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Iowa City Book Festival floods area

Each day, hundreds of people stroll the streets of Downtown Iowa City with their heads held high. Some may be taking in the scenery, some may be searching for a place to have lunch. Beneath their feet lie quotes and passages engraved in bronze, symbolizing Iowa City's roots, love, and appreciation for literature.


Gabe's to host first Laughapalooza

One thing people can be sure to find when looking for entertainment in Iowa City is local talent. While musicians, writers, and artists abound, some up-and-coming comedy stars have roots in Iowa City as well.


UI fetes cultural diversity

Indian folk dancing, South Asian a cappella, slam poetry, and an R&B vocalist — these different art forms may sound like separate events. However, they will be performances at the Oct. 5 University of Iowa Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival in Hubbard Park.


Review: Iowa Chop House delivers

The new Iowa City establishment — which opened Sept. 23 — is a fairly upscale restaurant with a down-to-earth attitude, a warm, clean environment, and one of the biggest, most glorious selections of beer I have ever laid eyes on.


Turning politics into chuckles

The Englert Theater hopes to shine a comedic light on Iowa politics by featuring the satire group Capitol Steps. Made up of ex-congressional staffers and other performers, the troupe is known for its sardonic musical take on politics, news events, and popular culture.


Iowa City's treasure chest

Artifacts — the vintage store at 331 E. Market — is like your quirky grandma's basement, except it isn't your responsibility to clean and organize everything. At first glance, the shop seems to be full of junk. At second glance, it seems full of really interesting junk.


Staging imagination: UI's Return to Mongoose Island

Childhood is a cherished thing. The sheer power of a child's imagination, unbridled by the harsher truths of the adulthood, can construct worlds. It's this fertile imagination that director and playwright Sean Demers has attempted to create in his upcoming production.


Review: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Since 1999, Nintendo's "mascot fighter" Super Smash Bros has attracted a large crowd. The first of the two new Smash Bros. games lives up to its hype and is a welcome prelude to its upcoming counterpart on the Wii U.


Review: The Equalizer doesn't pack a punch

In the pantheon of great Denzel Washington films, The Equalizer can sit far outside of that camp, squarely between Out of Sight and Ricochet. While boasting an extremely likable and bankable star in Washington, is not a great Denzel flick. It is not a great flick period.


The Gallery Walk turns 30


Drink of the Week: Hop Wrangler 3

I picked this IPA purely on a whim while at the Iowa Chop House, a choice that would have been random except that Peace Tree's Blonde Fatale is my go-to pick for potent brews. A familiar name boasts a tasty, successful concoction yet again.


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