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CALENDAR: Musical Love Affair at CSPS

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams perform songs from their first-ever CD together at CSPS in Cedar Rapids on July 19 • Curling Championships in Cedar Rapids July 17-19!! • Midsummer Night's Dream by Combined Efforts Theatre begins July 23 • Six drum & bugle corps compete at the Tournament of Drums July 27 ... read more


East of Omaha—live on the square—free!—July 18 • Percussionist Mike Dillon brings his lively sound to Cafe Paradiso July 20th • Support the Lord's Cupboard—it's Jefferson County's only food bank! Triva Fundraising Night on July 24 at the FACC ... read more

larry campbell, teresa williams

Drumroll, Pleeease!

Emerald Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Reunites

Alumni from the Emerald Knights Drum & Bugle Corps are in rehearsals for a pre-show performance at the Tournament of Drums in Cedar Rapids July 27 ... read more

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Coffey Jitters

Eight Days in Laos: An Eye Opener

Dan Coffey recented visited Laos, one of the poorest countries in the world and one that suffered intense bombing during the Vietnam War  ... read more

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A Musical Love Affair

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams Debut CD

One of America's great performing couples, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams llve together, travel together, and work together—harmoniously .... read more

larry campbell

Fringe Toast Playlist

Sound Track for a Summer Evening

Fringe Toast presents a new list of off-the-beaten tracks for chill summer listening, from the Weepies, Rising Appalachia, Ibeyi, and nine more artists ... read more


Getting Inked

Tattoos are for Every Body

Doesn't it seem like just about everybody has a tattoo these days? Meredith Siemsen (who is not tattooed) investigates what's behind all the body art .... read more


joseph ware

Goodbye to Paper!

My Life with Kindle

Does Kindle change the way you read—and what you read? Yes, it does . . . in ways you might not imagine ... read more


Secondhand Treasures

My Lucky Day: Open at New Location!

Need some inexpensive clothing fast? Looking for a Harmony Stella guitar? Trying to find a cheap blender? This could be your lucky day ... read more

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Ask Miss Barbella

Wake Up Your Skin with a Boost of Caffeine

You know what your morning coffee does to get your body buzzing—now find out what coffee can do for your skin ... read more

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Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • Mind/Body Experiment 
    I will not scream, “Tuna!” My mind walks north into the sticks. My planet is yet habitable. Miracles happen involving the speech of animals. A man is found wedged in a cocoon of straw and ice. He walks away unharmed. A moose charges by kicking up huge plumes of snow. When I nap I ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Black Coffee 
    The well down into which I stare, collaborate you do with local musicians of fox and fur, the jamboree, the jug-jug bird and the juniper. Christ candle of the conscious, the cradled cup cooling slowly, the ceramic clap on sanded cedar, cable spools from ships in the bay turned table in the taber ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Keeping it Real 
    The work crew arrived and disassembled the Christmas scenes on the town square, packing up the plaster carolers, the reindeer, the sleigh, the rigor mortis Santa (waving still), the baby Jesus, and the pile of hay. They prepared the ground for the January thaw, the dubious holidays of Ground Hog ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Sharon Gradischnig, Painter in the MUM Library Foyer 
    Sharon Gradischnig, Painter in the MUM Library FoyerOpening Reception Friday April 24, 2015, 7 pm to 9 pmShow continues until the end of June.Artist StatementI paint as a way to share my experience of living as a physical, psychological and spiritual being. Through my interpretation of the cosmetolo ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Roads in the Mountains 
    I am resting in a hotel in Vermont, and now Drunks are entering their cars outside And slipping into the late evening To test the winding roads in the mountains. I hear them shout and slam their doors, Hear them start their engines, and then, After they are gone, I hear footsteps Sounding lik ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Aunt Gladys Moves to Korea for the Jajangmyeon  
    I want to scrub mold from the ice cube tiles in my shower. I understand crazy things can happen like celebrity death in Korea if I am not careful. After a healthy bowl of bean noodles in bean sauce I walk looking for an apartment in sub-freezing weather while a freighter capsizes. Winter has com ... by rustin READ MORE