Public art adds to downtown culture

From 1999 to 2005, at least nine pieces of public art were installed downtown, from bronze statues to a state-of-the-art fountain. And though Iowa City newcomers might take the pieces for granted as part of the Iowa City landscape, each work of art has its own genesis story-and part to play in local life.

UI Spotlight: Ridge and Furrow

The University of Iowa has its own wealth of public art, including the enigmatic boulder in the Anne Cleary Walkway, affectionately called "the brain" by some UI students.

Review: the summer in albums

Some of the most influential albums of the year have been released in the last couple months. With that in mind, and with it being the last few weeks of summer, I thought I would walk you through some of the best album releases of the summer, from Top 40 hip-hop to mind-bending electronic pop.

Tipton holds independent film fest, Hardacre

A two-day, independent- and art-house-film festival, housed in an historic and prestigious old movie theater. An event such as this is bread and butter for the Iowa City arts community. But this festival isn't taking place in Iowa City. It's in Tipton.

Q&A: Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels will bring a mixture of mountain sound and old-time musical tradition to the Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., this evening with four men, four instruments, and one microphone.

Jesse White Band to perform with Chasing Shade

The summer season is a wonderful time for many reasons, and in Iowa City, it's especially great for musicians. Programs like the Summer of the Arts concert series have given local bands the opportunity to showcase their musical repertoire to a broader audience.

Beer of the Week: Citra Blonde

This summer I've come around to enjoying just about any ale with the word blonde in it. Citra may not be my favorite of the style, but it's worth trying for those looking for a refreshing beer with muted flavors.

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