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Appaloosa Movie review

Appaloosa Narrative, 108 min Directed by Ed Harris Once upon a time in the American cinema, the western was king. Between the silent era and the late 1970’s, the U.S. film industry churned out thousands of western movies, most of them toward the end of that time starring Clint Eastwood. Not so today, when fans […]

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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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Prairie Pop: Turn Off Your Radio

Copyright infringement, billboard “alteration,” an evil secret society known as the Illuminati, country music legend Tammy Wynette, the incineration of £1,000,000 in cash, and—most recently—No Music Day. These odd, interconnected events were engineered by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, an anarchic British pop duo who used several pseudonyms, including their most well known moniker, the […]

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The Sit Down with Laurel Snyder

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” –Madeleine L’Engle Laurel Snyder earned her master of fine arts in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2000. She is the author of two recently released children’s […]

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Crafty: The Gift of Yarn

Knitting and crocheting have undergone a startling social transformation in the last decade. No longer an outdated craft your grandmother taught you one rainy afternoon, it’s now the new way to express your creative side. My personal conversion probably had something to do with the fact that my long-time boyfriend’s family switched to handmade Christmas […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 31-November 2

Ok, this will be news to all of you: It’s Halloween. I know! Where would you be without the Weekender for such important breaking news? Well, that’s why we’re here for you. It is Halloween, and if trick or treating isnt on your agenda, a costume party probably is. Wherever you go, lets see who […]

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Fight! Fight! Fight!

I’ve had a fascination with best fight scene and best chase scene after the Great Huggies Chase from Raising Arizona and the fencing between equals of The Princess Bride (my bias possibly being influenced by the Under-29 Female Effect). But what about the worst? Ridicule is an equally fun form of entertainment, after all. And […]

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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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KRUI@CMJ – Late Thursday update

Oct 23, 2008, 8:09pm Our friends at KRUI caught a hot show last night with Lykke Li. I’ve never heard Lykke Li, or at least I’d never heard of them until I stopped by their MySpace page and found the song Little Bit. Where had I heard that? Turns out its been used in a […]

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Righteous Kill Movie Review

Righteous Kill Drama, 101 min Directed by Jon Avnet The buddy cop film has been a staple of the American cinema since at least the 1970’s, and it’s been tooled for everything from suspense to comedy to straight action, but rarely has it actually been about friendship. That makes Righteous Kill, the new cop drama […]

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