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Playwright August Wilson’s life takes center stage in Riverside Theatre’s latest production

How I Learned What I Learned is a one-man show, originally performed by Wilson himself, and takes the audience on a tour through his life as a poet and young writer in Pittsburgh, as well as his friendships, experience of racism and more. Wilson offers himself up with a stark vulnerability […]

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William Shatner on showing horses, his upcoming Christmas album and chasing opportunity

It was 52 years ago this month that a scrappy, upstart little sci-fi program premiered on NBC. In the captain’s chair of the NCC-1701, also known as the USS Enterprise, sat a Canadian, classically trained Shakespearean actor with only a few films, a couple of Broadway credits and a handful of one-off television spots to his name stateside. He was well-reviewed but hardly a household name. […]

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Elizabeth Moen’s moment

While in France trying to make friends, a 15-year-old Elizabeth Moen buried a language barrier beneath guitar chords and a rising voice. She returned to the United States with budding spirit and, after five more years, played her first show — an open mic at The Mill. At 21, she wrote her first original song. Moen has since become a staple of Iowa City’s music scene, cementing a place in the hearts of local music lovers that, at 24, is still surreal for her to hold. […]

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A-list: Girls Rock! camp bolsters confidence, showcases top local bands

Local bands take the stage at Trumpet Blossom on Feb. 25 at 6:45 p.m. to raise money for Girls Rock! Iowa City, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that teaches female, gender non-conforming and trans kids ages 8-16 how to rock and roll. In addition to the benefit’s seven-band lineup, representatives of Girls Rock! Iowa City will provide […]

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A:List – Reading: Ayana Mathis Englert Theatre Feb. 25.

Ayana Mathis

New York Times best selling author Ayana Mathis will be reading from her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Knopf, 2012), at the Englert Theater on Feb. 25. The reading will be presented by Prairie Lights Books. Mathis is currently a visiting professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she graduated with an MFA in Fiction. Her novel has received wide recognition, first as the winner of the 2012 Michener Copernicus Fellowship and then as the second book selection by Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Critic Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times called the novel “astonishingly powerful,” and echoed Oprah’s comparison of Mathis’s work to that of Toni Morrison. […]

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A-List: Mardi Gras at Augusta – Feb. 12

Mardi Gras Celebration Feb. 12 I 5 p.m. $40 Augusta Restaurant (101 S. Augusta Ave Oxford, IA) After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Ben and Jeri Halperin moved to Iowa and opened Augusta Restaurant in Oxford Iowa. Receiving culinary training as staff for celebrity chefs Susan Spicer (Bayona, HBO’s Treme, Bravo’s Top Chef) and Gerard Meras (Brennans), they serve up a variety […]

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A-List: The Seagull Society: SAVED! Open-Mic Storytelling Event Jan. 25

The Seagull Society: SAVED! Open-Mic Storytelling Event Jan. 25 | 8 p.m. Public Space One (129 E. Washington) Iowa City’s iconic Seagull Society presents another night of open mic, pull-no-punches storytelling based around the theme SAVED! “What saved you?” the group asks on its Facebook event page, “The light? The bell? The goalie?” Join this […]

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A-List: The Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists – CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids

The Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists January 18 – 19 (cont. in Feb & Mar.) CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids Think you can draw? Want to go pro? This month, Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids will begin hosting a series of workshops for aspiring artists of all disciplines. Whether you are a writer, performer or […]

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A-List: The Mill’s 50th Anniversary

  The Mill 50th Anniversary Dec. 14-16 Friday: David Zollo & the Body Electric w. Brooks Strause, Alexis Stevens, Doug Nye 8:00 p.m. | $10/12 Saturday: Greg Brown w. Dave Moore 8:00 p.m. | $30/35 Sunday: Brunch  show with The Awful Purdies and  Milk & Eggs 12:00 p.m. | $15 In 1962 Keith Dempster opened […]

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A-List: God-Des & She – Gabes Dec. 4

God-Des & She w/ I.C. Kings | Gabe’s | Dec. 4 8 p.m. | $8/$12 God-Des & She (“God-Des” as in “goddess”) combines the spirited rap lyrics of God-Des with the soulful vibrato of She to create a proud-to-be-me vibe of love and happiness. She’s astounding vocals can reach the emotional heights of those of […]

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