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The Way of Tack

Features: March 2010 – There’s a disconnect between meeting Tim Tack–an Iowa City hip hop producer and PATV’s Assistant Community Programmer–and seeing Tack Fu, his alter ego, host of channel 18’s “85 dB TV.” But not what you’d assume. The former brims over with outsized energy for his professions, which he takes very seriously. And […]

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Prairie Pop: Musical Brew


Prairie Pop: March 2010 – With some musicians and bands, I form a kind of matrimonial bond (though because I like so many artists, that makes me a bit of a polygamist). Long-term fandom is like entering into a marital contract–where you’re with them until the bitter end, even if they get a little ugly […] […]

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Air Pirates


March 2010 – In 1990’s Pump Up the Volume, Christian Slater played Happy Harry Hard-on, a renegade pirate radio deejay who shocked and entertained his growing legion of listeners with R-rated language and intermittent moments of Was (Not Was) and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Broadcasting from an undisclosed location with his transmitter and voice […] […]

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Greatness Unbroken


Talking Movies: March 2010 – If you’re the kind of moviegoer who wishes you’d lived back when X was making movies (where X stands for your favorite great director), if like me you wish you had been there for the fresh projections of Godfather I rather than opening weekend of Godfather III–even if you’re simply […] […]

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Iowa City Weekender: March 18-20th

FRIDAY Joe and Vicki Price | George’s Buffet | 9 pm | FREE Eastern Iowans Joe and Vicki Price come put the cherry on top of Spring Break week. Parking spaces, sunshine, rusty bikes, saint paddy’s day, Lost, Mission Creek preparatory research, did I mention sunshine? And bikes? And free blues at George’s? Joe and […]

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Mission Creek Festival: Literary Events and Panels

Note: More events are sure to be added as the festival approaches. Check the Mission Creek blog for updated schedule information. @Prairie Lights 7:00 p.m. Reading Author website ASHLEY BUTLER, Author @The Englert 7:00 p.m. Music Panel Moderated by Kembrew McLeod CHUCK D, BOMB SQUAD, HARRY ALLEN Hiphop luminaries @The Motley Cow 5:30 p.m. Reading […]

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Iowa City Weekender: March 11-13

Last week I stopped by the Summer Camp Battle of the Bands at the Yacht Club and was reminded that, every now and then, you just need to be in a sweaty basement full of smiling hippies on drugs.  High fives, hugs… they are good for the soul.  And funk music, predictable tho it may […]

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