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Nine disability friendly businesses in Iowa City to visit this holiday season

Here are a few suggestions for feel-good holiday giving from Seen & Heard, a new community integration project run by Systems Unlimited, which works to increase visibility for people with disabilities in Iowa City. Every single day since the project began in August, we’ve been out meeting with community leaders, enjoying Iowa City’s cultural opportunities […]

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Uptown Bill’s may soon close

In a city with a surprising number of coffee shops, Uptown Bill’s stands out as a unique place. Part coffeehouse, part performance venue, part used bookstore, in the words of Tom Gilsenan, who ran it for eight years before his retirement in June, it’s “a place where everybody is welcome, no matter what their station […]

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A celebration in honor of Bill Sackter, champion of abilities awareness in public life

Bill Sackter’s Birthday Bash Uptown Bill’s — Thursday-Sunday, April 13-16 In honor of Bill Sackter’s life and legacy, Wild Bill’s Coffeeshop and Uptown Bill’s Coffeehouse will hold their annual celebration over the course of this weekend, from Sackter’s birthday through Sunday, April 16. Sackter would’ve been 104 on Thursday, April 13. He spent 44 years […]

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Fundraiser at Uptown Bill’s ahead of NAMI’s Day on the Hill

Ahead of a summit on Iowa’s capitol hill to lobby for mental health advocacy, local organizers have set up an event at Uptown Bill’s (730 S Dubuque St) showcasing music from Sarabeth Weszely, readings and information on mental health. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. All money received from donations will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Iowa. […]

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Catch up with Iowa City songstress Jennifer Danielson

Iowa City’s Jennifer Danielson will be playing Uptown Bill’s Coffee House this Saturday at 7 p.m. as part of the venue’s Saturday Night Music Night series. Danielson’s music is very much in the vein of local legends Bo Ramsey and Greg Brown (who, incidentally, appears as a backing vocalist on several of Danielson’s recordings). Her songs are thoughtful and lived-in, built around her acoustic guitar and strong, angelic voice,.. […]

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