Entries Tagged as 'April 2009'

Patrick Tape Fleming in Ames Music History

April 19th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Wedged between two loud rock bands, and crammed into a small room overflowing with people, Patrick Tape Fleming played a solo Poison Control Center show at the Ames Progressive Office on March 27. Without any amplification or microphone, Patrick took his acoustic guitar on a stroll around the room as he played a set of [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Features · Nate Logsdon

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

Same-Sex Marriage Comes to Iowa

April 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to legalize same-sex marriage in our state marks one of the proudest days in our history. Iowa can now legitimately claim to be on the vanguard of civil rights and human equality. And Iowa is a leader in the Midwest, proving that the perception that gay marriage is an [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Editorials

The Knife Fight

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

The Upper Crust, is what the locals called it. A steady strip of flatly laid out ground, stretching out across a plateau and resting at the often frozen grounds of the North Country. There, in the Upper Crust, the ground was covered by trees much like an old man and his beard – full yet [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Fiction · Jerrod Jordahl

Valuing non-profits: Thoughts from the Heifer International Ranch

April 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last month, I was part of a group of 10 Iowa State students who traveled to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, as part of the university’s Alternative Spring Breaks program. The 1200-acre farm belongs to Heifer International, a non-profit that raises livestock to send to impoverished areas of the United States and throughout the [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Gavin Aronsen · Under the Radar

Charles S. McVey’s Exuberant Blasphemies

April 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Charles S. McVey’s new album Animal is a confrontational concept album that unabashedly addresses a God that the singer simply cannot respect. The record is a piano-driven rock album with songs that sound, at first, like traditional pop compositions: strong melodies supported by driving rhythms and organized into verses, bridges and choruses. But the pop [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Nate Logsdon · Reviews

Shoulder to Elbow

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

As we waited, his wife watched Sleeveless arms pump Gas into a small pickup And write a check For a case of beer “He ran home to shower” She said, he had closed The shop for the evening And was on his way to relieve Her from the cash register From the shoulder Of this [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Poetry

Surrealist Zoo

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

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they dance on together

April 19th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Life is death unless danced and sung not rushed through as means to an end. Raptured, continuing through him and her unencumbered, they dance on together. “Happiness, not real-unless shared!” with tremendous hands, The Stars watch in care. Life, the purloined music from which we play wreaking more of dust, but danced on anyway.

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Poetry