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Screenshot: Late to the block party

I have a friend who is somewhat obsessed with a particular writer, but hasn’t read what is widely considered this author’s masterpiece, as he’s intentionally saving it for a particular moment. After I accidentally spoiled part of the novel for him this week, I teased him for being the only person I knew who was […]

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May: The month in theatre

Though the University of Iowa presents excellent theatre throughout the school year, its reputation in playwriting comes to full flower in the University’s annual New Play Festival. During the last week of spring semester classes, the department stages five full productions of plays by MFA playwriting students, daily readings of scripts by MFA and undergraduate students and roundtable discussions of the works presented. […]

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Crafty: Textual Healing

Photos by Tonya Kehoe Philip Hensher’s book The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting discusses the vanishing act of the written word plays in our world today. The widely reviewed book claims that the diminishing use of handwriting is in turn diminishing our humanity. It seems Hensher may take his scribbling a little too […]

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Live Music Preview: May 8-13

The month of May has come, and, while this means nothing for the various working stiffs in Iowa City, it does signal one of my favorite times of the year: the exodus of most of the undergrads and the summer slowdown. Everyone’s more relaxed, restaurants don’t have lines and I get free reign of Brothers […]

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Ion debuts Tobacco Bowl music video

Ioannis “Ion” Alexakis released his debut music video for “Love/Smokes” yesterday, shot entirely within the Pedestrian Mall and Tobacco Bowl. This affords us a great opportunity to enjoy some local hip hop while shamelessly engaging in a bit of Iowa City naval gazing. Describing himself as long-time customer, Alexakis said the idea for shooting a […]

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Iowa City Weekender: May 2-5

The must-see show this weekend, both Fielded and Gel Set are redefining solo electronic/dance music of this century with their haunting vocals and unique songwriting. Both have visited Iowa City before separately, and in a stroke of genius they are finally touring side-by-side. […]

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Talking Movies: Pablo Larrain’s No

During the run-up to the Iraq war, there was a popular bumper sticker which satirized the idea of Iraqi elections. It showed an imaginary Iraqi ballot with two voting options. Option one said “I vote for Saddam Hussein;” option two said “Please arrest me and torture my family.” […]

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Film review: Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color

A Pig farmer, a hypnotist, a mad scientist and Henry David Thoreau. All of these may or may not be characters in Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color and some of them may or may not be the same person. Nothing in this azure-and-beige meditation on storytelling and modern experience is reliable, maybe least of all its […]

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Hot Tin Roof: A place you can call home

Waves of amber hit the floor in a sweeping motion, followed by the sound of broken glass. Jerry had dropped his beer, on purpose. The bartender looked up lazily from the glass he was polishing, only to look back down again. The other patrons in the bar continued to stare into their glasses, uninterested in any interruption of their languid meditation. […]

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