Entries Tagged as 'Cristóbal Matibag'

Interview: Eric Cooper

October 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Eric Cooper is the Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor in Iowa’s November 2 election. Could you tell the readers of the Progressive a little about your background? I was born in Iowa City, but I actually grew up in Topeka, Kansas. And I came to Ames when I got the job at Iowa State as [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Cristóbal Matibag · Interviews · October 2010

Reviving Vinyl in Ames

March 13th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Every few days, Ben Hull descends the stairs at 303 Kellogg Avenue to toil amid sheets of drywall and piles of sawdust, renovating a tiny suite of basement rooms. Hull’s no stranger to this kind of work. He’s been a construction worker of one stripe or another for the past decade. But come April 2010, [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · March 2010

(Not Quite) the End of the Rainbow

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

I only met him five minutes ago, but I’m already wondering if Darren Keen is going to get me arrested. As I sit beside him in his dad’s turquoise Dodge Caravan, my eyes flit between him and the street before us. He’s in the driver’s seat, smoking weed out of a wooden pipe engraved with a [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · November/December 2009

Working the System: Systema Makes an Impact in Ames

August 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Ames martial arts instructor Jack Shilkaitis has taken thousands of punches over the past decade, but he remembers none more fondly than the one he took from Vladimir Vasiliev. Vasiliev delivered the blow over four years ago, as part of a demonstration at a seminar in Chicago, but when Shilkaitis told me about it this [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · September 2009

Interview: Peter Singer

July 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

It was with good cause that The New Yorker once referred to Peter Singer as “the world’s most influential living philosopher.” The Australian ethicist has been instrumental in raising public consciousness of the inhumane treatment of animals and, more recently, of the burgeoning field of bioethics. Singer has also distinguished himself as an advocate for [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Interviews · July 2009

Teenage Wildlife

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Hours before he took the stage with his band, Ian Anderson sounded uncharacteristically cautious. “I’m gonna try to keep this a little more family-oriented,” he said, stroking his beard. “This might be the first show where I keep my clothes on.” Anderson, DJ Logan Jaynes, and guitarist Chase Risinger play together under the willfully ungrammatical [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · July 2009

Torch Singer

April 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments

No one wanted to hire Daniel Brown. The 24-year-old Wisconsin native had begun looking for work in August of 2008, shortly after graduating from Iowa State University. After a four-month-long search, he decided to stop looking. Instead, Brown persuaded his parents to co-sign a $10,000 small-business loan, which he used to lease a small space [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · Of Local Importance

The Legality of Selling Pipes in Ames

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

The following was published as a sidebar to “The Torch Singer” in our April issue. The Singer Station will stock a variety of pipes, but there are city-imposed limitations on what specific kinds of pipes the shop will be able to carry. Section 17.23 of the Ames Municipal Code expressly forbids the sale of any [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Cristóbal Matibag · Of Local Importance

The Practice Space: A Retrospective

October 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Ask an average group of twenty-somethings about the Ames music scene, and you’ll get a profusion of blank stares, followed by a long silence. Given a little more prompting, they might talk about our dearth of musical venues, the scarcity of all-ages shows, or the well-documented reluctance of promoters to book local bands. But if [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · September 2008

Finding Daniel Forrester: A Conversation with an Independent Tattoo Artist

July 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Pareidolia is the clinical term for the detection of patterned images in random visual stimuli. Most humans demonstrate this tendency to some degree. It’s the perceptual phenomenon that transforms topographic contours into the so-called “face on mars,” turns the sear marks on a tortilla into a likeness of the Virgin Mary, and allows for the [...]

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