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Track Premiere: Kelly Pardekooper’s “Long Goodbye”

Next Friday, Oct. 26, former Iowa Citian Kelly Pardekooper releases his ninth studio album, 50-Weight (available for pre-order). And, as the title implies, he’s come back to the beginning: his very first demo, 30-Weight, was recorded 20 years ago in his Iowa City basement. […]

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Trump administration proposes new restriction on student visas

The Trump administration plans to make a major change to student visas, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Instead of student visas being valid for “duration of status”—that is, for as long as the holders are full-time students and meet other requirements—there would be a fixed “maximum period. […]

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Streets start closing at 4 p.m. on Friday for UI’s Homecoming parade

Zak Neumann, Homecoming Parade

Streets in downtown Iowa City will start closing at 4 p.m. for the University of Iowa’s Homecoming parade. The parade is scheduled wend its way through downtown beginning at 5:45 p.m., and going from the intersection of Washington and Gilbert streets to the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert. […]

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Hubbell and Reynolds address unemployment, abortion rights in second debate

At the very beginning of Wednesday night’s debate between Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democratic Fred Hubbell at Morningside College in Sioux City there was a small but telling moment. Reynolds started her opening remarks by thanking Morningside for hosting the debate, then added, “Go Mustangs, number one in the country.” […]

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Letter to the editor: Protecting the environment and the economy is not a zero-sum game

Florida’s global warming climate-catastrophe hurricane dominates the news, momentarily eclipsing even the presumptive leader who calls this situation a hoax. Too many liars have access to public attention, voicing the dangerous and defeatist idea that there is a “cost” to defending the earth’s […]

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Steve King: Still embracing white nationalists, still winning in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District

On Monday, Steve King celebrated his habit of retweeting neo-Nazis by comparing their racist tweets to people expressing their love of Jesus Christ. Most people wouldn’t be able to tweet something worse than that the very next day, but Steve King did. […]

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Album Review: Kevin Gordon — Tilt and Shine

As I write this, it has been one year since the passing of one of America’s greatest songwriters, Tom Petty. It’s appropriate, then, that I’m writing a review of another “songwriter’s songwriter.” And, like Petty, Kevin Gordon’s formative years were spent in the American South. […]

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Album Review: Ben Driscoll — Earthly Remains

Doing due diligence on Ben Driscoll — whose name I know mostly from live performances on KUNI FM — I turned up an article from 2015 in the Cedar Rapids Gazette that calls him a “former musician” and describes his Cedar Rapids woodworking business. Lucky for us, news of his demise as a musician is greatly exaggerated. […]

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Cedar Rapids’ newest haunt attracts all levels of fear aficionados

Nevermoor 4444 1st St NE, Suite 3001, Cedar Rapids — Open Thursday-Sunday through October, as well as Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31 Thursday, Oct. 4 saw the opening of the newest haunted attraction to grace the Cedar Rapids area: Nevermoor, an ambitious new take on the genre, located alongside Lindale Mall in the former Planet X location […]

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What’s in a fest? Witching Hour kicked off with curatorial conversation

If you are a devotee of the arts who has ever wondered how the sausage of your favorite festivals, seasons and programs gets made, the opening salvo of the 2018 Witching Hour festival shed a little light on the subject. […]

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The issue of accountability

From the election of Donald Trump to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court, I and other assault survivors have been deeply triggered and overwhelmed by recent and ongoing national rhetoric. Kavanaugh’s angry denial of all impropriety — except the occasional overuse of beer — was perhaps the most disheartening aspect of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the allegations against him, during which his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, recalling her assault decades ago, was dignified and credible.
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Townie Hawk: Iowa football’s greatest hits and misses

If you’ve watched the Hawks for any length of time, you know that they’ve got a few go-to plays that are the bread and butter of their game. Sit through a single series, and you quickly realize that our offensive strategy is to run two out of every three downs. Yet, in the UNI and Wisconsin games there was some spark of a passing game that sent Hawkeye hearts aflutter. […]

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