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Celebrating 10 years of Cedar Rapids EcoFest

As the weather warms up and Earth Day approaches, many Iowans will be emerging from winter hibernation, re-engaging with the rich landscapes and vibrant communities around them. However, the winter melt reveals both new grass and the previous month’s litter, reminding Iowans of how much work must be done to care for the ecosystem around us. […]

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‘The entire universe’ is in TCR’s ‘Ada and the Memory Engine’

“…0 to 1. The entire universe is in their difference.” There is a whole world just waiting to be discovered and brought into being. There is spectacle in the unsuspecting. Complexity in the simple. An incredible potential for reality in the conjured. And sometimes, things happen to come into being because of a brilliant young woman who’s work languishes behind the scenes of a world maintaining the order of men. […]

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The White Privilege Conference, originated in Iowa, returns for its 20th year

20th White Privilege Conference DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex — March 20-23 After nearly two years of planning, Cedar Rapids will host the 20th White Privilege Conference (WPC) March 20-23, 2019. Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., founder of the WPC, praised Cedar Rapids in an interview with Little Village for “its love, courage, support, […]

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Mirrorbox’s ‘Bully’ a tireless and tenacious examination of darkness

The Iowa premiere of Amina Henry’s Bully has exploded into Eastern Iowa and there is simply no going back. This thought-provoking piece will leave you examining the surface of our society and what symptoms come with being diagnosed a “woman.” […]

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‘Vagina Monologues’ performances to benefit L.U.N.A., Tanager Place and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Last year, community activist Erin Owen, a couple dozen of her friends and some their friends staged ‘The Vagina Monologues’ by Eve Ensler as a fundraiser. Now, in its second year, event producer Owen is back with some old and new friends to stage this show again. […]

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‘The Full Monty’ brings a red-hot night to Theatre Cedar Rapids

If you are looking for something to warm up these cold, cold days of mid-winter, look no further than Theater Cedar Rapids’ production of ‘The Full Monty.’ Directed by Cavan Hallman with costuming by Noel VanDenBosch, this production heats up the stage and the audience as it takes us from working class blues to one red hot night. […]

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Something to sing about: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre receives NEA grant

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre announced earlier this month that it had received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $15,000 grant supports the company’s April world premiere of a commissioned work titled ‘The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius.’ The piece consists of three 30-minute operas each inspired by the work of Cedar Rapids artist Grant Wood. […]

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Play in verse ‘There Is A Happiness That Morning Is’ masterfully presented

The day after Bernard (Matthew James) and Ellen (Angie Toomsen) are caught making passionate love on the college green, they are informed they must apologize publicly for their display or face termination. The play opens when Bernard takes the stage, lecturing on the ecstasy that is Blake’s poem “Infant Joy” from Songs of Innocence; Ellen’s final class centers on “The Sick Rose” from Songs of Experience. Both characters spend the bulk of the the play connecting the poems to their lives and their 20-year long relationship. […]

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