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Four lessons learned from Ailey II

I decided to see Ailey II on Nov. 4 at the Englert Theatre more to fulfill my drive to explore the unknown in the arts than from a desire to see it. The opportunity to interview Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell for Englert’s Stages magazine was the tipping point — he’d been insistent on the point that dance is an art that anyone can appreciate and understand. And so I went. […]

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What’s in a fest? Witching Hour kicked off with curatorial conversation

If you are a devotee of the arts who has ever wondered how the sausage of your favorite festivals, seasons and programs gets made, the opening salvo of the 2018 Witching Hour festival shed a little light on the subject. […]

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‘Snap Judgment’ host Glynn Washington talks growing up in a cult, Ira Glass and the dark side of storytelling

On Thursday, Nov. 1, National Public Radio host and raconteur Glynn Washington will bring his storytelling sensation, Snap Judgment LIVE, to Iowa City’s Englert Theatre. That night, some of the world’s best storytellers will take the stage to tell real life stories, set to the beat of a live band. Snap Judgment LIVE offers a truly unparalleled performative experience — especially for anyone who enjoys storytelling programs like This American Life or The Moth. […]

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The Green Room: Casey Gerald, the Bird House and living without fear

As the final minutes of 1999 ticked away, 12 year-old Casey Gerald expected the world to end. So did the other people gathered in the East Texas church, where his grandfather was the pastor. As the year 2000 got closer, a lot of people were expecting an apocalyptic moment, either religious (the Second Coming) or technological (a Y2K meltdown). […]

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The Green Room: Music, community and the Englert Theatre

Jesse Elliot and Rachel Ries, the featured presenters at the next Green Room, understand the intersection of music and community. Elliot has been the director of the Music District in Fort Collins, Colorado, since it opened in 2016. The nonprofit Music District calls itself as a “gathering hub, workspace, and creative playground for the music community. For the novice or pro, it’s a place where anyone can develop the art, learn the business, and share skills and passions with musicians and music lovers. […]

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The Green Room: Kathy Eldon, creative visions and your life’s mission statement

Kathy Eldon’s life has taken her far from her native Cedar Rapids. This week’s featured speaker in the Green Room lecture series at the Englert Theatre has lived in England and Africa (she now resides in California), and is a filmmaker and the author of 17 books, ranging from cookbooks to travel guides to a memoir. Together with her daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub, Eldon founded Creative Visions Foundation to support “creative activists” using media and art to push for social change. […]

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The Green Room and the science of happiness

“The Science of Happiness” sounds like an advertising slogan for a pharmaceutical company, but it’s the name of one of the most popular courses at New York University, and the class’ co-teacher, Dan Lerner, is the featured speaker at the next Green Room at the Englert Theater on Monday night. […]

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The Green Room: Peter Aguero and Sara Peters, the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition and accepting what cannot be changed

The Green Room returns on Monday at 7 p.m., with storytellers Peter Aguero and Sara Peters. Both will be familiar to listeners of The Moth Radio Hour, a public radio show focused on stories and the art of storytelling. […]

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The Green Room: Dessa, DVIP and the taste of mystery

The third edition of the Green Room opens at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Englert Theatre, with Dessa. The rapper, singer, writer and record executive will be speaking about her life and career. Dessa became internationally famous during the past year with her track “Congratulations” on the Hamilton Mixtape, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in December 2016. […]

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Emboldened by last year’s success, the Green Room lecture series returns

The Green Room: Dessa Englert Theatre — Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The Green Room is returning to the Englert Theatre this fall. The six-week lecture series, which kicks off on Monday, Sept. 10 with rapper, singer and writer Dessa, is free and open to the public. The Monday night series will feature speakers […]

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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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