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Savage Hearts resurrect a beloved Valentine’s Day tradition

“My concept of bluegrass is a little bit looser than others,” Savage Hearts frontwoman Annie Savage said in a phone call. Her own band is variously self-described as “spicy” and “bluegrass meets honkytonk.” […]

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FilmScene announces programming for Science on Screen collaboration

FilmScene has been selected as one of 36 non-profit theaters across the U.S. to receive a Science on Screen grant for 2018. Science on Screen, a program of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has been encouraging the exploration of science through film since 2005. […]

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Vino Vérité presents a grittier sort of foodie documentary

Fans of chef-focused, “food porn” documentaries like Chef’s Table or Anthony Bourdain’s The Mind of a Chef will enjoy 42 Grams, a somewhat gritty documentary following a Chicago chef’s journey from underground food to a critically acclaimed restaurant. […]

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Ani DiFranco, feminist icon and ‘righteous babe,’ will present a softer sound at the Englert

With the release of her 20th studio album, Binary (2017), singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco brought a few new politically-prescient, strongly feminist songs into the world, but with a softer side than some of the frenetic albums from earlier in her career. […]

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Peter Heller brings his engaging protagonist Celine to Iowa City

Celine Watkins is 68 years old, suffering from arthritis and emphysema and brokenhearted over the loss of her two sisters — one older, one younger — in quick succession. She is also a private eye, a crack shot and by turns fearsome and consoling. […]

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‘Detroit’ lands close to home

When is the last time you spoke to a neighbor? For me, I think it was around three years ago, when someone from a unit a few doors down knocked on our door out of the blue and asked to borrow a potato masher. (I lent it to him. In return, along with his thanks, he gave me a recipe for mashed potatoes that I’ve never used.) […]

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The Women’s March returns to Iowa City on the anniversary of the inauguration

In 2017, in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, women and allies converged on cities across the country for what turned out to be the largest mass protest in U.S. history, with an estimated one of every 100 Americans marching. In Iowa City, nearly 1,000 people marched. […]

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A story divided: I, TONYA’s deft perspective shifts

I, Tonya Film Scene — opens Friday, Jan. 12 For people of a certain age, the 1994 incident involving Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and a premeditated attack on her team-rival Nancy Kerrigan has a permanent place in the memory banks. Many recall those events very clearly, as well as the drama that played out […]

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Weeklong series of events in Iowa City aims to bring community members together to honor legacy of Martin Luther King

After a tumultuous year that highlighted divisions within the community and the nation at large, Iowa City is kicking off a weeklong series of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while also challenging community members to address existing issues and tensions. […]

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