The Daily Iowan

For football’s Seth Olsen, the game is all about Faith

AMIE KIEHN

February 19, 2009

Filed under Sports

Grace Community Church in North Liberty is not ostentatious. The dull, pale blue walls are empty of any iconic wooden crosses, paintings of the Last Supper or stained-glass windows — the one the church does have is hidden behind...

Hoopsters eye Badgers as ‘must’ win on path to NCAA Tournament

JEFF PAWOLA

February 19, 2009

Filed under Sports

The Iowa women’s basketball team (16-9, 9-5) will entertain Wisconsin (15-11, 5-10) today at 7:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes beat the Badgers, 73-63, in each team’s first Big Ten game of the season, in Madison...

Tennis’s Alexis Dorr balances 21 semester hours, job, tennis

ROBBIE LEHMAN

February 19, 2009

Filed under Sports

Iowa women’s tennis player Alexis Dorr’s favorite professional tennis player is Roger Federer. And Dorr and Federer share a common characteristic in their lives: They both have incredibly busy schedules. While Federer has...

Farley rockets into history

JAKE KRZECZOWSKI

February 19, 2009

Filed under Sports

The hurdles event is one of precision. One small mistake can make the difference between first and last place. Karessa Farley knows this. Last week at the Iowa State Classic, she was perfect, clearing the 60-meter hurdles with...

William Whitmore, prairie home compadre, returns to fans in Iowa City

MELEA ANDRYS

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

“The outhouse is pretty neat, but someday, I’m probably gonna get me some indoor plumbing,” William Whitmore said. “It’s one of my long-term goals.” It’s fitting that the cabin of the Iowa City music fixture is...

Drama on the quick-quick at UI play festival

DAN WATSON

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

Imagine the hustle and bustle going on behind the curtain during a play — the stage manager barking orders, actors rapidly changing costumes, stagehands shuttling on and off the set, and all of the other teeming associated with...

Mason Jennings bring music from the woods to Englert

BRIAN DAU

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

In the style of his favorite authors, Mason Jennings likes to keep his music simple. Like Cormac McCarthy and Nicole Krauss (who penned his favorite book, A History of Love), Jennings subscribes to a “less is more” ethos evident...

Rubblebucket relies on music education for rock-band success

NICK FETTY

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

Getting a degree in music is often seen as a the pathway to becoming a music teacher. But for Afro-beat/rock band Rubblebucket Orchestra, getting a musical education was key to success as a rock band. With such a diverse instrumentation,...

Red and Eds, from basements to Yacht Club

NICK FETTY

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

In the basement of a house on Lucas Street, three longtime friends rehearse for an upcoming show at venue they are quite familiar with. After a couple hours of playing their newest tunes, the three seem ready for their performance...

Seemingly divergent Gabriel Houck and Xu Xi find common ground in nonfiction

BRIAN DAU

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

Gabriel Houck and Xu Xi don’t have much in common. Born in different hemispheres (Houck in the United States and Xu in Hong Kong) and interested in different aspects of humanity, it’s difficult to imagine what could bring...

Music that never gets old

DAN WATSON

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

In 1974, Joe Price was painting the flagpole at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City. He was nearly one-third of the way done when the height made him sick. Fed up with his day job, he climbed down the scaffolding...

Swinging and swaying to the music

REBECCA KOONS

February 19, 2009

Filed under Arts

They didn’t have to travel far to find what they were looking for. The members of She Swings, She Sways didn’t even have to leave Iowa. The Ottumwa-based band will perform at noon on Friday at Java House, 211 1/2 E. Washington...