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Youth Rising amplifies teen voices engaging the current political climate

This weekend, young people from eastern Iowa — 10 writers, 11 spoken word performers and 16 dancers — will present Youth Rising, an exploration of politics, community and their place in it all. The event is presented under the auspices of the Open Doors Dance Festival, a summer-long dance intensive for students ages 12-22. […]

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Eastern Iowa sees an explosion of local theatre this weekend

Once upon a time, in a land much like ours, summer was a down time for the theatre community. You’d have an outdoor Shakespeare production, perhaps, but by and large, companies drew down the curtain for a few months, especially at community and amateur theatres. Those times are gone, and this weekend is a phenomenal […]

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‘This is My Brave’ explores stories of mental illness

This is My Brave Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. This year marks the second annual eastern Iowa This is My Brave presentation. The event is a collection of stories, poems, songs and essays written and performed by people living with or affected by mental illness. The show […]

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City Circle’s ‘1776’ filled with excellent performances; could be streamlined

1776 Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — through May 8 City Circle’s 1776 opened to a mostly full house last night, rife with families, sponsors and excitement. The story of the conception of the United States is well-known, and this musical tells that tale of grumpy, sweaty delegates caught between independence and servitude, and […]

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Interview: Director Elizabeth Tracey on City Circle’s upcoming musical, ‘1776’

City Circle presents: 1776 Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — opens Friday, Apr. 29 City Circle Acting Company’s production of 1776 opens Friday, Apr. 29 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. They couldn’t have chosen a better moment. The world is agog with Founding Fathers fever, with the new musical Hamilton having […]

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Burlesque troupe to host benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Kick Ass Red Lipstick Burlesque Revue Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — Saturday, Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. Vitality Dance Studio in Cedar Rapids is sending its burlesque troupe, The Va Va Voom, south to the CCPA — their first performance in Coralville — for a one-night show to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma […]

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