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Album Review: The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers I and Love and You Sony Records http://www.theavettbrothers.com/ North Carolina’s The Avett Brothers have always had a few too many ideas for their own good. The band’s 6th studio album, I and Love and You, fits into the lose framework of Americana, but within those confines the brothers Avett are all over […]

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Iowa City Weekender – Sept 3-6

THURSDAY Lupe Fiasco | Hubbard Park (Jefferson and Madison, across from the IMU) | 8 pm | FREE SCOPE Productions, the University of Iowa’s Student Commission on Programming and Entertainment, brings us Lupe Fiasco, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist from Chicago. Be sure to make it by 6 for free food and fellowship at the pep rally, […]

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Iowa City Weekender – August 27-30

Dear Students, I know the rain is a drag, but trust me, sunshine is not a required element in your ardent intellectual pursuit.  What you need is to complement your academic endeavors with a heaping weekendful of fine international cinema!  So I give to you, live (well, mostly prerecorded) from the greatest city in the […]

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Talking Movies: Screening Evil

One morning in April, I went to take my dog outside before I had to leave for work. I stepped onto our porch on Iowa Avenue and saw a young skinny man standing still on the sidewalk across the street. A woman with a video camera stood at a distance from him. Moments later, the […]

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I Pledge Allegiance to the HIP HOP

Even if the Wu-Tang Clan is a peripheral blip on your music radar, you probably at least have a vague notion that they’re nothing to fuck with, especially if you’ve seen more than a couple episodes of Chappelle’s Show. Their 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), became the prototype for over a decade of […]

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Iowa City Weekender – January 30-February 1

There’s a little something going on this Sunday called the Super Bowl. 43% of all U.S. households watch the event and chances are that, even if you think football is for savages, somebody will invite you for a party. You should go for the guacamole if nothing else. And did you know that the Super […]

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Vowell Language

Writer and social commentator Sarah Vowell, known for her contributions to public radio’s “This American Life,” has made good use of her droll sense of humor and distinctive voice in the past. She’s managed to take subjects as difficult as the Trail of Tears and presidential assassinations (the subject of her New York Times best-seller, […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 24-26

The weekend schedules are filling up again. In no small part because a number of CR based arts orgs are back from the flood. Likewise, Parkview Terrace, where I’ve owned an unoccupied house for six months is filling up again. My house is almost done and I’m getting ready to move this weekend. IT feels […]

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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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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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