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We Built This City

I’m leaving Iowa City. For the vast lot of you who don’t know me, this means little. But after the most important six years of my life–and as an active community member in whatever journalistic and cultural outlets I could tap into–it’s kind of a big deal. Cue the nostalgic montage music.

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100 Percent

Henri Harper filled a difficult position at Iowa City’s City High School for the last 11 years as the juvenile court liaison, helping students transition back into the classroom after personal and legal problems instead of letting them become part of a drop-out statistic. But in December 2007, after a series of fights at City High, Harper realized that his official post at the school wasn’t enough. Along with students, their parents and community support, Harper started the Fas Trac College Bound Program–originally consisting of six black students but eventually growing to more than 40 students from all backgrounds.

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Art w/o Borders

Features: April 2010 – Let’s talk about frames. Because if we start discussing “art,” many will picture rectangle frames bearing painted and processed works, stuck on the static walls of galleries or museums. A display, well defined. And in this part of a story about art, as we’ve learned to expect from journalism, the readers […]

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The Way of Tack

Features: March 2010 – There’s a disconnect between meeting Tim Tack–an Iowa City hip hop producer and PATV’s Assistant Community Programmer–and seeing Tack Fu, his alter ego, host of channel 18’s “85 dB TV.” But not what you’d assume. The former brims over with outsized energy for his professions, which he takes very seriously. And […]

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UI Breakers on LV Radio: 9/23/09

I.O.W.A. – the UI Breakers’ second annual break dancing jam – takes place Oct. 3 at the IMU, but Little Village Radio had founding member Chuy Renteria on last week for a discussion of b-boying’s past, present and (they hope) future. It also features a hidden Sprite Remix reference, if that entices you further.
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Little Village Radio: The Blue Calendar (7/29/09)

Little Village friend Tara Atkinson, aka The Blue Calendar, was on LVRadio this week to play an in-studio track and talk about the plight of the basement-tapey upstart musician. (Other great tunes by singer-songwriter types were also enjoyed). Check it out below! [audio:LV Radio 7-29.mp3] Little Village Radio 7/29/09 (mp3 download) […]

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