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Most people became aware of Leslie Hall a few years back, when her YouTube videos went viral. People forward links to all their friends for, as they say, the LULZ. Laughing at the unselfconsciously ridiculous people on the internet always has a cruel edge to it, but Leslie was never oblivious to her ridiculosity. In fact, it’s been the unifying attribute of her public persona.

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Recasting Corn

This summer I visited a Democratic meet-up in Marion, Iowa, where a new candidate for Secretary of Agriculture is looking to rebrand our state’s chief export. But not through marketing–through a new vision of sustainable agriculture, one that posits the problems presented by an over-reliance on fossil fuels as an opportunity to reevaluate the future of farming in Iowa.

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Gimme a (Line) Break

In a town like Iowa City, there’s no shortage of writers. It seems like everywhere you go–the Java House, The Times Club at Prairie Lights, the Burlington street Kum-and-Go at midnight on a Tuesday–you run into someone who either writes, wants to write, or (possibly) is holding a Pulitzer prize.

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Cracking Up the Culture Code

Back in 1992, Seattle was engulfed in an inferno of hype after the commercial rise of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Kurt Cobain’s little band that could. “Seattle,” SPIN magazine declared, “is currently to the rock ‘n’ roll world what Bethlehem was to Christianity.” The hunt was on for the next big thing, the newest scene.

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Event Photos: Sam Locke Ward, Lonelyhearts at the Mill 8/19

If you’ve been paying attention, I am a huge fan of both Sam and the Lonelyhearts, so when they ended up on a bill together at the Mill, I was super happy. I hope you were lucky enough to sit in on this musical delight. See what I saw below.

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Event Photos: Sand in the City 8/20

For all of you who breezed back into town for the start of this semester, I hope you were here early enough to catch this whimsical event that allowed us to pretend we were on a beach when we were really on Iowa Avenue.   Sand in the City brought together teams of local businesses, organizations, […]

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Iowa City Weekender: September 2-6

Big Boi. For FREE. Need I say more? This is a true hip-hop legend and you should not miss it. NOTE: Due to rain this week, the field at Hubbard Park is too wet for the stage and the 1,000s of dancing feet looking forward to converging on Hawkapalooza this evening. So the show has been moved indoors, to the IMU main lounge. […]

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Night Vision

DOWNLOAD >> Cola Heavy Nights A New Compilation from Night-People Naked on the Vague – Making Enemies (unreleased–from forthcoming split with Wet Hair) The Twerps – Good Advice (from The Twerps) PC Worship – Staring at the Sun (unreleased) Lazer Zeppelin – This Heart (from Pyramid Echo) The Pheromoans – Stubble Brothers (from The Pheromoans) […]

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Sad Iron Music on Little Village Live

Little Village Live kicked off it’s first post-summer break show last week, hosting local music group Sad Iron Music. The group played a number of Tom Petty covers, promoting their Rock U: A Study of Tom Petty show later that evening at The Mill, which included various local artists. Sad Iron Music treated Little Village […]

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Tapes 'n Tapes: KRUI In-Studio Performance with Little Village Magazine

Music aficionados and Weekender subscribers alike are already well-aware of the impending Tapes n’ Tapes visit to The Mill this weekend, but what you may not have heard is that this highly-acclaimed group will be putting on a special performance earlier in the day, hosted by Little Village Magazine, live from the KRUI 89.7 FM studios.

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Iowa City Weekender: August 26-29

Greetings Weekenders! In classic Iowa City style, this weekend the whole town is pulling out all the stops to welcome all you academics out there to a brand new school year, chock-full of nonstop, heady fun. Personally, I intend to be everywhere, all of the time. Here’s how: THURSDAY: Pure Party. Raise a glass to […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 19-21

If video content does not load correctly, please view original post here THURSDAY 9 Parts of Desire | Riverside Festival Stage at City Park | 8 p.m. | $8-12 Tonight is opening night for Dreamwell Theatre and Iowa City Community Theatre’s production of 9 Parts of Desire, a play by Heather Raffo that offers a […]

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