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Brock About Town: Corona Time

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this article, the seriousness of the threat of COVID-19 in Iowa—and the world at large—has continued to escalate. There are now 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, which is likely to rise, and mass closings of businesses and public spaces have taken place. The CDC is recommending self-isolation […]

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Brock About Town: Stage fright

Last weekend was Floodwater Comedy Festival, Iowa City’s annual celebration of all things funny and memento mori for its comedians. (“Oh my God, it’s February again. I should do one of my new routines, but I feel like I’ve barely written anything since last year. What am I doing with my life? If I don’t […]

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Brock About Town: Anxiety

As a comedian, I try to stay up to date on the latest trends and issues. If I’m going to make people laugh, I need to know what they care about (and, more importantly, what they hate. When the fickle tide of public opinion turns against someone or something, from a celebrity accused of sexual […]

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Brock About Town: Valentine’s Day date ideas

Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there. Don’t let the rose petals scattered all over the bed fool you, you’re not interrupting anything. He just canceled on me. Apparently, “Saturdays are for the boys.” Will you help me blow out all these candles? I think I might have misunderstood the nature of this relationship. […]

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Brock About Town: Winter Storm Jacob

My dear readers, as I write this, Iowa City is buckling down for some serious snow. I went to Hy-Vee this morning, where a 50-year-old woman elbowed me in the ribs because I was blocking her access to a five-pound box of Rice-a-Roni. When I made the pathetic little scoffing noise that passes for confrontation in such a situation, she shrugged […]

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Brock About Town: Resolutions

Welcome to the first Little Village of 2020! By the time you read this, I will be lying on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, sunlight bouncing off my chalk-white thighs, blinding seagulls as they fly overhead. Yeah, yeah, I’m a traitor to my community. Before I commence guzzling Mai Tais and definitely getting through all those books in my […]

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Brock About Town: Be Best

Hello and welcome to the 2019 Best of the CRANDIC issue! A couple months back, we asked you to tell us your favorite places in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area — the best desserts, the best bar for dancing, the hottest band — and we, through a grueling March Madness-style process that may or may not have involved dark magic, […]

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Brock About Town: Giving back

I absolutely guarantee that none of you had as much fun as me this Halloween. I went to seven parties, wore three different costumes and ate 16 percent of my body weight in Twizzlers alone. I’m starting to think this phone number on my arm might be a tattoo, because it’s been a week and I still can’t get it to come off. Easily the spookiest thing I […]

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Brock About Town: Sportsball

A few weeks ago, I boldly went where this humor columnist has never gone before: a football game. I feel like it was against Middle Tennessee? Never let it be said that I haven’t stepped outside my comfort zone in the interest of journalism. You might well ask, “Audrey, how is it that you lived here your entire life and graduated from the University of Iowa […]

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Brock About Town: Wisdom of the ages

Since I graduated college, a terrifying transformation has begun to occur. The music at the hip student bars has become too loud for me, so on Saturday nights, I test out soup recipes in my Crock-Pot while I watch Jeopardy! I have purchased multiple cardigans in various shades of moss. I do the crossword puzzle every morning. In short, I […]

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Brock About Town: Comedy etiquette

Welcome to the comedy issue of Little Village! This is my favorite issue we’ve put out because, well, I love comedy (thank God for that, because I’m in a little deep to back out now) and I’m excited to share it with all of you. I’m hoping this issue will inspire you to come out to shows, open mics and other comedy events as audience members […]

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