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Interview: Esmé Patterson goes sci-fi

Trumpet Blossom Café will host a formidable tripleheader on July 22, 2018. Headliner Esmé Patterson is making her first appearance in Iowa City since Mission Creek 2016, bringing a shift in song style from angry protest rock to a more energizing dance vibe. She’ll be joined by two talented local artists: Brooks Strause and Elizabeth Moen. Tickets are $10-12; doors open at 9 p.m. Patterson took a few moments from her studio time to talk to me on the phone on a hot day in mid-July. […]

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Five questions with: Rennie Sparks of the Handsome Family

The Handsome Family will be returning to Iowa City, performing at the Mill on July 19 at 8 p.m. (tickets $20). The band, a longtime favorite of artists and musicians, catapulted to the awareness of the American public through the inclusion of their song “Far From Any Road” as the opening credits for the HBO show True Detective. […]

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Iowa City Area Juneteenth kicked off Freedom Week with a Reclamation workshop

Iowa City Area Juneteenth is pulling out all stops this year to honor the end of slavery in the United States. In keeping with trends across the country, the organization is celebrating Freedom Week for the first time, filling the week surrounding Juneteenth with community events above and beyond the yearly celebration. […]

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Take a trip to the ‘Dark Side’ with the 8th annual MusicIC Festival

The culmination of the 2018 festival will be the Solera Quartet’s June 22 performance of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at the Englert Theatre (tickets $10-18), arranged by Solera cellist Andrew Janss. In addition, the audience at that performance (the festival’s sole ticketed event) will be treated to original literary work that muses on money, madness and mortality. […]

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Brilliant and bold performances anchor ‘Much Ado’

Inspired by childhood memories of free Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan, Riverside Theatre’s artistic director Sean Christopher Lewis has created a free, accessible and giddy production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. […]

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