23rd Iowa City Jazz Festival features veterans and young acts

Craig Kessler is not afraid to admit that jazz music might be a bit out of the mainstream, but he thinks this is a good thing. He was describing what makes hosting a jazz festival in Iowa City worthwhile.

Firecracker 500 Festival to host concerts at The Mill, Blue Moose

Many Fourth of July celebrations have been known for their food, fun in the sun, and of course fireworks. In Iowa City, however, the focus will once again be on the celebration of music.

Local chefs approaching cooking as a craft

A chef in a big white hat and coat dashing salt into a boiling pot might just be a romantic notion of cooking we get from movies. Here in Iowa City, restaurant kitchens are not as strictly structured, and chefs like to call themselves craftsmen.

Beadology Iowa offers dozens of courses for mastering new crafts

Thousands of glittering beads color the walls in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Beautiful stones are lined up in color combinations just waiting to be strung onto a bracelet or necklace.

Bijou to host the The Shining-focused documentary, Room 237

The Bijou invites audiences deep into the maze of director Stanley Kubrick's mind through the film Room 237 this weekend. Described as a "subjective documentary" on the Bijou's website, the film's analysis of The Shining promises to draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out."

Downtown fireworks show on Friday

Beer of the Week:  Rubaeus Pure 8.3% ABV

I've always been quite fond of Founders and the Rubaeus only improves my opinion on the brewery. It's fantastically thirst-quenching and a great pick sure to please everyone at your Fourth of July party.

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