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Flyover Fest announces lineup and updated mission to take the ‘under’ out of representation

Flyover Fest, the festival formerly known as Flyover Fashion Festival, released its 2018 lineup this morning along with an announcement about the festival’s shift beyond fashion. […]

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‘A beautiful run’: Steve Goetzelman plans to close 30th Century Bicycle on Valentine’s Day

30th Century Bicycle owner Steve Goetzelman announced on his Facebook profile today that he plans to close his popular downtown Iowa City bike shop on Valentine’s Day. The business has offered new and used bikes, accessories and repairs since it opened on Earth Day 2009. […]

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Bandito Billy’s: Here’s how to eat at one of Derek Perez’s restaurants for the next few weeks

If you live in Iowa City and have been brave enough to leave the house recently, you’ve probably noticed that El Bandito’s (327 E Market St) is closed. Here’s what’s up, as confirmed by owner Derek Perez: • The 327 E Market St location is currently closed for renovations. It is expected to re-open in […]

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Call for submissions: More than $20k available for Iowa City muralists

The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) announced today a new mural program that will distribute $22,500 in commissions to local artists able to “transform otherwise forgettable walls into community assets.” The commissions for five designated locations will come in $1500-$6000 increments: $1500 for 118 S Dubuque St (alley) The north side of the Fieldhouse building […]

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Forbidden Planet will close next week and reopen with a new concept and name

Forbidden Planet owner Tommy Connolly took to Facebook this afternoon to announce that the downtown Iowa City pizza arcade will be closing its doors for good next week. Responding to questions over the phone, Connolly said he expects the last day will be in the later half of next week, but couldn’t give an exact date. […]

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UI student organizer who became Obama staffer publishes oral history on ’08 Caucuses

In 2007, University of Iowa student Chris Liddell-Westefeld co-founded Iowa Students for Barack Obama. Today, the 10th anniversary of Obama’s win in the Iowa Caucuses, Liddell-Westefeld published outtakes from those interviews with Crooked Media. […]

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Iowa City Unitarian congregants celebrate Mother’s Day with bailouts

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This week, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City pledged $5,000 to National Mama’s Bail Out Day, “an initiative that seeks to bail out as many mothers as possible who otherwise would spend Mother’s Day in jail, simply because they cannot afford bail.”
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All signs point to Beer Burger heading to Iowa City’s Northside

We’re filing this under “might happen,” not “is happening,” but several sources close enough to the situation to be considered reliable are all nodding their heads yes: the new restaurant going into the former Motley Cow Cafe space (160 N Linn St) will be a fast casual version of the North Liberty restaurant Beer Burger…

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Internet prankster Nick Jones is back on the Iowa City scene, wielding sharp instruments

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] For observers of and participants in Iowa City’s underground scene — hardcore shows put on in basements, DIY livin’, zines and alt media being glued and stapled together in coffee shops, etc. — Nick Jones is a piece of local history. In the early 2000s he fronted the band Race to the Bottom and […]

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Video Premiere: ‘I’m a Lover (at Close Range)’ by Mission Creek/Flat Black resident Ian Svenonius

Recorded last January in Lone Tree, Iowa as part of a residency program coordinated by Mission Creek Festival and Flat Black Studios, a full-length album from ESCAPE-iSM (Ian Svenonius‘ solo project) will be released soon. A video for the first single, “I’m a Lover (at Close Range),” was shot on location by Bill Adams, and […]

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Listen: Guided By Voices announce ‘August By Cake,’ Robert Pollard’s 100th album

Midwest rock and roll icons Guided By Voices announced today the April 7 release of August By Cake, a 32-track double LP that marks the 100th album released by frontman Robert Pollard since 1986’s Forever Since Breakfast. Here’s the first single, “Hiking Skin.” GBV also announced a tour set for April and May. There are […]

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