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Becoming Roxie: For Iowa City’s Jason Seaba drag was a way to replace self-doubt with self-expression

It may be 2017, but tonight drag queen Roxie Mess is channeling her inner ’80s superstar. From the moment she takes the stage, she controls the crowd at Studio 13, the only gay bar in Iowa City. Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart” blasts through the speakers. Roxie struts on stage in a skin-tight, neon orange dress with pink frills and huge blonde hair that seems to take up more space than her actual head. Her 4-inch heels make her tower above the crowd at 6-foot-9. Her makeup is just as bright and jarring as the neon dress and makes it impossible for anyone to look away as she dances across the floor and against the wall. […]

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Studio 13 serves up joy and community this weekend

Christmas Potluck/Fundraiser Studio 13 — Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Dinner Studio 13 — Sunday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. For the fifth year, Studio 13 (13 S Linn St., Iowa City) will host a holiday potluck and fundraiser on the Sunday before Christmas, which falls this year on Dec. 18. The tradition […]

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Viewers watched Clinton, Trump face off as presidential race enters last six weeks

Voters watched the presidential candidates — Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump — face off for the first time last night in a national debate. And with the candidates on a split-screen with nowhere to hide, viewers had plenty of time to judge their facial expressions and reactions as well as […]

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Parade, pageant and performances round out Iowa City Pride Week

Iowa City Pride Week 2016 kicked off this Monday with the Big Gay Bar Crawl and continues into the weekend with a parade, festival and multiple performances. In light of the tragic deaths and injuries that occurred Sunday morning at Orlando’s Pulse night club, free counseling will be provided during the Iowa City Pride Festival. […]

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Yo, IC! Where the party at? Your 2015 guide to New Year’s Eve in Iowa City

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner… and you’re still looking for plans? Well, look no further: Paris Je T’aime FilmScene — 4 p.m. $22 Bonne année! Join your fellow Francophiles for the third-annual Parisian NYE celebration at FilmScene. Countdown en français with champagne, pâtisserie and a livestream from the Eiffel Tower, followed by […]

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I.C. Kings to headline holiday show this Thursday at Studio 13

I.C. Kings present: Holiday Packages Studio 13 — Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9:30 p.m. This Thursday, the I.C. Kings — a drag king troupe based in Iowa City — bring their gender norm-challenging, highly entertaining act to Studio 13 once again for a specialty holiday event. The show, dubbed “Holiday Packages,“ will include all of […]

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