Faced with a senior design project, Avery Bang and four of her civil and environmental engineering classmates proposed a radical idea to their professor: “What if we actually built something?” As Avery says now, “To see something from concept to implementation was not an experience I had ever had, and I was about to graduate as an engineer.” […]
News of a potential lease termination for Public Space One (129 E. Washington), raised a lot of questions about the future of non-commercial art downtown. Here, we ask PS1 Director John Engelbrecht about the past, present and future of the space. The interview was conducted over email. Little Village: The news of the potential end […]
March brings more, occasionally frantic maneuvering as we maneuver to keep finances, relationships and careers on course. And we tend to be affected by each other’s moods more easily than before. Everyone is feeling a little more vulnerable than they should, and a lot more defensive, too. Some soul searching is good, and we do need to worry a bit more about each other’s feelings. But some financial planning and renegotiation of terms will remove a lot of the pressure and prevent excess drama. […]
Last week at Eble Music, I picked up the next piece my daughter, Sylvia, will be working on for her saxophone lessons, Alfred Desenclos’s “Prélude, cadence, et finale.” As I walked down Linn Street after my purchase, I said to myself, “You know, I think Eble Music may just be the best local business in town.” I don’t mean to diminish any of our other marvelous local retailers in any way, but, in my experience, there’s something a little bit extra about Eble Music.
Public Space One (PS1) Director John Engelbrecht released a video Tuesday detailing current efforts to retain, or at least extend, PS1’s presence in the historic Jefferson Building. Located on the basement level, the space has served as a uniquely accessible venue for arts and entertainment in downtown Iowa City. […]
The Iowa City Council’s 5-1 decision last month to move ahead with Marc Moen’s Chauncey building project settled the question of what is to become of the corner of Gilbert and College, but the decision also led some local dissenters to look upon the council with an eye of suspicion. One such group with the […]
The basic premise of a CSA is this: Patrons become members of a CSA by purchasing a share of a farm. In return for paid membership, they receive a weekly box of fresh food straight from their local farmer. The mutual advantages to this are countless but the most obvious benefit is, perhaps, reassurance. Not only does a CSA membership guarantee fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey and occasionally meat and dairy products to the consumer, but it also insures that farmers are able to support both the community and themselves. […]
Although this particular diagnosis cannot be found in medical textbooks, the syndrome’s effects are very real. My former accompanist and vocal coach, Marcelina Turcano, first coined this phrase during a vocal competition where five sopranos, including myself, were giggling, screaming and yammering at a mile a minute: “You are just being an ass,” she said, “You have after singing syndrome.” […]
For over six months, Wayne Diamante has been the name you trust when it comes to money matters; tampon advice; which brand of hip replacement is best; dealing with the neighbor’s cat problem; measuring the distance between hello and second base and countless other bits of human drama and plan-B scenarios.
A couple of weeks ago, had the House not kicked the fiscal can just a little bit further down the road to May, the country would have once again been embroiled in an artificially created crisis over the debt ceiling. The House Republican caucus is demanding that… […]
I wheel for the curb to snatch a flag at the Deadwood, a shivery black dude waving twenties overhead, international sign for “Avoid Me.” I also see too late a barmaid putting him to the curb, hearing her fume when he opens the door, “—or I will kick your ass myself!” “Take me to Friendship,” […]
In the old residential neighborhood located along the 300 block of East Jefferson Street and the 200 block of North Gilbert Street is a concentration of some of the city’s most notable historic homes. This winter, in the face of potential redevelopment, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of designating the neighborhood a local […]