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Play it dumb this summer

“Those who know they do not know Gain wisdom. Those who pretend they know Remain ignorant. Those who acknowledge their weakness Become strong. Those who flaunt their power Will lose it.” — Lao-Tzu, Daodejing I used to be a Montessori teacher, and it was around this time of year that I’d chaperone my students on […]

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City of Iowa City invites public input on City Manager search

Iowa City

Following the March 2016 departure of City Manager Tom Markus, the City of Iowa City has begun its search for a new city manager. In a press release sent this evening, the city invited comment from the public as it considers a full-time appointment for Interim City Manager Geoff Fruin (assistant city manger under Markus). […]

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LV Recommends: Iowa City Brewlab

Located just outside the heart of downtown, Iowa City Brewlab has a spacious and inviting taproom that serves a continuous rotation of excellent guest taps and beers brewed on-site — individual batches of which often run out in less than a month. With its ever-changing line-up, our recommendation this month is to stop by the […]

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Writers’ Workshop grad Tony Tulathimutte reads from debut novel

Reading: Tony Tulathimutte Prairie Lights — Thurs., May 7 at 2 p.m. Novelist and Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Tony Tulathimutte will read from his debut novel, Private Citizens (William Morrow Paperbacks), tonight at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore. Tulathimutte is looking forward to reading at the beloved local bookstore. “I spent more time in […]

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Poets Margaret Ross, Sarah Deniz Akant, and Callie Garnett at Prairie Lights

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates Margaret Ross, Sara Deniz Akant, and Callie Garnett will be reading their poetry this evening, 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lights. Margaret Ross was the winner of The Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize for her title A Timeshare. She has been the recipient of a Fullbright as well as a fellowship from the […]

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Iowa City poet Elizabeth Willis finalist for 2016 Pulitzer Prize

It was announced this week that local poet and Iowa Writers’ Workshop instructor Elizabeth Willis was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her collection Alive: New and Selected Poems (NYRB 2015). This year marked the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts. Other recent Iowa Writers’ […]

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Echoes of Mission Creek: A look back on some highlights

Kurt Vile at Mission Creek 2016

Mission Creek Retrospective Unlike the past four years, when Mission Creek has brought in the artist(s) responsible for my favorite albums from prior ten months (see: Exit Music, Warpaint, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ben Frost), this year’s lineup announcement had left me feeling oddly indifferent. I had enjoyed Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp when it […]

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Letter to the editor: Uber has been welcome in Iowa City for over a year

Iowa City

By Joseph W. Laskowski, Iowa City In February, 2015, the Iowa City Council passed an ordinance that identified Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), like Uber, and allowed them to enter the local market. UBER chose at that time to not operate here because they considered our safety regulations arcane and cumbersome. In the meantime, Uber has […]

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Review: Wild Child bathes Gabe’s in a warm radiance

Wild Child - still from "Rillo Talk"

There’s a massive amount of quality music released each year, and it’s both easy to access and difficult to find in the vast expanses of the Internet. For that reason, I increasingly rely on announcements of touring bands to draw my interest to music I might enjoy. I thus first heard of Wild Child when […]

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Flippin’ awesome pinball and video arcade to host grand opening in Cedar Rapids

The Quarter Barrel, a arcade bar and pizza place in Cedar Rapids is having a grand opening party this Saturday at 6 p.m. Owner Chris Ellis has been working on renovating a century-old building at 616 2nd Ave. in Cedar Rapids and had a soft opening New Year’s Eve party, the first and only day […]

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Comedian, UI alum and former ‘SNL’ cast member Brooks Wheelan to perform last-minute show at the Yacht Club

Brooks Wheelan

Comedian Brooks Wheelan The Yacht Club — Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 p.m. ($3 door charge) Stand-up comedian and former SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, an Iowa native, is snowed in after returning to Iowa for the holidays. The good news? The University of Iowa alum announced earlier today on Twitter that — given his […]

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