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Iowa City Weekender: April 15-18

Greetings, Weekenders! Hold please… I must check my watch… Yes, just as I suspected, Peak Weekend Season is upon us again.  Complete with weather you lap up spoon by mother loving spoonful. Soaking in magazines on the ped mall, or getting your sport on at College Green.  Biking down to the river, happening upon the […]

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Bethann Gavin: 4/14/10

Singer and mult-instrumentalist Bethann Gavin, also known as “Songbird Bethann”, is becoming a familiar face in the local music scene, doing the solo thing and lending vocals to several local bands (such as River and the Tributaries, below). Listen to Little Village Live, this Wednesday April 14, 2010, 5-6 pm on KRUI, for a live […]

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Pitch Imperfect

Prairie Pop: April 2010 – Apparently, the naked human voice isn’t good enough. Whether we’re talking about studio gimmickery or vocal tricks not aided by technology–Appalachian yodeling and Tuvan throat singing come to mind–we’re often suckers for interesting oral freak-outs. Voice alteration gizmos soon began popping up in hit singles of the 1970s and 1980s–applying […]

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No BS

Features: April 2010 – The BS Gallery is not pretentious. “It’s a nice flexible space,” says co-curator Chris Reno. “But it doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a basement.” Basements seldom do. And if you stopped at the top of the stairs leading down to the BS Gallery, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this […]

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Art w/o Borders

Features: April 2010 – Let’s talk about frames. Because if we start discussing “art,” many will picture rectangle frames bearing painted and processed works, stuck on the static walls of galleries or museums. A display, well defined. And in this part of a story about art, as we’ve learned to expect from journalism, the readers […]

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Idris Goodwin: Break Beat Poems

Local Albums: April 2010 – Back in the day–1979–Hawkeye basketball star Ronnie Lester was a hip hop ambassador. Ronnie took his boom box everywhere , playing “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang nonstop. It was, to Iowa ears, something strange and alien, and yet irresistible. Idris Goodwin’s track “Isiah Thomas Camp” took me back to […]

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Fire up the grill

Commentary: April 2010 – Springtime, when it truly arrives in earnest, is usually heralded by trees sprouting their first buds, gardeners gleefully getting their knees muddy for the first time in months, snow blowers and lawnmowers switching places in their owners’ garages, and the rich, meaty “thwap” sound that baseballs make when they land true […]

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