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Little Village magazine issue 296: July 2021

Read issue 296 » Welcome to Rec’d, Little Village’s inaugural summer recreation guide. (Out just in time for LV’s 20th anniversary!) Drop in on Iowa City’s tightknit skateboarding community, and their efforts to improve the city’s outdated skatepark. An LV editor spends a weekend at L.V. Campground in Coggon, Iowa, where the clothing is optional […]

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Watch: ‘Is a naked body hurting you?’ Artist Talya Miller brings body positivity, kindness to her digital works

“Kindness is a huge aspect of my work,” Talya Miller, a visual artist in Iowa City, who works in multiple media including book design, said. But not “that fluffy idea of ‘Iowa nice.’” Miller talked to Little Village about the difference between working with digital and traditional art tools, the connection between the written word […]

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Little Village magazine issue 295: June 2021

Read issue 295 » Iowa is far from a hip-hop capital, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ingenious emcees, badass b-boys and b-girls, rising rap stars and rhyme-hungry audiences here in the Hawkeye State. In this issue, meet TheZeffsterr, the self-styled “Lazy Billy G.O.A.T.” of rap and founder of the Iowa City hip-hop label Critical […]

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Little Village magazine issue 294: May 2021

Read issue 294 » At the turn of the millennium, Liz Crokin was a University of Iowa journalism and political science student, a college Republican eager to meet the likes of George W. Bush and John McCain. In 2021, she’s one of QAnon’s most unrelenting advocates, undaunted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump’s election loss and […]

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Little Village magazine issue 293: April 2021

Read issue 293 » April 2020 was the time for buckling down and doing the right thing for your family’s safety. A year later — after countless Zoom mishaps, cabin-fever-driven tantrums and mixed messages from elected officials — “the right thing” is trickier to determine. Five local parents spoke with Little Village about multitasking, making […]

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Watch: Iowa City portrait artist Heith A. Banowetz seeks to capture the soul in old photographs

Soulful eyes, sensitive hands, old-fashioned facial hair, delicate lines and stippling. These and other, more subtle features make up the distinctive style of self-taught Iowa City artist Heith Banowetz, who crafts portraits using “humble” materials like pen, pencil and charcoal. “I feel like sometimes we have this tendency to feel rushed or pressured into speaking. […]

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Little Village magazine issue 292: March 2021

“We’re not out of the water yet.” Six months after the University of Iowa eliminated the women’s swimming and diving program (and in the midst of a Title IX lawsuit against the school), Athletic Director Gary Barta gathered the team to let them know their sport would be returning for the 2021-22 season after all. But what might sound like a happy ending provoked “mixed emotions” among the athletes — six of their teammates had already transferred… […]

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En Español: The “Wetback’s” Story

Historia del “mojado El hombre llegó desorientado ¿Preguntándose que es todo esto? ¿A dónde fue? Que es todo esto que está escrito Un idioma no conocido El hombre llega con miedo Pero los recuerdos de su esposa Su familia, y de sus hijos que llevan su sangre lo guían entre lo desconocido. El hombre trabaja […]

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Little Village magazine issue 291: February 2021

Read issue 291 » Like a box of chocolates, the February issue of Little Village is full of surprises and partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil. Talya Miller gets knotty with an introduction to bondage play, while Chris Wiersema presents an autobiographical odyssey about his vasectomy. Long-distance relationships can be hard, especially around Valentine’s Day—and especially […]

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