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Alt-country legends the Bottle Rockets come to Big Grove Brewery

For over 25 years, the Bottle Rockets have made music steeped in gas station coffee, weeknights at honkytonks and rearview mirror Midwestern miscellany. Singer Brian Henneman, John Horton on guitar, Mark Ortmann on drums and Keith Voegele on bass play Thursday, Nov. 15 at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom. […]

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‘Iphigenia Point Blank’ not just a retelling, but a focus on the world today

This month, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has the honor of presenting a Iphigenia Point Blank: Story of the First Refugee. Its final performances will be Nov. 8-10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the David Thayer Theatre, UI Theatre Building. Tickets are $5-20. […]

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Five questions with: Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya is a hip-hop artist, a drummer and founder of Sooper Records. While it might be tempting to draw comparisons to others, I’m going to refrain, because he’s just not like anyone else. A drummer for Monobody and a bassist for Nervous Passenger, this California-born Chicago transplant is performing Sunday, Nov. 4 at The Mill. […]

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Ghosts of the past haunt a timely production of ‘The Price’ at Riverside

Throughout the play, the Franz family consistently seems unwilling to face the loneliness of silence. In general, while lines are delivered with passion or reserve, the production allows a sense of accumulation — like the crowded stage — in which everything adds together. […]

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Five questions with: Aric Chase Damm of the Brevet

The Brevet brings their relentless energy from the West coast to The Mill on Thursday, Oct. 25 when they open for Virginia’s Melodime. Damm, who injects a steady dose of SoCal soul into his vocals, answered some questions for Little Village via email ahead of the band’s visit. […]

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Track Premiere: Kelly Pardekooper’s “Long Goodbye”

Next Friday, Oct. 26, former Iowa Citian Kelly Pardekooper releases his ninth studio album, 50-Weight (available for pre-order). And, as the title implies, he’s come back to the beginning: his very first demo, 30-Weight, was recorded 20 years ago in his Iowa City basement. […]

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Witching Hour interview: Fighting economic injustice with attorney Shawn Sebastian

According to attorney Shawn Sebastian, there are three main factors for why the economy is failing American workers. 1) The dismantling of unions and collective bargaining power for workers. 2) The increased power and consolidation of companies that control our lives and our wages. 3) The dismantling and undermining of public goods. […]

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Witching Hour Q&A: Janelle James on developing her comedy style

Janelle James, one of the featured comedians for the 2018 Witching Hour festival, performs at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Englert Theatre (tickets $15-55), opening for fellow Illinois-to-New York transplant Liza Treygar. […]

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“Art in Public” meets #MeToo at 6th Biennial Grant Wood Symposium

This year, the University of Iowa Grant Wood Symposium — now in its sixth biennial iteration — tackles the topic of public art. The symposium, a program of the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement, presented by the Grant Wood Art Colony, seeks to engage with Wood’s legacy, this year by exploring one of his greatest passions. […]

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Five questions with: Bill MacKay

Feed Me Weird Things Vol. 3, Edition #11 brings the brilliant guitar improviser Bill MacKay from Chicago to Iowa City on Thursday, Sept. 27. MacKay lives on the unexpected razor’s edge between jazz and experimental folk, stylistically, but his guitar is conversational in a sense typically only associated with the blues. […]

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