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Music that never gets old

DAN WATSON

February 19, 2009

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 and proceeded to walk down the highway, never to return to the undertaking....

Swinging and swaying to the music

REBECCA KOONS

February 19, 2009

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 St., as part of the “Java Blend” series. The group has received positive...

Menu: Chicken curry and kheer

DI ARTS STAFF

February 19, 2009

Watching this weekend’s Academy Awards show, a night for celebrities to flaunt their bony bods, might bring on some mighty strong munchies to those whose careers don’t depend on cellulite (or lack thereof). Celebrate your right to eat in the style of Slumdog Millionaire, this year’s front-runner...

Foxy Shazam, ‘Evel Knievel’ of rock and roll brings act to Picador

MELEA ANDRYS

February 18, 2009

Though the name Foxy Shazam would be a perfect title for a blaxploitation film, five guys from Ohio think it’s also fitting for their own special brand of piano-driven punk. “[Foxy Shazam] was formed about the same way as any other band, really — we were all in bands around Cincinnati, and after...

Slumdog draws backlash from India

DAN WATSON

February 18, 2009

A camera focuses on one tiny metal and concrete shack. It pulls away to reveal more huts, seemingly stacked on top of each other. One more zoom out and the audience is presented with the vast underworld of a faraway land; the slums of Mumbai, India. The scene is stunning and now quite controversial,...

Book review: Leering at Lear in Moore’s Fool

DAN WATSON

February 17, 2009

“Shagging,” “boinking,” “boffing,” and “fuckery” may not be words one conjures up when thinking about Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, but they have their places in comic novelist Christopher Moore’s retelling, Fool. Anyone familiar with the play knows that the character of the fool...

When times are dull, the dull make films like Confessions of a Shopaholic

RACHAEL LANDER

February 16, 2009

** out of ***** Hi, my name is Rachael, and I’m a shopaholic. What? Now they have shopaholics-anonymous meetings? Well, I don’t know about the existence of said groups in reality, but they are oddly present in the new flick Confessions of a Shopaholic. Based on the book of the same name by Sophie...

The ridiculous horror of Friday the 13th

JED MILLER

February 16, 2009

** out of ***** Friday the 13th is a collection of ridiculousness. This movie seems to demand snark. During several moments, assorted whispers and giggles could be heard throughout the theater. Let’s start with this: Apparently, Jason is a drug dealer. This sounds preposterous. Why give your business...

Cook-in-Progress: Baked honey mustard chicken

DI STAFF

February 16, 2009

Chicken nuggets just not what they used to be? Looking to avoid the George Foreman grill tonight? Arts reporter Jed Miller knows a new way to make a chicken dinner more exciting. Try this cheap and easy recipe for a delicious meal for two, bound to please even the pickiest eater. Baked Honey Mustard...