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Righteous Kill Movie Review

Righteous Kill Drama, 101 min Directed by Jon Avnet The buddy cop film has been a staple of the American cinema since at least the 1970’s, and it’s been tooled for everything from suspense to comedy to straight action, but rarely has it actually been about friendship. That makes Righteous Kill, the new cop drama […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 17-19

I nearly forgot it was fall thanks to the weather we’ve been having lately. But, this week reminded me that winter’s on the way. So, take a last gasp of the cool fall air and do something outside. Friday, October 17 Iowa City Barn Dance | Scattergood Friends School, West Branch | 8pm | $5 […]

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Ghost Hunters

There are no proton packs. No positron colliders. No Ecto-Containment unit. Turns out, the world of ghost hunting, like most everything else, is a lot less sexy than the movies would make it. “A lot of people think it’s just like TV,” says Vicki Stinson. “But, there are all of these reports and standard operating […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 9-11

When it rains it pours. As in the commitments I’ve had in the last two weeks. Other than a trip to see Kathy Griffin (hilarious) I’ve been in a cocoon. Thus, the weekender had to take a two-week hiatus. But, we’re back, and hopefully, we’ll never leave you in the lurch ever again. Let’s get […]

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Jugs Across America CD Review

Jugs Across America Jugs Across America: A Modern Jug Band Compilation Self released Kellie Everette, Banjo Kellie from Escape The Floodwater Jug Band, has taken things up a notch with this new compilation, impishly titled Jugs Across America. It’s always been possible to find jug band music—either the original recordings, the ‘60s revivalists, or the […]

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Lord Green – Lord Green CD Review

Lord Green Lord Green Self released Lord Green is a reviewer’s dream—this EP is about five and a half minutes long, which means I can sit through the whole thing without having to devote an hour I’ll never get back again. In fact the copy I have only has three tracks, while the silkscreened artwork […]

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Food: It's Not Just for Elites

It’s going to take me a long time to fully understand the effects and implications of the first Slow Food Nation, held in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. The brain power on display was impressive enough: Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Michael Pollan, Winona LaDuke, Carlo Petrini, Raj Patel, Eric Schlosser, and other luminaries took […]

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UR Here: Inscrutable Iowa

This is the month of masks. As the calendar veers toward the month’s end, more and more false faces and outré makeup will replace our regular countenances. Who is that? Who are you really? In Iowa, I sometimes wonder if every day is Halloween. People from our state, as well as most Midwesterners, are stereotyped […]

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Paddle Power

“Some of us older people have problems with our knees, so we don’t want to jog, and racquetball is out,” Hinds said. It works the whole upper body and even the legs if the paddling is done correctly. Hinds would recommend the sport to anyone of any age, whether it’s for exercise or relaxation. Entry-level […]

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Border Dispute

Since 1992, Panchero’s Mexican Grill in downtown Iowa City has been serving burritos and other south-of-the-border foods to customers ranging from homegrown Iowa City residents to drunken college kids. It’s the flagship location for a restaurant that has branched into 17 states across the country. A year ago, a new “hombre” rolled into town—one with […]

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Green Light

Energy crisis? This phrase makes the nightly news every week. The rising costs of nearly everything, including food, gasoline and home energy, has become a slow, insidious flood of its own that shows no signs of receding during the long winter months ahead. Both presidential candidates produce sound bites saying they understand the challenges facing […]

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