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Blinded by gospel

ERIC SUNDERMANN

December 10, 2009

Filed under Arts

The only thing that hasn’t changed during the seven decades of the Blind Boys of Alabama’s career is the music. “When you love what you do, when you enjoy what you do, it just gives you the adrenaline to keep going,”...

Writers’ Workshop still going strong

ERIC ANDERSEN

December 10, 2009

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Graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop have gone on to do great things, but in many cases, their stories become hazy once they leave the UI. But a number of recent Writers’ Workshop graduates have begun to find success in...

One inspiring yard sale

JOSIE JONES

December 10, 2009

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For Maggie Conroy and four of her friends, deciding what was trash and was treasure wasn’t a simple process. After holding a yard sale in June with items they narrowed down to be least important, Conroy, who holds an M.F.A....

Reading on an anonymous scale

BEN EVANS

December 10, 2009

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Musicians, poets, and painters might dwell in different artistic realms, but tonight they will share one stage. “Anonymous Readings” will begin at 9 p.m. at Quinton’s, 215 E. Washington St. Admission for the event is free. Travis...

Avant-garde of a theatrical nature

DEE FABBRICATORE

December 10, 2009

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“By virtue of having a face, I must carry an expression.” Lisa Leaverton once used this line in a writing workshop, and now, she has turned the concept into a fully evolved play. “I took it from there and investigated...

Do-it-yourself with a punk twist

REBECCA KOONS

December 10, 2009

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At the “What a Load of Craft!” fair, one can knit and headbang at the same time, all while sporting a gem sweater. The fair’s organizers, Susan Junis and Grace Locke Ward, have moved the festival to a new, bigger venue...

Commentary: A letter to Tiger Woods

ERIC SUNDERMANN

December 10, 2009

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Dear Mr. Woods, Please, take my advice — look to David Letterman. In October, Mr. Letterman came on his show and told a story. He said a man blackmailed him and accused him of doing “terrible things.” Letterman continued...

Commentary: A very tuba Christmas

PATRICK BIGSBY

December 10, 2009

Filed under Arts

This week’s snowfall is just one more reminder that the holiday season is right around the corner. Santa (or at the very least, a Santa impersonator) is encamped in the mall, and radio stations are exploring new techniques for...

iPod Playlist: Best Holiday Pop Songs

DI STAFF

December 10, 2009

Filed under Arts

The holidays are a time for family togetherness, hot chocolate, aiding those in need, and a Santa Claus-sized helping of Christmas-theme albums from your favorite pop stars. Here’s some awesome ones: • Mariah Carey, “All...

Tracks from the Past: The Ramones

DI STAFF

December 10, 2009

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Ramones: Ramones I don’t care what anyone says, Joey Ramone is a stud. His lanky legs, long hair, dramatic shades, tight pants, and staggering vocal cords were enough to get me hooked. Ramones was the Ramones album I was in...