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Iowa City Weekender – January 23-25

It’s cold outside. That means two things: bad global warming denial jokes, and more time spent inside. But, all that indoor partying, snacking or sitting on one’s butt, requires some outdoor activity, so here’s 4 reasons to stay in and one reason to go out. Friday, January 23 The Thinkin’ Lincoln exhibit is gone from […]

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Iowa City Weekender – January 16-18

Iowa City, it’s been too long. We’ve missed you. But we had a good break. Hope you enjoyed your festivus, like the rest of us. It’s January, so it’s time to make some resolutions. Here goes: 1) More weekenders. That’s right, we’re coming back after a short hiatus. And we’re starting this weekend, see below. […]

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On the Beat: Prepare to be judged

January is the month of perpetual hangovers, and if December was any indication, the whole damn town might be frozen over. So I’m going to partake in the long tradition of using the New Year to pass judgment and make changes—though, not on myself (fine, more vegetables), but on the local venues (Mill: more vegetables!). […]

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Spoils from the Soil

Now I am terrified at the Earth, it is that calm and patient, It grows such sweet things out of such corruptions, It turns harmless and stainless on its axis, with such endless successions of diseas’d corpses, It distills such exquisite winds out of such infused fetor, It renews with such unwitting looks its prodigal, […]

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Laughing Matters

A barstool and microphone left on a small stage isn’t just a scene from New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago. Iowa has it’s comedy clubs too. Though few in number, a visit to any of these comedy havens rewards the audience with just as much laughter and talent as you’d find in the entertainment […]

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Movie Review: Australia

Australia Directed by Baz Luhrman Drama, 165 Minutes One of the great pleasures of the movies is seeing what a purposeful filmmaker can do with an old genre or story by attempting to remake it in her or his own image. Such was the case with Baz Luhrman’s last film, 2001’s Moulin Rouge, his hyperkinetic […]

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Book Smart

In this world of excess where all of us end up spending money on things we don’t need, and racking up credit card debt to do it, why not think twice about your luxury purchases? I know when I go on a shopping spree, I always feel better about myself if I come to my […]

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Tofu: The Other Holiday Meat

While traveling West on my way to can salmon in Alaska, I stopped in Tacoma, Washington, to stay the night with my aunt and uncle. My cousin had just graduated high school and the graduation party spread was available for post-driving snacks. I excitedly munched the baby carrots and dipped the cut cauliflower and broccoli […]

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On the Beat: Breaking in the new year

I want to have a commemorative plate destruction party. I was thinking about some Christmastime introduction to this column, and all I could think about was some single woman carefully setting up commemorative plates around her living room, in their little stands, and getting the lighting just right, and it was making me insane with […]

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Talking Movies: A Half-Jigger of Solace

How many children does Lady Macbeth have? That’s the kind of ridiculous question a certain strain of literature teacher will torture students with. The answer, obviously, is: Shakespeare would have told us, had it been important. Nevertheless, there are a few characters who so transcend their storylines that they really do acquire lives of their […]

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Hog Haven

As local officials responded to the threat of floods in southeastern Iowa with repeated appeals for help with sandbagging, I jumped at the chance—to bury my head in the sand, or a sandbag, whatever could be spared. The last time I volunteered during a disaster, the results were disastrous. I’d been part of a mission […]

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