City Circle Acting Company merging with Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

CORALVILLE — A City Council vote Tuesday cleared the way for a local acting company to merge with Coralville’s 3-year-old performing arts center.

The Coralville City Council unanimously approved the deal uniting the Coralville [...]

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Beer, arcade games combine at The Quarter Barrel

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fans of pinball, Pac-Man. pizza and pints of craft beer will soon be able to satisfy all these cravings in one place.

The Quarter Barrel, 616 Second Ave., is on track to open March of 2015. Part, brewery, pizza place a [...]

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Base: It’s the type of vegetables that gives a dish personality

You don’t need to know how to pronounce mirepoix or suppengruen. You just need to know that a mouthwatering dish, no matter what the cuisine, no matter what the regional influence, is built upon a great flavor base.

Such mixtures of c [...]

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Fall a good time for roasting

As the weather cools, fall back in love with your oven by roasting a three course meal, from start to finish.

Roasting uses high-heat to enhance flavors, preserve nutrients and brown dishes.

Roasting also is quick and hands-off; much [...]

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Photographs bring Civil War experience to life

CEDAR RAPIDS — When the first shots of the Civil War were fired, photography was still a fairly new art form.

Over the four years of the war, from 1861 to 1865, photographers captured images of the destruction caused by the conflict [...]

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Toast to roasting

As the season changes and moves our activities inside, our approach to getting meals on the table also adjusts.

The oven door might be a bit squeaky and dusty after a summer of neglect, but it’s ready to fire up again to roast a lar [...]

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COOK CLUB: Classic BLT can be transformed into salad

All cooking methods bring something to the table.

Puns aside, though, if I had to choose, roasting comes out on top.

Sure, the hands-off approach — ju [...]

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From the pantry: Pop these pastries for portable breakfast

Did you know Pop Tarts have been around 50 years?

I was surprised to discover the age of this breakfast pastry and laughed at the irony as I recently purchased my first box of Pop Tarts in about 20 years. It was all for research, you see. < [...]

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Inside the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchens

DES MOINES — Just like Vogue magazine wouldn’t show last season’s handbags, Better Homes and Gardens strives for recipes that reflect the latest trends in cooking and baking.

“Food is just like fashion,” s [...]

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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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‘Little House’ Laura — Melissa Gilbert — in Eastern Iowa with new cookbook

When a Hollywood actress writes a book, you might expect the book tour to start in Los Angeles, New York City or even Chicago.

But Melissa Gilbert, star of the beloved television series “Little House on the Prairie,” chose Eas [...]

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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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