

Excited already for this year’s Witching Hour, sight unseen? Specially priced early bird tickets are now available for the 2018 Witching Hour festival. If you already know that you don’t want to miss whatever’s on tap for this year, snag your passes now for only $40. […]

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Grassley discusses Trump’s trade war, social security, the Supreme Court and more in Iowa City ‘town hall’

On Friday, July 6, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley stopped in Iowa City as part of his commitment to visit all 99 counties in Iowa. Tru Art Color Graphics and Bankers Advertising Company hosted the senator’s town hall meeting in the calendar factory that is the heart of the 122-year-old business; the meeting was in part an opportunity for Grassley to take a tour and see the manufacturing in action. (Full disclosure: This writer also works at BAC, the promotional products distribution wing of the company where the town hall was held.) […]

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Camp Euforia celebrates 15 years by getting the band back together

Fifteen years ago, Iowa City funk-fusion band Eufórquestra was looking for a way to say, “Thank you” to its fans. When they pitched the idea of a festival to landowner Jerry Hotz, things clicked, and Hotz’s farm has been home to the Camp Euforia festival ever since. […]

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Absentee ballot request forms for the November election now available

As of Monday, the November general election is only 120 days away, which means people can now request absentee ballots from their county auditor’s office. The requested ballots will be mailed to voters starting on Monday, Oct. 8. The November election will be the first one for which the state’s new voter ID law is […]

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‘Picnic’ continues Brucemore tradition with fresh faces

Next week, Brucemore opens its summer classic, Picnic, and it promises to be an outdoor theater experience that offers the community an opportunity to be part of the show. Since 1996, Brucemore has staged its summer show against a natural amphitheater that offers the audience not only a performance but an unique interactive experience. […]

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Girls Rock! Iowa City for five fantastic years

For one week each summer, girls, trans youth and gender non-conforming kids aged 8-16 gather to dig into the roots of rock and roll. This is no rock history course, though — their education is far more visceral. They learn to rock the best way anyone can — by doing it. Girls Rock! Iowa City […]

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Cedar Rapids to get millions from the federal government for flood prevention

Ten years after the biggest flood in Cedar Rapids history, the city will finally be receiving long sought after federal funds for a flood control system. On Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it was awarding Cedar Rapids $117 million for its planned flood control project. “The announcement of this federal funding award to […]

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Album Reviews: Annalibera — OPIA

In her interview with the Pants-Off Podcast, Anna Gebhardt discussed the difficulty of coming up with a succinct genre for her band Annalibera. “I was going for a sound that would combine sort of where I came from with what I like to listen to: I like experimental music, I like electronic music, I like classical music and I like rock — you know, like just rock and roll. I came from Nebraska where I grew up listening to my mom’s country music station. So, I was trying to combine all of that into some loud music.” […]

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Album Review: Jim Swim — In It With You

Weighing in at five tracks and 18 minutes, In It With You, the newest EP from Iowa artist Jim Swim, is difficult to pigeonhole in terms of genre. If pressed, I would describe it as a blend of hip hop, Nick Drake bootlegs, a book of poems by Rumi and a cold Arnold Palmer spiked with a little bit of whiskey. […]

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