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Iowa City Pride 2010 – Parade & Festival

The 2010 Iowa Pride Parade & Festival couldn’t have asked for better weather, and I think the turn-out was pretty good, comfortably filling the Ped Mall from Washington Street to the fountain. Check out audio, video and photos from the day’s festivities inside.

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Red Door Ensemble "How To Heal The Hurt By Hating"

I’ve never seen a performance by this group, but I will try and hit one of the performances, if for no other reason than the fun title. The play is based on the book of the same name by Anita Liberty. Red Door takes what could be a one-woman show and has three actresses play the same woman. Intriguing, no?

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Whose City Is This Anyway?

The poet Marvin Bell has a favorite story he tells about a man dressed as a clown who robbed a downtown Iowa City Bank and then “fled on foot and melted into the crowd.” This, for Bell, was emblematic of the relaxed bohemian atmosphere of Iowa City. But that hippie dippie weird Iowa City has been in retreat for 40 years, and I wonder what sort of city will be taking its place.

The Iowa City City Council has passed some new ordinances (the 21-only ordinance and the anti-panhandling ordinance) that seem to be a direct attempt to control and channel the culture of downtown Iowa City. I can see how these two ordinances are meant to improve the safety and quality of life, but I have several problems with them.

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Review + Audio: Grupo Fantasma at The Mill

On Wednesday Night, Grupo Fantasma made a great first impression on Iowa City. A sweaty, funky, irresistibly dance-able first impression. Playing songs in a variety of Latin American styles, anchored by a world class rhythm section, and topped off with a tight, funky brass section, Grupo Fantasma were muy caliente y muy picante!

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Iowa City Community Theatre Benefit: June 16, 2010 at the Piano Lounge

I’d have to confess I haven’t seen a Iowa City Community Theatre production since my brother was in a couple of shows in the 90s. But I have no doubt they’re a worthy organization, and since it’s Community Theater, it’s only going to be as good as we in the community make it.

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