Naked and Screaming: An @mnhanson Exhibition

I never meant for any of this to happen. My 30s were supposed to pass in a windowless cube where I’d earn a modest salary with health insurance and maybe even a dental plan. Art would be a memory. Years into my uneventful employment, my co-workers would be scandalized when I got loose at a…

New Venue Alert: The Stardust

Dear Music Makers, meet the Dreamers of Dreams – FINALLY! A mid-sized venue is opening in downtown Davenport! With a capacity of 800, The Stardust is the space we’ve dreamed of and begged for. For years, certain entertainers have declined to perform in the Quad Cities due to lack of an appropriate… Source: The Stardust: The Newest Star…

Karen Meat on Pussy Pop, Gastro Chic, and ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast’

We’ve all wondered what it would be like to have a slumber party with the cast of Rocky Horror, and now I know the answer. It’s almost exactly like the Karen Meat performance at New Ground Theatre early this August. Why am I just writing about it now? Because I spent most of that month mourning the…

The Bad Year, Or: Sharing is Love

This has been a rough year for various reasons, chock full of moments like finding oneself in front of the Amazon listing for Final Exit and thinking, “maybe I’ll just read some of the reviews.”

New Festival AlertSSSS. Plural.

…including benefits for local non-profits! I feel fortunate to have returned to the Quad City Area at a time when so many motivated, ambitious young people are building up and taking control of their community and culture. I already covered the brand new BirdFest over at Travel Iowa. This is a project from GoldBird Recordings,…

Women to Watch: Justice Oepping, “Voice of the Heavens”

Justice Oepping is a mellow human being. You might expect her to sway and croon about late nights walking home in tall-heeled boots. But she does not croon. Once she begins, you’ll hear an intensity even as she starts low. Some times she skips freely about the scale like a new wave blues singer, while…

HortiCulture, Or: How to Grow Shit

I feel guilty. I set out to make a blog celebrating the art&culture(&pork) of Iowa, yet I’ve neglected a significant element of the Iowa experience. No, I’m not talking about farming. Those days are all but gone. Most farms are now operated like factories and owned by mega-corporations. It is rare to find a family…

Bettendorf Public Library › Call for entries for NaNoWriMo flash fiction contest

Source: Bettendorf Public Library › Call for entries for NaNoWriMo flash fiction contest Judge Ethan Canin presiding. He currently teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I haven’t kept up with the workshop since 2009, when I applied to two graduate programs in writing. IWW turned me down. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago…

Lavender Daughter’s Moline Club Baptism

On Sunday night, I texted my best friend: “I’m lost in an abandoned country club, and I just found keg half-full of beer.” Because I like to send her tidbits from my life with little to no context. There were a couple of things wrong with the text, though – excluding the fact that, yes,…

Foster’s Fearless and An Era of Experimentalism

I don’t miss much about living in a densely-populated city, but I do recall with romance and nostalgia the smorgasbord of weird shit that was going on all around me at any given time. I’m not talking about the guy on the train who tried to sell me a half-eaten jar of peanut butter –…