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First axe-tossing, now frappuccinos: Gateway One Plaza is getting a Starbucks

Construction has begun on a Starbucks at Gateway One Plaza. It is the second new business this year for the strip mall at the corner of Highway 1 and Riverside Drive. Hatchet Jack’s, Iowa City’s first axe-tossing bar, is currently in the final stages of construction and will open soon. The new store will be […]

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Forbidden Planet will close next week and reopen with a new concept and name

Forbidden Planet owner Tommy Connolly took to Facebook this afternoon to announce that the downtown Iowa City pizza arcade will be closing its doors for good next week. Responding to questions over the phone, Connolly said he expects the last day will be in the later half of next week, but couldn’t give an exact date. […]

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Get some coffee with a cop this Friday, you delinquents

Those looking for some extra face time with the Iowa City Police Department will get their chance Friday as local law enforcement and the Java House partner up for the area’s first “Coffee with a Cop” event. From 9-10 a.m., visitors will have a chance to sit down and chat with Officer David Schwindt, the […]

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The Times Club: Interview with Manager and Curator Pete Schulte

Pete Schulte came on board as manager and curator at the Times Club over the summer with hopes of changing how a social space such as a coffee shop can be activated and perceived anew through thoughtful curation and mediation. Since Pete’s first show Gone to the Other Side in September, The Times Club has […]

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Friday Night: Shondes & Adobanga @ The Blue Moose

As Josh Carrollhach mentioned in the comments on the Weekender: “Don't forget Brooklyn's Shondes with Adobanga at the Blue Moose. Opening is Katie Roche and The Horse Will Drive Us Home.” I did a quick listen to The Shondes and they play serious rock with a violin. Sounds like fun! And they’re an attractive group […]

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Celebrating Downtown

(With regard to: Press Citizen: Panhandling law passes first vote) Every weekend, heck, every day and every night, people get their friends together and head downtown. Why? Because downtown Iowa City is a legendary place that they’ve been hearing about for years. Their parents talked about it when they were babies. Their friends have looked […]

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Mountains: Choral

CD Reviews: February 2010 – Mountains recorded it’s third release, Choral, in front of a live audience with minimal overdubs added later for effect or layering. And despite the trappings of their genre (ambient), the record feels live, not stately. The Brooklyn-based duo pays attention to the listener, quietly adding elements like a fog descending […]

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