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Nothing furry about the music

RACHAEL LANDER

March 27, 2009

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Fear not, no animals were harmed in the making of this band. Handsome Furs is just a clever name for two very real people who thrive on travel, performing, and making music. Handsome Furs will play the Mill, 120 E. Burlington,...

Trendspotter: Twitter

HANNAH LAWRENCE

March 27, 2009

Filed under Arts

It’s hard to believe Twitter — something that even gives us pleasure when we say it out loud — is the devil. But this week’s hottest twend — I mean trend — is as hellish as Krispy Kreme donuts and those rubber shoes...

Haute cuisine for the thin-wallet set

KATIE HANSON

March 27, 2009

Filed under Arts

A quick flip through Gourmet magazine or the New York Times Dining section reveals numerous fabulous recipes — which require ingredients the average reader may not even recognize and certainly doesn’t have in her or his kitchen. Karen...

‘Haunting Villisca’ explores famed Iowa ax slayings

KATIE HANSON

March 26, 2009

Filed under Arts

Let’s play some word association. Detroit = Economic ruin. Palm Beach = Old people. It’s simple enough, but some towns can’t escape what they’re connected to, even 100 years after the acts. For Villisca, Iowa, the...

Madeline, from children’s book to Englert

KATIE HANSON

March 26, 2009

Filed under Arts

People who still chow down freedom fries may be dismayed to learn one of literature’s gutsiest young ladies is a blue-blooded Parisian. In his six original stories, Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic character Madeline battles near-drowning,...

Pearl explores the mystery after Dickens

REBECCA KOONS

March 26, 2009

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Harvard and Yale graduate turned New York Times bestselling author Matthew Pearl is a prime example of being well-rounded. A Florida native, Pearl studied literature and law, but his passion for the former re-emerged as almost...

A punch not rude at all at Picador

HANNAH LAWRENCE

March 26, 2009

Filed under Arts

Rude Punch’s sound is closer to Bob Marley than Slipknot, which is saying a lot considering Rude Punch hails from Iowa and not Jamaica. With the humble beginning of playing as high-school students in Davenport, Adam Tucker...

Lux explores progressive vs. conservative

REBECCA KOONS

March 26, 2009

Filed under Arts

Even though politics can be a hot-button issue for many people, there are still those who prefer to take both sides equally into account and see what kind of effect each side has had and will make on the U.S. sociopolitical landscape. Michael...

Big Poppa slamming to rights through poetry

MELEA ANDRYS

March 26, 2009

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Renowned slam poet Eirik Ott loved it when rapper Mos Def called him “Big Poppa” behind the scenes at HBO’s “DEF Poetry Jam.” “There was this one time backstage, [the performers] were waiting for the show to start,...

Hey, Slick — gotta story?

DAN WATSON

March 26, 2009

Filed under Arts

Here are some synonyms for the term “slick” when applied to describing literature: smooth, fluent, polished. Too much slickness in a short fiction story, and the work can become pompous; too little, and the work may come off...

Enemy of the People, fits well in ‘Season of Inciting Theatre’

KATIE HANSON

March 26, 2009

Filed under Arts

This year is rather timely for Dreamwell Theatre’s season-opener. In an era in which people are losing their jobs, their homes, and their comfortable standard of living, sacrificing health in the name of economic security might...

Menu: Tater tot casserole

DI ARTS STAFF

March 26, 2009

Filed under Arts

Missing the delicious taste of a meal Mom used to make? Here is a recipe for Tater Tot casserole, a tasty — and relatively easy — dish that college students can whip up in fewer than 30 minutes and kick the homesick blues...