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What To Do!

CALENDAR: Kristin Chenoweth & the Des Moines Symphony

Kristin Chenoweth sings with the Des Moines Symphony on Feb. 25 • Mamma Mia comes to Hancher Feb. 25-26 • The Children's Lit Festival One Book, Two Book returns to Iowa City Feb. 24-26 • New Orleans jazz courtesy of the Dandelion Stampers fills the Mill in Iowa City Feb. 28 ... read more


Shake off the winter doldrums with DRUMline Live on Feb. 20 • Celebrate the Chamber Singers' Carnegie Hall Concert with a Community Gala on Feb. 26 • 1st Fridays returns to Fairfield on March 3rd ... read more
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What's Behind the Aroma?

Your Coffee Crush

Take a delicious trip into the world of coffee, and discover what goes into making the bean (or berry) that just might be your perfect match ... read more


Top Picks

The Best Movies of 2016

Neil Fauerso, our movie reviewer on the West Coast, picks his favorite flicks from last year among the dismal pile of studio releases .... read more


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Fringe Toast's Picks

The 2016 Crispy Awards

Andy Bargerstock, host of Fringe Toast Music on KRUU-FM in Fairfield, picks his favorite tracks of 2016 ... read more

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Cookbook Therapy

Food for Romance

Can the secret to spicing up your love life be found in a cookbook? Hey, it's worth a shot! ... read more

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SAD Syndrome

Beat the Winter Blues

If you feel depressed and sluggish this time of year, you could be suffering from SAD syndrome, which is caused by lack of enough light ... read more

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Future Leaders

Girls Who Code: The Tech Sisterhood

Young women are often subtly discouraged from pursuing careers in math, science, and computers. Fairfield's Girls Who Code club is changing that—while creating camaraderie and community .... read more

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A World of Difference

Love in a Bowl: Soup for Syria

What happens when a cookbook author teams up with top chefs around the world for a new cookbook that benefits refugee food-relief efforts? ... read more

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Comfort & Compassion

The Bird House: Iowa City's First Hospice Home

The Bird family organized Iowa's first hospice home in Iowa City after State Trooper Gary Bird had to spend his final days far from home ... read more


Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • The Philosopher Savant Meditates 
    Your mind goes on around you,practicing piano in the apartment belowor standing in the cathedral of time,meditating its stained-glass window,its mandala of red and blue,frankincense twisting to deletion.Wind gushes against the blinds.You listen not for completionnor what’s forward, nor behind. ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Roach Motel 
      I must do this to survive, Cardinal. No breathing allowed, Mr. Bee. I tripped on the stairs made of you, Maple. Es muy Piso Mojado, Mr. Snail. I will take my sleepwalk, Cloud. The world is the mirror and the world is purified. Throw your hands in the air and run. We'll be eatin' ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Revision for New Year's Eve 
    My Father Didn’t Dance With Sylvia Plath BY RUSTIN LARSON New Year’s Eve, curled in the swiveling chair in my parent’s TV room, “Garfield’s 9 Lives” cracking up Katie, my five-year-old, and Ariel in my hands as my father stalks from the left and growls within h ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Schloop: a novel. Chapter 2: Pizza buffet 
    In first grade my hands would sweat pools of liquid onto the fake blond woodgrain of my desk. Math classes made me tense. They warped my spine and made my neck hurt. Lift up the curtain of stars and show me the King's magic exit. They served chili in styrofoam cups and offered tiny half-pint b ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Schloop: a novel. Chapter 1: What went down in first grade 
    Schloop: a novel. Chapter 1: What went down in first grade I. John John Robert Jupiter appeared in Mrs. Greene's first grade in the fall of 1966. He and his family had lived in Iran while the Shah was in power. “It was great!” he said. “We had everything. ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Blues in the Waiting Room 
    I spell out the word crocodile. I see the movie about the dolphin. Time for a walk. He speaks to us. It's that Martian kid again. A large map behind him (in Sanskrit), “Earth.” I reach a point where I think I've said enough. Captain Protocol enters the room. Monet became more i ... by rustin READ MORE