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CALENDAR: Labor Day Festivals

Like wood? Get your fill at Woodfest in Amana Aug 26-28 • See the machines that harvested crops before the rise of industrial agriculture at the Old Threshers Reunion Sept 1-4 in Mt. Pleasant • FAIRfest, the awesome weekend of music in beautiful Fairfield, starts Sept. 2-4, with headliner Buddy Guy ... read more


Kevin Burke comes to Cafe Paradiso on Aug. 24 • The Labor Day weekend music event FAIRfest brings great acts to the square, and the FAIRfest Planetary Food Summit begins Sept. 1 ... read more
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A Burst of Summer

Unearthing the Legendary Appeal of Tomatoes

Our favorite summertime veggie (or is it a fruit?) is shrouded in mystery as well as culinary magic ... read more

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Brew Haha

Microbreweries: The Quest for a Cold One

A go-lucky gang sets out to explore what Southeast Iowa craft breweries have to offer. Turns out it's a lot ... read more

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Outdoor Roots Festival

FAIRfest is Coming Labor Day Weekend!

Grammy Award-winners, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, and a guitar prodigy—you'll find them all at FAIRfest Sept. 2-4 ... read more

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Wear My Love Like Heaven

Sixties Icon Donovan Performs at FAIRfest

The "Mellow Yellow" singer-songwriter Donovan stops in Fairfield for a performance on his 50th anniversary Sunshine Superman Tour ... read more


Eat Local

The Local Food Renaissance at FAIRfest

Besides a weekend of great music, FAIRfest also hosts the Local Food Summit, with food activist Raj Patel, local growers tour, and a sumptuous meal ... read more

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No-Fuss Recipes

Savor the Flavor of Summers

One of Fairfield's best cooks shares her favorite hot-weather recipes using the garden-fresh bounty of summer gardens ... read more

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Tunes for the Dog Days

Summer 2016 Song List

Chill out on summer evenings with the cool new releases personally selected by Andy Bargerstock, host of the Fringe Toast radio show .... read more

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Windy City Music Festival

Indie Favs & Pop Stars Perform at Pitchfork

Ptichfork Music Festival brings the country's best new music to Chicago's Union Park in July ... read more

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A Garden in Your Glass

Herb-Infused Concoctions: A Splash of Summer

Herb master Jocelyn Engman describes an easy way to bring the freshness of your garden herbs into refreshing summertime drinks .... read more



Iowa Ecosystem

Get To Know Snakes!

Maybe it's time to get over your fear and repulsion of snakes! Those fright-inducing creatures are actually a valuable part of our ecosystem ... read more


Iowa City Bruisers

Junior Roller Derby: A League of Their Own

The Fereiras wanted to help their daughter realize her dream of becoming a derby girl. Now the Iowa City Bruisers offer dozens of kids a place to gain physical strength and personal confidence .... read more

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Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • Children 
    CHILDREN 1957  Cousins, boy-girl, boy-girl, boy-girl, boy, lined up on the couch and kicking their Keds for Kool-Aid. The wallpaper of the living room: Asian peonies on a background of pink. A Punjabi family-- four boys in turbans somber before the camera, their mother in headscarf behind them, ... by rustin READ MORE 
      The little boy upon leaving the library said, “I only said thank you because my mom told me to.” The little review said to me, “We are surprised that someone with your publishing history would send anything to us.  Therefore we are rejecting your work.” ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Space Travel 
    Pit bull charges at me only to be yanked back by its chain. These, our neighbors—one horrible kennel of vicious dogs after another—it doesn't matter who or when. NASA is looking for people to die on Mars; I hear they already have several volunteers. In reality our solar system is a ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • The Lords of Life and Death 
    Black dog this morning, growling, hackles erect. I whispered to it as it pounded its fence, “Hassan! Hassan!” which means “Handsome” or “Beautiful.” I held my black umbrella like the vulture it was. The dog wanted to attack despite my compliments, despite the sil ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Cub Scouts of the Infinite 
    It's five o'clock on a Monday at the end of March. A girl with a streak of rainbow in her hair wants “The Darjeeling Limited.” Doctor Trang squints at the air to detect soul parasites. Trang has Paul McCartney's memoir in his hand. It is a generally beautiful day and I d ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Uncle Trog's Terrible Confession 
    It is getting dark and in the north are woods where I used to take my children on walks when I was a professor who unscrewed carefully ancient cedar boxes and showed the interiors to students and cursed them forever with dark magic. In the center of the woods of course is the house of a witch who wa ... by rustin READ MORE