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Talking Movies: Tears of a Clown

La Strada dir. Federico Fellini 108 mins In the early morning hours, at the end of a spirited drinking party, as passed-out sophisticates snore on the couches, an old man lectures two weary writers that tragedy and comedy have the same source, and that one who truly understands their root should be able to compose […]

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On the Beat: Spring breakdown

March in the actual world might be known for St. Patrick’s Day or warmer weather (hopefully), or a certain kind of basketball madness, but in the music world, it’s all about one thing: the SXSW music festival and conference in Austin, Texas. Perhaps the biggest and most indulgent exercise in industry self-love ever to be […]

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The REAL Irish Pubs of Iowa City

St. Paddy’s Day in Iowa City can easily devolve into a grotesque debacle, a cavalcade of fake accents, leprechaun abuse, green beer and vomit — the traditional parade of stereotypes.  Did St. Patrick go to the trouble of ridding Ireland of snakes (even if he really didn’t) for this? But in spite of it all, […]

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Iowa City Weekender – March 13-17

It’s Friday the 13th for the second time this year. You may be inclined to stay inside, but if your triskaidekaphobia isn’t too bad, here are a few options for getting out of the house in an extended weekender. Friday, March 13 Man on Wire | ICPL, Downtown IC | 7pm | Free The ICPL […]

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Iowa City Weekender – March 4-8

Its supposed to be a great weekend to get outside. It’s also a great weekend for some local art happenings. Art and weather collide on Friday, but there’s plenty else going on too, here’s something for every day, now through Sunday. Wednesday, March 4 Po’ Girl | The Mill, IC | 8pm | $10 Our […]

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Iowa City Weekender – February 27-March 1

February’s almost over, but before it is, celebrate Black History Month and catch some musical battles. Friday, February 27 Summercamp Battle of the Bands | The Yacht Club | 8pm | $5 One of two battles going on this weekend (the other being Saturday’s Dollars for Scholars battle at the IMU). Friday night, Uniphonics, Dead […]

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Universtiy of Iowa #12 Party School

With Spring Break approaching (and this inexplicably only now popping up on my Google Alerts), it’s fun to reminisce about some of the awards our vaunted University has won this year. #12 party school being near the top. If you’ve ever lived within a mile of campus, or done a little tailgating, this should come […]

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Iowa City Weekender – February 20-22

Every once in awhile we like to switch it up a bit on the Weekender—try a little something different. So for this edition, we’re scrapping the daily breakdown for a thematic breakdown. Enjoy! (or hate, as you please) Listenin’ William Elliott Whitmore | The Picador, IC | Saturday, Feb 21, 9pm and Sunday, Feb 22, […]

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She Swings She Sways Java Blend @ Java House 12PM 2/20/2009

Troy from She Swings She Sways wrote me to ask that I announce here that they’ll be playing the Iowa Public Radio “Java Blend” show this coming Friday. So I’m doing that right now! She Swings She Sways put out a really good CD “Wasted Love Songs” (which I reviewed here). While these guys are […]

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Iowa City Weekender – February 13-15

Last weekend was a lost weekend for the weekender. My usual Thursday morning weekender write up time was replaced with a trip to the hospital for the birth of my daughter. Sorry, priorities. But, we return this weekend with a Valentine’s edition. Lots of shows are sold out (including Dr. John) so if you still […]

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