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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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Cedar Rapids’ newest haunt attracts all levels of fear aficionados

Nevermoor 4444 1st St NE, Suite 3001, Cedar Rapids — Open Thursday-Sunday through October, as well as Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31 Thursday, Oct. 4 saw the opening of the newest haunted attraction to grace the Cedar Rapids area: Nevermoor, an ambitious new take on the genre, located alongside Lindale Mall in the former Planet X location […]

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Writers’ Workshop alumnus Kevin Gordon brings his poetry-fueled country blues to CSPS

Most reviews and interviews with Gordon mention that he spent time attending the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa in the late ’80s getting his Masters in Poetry. But during this time he was also performing his music around eastern Iowa. […]

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U.S. Cellular brings Kesha to CR, celebrating 30 years of cell service

The pop star Kesha will perform at the U.S. Cellular center on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The venue’s namesake, U.S. Cellular, is presenting the concert to recognize the 30th anniversary of when it began offering cellular phone service in Cedar Rapids. […]

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TCR’s ‘My Fair Lady’ is a must-see

Some musicals you go to every time they come around. They are the classics that never disappoint. ‘My Fair Lady,’ directed at TCR by Angie Toomsen with music direction by Cameron Sullenberger, is no exception. The entire ensemble from cast to musicians to techies are to be commended on an outstanding performance. […]

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Woodstock’s break-out chanteuse Melanie heads to Cedar Rapids

Forty-nine years ago this week, a relatively unknown young woman took the stage at perhaps the seminal cultural event in U.S. history. Melanie Safka-Schekeryk was only 22 when the Woodstock Music and Art Fair — “3 Days of Peace & Music,” the posters read — took over a farm in upstate New York and changed the course of music. […]

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The Fields of Yogis festival takes over NewBo this weekend

Fields of Yogis Cedar Rapids’ NewBo District (various locations) — Friday, Aug. 10 – Sunday, Aug. 12 This weekend, Cedar Rapids’ NewBo district will play host to artists, musicians, acrobats, psychologists, spiritual leaders, hula-hoopers, dancers and, above all, yogis. The third Fields of Yogis festival, presented in part by Little Village and its sister publication […]

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