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Monthly Archives: March 2019

 

Get Your Punch On At Muscatine Boxing Club

March 29th, 2019

People of all ages can get a punch out of Muscatine Boxing Club, and residents can take a swing at finding out about it at its 1808 Dewey Ave., Building A, location. While some may be interested in the more pugilistic aspects of the sport, including self-defense training, there are a number of reasons boxing is an excellent addition to your life, said Laura Liegois, communications director for the club. “It’s a lot more than just fighting, we have people who come in here who have never stepped in the ring and some never will,” Liegois said. “Boxing is a great sport for all ages in that... Read More

Travis Glynn Brings Open Mind, Heart To Muscatine

March 27th, 2019

Travis Glynn is soft-spoken and quick to smile as he sips his coffee from a large mug at Elly’s in downtown Muscatine. He’s talking about his family, one of his favorite subjects, and the winter holidays, but he speaks with the same consideration and compassion on most topics, displaying the humanity and courtesy that informs his life and pursuits. Glynn has been involved in various progressive causes over the past decade in Muscatine, but he’s far from the stereotype of the strident radical. He’s extremely low-key and polite, is deliberate and quiet in listening to different viewpoints,... Read More

Heart Society Cruising Into New Success

March 26th, 2019

Muscatine’s Heart Society are cruising into new territory in their music careers – literally – with a shot at performing with such music business legends as John Prine, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack and others. The local duo of Muscatine-born-and-raised Benjamin Eichelberger and former Mississippi resident Teneia Sanders-Eichelberger have been invited to perform on the 11th edition of Sixthman’s Cayamo cruise, an annual music festival held at sea on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl. Heart Society beat out several hundred artists through two rounds of voting in the Sixthman Soundcheck... Read More

Defenders Under The Sword of Damocles

March 24th, 2019

On February 18th, 2019 Netflix announced the cancellation of shows The Punisher and Jessica Jones (https://deadline.com/2019/02/the-punisher-jessica-jones-canceled-netflix-marvel-krysten-ritter-jon-bernthal-1202535835/). With these cancellations that marks the end of the Marvel/Netflix Defenders universe of shows. So, I haven’t talked about The Defenders shows in awhile, mainly because shortly after I posted my article about season two of Iron Fist, they canceled Iron Fist and the only thing I could add is that I was looking forward to a season three of Iron Fist and now we weren’t... Read More

Beto Documentary Gets Big Reception at Austin’s SXSW

March 24th, 2019

“Running with Beto,” the HBO documentary that will air on HBO in early spring, was screened at its World Premiere at the Paramount Theater in Austin this morning (March 9) and a rapt crowd of supporters got to see Beto O’Rourke, his wife Amy, and their daughter Molly up-close-and-personal during a Q&A after the film screened. I was seated in the third row on the right when a large group of people began ascending the stairs that lead to the stage there. The tallest of the group, hunched over so as not to block the credits then running, was Beto O’Rourke, who managed a small wave to those... Read More

Huscko Striving To Make Muscatine Better

March 20th, 2019

Alexis Huscko sits in a coffee shop below a mural of a multi-colored brew emanating from a magical cauldron, and it may as well be an avatar for her own vibrant thoughts. The 24-year-old born-and-raised in Muscatine is ebullient and upbeat as she discusses her many passions, all of which share one common thread – a love and respect for humanity and a desire to spread those good vibes and create a legacy that leaves this world better for her presence.   Huscko is active in a number of altruistic and idealistic ventures with a common thread of equality and human rights – she’s active with... Read More

All You Need to Know This St. Patrick’s Day

March 15th, 2019

When we think about St. Patrick’s Day, we imagine parades, corned beef and cabbage, clovers and of course- GREEN BEER! But what is the real story behind this fun-filled holiday? First fun fact? St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Roman Britain sometime in the 5th century (the actual date has been greatly disputed). His given name at birth was Maewyn Succat. At age 16, Irish pirates invaded his family’s home. Maewyn was kidnapped, taken to Ireland and enslaved. Those green beers are already sounding more refreshing, right? The young man that is now known as St. Patrick eventually... Read More

International Women’s Day Is A Thing?

March 9th, 2019

As you were scrolling through your phones or computers yesterday, you may have noticed it was International Women’s Day. I personally have been a woman for quite some time now and was completely unaware of this magnificent opportunity to celebrate my existence, until now. Anyone else? I was even more shocked to find out that the day of observance was initially organized in New York back in 1909. What?! It turns out the earliest Women’s Day observance, called “National Woman’s Day,” was held on February 28, 1909, in New York, organized by the Socialist Party of America... Read More

Yeeeeaaah, ‘Office Space’ Reunion Is Grrreeeaat At SXSW

March 7th, 2019

“Office Space” is that rare film that grew from a less-than-stellar opening to become one of the most loved (and rented) films in history. It has gained fans around the world, its popularity spreading via word-of-mouth, since the unfortunate “Big Bird” poster advertising the film was considered a major faux pas at the time. (It depicted the character Milton with yellow post-it notes all over his body.)   On the occasion of “Office Space’s” twentieth anniversary and also in conjunction with inducting Director Mike Judge (“Beavis & Butthead” creator) into the Texas Hall... Read More

Goodbye Winter Blues!

March 6th, 2019

Are you done with winter? Are these long, dark and unnecessarily cold days giving you the Winter Blues? Well, have no fear. There is light at the end of the tunnel! Both figuratively and literally. You don’t need a doctor or scientist to tell you it can be hard to keep your spirits up after months of being stuck indoors, due to snow and cold temperatures. Even if you are an outdoorsy winter person, the shortened days and lack of sunshine can still have an impact on your psyche. By this time of the year, the number of Midwesterners who don’t want warmer days are definitely dwindling day by day.... Read More

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