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Performers announced for the Iowa Arts Festival’s 40th year

The 2021 Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by the Summer of the Arts. Jason Smith/Little Village

The Summer of the Arts’ Iowa Arts Festival is back for its 40th year and will take place the first weekend in June in downtown Iowa City. Yesterday, festival organizers announced that they’re hosting roughly 90 visual artists and bringing in […]

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Summer of the Arts announces cancellation of Iowa Arts Fest, other COVID-19 related changes

Iowa City’s Summer of the Arts organization announced a slew of changes to their summer 2020 programming on Friday, most prominent being the cancellation of their flagship festival, the Iowa Arts Festival, scheduled for June 5-7. The Iowa Arts Festival, […]

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The joy of anticipation and aftermath

As someone easily overwhelmed by crowds and sensory overload (and more so as I age), I can find Iowa City’s wonderful summer festivals a challenge. I have many times enjoyed the tunes, charts and riffs flowing from the stages of the Iowa City Jazz Festival. I have often parked my camp chair on the Pedestrian Mall on Friday night […]

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Iowa City buses will be free on Friday and Saturday for the first two days of Iowa Arts Festival

On Friday and Saturday, there’ll be no charge for riding Iowa City buses, as the Iowa Arts Festival takes over downtown, the city announced on Monday. Buses will run on their regular schedules, but some stops will change starting on […]

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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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Five questions with: Ryan Young, fiddle player for Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles, a folk-rock/bluegrass band with Minnesota roots, are headlining this year’s Iowa Arts Festival. They perform in downtown Iowa City at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Currently, the band is touring in support of their new album, Life is Good on the Open Road, their first record in four years. […]

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A-list: Anaïs Mitchell brings a deep history to the Iowa Arts Festival

Among the exciting national acts brought in for the Iowa Arts Festival this year is Vermont-born, Brooklyn, New York-based songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. Deeply rooted in American folk traditions, Mitchell manages a sound that is contemporary without being retro or revival — an extension of the sound, rather than a tribute to it. She is tomorrow’s folk singer.

Mitchell’s 2010 recording of her folk opera Hadestown featured an array of key voices in the genre, from Ani DiFranco to Iowa’s own Greg Brown. Mitchell continues to work on its transformation into a full stage musical; the 2016 off-Broadway production has been nominated for several awards, including the April Drama Desk Awards announcement of its nomination in the Outstanding Musical category. Her most recent record, 2014’s xoa, was the third released on her own label, Wilderland Records. Mitchell took some time just before hitting the road to answer some questions over email for Little Village. […]

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