My Dad is Cooler Than Yours

Here’s why I’ve been MIA for a bit: In addition to my gallery show, I’ve been focused on my 78-year-old father’s comfort because someone recently sawed his sternum in half. He’s back home now, chilling on the couch watching golf with a bowl of ice cream. He still has a lot of follow-ups and rehab…

The Electric Outlet at Rozz-Tox, QC USA

The Outlet series may very well extend to the stores in Guangzhou and Shenyang (both in China), but this article I wrote for Little Village focuses on the much nearer Rozz-Tox of Rock Island, Illinois – about an hour east of LV’s Iowa City headquarters. As my four-or-so regular readers already know, I’m a big…

Cluney’s Art Show Biggest of 2019

Our very serious sister site Data and Lore – an LLC that offers seriously awesome writing and editing services – just posted about Johnnie Cluney‘s upcoming art show in downtown Davenport at CoworkQC’s gallery. This is a very special show because: For over a decade, Cluney was the resident artist of Daytrotter, producing over 10,000…

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…

All Senses: Gear Up for Festival Season

In the extended frost of February, I’m already dreaming of summer and of All Senses‘ 2019 festival. In the meantime, All Senses Presents brings us Louisville sludge rockers Thou at RIBCO on March 26 at 8 p.m. I’m more excited about Emma Ruth Rundle, one of the hardest working singer-songwriters in the business. With 3 EPs of…

Kombucha for a Healthy Brain

Ninety-percent of serotonin, the neurotransmitter commonly associated with joy (and which also aids in learning and cognition), is produced in the body’s digestive system. This biological fact is crucial. For you. Right fucking now. February and March are notoriously gray seasons, with little sun and lots of wet. Every year at around this time, my…

Deporting the Working Man

No one has ever accused the Midwest of being colorful. At the moment, we are a gloomy people. We celebrate our heritage of boiled potatoes and ice hockey, which is comforting for about ten seconds. Then you start to notice the dimensions where our community is a cultural desert. As much as I love the…

How to Keep Millions of Women and Children Out of Danger

We all know birth control was a catalyst for more women entering the work place. It’s increased our independence, given us greater command of our own bodies, and improved our sociopolitical standing. We know this. We also know that the recent changes to the Affordable Care Act eliminate requirements that not only make birth control…

Witness the Club Artist Revolution

This month sees a radical experiment among our local champions. It’s the logical next step in a community that has been quietly on the move for years. We forgot about them for a while. I blame the advent of the mp3 player and its shuffle mode – the very same invention that’s led us to…

Down to the Wire

This has become my annual thing. As the year winds to a close, every project I’ve started in the past 12 months suddenly weighs ten tons on my shoulders. It’s irrational because time isn’t real. The last day of December is as arbitrary a deadline as the fourth day in January or the nineteenth of…