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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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‘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: 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: 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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