Taking it from the top

Today, jazz is considered one of the most popular genres, and Iowa City celebrates its richness every summer. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Iowa City Jazz Festival. The celebration, which will take place downtown from today through the Fourth, is a culmination of local talent and traveling professionals.

Breaking boundaries, in prison

'Orange is the New Black' reflects major changes on TV. Written by a woman, directed by a woman, and placing women at the center of the story — a TV show with these characteristics is rare in the entertainment industry. However, a Netflix original series that fits the bill for each of these elements has taken the industry by storm: "Orange is the New Black."

Music from the heart of heartbreak

Kent Ueland plays music as one might expect to hear it at the Mill: country-tinged acoustic chords, with world-weary lyrics and rustbucket vocals to match.

'76 Trombones' on the Fourth

Kids (and parents) may need a breather after the Picture Show's spine-tingling Roar screening last week, and this classic 1962 movie musical should do just the trick for a cheerful Independence Day morning distraction.

Fourth of July Playlist

Celebrate the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave with tunes that will make you proud to be an American. Here's a perfect mix of classics with a modern flair to get you ready to celebrate the United States this Fourth of July weekend.

Drink of the week: Iowa Sunset

It's the beginning of July, and people across the country are celebrating this holiday weekend on a beach somewhere. For those of us who aren't lucky enough to be watching the sunset on sand, I give you the Sunset in Iowa. It's sweet, tangy, and will give you a taste of the tropics.

A festival of eating, too

Arts reporter Isabelle Robles breaks down what to eat downtown during your Fourth of July weekend.

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