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Five questions with: Choreographer and dancer Kuldeep Singh

Like many artists, Singh understands that traditional forms are not static — traditions reinvent themselves as choreographers and performers become a site relating present to future. o Many Journeys: Choreographies in Odissi on April 26 at 7 p.m., part of the Englert Wavelength Series (sponsored by Little Village. Tickets are $10-18; youth 17 and under are free. […]

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‘We should be building off of each other’s progress’: FilmScene and the Englert announce joint fundraising, programming campaign

This Saturday, April 20, FilmScene and the Englert Theatre unveiled the steps toward a new vision: “building the greatest small city for the arts in the America.” The outer lobby of the Englert Theatre was filled with notecards hanging from balloons, filled with statements from community members on why they find the arts important. Additional […]

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Neko Case discusses her ‘bad luck,’ blue-collar ethic and musical superpowers ahead of Englert performance

For the first time in over a decade, Neko Case will perform at the Englert on April 29, in support of her new album ‘Hell-On,’ with Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams) opening at 8 p.m. ‘Hell-On’ provides an insightful, beautiful understanding of how to remain humane despite the almost continual wave of tragedies

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‘I don’t know the place, but the place is the tune’: Leo Kottke brings a life in music to Englert Theatre

At this point, Leo Kottke is made mostly out of broken guitar strings and American myth: a folk instrumental overheard and transcribed by what could be remembered. Even the facts of his life paint wide, patriotic strokes of wordless music. He brings all of this, an unparalleled but true American story in music, to the Englert Theatre on April 13. […]

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Leaning into the world with Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith

Taylor Goldsmith spent a week recently sitting in his Los Angeles house alone, practicing every song he’s ever released. For the lead songwriter, singer and guitarist of Dawes, that adds up to 63 songs over the last 10 years. The band plans to play every one of them over the course of this leg of their “An Evening with Dawes” tour, which comes to the Englert Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $40. […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2018: Arts & Entertainment

The results are in! Here are the winners of the 2018 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Arts & Entertainment category, representing Little Village readers’ favorite businesses, organizations, people and places in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. […]

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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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