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The Mill is gone, its building soon to be demolished. But plans to replace it are in the works.

The iconic Iowa City venue The Mill closed in 2020 after 58 years of hosting music, literary readings, political events and more. And after plans to possibly revive it fell through, the building on Burlington Street that was home to […]

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Two grassroots groups are fighting against the odds to save The Mill, Iowa City’s ‘cultural crossroads’

If three months into Iowa’s COVID-19 pandemic there were some locals who still hoped life might return to normal someday, the announcement that The Mill restaurant and music venue was being sold off was likely a wake-up call. The Mill, […]

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Letter to the editor: The Mill was an Iowa City institution. Maybe that was the problem.

By Chris Wiersema, Iowa City The Mill is an important and sadly repeated lesson in Iowa City “institutions.” There have been beautiful, heart-rendering remembrances. There have been wails of mournful surprise. There have been valiant proclamations of forthcoming financial heroics […]

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The Mill is closing after nearly 60 years in Iowa City

A longtime Iowa City institution is officially closing its doors after 58 years, according to a Facebook post on the business’s page Thursday afternoon. The Mill is known for its pizza and spaghetti, vintage pew seating, vine-draped patio and, of course, its performance space. […]

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Watch: Sitting down with stand-ups at Floodwater Comedy Festival

Before taking the stage during Floodwater Comedy Festival on Friday night, Little Village sat down with comedians Kristen Toomey, Keonna Scott and Donny Townsend at The Mill in downtown Iowa City to discuss their craft. Presented by the Iowa City […]

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Whether you foxtrot or lindy hop, dancing is required at the Dandelion Stompers’ Mardi Gras show

Don’t go to a Dandelion Stompers show expecting to just sit there and watch. “Oh, man,” said Dandelion Stompers bandleader Chris Clark. “Dancers really make it a party. We work hard to interact with the audience when they’re sitting down […]

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Five questions with: Dolores Sparkles, burlesque comedian

Dolores Sparkles debuted her solo show in New York City and has played in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. You can laugh with and relate to her this Saturday, Jan. 18, at The Mill. Several years before being “born” onto the “Wall of Babes” at Studio Vitality dance school in Cedar Rapids, the nouveau-vaudevillian was a New Jersey medievalist who […]

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2020 candidate Kirsten Gillibrand returns to Iowa City for a meet-and-greet at The Mill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is returning to Iowa City for a campaign event at The Mill on Thursday. The meet-and-greet with the New York Democrat will begin at 6 p.m. Gillibrand attracted an overflowing crowd to the side room of The Airliner in February, during her first stop in Iowa City as a 2020 hopeful. At that time there were 10 declared […]

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