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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.

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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A – List: Culinary Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16

Culinary Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. If RAGBRAI is the established mid-summer bicycle event of Iowa–the mature elder–the Culinary Ride is the baby brother trailing along at summer’s end. The Culinary Ride pairs long-distance cycling with locavore ethics for a pleasant way to enjoy a Sunday. For those who register, Sunday, Sept. 16 […]

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A-List: Insects: A Collection in Multiple Dimensions

Insects: A Collection in Multiple Dimensions By Kevin Chamberlain Old Capitol Museum Open May through July | FREE We’ve all been to museums featuring bug collections, but the current exhibit in the Old Capital Museum takes the idea a step further. University of Iowa graduate student, Kevin Chamberlain is a third-year MFA candidate with a […]

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A-List:Grand Opening Celebration – Trumpet Blossom Café

Grand Opening Celebration Trumpet Blossom Café (310 East Prentiss St.) May 19, 2 p.m. – Midnight Iowa City was left with a void in January with the swift and unfortunate demolition of vegetarian staple, The Red Avocado. As a new apartment complex begins to rise up in its place this month, The Trumpet Blossom Café […]

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A-List: Andrew Skurka at Finn & Feather, April 9-10

Fin & Feather Presents Andrew Skurka April 9, 10 | 7 pm Fin & Feather (125 Highway 1 W) Curious how you can earn an “ultra” in front of your “long-distance backpacker” moniker? Then hike, bike or otherwise trek to Fin & Feather this month for presentations by ultra long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka. National Geographic […]

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