The CRAM Files: What’s sizzling in Cedar Rapids

The CRAM Files

Now that August is here, summer feels like it’s slipping away. Make the most of these sunny days by attending a festival or taking an adventure to a quirky Cedar Rapids shop. Craig Erickson and Planet Pluto at Jazz Under the Stars Noelridge Park — Aug. 14, 7 p.m. (Free) Jazz Under the Stars is […]

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Cedar Rapids’ Super Fresh Culture Fest enters its third year

Super Fresh Culture Fest

On a scale of 1 to 10, how “fresh” would you say you are? 1 being “not fresh at all” and 10 being “super fresh?” If you answered with any number other than 10, you need to check out the Super Fresh Culture Fest in Cedar Rapids, coming up this Saturday. Entering its third year, […]

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Loretta Lynn postpones Iowa Shows due to exhaustion


Country music legend Loretta Lynn has postponed both of her shows in Iowa this week due to exhaustion. The Grammy Award-winning artist was scheduled to play Tuesday in Spencer, Iowa at the Clay County Regional Events Center before heading to Cedar Rapids on Wednesday to play the Paramount Theatre. In a statement released Tuesday morning, […]

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Interview: Christopher the Conquered talks current projects and upcoming Eastern Iowa shows

Chris the Conquered

Central Iowa staple Chris Ford (a.k.a. Christopher the Conquered) has a couple of shows scheduled for Eastern Iowa in the next week, one this Sunday at The Mill… […]

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Spend this Friday with Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will visit the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library this weekend in celebration of the newly opened exhibit, “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection.” The travelling exhibition runs from May 11 through October 27. As one of the United State’s most accomplished diplomats, Albright’s pins became a […]

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Album Review: Imperfekt – Tunes For Improvement

Imperfekt Tunes For Improvement Imperfekt is a hip-hop MC that produces his own beats. Though locally there are several examples—Rahlan Kay and Coolzey come to mind—it isn’t a common thing. MCs and producers tend to specialize, but in the decidedly un-hip-hop environment of Iowa, perhaps these guys feel like they’re on their own and […]

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On the Beat: Take a chance

As I sat at the Pressed And concert at the Mill on Feb. 7, I watched a couple of young men rock the stage. “Rock” might be inaccurate as they were sitting cross-legged for the show. Anyway, the spacey, hip-hop styled instrumental music that the two were making live fit well with the videos of […]

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Classing Up Bohemia

New Bohemia is beginning to show signs of life. On the corner of 12th Street, there are the Parlor City Pub, Capone’s Restaurant and the Chrome Horse Saloon, making the neighborhood a livelier nighttime destination than moribund Downtown Cedar Rapids a mile to the north. With the renovation of the CSPS building, New Bohemia is becoming a new alternative cultural hub for Cedar Rapids. […]

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Event Preview: Landfall Festival of World Music 9/22-25, Sponsored by Little Village!

From the mind-altering, polyphonic a capella of Corsican quartet Barbara Fortuna to the 12-piece Romanian gypsy punk of Mahala Rai Banda, and featuring Kenyan drum ensemble Kenge Kenge, dance music from Colombia’s Cimarrón and Brooklyn-based Nation Beat, Landfall is totally worth the trip up to CR this weekend.


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