Little Village Eastern Iowa issue 309: August 2022

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ISSUE 309 August 2022



Home at Last 14 years after the flood, the University of Iowa

New images of deep space

En Español:

presents the new Stanley Museum of Art.

have astronomers starstruck.

La angustia del idioma.

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8 Top Stories 10 Advertising Partners 14 Letters & Interactions 20 Brock About Town 22 Iowa Abortion Law 24 Cortado 26 Space 30 En Español 32 Bread & Butter 34 Prairie Pop 36 A-List 38 Events Calendar 55 Dear Kiki 57 Astrology 59 Album Reviews 61 Book Reviews Adria Carpenter / Little Village

63 Crossword





UI astronomers are excited about

Rehtek reignites with new

The new Stanley Museum of Art will

Surf the Webb

NASA’s stellar new images.

Meskwaki Metal

members and old influences.


Long Time Coming

be christened in pure IC style.

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While astronomers from Iceland to

Emma McClatchey

Drew Bulman

Iowa City pore over data collected

by the Webb Space Telescope, art

News Director


in the new Stanley Museum of Art.

Paul Brennan

Jason Smith

Plus: Metal music out of Tama,

a legal guide to self-managed

Art Director

Marketing Analytics

Jordan Sellergren


Malcolm MacDougall

enthusiasts have worlds to explore

abortion, and much more.

Meet this month’s contributors: Brittany Brooke Crow

Kent Williams lives, works,

Adria Carpenter


specializes in portraiture

writes and complains in Iowa

President, Little Village, LLC

and art and performance


Matthew Steele

documentation. Crow received

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Lilian Winters is a University

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Chicago School of Law.

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Top Stories Catch up on Little Village’s most-viewed headlines from last month. Read more at

Man drives his truck into protesters marching for

Iowa City pools: City Park is seeping, rec center swimmers

abortion rights in Cedar Rapids

fight likely closure and Mercer may be heating up

By Paul Brennan; June 27

By Adria Carpenter; June 29

Abortion rights advocates were lawfully crossing the street

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department has

after a rally when a driver accelerated, hitting several.

recommended closing the 58-year-old pool at Robert A.

Police reported one woman’s foot was run over by the truck, resulting in

Lee Community Recreation Center, adding a warm water pool at Mercer

a hospital visit, but witnesses claim others were injured as well. Video of

Park Aquatic Center and redesigning City Park pool, introducing new

the incident went viral on Twitter.

features to the seven decade-old facility.

Iowa City yoga instructor leads free, anonymous class

Video: ‘We can do better, because we’ve done better’:

to help trauma survivors ‘regain a sense of bodily

Deidre DeJear on Iowa’s future, LGBTQ rights, abortion


access and legalizing cannabis

By Adria Carpenter; July 14

Video by Jason Smith, story by Paul Brennan; July 15

For most of the week, Mara Cheney works as a well-being

During an interview with journalist and author Lyz Lenz

and harm reduction assessment coordinator at the University of Iowa.

at a campaign event in Iowa City on Thursday, Democratic nominee

But every Thursday, she teaches Yoga for Survivors at Benders Studio, a

for governor Deidre DeJear said Gov. Reynolds and Republicans “have

free anonymous class that helps people recover from past trauma.

the tendency … to create problems that really don’t exist, rather than addressing the problems that do exist.”

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IN 1958, FOUR QUAKER SAILORS set off in their sailboat, the Golden Rule, from California with the Marshall Islands their destination. They intended to interpose themselves into the nuclear testing being done by the U.S. government in the Marshall Islands. They made it as far as Hawaii, where they were arrested and jailed. The Golden Rule was sold. Fast forward to 2010, when some peace activists discovered the battered Golden Rule in a salvage yard in California. They recognized the historical value of the boat, and over the next four years it was fully restored. The Golden Rule has been sailing the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast since 2015. Now, in September, the Golden Rule will be trucked to Minneapolis and will begin its journey down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. In 2023, it will complete

the Great Loop and sail around Florida and up the U.S. East Coast. The mission of the Golden Rule is to educate people about nuclear issues and what they can do to stop the possibility of nuclear war. Stops in Iowa include Dubuque, Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine. The image of the boat sailing down the Mississippi will be absolutely dreamy. Turning the clock backward to Aug. 9, 1945, the day 70,000 people were killed in Nagasaki from an atom bomb. Forward again to today. The world is in greater peril from nuclear war than any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Russia and NATO are bristling with nuclear weapons, with Ukraine in between, and peace is nowhere in sight. On this Aug. 9, Making Waves, a short film about the Golden Rule, will be presented at Old



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Brick (26 E Market St, Iowa City) at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Maureen McCue, an expert on nuclear issues and president of Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, will reflect on the history of Aug. 9, the efforts of the Golden Rule in the 1950s, and the precarious position the world is in today. John Jadryev, president of Veterans For Peace #161, will describe the voyage of the Golden Rule on the East Coast of Iowa this October. The event is also sponsored by PEACE Iowa and the Iowa United Nations Association. A suggested donation of $25 is requested for the Golden Rule project. For further information, contact me, Ed Flaherty, Secretary of VFP #161, at Gov. Kim Reynolds announces plans to severely restrict abortion in Iowa (June 29) Passing laws the majority don’t want doesn’t seem very representative… —Ben S. You stand for the rich. You stand for everything the majority are against. Do everyone a favor and resign. You’re not welcome anymore. Donate to @iaafund to make a real difference!!! —Gabby M. Iowa City pools: City Park is seeping, rec center swimmers fight likely closure and Mercer may be heating up (June 29) They have to do something about the 30,000 gallon leak and fixing that sounds expensive. But I’d hate to lose an indoor pool with lap lanes and lap lanes at City Park without any plans to add an indoor pool at City Park. —Jacqueline A. LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309 August 2022 15


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We need more free swim areas. Swim parks do not teach children to swim and encourage chaotic behavior. Save City Park Pool and keep the swim lanes and open swim and lively peaceful environment. —Tena K. Which of these three pools is actually accessible 12 months out of a year, and centrally located near public transit hubs? —Kirsty C. I agree. Wish they would find a way to compromise so we can keep all three pools. —Anna M.

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swimming. —Saba S. brrrr getting in and out in the winter! They’d need a warming house that was ninety degrees with a heated tunnel to the pool! —Jacqueline A. maybe a hot tub or a sauna to dip into on the way to the changing room! Going from cold to hot to cold is good for the body and the soul. #NordicCycle —Saba S.

They need to keep CPP!!! But add more water features and maybe food stand as an option plus still allow food/ drinks brought in. —Andrea L.

The new design for the City Park pool looks great! I’m glad they’re planning to retain a lap pool while incorporating more family friendly features that are commonplace in other cities like spray features and a zero depth entry. —Anna H.

Wish they would use geothermal or solar to heat up the City Park pool and keep it open all year round for lap

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WO RT H R E P E AT I N G “That sense of relief across all the women who came in is probably what I remember. That and the endless meetings.” —Rebecca Arbogast, a founding mother of the Emma Goldman Clinic, reflecting on its 50 years in Iowa City “The Republican Party has just torn itself apart, and it’s got to pull itself together. I’ll lean toward the Democratic Party as long as US Office of excellent people Humanities are running. … We have an obligation to pull together and vote for anyone who has a moral capacity to lead in a credible way.” —Former Congressman Jim Leach, who changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat ahead of the June primary “[Republicans’] argument is that they are overtaxing Iowans. My argument is that they are not putting Iowa taxpayer dollars to use. And we see the gross underfunding and defunding of our public systems. They are starving our systems to the point that we won’t be able to handle

it, and when they come with their mediocre suggestions and solutions we will have no choice but to say yes.” —Democratic candidate for governor Deidre DeJear at a July 14 fundraiser “As we move forward into what will be a very challenging time, having a union will make sure all of our voices are heard. We will start pushing right away to get our first contract.”—Clinic worker Ashley Schmidt on the successful unionization vote of Planned Parenthood employees in Iowa and four other states “In trauma we didn’t have a choice, and in yoga we do.” — Mara Cheney, trauma-informed yoga instructor at Benders Studio in Iowa City. She hosts a free class for survivors every Thursday at 12:15 p.m.

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/LittleVillage READER POLL: With massive droughts plaguing the West, should states bordering the Mississippi River share fresh water with western states? Yes, of course 3.2%

Only with an end plan 9.7% a few more years. And keep CPP with the same footprint (or minimal alteration). It’s fine to redo what ever is necessary to fix the leaks. There’s no other other outdoor option like it in the area. … when my kids were younger, we did go to Coralville and North Liberty Pools a lot. The slightly cooler temperatures of the City Park Pool and the larger deep areas make the pool a great place for tweens, teens, college age people. I like that one outdoor pool in the Coralville, North Liberty, and Iowa City area doesn’t have slides and fountain attractions. —Sharon D. We love City Park pool but

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the new hours are confusing and limiting for day job families. —Teresa S. The city has no concept of preservation. They were willing to tear down a beautiful train station in favor of parking ramps. —@alltminna Vandals spray-paint racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in Marion (July 22) I used to be a troubled youth. I can speak to causing trouble because I felt like I was trouble. —Bret S. That’s all good and dandy but it comes down to WHAT they decided to

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I N T E R AC T I O N S spray paint. It’s [solely] to cause uproar in the area. It’s problematic and I hope they catch these shitheads! —Jeanette L. Former Rep. Jim Leach breaks with the Republican Party, endorses Bohannan for House and Franken for Senate (July 28)

lawn of my high school. Thank you Jim for always being a good guy! —Chris F. Why is it that Republicans become so reasonable, calling for accountability and moderation, once they are out of office and have no authority or expectation to act on their newfound enlightenment? —Dave M.

Love Leach, he was the first politician I ever met on the



One thing that I think is really funny about kids is how little they care about dying. I have a younger brother who, when cautioned not to drive to the gym in the middle of a historically unprecedented blizzard because of the possibility of sliding off the road into a ravine, said, “Yeah, whatever. Gotta go sometime.” It’s the sort of thing you’d expect your 75-year-old Vietnam veteran grandfather to say when your mom tells him not to smoke while he’s on oxygen, and hearing it come out of the mouth of a kid who cries when he goes to the orthodontist is funny. At least, I thought it was until last Wednesday. There I was, sitting in a funky beanbag chair at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, severely under-caffeinated but otherwise looking forward to a pleasant shift, when the lights went off. I assumed that it was a normal power failure and resumed my usual teen area activity, which is performatively reading exciting, controversial literature in hopes I can persuade one of the teens to actually read something. I was interrupted by one of my coworkers, who came in to inform me that the building was on fire. I went out to the lobby, where there was indeed black smoke pouring from one of the light fixtures and molten hot plastic all over the ground. Huh, I thought, we should probably leave. There’s a lot of paper in here. I went back to the teen area to inform the kids in the most soothing voice I could muster, and asked them to leave quickly, but calmly. I was concerned that if I sounded upset, they might panic, and I seem to remember from elementary school that you’re not supposed to run during a fire drill. You guys, I have never seen them move that slowly. They were shutting down the computers, cleaning up the candy wrappers on the computer tables. One of them thought it was a good time to look for her phone. Meanwhile, I’m having heart palpitations as sparks rain down on the circulation desk. When they finally did start making progress towards the door, they thought it would be funny to play chicken with the molten plastic falling from the ceiling. I started crying. Out on the sidewalk, one of them said cheerfully, “This is fun! I love fire drills!” It was at this point that I decided that if you can’t beat ‘em, you might as well join ‘em. Yes, I had a terrifying, slightly traumatizing experience, and it’ll be some time before I can return to work, but hey. Gotta go sometime.
















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Safe Harbor A legal guide to accessing self-managed abortion care in Iowa, right now.



bortions are currently permitted in the state of Iowa up to 20 weeks’ gestation, but not without barriers. Iowa recently imposed a 24-hour waiting period, accompanied by other requirements. Patients must undergo an ultrasound, have the option to see the image and hear the sounds associated with the procedure and be advised on options available other than abortion. For those with sufficient resources, living close to an abortion clinic, the waiting period will amount to nothing more than an inconvenience. For others, the costs and logistics created by the law could be devastating. Moreover, Iowa is expected to impose a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. If this extreme restriction is upheld by state courts, the timeline a pregnant person would have to legally effectuate abortion could be limited to just a few days at most. Combined with the 24-hour waiting period, it will effectively function as an elective abortion ban. In strong resistance, abortion activists are advocating for self-managed abortions, induced in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy by taking mifepristone and misoprostol, two FDA-approved drugs known collectively as “abortion pills.” Despite these drugs being safer than Tylenol and meeting many of the FDA’s criteria to be overthe-counter, they are available only with a prescription from a physician. But patients can now get prescriptions for mifepristone and misoprostol via telehealth, acquiring them online from companies like Plan C, Aid Access, Carafem, Just The Pill and Hey Jane. Regardless of the state their patients live in, each company ships pills directly to their homes. In Iowa, the 24-hour waiting period would require a patient seeking self-managed abortion to schedule a telehealth appointment only after first undergoing an ultrasound at an in-person clinic and providing certification of such to her telehealth provider—pressing the already tight 10-week timeline. If abortions remain legal up to 20 weeks in Iowa, it is still possible for many Iowans to overcome the state’s legislative hurdle and receive abortion care. If, however, Iowa imposes a six-week ban, seeking self-managed abortions via telehealth would not be legal past six weeks’ gestation, nor reasonably feasible within that


timeline. So, if telehealth physicians act outside of the governing law and choose to provide Iowans with abortion pills after the six-week mark, they open themselves up to legal liability. That doesn’t seem to be stopping companies from shipping abortion pills to anyone who needs them. In fact, to protect American physicians from liability, many companies that provide the pills online connect people seeking self-managed abortions with foreign physicians willing to ship internationally. While the practice is illegal, overseeing foreign physicians and attempting to regulate their practice is not practical nor is it an efficient use of government resources. As of now, there are no known prosecutions for the purchase and shipment of abortion pills. While charges have been brought for the subsequent abortion offense in a few instances, this is not yet the norm. In fact, some prosecutors are pledging to not bring criminal charges against those who seek out self-managed abortions. Even some governors across the country are publicly saying that despite laws prohibiting abortion pills, patients will not be prosecuted. Unfortunately, Gov. Kim Reynolds is unlikely to make any such assurances to Iowans. Even if Iowa prosecutors join the movement and promise a safe harbor for abortion seekers, a mere promise falls short of any real, widespread security from prosecution. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, GenBioPro, Inc., the manufacturer of mifepristone, brought an action against the state of Missouri alleging that its ban on all elective abortions, including self-managed abortions, is preempted under the FDA’s 2021 decision permitting abortion pills to be dispensed online. The case may be the reassurance women are hoping for. If the court rules in the company’s favor, Missouri will no longer be allowed to enforce the ban. Previous cases brought by drug manufacturers challenging state regulation of a manufactured drug have been successful, including Zogenix, Inc. v. Patrick out of Massachusetts. State legislation attempted to regulate an opioid, but the court there held that strict regulation of an FDA-approved drug was preempted and, therefore, unenforceable. With further abortion restrictions looming over Iowa, future access to self-managed abortions remains uncertain. However, the pending GenBioPro decision might make that an unnecessary worry. Lilian Winters is a University of Iowa alumna and a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.




quella noche caminé varias cuadras por el Greenwich Village de Nueva York, como si fuera un vagabundo. Fue así que encontré el Arthur’s Tavern. Este es un bar clásico de música jazz y blues. Fue inaugurado el año 1937, poco después del fin de la época de la prohibición del alcohol. Aquí tocó en más de una oportunidad Charlie “Bird” Parker y hasta lo consideraba como su casa, especialmente en los últimos años de su corta pero intensa carrera musical. Apenas ingresé a este bar sentí un ambiente acogedor. Su arquitectura es de principios del siglo pasado pero está bien conservada, y hace poco fue remodelada. Por el lado izquierdo vi la barra y un bartender vestido con camisa, chaleco y corbata, quien me dio la bienvenida. Por el lado derecho, cuadros de músicos de jazz colgados en la pared. Y al fondo: el escenario, donde un grupo de músicos se prepara para hacer un intermedio. Esto me permite observar con mayor detalle el bar; por ejemplo: su antigua pared de ladrillos cubierta con pintura blanca y en el que se puede leer los nombres de algunos músicos que tocaron aquí: Charlie Parker, Mabel Godwin, Johnny Parker, Roy Hargrove, y otros más. Eric Kalb’s Trio es el nombre del grupo que tocó aquella noche, y su estilo musical era una


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mezcla de jazz, funk y rock. Los golpes, a veces explosivos, de la batería de Eric Kalb parecían colocar los cimientos de una torre eléctrica, que luego sus compañeros, Matt Chertkoff (guitarra)

oficinistas que conversaban y reían entre ellos como si la noche no tuviera fin, y yo que me encontraba fascinado y embriagado con este estilo de jazz que no lo conocía hasta ese entonces. Es casi la una de la mañana y la banda continúa LOS ÚNICOS TESTIGOS DE ESTA EXPERIENCIA tocando, sin bajar la energía de su repertorio. Hasta que MUSICAL ÉRAMOS UN GRUPO DE OFICINISTAS anuncian que la siguiente QUE CONVERSABAN Y REÍAN ENTRE ELLOS canción pertenece a Duke COMO SI LA NOCHE NO TUVIERA FIN, Y Ellington, y lleva por título Isfahan. Y de pronto YO QUE ME ENCONTRABA FASCINADO Y un silencio invade el bar. EMBRIAGADO CON ESTE ESTILO DE JAZZ QUE La canción esta vez es lo NO LO CONOCÍA HASTA ESE ENTONCES. opuesto a lo que venía tocando el trío de jazz. Esta y Kyle Koehler (órgano), terminaban de armarla. es lenta, suave, profunda, y me traslada a un Nueva Pero esto no duraba mucho porque al rato volvía York de la película Taxi Driver. Y comienzo a Kalb con la furia de su batería para borrarlo tener el extraño presentimiento que al salir del bar todo, y comenzar de nuevo. Y en cada comienzo veré a Travis Bickle manejando su taxi amarillo, (cada canción, diríamos aquí) había una alegría dejando y recogiendo pasajeros, hablando consigo aventurera y contagiosa. Los únicos testigos de mismo, que también es una forma de hablar con esta experiencia musical éramos un grupo de la ciudad.

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Found in Space A team of UI researchers studying a “super weird” star wants just 30 minutes with the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope.



wenty-six years ago, NASA announced a project to launch a space telescope into orbit a million miles from Earth in order to study deep space and light from the early universe. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) transmitted its first images last month, providing a view of the cosmos never seen before. The images were beautiful and dramatic to the untrained eye—“a new window into the history of our universe,” President Biden called them during the July 11 news conference when the images were first released—but to astronomers, they were even more impressive. “It’s so surprising,” Dr. Keri Hoadley, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Iowa, said about the First Deep Field image from JWST. That image showed a tremendous profusion of stars and galaxies in an area that’s “just one little speck of the universe,” as NASA Administrator Bill Nelson described it. It’s an area the Hubble Space Telescope has examined before, but it never revealed what JWST did. 26 August 2022 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309

Hubble, launched in 1990, focuses on the visible light spectrum. JWST observes the infrared spectrum, where the wavelengths are longer than

JWST HAS AN EXPECTED LIFESPAN OF 20 YEARS. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IT COULD DO DURING THAT TIME, ACCORDING TO HOADLEY, IS “FIND REALLY TANTALIZING SIGNS OF LIFE ON PLANETS AROUND OTHER STARS.” those the human eye perceives. JWST can see much further into the universe than Hubble, and because light travels at a set speed, the farther away an object in space is, the further back in time it is. The Deep Field galaxies aren’t just the most distant ones ever observed, they are also the oldest. That’s particularly interesting to Hoadley, whose research involves the formation of objects

in the early universe. “Some of the galaxies that appear orange-red in the image are clocking in at just 500 million years after the Big Bang,” she told Little Village. “We thought the first galaxies would just be forming then, and now we’re seeing galaxies that are full-fledged galaxies at this age. That’s something we did not expect.” Astronomers are now having to rethink how





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Above: Cosmic Cliffs captured by NASA’s Webb telescope. NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI Left: Dr. Keri Hoadley, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Iowa. Adria Carpenter / Little Village

galaxies form because of JWST. There were many times between the announcement of the project in 1996 and last month when it appeared JWST would never get off the ground. It faced budget cuts, cost overruns and on several occasions Republicans in Congress tried to kill its funding entirely, claiming it was a waste of taxpayer money. There were also numerous engineering challenges as new technologies had to be developed and refined. JWST eventually grew into a joint project between NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, costing more than $10 billion. One enormous challenge was the telescope, which needed to be folded up “origami-style” to fit into the rocket transporting it, unfurling at its destination and deploying “a mirror 21 feet wide, a sunshield the size of a tennis court, and 250,000


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The Hawkeye State has plenty of space, but what about outer space? These planetariums and observatories offer a glimpse of the cosmos from the comfort of an air-conditioned room— with expert educators to guide your journey. Van Allen Observatory University of Iowa Department of Physics & Astronomy, 203 Van Allen Hall, 30 N Dubuque St, Iowa City, Check the Van Allen Observatories Facebook page for upcoming Public Observing Nights, free and open to all Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center 1365 Ivanhoe Rd, Ely, Operated by Cedar Amateur Astronomers, a member of NASA’s Night Sky Network, Public events listed at, free and open to all Norris Corson Family Planetarium Grout Museum of History and Science, 503 South St, Waterloo, Open to all, museum admission $3-6, Opened in 1956, renovated in 2021, Seats 33 and hosts 500 shows a year Emil C. Miller Planetarium and Rooftop Observatory Luther College’s Valder Hall of Science, 700 College Dr, Decorah, free and open to the public, built in 1964, seats 65 Star Theater Planetarium Science Center of Iowa, 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, Open to all, center admission $11-13 (Closed Aug. 22-31) Drake Municipal Observatory (pictured above), Waveland Golf Course, 4898 Observatory Rd, Des Moines, operated jointly by Drake University and the City of Des Moines, hosts weekly Public Night Series in spring, summer and fall, free and open to all; celebrates its 101st anniversary in November Sanford Museum & Planetarium 117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Free and open to the public, Public programs every Sunday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. 28 August 2022 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309


tiny shutters, each one smaller than a grain of sand,” as President Biden put it. JWST finally blasted off on Christmas Day 2021, after more than two years of technical difficulties causing launch delays. It took the telescope just 30 days to travel the one million miles to its fixed location at the second Lagrange Point, where the gravitational pull of the Earth and the sun are in balance.. This creates a very stable orbit, meaning JWST doesn’t have to expend much fuel to maintain its orbit. After six months of calibrating equipment, JWST produced its first set of images, with the infrared signals processed into forms the human eye can understand. So far, the oldest object the telescope has detected is a supernova that exploded 13 billion years ago. For Hoadley, the most interesting JWST image is the “Cosmic Cliffs,” which shows the ragged-looking edge of a neubal in the constellation of Carina. “It’s a star-forming region of our own galaxy,” she explained. The nebula is a massive cloud of gas and dust 7,500 lightyears from Earth. “This is a view we’ve never seen before of this kind of cloud. We’re seeing newborn stars littered inside of this cloud that we’ve never seen before,” Hoadley said. “ And based on their colors, we can tell how massive they are, how young or old they are at this point. So we can actually test our ideas of how these clouds form stars and how many they should form in ways that we haven’t been able to before.” The “cliffs” are actually the edge of a giant gaseous cavity in the nebula. It’s the material that appears to be rising like steam from the cliffs that really interests Hoadley. It’s part of the cloud that is evaporating “because of the intense light being produced from the most massive stars” in a cluster just outside the frame of the image, she said. Hoadly wants to know “how much of that is leaving and how fast.” The answers should help explain how stars in the nebula form. “My primary interest is in how things form in the universe: stars, planets and even galaxies,” Hoadley said. The energy involved in those formative periods excites electromagnetic waves, producing ultraviolet light with shorter wavelengths than the visible light spectrum. But because the universe is continually expanding, by the time that light reaches Earth, the wavelength has stretched out and has passed through the visible spectrum into the infrared, while retaining information from the

ultraviolet spectrum. That’s why JWST’s array of infrared instruments could be valuable in Hoadley’s research. In November, Hoadley and a group of colleagues will submit a research proposal seeking one of the 30-minute blocks of JWST time available to researchers. The project focuses on a stellar remnant known as the Blue Ring Nebula. “We think it’s a star that has basically collided with, and totally absorbed, a companion star not that long ago,” Hoadley said. For an astronomer, a few thousand years qualifies as “not that long ago.” Stellar remnants “act super-weird,” Hoadley continued. “And this particular star we found has an interesting ultraviolet nebula that we’ve never seen around anything else, that we call the Blue Ring Nebula. “ Thirty minutes on JWST would produce more useful information than hundreds of hours of observations by Hubble, according to Hoadley. “It would be unreasonable to ask Hubble to do this.” Hoadley and her colleagues should know by April if their proposal has been approved. JWST has an expected lifespan of 20 years. The most important thing it could do during that time, according to Hoadley, is “find really tantalizing signs of life on planets around other stars.” To do this the telescope will have to locate a small, rocky planet in the “habitable zone,” in which liquid water can exist, and then examine its atmosphere. “In our solar system, if we compare the rocky planets that have substantial atmospheres—Venus and Earth and Mars—if you look at Venus and Mars, their atmospheric compositions look remarkably similar,” Hoadley said. “Mostly made out of carbon dioxide, little trace elements of other things. There’s virtually no oxygen, very little hydrogen.” “If you look at Earth, it’s so much different. It’s oxygen, it’s nitrogen, it’s water, it’s a little bit of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses,” she explained.. “Earth’s atmosphere is totally a consequence of life being present. If it wasn’t for life, our atmosphere would look like that of Venus and Mars.” “Finding the clear signatures of an atmosphere of a planet that likely has life on it, I think that would be the most revolutionary thing that it could find.” Paul Brennan is Little Village’s news director.



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La angustia del idioma para los hablantes de herencia POR CLAUDIA POZZOBON POTRATZ


ace unos años entrevisté a una estudiante mexicoamericana de la Universidad de Iowa sobre su lengua materna. Yo estaba realizando la investigación para mi tesis doctoral sobre hablantes de herencia del español, y algo que Celeste dijo me sorprendió mucho: que la lengua que hablan en su casa era “Tex-Mex.” a la que describió como “no es español correcto.” Lamentablemente muchos estadounidenses bilingües consideran el idioma que hablan en sus casas, que tiene una gran influencia del inglés, incorrecto porque no es igual al idioma que ven en libros o en los medios. Si creciste en un hogar hablando un idioma distinto al inglés, eres un hablante de herencia de esa lengua, eres un bilingüe nativo. Como creciste con dos (o más) idiomas simultáneamente, es perfectamente normal que combines dichos idiomas al hablar. Es muy probable que haya ciertas áreas de tu vida que navegues en español, y otras áreas que sólo conozcas en inglés, y que por esto el Spanglish sea el idioma con el que te sientas más a gusto. Las lenguas les pertenecen a quienes las hablan, no a los lingüistas y libros de texto. Si bien es cierto que la lingüística y la gramática son útiles y nos ayudan a estudiar, no te deberían hacer sentir mal por cómo te expresas en tu lengua materna. Nadie aprende el idioma “correcto” a casa. Una vez que entendemos ésto, es bueno saber que estudiar nuestra lengua de herencia en la universidad nos puede ser de gran beneficio. Para empezar, tendremos más confianza al hablar y escribir en cualquier contexto, incluyendo clases académicas. La clase nos ayudará a no sufrir la erosión lingüística, a comprender cómo funciona la lengua y a aprender sobre otras culturas relacionadas con ella. Además, ser bilingüe tiene otros beneficios: estudios recientes demuestran que niños y adolescentes bilingües llegan a la adultez con más materia gris, la parte del cerebro que nos 30 August 2022 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309

ayuda a procesar y comunicar información. Esto se traduce en mejor memoria y menos deterioro cuando envejecemos. Asimismo, y contrario a la creencia popular, no vas a olvidar un idioma si estudias otro. De hecho, hablar múltiples idiomas ayuda con la concentración y la atención, lo cual conlleva a una mejoría en la cognición y otras habilidades del pensamiento. También se ha demostrado que el bilingüismo ayuda a desarrollar la creatividad y el pensamiento crítico. Finalmente, los bilingües poseen mejores habilidades socioemocionales y de comportamiento, las cuales derivan en una mayor capacidad de empatía. La lengua no es simplemente la manera en la que nos comunicamos. Las lenguas que hablamos influyen enormemente en nuestra identidad, determinan quienes somos, cómo nos presentamos ante el mundo, cómo y qué comunicamos, e incluso cómo pensamos. Si eres hablante de herencia del español, tienes que saber que los estudiantes Latine de la universidad de Iowa tienen la oportunidad de mantener y/o recuperar su bilingüismo y multiculturalismo. Celeste se graduó de la universidad habiendo encontrado nuevas razones para estar orgullosa de su lengua materna y su herencia mexicana, pero más importante aún, sin considerar al TexMex como español incorrecto, sino como parte de su identidad. Claudia Pozzobon Potratz es profesora de español como lengua de herencia en la Universidad de Iowa. Tiene más de veinte años de experiencia en la enseñanza de lenguas y de escritura en segundas lenguas.



few years ago, I interviewed a MexicanAmerican University of Iowa student from Texas. Celeste and I were talking about her mother tongue. I was doing research for my doctoral dissertation on heritage speakers of Spanish, and I was struck when she said the language in her home, “Tex-Mex,” “no es español correcto” (“it is not correct Spanish”). Unfortunately, many bilingual Americans consider their home language “incorrect” because it doesn’t look like the language they see in textbooks or other printed media, or because it is heavily influenced by English.

If you grew up speaking a language other than English at home, you are considered a heritage speaker of that language. You are a native bilingual. Since you grew up with two (or more) languages simultaneously, you often combine the languages you speak, and that’s perfectly normal. It’s very likely you navigate certain parts of your life in Spanish and others in English, and that’s why speaking Spanglish might feel more comfortable to you. Languages belong to their speakers, not to linguists and textbooks. Yes, linguistics and grammar textbooks are useful and help us study, but they shouldn’t make you feel bad about how you speak. No one learns “proper” language at home. That said, studying your heritage language in college has great benefits. First, you will feel more confident when speaking and/or writing in any setting, including academic classes. You will avoid language attrition, understand how the language works and learn about the other cultures that are linked to it. Plus, being bilingual has other major benefits. Recent studies show that bilingual children and teenagers reach adulthood with more gray matter, the part of the brain that helps us process and communicate information. This translates into better memory and less decay as we age. Also, and contrary to popular belief, you won’t forget one language if you study a second. Speaking multiple languages actually aids in focus and attention, which leads to enhanced cognition and mental function. Bilingualism has also proven to help develop creative and critical thinking skills. Lastly, bilinguals demonstrate better social-emotional and behavioral skills, which lead to a greater capacity for empathy. Language is not simply a way to communicate. Our identities are heavily influenced by the languages we speak. They shape who we are and how we present ourselves to the world, determining how and what we communicate, and even how we think. If you are a heritage speaker of Spanish, I want you to know that Latine students at the University of Iowa have the opportunity to maintain and/or reclaim their bilingualism and multiculturalism. Celeste graduated from UI with a newfound pride in her home language and her Mexican heritage. More importantly, she didn’t consider Tex-Mex to be wrong anymore, but an important part of her identity. Claudia Pozzobon Potratz is a visiting assistant professor of Spanish as a heritage language at the University of Iowa. She has been teaching languages and second language writing for over 20 years.




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Micky’s North Micky’s Irish Pub and Grill has served generations of scholars and deviants in downtown Iowa City. Now, they’re taking on the suburbs.



lmost 42 years to the day after Micky’s Irish Pub and Grill opened its doors on S Dubuque Street in Iowa City, a second location will debut roughly nine miles up the road. On July 11, a Facebook post announced that the long-running downtown institution would expand to North Liberty in August, taking over the space in Pacha Parkway recently occupied by Rocky O’Brien’s Public House. Although opening a new restaurant in an ongoing pandemic may seem risky, when co-owners David Stein and Aaron Jennings heard through the grapevine that Rocky O’Brien’s owner Kelly Crawford was looking to sell, they started crunching numbers and everything just made sense. “The opportunity came to do something out here and we looked at the space and loved the space,” Stein told Little Village. “We think a Micky’s would translate really well in North Liberty, because a lot of people don’t come downtown.” Fans of Iowa City’s self-proclaimed “most favoritest neighborhood pub” are already buzzing about the opening, speculating about what the new location will have to offer on both the 32 August 2022 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309

Micky’s Iowa City and Micky’s North Liberty Facebook pages. “We’ve gotten such a great response so far,” Stein said. “People are really excited for Micky’s in North Liberty.” Located in the heart of downtown IC, the original Micky’s is a popular spot for college students and townies to catch the game over a basket of fried pickles, a few Scotch eggs, a cold Guinness and their acclaimed Reuben sandwich or fish and chips. Stein said fans can expect a similar experience at Micky’s North Liberty. “We want to stay very authentic to what we do downtown out here—we’re not looking to reinvent the wheel,” Stein said. “We want [people] to come out here and say, ‘Oh, that looks similar to downtown.’ The service is really good; the food is really good; and the drinks are just as cold as you would get [in Iowa City].” This commitment to authenticity also means that wood paneling and “world famous” bingo nights will be plentiful in North Liberty. And luckily for Stein and Jennings, the bar at the former Rocky O’Brien’s has, although perhaps not 150 years worth of character, a similar style of woodwork to the beloved downtown bar. However, there will be one important difference between the two locations: space. Generations have passed through Micky’s leprechaun-clad doors since 1980 to be greeted by its undeniably cozy (i.e. squeezy) interior. Although outdoor seating was added to the downtown location after a remodel in 2012, space has remained limited. But space is where the new location in North Liberty shines. “[We have] two outdoor seating areas in North

Liberty, a good number more seats and a bigger bar,” Stein said. “We’ll have pool tables now, that’s a big one. There’s just a little more space.” Micky’s North Liberty will also boast dart boards and the potential for live music—both of which are impossible in the downtown location. “Once you put a band in there of any kind, it takes up about 25 percent of the seating,” Stein said. “But hopefully we’ll do live music out here [in North Liberty].” Downtown Iowa City sees an influx of hungry, thirsty college students every fall, but North Liberty has its own growing hoards to feed. The suburb saw a 7 percent population increase over the last decade, and is home to spacious restaurants like Reds Alehouse, Tin Roost and soon, Field Day Brewing Co., a 20,910-square-foot microbrewery currently under construction and expected to open in 2023. If the past 40 years are any indication, Stein is confident Micky’s has a place in the future of the CRANDIC. “We employ a number of kids whose parents worked at Micky’s in the ’80s and ’90s, and people who come to Iowa City and leave Iowa City will remember Micky’s in a positive light.” Stein said. “If you wear a Micky’s shirt in Chicago, you’ll probably get one or two people that say, ‘Oh, I love that place.’ So it’s really stood the test of time.” Sumner Wallace is the self-proclaimed “most favoritest” intern at Little Village. Home for the summer from Oberlin College in Ohio, she’s here to write, wreak havoc and huck a few Frisbees before returning to her studies in the fall.

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Boom Boom Pow Combining face-melting guitar riffs with sounds and rhythms heard during Meskwaki ceremonies, Rehtek’s new sound is a metal alloy.



bomination, the new album from Iowa metal outfit Rehtek, contains all the ingredients for a pummeling musical feast. Chunky guitar riffage— check. Gut-rumbling bass—check. Double-time kick drums at speed-metal velocities—check. Growling, howling vocals—double-check. “Our influences are vast,” frontman Colton Davenport said. “We listened to everything from thrash, death metal and nu metal, to core. For that reason, it’s always been hard to pinpoint our style. We incorporate so many different elements, which is what I’ve always loved about this band.” Guitarists Joe Youngbear and his brother Mythias Keahna conjure up an eclectic range of sounds, and the same can be said of Davenport’s vocals on Abomination. The album’s first song, “Archon,” begins with a rush of crushing 34 August 2022 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309

instrumentation until his grindcore growls fill the track—while other songs, like “Prism,” feature a mix of screams and melodic singing with harmonized double-tracked vocals. Never a dull moment with this album. “I try not to be boring,” Youngbear told me. “When the music gets very dynamic, sometimes you’ve got to slow it down, and then sometimes you’ve got to give it some power. When I’m writing, I just go with what moves me.” Hailing from Tama, a small Iowa town with a population of 3,000, Rehtek has spent the last decade immersed in the Midwestern metal scene after getting their start playing local bars in the summer of 2011. “Me and four other kids came together that year in the hopes of creating something special,” Davenport said. “It started with a few acoustic songs and eventually transformed into the machine that is Rehtek.” Rehtek found a second home in Des Moines, gigging regularly in that city and throughout the rest of the region as they shared bills with Saliva, Devour the Day, American Head Charge, Dead Horse Trauma, Apathy Syndrome and other major metal acts. “We spent those first few years earning our stripes and making a name for ourselves,” Davenport said. “We took the local music scene by storm and made a lot of great friends along the

Alpha Wolf w/ Bodysnatcher, Vatican, Rehtek, xBk, Des Moines, Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m., $18

way. Our experiences with the metal scene have been pretty great for the most part, especially in Des Moines. We’ve gotten so much love and support there. It’s always been like a second home for us. So many good bands with so much positive energy.” Born in central Iowa, Davenport spent his earliest years moving around with his family before settling in Tama when he was about 8. “There’s not a whole lot to look at here,” Davenport said. “There’s a lot of cornfields around, as you can imagine with any small town in Iowa. We have a beef plant, a couple of different small businesses here and there. But it is home, and it’s the hometown of our tribe, the Meskwaki Nation. It was there I really found myself and developed into the man I am today.” Davenport first got into metal after discovering Ozzy Osbourne’s Bark At the Moon album, and then gravitated to heavier music like Metallica, Cradle of Filth, Slipknot, Korn and Cannibal Corpse. Davenport always had an interest in the arts, especially music, and once he found his bandmates, it was on.

“Even as a child I knew I wanted to sing in a metal band,” he said. “It wasn’t until we actually started Rehtek that I worked up enough courage to sing in front of anyone.” Youngbear—the band’s guitarist, engineer and producer—is also from Tama, where he attended the Meskwaki Settlement School, a tribal school that is operated by the Meskwaki Nation, which Youngbear, Davenport and Keahna—the three remaining original band members—all belong to. “That is one of the things that really helped us bond, when it came to the experience of creating music,” Davenport said. “We’re all very much involved in our culture. And we draw a lot of inspiration from our culture when it comes to making our music.” By way of example, the singer pointed to “O.I.T.N.,” a song from the new album that begins with a powerful boom boom boom sound. “We actually got that idea for the opening drum beat from the pow wow drums that we use here at our ceremonies,” Davenport said. “Some of the lyrical subject matter is loosely centered around our legends and our stories. I mean, the culture is very much alive here, and you’ll hear some of those influences come through in our music from time to time.” Youngbear’s Godzilla-sized riffs and layers of noise help define Rehtek’s sound, which at times is reminiscent of the bottom-heavy rumble produced by Brazil’s greatest metal export, Sepultura, which also blends heavy rock with influences from their own country’s indigenous music. Drummer Dylan Main and bassist Julian Williams are newcomers to the band, which had been on hiatus since 2019, and Youngbear said they had been debating whether to continue as a band until they decided to make another album. “My brother Mythias has always been onboard,” he said. “Julian, the bass player, was a coworker of mine and a good friend, and Dylan is a great drummer, so we all got together and it just clicked.” Abomination—which was produced and engineered by Youngbear in his home studio—grabs listeners by the collar for 36 minutes before ending with a heavy da-da-dum riff as Davenport’s a capella howl hangs in the air. All killer and no filler, it leaves listeners wanting more. “Abomination, in many ways, is like a rebirth for this band,” Davenport said. “We introduced a whole new sound for this band, and we’ve introduced two new members, Julian and Dylan. I’m proud to say that despite some of the changes, we are just as energetic and as hungry as we’ve ever been.” Kembrew McLeod is a lover not a fighter.

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$50 million price tag, which meant a significant fundraising push for the UIMA. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which had footed the bill for an estimated 60 percent of the construction costs for other flood-affected UI buildings, didn’t share Lloyd’s of London’s assessment of the original UIMA space. Since they judged it in-tact and usable, they wouldn’t fund the new building. That’s how, in late 2017, the UIMA became the Stanley Museum of Art: in recognition of a $10 million gift—one-fifth of the funds needed for the


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The Stanley Museum celebrates a return to tangible connections between community and art. BY GENEVIEVE TRAINOR

n 2019, the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art was celebrating its 50th anniversary. It also had been nearly 11 years without a home. The floods of 2008, which wreaked havoc across Iowa, hit Cedar Rapids and Iowa City the hardest. The Cedar and Iowa Rivers crested at 31.12 ft and 31.5 ft, respectively, in those major cities. In Iowa City, the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) 36 August 2022 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309

suffered greatly, taking enough damage that Lloyd’s of London, which insures the museum’s art collection, declared the building uninsurable. A new home would have to be built. The plans for that new home, in the center of campus next to the UI Main Library and Gilbert Park, were approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in August of 2017. They called for a three-story, 45,000-square-foot building—and came with a

rebuild—from Dick and Mary Jo Stanley. Dick, who earned his masters at the UI in 1963, was son to C. Maxwell (’26, masters ’30) and Elizabeth (’27) Stanley, who had donated their collection of African ritual masks, religious figurines and other pieces to the museum in 1985. A portion of the gift came from their estate, making the use of the family name doubly apt. The museum broke ground on its new location on June 7, 2019—the perfect way to celebrate its 50th. Construction started that September. Those milestones, and others since, have been overseen by the Stanley’s current director, Laura Lessing, who took the reins of the museum July 31, 2018, tossed into the midst of the maelstrom. Lessing is the museum’s eighth director, but of course the first to officially helm it as the Stanley Museum, and she will be the first to preside over this new building—the official Stanley Museum’s first real home. “This building is new to all of us,” Lessing said in an email to Little Village. “We will be finding out over the course of the next six months what works and what doesn’t, and refining our procedures. My job (as always) will be to support the museum’s excellent staff through this transition, get them the resources they need to do their work, and be a good ambassador for the museum and the University of Iowa.” Lessing, whose parents studied under the UIMA’s first director, Ulfert Wilke, told Little Village in October 2019, “I really wanted this job … to go to the place where the community cared so much about the arts.” Her career has been

anchored in those connections between community and institution, between “town and gown.” She’s borne titles such as “curator of education” and “director of public programs,” spearheading school visit and volunteer docent programs. Her time at the Stanley, leading a museum that only existed as virtual and transient, honed those skills—especially when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, less than two years into her tenure. “COVID has given us a master class in how to maintain the statewide partnerships we built through our traveling exhibition and education programs during the decade after the 2008 flood,” Lessing said. “We learned how to reach people virtually, and we will continue to offer high-quality, online, educational programs that serve Iowans wherever they live.” But even while those connections are maintainable, Lessing is eager to deepen connections locally, both across the university and with local partners including “the Iowa City Schools and their Any Given Child program; arts organizations like FilmScene, Riverside Theatre and the Englert; the Iowa City Business District; senior living communities” and more, she said. “Having this building and the collection in Iowa City makes SO much possible! Now, when I meet with community leaders and organizations and ask, ‘What can we do together?’ we can really make those things happen,” Lessing said. “The museum can host a music series, or a wellness program, or a fashion show. We have a beautiful, welcoming space for people to gather, and an art collection that inspires dialogue and creativity.” The Stanley Museum is wasting no time showcasing those possibilities. The staff have been enjoying the new building for a few months now, but the public will be welcomed at the grand opening weekend, Aug. 26-28. Remarks from Lessing and UI President Barbara Wilson will run 3-4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 to dedicate the building, followed by light refreshments in Gibson Square Park. At 4:30 p.m., the museum’s doors will open for exploration of the galleries, including the first exhibition in the building. “I’m excited to see people react to our inaugural exhibition, Homecoming. We’ve put so much thought and effort and love into this exhibition. The museum staff has done a wonderful job and I’m incredibly proud of them and what they’ve achieved. The collection has never looked better,” Lessing said. “I’m also excited about the music. I love having the opportunity to showcase the museum as a performance space,” she reiterated. “Music is a great way to celebrate together as a community.” On Friday night, starting at 6 p.m., treesreach, Pictoria Vark and Houndmouth will be performing

Stanley Museum of Art Opening Celebration, Iowa City, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 26-28, Free Photo by Jason Smith / Little Village. Left to right: Wasco: She Who Watches, 1989, Stoneware, pennies, beads, 9 x 12 x 3 in. (22.86 x 30.48 x 7.62 cm), Gift of Joan E. Mannheimer, 1994.42, Lillian Pitt, Pacific Northwest Native American, 1943–, Sperrende Kräfte [Locking Powers], 1929, Oil on canvas. 42 1/4 x 42 1/4 x 2 in. (107.32 x 107.32 x 5.08 cm), Museum purchase, 1985.52, Hannah Höch, German, 1889–1978, Le Muse inquietanti [The Disquieting Muses], 1947, Oil on canvas, 42 1/8 x 29 15/16 in. (107 x 76.04 cm), Gift of Owen and Leone Elliott, 1968.12, Giorgio de Chirico Italian, 1888–1978

in Gibson Square Park. Saturday evening at 5 p.m., the Cedar Rapids Opera will offer a limited-seating performance of selections from The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius (2019; Robert Lindsay Nassif, Jean-Francois Charles, Michael Ching) in the Stanley’s lobby. Other events include curator talks Friday evening, Saturday afternoon juggling lessons and performances from Luther Bangert, art stations in the park to flex your creative muscles and free light snacks all weekend. “I spent the last four years working hard to bring this collection home to Iowa City, so I’m thrilled to see everything! But I think I’m most excited to see the dialogue between well-known works of art and works that are new to the

collection,” Lessing said of the UI’s art collection coming back together under one new roof. “For instance, Grant Wood’s beloved 1931 painting Plaid Sweater will be displayed between two new acquisitions: a 1956 photograph by Gordon Parks and a 2018 sculpture by Simone Leigh. There is a lovely visual harmony between these three works. But what’s more, they all inspire a strong sense of empathy and make me think about what draws us to other people and connects us to one another.” Genevieve Trainor sees no distinction between art and community. They’re the same picture.



EVENTS: August August 2022

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Cheap Copies! DIY Publishing with Mimeo, Hecto and Ditto, PS1 Close House, Iowa City, Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 22 and 23 at 6 p.m., $15100

Head out to Public Space One Close House for a two-day in-person workshop with Rich Dana, a zine-creator and publisher who specializes in obsolete and DIY printing techniques. Dana self-published a book titled Cheap Copies after having studied hecto, ditto and mimeo techniques for 10 years. The upcoming workshop will teach participants how to use these low/no cost techniques to produce zines, chapbooks, prints and flyers on their own. Literary Luxuries Saturdays, Aug. 6, 13, 27 at 10

Saturdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2

a.m. Queer Storytime, PS1 Close

p.m. Embracing Rewriting Along-

House, Iowa City, Free

side Revision: A Virtual Poetry Workshop, Iowa City Poetry (io-

Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m., $100 (tuition

Storytime with Jenny Baertsch,

assistance available)

Swamp Fox Bookstore, Marion, Free

Sundays, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 1 p.m. Lawn of the Poetic Everywhere: A Nature Poetry Workshop, Public Space One Garden, $100


EDITORS’ PICKS: August 2022 AROUND THE CRANDIC Sunday, Aug. 14 at 12 p.m. Édouard Louis w/

Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. Reading with Darius

Sunday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. IWP Participant

Garth Greenwell, Online via Crowdcast, Prairie

Stewart, The Tuesday Agency, Iowa City, Free

Reading Series, Prairie Lights, Free

Lights, Free Saturday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. Storytime at the Mondays, Aug. 15, 22, 29 at 3 p.m. Queer Writ-

Market, Iowa City Farmers Market, Free

ers Group, PS1 Close House, Free

Dana Kunze’s Watershow Productions, Hancher, Iowa City, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 26-28, Free

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One weekend, eight performances, 50 golden years! Hancher kicks off its 50th anniversary season with high dive hijinks to astound and delight. Dana Kunze’s Watershow Productions will present shows at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 and at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28. The event is a holdover from the COVID-quashed 2020 festival The Big Splash, as is brasshouse trio Too Many Zoos, performing Friday on the Hadley Stage. They open up a fantastic season steeped in nostalgia and titled, appropriately, “We All Rise.” The Dana Kunze’s Watershow performances are all free to the public. Theatrical Thrills Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Improv

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9:30 p.m.

First Thursdays, CSPS Hall, Cedar

20 at 9:30 p.m. Welcome Back

Chris Higgins, Joystick Comedy

Rapids, Free-$5

Students Comedy Show, Joystick

Arcade, $5


Comedy Arcade, Iowa City, $5 Opening Sept. 2 Wings, Coralville

Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Lady Franklyn Improv Show, Wil-

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. Marc

Center for the Performing Arts,

low Creek Theatre Company, Iowa

Maron, Englert Theatre, $49.50


City, $12 Opening Friday, Aug. 26 at 7:30

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14 Why

p.m. Once, Theatre Cedar Rapids,

3 Luca Ferro, Joystick Comedy

Do I Own A Thong? And Other

Brucemore, $30

Arcade, $5

Existential Questions, The James Theater, Iowa City, $25





Bourbon & Blues Festival, McGrath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids, Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m., $35-40

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Cedar Ridge and Linn County Blues Society present their inaugural combined festival! Since 2010, Cedar Ridge has celebrated Bourbon and Blues at their distillery in Swisher, and Linn County Blues Society held its first Czech Village Blues in 2018. Now, they’re uniting, with the goal of growing eventually to a multi-day event. Shemekia Copeland headlines the fest, with a lineup of all female-led acts throughout the afternoon and evening. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult, and local food vendors will be on-hand throughout the event. Musical Marvels Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m.

Fridays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, Aug. 9, 16, 23 and

Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.

Artistry in the 1920’s: Marvin Cone,

SotA Friday Night Concert Series,

Wednesday, Aug. 24 SotA Music

John Calvin Abney and Joe Ka-

Jazz and the Symphony, Cedar

Ped Mall, Iowa City, Free

on the Move, Various Venues, Iowa

plow, Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Iowa

City, Free

City, $12

Rapids Museum of Art, $75 Friday and Saturdays, Aug. 5, Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Miss

6, 19, 20 Music in the Courtyard:

Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 9

Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. Bal-

Tess, CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids,

Voices, Brucemore, $30-130

and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Ani DiFranco

lyhoo! Shwayze and Surfer Girl,

with the Righteous Babes, Codfish

Wildwood BBQ & Saloon, Iowa

Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. Jim &

Hollow Barnstormers, Maquoketa,

City, $25

Fridays, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6

Ade, Ahzia, Alyx Rush, Paul Ray,


p.m. Rock the Block, NewBo City

Gabe’s, Iowa City, $10


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EDITORS’ PICKS: August 2022

Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 11-13 Music in the Courtyard: Looking In, Brucemore, $30-130

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Joseph Hall: Elvis Rock N Remember, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, $10-30

Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Wilco: Cruel Country Tour, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids,

Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Taj Mahal Quar-


tet, Englert Theatre, $20-68

Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Koe Wetzel, Mc-

Thursday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. Soultru, Sturtz, Jim

Grath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids, $38-450

Swim, Ion Alexakis, Gabe’s, $10

Saturdays, Aug. 13 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. SotA

Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Futurebirds with

Northside Concert Series, Northside Market

Jordan Sellergren, Codfish Hollow Barnstorm-

Place, Free

ers, $25-30

Sunday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. Celtic Summerfest,

Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Charles Wesley God-

Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, $15-

win, Wildwood BBQ & Saloon, $15

20 Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Norma Jean with Idle Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. A Day To

Threat, Gabe’s, $20

Remember w/Beartooth and Bad Omens, McGrath Amphitheatre, $29.50-69.50

Friday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Too Many Zooz, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, $10

Thursday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Big Begonias and Evelyn Gray, Trumpet Blossom Cafe, $7

Friday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Boz Scaggs w/ the Robert Cray Band, McGrath Amphitheatre,

Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Dave Helmer Band w/


James Tutson and Joel Sires, Wildwood BBQ & Saloon, $10

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. Natural Habits, Trumpet Blossom Cafe, $7

Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Amos Lee, Englert Theatre, Iowa City, $49-89

Thursday-Monday, Sept. 1-5 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Midwest Old Threshers

opening reception Aug. 19 community dip day Aug. 27


Friday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. Dickie, The James Theater, Iowa City, $25

Museum, Mount Pleasant, $15-35


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EDITORS’ PICKS: August 2022

Screwball Summer Starring Cary Grant, FilmScene—Chauncey, Iowa City, Various Times, $8.41-10.62 Spend your summer swooning over one of

Hollywood’s most endearing and enduring leading men, Cary Grant. Born Archibald Alec Leach, Grant was both an early bisexual icon and one of a laundry list of celebrities “killed” by Iowa (he died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport, after suffering a stroke at the Adler Theater). This August, FilmScene offers up a slate of his most beloved screwball comedies, including the best in our biased opinion, newsroom romp His Girl Friday (Aug. 13 and 16). Wealthy divorce comedy The Awful Truth runs Aug. 5, 7 and 11; you can take a Holiday Aug. 20 and 21; and The Philadelphia Story closes things out Aug. 27 and 29 (the last two, coincidentally, were both based on plays by Philip Barry and both co-starred the inimical Katharine Hepburn). Films In Focus Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 10

Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m.

pm. Gone with the Pope,

Movies on the Riverbank: Sing

The Truman Show, FilmScene

FilmScene—Chauncey, Iowa

2, McGrath Amphitheatre,

in the Park, Free

City, $7

Cedar Rapids, Free

Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18 at 3:30

p.m. SotA Free Movie Series:

Obvious Child, FilmScene—

p.m. Boy and the World, Film-

Shang-Chi & the Legend of

The Ped Mall, $10

Scene—Chauncey, Free-$5

the 10 Rings, S.T. Morrison

Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 14 at 8:30 p.m.

Porco Rosso, FilmScene in the

Rooftop Showing: Marie An-

Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

Park, Free

toinette, FilmScene—The Ped

ScreenDance, FilmScene—The

Mall, $15

Ped Mall, $4.42-8.85

SotA Free Movie Series: Big

Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 10

Sunday, Aug. 29 at 8:30

Hero 6, McPherson Park, Iowa

p.m. Blood For Dracula, Film-

p.m. Rooftop Showing: Black

City, Free

Scene—Chauncey, $7

Dynamite, FilmScene—The

Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10

Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.

p.m. Spookies, FilmScene—

Pride at FilmScene: Je Tu Il

Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:45

Chauncey, $7

Elle, FilmScene—The Ped Mall,

p.m. Norma Rae, FilmScene


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Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8:15

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Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m.

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EDITORS’ PICKS: August 2022

The Big Dream, Big Grove Brewery, Iowa City, Saturday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m., $50 The Wright House of

Fashion and Big Grove have teamed up to present the most exciting local fashion gathering of the year. This inaugural one-day festival begins with a fashion panel moderated by André Wright and followed by a screen printing workshop and vendor market. We’d recommend sticking around through the afternoon to catch an impressive lineup of entertainment. Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey and Steven Willis are hosting a poetry slam, comedians will be poking fun at Iowa fashion and local drag performers will be performing. The final hoorah consists of a Wright House of Fashion Show and an after party.

Community Connections Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.

Backpacker Get Out More

Rock the Chalk, MidWestOne

Drink Local Festival, Benz

Tour, Fin & Feather, Iowa City,

Bank, Iowa City, Free

Beverage Depot, Cedar Rapids, $30-35

Free Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10 Friday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. We

a.m. Kick-It: Buy, Sell &

Sunday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m.

Demand Reproductive Free-

Trade Expo, Xtream Arena,

Bikes & Bloodies, NewBo

dom Rally, Pentacrest, Iowa

Coralville, $15

City Market, Cedar Rapids, Free

City, Free Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Free Produce Stand, Neigh-

Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 4

Dingleberry Dash, Wilson’s

borhood Centers of Johnson

p.m. Taste of Iowa City, Iowa

Orchard & Farm, Iowa City,

County, Iowa City

City Downtown District, Free


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Saturday, Aug. 6 at 12 p.m.

Neighborhood Leisure Bike

Stanley Museum of Art

Corridor Games on Demand

Ride, Grant Wood Elementa-

Opening Celebration, Iowa

Game Day, Cedar Rapids

ry School, Free

City, Free

Downtown Library, Free Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6

Opening Reception: Indigo,

core4 gravel, Wilson’s Or-

and 7 Healing & Psychic Fair,

Public Space One, Free

chard & Farm, $50-105

Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12 p.m.

Grown-Ups Summer Camp

Latino Fest, Ped Mall, Iowa

Night, Cedar Rapids Museum

City, Free

Ramada Hotel & Convention Center, Cedar Rapids, $5

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Floatzilla, Saturday, Aug. 20, All Day (Start times vary by site), $3035 River Action’s annual paddle event, “Floatzilla,” has seven launch

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sites across all five of the Quad Cities: Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, East Moline and Rock Island. Participants will paddle to (or start at) Lake Potter at Sunset Park in Rock Island. Paddlers who do not have their own vessel can contact one of four local partners who will be renting kayaks and canoes for the event. Safety teams will be on the river throughout the route and the landing site will have a large selection of food trucks and live music. Shuttles will bring participants back to their launch location at the end of the day. Quintessential QC Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. Positivity

Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m.

Rock Painting For Mental Health

Open Jam House Fire Fundraiser,

Discovery Fair, Learning Campus,

Bee Keeping 101, Moline Public

Awareness, Boozies Bar & Grill,

Gypsy Highway, Davenport, Free

Bettendorf, Free

Library, Moline, Free

Davenport, Free Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. The

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Yo

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. Fam-

Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. Kind

Atlas Release Party, Rozz-Tox,

That’s Dope Fashion Show, Zay

ily Fun Day, Martin Luther King Jr.

Kids Activity: Painting Pet Por-

Rock Island, Free

Creatives, Rock Island, $50

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Cedar Valley Pride Fest, Downtown Waterloo, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27, $15-20

Cedar Valley Pride Fest takes over downtown Waterloo for its 10th annual two-day event of LGBTQ Pride, celebration and shenanigans, with tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. (Children 12 and under do not need a ticket, but must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.) The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and gates open again at noon on Saturday. Leadup events to the festival include a Pride Ride on Aug. 24 (a 22k bike ride starting at 5:30 p.m. at SingleSpeed Brewing Company in Waterloo), Pride Movie Night at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre on Aug. 25 (a drag show starts the fun at 8:30 p.m. followed by a screening of the 2007 musical Hairspray at 9 p.m.) and an art exhibit, Pride Through the Decades, running through Oct. 11 (opening reception Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., Hawkeye Community College). The festival itself features Alisabeth Von Presley, OneUp Duo, Thea Austin and more acts, as well as Pride Yoga on Saturday and a slew of fantastic vendors throughout the weekend. Wildest W’loo + more! Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7 Iowa Irish

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s always advisable for you Leos to carry on a close personal relationship with mirrors. I’m speaking both literally and metaphorically. For the sake of your mental health, you need to be knowledgeable about your image and monitor its ever-shifting nuances. And according to my analysis of the astrological omens, you are now authorized to deepen your intimate connection with mirrors. I believe you will thrive by undertaking an intense phase of introspective explorations and creative self-inquiry. Please keep it all tender and kind, though. You’re not allowed to bad-mouth yourself. Put a special emphasis on identifying aspects of your beauty that have been obscured or neglected. By the way, Leo, I also recommend you seek compassionate feedback from people you trust. Now is an excellent time to get reflections about your quest to become an even more amazing human. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): At your best, you are a flexible purist, an adaptable stickler for detail and a disciplined yet supple thinker. Maybe more than any other sign of the zodiac, you can be focused and resilient, intense and agile, attentive and graceful. And all of us non-Virgos will greatly appreciate it if you provide these talents in abundance during the coming weeks. We need you to be our humble, understated leader. Please be a role model who demonstrates the finely crafted, well-balanced approach to being healthy. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In my Astrological Book of Life, your life purposes as a Libra may include the following: 1. to be beautiful in the smartest ways you can imagine and smart in the most beautiful ways you can imagine; 2. to always see at least two sides of the story and preferably more; 3. to serve as an intermediary between disparate elements; 4. to lubricate and facilitate conversations between people who might not otherwise understand each other; 5. to find common ground between apparent contradictions; 6. to weave confusing paradoxes into invigorating amalgamations; 7. to never give up on finding the most elegant way to understand a problem. PS: In the coming weeks, I hope you will make extra efforts to call on the capacities I just named. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Author Clive James loved the Latin term gazofilacium, meaning “treasure chamber.” He said that the related Italian word, gazofilacio, referred to the stash of beloved poems that he memorized and kept in a special place in his mind. In accordance with astrological omens, Scorpio, now would be an excellent time to begin creating your own personal gazofilacium: a storehouse of wonderful images and thoughts and memories that will serve as a beacon of joy and vitality for the rest of your long life. Here’s your homework: Identify 10 items you will store in your gazofilacium. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Tips to get the most out of the next three weeks: 1. Keep your interesting options open. Let your mediocre options shrivel and expire. 2. Have no regrets and make no apologies about doing what you love. 3. Keep in mind that every action you perform reverberates far beyond your immediate sphere. 4. Give your fears ridiculous names like “Gaffe” and “Wheezy” and “Lumpy.” 5. Be honest to the point of frankness but not to the point of rudeness. 6. Don’t just run. Gallop. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn poet Richard Hugo wrote, “It doesn’t bother me that the word ‘stone’ appears more than 30 times in my third book, or that ‘wind’ and ‘gray’ appear over and over in my poems to the disdain of some reviewers.” Hugo celebrated his obsessions. He treated them as riches because focusing on them enabled him to identify his deepest feelings and discover who he really was. In accordance with astrological omens, I recommend a similar

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approach to you in the coming weeks. Cultivate and honor and love the specific fascinations at the core of your destiny. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Author Violet Trefusis (1894– 1972) and author Vita Sackville-West (1892–1962) loved each other. In one letter, Violet told Vita, “I want you hungrily, frenziedly, passionately. I am starving for you. Not only the physical you, but your fellowship, your sympathy, the innumerable points of view we share. I can’t exist without you; you are my affinity.” In the coming weeks, dear Aquarius, I invite you to use florid language like that in addressing your beloved allies. I also invite you to request such messages. According to my reading of the planetary omens, you are due for eruptions of articulate passion. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’d like to honor and pay homage to a past disappointment that helped transform you into a beautiful soul. I know it didn’t feel good for you when it happened, but it has generated results that have blessed you and the people whose lives you’ve touched. Would you consider performing a ritual of gratitude for all it taught you? Now is an excellent time to express your appreciation because doing so will lead to even further redemption. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Fiction-writer John Banville tells us, “There are moments when the past has a force so strong it seems one might be annihilated by it.” I suspect that’s sometimes true for many of us. But it won’t apply to you Aries anytime soon. In fact, just the opposite situation will be in effect during the coming months: You will have more power to render the past irrelevant than maybe you’ve ever had. You will wield an almost indomitable capacity to launch new trends without having to answer to history. Take full advantage, please! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Researchers have proved that lullabies enhance the health of premature babies being cared for in hospitals. The soft, emotionally rich songs also promote the well-being of the babies’ families. I bring this to your attention because I believe you should call on lullaby therapy yourself in the coming weeks. Listening to and singing those tunes will soothe and heal your inner child. And that, in my astrological opinion, is one of your top needs right now. For extra boosts, read fairy tales, eat food with your hands, make mud pies and play on swings, seesaws and merry-go-rounds. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Dancer and singer-songwriter FKA Twigs has taken dance lessons since she was a child. In 2017, she added a new form of physical training, the Chinese martial art of wushu. Doing so made her realize a key truth about herself: She loves to learn and practice new skills. Of all life’s activities, they give her the most pleasure and activate her most vibrant energy. She feels at home in the world when she does them. I suspect you may have similar inclinations in the coming months. Your appetite for mastering new skills will be at an all-time high. You will find it natural and even exhilarating to undertake disciplined practice. Gathering knowledge will be even more exciting than it usually is. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian author Laurie Sheck writes, “So much of life is invisible, inscrutable: layers of thoughts, feelings and outward events entwined with secrecies, ambiguities, ambivalences, obscurities, darknesses.” While that’s an experience we all have, especially you Cancerians, it will be far less pressing for you in the coming weeks. I foresee you embarking on a phase when clarity will be the rule, not the exception. Hidden parts of the world will reveal themselves to you. The mood will be brighter and lighter than usual. The chronic fuzziness of life will give way to a delightful acuity. I suspect you will see things that you have never or rarely seen. LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV309 August 2022 57




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owa City’s very own Chaircrusher (aka Kent Williams, a regular LV contributor) is back. By Chaircrusher’s frantic standards—four albums in 2021, three each in 2020 and 2019—2022 has constituted a hibernation of sorts; an Eastern Gray Squirrel tucked away inside a tree hollow with nothing but an analog synthesizer for company. Yet, like all sleepy mammals, Williams finally rose, treating us to a typically glitchy single, Chini Ya Mawe, in June, followed by this full-length project in July. Distelfink, a slithering slice of ambient-electronica, reminds us that if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares straight back at you. Soft, seductive, yet ultimately unsettling, the ribbon of chimes infecting “Palisades” is what I hear in my head whenever a cryptocurrency hawker begins explaining to me how their stablecoin is the future of decentralized exchange. “It’s pegged to what? Uh-huh. Accessible across more blockchains in the future too? Great, great. I’ll get back to you when I next feel like setting my savings on fire.” Likewise, the menace of “Fomite” is unmistakable, filling me with the same sense of dread I experience when creeping around a dark cave in Pokémon Ruby. A oneway ticket to Mount Doom, it’s an album high. Writers of American Horror Stories, take note. By contrast, the kickdrum-driven thunder of “Adventitious” (a confident nod to Chaircrusher’s techno

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influences) and the shimmering melodies of “Tangram” demonstrate it’s still possible to harbor hope while living through 2022’s smoldering hellscape—even if those dreams are reduced to dusty debris by fossil fuel barons. Indeed, much like vital climate legislation, “Tangram” eventually withers away; only hi-hats are left to keep brooding synths company, as a song that started so optimistically ends on a depressing note of realism. “Distlefink,” the album’s namesake, hardly raises the mood. A sonic ghost ship, it glides through the ether; the perfect soundtrack to a Safdie brothers film. “Eliane”’s dissected whispers drift, chatter and evaporate, underpinned by a twinkling array of interchanging vibrations. Always just out of reach, the snatches of vocals feel like faint memories from a previous life, a Philip K. Dick novel unravelling page by page into my ears. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I’m not sure. But they definitely listen to Chaircrusher. Eventually the scattered voices give way for “Checksum,” the album’s 22 minute closer. Step inside, where ambivalent chaos reigns supreme. Is that a sword being smelt-



hen Dan Padley played at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago, I was impressed (as always) by the liquid elegance of his playing on the jazz standard “All the things you are.” I’m sure there was effort expended, but he played effortlessly, pulling different sounds from his guitar not with pedals or electronic tricks, but with just the touch of his fingers. Ecotones, released in January, combines Padley’s casual virtuosity with the keyboard and synthesizer of Jarrett Purdy. Ecotones takes its cues stylistically from the ambient music pioneered by Brian Eno and others. But songs like “Snowfall” cleave to more conventional IF YOUR IDEA OF JAZZ IS jazz songMIDDLE AGED GUYS NODDING writing SAGELY TO THE PIANO PLAYER’S and performance. TRICKY ELEVENTH CHORDS, If your THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. idea of jazz is middle aged guys ed? A 56k modem shuffling towards nodding sagely to the piano playan internet connection? Details like er’s tricky eleventh chords, this is that matter little once the fuzziness something different. “Snowfall” is takes over. Imagine walking around a delicate, sophisticated composithe Johnson County Fair after a tion that invites everyone in. It has tab of acid and you get the picture. some of the satisfying, approachStay away from me, prizewinning able sonorities of folk harmonies sheep! How many minutes left? with some tonal changes that surFour. I can hold on. Think about prise the ear without being jarring. anything except the void. Anything. “Petrichor” is just as warm but Just not: the void. contains more electronic sounds, —Glenn Houlihan centered on an atonality combined

with a shuffling, stuttery noise. It’s as experimental as the noisy experimentation of Fennesz, but like “Snowfall” and other tracks, there’s something familiar and harmonically satisfying for the listener to latch onto. (It’s also all too brief. On first listen, I thought it was a one-minute vignette; its 3:09 seems fleeting.) The liner notes say that the music is inspired by “the nature of Iowa,” but there’s nothing as on the nose as the sounds of cicadas or the wind. These echo the natural world, but are made by Padley and Purdy’s fingers. They’re both players of assured technical skill, but there are no feats of instrumental skill for their own sake. They use those thousands of hours of practice so they don’t have to think about playing; they’re listening and reacting in real time to each other, in service of the mood they want to create. The rubato arpeggiation of “Cloud” seems to capture the movement and stillness of clouds in the sky, the show that’s always playing in Iowa if you just look up. Since these are jazz guys, the song has surprising, deceptive cadences piled on top of each other, like a nimbus cloud climbing into the atmosphere. What makes this album special is how much the more conventional tracks like this fit so well with the more electronic, ambient pieces. They use different sonic palettes to express the same ideas differently. It’s fitting this was recorded at Flat Black Studio, in the middle of farmland, surrounded by trees. Inspiration is all around there, literally. It’s easy to imagine Padley and Purdy taking a break outside from a session, and the sound of the wind in the trees sounds so perfectly in sync with what they’re trying to play that they have to laugh. The warm, welcoming sound of Ecotones invokes the natural world not by literal imitation, but in the way nature supports and sustains us. —Kent Williams


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fter the dedications page of her debut novel, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Belinda Huijuan Tang quotes Homer’s The Odyssey, a fitting harbinger for the journey she will take us on. Although A Map for the Missing (Penguin Press) is not the lighthearted summer read you might be looking for right now, it’s one you’re gonna want to read regardless. A Map for the Missing is a heartbreaking tale that follows Tang Yitian as he searches for his missing father, whom he hasn’t spoken to in many years. When Yitian returns to China to help his mother with the search, he also revisits a past he’s left behind. Jumping through decades, A Map for the Missing dives into the lives of different characters with ease, laying out an engaging portrait of post-Cultural Revolution China through the eyes of those who lived it. We can trick ourselves into believing that this story is solely about Yitian, a young boy who risks everything to take the gaokao (the National College Entry Exam in mainland China) and grows up to be a professor at an American college. It may actually be about Hanwen, a “sent-down youth” (a term for city kids who were sent to work rural farms) who, despite her drive and intelligence, consistently finds herself playing out the wishes of others, whether it be her husband, her mother or her government. In fact, maybe this story is just about choice.

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Throughout the book, we follow characters who are pigeon-holed due to their class, gender, age and heritage. And while the book mainly takes place in 20th-century China, it rings a dismal bell reminding of a harsh reality in the minds of modern American readers: Sometimes people cannot choose. So it’s up to them to either make the most of the lot they’re given or to disrupt the system to get what they want. Both have consequences that can last a lifetime. A Map for the Missing does not shy away from difficult topics, important for the subject matter at hand. But Tang somehow finds a way to make even the most heartbreaking parts of this novel beautiful. With her elegant yet simple prose, Tang’s writing is the epitome of bittersweetness. And it results in one of the most poignant endings I’ve ever read, putting a well-fitting cap on a beautifully crafted novel.

A MAP FOR THE MISSING DOES NOT SHY AWAY FROM DIFFICULT TOPICS, IMPORTANT FOR THE SUBJECT MATTER AT HAND. BUT TANG SOMEHOW FINDS A WAY TO MAKE EVEN THE MOST HEARTBREAKING PARTS OF THIS NOVEL BEAUTIFUL. I’ve said it before of authors whose debut novels I’ve reviewed, and I’d be remiss not to mention it again: Tang has struck gold with this one. A Map for the Missing is a thoughtful exploration of culture, identity, time and family. And I will be anxiously awaiting the next novel she decides to grace us with. A Map for the Missing is out on Aug. 9, 2022 via Penguin Press. —Lily DeTaeye

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ritten as a calendar documenting March through October, a single narrator moves through life in lockdown in L.A. Felleman’s The Length of a Clenched Fist (Finishing Line Press). If I hadn’t lived through 2020 I might not understand references like “While Italians Sing Arias From Balconies” (the first poem’s title) or “the square / Marked out in masking tape / Before the checkout lane” (from the poem “Mismanaged”). But, as with most people who are able to read, I was there. Three years into a pandemic, the virus was starting to lose its edge—but some of those memories Felleman documents bring it back, biting and painful. The epigraph alone is a jarring way to start a poetry collection: “Anyone who has shaved off or cut his beard will be imprisoned until the beard has grown to the length of a clenched fist” (The Bookseller of Kabul, a nonfiction book by Åsne Seierstad). It was unclear to me until well after finishing the book why this quote was used. But in the hangover that followed the book I remember those who protested lockdown in desperation for haircuts. I also thought it a sin to cut hair. Firmly grounded in 2020, we go from early lockdown to endless routine to dates in the park, but we never resume any semblance of normal. Felleman does not refer to a “new normal”; she never assigns judgment onto others without her

narrator accepting judgment first. This is a volume about survival. It is a time capsule of that which we want to forget. While the collection documents the domestic intricacies of life in quarantine, the poems have a universal quality that can apply to other times in life when we are isolated or meditative. We have all been ill, felt lonely and experienced an upheaval of routine. This meditative voice is characteristic of Felleman’s work, and I think I would recognize it anywhere after reading this volume. The poem that most exemplifies this voice, “How It Ends,” has Felleman distorting format while telling a single death narrative through four perspectives: “In the Cecile B. DeMille version”; “In the Broadway musical adaptation version”; “In the Disney version”; and “In this the Hospice version.” Here, we see one event reflected through different lenses. It is straightforward. It is inward-searching. It confronts our deepest pandemic fears and holds a mirror to each possibility. There is a lot of sadness in this collection—Felleman discusses painful moments in vignettes, gives them shine and leaves them in their place—but it is not a sad book. Not sanitized, but sometimes dispassionate, the poems are documentarian before they are emotional. Felleman is taking photographs and putting them on display. The reader’s response is their own. There is craft and exactness in many of these poems, the subtlety of a wallflower. Felleman writes like she’s been studying poetry, putting together the pieces of a puzzle to create the image she’s held in her mind and in this collection it provokes an uncanny sense of being witnessed. This is my own memory on display for me. “Let it be known that, while I have prayed over this attitude / The requested upgrade / Has yet to materialize.” —Sarah Elgatian



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44. No-___ (mission-abort calls) 45. Sounds from a stickin-the-mud 46. Unequal playing field 50. Contains 51. Publishing VIPs 52. Morning anchor Hoda 53. Swing clarinetist Shaw 56. Cooked with dry heat 59. Agony 61. Title character of an animated show that 34. Like a fleet on the ocean floor 35. General ___ cauliflower (vegan air fryer option during the Taiping Rebellion) 37. “___ she blows!” 38. Undergrad deg. for a coder, maybe 43. Compare 45. Plaid pattern 46. Enrico of nuclear physics 47. Embellish 48. Sculptor Noguchi who also designed the first electronic baby monitor 49. The ___ of Small Things (Arundhati Roy novel) 50. Like decisions you might regret 54. Mother goddess of ancient Egypt 55. Slowly widening features in the classic “dramatic lemur” meme 57. Giant letters spelled out in rocks on a beach 58. ___ beans (cat paw features) 60. Piece in a magnetic train playset

DOWN 1. Black, green and blue trio on the curb, perhaps 2. Way out there on the ocean 3. “Yup!” 4. Bears’ kin? 5. Like Skaoi, the goddess of skiing 6. Superfund manager, for short 7. The Oscars and the Super Bowl, for two 8. Munching syllable 9. Devoted effort? 10. Worker a coal lobbyist claims to represent 11. Played someone 12. They might be standing 14. Located 16. Inc. relative, in Britain 19. Advance notice? 23. Sew-in, e.g. 24. Prefix used for anything and everything 25. Martial art featured in Sanshiro JULY ANSWERS I R S Y E L L OW BOP Sugata N A H A L I A S E S A NO 26. One for Augustus A N I S I M I L A C S E W BOA I S A DOR A S T E 27. Says ewe! I N T E R R A D A R N T S B COME S F I R S T 30. Waste, metaDOU B L E S T OP RO T I phorically S EGU E S T O P E E A P T O V E R S E A S 31. Instruction on an S H E A T E A S E R V I C E envelope containing S I X T H S E N S E E CON E L A T E K N E E S prints M L S A T S T A K E B T U 33. Becomes B I B T H E I D E A U Z I L E B S AGE H E N R E N suitable for bread E SQ WO R D L E N EG crumbs


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