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Library highlights paranormal history for Halloween

From old medical school cadaver photos to haunted dorms to the Black Angel, Iowa City history and culture is punctuated by the scary, supernatural, or just plain creepy, and some local organizations are embracing this tradition for Halloween weekend.


SpokFrevo Orquestra brings Brazilian improv to Englert

With an upbeat, atypical jazz sound and a heavy emphasis on improvisation, the SpokFrevo Orquestra has all the ingredients of a great Brazilian street band. However, this 18-piece ensemble has taken the “boiling” frevo sound to the world stage.


Review: Old Capital City Roller Girls’ Monster Brawl

Roller derby: The cliché of crazy, barbaric, mindless women skating around, driving their elbows into their opponents while some violent ’90s rock chugs along in the background? Nah.


Spider Bags to bring psychedelic rock to the Mill   

The members of Spider Bags don’t always know what’s going to happen when they step on stage. From the first chord of a psychedelic rock song to the last, no matter how many times they’ve preformed the piece before, the space in between is made up of exponential possibilities.


Murder Mystery spices up Family Weekend

When a game of Clue is not enough, students and parents visiting for Family Weekend can enjoy Mission IMPROVable's Murder Mystery Dinner Party Saturday at Old Brick, featuring food and good old-fashioned crime-solving.


A frightening family vacation

Families may encounter a number of setbacks while on vacation, from missed flights to bad motels. Rarely, though, do vacationers face off with monsters, mysterious strangers, and acts of violence.


Video games horror icons

Literature, film, and television have been dominated by horrifying abominations of nature and science for generations.


Putting the fright back in Halloween

Modern Halloween celebrations have taken a huge leap from their traditional roots. All Hallows’ Evening has been celebrated for centuries, well before the time of Mean Girls.


Review: Taylor Swift conquers pop with 1989

Despite the criticism she has received for abandoning her country roots, Swift has fiercely contended she was ready for her first official pop album.


Drink of the Week: The Terrifying Kraken Hunter Shot

Ahoy, Scallywags and Scurvy Dogs. With Halloween just over the horizon, it be time for a spooky drink, and nothing be more terrifying to someone in a pirate costume than the mighty Kraken.


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