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Talking Movies: Movie Time – FilmScene’s Fall Programming Lineup Gets Underway

Once upon a time our downtown was lit by the Astro, the Englert, and the Campus Theaters. One by one they faded. Only the Bijou, our solitary star, still flickers. A leviathan named Marcus took over. But after a long period in which darkness reigned, we’re on the verge of a new era for the […]

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Prairie Pop: The Iowa roots of the “Paul is Dead” hoax

Did you ever hear about the “Paul is Dead” rumor, involving the Beatles’ Paul McCartney? Did you know it originated in Iowa? Back in 1969, news spread that he died in a car accident and was secretly replaced by a look- and sound-alike. The story originally appeared in an Iowa college newspaper and fanned out […]

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Earth & Fire: Photos from the annual firing of Shumpei Yamaki’s anagama

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. In the middle of an Iowa cornfield, during one of the hottest months on record, Shumpei Yamaki has a fire burning. It is a fire of creation, one that burns the earth without destroying it, transforming the mud and clay into something else instead. Combined under the right conditions, earth and […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 30 – September 2

At the bottom of every Weekender column there is a little blurb about submitting events to be covered here. I bring this up because there were more than usual this week (I might get one, maybe two on a good week), and this is awesome! There are always events that slip off my radar, so […]

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Review: THEESatisfaction w/ Cuticle & DJ Rich Rok 8/27/2012

In thinking about THEESatisfaction, it is hard not to make comparisons between them and their collaborators–and Seattle brethren–Shabazz Palaces. This isn’t because of their music since both groups take different approaches towards hip-hop. It is because of their stage performances. I am still thinking about this, so I will talk about the openers first. When […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 23-25

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. A new school year started this week. This means there are a heck of a lot more people in town, and more people tends to mean that more things happen. The Bijou is back and open for business this weekend, the SCOPE folks are starting to […]

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ARTicle: Art on Demand at the Iowa City Public Library

Where does art live? If you’re in the Iowa City area, can abide by some very generous checkout times and can offer it the promise of shelter for a month or so, art can live with you, thanks to the Iowa City Public Library’s Art-To-Go Collection. Also, if you’re a local artist, it might just […]

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Books: Where Choice Lives – A Conversation with Poet and Neurologist Dawn McGuire

What is the worth of a piece of text? Is it found in the words themselves—in the stringing together of symbols which, by forming sentences and paragraphs, pages and chapters, communicates to the reader some message? Is the book itself merely a vessel? Surely there are those of us who would argue otherwise. A good […]

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LVTV | Sean McConnel of Cold Country on Little Village Live! // 8/1/2012

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-   ——————————-  LITTLE VILLAGE LIVE ——————————– –     8.1.2012    –     Sean McConnell            ===== “Take It From Me”   “Fly On Your Wall”   “Little Bird”   “Carried Away With The Wind”   ===== |Cold Country http://coldcountry.bandcamp.com/ — |Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/LittleVillageLive — |Public Space One @ http://publicspaceone.com/ |KRUI @ http://krui.fm/ […]

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Prairie Pop: To Hell in a Handbasket – “Paradise Lost” and the story of the West Memphis Three

In 1993, three second grade boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas—a deeply conservative community in the heart of the Bible Belt. Naturally, Satanism was blamed and suspicion was cast on a trio of outsiders: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. “Fears of satanic cults reached their peak last week when the teenagers […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 16-19

Hello Iowa City weekend warriors. This is one of those special editions that I’ve decided to extend to Sunday because Dawes is coming into town. If you don’t know Dawes, you can acquaint yourself a little further down the page. Don’t scroll too fast, though; there’s plenty to take in between now and then. Let’s […]

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Live Music: An interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, playing The Englert August 19, 2012

In October of 2009, California band Dawes was invited to be part of the second Daytrotter.com Barnstormer tour which included such exotic Iowa locations as Green Island, West Branch and Maquoketa. The crowds at those shows were not prepared for the fiery, passionate performances by this then-unknown band, influenced by the classic sounds of Tom […]

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