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What To Do!

CALENDAR: 30th Anniversary of the Breakfast Club

See the cult classic John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club, now in wide release for the first time since the 80s—at the Englert in Iowa City on March 28 • Rock legend Gregg Allman plays at Riverside Casino on March 28 • Lori King presents the 13th Annual Bluegrass Show in Bloomfield on March 28 ... read more


Memphis, the Musical comes to the Sondheim on March 23 with hot dancing, catchy songs, and a thrilling tale of forbidden love • Bring the kids to the Easter Egg Hunt at Chautauqua Park on Saturday, March 28 ... read more

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Press Preserver

Mel Stockwell Saves Antique Presses

Mel Stockwell, the owner of the Calico Press in Birmingham, Iowa, is on a mission to collect and restore all of the old printing presses she can find .... read more


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We Can Be Heroes

Michael Kutcher (Ashton's Twin) Speaks at Indian Hills

Although he has struggled with health issues since birth, Iowa native Michael Kutcher now speaks up about his disability and works to inspire others ... read more

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Ask Miss Barbella

Why You NEED Strength Training!

Strength training improves your metabolism, burns fat throughout the day, and prevents osteoporosis ... read more

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Quilt Masterpieces

Gee's Bend Quilts Come to Fairfield

A traveling exhibition of wildly inventive and brilliantly colored quilts from the University of Iowa will be up for two days in March  ... read more

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Fringe Toast Music

Shook Twins: A Luscious Blend of Quirky Folk

The Portland-based sister duo delivers strikingly original harmonies and lyrics ... read more

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Dark Comedy

The Softer Side of Vampires

Vampire roommates cope with modern life in the mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows ... read more

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A Singular Crime Drama

A Most Violent Year: Just Business

J.C. Chandor's third film, A Most Violent Year, follows a businessman as he negotiates the murky line between criminality and coming clean .... read more

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1942 Wedding

My Parents' Marriage Lasted 63 Years

Dominec and Genevieve Fusco had an enduring bond that kept them together for over half a century ... read more

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Art Imitates Life

Birdman: An Edgy Dark Comedy

Director Alejandro Inarritu takes an intimate, magical journey through an actor's comeback in this highly original film ... read more

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Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • A Rosewood Chanter 
    in the mail todayfor mefrom someone address or gift came from a music storein Northern Irelandin a blue boxlike a wizard's wand. I don't know if the reedneeds seasoningor soakingor sounds like a saxhaving a nervousbreakdown.I like it. I'll record nois ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • 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