When it gets as cold as it did after our first real snowstorm of the season a few weeks ago, it gets so you don’t notice it anymore after a while because it’s not a thing to “notice” so much as it’s the only thing you’re thinking about to begin with. It was, in retrospect, […]
Selective enforcement. White kids dressed to blend in? No problem. Black & Hispanic kids? OPEN SEASON! License to roust ANYONE in a parked car, to check their age. Use age checks to finagle probable cause for searches. With the curfew as a pretext, police can accost anyone for ‘standing around in public.’ From there, anything […]
FOR EVERYONE ~ Clash of visions. This month, again, pits our visions of the future against sometimes harsh realities. The situation is one of extreme flux and it seems very hard to predict, let alone control. Yet there is also a lot of flexibility in the situation. The outcome really will depend a lot on […]
It’s a Tuesday, two days before Christmas, and I’m standing in front of the bookshelves at the Goodwill store on Highway 6. In my pocket is the $15 I received after returning several months’ worth of empty cans to the Hy-Vee next door. I wanted a new frying pan but they don’t have anything I […]
Of the 50 states in our wee union, just 13 lack limits placed on state election contributions–Iowa is one of them.
Adam Mason, Policy Organizing Director for the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), says “The fact that you or I could write a $50,000 check [to a candidate] scares me.” […]
If there is such a thing as California dreaming, what can be said for those that pack up their Los Angeles digs and head east toward a new home in Iowa City? How do those people find Iowa City in the first place? […]
Sporting name tags and hearty appetites, members of Slow Food Iowa City (SFIC) joined together for their 9th annual Harvest Dinner at Iowa City’s La Reyna restaurant Sunday. The event was attended by enough Iowa City restaurateurs, including David Burt of Red Avocado and Kurt Friese of Devotay, to make any local foodie blush. […]
FOR EVERYONE ~ Promise. November brings three contradictory things. One is a barrage of virtually insurmountable hurdles, obstacles that we must often work hard to overcome. It also brings tremendous inspiration and hope for the future. […]
We wait. Every year we wait. We wait with bated breath, face paint purchased, coolers full of ice, grills freshly cleaned, coals and meat at the ready, beers lined up in formation, newly purchased giant foam fingers proclaiming us to be “#1” waiting to be donned for the first time after last year’s fingers were […]
In their new documentary, producer Kembrew McLeod and director Benjamin Franzen—both University of Iowa professors—attempt to shed light on the costly and complex world of the simple sample.
– Reactions to last weekend’s screening and Q & A, hosted by the Bijou
– Movie trailer for PBS’s Independent Lens […]
The serial radio drama was once the king of living room entertainment. Whether listening to Little Orphan Annie or CBS Radio Mystery Theater, audiences sat captivated in front of their radios each night to receive their spoken entertainment. For Iowa City resident Chris Burns, the golden age of radio never died. Unfazed by the jaded […]