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Hawkeye basketball teams will take over downtown IC Friday; here’s the schedule and street closures »

The University of Iowa women’s and men’s basketball teams will celebrate their 2022 Big Ten Championships this Friday with Hawkeye Hoops from Downtown. The players will compete on a full-size court, set up near the corner of Iowa Avenue and […]

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Hawkeye basketball teams will take over downtown IC Friday; here’s the schedule and street closures

The University of Iowa women’s and men’s basketball teams will celebrate their 2022 Big Ten Championships this Friday with Hawkeye Hoops from Downtown. The players will compete on a full-size court, set up near the corner of Iowa Avenue and […]

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Iowa City’s Mic Check Poetry Festival to return with a slam in November after ‘phenomenal’ 2021 turnout

Iowa City Poetry’s Mic Check Poetry Festival will return Nov. 11-12 after organizers Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey and Lisa Roberts received what Rainey called a “phenomenal showing” of support and enthusiasm last year. The November festival will be only […]

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Christ on a bike! ‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’ comes to Des Moines for all your storage and entertainment needs

Since 2004, Dixie Longate has been taking her Tupperware party to stages across the country, beginning off-Broadway. Until Oct. 2, you can catch Longate and her many plastic bowls at the Temple Theater in Des Moines. But if you haven’t […]

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Built in 1917, Varsity Cinema is getting a $5 million upgrade thanks to Des Moines film lovers

In the mid-1990s, Ben Godar started making the drive from Ames to Des Moines to go to the Varsity Cinema. “Back then, the Varsity was just one of those places that would get films that nobody else had,” he recalls. […]

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LV Recommends: Great plates, open late in downtown Des Moines

When I go out to eat, I want to do it right: I’m looking for tastes I can’t easily recreate at home or find at another restaurant. I also make sure to not choose the same meal twice. And ever […]

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Judge says Iowa’s third ag-gag law is unconstitutional, like previous versions

For the third time in five years, a judge has struck down the Iowa Legislature’s efforts to criminalize the use of cameras in agriculture facilities and other businesses. “The United States Constitution does not allow such a singling out of […]

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Iowa artist B. Well looks to harmonize his music and new apparel line, Elegance

For musician, activist, fashion enthusiast and Des Moines community leader Billy “B. Well” Weathers, the word “elegance” goes beyond describing expensive gowns or opulent parties. “I think figuring out that I don’t need to do anything to impress anybody else […]

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Tired of sports bars? The Green House owner Emily Salmonson wants to offer a ‘calming’ alternative

Emily Salmonson thinks the pandemic brought plant fanatics out of the woodworks. After months of quarantine, people dove into recreation, emerging as hikers or bikers, or they brought the outdoor indoors, becoming plant parents. “I have just huge love of […]

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The Jordan House Museum is home to art, opera, Shakespeare and Iowa history

As we celebrate the arts in this issue, it’s only appropriate to recognize a growing trend in this region. The power of unity can be used in the arts as it is in other facets of positive community growth. As […]

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A beekeeper is born: Kara Kelso harvests honey and explains why Des Moines has ‘some of the healthiest bees around’

“Look at this pollen pocket! Look at this girl!” Kara Kelso, co-owner of The Slow Down Coffee Co., excitedly directs my attention to one of her 30,000 bees who is crawling across the frame with big (relative to her size, […]

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Letter to the editor: Raptor exploitation, not education

By Lynn Gallagher, Solon When the Iowa Raptor Project exposes their raptors to the chaos of football games and other University of Iowa athletic events, they are prioritizing marketing and fundraising over the wellbeing of their raptors. For them to […]

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Track and video premiere: Mr. Softheart, ‘Surface Tension’

It’s all part of the act for Mr. Softheart. That’s because this local three-piece has no regard for the basic building blocks of rock bands. At one of their shows, you’re sure to spy the image of Bambi on a […]

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The Iowa City Police Log: Life and Strife in a Midwestern College Town


For five years, Chris Patton collected notable entries from the Iowa City police activity log on Twitter and Facebook. Two years and more than 32,000 followers later, the 10,000 entries that made it into this 200-page coffee table book are a snapshot of Iowa City: often ridiculous, sometimes
enraging, occasionally touching, always entirely unique.

Orders placed between November 9 and November 16 may take a week or more to ship. All profits will be donated to Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, Shelter House, and United Action for Youth.

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