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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ director and UI grad Joe Russo is returning to Iowa City

Over two decades, the Russos have gone from making “credit card movies” to helming three tentpoles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), with a collective budget of more than $700 million. […]

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Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith are bringing ‘Hollywood Babble-On’ to Iowa City

It’s been a stressful year for Ralph Garman, from being let go by KROQ-FM to one of his best friends suffering a near-death heart attack. But in the wake of Kevin Smith’s recovery and the kick-off of Garman’s podcast “The Ralph Report,” the comedian is excited to step back on stage. […]

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Built to Spill, Mission Creek Festival headliner, is as chill as ever

Everything about singer-guitarist Doug Martsch and his longtime band is unassuming and undramatic — from the two decades of major-label albums they’ve steadily released as the music industry collapsed around them to the lilting melodies and long, winding solos that weep gently from Martsch’s guitar. […]

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Review: Nils Frahm’s show was riveting, and a big feather in the Englert’s cap

Frahm is a gifted composer and performer, but what was most engaging about this concert was the simplicity of the music he presented. The closest comparison would be Philip Glass, but Glass can try my patience, and Frahm instinctively knows when to ride a static groove and when to switch up. […]

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Nils Frahm brings one-of-a-kind sound and two tons of gear to the Englert Theatre

Frahm began his All Melody tour in New York City last week and will play shows throughout North America this spring. He’ll be traveling with over two tons of equipment, including monitors, speakers, pianos and 11 keyboards for the upcoming dates. […]

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Where to watch the Oscars — and strut your stuff — this weekend

You may already have a date with your cat, couch and host Jimmy Kimmel for Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, but area Oscar parties may elevate the experience. Events will test your film knowledge, fill you with popcorn and insure you’ll have someone to talk to during the myriad commercial breaks.
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Ani DiFranco, feminist icon and ‘righteous babe,’ will present a softer sound at the Englert

With the release of her 20th studio album, Binary (2017), singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco brought a few new politically-prescient, strongly feminist songs into the world, but with a softer side than some of the frenetic albums from earlier in her career. […]

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Magician and author Nate Staniforth returns to Iowa on a magical mystery book tour

Staniforth is about to return to Iowa City’s Englert Theatre on Feb. 3. The impetus is Here Is Real Magic, the book, released on Jan. 16, that chronicles his journey with magic and wonder, from his childhood in Ames through a trip to India that brought more questions than answers. […]

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