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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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Livestream: The Green Room presents Peter Aguero on Monday, Oct. 9

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 9, The Green Room experiment culminates with a celebrity storyteller whose work is familiar to listeners of storytelling radio program the Moth: Peter Aguero. He is a Moth GrandSLAM champion, regular host of Moth shows and an instructor for the MothSHOP community program. […]

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Lessons learned in UI Theatre program inform Samuel Summer’s ‘Green Room’ performance

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Green Room FilmScene — through Thursday, May 12 Wehrenberg Galaxy 16 Cine — through Thursday, May 12 Marcus Sycamore Cinema — through Wednesday, May 11 During his senior year at the University of Iowa, theatre major Sam Summer faced a tough choice: continue with his education, which had become catastrophically unaffordable, or move to Portland, […]

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None of the violence is casual: in ‘Green Room,’ it’s terribly human

Anton Yelchin in Green Room

Green Room Marcus Sycamore Cinema — opens Friday, Apr. 29 Wehrenberg Galaxy 16 Cine — opens Friday, Apr. 29 Film Scene — opens Friday, May 6 On its face, Jeremy Saulnier’s latest film, Green Room, sounds quite familiar. Heroes trapped in a locked room, surrounded by an invading horde, must fight for their lives to […]

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