Archive for April, 2016

New downtown banners celebrate the City of Literature

Our new City of Literature street-pole banners are up throughout downtown Iowa City, reminding residents to celebrate our designation as the third UNESCO City of Literature in the world. The banners, based on our new logo design, were created by Mara Cole with the Iowa City Public Library, and were funded by the Community Foundation […]

April 30 International Jazz Day event celebrates ‘Art of Improvisation’

In celebration of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature presents “The Art of Improvisation,” an event that celebrates and explores the unique role that improvisation plays in jazz. Steve Grismore, a full-time jazz instructor at the University of Iowa and a familiar face in jazz performance in the area for decades, will […]

Chicana: Memories of Life in the Barrio and and Readings in Latino Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Month on April 16th with readings in Latino/Chicano poetry and biographical recitations about life in the 18th Street Chicago barrio in the 1960’s. Biography is based on the life of Maria del Rosario (Rose) Flores-Curry, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant who fought in the Cristero War. This event is co-sponsored by […]

“Story Hour” events bring laughs in the City of Literature

The City of Literature’s first annual “Story Hour” events were held on Saturday, March 31; and Friday, April 1, and both offered plenty of laughs. The first event, “Made in Iowa,” was held at the Iowa City Brewlab and featured Iowa Nice Guy Scott Siepker. The star of the popular series of “Iowa Nice” videos […]