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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Deerhoof

On April 7 at The Mill, the San Francisco indie group Deerhoof will take the stage alongside Love Songs for Lonely Monsters and Wet Hair. The group has released 11 self-produced albums since forming in 1994, garnering a reputation for their raucous, high-energy stage presence. […]

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Talking Movies: In The Dark

The movies have a strange relationship with the mass shootings that have recently plagued our country. When the police arrested James Eagan Holmes for the massacre at The Dark Knight  in Aurora, Colo., he identified himself as the Joker. Before Gangster Squad could be released, a scene had to be cut because it featured a […]

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ARTicle: A take on Jeff Robinson and Michael Rutherford’s Water and Stone

It took buying a cup of coffee at The Times Club (the coffee shop in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St.), sitting down at a table to review the show and taking time to stare and reflect, for the artwork in Water and Stone to register in me. In Jeff Robinson’s “Green Totem,” a vertical […]

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The Tube: Free yourself from traditional cable packages

In the second installment of a two-part series on a la carte television, Melissa Zimdars asks whether viewers can already unbundle themselves by moving away from traditional cable packages and toward streaming television online. Rumors of cable or satellite television becoming unbundled, which refers to the ability to purchase a particular channel’s content or a […]

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Ron Gilbert’s The Cave further blurs the line between video games and art

Once upon a time, media were supposed to be mediums, agents for revelation. Aristotle defined classic tragedy as a way to trigger catharsis, while Plato believed in poetry as a pedagogical tool that would lead people to virtue. Now there is an attitude that some media are only vehicles for cheap entertainment and alienation, especially TV and video games. But, while I can’t speak to television, video games can in fact be a path to epiphany and enlightenment—the way every art form should be.
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Crafty: Love letters for your Valentine

Dear Little Village readers without a significant other: Hello, and thanks for reading! It’s February, the month of candy hearts, roses, love and chocolate covered things. You’re single, and I’m calling you out on it, right here in front of everyone (I just lost a few of you). What kind of crafty monster am I?! […]

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On the Beat: Paul Collins, Menomena and more in Iowa City

The next couple of weeks offer a diverse lineup of shows. There are remarkable rockers who influenced the sound of groups like Blondie while they were in their prime. There will also be shape-shifting indie rockers who continue to mature and grow as musicians, along with a trio of former rockers who have become one of the country’s major electronic dance music draws. […]

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A-List: Mardi Gras at Augusta – Feb. 12

Mardi Gras Celebration Feb. 12 I 5 p.m. $40 Augusta Restaurant (101 S. Augusta Ave Oxford, IA) After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Ben and Jeri Halperin moved to Iowa and opened Augusta Restaurant in Oxford Iowa. Receiving culinary training as staff for celebrity chefs Susan Spicer (Bayona, HBO’s Treme, Bravo’s Top Chef) and Gerard Meras (Brennans), they serve up a variety […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 7-10

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. No need for much of an intro this week, so let’s just get started, eh? THURSDAY New Belgium Beer Tasting // Englert // 6:30 PM // Free New Belgium Brewing will host a free beer tasting at the Englert this evening. It will take place in […]

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Music: King Pop – An Interview with Paul Collins

“One of the things I enjoy most about touring now is playing with up-and-coming bands.” This was one of the first things Paul Collins said to me when we recently chatted about his 2013 Midwest tour. It makes sense because thirty years ago, Paul Collins was in two up-and-coming power pop bands, The Nerves and […]

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Prairie Pop: Jonathan Richman’s playground punk

Most proto-punk legends don’t write songs like “I’m a Little Dinosaur” or “Ice Cream Man,” but Jonathan Richman isn’t your typical rock ‘n’ roll dude. Since forming The Modern Lovers in 1970, he has made a career out of defying expectations.
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