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Just announced: Big Grove to present inaugural Cornfed Folk Fest in June

Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City has announced their inaugural Cornfed Folk Fest, a new music festival that will take place on two stages starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Iowa City folk legend Greg Brown headlines. […]

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Sunshine and rainbow dogs: FilmScene hosts a new doc showcasing creative dog grooming

Canine cosmetology isn’t always shallow or abusive. A new documentary combats stereotypes associated with exhibitionist dog owners while focusing on, arguably, their epitome: competitive creative dog groomers. FilmScene will screen ‘Well Groomed’ on Sunday as part of their Vino Vérité series, co-presented by Bread Garden Market and Little Village. […]

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Get in sync with nature’s rhythms at the Spring Physics Demo Show

At 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a public talk on Nature’s Rhythms. This talk will include physical demonstrations, a chance to ask questions and a raffle offering science-themed toys for a few lucky participating children. […]

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Groundbreaking silent films interpreted anew with music from the Awful Purdies

The Awful Purdies, the all-female Midwest folk scene staple ensemble, will be accompanying silent movies by female film pioneers on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. as part of Film Scene’s Women’s March events. Tickets are $15. […]

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Five questions with: Muireann Ahern, director of ‘They Called Her Vivaldi’

Sunday, March 10 will bring an exciting, one-day-only performance to Hancher Auditorium. Irish theater company Theatre Lovett will make their Iowa City stop, one of just seven on their North American tour, sharing their original production ‘They Called Her Vivaldi,’ a playful narrative full of adventure and magic. […]

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A rocky start dims but can’t douse the brightness of ‘How I Learned What I Learned’

Riverside Theatre and Des Moines’ Pyramid Theatre joined forces this winter to bring us ‘How I Learned What I Learned,’ by August Wilson. It is an incredible thing to be able to see Wilson as a character on the stage, brought to life in Aaron Smith’s performance. […]

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Dante Powell kicks off Floodwater with live album recording

Despite chilly weather and slippery sidewalks, the Iowa City comedy scene will be bustling with activity Feb. 27-March 2, as the 2019 Floodwater comedy festival kicks off its annual events. This year, Des Moines-based comedian Dante Powell will be recording his first comedy album at The Mill in Iowa City as part of the festivities. […]

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Five questions with: Author Mark Mayer

Mark Mayer, graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and inaugural Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer fellow at Cornell College, will read from his debut collection of short stories, ‘Aerialists,’ at Prairie Lights on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. […]

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What the Living Do: Mike Gibisser’s ‘World of Facts’

Filmmaker Mike Gibisser’s ‘World of Facts’ (2018), filmed in Iowa City, is not a meditation on grief so much as a metabolizing of it. “I like that word,” Gibisser says. “Maybe because it suggests how the waiting becomes part of you, part of your routine.” […]

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Disease, Death and Darwin: Dr. Sharon DeWitte on her upcoming talks

Rarely would the average person, when stopped on the street and asked about their ideal Friday afternoon, think to mention attending a talk about analyzing the skeletal remains of medieval Black Plague victims. However, at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, the people of Iowa City will have the chance to do just that. […]

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Five questions with: composer and performer Damien Sneed

On Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Hancher Auditorium’s Hadley Stage, Damien Sneed — an award winning composer, conductor, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist — will present We Shall Overcome — A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets range from $10 for youth to $35 for adults. […]

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Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo to trip through Iowa City

Beginning as a busking collective on the streets of Tokyo, Kikagaku Moyo has spent the six years of their existence gathering an ever-increasing number of fans. Their live shows on the festival circuits are constantly raved about, and their four albums and two EPs are drooled over by music lovers around the world. Kikagaku Moyo will be playing at The Mill on Friday, Feb. 22. Tickets are $12. […]

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