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On the Beat: Spirited shows

Welcome to the War on Xmas, pt. II. If it were up to me, starting every Oct. 1st, every department store–and one random radio station–would start playing Halloween music all damn day and night. From the classics (Boris Pickett’s “Monster Mash”) to unheralded gems (Bob Marley’s “Dracula”) to the downright stupid (Zacherley’s “Dinner with Drac”), […]

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Movie Review: Edge of Heaven

The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Directed by Fatih Akin October 3-5, Bijou There is an old poem by Horace that celebrates simple country living; its surprise ending is that the whole thing turns out to be the pitch of a city dweller trying to sell some rural property. During the Olympics, there […]

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Free Rice and Ennui

Can’t seem to focus on work today and wish you could feed the hungry and test your vocabulary at the same time? Then check out FreeRice.com, prove you know what an “eland” is, and get 20 grains of rice donated to the United Nations World Food Program for each correct answer. Oh, and, if vocabulary […]

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Iowa City Weekender – September 19-21

Either you’re helping me rebuild my house [wink, wink] or you’re looking for some good times on the weekend. Either way, there’s no home game, so you can praise/curse the lack of a tailgate and enrich yourself with a different kind of entertainment. Friday, September 19 (Movie Night) Final Season Movie at the Ballpark | […]

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Iowa City Weekender – September 13-14

Little Village is going to monopolize this week’s weekender by highlighting I-Renew’s 2008 Energy and Sustainability Expo. No, it’s not the only thing to do this weekend, it’s just the only thing you SHOULD do. Keep your eyes on the sustainable prize of an earth that loves its inhabitants. Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September […]

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Iowa City Weekender – September 5-7

Well folks, sometimes you get so busy you don’t have a  whole lot of time for fun, or in the case of this week, time to even think about the fun. This week was one of those weeks, so in abreviated fashion, here are a few options for your Friday and Saturday nights. Friday, September […]

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Unknown Component – In Direct Communication CD Review

Unknown Component In Direct Communication Self Released [audio:unknown_component_its_a_fine_line.mp3] Unknown Component – Its a Fine Line (mp3) Keith Lynch is a local singer-songwriter that has never done things the usual way, starting with his chosen stage name Unknown Component, which suggests an electronica act, or a band at least, but it’s just Keith, his guitars, and […]

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The Coast – Expatriate CD Review

The Coast Expatriate Aporia We normally don’t run reviews of out of town bands, but this is an interesting and attractive CD, and it happens that they’ll be playing at the Picador September 21st. The Coast is 4 guys arrayed in the standard drums and wires rawk quartet. They’re Canadian, which is probably neither here […]

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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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