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Iowa City Weekender: April 22-25

Greetings, Weekenders! Are you ready for Riverfest? Yes, it’s already time for another big music festival, and this one’s got tons of daytime stuff for the whole family too! Which reminds me: Please join my cause! If the IC City Council wants to make the bars 21 only, don’t you think they should be required […]

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The Human Canvas (PHOTO SPREAD)

Whether or not we realize it, we are each given a canvas at birth. This canvas is one we wear, one we carry with us where ever we go. Some people choose to journey through life as a blank canvas. Others, however, choose to decorate their canvas with ink; to display their imaginations on the outside for the world to see. […]

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Idris Goodwin on Little Village Live: 4/21/10

Playwright, break beat poet and hip hop educator Idris Goodwin takes us to school on the 4/21/10 edition of Little Village Live. Little Village Live is 5-6 pm every Wednesday on KRUI, 89.7 fm in Iowa City, or streaming live at http://kruiradio.org/listen. Idris Goodwin’s latest album, Break Beat Poems (out now on Chicago’s SGE Records), […]

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Reel IC : ICDOCS keeps it real

I’ll always take a good documentary over a good drama. Any good cinema is like a daydream, but to disappear into a dream that isn’t a dream? That’s a pleasure only found in a great doc–the beautiful offspring of cinema and journalism, with only the best genes of both parents passed on. (of course, there’s […]

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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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Paintallica: Surrender Your Ego

Paintallica, an art collective with a penchant for turning heads, stopped by their old stomping grounds of Iowa City Tuesday for an all-night painting and sculpture event.
The group is inherently divisive (Their first show was titled “Happy Fucking Easter”), incorporating body fluids, sexual imagery, bladed tools and anything else that catches… […]

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Crazy Ates

I ate peppers, I ate celery, I ate arugula… I made this dish one night after a day of ranting to myself that A) how the hell am I supposed to get the recommended 9 servings a day of fruits and vegetables and B) what can I do to make celery actually taste *good*? My […]

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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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