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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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Food: It's Not Just for Elites

It’s going to take me a long time to fully understand the effects and implications of the first Slow Food Nation, held in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. The brain power on display was impressive enough: Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Michael Pollan, Winona LaDuke, Carlo Petrini, Raj Patel, Eric Schlosser, and other luminaries took […]

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Border Dispute

Since 1992, Panchero’s Mexican Grill in downtown Iowa City has been serving burritos and other south-of-the-border foods to customers ranging from homegrown Iowa City residents to drunken college kids. It’s the flagship location for a restaurant that has branched into 17 states across the country. A year ago, a new “hombre” rolled into town—one with […]

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Mix It Up

[audio:Double_Dee_Steinski_-_Lesson_1_The_Payoff_Mix.mp3] Double Dee & Steinski – The Lesson 1 – The Payoff.mp3 [audio:Double_Dee_Steinski_-_Lesson_2_The_James_Brown_Mix.mp3] Double Dee & Steinski – The Lesson 2 – The James Brown Mix.mp3 [audio:Double_Dee_Steinski_-_Lesson_3_History_of_Hip_Hop_Mix.mp3] Double Dee & Steinski – The Lesson 3 – History of Hip Hop.mp3 The most unlikely outsiders to make a distinct, lasting impact on hip-hop were two ad […]

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On the Beat: Spirited shows

Welcome to the War on Xmas, pt. II. If it were up to me, starting every Oct. 1st, every department store–and one random radio station–would start playing Halloween music all damn day and night. From the classics (Boris Pickett’s “Monster Mash”) to unheralded gems (Bob Marley’s “Dracula”) to the downright stupid (Zacherley’s “Dinner with Drac”), […]

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Movie Review: Edge of Heaven

The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Directed by Fatih Akin October 3-5, Bijou There is an old poem by Horace that celebrates simple country living; its surprise ending is that the whole thing turns out to be the pitch of a city dweller trying to sell some rural property. During the Olympics, there […]

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Free Rice and Ennui

Can’t seem to focus on work today and wish you could feed the hungry and test your vocabulary at the same time? Then check out FreeRice.com, prove you know what an “eland” is, and get 20 grains of rice donated to the United Nations World Food Program for each correct answer. Oh, and, if vocabulary […]

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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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Iowa City Weekender – September 13-14

Little Village is going to monopolize this week’s weekender by highlighting I-Renew’s 2008 Energy and Sustainability Expo. No, it’s not the only thing to do this weekend, it’s just the only thing you SHOULD do. Keep your eyes on the sustainable prize of an earth that loves its inhabitants. Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September […]

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Iowa City Weekender – September 5-7

Well folks, sometimes you get so busy you don’t have a  whole lot of time for fun, or in the case of this week, time to even think about the fun. This week was one of those weeks, so in abreviated fashion, here are a few options for your Friday and Saturday nights. Friday, September […]

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The Sit-Down with Betsy Hickok

If you see a lady with a ladder circling your favorite tree this fall, she just might be Betsy Hickok. Musician, writer, and “leaf artist” extraordinaire, Betsy discusses a creative hobby that brings her close to nature. LV: Tell me about your art, what you do. BH: Each fall, I go out looking for the […]

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