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Interview: Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz talks immigration, civic responsibility ahead of visit

Junot Díaz 100 Phillips Hall — Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Dominican-born, New Jersey-raised author and activist Junot Díaz has had a career as successful as one could dream, with a vulnerability and honesty that one rarely expects. His writing ranges from short story collections Drown (1996) and This is How You Lose Her […]

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Local funk bands Soul Sherpa, 6 Odd Rats groove at the Mill Friday, Jan. 27

Soul Sherpa w/ 6 Odd Rats The Mill — Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. The Mill is set to host a night full of funky riffs and bluesy tunes this Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Cedar Rapids-based jazz band Soul Sherpa will bring their six-person ensemble armed with bass, guitars, drums, keyboards and […]

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LV Recommends: Sugapeach

There is an evident void in local cuisine: While there are quite a few great barbeque joints in town, the selection is far more limited when it comes to dishing up homestyle soul food. Enter Sugapeach. Following the closure of Sweetiepie’s in Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Soul Food Company opened this new establishment in North […]

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Aesop Rock takes the stage at Blue Moose Jan. 9

Aesop Rock Blue Moose Tap House — Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. San Francisco-based rapper, producer Aesop Rock takes the stage on Monday, Jan. 9 at Blue Moose Tap House. Tickets are $18-20. Known for his high production, dark humor and sobering vulnerability, Aesop Rock’s flow and lyrical prowess guarantee a show that will […]

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Citizens rally to pressure electors against voting for Trump

Stop Trump. Defend Democracy. Iowa State Capitol — Monday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. Citizens from across the state are planning to gather at the State Capitol in Des Moines today, Dec. 19 to convince electors for the Electoral College to refuse to cast their votes for Donald Trump. The main organizers — including Democracy […]

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Donald Trump’s Thank You Tour stops in Des Moines

President-elect Donald Trump visited Des Moines yesterday as one of the stops on his Thank You Tour. This tour is traveling to battleground states — including Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina — that favored Trump on Nov. 8 as a means of thanking his supporters. The Iowa Events Center’s Hy-Vee Hall hosted a crowd of […]

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A restaurant divided: New Augusta owners part ways with original Oxford owners, head chef

Augusta Restaurant (630 Iowa Ave.) will be closing its doors briefly in early January for updates after co-owner Derek Perez had a falling out with Ben and Jeri Halperin, the founders and co-owners of the original restaurant, last week. History: From Oxford to Iowa City In 2008, Ben and Jeri Halperin opened Augusta Restaurant in […]

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Iowa City staple The Den will close Dec. 31

A favorite of college students, screen printing fanatics and discount soda lovers, the Den will be leaving the Iowa City downtown scene. The store at 123 E. Washington St. will be closing on Dec. 31 after 15 years of business. Due to high rent prices and the impact of Washington St. construction on foot traffic, […]

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Politically-charged vandalism hits Iowa City neighborhood

Earlier this week, locations next to Horace Mann Elementary School, including the 116-year-old hall that houses the Preucil School of Music, structures at North Market Park and an apartment building to the west of the park, were vandalized with spray-painted racial slurs and political messages. Citizens reported the vandalism to the police on Monday and […]

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Pop punk outfit Direct Hit! comes to Davenport’s Daytrotter Dec. 3

Direct Hit! w/ Terribly Happy + Fairhaven — Live at Daytrotter Daytrotter — Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Drug benders, nuclear bombs and volatile relationships abound in Direct Hit!‘s driving pop punk anthems, and now they’re coming to Iowa. After touring with groups like NOFX and Blink-182, the Wisconsin punk band will play an […]

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UAY’s Winter Teen Clothing Drive encourages donations from community

UAY Winter Teen Clothing Drive UAY Youth Center, 355 Iowa Ave. — Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 – 8 p.m. The sixth annual United Action for Youth’s (UAY) Winter Teen Clothing Drive will take place Tuesday, Dec. 6. Young people in need will be able to shop for gently used items, from professional wear to […]

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High school students urge community to unite against hate following election

Students from Iowa City’s City High School and West High School organized a march against hate Tuesday night. The students initially called for a march after multiple alleged incidents of hate based on race, religion, gender and sexuality had occurred on their campuses. The students said this past election cycle has emboldened hatred from their […]

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