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In this world of excess where all of us end up spending money on things we don’t need, and racking up credit card debt to do it, why not think twice about your luxury purchases? I know when I go on a shopping spree, I always feel better about myself if I come to my […]

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On the Beat: Breaking in the new year

I want to have a commemorative plate destruction party. I was thinking about some Christmastime introduction to this column, and all I could think about was some single woman carefully setting up commemorative plates around her living room, in their little stands, and getting the lighting just right, and it was making me insane with […]

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Talking Movies: A Half-Jigger of Solace

How many children does Lady Macbeth have? That’s the kind of ridiculous question a certain strain of literature teacher will torture students with. The answer, obviously, is: Shakespeare would have told us, had it been important. Nevertheless, there are a few characters who so transcend their storylines that they really do acquire lives of their […]

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The Weekender Nov 27-Nov30

Imagine that I’m telling you all these things while turkeys are getting slaughtered in the background. Or maybe not. This weekend’s entertainment pickings are a bit slimmer than usual. The Picador used to always have some sort of oddball townie one-off show on Thanksgiving, but not this year! The Mill has no entertainment, though you […]

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In Which I Highjack The Weekender NOV 27-NOV 30

Hi, Kent Williams here. I kinda sorta talked to Melody about doing a Weekender post, but we didn’t really get beyond the ‘sure why not?’ planning stage, so I’m operating here on the principle that it’s easier to apologize than ask permission. Anyhoo… The Mill Thursday: Monroe Crossing. A Bluegrass outfit that tours nationally and […]

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Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy

Because yours truly is kinda behind the curve on the music side of things, this is the first time I’ve seen this, and I’m now crying my eyes out while shaking my hips ’cause I wish I would have seen this when it came out a year ago. It’s the best thing since Beyond the […]

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Little Village Weekender

Damn. It’s Friday after 5pm and look who’s working? Little Village feels that kind of commitment to you all, my preciouses. So what’s hot this weekend? Saturday, November 15, 2008 Diwali Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union, UI Campus 5-10pm $10 to first 100 tickets, $15 after that The Indian food alone is worth the […]

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Best Of, Schmest of, Part Deux

BEST FORMER ROCK & ROLLER LIVING MORE OR LESS QUIETLY IN IOWA CITY: Pete Balestrieri Pete Balestrieri was a mainstay of the rotating assembly of musicians known as the Horns of Dilemma, who the Violent Femmes used to add a generous portion of crazy to their live shows, and he appears on several of their […]

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Best Of, Schmest Of

Not to give away too much of the mystery of Little Village backstage, but the lovely and talented Melody asked me to write a post about what my ‘top ten’ or ‘best of’ list for this year, as a NOT SO SUBTLE HINT for those of you who read the blog to go vote here […]

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