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CALENDAR: Blues Pianist Marcia Ball

Fabulous blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball performs in Burlington on Nov. 30th •  The Festival of Trees Gala & Winter Ball benefits the Coralville Center for the performing Arts on Nov. 29 • It's the season of The Nutcracker! Don't miss the Nolte Academy performance Dec. 5-7 in Iowa City or Ballet Quad Cities' production Dec. 6-7 in Cedar Rapids ... read more


Come to Fairfield, the Christmas City, on Friday, Nov. 28 for the Holiday Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Enjoy carolers and horse-drawn wagon rides, and visit with Santa ... read more

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YouTube Piano Mania

Piano Students Rejoice—Find Songs on YouTube!

Two University of Iowa professors are on their way to recording more than 9,000 syllabus songs for students and teachers ... read more

UI piano project

Dance Legend

Lori Belilove Brings Isadora Duncan Dance to Fairfield

The natural grace and free movements of Isadora Duncan Dance came to Fairfield in mid-November when Lori Belilove brought her New York troupe to Iowa for two rare performances .... read more

lori belilove

Trailing Nature

Photo Contest: Nature in Jefferson County

Like taking pictures? Send your nature photos taken in the Jefferson County area to the Trailing Nature photo contest, sponsored by the Jefferson County Trails Council .... read more


jefferson county loop trail, radim schreiber

The Marching Queen

Shara Worden Brings My Brightest Diamond to the Mill

The hip indie singer likes to break down barriers with the audience and invite them into the performance ... read more

shara worden, my brightest diamond

Performing Arts Roster

Theater, Dance, Music, Opera & Improv

Iowa's performing artists bring us so many delightful ways to experience life out of the ordinary. Check out this list of groups and their upcoming performances  ... read more

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Works from 100 Artists!

Annual UI Holiday Thieves Market & Wine Tasting Dec. 6-7

Looking for gifts that are unique, unusual, and handmade? Then plan to spend a day at the University of Iowa's Thieves market and wander through a mind-boggling array of artworks for sale ... read more

holiday thieves market

Did He or Didn't He?

Gone Girl: Scenes from a Very Complicated Marriage

Director David Fincher takes us on a twisty journey to discover what happened when Nick Dunne's wife disappears on their 5th anniversary ... read more

gone girl

Ernie Hinkle

Tales from the Life of an Extraordinary 90-Year-Old

Meet a local grower who's managed to play many roles—from auctioneer and beekeeper to mayor and truck driver—and whose kindness has affected so many ... read more

ernie hinkle

Do-si-do & Allemande Left ...

Fairfield's Square Dance Revival

Caller Robin Ragen of Ottumwa has been instrumental in teaching a new group of dancers the basic moves of square dancing.   ... read more

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A Story of Community

Loop Trail Magic: A Breath of Fresh Air

Walk to work, walk for fun, walk for exercise: Who doesn't love a walking trail? Here's the story behind Fairfield's 16-mile walking/biking pathway.... read more


Blogs from Source Writers

Musings, anecdotes, and stuff that didn’t fit in print

  • Cartoon by Kate Larson 
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  • Study Graphic Narrative at M.U.M. 
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  • The Yoga of the Impossible 
    Yoga of the Impossible, by Diane Frank (1st World, 2014)Review by Rustin Larson One cold October morning some years ago, I waited for Diane Frank’s car to round the corner.  The sky was pale and rosy as it was still early and we had a two-hour trek to Des Moines where ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Visitors 
      I mowed the lawn, counterclockwise, In an ever-shrinking square, & When the square disappeared, I sat to rest and drank a bottle Of water.  While I was drinking, A male cardinal came to play In a pile of dried mulberry branches I had trimmed a few weeks prior. He yanked a li ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Summer Vacation 
    1968, the year of the assassins, We have come to the lake Where speedboats crush the waves. As the sun sets, the water-traffic Dwindles until it ceases all together, And the wavelets become calmer And quiet with each passing hour Until we fall asleep in our shore-side Cottages, and the lake ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • VERMONT, MAY 12, 2013 
    All of Believe, as if Believe were a city, County, or parish where we live, Although you might say, “That is impossible, Or ungrammatical,” then you might be warned You are either testing or breaking the spell, And who would want to do that? I am resting in a hotel in Vermont, and ... by rustin READ MORE