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Comedian, UI alum and former ‘SNL’ cast member Brooks Wheelan to perform last-minute show at the Yacht Club

Brooks Wheelan

Comedian Brooks Wheelan The Yacht Club — Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 p.m. ($3 door charge) Stand-up comedian and former SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, an Iowa native, is snowed in after returning to Iowa for the holidays. The good news? The University of Iowa alum announced earlier today on Twitter that — given his […]

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Lena Dunham to campaign in Iowa City on behalf of Hillary Clinton

Lena Dunham

Actress and writer Lena Dunham, star of HBO’s Girls, will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Des Moines and Iowa City on Jan. 9, according to a report published today by the Des Moines Register. Details about when and where Dunham will appear are still TBA. Dunham has remained a vocal Clinton supporter throughout the nomination […]

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Zombie Burger marches toward Iowa City

Zombie Burger, the popular Des Moines-based franchise known for its exotic sandwiches and shakes, may soon be heading to Iowa City, according to co-owner Paul Rottenberg. The Des Moines Register reported today that Zombie Burger will open a counter-service location in Ankeny, Iowa “no later than May,” with plans to add quick-serve locations in Iowa […]

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UI to offer free vaccine clinics in an effort to prevent spread of of measles, mumps and rubella

The University of Iowa will host a series of vaccine clinics across campus this week, offering students under the age of 25 a chance to receive a third dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine free of charge. Officials will conduct the clinics in an effort to prevent the spread of infection among […]

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Interview: Actor Jeff Daniels talks life on the road and the joy of touring with his sons

Jeff Daniels

“It’s hard to be two things in this country,” says actor Jeff Daniels. “They’ll give you one, but not two.” The notion of a successful actor or actress breaking through into the music world is indeed a precarious one, with fame working as both an ally and enemy, a foot in the door and a […]

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Saddle Creek-curated showcase featuring four Iowa films heads to FilmScene

Tonight at 6 p.m., FilmScene will screen a selection of films shot in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota — including four productions by Iowa filmmakers — as part of Film Streams’ sixth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase. This year’s selection has been curated by staff and artists from Omaha’s Saddle Creek Records, including Orenda Fink of […]

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Madeleine Albright to visit Iowa next week in support of Hillary Clinton

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State and a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will make three stops in Iowa next week in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Czechoslovakian-born diplomat, known for her uncanny ability to smash glass ceilings into a thousand tiny pieces (not to […]

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Iowa’s largest health insurer to participate in ACA’s health insurance exchange program

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After opting out for the first two years of Iowa’s health insurance exchange program, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced this week that it will begin offering health insurance plans through the program starting in the fall of 2016, with coverage set to begin on Jan. 1, 2017. Though Iowa’s rate of uninsured residents […]

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Gov. Branstad signs executive order to combat school bullying

Iowa State Capitol

In an effort to combat bullying in Iowa schools, Gov. Terry Branstad signed an executive order Monday that establishes the Governor’s Office for Bullying Prevention, designed to provide schools with resources to create a more “Safe and respectful” learning environment. Branstad signed the order alongside Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds while attending a ceremony at […]

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Three Iowa brewers win gold at the Great American Beer Festival

Exile Brewing Company

Three Iowa brewers took home gold medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado this weekend. The two-day event hosted hundreds of breweries nationwide, all vying for medals across more than 90 categories and styles. Lion Bridge Brewing Co., based in Cedar Rapids, won gold in the Brown Porter category for its […]

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Unveiling of Ped Mall art installation set for Thursday at FilmScene

This Thursday at FilmScene at 5:30 p.m., the City of Iowa City is inviting members of the public to catch an early glimpse of a new public art project set for installation in the Ped Mall’s Black Hawk Mini Park in 2017. The art installation, developed by internationally known artist and architect Cecil Balmond of […]

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Arranged Marriage: Rastetter appoints Harreld to UI presidency, faculty say, ‘I object!’

When the announcement came on Sept. 3 that the Iowa Board of Regents had unanimously selected J. Bruce Harreld — a corporate executive with no experience in higher education administration—to be the 21st president of the University of Iowa, the vitriol came swiftly. COGS, the UI’s graduate student union, released a statement condemning Harreld’s selection […]

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