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Beatles cover band on the long & winding road to Iowa City

MELEA ANDRYS

February 26, 2009

It’s been 25 years worth of hard day’s nights, and Mark Benson has been workin’ like a dog. “Even though we’ve been at this for quite some time, we still study videotapes to make sure we’re not imitating something...

Poet Bialosky returns to read from Intruder

RACHAEL LANDER

February 26, 2009

While completing their degrees, some Iowa Writers’ Workshop students can only dream of coming back to Prairie Lights Books as the featured author of the night. For graduate Jill Bialosky, it will become a reality. The Writers’...

Sex advice and the UI law school for Dan Savage

JED MILLER

February 26, 2009

John Edwards, Tom Vilsack, and Dan Savage — these three men have very little in common. Edwards and Vilsack are prominent politicians, while the last rose to fame as a sex-advice columnist. The connecting thread among the...

Horde: Horde has high hopes for heavy metal, looks to Picador performance

REBECCA KOONS

February 26, 2009

It appears as if today, pure, unadulterated heavy metal is absent from the popular music scene. But it’s the “power of the riff” that propels John Hopkins and the rest of the Horde members, who said they are determined to...

Family Groove Company brings funky Sound to Yacht Club

DAN WATSON

February 26, 2009

The band Family Groove Company isn’t a family. It’s not a company, either. But the band members got one word in their name right: groove. The Chicago four will bring their funky sound to the Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., on...

Local bands battle, measure for measure, for spot in summer festival

NICK FETTY

February 26, 2009

American music festivals have grown immensely in popularity over the last couple decades, with new ones popping up in every part of the country each year. On Friday, five Iowa City bands will compete to perform at one of the larger...

Saving more than just the books

KATIE HANSON

February 26, 2009

Thanks to public libraries, books are free for anyone with a laminated card. Accessible books are a community service in Iowa so ingrained that envisioning life without them is next to impossible. But Cedar Rapids has lived without...

Talking about more than the vagina

JED MILLER

February 26, 2009

There is never a normal night at the Alley Cabaret. Walk through the dark hall, onto the stage of the Englert Theatre, and expect to see anything from juggling to classic plays. This weekend, the 1920s-inspired set will host 17...

Getting way under the skin

RACHAEL LANDER

February 26, 2009

Most people associate scars with visible markings on the skin. But not every wound is such a noticeable reminder of pain. Deep emotional scars, which leave no trace of pain to the naked eye, are often ignored. UI graduate student...

Menu: Zesty hamburgers and Boston baked beans

DI ARTS STAFF

February 26, 2009

With the cold winter weather dragging into March, we’re all becoming anxious for summer. Grilling is synonymous with the hot season, where foods such as burgers, potato salad and baked beans are staple dishes. While Iowa is...

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season five drowning in its own suck

RACHAEL LANDER

February 25, 2009

Here’s a riddle: What’s hotter than a naked James Franco in a Jacuzzi? To this girl, the answer is the unmatchably sexy man animals known as McDreamy and McSteamy (doctors Derek Shepherd and Mark Sloan) of ABC’s hit drama...

These Arms Are Snakes bites a piece out of Iowa City nightlife

BRIAN DAU

February 25, 2009

When I spoke with bassist Brian Cook of Seattle’s These Arms Are Snakes, the rest of the band was in the middle of a sound check at the first stop on the group’s current national tour. As such, nearly everything he said was...