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What To Do!

CALENDAR: Full Moon Shoeshoeing!

Snowshoe through Grandview Park in Des Moines during the full moon on Feb. 3 • Celebrated pianist Andre Watts plays at Drake University in Des Moines on Jan. 31  • Brucemore Mansion's Modern Salon offers an evening of stories, conversation, and music Parisian style January 30-31 ... read more


The national tour of Lerner & Loewe's Camelot comes to Fairfield on February 4 • Carolyn Wakman's students' photography show, The Artist Within Us, opens Jan. 23 at ICON Gallery ... read more

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Movie Reviews

Inherent Vice: Complex, Ribald & Moving

Movie critic Neil Fauerso is back in the States and reviewing movies for us again! Read his positive, contrary-to-the-critics take on Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice .... read more


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Locally Grown Cider

Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Fairfield!

Three new restaurants in Fairfield—the Cider House, the Bun House, and Amore Mio—give you plenty of tasty ways to celebrate over the holidays ... read more

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Tasty, Healthy Treats

Family of Foodies: Organic Matters Kitchen

Orion Lane of Fairfield works with his brother and sister to create cookies, brownies, and flavored popcorn that taste good and are good for you, too  ... 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

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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

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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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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

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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

                --for W. E. Butts   “…when the hero we thought was doomed survived after all,/ the whole place lit up, and we remembered who we were.” (Movies in a Small Town, 1957)   They put on their swim tr ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Induced 
    Mozart reaches for the clavier’s keys. I have one apple in my backpack. The light changes.  I cross the street, A few flakes fall from the sky. I will spend part of the morning walking. I have no money in my pocket. The waiter brings coffee To a table as I pass the café. Th ... 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