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Stars Over Iowa City: June 2010

Astrology: June 2010~ FOR EVERYONE ~ The road to somewhere new. June’s vibes will tear up all roads leading to the past and break our links with life as we knew it. They will leave us with a whole lot of questions about the future, too. But June’s vibes will also empower the innovators, the […]

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Roast This Town!

Greetings Iowa City! The deadline has almost arrived and we’ve received some terrific submissions thus far. We thought we’d share the following roast by Tom Dean to help keep those creative juices flowing. Yes, the deadline is right around the corner, but should you need a little extra time to hone your literary masterpiece, we’ll still consider late submissions. Are we not benevolent? […]

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Astrology Forecast: May 2010

Stars Over Iowa City: May 2010 – FOR EVERYONE ~ The future is kicking in. Pressures are ratcheting up, the pace of change is increasing. Also, the general level of turmoil will increase, increasing opportunities to put changes in place. Practical obstacles to change are falling away. Those in favor of change have the planetary […]

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Drunken Nanny State

Once again, the busybodies have stormed the Barricades of Fun, and managed to pass a 21-only ordinance for bars. While I respect the sincerity of their good intentions, I think it’s a really dumb idea that will hurt local businesses, without significantly curtailing underage drinking. […]

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Where's the line?

Iowa City is in the midst of a cultural identity crisis. With the passing of a 21-only ordinance by the city council on April 6, it seems the like the lights of enforcement have turned on way too bright after last call. I encourage everyone to read the transcript of this meeting–it is a brilliant prism of conflict concerning the culture of drinking. However, don’t mistake this ordinance for anything other than a serious shift for Iowa City culturally and economically. […]

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Dangerous Curves

Photos by Ofer Sivan I am in a large, crowded and noisy room watching a group of women on roller skates delivering powerful and cringe-inducing hits to one another and taking spills that no amount of protective padding–store bought or God-given–could ever fully protect them from. By day, they are college professors and paramedics and […]

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In Tandem

Iowa City residents want a few things. They want alternative modes of transportation and a safe, comprehensive bike path that loops throughout Johnson County. At least they wanted these things back in September of 2001 when The Gazette polled citizens for their top ideas to improve the city.

That was nearly 10 years ago, and today, residents are still looking for the same things. The Johnson County Council of Governments (JCCOG) is working to make these improvements happen. JCCOG has outlined and implemented six plans for bicycle trails since 1968. […]

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UR Here: That Black Iowa Dirt

It’s a beautiful early spring Saturday, the day before Easter, in fact. The temperature will probably see 70 today, an early gift of the summer to come. The sunshine on my neck is warm, a feeling I’ve missed for many months. As Christians prepare to celebrate the breath of a resurrected spirit promising new life, and as Jews celebrate their people’s new breath of freedom, I work at my personal offices of spring, trying to breathe new air–and re-borning life–into the ground of my home. […]

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Coping With Kink

Iowa City is often touted as an oasis of culture and liberal thought amidst an otherwise conservative Midwest, even going so far as to be named the third “gayest city” in the United States by The Advocate magazine this February. Where the otherwise cosmopolitan town falls short, however, is in its sexual culture, University of […]

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Celebrating Downtown

(With regard to: Press Citizen: Panhandling law passes first vote) Every weekend, heck, every day and every night, people get their friends together and head downtown. Why? Because downtown Iowa City is a legendary place that they’ve been hearing about for years. Their parents talked about it when they were babies. Their friends have looked […]

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Paintallica: Surrender Your Ego

Paintallica, an art collective with a penchant for turning heads, stopped by their old stomping grounds of Iowa City Tuesday for an all-night painting and sculpture event.
The group is inherently divisive (Their first show was titled “Happy Fucking Easter”), incorporating body fluids, sexual imagery, bladed tools and anything else that catches… […]

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