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Riverside Theatre's Line of Descent, the hysterical farce about greed & families, runs through Feb. 21 • UI Theatres presents Food and Fadwa, exploring how a multi-generational Palestinian family copies with planning a wedding under curfew, Feb. 4-13 ... read more


1st Fridays Art Walk presents film and photography around the square on Feb. 5 • ICON Gallery presents a free Sci-Fi Marathon on Feb. 5 & 6 • Clifford the Big Red Dog comes to the Sondheim Center on Feb. 11 • Mike Dillon plays Cafe Paradiso on Feb. 16 ... read more

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The Exercise Habit

"Oh Man, I Have To Exercise!"

Who doesn't say that from time to time? If you've tried to stick with your exercise program and failed miserably, read on .... read more


A Storyteller's Journey

Preserving Tales from the Scottish Isles

Tracy Chipman has embarked on an impressive journey to meet the elders of the Hebrides Islands and collect their ancient tales, one story at a time .... read more

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Our National Bird

Winter is Bald Eagle Viewing Time!

January and February are the best months to see bald eagles in Iowa as they flock to open rivers in search of food ... read more

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Coloring Book Fun

Emily Fotis is Way Ahead of the Coloring Curve

Do you miss childhood afternoons going wild with crayons and coloring books? You're in luck! Dig out your colored pencils and join the craze for grown-up coloring books ... read more

emily fotis

Sweet Tooth Wrangling

Sugar Fairy's Last Stand

Are you a sugarholic? There's evidence out there that sugar is actually addictive. Here's what you can do to manage your out-of-control sweet tooth. ... read more


Celtic Songstress

Mirabai Britton Debuts CD Wherever I May Go

Daughter of Celtic music legend Tim Britton, guitarist and singer-songwriter Mirabai Britton brings light and clarity to the songs on her new CD .... read more


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A Caboose for Christmas

Recycling Railroad Relics

David Thebodo of Fairfield's Rail Merchants International searches around the country for discarded cabooses and rail cars to repurpose as retail outfits or B&Bs  ... read more

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Out of this World

Beautiful Dystopia: Ryan Bentzinger

The Iowa City artist has crafted the story and illustrations for a moving vision of a post-human world ... read more

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Making an Epic Brew

The Art & Science of Herbal Tea

Learn how to use herbal teas for better sleep, reducing mood swings, increasing immunity, soothing your tummy, and much more ... read more

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Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • 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 
  • THE IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION'S 71st Annual Contest 
    THE IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION'S71st Annual ContestGeneral Rules For All DivisionsNote: FAILURE TO OBSERVE RULES MAY DISQUALIFY ENTRIES.Contests are open to all persons with Iowa residence. (See College exception) No entry fee. No membership or book purchase requirement.Poems must be original and u ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Glass Lyre Press announces the release of "The Philosopher Savant " by Rustin Larson! 
    Glass Lyre Press announces the release of "The Philosopher Savant " by Rustin Larson!Glass Lyre offers FREE shipping until January 9th.Readers and fans may order directly from GLASS LYRE PRESS in 2 EASY STEPS!1. Email your NAME, ADDRESS and desired BOOK TITLE to GlassLyreOrders@gmail.com2. ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Deer Season 
    Today the woman sitting near the cafe window did a bouncy thing with her eyebrows and continued to look at her plum-colored notebook while her invisible friend sat cross-table waiting for his garden salad to arrive. I can't afford to eat there anymore, but remember a few times one friend or anot ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Checkmate 
    I will not say who stole rocks from each state she visited, only to place them in a garden or path where their significance or location of origin were forgotten surely as the vitamin pill you swallowed eagerly with your cornflakes this morning. It was not as if she knowingly was disrupting the olde ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Jardain Road and Other Poems by William Kemmett presented 
    Poet William Kemmett was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.  His poems have appeared in numerous poetry magazines and journals, including Yankee Magazine, Cimarron Review, Defined Providence, Poetry Australia, Poetry East, Gargoyle, Mother India, Seattle Review, Calliope, The Café Review, ... by rustin READ MORE