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A taste of real Cuba coming to Iowa City with Afro-Cuban All Stars

RACHAEL LANDER

March 10, 2009

Time to pull out those dancing shoes and head out for a night on the town. Popular Cuban singer Juan de Marcos González will bring the Afro-Cuban All Stars to West High tonight for a culturally infused music performance worthy...

‘Watchmen’: The perils of staying too faithful

BRIAN DAU

March 9, 2009

Film Review: Watchmen The opening credits for Watchmen is one of the coolest, most effective film sequences I’ve ever seen, and it sets a new artistic standard in movie openings. It quickly establishes the rules of a Cold ...

Youth center to promote HIV/AIDS awareness

KATIE HANSON

March 9, 2009

A week of events is using art to communicate the facts about an incurable disease. While it is now common knowledge among medical professionals that HIV/AIDS infects all types of people, public awareness about the disease is...

Cook in progress: Bananas

DI ARTS STAFF

March 9, 2009

Only one fruit is amazing enough to drive Gwen Stefani to include it in one of her many hits. The awesome power behind the tropical yellow goodness known as bananas — yes, B-A-N-A-N-A-S — created terms that can refer to someone...

From a snowstorm

NICK FETTY

March 6, 2009

When Erica Quinn left her widowed mother, Margaret, to join the Angels of Destruction, it looked as though Margaret would be alone for the rest of her life. In a bizarre turn of events, a young orphan girl ends up at Margaret’s...

Truly playing changes

RACHAEL LANDER

March 6, 2009

Many musicians toil in garages with dreams of “making it big.” For Kaspar Hauser, success came because of continual member rotation and a distinctly Midwestern sound — at least, that’s what band members Thomas Comerford...

Trendspotter: Comebacks

DI ARTS STAFF

March 6, 2009

This week’s trendspotter is the core of most trends: something old becoming new again (and not in the Botoxed, Janice Dickinson way). While LL Cool J might object, this week’s trendspotter is all about comebacks, not to be...

Riverside’s ‘Walking the Wire’: More variety than a 50-foot salad bar

KATIE HANSON

March 5, 2009

“You’ll never believe it. Dan asked me to dinner yesterday.” “I just got the biggest sushi craving.” “You’ve never had falafel before? That’s ridiculous. You have to try it.” Think about all of the times you...

SCOPE books Dierks Bentley

DI ARTS STAFF

March 5, 2009

Dierks Bentley is coming to town, and he’s bringing his country twang, bluegrass tunes, and a little bit of honky-tonk with him. SCOPE and First Avenue Productions will present Dierks Bentley, along with 8 Seconds and Jedd...

Kid Simple anything but incomplex

JED MILLER

March 5, 2009

That the word “simple” is in the title of Kid Simple may be the biggest irony of the entire production. Contrary to what the name might imply, there is nothing mindless about the play or its young protagonist, a 15-year-old...

Art you can amble to

JED MILLER

March 5, 2009

Every March, as Iowa City slowly awakes from a winter slumber, downtown Iowa City begins to buzz again as community members browse local art galleries’ selections at The Gallery Walk. The event was founded in the early ’90s...

Blending into the Mill

NICK FETTY

March 5, 2009

When the phrase “double bogey” comes to mind, some people may recall Tiger Woods’ latest performance. But for the Blend, it means a subpar ride in a short, black tour bus. The band will travel in Double Bogey, a GMC bus...