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Outdoor track—5:00 pm PRCA Rodeo Tough Enough To Wear Pink McElroy Auditorium—7:30 p.m.

GLORIANA! With The New Black 7 McElroy Auditorium – Doors open at 6:30

Barrel Races

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Outlaw Motocross Championship

Sunday September 15th PRCA Rodeo McElroy Auditorium—2:00 p.m.

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Magic Man Illusionist Reza, an up-andcoming David Copperfield, will appear at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. And he’ll make things disappear.


It’s good for your ears and your soul. Not to mention the community. The annual Hearth Fest music event benefits the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Des Moines Nitefall on the River concert series features the likes of Blues Traveler, Dwight Yoakam, Hanson and — wait for it — OWL CITY!

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On a roll Pulse TV reviewer James gives rave reviews to the new Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, which sees a soft girl serving hard time.



WHAT'S UP It’s already time to be thinking about that most dreaded three-word phrase: back to school. (Though I must say my sympathy is limited for those of you about to head back to the halls of learning, given that Memorial Day and Labor Day come and go without much ado for those of us in the working world.) But just because classes might be about to start up again doesn’t mean the fun stops. Before that happens, we’ve got plenty of great shows around the area — don’t forget about last-minute tickets to the Iowa State Fair! — and the party keeps going on into the fall.


It’s getting hard to decide what to spend those scarce entertainment dollars on. There are about 17 awesome video games coming out that I want, not to mention a pile of movies that look worthwhile. And then Owl City’s going to be in Des Moines, the Stem & Stein brings together booze and the great outdoors and I turn into a big pile of indecision.


Or maybe I’ll just go for broke — that is, go broke — and do everything. Who needs things like food and gas anyway?

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Since they walked away with the top prize in 2007 on the UK prime time TV talent show When Will I Be Famous, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven’t stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes. You’re in Irish luck — The Chillis are stopping by for two shows during the Iowa Irish Fest Aug. 2-4 in downtown Waterloo. Formed in 2002, the band has fast become a global phenomenon, taking its signature “bagrock” sound to the masses and rocking far-flung

shores with a unique fusion of rocked-up bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Iowa Irish Fest is dedicated to celebrating Irish culture in Iowa and takes place annually during the first full weekend of August. Admission is $15 for a three-day weekend pass available at the gate. Kids 12 and younger are free.

Kick up your heels Iowa Irish Fest Lineup FRIDAY, AUG. 2

Park Avenue Stage (Lincoln Park) n 4 PM — Parade & Festival Opening n 4:30 PM — Trinity Irish Dancers n 5:30 PM — The Killdares n 7:30 PM — Scythian n 9:30 PM — Gaelic Storm

Lincoln Savings Bank Stage (E. 4th & Lafayette)

n 4:30 PM — Dublin City Ramblers n 6:30 PM — Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones n 8:30 PM — Switchback n 10:30 PM — Mulligan Stew

Cultural Events Center Stage (Lincoln Park)

n 4:45 PM — Highland Games overview n 5 PM — The Iowa Scottish Pipes & Drums n 7 PM — Trinity Irish Dancers workshop n 9 PM — Irish Gaelic language workshop  PULSE

Jameson’s Public House n 4:30 PM — Langer’s Ball n 6:30 PM — Exorna n 9 PM — Wylde Nept

Lincoln Park

n 5-8 PM — Highland Games


Park Avenue Stage (Lincoln Park)

n Noon — Trinity Irish Dancers n 12:45 PM — Dublin City Ramblers n 2:30 PM — Scythian n 4:30 PM — Trinity Irish Dancers n 5:45 PM — Pogey n 8 PM — The Killdares n 10 PM — Red Hot Chilli Pipers

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Lincoln Savings Bank Stage (E. 4th & Lafayette)

n Noon — Irish language workshop n 2 PM — Trinity Irish Dancers clinic n 3:15 PM — Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones n 5:45 PM — Switchback n 8:15 PM — Mulligan Stew n 10:30 PM — Langer’s Ball

Cultural Events Center Stage (Lincoln Park)

n 10 AM — Proud Image n 10:30 AM — Waterloo Country Cloggers n 11 AM — Irish Stew Competition n 11:45 AM — Aran Daughters Celtic harp duo n 12:30 PM — Irish Historian n 2 PM — Tir nag Nog Children’s Theatre n 4 PM — Cedar Valley Irish Historian n 5 PM — Sons of the Mist n 7:15 PM — Aran Daughters Celtic harp duo n 9:30 PM — Bagpipers


Jameson’s Public House n Noon — Exorna n 4 PM — Langer’s Ball n 8 PM — Wylde Nept

Lincoln Park

n 7:30 AM — Iowa Irish Fest 5K run/walk n 10 AM-8 PM — Highland Games


Park Avenue Stage (Lincoln Park) n 10 AM — Mass n 11:15 AM — Trinity Irish Dancers

n 12:15 PM — Pogey n 2:30 PM — Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Cultural Events Center Stage (Lincoln Park) n 11 AM — Bagpipers n 11:45 AM — Irish Gaelic language workshop n 1:45 PM — Sons of the Mist

Jameson’s Public House n 10 AM — Langer’s Ball



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She’s an interesting mix of wholesome girl next door and potty mouth. And she’s coming to a venue near you. Comedian Amy Schumer will perform on Aug. 30 at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. The first-come, first-served performance is free. Schumer is the creator, star and writer of Inside Amy Schumer, her Comedy Central show. She also appeared on 30 Rock and is just coming off her Comedy Central stand-up special, Mostly Sex Stuff, which became the network’s second-highest rated special this year.


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Seeing is believing Suspend your disbelief and head to the Waterloo Center for the Arts to see world-famous illusionist Reza. This dude is known for making things — big things like motorcycles — appear out of thin air. Hailed as the nation’s top touring illusionist, Reza and his mindblowing performances have sold out across the country. He got his start in magic at the tender age of 7 and by age 14 was landing gigs across the Midwest. Reza Sunday, Aug. 4 @ 7 PM Waterloo Center for the Arts $20 adults, $14 age 12 and younger


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Farmer’s Pick Buffet Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo 777 Isle of Capri Blvd. Waterloo, IA 507701 hours Breakfast: 7 - 10:30 AM Daily Lunch: 11 AM - 2 PM Monday - Saturday Dinner: 4 - 10 PM Friday and Saturday Sunday Brunch: 11:30 AM - 2 PM



fforts to take the buffet at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in a “fresh” direction were unveiled recently. A July gathering marked the debut of Farmer’s Pick Buffet, which showcases fresh, local ingredients. “Before, 70 to 80 percent of our food came to us frozen,” said Thomas Roberts, senior director of hospitality operations. “Now, 95 to 97 percent is fresh, cooked on site.” The revamped buffet is now open to the public. Special guests and dignitaries, along with Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber Ambassadors in their purple jackets, gathered for the ribboncutting ceremony. Cameras flashed, speeches were given and Chef Henry Rodriguez cut the ribbon with a carving knife. Roberts and members of his staff traveled across the state to find vendors, visiting farms and businesses. He said it was important to visit the sites personally. “If you don’t know where the product is coming from, if you don’t see the care the farmers are putting in, it is difficult to stand behind it,” Roberts said. Roberts didn’t have to travel far to find Chad Thomas of A Family Market Place, located just down East Shaulis Road from the casino. Thomas supplies the restaurant with fresh fruits


and vegetables, some from his own five acres and some from a network of 15 to 20 other local farmers. “Today, I grabbed tomatoes and brought them straight here, literally from the field to the restaurant,” he said. Thomas likes the idea of the casino investing in the community. “It’s not just my farm but all the other farmers and their families that are benefitting. It’s a huge ripple effect,” he said. Representatives from Jumpy Monkey Premium Coffee also were on hand at the ceremony. Their products are used in some of the restaurant’s recipes and are on sale in the casino gift shop. Jumpy Monkey employs disabled people and is an offshoot of Opportunities Unlimited, a nonprofit organization in Sioux City that serves individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or other physical disabilities. “It is really a lovely relationship,” Opportunities Unlimited President and CEO Stephanie Brown said of the partnership with the casino. “The fact The Isle could have partnered with so many other companies and chose to partner with us really means something.” The restaurant’s most high-profile vendor is Carl Blake of Rustik Rooster Farms, who has become

well known for his Iowa Swabian Hill pork. Blake’s pulled pork is a highlight of the new buffet. “There is a big demand for local, natural food,” Blake said. “People want to get away from processed food. Confinement pigs are not acceptable. We are taking that to a new level.” Other featured vendors include Engelbrecht Family Winery in Fredericksburg, Hansen’s Dairy in Hudson, La Vida Loca Winery in Indianola, K&W Sausage Co. in Evansdale, Cookie’s BBQ in Wall Lake and the Jelly Lady from Madison County. Chef Rodriguez couldn’t be happier with the changes and credits his sous chef, Peter Shaner, and banquet chef, Patrick Stamatelos, for their efforts. “This is very motivating for a chef to be able to use these kinds of ingredients and products,” Rodriguez said. “We smoke a whole pig a week out back. We get 50 birds in every week, free-range chickens. “Normally, when you work for a corporation, the emphasis is on profits. Here it is on quality,” he said. Farmer’s Pick also has found a special way to deal with its leftovers. They are boxed up each day and donated to Cedar Valley Hospitality House, a Waterloo homeless shelter. “We are thrilled,” said Joni Hansen, the facility’s director. “It gives our people a great, balanced meal. It helps us tremendously.”

Hearth Fest 2013 Hearth Fest, an annual music and arts festival, brings to the table some of the best music in Northeast Iowa — provided you bring something to the table, too. It’s one of the best ideas ever. Donate some money or food and you get in for free. Your donations will go directly to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Last year, more than $3,400 was raised for the food bank. For every dollar raised, the food bank can provide five meals to those in need. There’s a silent art auction, craft sale, acoustic music, poetry contests and kids activities throughout the day, including a kid’s poster art contest for prizes. The Dean of Juggling will make an appearance in the afternoon. There will be a Karma Café as well, featuring coffee and homemade pies like Grandma used to make. Patrons pay what they can or donate time.

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Music lineup 2 PM

Uncle Chuck

2:30 PM

Karla Ruth

3 PM

Karen Rochford and Chelsea Ewen

3:45 PM

Comfort Kings

4:15 PM

Atomic Fireballs

5:15 PM

Raldo and Friends Jam

Hearth Fest 2013 Sunday, Aug. 25, 1-7 PM Gateway Park, Cedar Falls

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Ginger Thai Cuisine |  Authentic Thai Food 111 W. 2nd Street, Cedar Falls 319-266-2150 Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, 5 - 9 pm; Sunday 10 am - 4 pm Authentic thai cuisine offering lunch and dinner options. Appetizers, entrees, desserts and express menu for a quick lunch. A variety of flavors from coconut, fresh lemongrass, ginger, tofu and vegetables. Take-out and delivery available. Beck’s Sports Grill |  American, Sports Bar 2210 College St., Cedar Falls 319-277-2646 Hours: Open daily at 11 am

Ferrari’s Ristorante |  American and Italian 1521 Technology Pkwy., Cedar Falls 319-277-1385 Hours: Monday - Friday 11 am - 10 pm, Saturday 4 - 10 pm Ferrari's features only the finest steaks, freshest seafood and authentic Italian fare. Offering light, quick lunch options along with an extensive dinner menu and wine list. Soho Sushi Bar & Deli The Stuffed Olive |  Deli, Sushi, Tapas, Martinis 119 Main St., Cedar Falls 319-266-9995 Hours: Monday - Saturday at 11 am Fresh made sushi and deli sandwiches, salads and paninis combined with globally inspired tapas dishes and over 100 different martinis. Homemade cookies made from scratch daily!

Featuring Beck's homemade microbrews, voted best burger, locally owned restaurant, sports bar and place to play pool in the Cedar Valley. Bourbon Street |  American, Cajun and Creole 119 Main St., Cedar Falls 319-266-5285 Hours: Monday - Saturday 4 - 10 pm Bourbon Street is a step off of Main Street into the French Quarter featuring Certified Black Angus steaks and delicious seafood complimented by an extensive wine list.

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Beck’s Sports Brewery |  American, Microbrewery 3295 University Ave., Waterloo 319-234-4333 Hours: Open daily at 11 am One of the area’s only microbreweries! Voted best burger, locally owned restaurant and sports bar in the Cedar Valley. Featuring steaks, pastas, seafood, sandwiches and our famous chicken tortilla soup. Guerilla Brewing/Lava Lounge |  Microbrewery and Bar 2401 Falls Ave., Waterloo 319-234-5686 Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am - 9 pm A double brown ale and an imperial American pale ale were the first two to debut; other varieties will follow depending on the season. None of the brews will be less than 7% alcohol. Hilton Garden Inn |  Conference Center 7213 Nordic Dr., Cedar Falls 319-266-6611 New Hilton opened in 2012, elegant dining and entertaining of Hilton standards. Full service hotel with Ballroom seating up to 350 people. Garden Grille Restaurant and Bar open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as large exterior patios with firepits. Full service dining on site, Chefs with banquet menus and banquet bars available. Deposits and minimums required, full payment required prior to event. Guest room blocks available

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The Lone Wolf |  Bar, Restaurant 7777 Isle of Capri Blvd., Waterloo 319-833-2241 Hours: Open daily 11 am - 2 am Kitchen open all hours Whether you feel like getting food to go or plan to stay a while, The Lone Wolf is sure to please. We have mouth-watering food and thirst-quenching drinks with an atmosphere unlike any other. Otis and Henry’s® Bar and Grill |  Bar and Grill 7777 Isle of Capri Blvd., Waterloo 319-833-2241 Hours: Sunday - Thursday 5 - 10 pm Friday - Saturday 5 pm - 11 pm Combines the comfort of a neighborhood bar and grill with the favorites of a steakhouse. Choose from the delicious pastas, sandwiches, salads, steaks, fish and more. Rudy’s Tacos |  Mexican 2401 Falls Ave., Waterloo 319-234-5686 Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am - 9 pm Rudy’s uses local ingredients through the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership’s Buy Fresh/Buy Local program. Southtown Bar & Restaurant |  American 2026 Bopp St., Waterloo 319-236-9112 Hours: 7 am - 10:30 pm, bar open later Located next to Witham Ford behind Golf Headquarters. Stop in for the great broasted chicken or fresh-made pork tenderloin.

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Premier hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will make a stop in Des Moines as part of their fall U.S. arena tour. The two are known are known for their expertly crafted music and innovative music videos. They broke new ground by independently releasing their debut full-length album, The Heist, which shot to the No. 1

slot on iTunes, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and was certified gold without the support of a traditional record label. Recently they made Billboard history as the only duo to send their first two singles to No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Top 40 Radio charts with new single Can’t Hold Us and breakout smash Thrift Shop.



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P!nk will bring you The Truth About Love during a tour stop at Wells Fargo Arena in November. The tour’s electric crowds have enthusiastically embraced her high-energy theatrics and emotion-fueled performances. Pulling from her seven-album repertoire, her set includes some of her biggest chart-topping hits and fan favorites including Blow Me (One Last Kiss), Try, Raise Your Glass and So What. P!nk’s seventh album, The Truth About Love,

debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200. The album is certified platinum in the U.S. and was nominated for a 2013 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.

P!nk Friday, Nov. 8 @ 7:30 PM Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines $39.50-$99.50 |


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t has taken five long years, but Matchbox Twenty is finally back, with its latest album, North. The last time the pop-rockers delivered fresh music was with the 2007 album Exile on Mainstream, though some fans may have considered that release a bit of a cheat. The set featured seven new songs but was mostly dominated by greatest hits. Paul Doucette, rhythm guitarist and drummer for Matchbox Twenty, says the long break was never the plan. “It was one of those things,” Doucette says. “You don’t plan to take five years in between records. But people have things to do.” Rob Thomas was busy with many projects. The lead singer has a successful solo career with albums such as 2005’s ... Something to Be. Doucette says he’d be lying if he didn’t admit Thomas’ solo career didn’t cause inconveniences for Matchbox Twenty. “We all recognize that. We get it. There are times when the band has to suffer a lit-

tle bit,” he says. “But at the end of the day, he’s our friend and we support that.” He adds it has worked both ways: At times Thomas put his solo work on hold for Matchbox Twenty. “Rob could be making a record, but getting the four of our schedules together even without Rob’s situation is hard,” Doucette says. “We’re lucky to have been doing this a long time, but this is only one aspect of our lives. We have kids and are involved with other things. All of that has to factor in.” On North, Doucette says Matchbox Twenty reflects the band’s admiration for the craft of songwriting. “We leaned toward songs that tapped into that part of us. This record is a lot about craft.” The set scored Matchbox Twenty its first No. 1 album, a milestone it seems the band would have already reached by now. “When we put the record out, we knew we had spent a lot of time away,” he says.

“But there are still people out there who want to know what we’re doing.” The success of North reminds the band members that they still have more left in them. “Seventeen years and we’re still here,” Doucette says. “That’s pretty great. But we know we still have more to do, still people out there who care about what we’re doing. And we still know there’s things out there we haven’t accomplished.” This summer, Matchbox Twenty has North by hooked up with Goo Goo Dolls for a tour. As Matchbox Twenty weighed the Matchbox Twenty idea of different acts to tour with, Goo Genre: Pop rock Goo Dolls kept coming up. “We knew they had a new record,” Sounds like: Goo Goo Dolls, Train Doucette says of the Goo Goo Dolls’ Magnetic. But it goes deeper. “We share a lot of fans,” he says. “We sort of do run in the same musical circle. If you’re a Goo Goo And if you’re a Matchbox Twenty fan Dolls fan, you’re a Matchbox Twenty fan. you’re a Goo Goo Dolls fan.”

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Where Does This Door Go Mayer Hawthorne

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Last of the Great Pretenders Matt Nathanson

If the Eagles approached country music from the rock side of the fence, then Court Yard Hounds approach it from the countrypop side of the tracks. Amelita, their second album, is full of hooky crossover tracks that are bound to be pleasing to those who enjoy good, solid pop music, and does nothing else to light a fire in terms of innovation. Amelita is, thus, one of those pleasant albums that doesn’t shock, but allows the listener to ease into a mode of relaxation. And that may not be a bad thing, but how much you dig Amelita is dependent on how much you enjoy mainstream country-pop music. — Zachary Houle,

Mayer Hawthorne might be asking Where Does This Door Go, despite the fact that it’s more of a command than a question, and the obvious answer is wherever he wants to lead us down. Whether the sex vibes are good or bad, Hawthorne has the “it” sound that’s a favorite of coffee shop baristas everywhere. Where Does This Door Go improves over his last effort, which was already pretty good to begin with, and may go down as one of the year’s most exceptional releases. Where Does This Door Go is as refreshing as a tropical breeze, if not a good cup of joe at your favorite hangout. — Zachary Houle,

If there’s a word that best describes Pet Shop Boys’ 12th album it’s “banging.” Possibly with an exclamation mark. Last year’s beautifully autumnal yet sadly underrated Elysium may have suggested Neil “Chilly T” Tennant and Chris “Chris” Lowe — both now 50-somethings — were ready to bide their twilight years in relative tranquility, their status as “Eccentric National Treasures” assured. But hearing Electric it’s apparent they were merely catching their breath, finishing their Earl Grey and watching the *cough* “EDM” outbreak with wry amusement whilst waiting for the real party to begin. Fetch your dancing trousers, we’re doing an all-nighter. — Matt James,

“The only one that’s left to trust / My faithless heart wasted us…” Wow. To describe the highlighted lyric as merely poetic would an understatement. Matt Nathanson possesses the wonderful gift to compose songs that are thoughtfully conceived, in the singer/songwriter vein. Not only can Nathanson pen ‘em, he can also sing them with great passion and nuance. On his 2013 effort, Last of the Great Pretenders, Nathanson delivers a set of 11 songs that soundly represent his musical talents. Tightly assembled at under 40 minutes, Last of the Great Pretenders is no pretender itself, easily captivating. — Brent Faulkner,





Engage your brain with Pulse staff’s fave tracks about political and social issues. The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby I love this song. It so beautifully illustrates the chasm between the haves and the have-nots. — Meta H., editor

MULLIGAN’S FAT TIRE RIDES August 10: Cedar Trails Dirty Ride- Cruiser Giveaway

I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) by Sandi Thom A good dose of defiance sprinkled with some free peace and love, man, free peace and love. — Alan S., assoc. editor

Masters of War by Bob Dylan While this song was written about the Cold War, its angry message toward the powerful and greedy rings just as true today. — Chris E., online

Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who A classic about the dangers of political promises and projecting your hopes. It’s a reminder that if you want change, you have to participate. — John M., writer

Revolution by The Beatles John Lennon, as always, rocks. The lyrics question destructive tactics that are often used in times of political and social unrest. — Melody P., writer

I Can’t Decide by Hopsin The socially conscious Hopsin talks about senseless gang violence and those who “resort to poppin’ clips” to settle differences. — Meta H., editor

Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition Because the destruction doesn’t end when the troops come home. And I like remembering when Kenny had his original face. — Alan S., assoc. editor

No Shelter by Rage Against the Machine This attacks big businesses and Hollywood, saying they distract from real issues. And it’s on the soundtrack for Godzilla. How’s that for irony? — Chris E., online

21st Century Malady by The Mittens It may not be a call for empire toppling, but this local group gives a rocking indictment of 21st century whining and self-indulgence. — John M., writer

All She Wants to Do Is Dance by Don Henley An ’80s statement on how American youth were more interested in partying than paying attention to what was going on in the world. — Melody P., writer

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Every Wednesday night, beginning May 1st, 2 departure options. #1: Paved Trail / Road Ride, leaves Mulligans @ 6:15 #2: Soft Trail Ride leaves Pfeiffer Park @ 6:30 ALL RIDES ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER AND TRAIL CONDITIONS. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.


Nitefall on the River Come Nitefall in Des Moines, it’s on. The annual Nitefall on the River concert series is set to go, and the entertainment lineup is nothing to shake a stick at. In fact, you’ll want to shake more than a stick with an August bill that includes Dwight Yoakam, Slightly Stoopid, Blues Traveler, Hanson and Owl City. Yep. THE Owl City.

Blues Traveler | August 6 @ 7 PM | $25-$30

Dwight Yokam | July 31 @ 7:30 PM | $40-$45

Hanson with Paul McDonald | August 28 @ 8 PM | $26-$31

Slightly Stoopid & Atmosphere Kickin’ Up Dist Tour | August 4 @ 6:30 PM | $32.50 - $35

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Stem & Stein Maybe you like beer. Maybe you like wine. Maybe you like both.

Whatever your libation of preference, get thee to the Stem & Stein, a food, beer and wine festival. Get samplings of some great eats, craft beers and various vintages in one spot. And if you like what you’re tasting, order some for later to be picked up at a Hy-Vee store near you. VIP tickets are available, which include a six-course meal the day before. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Saturday, Aug. 17 @ 4 PM RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Waterloo $35 advance, $40 door |


edar Valley rebel country rockers Whiskey and Woe are helping organize a two-day music and art festival Aug. 9 and 10. The first ever Wild Midwest Music and Arts Festival will feature about 20 bands performing over the two days at Antique Acres, 7610 Waverly Road, Cedar Falls. Tickets for the music and two nights of camping are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Children 13 years or younger will be admitted free with an adult. Jason Surratt, member of Whiskey and Woe and one of the event organizers, said the event has two primary goals. “The goal is for local bands to work together to put on a local festival so that all of us will gain some exposure from other bands’ audiences, he said. “And to have one hell of a party.” The event will also feature body art by Area 51 Tattoos and will have art and food vendors and family activities including a juggling act and face painting. Tickets are available from participating bands or at Luke’s Music Shop in Waterloo.

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Friday, Aug. 9 7 PM — Abandoned Chaos 8:30 PM — The Adriatic 9:45 PM — Mike C. 10:30 PM — Orson Wells 11:15 PM — Stab Corp/Age of Discord Midnight — The Bad Boys 1 AM — Soul Fusion Saturday, Aug. 10 1 PM — Hazer 1:45 PM — Cheesus 2:30 PM — Joe Meteorite and the Space Peanuts 3:15 PM — The Enablers 5:15 PM — Cracka Don 6:15 PM — Lover’s Speed 7 PM — Minitallica 7:45 PM — The Opportunist 8:30 PM — Joe Meteorite and the Space Peanuts 9:45 PM — Knucklehead 10:30 PM — Suite Little Sister 11:15 PM — My Life for Change 12:30 AM — Whiskey and Woe

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& Sons | David Gilbert

The ghost of J.D. Salinger hovers over David Gilbert’s new novel, & Sons. Set amid the wealth and privilege of Manhattan’s toniest neighborhood, the novel centers on A.N. Dyer, a reclusive author best known for his coming-of-age story set in a boys’ prep school. When the novel begins, Dyer is preparing to deliver a eulogy for his lifelong friend Charles Henry Topping at a church in the heart of the blue-blood district that Gilbert knows and writes about so well. But & Sons isn’t primarily social satire, even though parts are hilarious. It’s about the emotional bonds between fathers, sons and brothers — the overwhelming love that can’t be adequately expressed and the burden of unspoken expectations. — Ann Levin, The Associated Press



DogTripping | David Rosenfelt David Rosenfelt, who is best known for a series of mystery novels, has written a book-length love letter to his canine companions through the years. Dogtripping is a delightful romp through his adventures — and misadventures — running a dog rescue along with his wife, Debbie, out of their Southern California home and their cross-country move. As a dog lover, it’s hard to know whether his stories will resonate with those less fond of his furry four-legged friends, but because Rosenfelt very well could be the funniest American author alive today, it’s certainly worth a try. He’s charming, likable, self-deprecating, self-aware and utterly hysterical. Be careful where you read this one because you could invoke serious stares from strangers who may think you’ve lost your mind. — Kim Curtis, The Associated Press

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The Wet and the Dry | Lawrence Osborne Looking to deal with a serious drinking problem, British novelist and travel writer Lawrence Osborne decides to traverse the Muslim world to gain a different perspective on alcohol. Out of this quixotic adventure comes a book that examines the role and history of strong drink, its impact on the author’s life and the availability of beer, wine and distilled spirits in Islamic countries from Egypt to Indonesia. The colorful characters and fascinating situations Osborne encounters during his travels provide much of the book’s allure. Two years of drinking in Muslim countries that reject “the corrosive pleasures of alcohol” leave Osborne sympathetic to the validity of their reasoning, but in the end it seems clear that he’s not about to forgo the cocktail hour. — Jerry Harkavy, The Associated Press

ENTERTAINMENT August: August 3

Past Masters......................... 7-10 p.m.

August 10 Route 66............................... 7-10 p.m.

TransAtlantic | Colum McCann

August 17 Dogs on Skis......................... 7-10 p.m.

Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic is, if anything, even more ambitious than Let the Great World Spin, his 2009 National Book Award-winning novel about the overlapping lives of ordinary people 110 stories below Phillipe Petit’s 1974 World Trade Center high-wire walk. In TransAtlantic, the Irish-born, New York-based novelist hopscotches back and forth over an ocean. Linked narratives draw together historical figures and fictional characters in a swiftmoving saga that means to add up to more than the sum of its parts. Though he’s prone to quick-moving sentence fragments, McCann writes lyrically, and, quite often, beautifully. Yet, in the end, the book peters out rather than pays off, and the rich resonance we keep expecting to arise from its sort-of overlapping stories never really develops. — Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer

August 24 Redline ................................. 7-10 p.m.

Unseen | Karin Slaughter Evil isn’t always overtly recognizable. Perhaps the most insidious type of evil is that which seeps quietly into a community, permanently scarring it. Karin Slaughter has long examined the nature of evil, especially when it moves unseen through an area, and she continues this in her 13th compelling thriller set in Georgia. Unseen looks at a community under siege from crime and from violence’s destructive nature. Wrapped in this suspenseful, unflinching plot is a romance, showing how true love comes from knowing and accepting another, flaws and all. The author balances a complex plot with believable twists while sensitively exploring her realistic characters’ emotions and problems. — Oline H. Cogdill, Sun Sentinel

*Sign up for September’s grape picking festival. Date yet to be determined. Check the website for details.

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THE SPECTACULAR NOW Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler


A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical nice girl.

JOBS Ashton Kutcher, J.K. Simmons, Josh Gad, Annika Bertea The hype over Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of Steve Jobs is in full swing. Word on the street is he’s sheer genius in this story of Jobs’ ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered, creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.


2 GUNS Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington A DEA agent and an undercover Navy Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob — the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from. Expect brilliance from the Mark Wahlberg-Denzel Washington combo.

Val Kilmer, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Carlos Alazraqui Dusty is a crop-dusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.






Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

Amber Heard, Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

Set in the year 2154, when the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. Matt Damon and a post-apocalyptic plot about the haves vs. the have-nots sounds like box office gold.

An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss’s old mentor to secure for him a multi billion dollar advantage.


Chlo Grace Moretz, Aaron TaylorJohnson, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.







Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West

Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.

When her mom is attacked by a demon and taken from their home in New York, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl uncovers truths about her past while on a quest to bring her mother home.

Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

YOU’RE NEXT Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.





Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent

Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Paul Freeman

Martin and Claudia are lawyers — and ex-lovers — who find themselves at risk after they join the defense team for an international terrorist’s trial.

Brent Magna must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a mysterious man to save his kidnapped wife.


Aug 11 For: 3DS

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Tales of Xillia Another entry in the long-running Tales franchise, Xillia features two heroes, one of whom is accompanied by four invisible spirits, which is totally normal in these situations.

Surprise: Peach is in trouble again. And the only way to save her is by using the power of Luigi’s dreams. When his younger bro conks out, Mario can jump inside the dream world for action RPG battles. These games always have a hefty dose of humor, so prepare to laugh as you save the princess, who is hopefully not in another castle this time.

Aug 27 For: PC, PS3

Aug. 6; PS3.

Madden NFL 25 It’s really Madden NFL 14, but this series — if you can believe it — is celebrating its 25th anniversary, hence the name change. That’s a lot of X’s and O’s drawn on screen in yellow marker. Aug. 27; PS3, X360. TBD; PS4, XB1.

The original Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG, didn’t go over so well. Square Enix went back to the drawing board and is welcoming everyone to a vastly redesigned Eorzea.

Disney’s Planes I shan’t lie to you: the Planes movie looks awful, and that doesn’t bode well for the game. (Didn’t we learn our lesson with Cars 2?) Here’s hoping I’m wrong. Aug. 6; 3DS, DS, Wii, Wii U.

Dragon’s Crown Join up with friends online — or go it alone — and search for scads of treasure before battling a nefarious dragon tucked away in an underground labyrinth. Aug. 6; PS3, Vita.

Splinter Cell Blacklist I feel like there are four Tom Clancy titles every year. That guy’s got to be rolling in a pile of royalty money. This seems par for the course: sneak around and kill people. Aug. 20; PC, PS3, Wii U, X360.

If you don’t know about Pikmin, let me enlighten you. Our brave space-faring For: Wii U heroes enlist the aid of the tiny plant creatures to gather items and attack hostile creatures en masse. It’s adorable strategy action.

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Aug 20 I’m not sure where to start with this one, as this whole series is absolutely bonkers. In this entry, the president of the United States — a former gang leader and crime syndicate boss, of course — takes on invading aliens with weapons like the anal probe gun, which almost got the game banned entirely in Australia. Your move, Grand Theft Auto.

For: PC, PS3, X360

Two heroines double the fun in Time and Eternity Alan Simmer | Pulse Writer


t’s the thing every girl worries about: assassins attacking her wedding and murdering her groom right before her very eyes. OK, maybe not. But let’s be honest; that would suck. And it’s that very outcome that Princess Toki is trying to avert when she leaps through time in Time and Eternity. When she flips her magic hourglass at her wedding, Toki’s soul heads back to her body in a previous time frame, but she’s not alone. Her fiance’s soul hitches a ride and drops into Drake, her trusty dragon companion. And then there’s Towa. See, Toki has two souls inside her body: the red-haired, kind-hearted princess and the blonde, no-nonsense fighter, so Towa’s along for the ride as well. At every level up during the game, the soul in control of the body switches, leading to different interactions in the field and an extremely unique love triangle. (Is it cheating if it’s a different soul in the same body? Asking for a friend.) Experience points and GP, used for learning new skills like spells and status boosts, are gained by beating monsters with rifle and blade, one for

near attacks and the other for far. Every monster has a rhythm to its fighting style, and figuring those out is the key to winning quickly and escaping unscathed. Encounters, which are random, become a fun little tango of attacks and dodges. Once you’ve got the pattern down, it’s all on you if you screw up the timing. The story proceeds through a series of quests, including many optional endeavors, which are interspersed by fully animated cutscenes. The animation is great in those scenes, and the sprites also look amazing —

think Ni No Kuni good. The dialogue holds up well, though the game is perhaps a bit more obsessed with short skirts and bath time than is strictly necessary. Fortunately, it’s not anything too over the top, staying in wry territory. If you’re a JRPG fan, I wouldn’t miss Time and Eternity, though more casual gamers should be able to enjoy it too.

For: PS3 Price: $49.99 Rated: Teen PROS: Great animation, fun battle mechanics. CONS: Fetch quests.

Walking Dead short but sweet James Frazier | Pulse writer


he best piece of zombie art of the past few years isn’t what most would expect. It’s not The Walking Dead comic series, nor is it the ratings-blockbuster TV series it inspired, nor is it at the multiplexes a la World War Z. It’s actually developer Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, an episodic adventure that unfolds almost as much as an interactive graphic novel as it does a video game. The game, released last year, is a marvel of virtual storytelling. The player was presented with choices in dialogue and action with impacts varying from small to profound, affording a level of control in the story rarely afforded gamers. It imbued the proceedings with a level of poignant investment. The plot mercilessly subjected its band of survivors to mental hardships of extreme physical

and mental punishment, which were at times grueling to play through but rendered with such care and appropriate context that the slaughter had appropriate meaning. The Walking Dead: 400 Days is an expansion designed to bridge the gap between the first and upcoming second seasons of the game, one that presents the player with five characters, each with a short but fabulously written story that converge in a finale that teases the next installments. These stories, which take place at various points during the first 400 days of the zombie apocalypse, can be played in any order, with choices made in the first season having some minor impact in these entries. All are interesting: there’s Vince, a murderer trapped inside a prison bus when the apocalypse hits; Wyatt, a stoner

NIS America, Telltale Games, Nintendo, Deep Silver, Square Enix images

faced with a moral dilemma on a foggy highway; Russell, a teenager hitchhiking to South Carolina; Shel, a woman watching after her sister with a group of violent survivors; and Bonnie, a junkie whose love triangle with a man and his wife comes to a tragic end. Gameplay is straightforward, serving as more of a vessel for the story than as a mechanic you can become skilled at. Players move around and interact with objects and characters through a variety of prompts, with activities ranging from mundane to hair-raising. As can be expected, the action scenes, despite their relative ease of play, are invariably tense and brutal, involving conflicts with both zombie hordes and fellow survivors. But the real thrill of 400 Days, like its predecessor, is in the rich

For: iOS, PC, PSN, XBLA | Price: $4.99 | Rated: Mature PROS: Fantastic dialogue, diverse cast, thrilling decisions. | CONS: Extremely short. characterization and moral and strategic decisions the player must make. The uniformly excellent writing and voice acting make these decisions ones with oft-astounding emotional resonance, a great feat considering the small amount of time each installment lasts. 400 Days is $5, and the experience is short and sweet, likely not to last even two hours. But at this level of quality, it’s a bargain.

PSA: EarthBound’s on Virtual Console Alan Simmer | Pulse writer


don’t think I can say anything more about EarthBound that hasn’t already been better said by others. Just trust me on this: If you have a Wii U, drop the $10 on this Super Nintendo RPG, spanky.


Breakout Netflix scores again with prison-set series James Frazier | Pulse Writer


he woman doesn’t belong drug charge (she ruefully notes that there. She’s blonde, delicate, the statute of limitations was 12 years). beautiful, refined. She solves Based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, Orange is the problems with “please,” “thank New Black is the latest series by you” and “I’m sorry.” She Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. knows how to compose It’s also the latest series to a paragraph, make bath debut on Netflix, which, oils and charm a room with shows like House of of New York bourCards and Arrested Degeoisie. velopment, is proving to She’s in prison, be a force to be reckand she doesn’t beoned with when it long there. comes to original Piper Chapman programming. (Taylor Schilling) Orange is the New has landed in fedBlack is intelligently eral prison on a written, 10-year-old


its plot filled with an array of complex issues in the microcosm of a federal prison. Piper, or “Chapman,” as prisoners go by their last names, is thrust into problems involving race, class, gender, homosexuality and morality. Behavior on the inside strikes Piper as cruel and heartless, but the harshness is necessary to survive the prison’s pressure-cooker atmosphere. Cheap household products are valued commodities, and convicts find themselves at the mercy of lunatics, callous elders and prison officials with wildly varying standards of behavior. The series does much with the minutia of prison life, but, wisely, we’re also shown how incarceration has a resounding effect on those left on the outside, who contend with problems ranging from the practical (lost income, scheduling visitation hours) to the emotional (guilt, resentment, frustration). Piper’s fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) struggles to cope with waiting out her term. And in one delightful scene Piper’s screw-up, black sheep brother complains that, in light of his sister’s sentence, his mother now proudly boasts of his “creativity” and plans unwelcome visits. The average, lawabiding viewer will likely empathize with Piper, a heroine whose white-collar, educated background are obstacles that must be navigated to make it out intact. Though physical danger is present, Piper’s biggest threat is mental — there are certain realities that come with sharing space with hundreds

of maniac felons. Also interesting are the contrasts made with her previous life, like how she once participated in a weeklong fast for dietary purposes, while in prison she is starved over an unintentional insult. The show examines human interaction brilliantly — respect, sexual relationships, honesty and race. The inmates, who self-segregate by race and other factors, cover nearly every demographic. There’s an abundance of inmates on the low rung of the socioeconomic ladder. They’re all the kind of people Piper likely wouldn’t have spoken to in her other life. Now they’re her roommates, allies and enemies. The show employs flashbacks to flesh out how Piper and other inmates came to land in the pen, often to interesting effect. Prisoners of particular interest include Red (Kate Mulgrew), a Russian inmate whose run of the kitchen gives her great power; Sophia (Laverne Cox), a transgender hairdresser whose sex changes were funded by credit card fraud; and Alex (Laura Prepon), Piper’s former lover and drug cohort whose testimony began the whole sordid mess. If there’s a criticism to be had here, it’s that at times the show becomes a bit too reverential of the inmates, many of whom doubtlessly did commit great harm to others. Orange is the New Black is marketed as somewhat of a comedy, but the jokes are hit and miss, often delivered with a smirk that suggests writers who believe themselves wittier than they are. That said, sometimes they manage to invoke righteous laughter, but the real reason to watch are the characters and the way their common circumstances and vast differences make for compelling sociological drama.


Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs and Kate Mulgrew star in Orange Is the New Black.

Available now on Netflix


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Runa’s music is both enigmatic — the name means “mystery” in Celtic — and lively with lush vocals and sweet harmonies that contrast with stark soundscapes. Raucous step-dancing, driving rhythms and virtuoso violin performances abound. The four-piece group draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its members and offers a refreshing, contemporary take on traditional and more recently composed Celtic material, a fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the U.S.

Runa’s music is both enigmatic — the name means “mystery” in Celtic — and lively with lush vocals and sweet harmonies that contrast with stark soundscapes. Raucous step-dancing, driving rhythms and virtuoso violin performances abound. The four-piece group draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its members and offers a refreshing, contemporary take on traditional and more recently composed Celtic material, a fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the U.S.

Runa Friday, Aug. 9 @ 8 PM CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids $15 advance, $18 door |

Runa Friday, Aug. 9 @ 8 PM CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids $15 advance, $18 door |



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he Wapsipinicon Theatre Festival is proud to present The Wapsi Odyssey at 1 p.m. Aug. 25. This play tells the story of an adventurous journey home and is set on the beautiful landscape of the Wapsipinicon River. The journey begins at the Old Iron Bridge on Nolan Avenue in rural Buchanan County as audience members board canoes to paddle down the Wapsipinicon River toward Quasqueton. As the audience travels downstream the play unfolds around them — cyclops, sirens and surprises appear in boats, on shore and even in the within the river itself. Audiences will be delighted by the fantastical and spectacular sights they will encounter en route. There will be a meet and mingle with the performers at Wee Willy’s in Quasqueton after the show. What to Bring: This isn’t your ordinary theater event. Dress appropriately for canoeing. Water, sun screen, a hat and bug spray are highly recommended. A snack will be provided but feel free to also bring your own food and drink.

Sunday, Aug. 25 @ 1 PM Old Iron Bridge, Buchanan County $20 | 319.290.9455 |

In 98 original drawings and paintings, including work from The Houdini Box (1991) and The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007), the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art presents an exhibition of award-winning children’s book illustrator Brian Selznick. This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas, and is supported by Alliant Energy, the GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation Donor-Advised Fund, and the Momentum Fund. The latter two are funds of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Image from The Invention of Hugo Cabret © 2007 by Brian Selznick. 410 Third Avenue SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


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CHUCK SHEPHERD q A warehouse in Landover, Md., maintained by a company working on contract for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contained “secret rooms” of furniture and equipment described as “man caves” for company employees. The EPA inspector general announced the discovery in May, and the government confiscated TVs, refrigerators, couches, personal photos, pin-ups, magazines and videos that the contractor’s personnel brought in while ostensibly “working” on agency business. q An April crime report in San Francisco, noting that a female driver had rammed another car in a parking-space dispute, noted that the victim gave officers little help. The man could not tell officers the model car that hit him, and certainly not a license plate number, but he “was able to give a detailed description of the suspect’s cleavage.” No arrest was reported.










With a growing list of hits to his credit, country artist, Josh Thompson, has defined his place in country music by being who he is: the embodiment of whatever-it-takes, hard-working, bluecollar grit. From his Top 10 debut album, Way Out Here, to appearances with country mega-stars Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley, Josh Thompson’s passionate performances and tireless work ethic have made him into a country music road warrior. Favorites from his debut album, Way Out Here, include “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” “Way Out Here,” and his Top 10 first single, “Beer on the Table.” Born in Milwaukee and raised in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Josh comes by his music’s heartland, blue-collar work ethic, & celebration of the common man from his Midwest roots.


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TURN UP THAT DIAL...From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes an all-new, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by true events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score by Bon Jovi’s founding member, keyboardist David Bryan, Memphis is Broadway’s most exciting new destination, what the Associated Press called “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”





Pulse, August 2013  
Pulse, August 2013