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What To Do!

CALENDAR: Cyrano at Riverside

Riverside Theatre presents a summer of love and letters with Cyrano and Love Letters through July 12 • Muscatine Art Center hosts its annual Ice Cream Social June 28 • Iowa City Jazz Festival starts July 3rd ... read more


The Jefferson County Fair opens this week, with fireworks Sunday night, June 28 • Hear the famed UI wrestling coach Dan Gable on July 2nd at the Sondheim Center ... 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


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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


Everyone's Italian!

All Things Italian Festival Returns June 13

Fairfield's annual Italian street festival brings delicious food, music & dance, and assorted entertainers to the square for one crazy-fun night in June ... read more

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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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Furiosa Reigns

Mad Max: Two Hours of Visual Ingenuity

Director George Miller brings his stunning post-apocalyptic vision to the latest Mad Max sequel, Fury Road more

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Woman with a Washboard

Elephant Revival to Play at FAIRfest 2015

The Colorado-based band brings its indie-bluegrass to Fairfield's annual free music festival in June ... read more

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Leave Them Be

Bird Babies: Mistaken Orphans?

If you find young birds hopping around out of the nest, leave them alone! They're out exploring the world and the parents are mostly likely nearby watching them ... read more


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

  • 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 
  • 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