Dancers shake things up with first Iowa City salsa festival

IOWA CITY — Salsa dancing spiced up Iowa City this weekend with a celebration of Latin music and dance.

The iCity Salsa Festival, the first of its kind in Iowa City, featured performances, workshops and instructors from around the cou [...]

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REVIEW: ‘Cash on Delivery’ pays off in laughter

AMANA — The Old Creamery Theatre has yet another slam-bang, slap-happy farce on its boards with “Cash on Delivery.”

The 10- member ensemble is well-cast and races through the script at top speed to the play’s ri [...]

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Culinary Ride expands to Cedar Rapids and beyond

CEDAR RAPIDS — An Iowa City celebration of food and bicycles is expanding this year. For the first time The Culinary Ride will host rides in Cedar Rapids, Ames and the Quad Cities this month.

The Culinary Ride takes participants on a [...]

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Review: Boston and Starship rocked the ages in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — Five thousand late Boomers were knee-deep in the hoopla on Aug. 28 at the U.S. Cellular Center, reliving their youth with Boston and Starship.

It’s pretty safe to say their children would be mortified to see how [...]

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Arrested Development star to deliver free lecture in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — A character actor known for his role playing George Bluth Sr., the embattled family patriarch in cult-favorite television show, Arrested Development, will speak in Iowa City on Thursday.

Jeffrey Tambor is scheduled to deli [...]

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From the pantry: Peach crisp satisfies summer cravings, crunch with less butter

Summer is the time of cravings — the kind of cravings that really can’t be satisfied any other time of the year.

Corn in the throes of winter? Not so sweet. Tomatoes in the heart of the big chill? They lack tenderness and the r [...]

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Vinton theater a community treasure

VINTON — As manager of the Palace Theatre in Vinton, Marcy Horst wants to make each movie outing a special experience.

The Palace shows mostly family-friendly movies (G, PG and PG-13) nightly at 7 and also Mondays at 2 p.m.

Sure [...]

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Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins readies Al Roker-themed corn maze

ATKINS — Every year, thousands of visitors from Iowa and surrounding states tour the Bloomsbury Farm corn maze near Atkins.

The design changes every year, with this year's maze celebrating the 60th birthday of Today Show weatherman A [...]

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Everybody eats: You can fill fair food cravings year-round

‘So, what are we going to do first?”

That was the conundrum my friend and I faced when we arrived at the Iowa State Fair last week. Free from our responsibilities — work, family, housework — we had the entire day [...]

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Cooked, not charred

Broiler drawers are like a kitchen’s garage — often used for storage, rarely for its intended purpose. Just as we fill garages with everything but the family car, we stuff our oven’s broiler drawers with pots and pans, [...]

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Broiling isn’t an open-and-shut case for this cook

I’ve always thought cracking the oven door was part of using a broiler.

I was under this impression because that’s how my mother broiled dishes. Whether it was garlic bread, halibut or salmon, the oven door always was slightly [...]

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From Iowa farm to table

For me and most Iowans I know, the arrival of sweet corn is a highly anticipated moment each summer.

Since summer and ice cream go together just as well, I was understandably excited when my sister told me she was creating a recipe for swee [...]

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Lyle Lovett gives generous performance in Cedar Rapids

Lyle Lovett seems to be a generous fellow. During his concert at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, he was generous in his praise of Cedar Rapids, particularly the White Star Ale House — where he and members of his band enjoyed libations t [...]

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From the pantry: Cucumber makes for a refreshing summer sip

Scorching hot summer days require lemonade. It’s a simple truth. This tart and sweet sunny-colored drink is both refreshing and quenching at the same time. Just the thing you want to greet you after an afternoon of working or playing outsid [...]

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Play offers glimpse into Mary Ingalls’ life

Many people are familiar with the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author famous for the “Little House on the Prairie” books describing her family’s life on the American frontier in the 1800s.

Fewer may realize Laura [...]

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