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On the Beat: Summer earcation

In his 1992 book A Sound Education, Canadian composer and theorist Murray Schafer made this observation about contemporary life and listening: “As people have moved to cities over the past century they have developed a preference for close-up sounds…” […]

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Stages for All Ages

Summer in Iowa City may bring with it a decrease in the number of students but, like parking places downtown, the city’s many stages always manage to stay occupied. This season brings a selection of theatre from the silly to the sublime, focusing often on families–many, though not all of the productions listed here, are suitable for family groups. […]

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Prairie Pop: In Slack We Trust

Dead Kennedys were punk provocateurs that made satire a central part of their concerts, song lyrics and, for that matter, band name. (Lots of baby boomer parents felt it was offensive, but for lead singer Jello Biafra, “Dead Kennedys” was a metaphor for the death of the American dream.) They were political pranksters in the […]

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The Hops: Native Brew

Though it may look like any other fountain of sudsy goodness, the tap line behind the bar at Short’s Burger & Shine (18 South Clinton St.) is an icon. Its ever-changing cast of 10 Iowa-brewed beers symbolizes… […]

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Bookmarked for Recognition

Lauren Haldeman gives us a sneak preview. Photo by Bill Adams Just beyond a living and dining room of baby walkers and a collection of typewriters stands a 180 lb. fiberglass book, basking in Iowa City’s eastern sunshine. In the home of Lauren Haldeman, an artist in every sense of the word from her paintings […]

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The Tube: Breakfast Bland

Regis Philbin’s announced retirement, after 28 years, from the syndicated Live franchise that he shared first with Kathie Lee Gifford and then with Kelly Ripa, hasn’t exactly set the industry trade papers on fire. At age 79, it’s safe to say that Philbin already peaked as an entertainer. His oft-parodied mannerisms have long since passed […]

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