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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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Watch: Mark Vollenweider’s mighty pen

“I’ve spent a lot more time thinking about the world I’d like to live in, than the world that we do live in,” Mark Vollenweider told Little Village. During a studio visit, the Iowa City artist talked about discovering his artistic medium, the impact of COVID-19 and politics on his work and how anger can […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2020: Health & Recreation

Best Place to Experience Nature: Lake Macbride State Park 3525 Hwy 382 NE, Solon Kayaking around Lake Macbride is so peaceful! —Alicia B. Hiking all year long lets you really feel the change of seasons. — Lauren L. Runner-up: F.W. Kent Park Best Bike Trail: Cedar Valley Nature Trail Hiawatha cedarvalleynaturetrail.com Runner-up: Iowa River Trail […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2020: Food & Drink

The results are in! Browse the winners of Little Village’s 2020 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Food & Drink category, representing voters’ favorite restaurants, bars, growers and innovators in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. Best Restaurant: Rodina 1507 C St SW, Cedar Rapids 319-200-2515, rodinaiowa.com Rodina’s food is such a great evolution of […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2020: Goods & Services

The results are in! Browse the winners of Little Village’s 2020 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Goods & Services category, representing voters’ favorite businesses and service providers in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. Best New Business Opened in the Last Year: Thoma’s Meat Market 1331 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City 319-338-0780, thomameat.com Great to […]

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