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Mint Wad Willy – A History of Guns and Liars CD Review

Mint Wad Willy A History of Guns and Liars Self Released [audio:mint_wad_willy_god_bless_america.mp3] Mint Wad Willy – God Bless America (mp3) Mint Wad Willy’s debut album “A History of Guns and Liars” definitely has a Southern Rock vibe to it. The dominant instrumental sound is artfully sloppy, distorted slide guitar. When I first listened to it, […]

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The Sit-Down with Betsy Hickok

If you see a lady with a ladder circling your favorite tree this fall, she just might be Betsy Hickok. Musician, writer, and “leaf artist” extraordinaire, Betsy discusses a creative hobby that brings her close to nature. LV: Tell me about your art, what you do. BH: Each fall, I go out looking for the […]

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A-List: Climbing PoeTree

Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in WaterClimbing PoeTree, Alixa + NaimaSaturday, September 27, 2008, 7pmWesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa CityWhat more can be said about water after the summer we’ve just had here in Eastern Iowa? That we’re all composed of it, that we all depend on it, and that we all now […]

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On the Beat: Up and coming

Labor Day weekend: the end of white shoes, sure, but also the first school-day off–and the start of National Potato Month (seriously). Oh yeah, right here and now, the great month of September, National Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month. September, National ADHD Awareness month, and–wait–what was I talking about again? Just kidding. Celebrate […]

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50 Years of Obsession With Vertigo

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is celebrating this fall its 50th anniversary as an object of obsession for movie lovers. This year also marks the less-auspicious 15th anniversary of when I became obsessed with it in the commons room of a college dorm. Though I squirmed right off the filthy couch at the final scene, when a […]

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In the LEED

You may have caught a special on “green” building on Iowa Public Television or The Home and Garden Channel. Perhaps you’ve driven by a construction site and seen signs proclaiming it a LEED project. But these days people are throwing the word “green” around like the words “low fat” or “heart healthy.” So, what does […]

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A Disco Less Traveled

Arthur Russell was straight outta Oskaloosa, an Iowa native, born and bred. He died of AIDS in 1992, leaving behind a sprawling and obscure body of music that hops through genres—sometimes imploding them, and other times inventing new styles along the way. After escaping the Hawkeye state to join a San Francisco Buddhist commune in […]

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Unleash the Hounds!

Some people love dogs, some not so much. Some people fear dogs, some simply don’t understand dog behavior well enough to enjoy interacting with them. And some people–good people, mind you–get just plain icky over their canine life companions. But many Iowa Citians own and enjoy their dogs, and Iowa City, with its strict enforcement […]

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The Real Food Supercenter

This is the time of year that we flatlanders pine for during the snows of January, when it’s a full 100 degrees colder than it is right now, and all the humidity is frozen to our windshields. September in Iowa is what makes things grow so well here – the hot, sticky dog days that […]

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UR Here: Climate Control

Wow. We don’t want to go through that again. Starting with the heavy snowfalls of November 2007—which then went on and on and on—through the devastating tornadoes of this past spring and on to the historic Flood of 2008, we’ve had more than our share of weather-related disasters here in Iowa this past year. Let […]

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Hear Them Roar: The Iowa Women's Music Festival

[audio:zoe_lewis_never_too_old.mp3] Zoe Lewis – Never Too Old (mp3) Feminists burning their bras in protest, women such as Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and Linda Ronstadt on stage, and the Equal Rights Amendment finally up for ratification—this was the1960s and 1970s, an era of women’s liberation, and, one could easily assume, a heyday for women’s music. Wrong. […]

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