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Orchestra Iowa’s centennial season features Iowa composers and world-class performers

Lasting 100 years is clearly something for any arts organization to celebrate. “It gives an illusion of permanence,” says Orchestra Iowa music director Timothy Hankewich. “But nowhere is it written that a community will have a symphony orchestra.” In recent […]

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The cast of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ is coming to Cedar Rapids

Attention former early ’00s teens: Dig your “Vote for Pedro” tee out of the old-clothes trash bag in the back of your childhood bedroom closet, fill your pocket with tots, grab a Chapstick and head to Paramount Theatre on Sept. 27 to meet your, uh, heroes. Three stars of the 2004 indie comedy Napoleon Dynamite are coming to Cedar Rapids […]

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Linn-Mar High School quartet to perform with the (almost) Beatles and the (sort of) Rolling Stones at the Paramount Theatre

Four Linn-Mar High School orchestra students will help two nationally-renowned tribute bands recreate the ’60s, when Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Showdown comes to Cedar Rapids next week. Seniors Kara Lindsey, Kit Iyer, Allie Schumacher and junior Alex Drahos will join Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band, and Satisfaction, a Rolling […]

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Review: Joe Bonamassa shredded at the Paramount Theatre

Joe Bonamassa is an interesting kind of famous. On the one hand, you can say his name to many music-loving folk and receive a blank stare in response. On the other, he can sell out the Paramount Theatre with a bottom ticket price of $102. Which is to say: To know him, apparently, is to love him. […]

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Interview: Lyle Lovett on Bob Dylan, Shakespeare and old vaudeville venues, ahead of his Cedar Rapids show

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen Paramount Theatre — Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Texan Lyle Lovett began performing forty years ago this year, in the college town of College Station, where his alma mater, Texas […]

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Essay: On ‘The Nutcracker’ and ballet’s diversity problem

The Nutcracker The Englert Theatre ($16-$18) Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre ($87-$128) Sat., Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6, […]

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