The Daily Iowan

Local-music group a Babel of languages

ERIC SUNDERMANN

June 25, 2009

Six women sitting around a table — chatting and laughing at 100 mph — is quite intimidating for an outsider. For Kol Shira, Iowa City’s own world-music group, it’s just a typical night. “If we know we have songs to...

The Skinny: The Bridge

ELLEN HARRIS

June 25, 2009

Ready for a fitter, happier, and healthier you? The DI is here to help. Each week, we’ll feature a new yoga pose you can easily incorporate into your daily regimen to promote oneness of body, mind, and spirit. This week: Th...

Tracks from the past: Lou Bega

RYAN FOSMARK

June 25, 2009

Lou Bega Ten years ago, Lou Bega dominated the international charts with his hit single “Mambo No. 5.” The track set an unprecedented — and as of yet unbeaten — record in France, topping the charts for 20 weeks. With B...

Book Review: Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy a candy-coated la-la land

ELLEN HARRIS

June 24, 2009

Lauren Conrad is a beautiful girl. She hasn’t done anything exemplary with her life, but at least she has looks going for her. Her five-season stint on MTV’s “The Hills” saw her long curls transform from bleached blonde...

Medium: Summer’s Blockbuster’s interwoven cast

ELLEN HARRIS

June 24, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comes out today, in one of those rare Wednesday releases. Filmed in the desert of New Mexico on a $200 million budget — one of the largest outlays of the summer — director Michael Bay can ...

DVD Vault: The Warriors

TANNER KOOMAR

June 24, 2009

A place for us to reminisce about the movies we loved, lost, and still live for to this day. The Warriors Movies get blamed for all kinds of things — from teenage promiscuity to violence desensitization. Few movies have ev...

Poetry Review: Robert Wachal, a taste of November poems

KRISTEN PETERS

June 23, 2009

Robert Wachal sits in the local pub Donnelly’s with wife Jane McCune — both sipping on cocktails and both appearing as much in love as they were when they married three decades ago. They have lived in Iowa City since before...

Refining the badass bit

ERIC SUNDERMANN

June 23, 2009

Deer Tick’s newest album, Born on Flag Day, makes a bold statement that deserves a shot of whiskey. ***** out of ***** The album erupts with “Easy,” a song that makes a statement, giving a big “fuck you” to anyo...

Something a bit different at the Mill

RYAN FOSMARK

June 23, 2009

The Mill has always been a venue for eclectic, down-home music, but tonight, the local venue is housing a gig of a different breed when it plays host to three bands. Gypsy Nomads, Acoustic Guillotine, and Snow Demon will play...

Bitch Please: Michael Cera

ELLEN HARRIS AND ERIC SUNDERMANN

June 23, 2009

George-Michael all the way! Michael Cera may not be the world’s most versatile actor, but it works for him. Endearing as George-Michael Bluth in the cult-classic television series “Arrested Development,” Cera fumbled and...

Riverside Theatre’s Richard III delivers powerful punch

ELLEN HARRIS

June 22, 2009

The June 19 stormy weather chased off some of the opening-night patrons, but Richard III, the second show of the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, went on as planned, with the full cast taking the stage at 8 p.m. in the h...

Movie review: Year One

ERIC SUNDERMANN

June 22, 2009

0 out of ***** Year One — Hollywood’s latest excuse for a comedy — hit theatres this past weekend. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, who have both come off a fairly successful 2008, with hits like Black’s Tropic T...