View all NaNoWriMo entries … “So this chick she walks into a bar and asks for a double entendre,” said Johnny, “and then, so the bartender, he gives it to her!” He leaned in with the punchline and Carl and Tony start laughing their fat, red, greasy faces off. Carl is gasping for air: “So […]
I found a CD in my pile today that I haven’t taken for a drive in a while, Colour Music‘s f, monday, orange, february, venus, lunatic, 1 or 13. Three or four years ago I caught a live set of theirs in Des Moines–opening for, and destroying, British Sea Power–and it left an impression so […]
Once I got over my writing depression, I basically had to laugh at myself for dreading it so bad. The intervening chapters had done so much to develop the plot and the characters that, now that it was my turn again, the chapter practically wrote itself. […]
View all NaNoWriMo entries … By the time she finished breakfast we hadn’t said but 4 words, and they were all to the waitress. The whole way across the parking lot and back to our hotel room we said even less. Mom was back. She was walking a couple steps ahead of me, holding the […]
View all NaNoWriMo entries … Walcott, Iowa. Our new home. What, you never been here? Didn’t think so. Based on my limited exposure to the local nightlife, the best thing to do in Walcott is sit on the side of a bed and rock back and forth in an oversized t-shirt that reads “If you […]
I’m kind of hoping that everyone is going to continue to end every chapter with a cliffhanger. What a great novel that would be! No slow, boring build up, no graceful decline, just all cliffhanger, all the time. Remembering all the minute details of each chapter and trying to keep everything consistent has emerged as […]
View all NaNoWriMo entries … Kevin crept along like an old pro. A senile one. The Buick swayed and slithered along next to the row of parked cars, and I was sitting nervously in the back seat trying to keep my mouth shut. I had a pair of teenagers myself–you have to pick your spots […]
From the mind-altering, polyphonic a capella of Corsican quartet Barbara Fortuna to the 12-piece Romanian gypsy punk of Mahala Rai Banda, and featuring Kenyan drum ensemble Kenge Kenge, dance music from Colombia’s Cimarrón and Brooklyn-based Nation Beat, Landfall is totally worth the trip up to CR this weekend.
These Eastern Iowa pickers might not grace the cover of Rolling Stone any time soon (then again, they might), but that’s fine with us–established traditions like this one have very little to prove. For the 40th year, Eastern Iowa’s finest old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, country and folk musicians are getting together to take part in a continuous stage show that all ages are sure to enjoy.
(With regard to: Press Citizen: Panhandling law passes first vote) Every weekend, heck, every day and every night, people get their friends together and head downtown. Why? Because downtown Iowa City is a legendary place that they’ve been hearing about for years. Their parents talked about it when they were babies. Their friends have looked […]
From KRUI Studios in Iowa City, Iowa, we are happy to present a performance by one of Iowa City’s most celebrated musicians, Samuel Locke Ward. Locke Ward has released too many tapes (such as Boombox by Bedside, reviewed here on Cassette Gods) and albums to mention them all. He has toured extensively with The Bassturd […]
Playwright, break beat poet and hip hop educator Idris Goodwin takes us to school on the 4/21/10 edition of Little Village Live. Little Village Live is 5-6 pm every Wednesday on KRUI, 89.7 fm in Iowa City, or streaming live at http://kruiradio.org/listen. Idris Goodwin’s latest album, Break Beat Poems (out now on Chicago’s SGE Records), […]