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Midwest-by-Midwest

Experiencing this year’s Mission Creek Festival after having just returned from SXSW brought a few things to mind. First, there can be no argument: These are two of the best-run and brilliantly programmed festivals around. Hosting a mind-boggling assortment of shows simultaneously at various venues around a city-center hub is a concept SXSW pioneered 23 […]

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Talking Movies: O Mother, Where Art Thou?

Talking Movies: May 2010 – It’s always risky making generalizations involving gender. But what’s life without a little risk? Motherhood is the social role most likely to devour a person’s identity. It seems much easier for a father to take off the father hat. When a mother wakes up in the middle of the night, her first thought is usually, “Are the children safe?” In Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s new movie Mother, playing at the Bijou May 7-13, the main character is rarely named. She is all mother. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: 4/29-5/2

THURSDAY Take Back the Night | 7-10 pm | Pentacrest | FREE Who’s doing real work to make Iowa City a safer place? Clue: It’s not the City Council. Take Back the Night is an international organization that organizes public demonstrations that speak out against sexual violence, empowers victims and unites allies to voice refusal […]

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Samuel Locke Ward on Little Village Live

From KRUI Studios in Iowa City, Iowa, we are happy to present a performance by one of Iowa City’s most celebrated musicians, Samuel Locke Ward. Locke Ward has released too many tapes (such as Boombox by Bedside, reviewed here on Cassette Gods) and albums to mention them all. He has toured extensively with The Bassturd […]

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That 1 Guy: Gabe’s 4/25/10 (VIDEO)

Classically trained bassist Mike Silverman, known as That 1 Guy, gave Gabe’s a taste of his Magic Pipe Sunday night. By that, we of course mean his homemade dual steel pipes, featuring multiple trigger points for samples and effects, two orchestral bass strings and a few helpings of ingenuity. The Magic Pipe was accompanied by […]

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Reel IC: The Way We Get By

The Way We Get By Bijou Theatre Saturday, April 24, 7pm Why did buying DVDs become all the rage in the 2000s? Director commentaries. Just as interesting as watching the film (or, often more so) was listening to the people who made the movie talk about the work, the thought process and the people on […]

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Iowa City Weekender: April 22-25

Greetings, Weekenders! Are you ready for Riverfest? Yes, it’s already time for another big music festival, and this one’s got tons of daytime stuff for the whole family too! Which reminds me: Please join my cause! If the IC City Council wants to make the bars 21 only, don’t you think they should be required […]

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The Human Canvas (PHOTO SPREAD)

Whether or not we realize it, we are each given a canvas at birth. This canvas is one we wear, one we carry with us where ever we go. Some people choose to journey through life as a blank canvas. Others, however, choose to decorate their canvas with ink; to display their imaginations on the outside for the world to see. […]

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Idris Goodwin on Little Village Live: 4/21/10

Playwright, break beat poet and hip hop educator Idris Goodwin takes us to school on the 4/21/10 edition of Little Village Live. Little Village Live is 5-6 pm every Wednesday on KRUI, 89.7 fm in Iowa City, or streaming live at http://kruiradio.org/listen. Idris Goodwin’s latest album, Break Beat Poems (out now on Chicago’s SGE Records), […]

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