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A Standing Ovation for American Dad

As a theatre critic, I am not in the habit of reviewing TV shows, although I love television to the point where I consider it a hobby. In particular, my favorite shows are animated sitcoms because of the way they can use the medium to create anything in the human imagination. American Dad, in particular, is […]

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Talking Movies: The Lincoln of Yore

In 1975, Henry Fonda gave a retrospective interview to the BBC about his career up to that point. When asked about his reaction to being suggested for the title role in John Ford’s 1939 film Young Mr. Lincoln, he said that his initial response was simply fear. Playing Lincoln, Fonda suggested, was “like playing God.” […]

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The Stage: Interview: William Missouri Downs

Riverside Theatre is now featuring William Missouri Downs’s play The Exit Interview (directed by Ron Clark), showing Jan. 25-Feb. 17 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The play is about a professor who’s just lost his job, a sanctimonious university administrator and the colorful cast of characters who interrupt their interview. Recently, playwright Bill Downs […]

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Iowa City Weekender: January 31 – February 2

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. I know there were a lot of things cancelled today because of the weather. For those of us that got to stay in, it was a great day for doing a whole lot of nothing. There’s some great stuff coming up this weekend, but in the […]

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The Tube: The Price of Choice

In the first installment of a two-part series on a la carte television, A.C. Hawley asks if viewers can expect to save money by moving away from traditional cable packages and toward purchasing individual channels online. At the beginning of this year, Internet and business circles buzzed with discussion about a new television project being […]

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Prairie Pop: The World was a Song..Then it all Went Wrong – Review of Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables

In 1915, American opera singer Mary Case took to the stage and sang alongside phonograph recordings of her own voice. She was Thomas Edison’s favorite singer, so the story goes, and she was participating in a massive series of promotions for Edison’s phonograph and record company that became known as the Tone Tests. The purpose […]

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Hot Tin Roof: Electron Configurations

When light collides with an electron, the electron’s trajectory is immediately altered. The collisions can be measured, plotted on graphs, connected like constellations. by Kyle Laws I. It might have happened on a Tuesday. Maybe a Sunday night after the weekend had lost its momentum. They might have been high together for the first time, […]

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Soul’d Out: Public Space One’s Annual Art Auction – Opening Reception Fri. Jan 25, 6-8 p.m.

It’ll be a cold night in Iowa City, buffeted by bumps of chilled thrills in the air, as students return to campus and continue their sloppy migrations to and from downtown bars. But just below the surface—literally, in Public Space One, downstairs in the Jefferson Building (129 E. Washington), Jan. 25—begins the third Annual After […]

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WATCH: Mirror Coat on Little Village Live // 12.05.12

       LITTLE VILLAGE LIVE 09.19.2012    Mirror Coat                  “Lunchbox”   “Believer (John Maus Cover)”   “Tornado”   “City Pool”     |Mirror Coat https://www.facebook.com/mirrorcoatband?fref=ts   |Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/LittleVillageLive   |Public Space One @ http://publicspaceone.com/ |KRUI @ http://krui.fm/ […]

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Iowa City Weekender: January 24-26

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Here’s what’s happening in your chilly town this weekend! THURSDAY Gerhard Loewenberg // Prairie Lights // 7:00 PM // Free From Prairie Lights: University of Iowa’s Professor Emeritus Gerhard Loewenberg will read from his new memoir, Moved by Politics. In his memoir, Loewenberg tells of twelve experiences […]

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On The Beat: What shows are in store for the winter migration

Iowa City has been pretty quiet over the past few weeks. That tends to be the case when a big chunk of the population migrates to Chicagoland (or wherever), and another chunk goes into hibernation. We all must accept the fact that less people in town means fewer shows. That is not to say that […]

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Stranger than Fiction: Art for the Year 2013.

Guest editor: Shane O’Shaughnessy For its first issue of the new year, Little Village asked me to invite some of my favorite local artists to depict their unique visions of what lies ahead. As a futurist, fantasist and cartoonist, I’m intrigued by the mystery that awaits us in the upcoming year and was thrilled to work […]

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