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‘Feared and revered’: Zen Cohen’s new exhibition at Public Space One explores queer history and cultures

I’ve had a recurring dream since I was a teenager about an ocean contained in a room. In the dream, I always try to peel back the layers of my experience with the water; to experience it in a more authentic way. I had this dream again for the first time in a long time, and it must be because I’ve been thinking about Zen Cohen’s art. […]

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Reinhart stuns with bright colors and unexpected patterns

Catherine Reinhart speculates that the quilt blocks at the core of her art are living what she calls their “third life,” imagining that they were originally made to be polyester leisure suits before then being made into the quilt she was gifted and, finally, becoming a part of her work. […]

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Jaime Hernandez reflects on 38 years of his influential ‘Love & Rockets’ comics series

Los Bros Hernandez — Jaime, Gilbert and Mario — self-published the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1981. Since then, they (primarily Jaime and Gilbert) have created a substantial body of work. So substantial, in fact, that it can be intimidating to new readers. But don’t ask Jaime Hernandez where to start. “I throw […]

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Digging up the ‘underground,’ DIY music scene in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

From singer-songwriters to heavy metal bands, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids breed a wide variety of musical acts. Dozens of artists make up the local music scene, but not many receive the recognition of concert-goers in the area. Naturally, the local DIY scene — united by the “do it yourself” idea that art shouldn’t have barriers to entry, and that anyone, regardless of skill or status, should be free to make art and share it as they please — tends to operate underground while the artists are often shrouded from curious music fans. Some local venue owners are working to change that […]

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Public Space One’s Sweet 16 auction ends Jan. 26

One of a kind art of all media for all ages can be found this week at Public Space One, nestled in the the basement of the Wesley Center on North Dubuque Street in Iowa City. As part of their Sweet 16 birthday celebration, Public Space One (PS1) opened their gallery doors for public viewing […]

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Public Space One celebrates 16 years of making art ‘radically accessible’

Public Space One, also known as PS1, evokes the idea of the commons, a venerable tradition that allows all members of a society to have access to the same materials and spaces. “The name has always struck me as challenge,” said John Engelbrecht, PS1 director. […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2018: Arts & Entertainment

The results are in! Here are the winners of the 2018 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Arts & Entertainment category, representing Little Village readers’ favorite businesses, organizations, people and places in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. […]

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Donation Drive: The Haunted Bookshop supports Public Space One

Little Village’s Donation Drive pairs local businesses with nonprofits they believe in to raise awareness for these organizations and encourage giving this holiday season. Presented by The Haunted Bookshop Supporter Perk: Donate to PS1 while making a purchase at The Haunted Bookshop and have your donation matched; Sign up to be a sustaining member and […]

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‘Marjorie Prime’ an incredibly sensitive meditation on aging and grief

The rub of science fiction is that it requires quite a bit of world building to be comprehensible to the audience. Director Jen Brown guides her actors into a subtlety that nicely highlights the universals of personality, humanity and family life without dwelling too long on the technicalities of 2050. […]

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