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Simon Van Booy reading Sunday at Prairie Lights

Let the swooning commence. Literary heartthrob Simon Van Booy is set to yet again grace the podium of Prairie Lights, this time to read from his new novel The Illusion of Separateness. Van Booy is the Frank O’Connor Prize-winning author of the short story collection Love Begins in Winter and his widely-heralded debut, The Secret Lives of People in Love. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: June 13-16

And it’s the weekend again! It’s humid. I’m really sweaty, all the time. Like, you won’t even want to hug me even though I know you can’t help yourself. Save the kisses though, my mouth/moustache is full of gnats. Some cool stuff happening this weekend, check it out! […]

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Art City: Blind spot

Sometimes artwork can be difficult to see. There are times when I have looked at a work and been unable to understand why the artist has gone to so much trouble. Most of the time, when this happens, I am missing something. Certainly, I am looking at the work—I am noticing its physical properties, thinking […]

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Prairie Pop: The sound of money

Carey Mulligan has always wanted a killer line. In a 2009 interview with the New York Times, she wondered where all the good lines had gone, the ones she remembered from a youth spent watching family friendly action films like Indiana Jones. “Someone’s almost fallen off a cliff,” she said, “and then they don’t, and […]

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2013 Iowa Arts Festival music rundown

Folk foursome Redbird is the result of Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey and David Goodrich getting together to play covers in their hotel rooms while touring Europe back in 2003. Onstage they like to keep things informal, which makes for improvisation-heavy sets that feel like loose musical conversations. […]

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June: The month in theatre

Riverside Theatre Hamlet The School for Scandal Riverside Theatre has been Iowa City’s source for outdoor theatre entertainment since 2000, the inaugural summer of their Shakespeare Festival. With the recent name change to Riverside Theatre in the Park to reflect “a greater variety of summer programming,” theatre patrons can see more than just Shakespeare at […]

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Live Music Preview: June 5-17

If your first thought when seeing this headliner’s name was the children’s band that Jenna tried to break up during 30 Rock, you wouldn’t be alone. Luckily, the real Woggles are much cooler than their fake namesakes. Hailing from Atlanta, the quartet recalls the thrashing, trashing spirit of The Milkshakes, The Mummies and other garage rock royalty. While you have an idea of what they sound like, The Woggles separate themselves with their incendiary live show. […]

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