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On the Scene: Iowa City Comedy

Rocks glasses, tumblers, coffee mugs and notebooks. Lots of notebooks. It’s a common scene at one of Iowa City’s open mic nights, where aspiring comedians try out new material. As a comedy lover and Iowa City resident I am happy to take a few bombs alongside the new favorite jokes because I love that there […]

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Art Show Photos: Jesse Albrecht, UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) Art Show, PS1 – 11/19

I presently catching up on my blogging — there are lots of shows from November that I hope to share with all of you in the next few days (if all goes as planned) so they’re likely to be brief and loaded with photos. Those of you who have read the December Issue of the […]

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Little Village vs. NaNoWriMo: Day 1

View all NaNoWriMo entries “Did you see the moon tonight?” he said. “No,” I said, “why?” “It doesn’t even look real, it looks like a painting of the moon, like at an opera.” “Have you ever even been to an opera?” I asked him. “No,” he said, “why?” “Then how would you know what it […]

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Binge Drinking, B.C.

Between the city council’s passage of the “21-Only” ordinance aimed at keeping those under the age of 21 out of Iowa City bars after 10 p.m. and The University of Iowa’s new “Think Before You Drink” initiative aimed at cracking down on tailgating-related drinking, the powers that be are hoping to alter the course of the river of booze that flows through Iowa City.

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Public Spaces

“Panhandling”–what it is, who can do it and where–has been a hot topic in Iowa City recently ever since the city council proposed–and ultimately passed–a new ordinance prohibiting “aggressive panhandling” in response to some folks’ concerns over solicitation on the ped mall. That there already were laws on the books prohibiting this–laws that had never […]

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Summertime

I first realized adults live lives quite different from children when I was 10 or so and asked one of my father’s employees what his plans were for the summer.

“Work,” he said, somewhat confused by my question.

“You don’t get the summer off?”

“No,” he said, “nobody does.”

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Dangerous Curves

Photos by Ofer Sivan I am in a large, crowded and noisy room watching a group of women on roller skates delivering powerful and cringe-inducing hits to one another and taking spills that no amount of protective padding–store bought or God-given–could ever fully protect them from. By day, they are college professors and paramedics and […]

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Fire up the grill

Commentary: April 2010 – Springtime, when it truly arrives in earnest, is usually heralded by trees sprouting their first buds, gardeners gleefully getting their knees muddy for the first time in months, snow blowers and lawnmowers switching places in their owners’ garages, and the rich, meaty “thwap” sound that baseballs make when they land true […]

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