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The Tube: No Rating Points for Trying

When CBS president Les Moonves hired Katie Couric for a $15 million-a-year anchor gig at the Evening News back in 2006, he was riding a mandate from the Corporate Board and loving every minute of it. His primetime lineup was a star-studded Nielsen #1. Local affiliates were showing record profits. CBS News, with all those […]

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The Stage: Local Playwrights Debut

First things first: The winner of last month’s contest is Rachael Carlson, who not only came up with a reference to urine in Shakespeare but also came up with one that I did not even know, from Measure for Measure: “It is certain that when he makes water, his urine is congealed ice.” Congratulations to […]

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Album Review – Alex Body: Cutting Down Camelot

Alex Body Cutting Down Camelot self-released Since emerging in January 2010, from Twelve Canons’ indefinite hiatus with a self-released CD-r called Just Say Yes, Alex Body has quickly carved out a new shiny identity for himself. His sixth release in under 18 months, Cutting Down Camelot, finds Body heir-apparent to Iowa City’s lo-fi pop throne—watch […]

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Album Review – Kerosene Circuit: EP

Kerosene Circuit EP The romance of the long-haul trucker is born in the dust and roar of the engine and the kerosene smell of diesel fuel. The bleary hypnosis from the engine’s roaring roadsong, the buzzy florescent refuge of the 24-hour truckstop, faded coffee rings on the driver’s daily log books, permanent grease lodged in […]

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A Legacy at Work

This month, Iowa City artist Tomás Lasansky releases his monograph, Icons and Muses. To flip through its pages is to be brought back to an experience many Iowa Citians will relate to: huddling in the Java House for hours (years), pretending to read, pretending to write, caffeinating yourself into a paranoid belief that you are […]

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Astrology Forecast for May 2011

FOR EVERYONE Cascade. A lot of things will happen very fast in May. Many of these things will be important and many will be irreversible. Luck will frequently step in and take a hand. But many will be tempted by the chance to make a power play or a shady move. May will be complicated, […]

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The Tube: No Rating Points for Trying

When CBS president Les Moonves hired Katie Couric for a $15 million-a-year anchor gig at the Evening News back in 2006, he was riding a mandate from the Corporate Board and loving every minute of it. His primetime lineup was a star-studded Nielsen #1. Local affiliates were showing record profits. CBS News, with all those […]

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Planting Change in Iowa City

“You’ve GOT to be kidding me,” I mutter in disbelief as I watch a wandering adolescent drop an empty Doritos bag on top of a newly planted tulip. “Seriously?” I yell at his back. He turns around, confused. I look down at the bag then back up at a pimply face. He can’t be more […]

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Hot Tin Roof: Soft Spot

It was late May and school was out. Em was on the porch steps watching her dog. She had been watching the dog for some time. The dog had stopped moving as much as usual, and now stopped altogether. Tufts of fur had been falling away from its body. This had gone on for weeks. […]

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Crafty: Hot Thyme in the City

Don’t let your apartment dwelling ways dictate your green thumb. You’ve got to fight for your right to rosemary (and basil and chives). The experts at Pleasant Valley Garden Center (1301 South Gilbert St.) have generously shared some tricks of the trade, so let’s get your apartment-friendly herb garden started. […]

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