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INTHISISSUESECTIONHEADCOMMUNITY & NEWS4 - UR HereThe meaning of 'super successful'28 - Local Album ReviewMilk Duct Tape's Styrofoam Tombstone6 - CommunityLocal youth cyclists hit the roadBEST OF IC21 - Editors' PicksEvents to make your MarchFOOD & DRINKVOL. 18 ISSUE 172MARCH 4 - 17, 2015STAFFPublisher Matthew [email protected] Editor Kate [email protected] Development Drew [email protected] Editor Adam [email protected] Designer Jordan [email protected] Editor Arashdeep [email protected] Editor Kent [email protected] & Circulation Trevor [email protected] Manager Shauna [email protected] Manager Alesha [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Village, PO Box 736Iowa City, IA 52244(319) 855-1474CONNECT m/littlevillagemagMOBILE APP (iOS, ANDROID)Little Village Best of IC22 - A-ListOne Book, Two Book festival headsdowntown9 - 12 oz. CurlsGreat River Brewery's Aaah Bock30 - Venue GuideARTS & ENTERTAINMENTPLUS8 - CraftyDurable decorations31 - Advertiser Index10 - Art SeenBreanne Trammell's hoop dreams32 - News Quirks12 - Lit SceneWriter Karen Bender speaks out34 - The Straight Dope35 - Savage Love16 - Colorblind ComicsA look at Love Volume 1: The Tiger37 - Crossword18 - Prairie PopMission Creek preview: Meet SilverApplesCONTRIBWritersCecil Adams, Rob Cline, Thomas Dean,Mallory Hellman, Alisa Hrustic, BenKasl, Julia Lippert, Kembrew McLeod,Shauna McKnight, Dan Savage, FrankieSchneckloth, Jorie Slodki, Casey Wagner,Kent WilliamsEditorsCourtenay Bouvier, Drew Bulman, AdamBurke, Shauna McKnight, ArashdeepSinghDOWNLOAD THE FREELAYAR APP TO VIEWINTERACTIVE CONTENTPLEASE SAVE,SHARE OR RECYCLETHIS MAGAZINE.U39 - AstrologyTORSPhotographersJoJo Baccam, Charles Black, AnthonyBranch, James Caldwell, Derek Key,Frankie Schneckloth, Nate Sullivan, DougWaldronDesigners and IllustratorsCheryl Graham, Jared Jewell, JordanSellergren, Greta Songe, BreanneTrammellCoverSayuri Sasaki HemannInternsJared Jewell, Jacob Pedderson, Celine UhlSince 2001ProudlyPublishing inLITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV172 March 4 - 17, 2015 3

UR HEREDEFINING SUCCESSIn measuring personal success, community contributions should beparamount. BY THOMAS DEANIARTGALLERIESrecently came across an article by“writer, entrepreneur, and video gamedesigner” Jonathan Chee called “5 KeyTraits Super Successful People Share.”Chee draws examples from four individualsof extraordinary achievement: a professionalbodybuilder, a self-made multimillionaire, anorchestral clarinet player and a polyglot whois developing a new language-learning system.What struck me about these four “super successful” people is that none of them seemedrooted in a community. In fact, the articleseemed to imply that a life of community rootedness is antithetical to being “super successful.” I disagree mightily.Chee says that the “super successful” “makesacrifices,” specifically of “anything resembling a ‘normal’ life.” By saying “their success has come at the cost of many things thatmost people value,” Chee has dropped thepoison pill into community life at the outset.The bodybuilder sacrifices a social life. Thepolyglot sacrifices his native home to travelto immerse himself in language learning. Theentrepreneur gives up paying attention to anything but the online coupon website businesshe is creating.But successful community members makesacrifices, too, often exactly what Chee’s examples embrace—say, for example, a singularfocus practiced in solitude or traveling wherever and whenever one wants. A successfulcommunity member embraces fully what Cheecalls “normal life.” Deep social capital is built4 March 4 - 17, 2015 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV172UPSTANDING CITIZEN? By somedefinitions, success and community engagementare at odds with one another, but that doesn’t haveto be the case. Illustration by Jared Jewellby long-term and frequent interaction with fellow community members. Extensive contributions to the community good—say, service onthe city council or a long-term commitmentto addressing a challenging community problem such as homelessness or hunger—requiretime and commitment that won’t allow you topump iron for hours every day or constantlyglobetrot to learn languages or play in an orchestra. But why is such community commitment, which can require great sacrifice of themore “exotic” aspects of life, not considered“super successful”?The second trait of very successful people,according to Chee, is that “they never stoplearning.” What successful person—at anything—does? As Scott Russell Sanders says inStaying Put, a book of essays on community,“The work of belonging to a place is neverfinished. There will always be more to knowthan any mind or lifetime can hold.” For example, we have barely scratched the surfaceof understanding environmental sustainability,and people could—and many need to—stayhome and help the community with their everincreasing knowledge of fostering local agriculture, cleaning up our water or designingresilient urban infrastructure.In the same vein, Chee says highly successful people “are not afraid to push their boundaries,” to break out of their comfort zones,such as the orchestral clarinet player learningjazz improvisation. But any community offersendless opportunities to bust that comfort zone

wide open. If you’ve spent a lot of years on thelibrary board as I have, maybe the next thingto do is to volunteer at Shelter House. I havespent a lot of time learning about our local andregional literary heritage, but maybe I shouldinvest in researching Iowa City business history. You don’t need to just change your weighttraining routine to push your boundaries.Why is such community commitment, whichcan require great sacrifice of the more“exotic” aspects of“super successful”?life, not consideredChee says "super successful" types also“hold off immediate gains for long-termbenefit.” Ask any member of Iowa City’sEnvironmental Advocates or the Bur OakLand Trust when nature in Johnson Countyis going to be finally all cleaned up and preserved.Highly successful people also “have aunique attitude towards failure.” Basically,they pick themselves right up after setbacksand become more determined than ever."Super successful" entrepreneurs, musicians,linguists and bodybuilders certainly do that.So do many of those who lose local elections,are unable to save a historic structure from demolition or fail to reach the troubled kid whofinally runs away from home or worse.I’m impressed by someone who rises fromrags to riches, who builds himself up to physical perfection, who reaches the apotheosis ofmusical performance or who learns to speakwith many more of the world’s people than Iam able to. But those people are no less amazing than Irving Weber, who lived in Iowa Cityfor 97 years and knew more about this placethan anyone and shared that knowledge generously, or the neighbor who has been readingto kids after school and tending to the dyingin hospice for decades. All those people got tobe “super successful” by following the sameprinciples that create astronauts, presidents,ballerinas and billionaires.Thomas Dean is finishing his second term—and twelfth year—on the Board of Trustees ofthe Iowa City Public Library.SALES SERVICEEnthusiasts driving our cycle and ski lifestyle319-338-7202 816 S. GILBERT ST.BIKES SPECIALIZED RALEIGH RIDLEYSURLY 9ZERO7 CO-MOTIONSKIS/BOARDS FISCHER SOLOMONSALES SERVICEMONTHLY SPECIALS GEOFFSBIKEANDSKI.COMBIKESSPECIALIZED, RALEIGH, RIDLEY, SURLY, 9ZERO7 CO-MOTIONSKIS\BOARDSFISCHER SOLOMON BURTONMONTHLY SPECIALS CHECK @ GEOFFSBIKEANDSKI.COM319-338-7202ENTHUSIASTS DRIVING OUR CYCLE AND SKI LIFESTYLELITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV172 March 4 - 17, 2015 5

COMMUNITYOFF ROAD AND ON A MISSIONYouth Off-Road Riders work to provide opportunities for local youth to getinvolved with cycling at an early age. BY ALISA HRUSTICthe program received enough funds to acceptmore than 38 kids, all of whom got a chanceto cycle recreationally—and competitively—with the assistance of coaching and peer support.“Forme, it was life changing ”—Kendra LawIndoor training sessions, volunteering, trail work and cycling on everything from rugged terrain to basic bikepaths are nothing new to the kids of theYouth Off-Road Riders (YORR), a cyclingprogram offered to local youth through theNeighborhood Centers of Johnson County.Anthony Branch, director of YORR, saidthat crossing the finish line comes with a greatsense of accomplishment, and wanted to makethat opportunity available to any kid willing togive biking a shot.FOR THE LOVE OF THE RIDE KendraLaw competes in an off road cycling competition aspart of YORR. Photo by Anthony Branch, courtesy ofYouth Off-Road Riders“I’m a cyclist myself and became reallypassionate about the sport, and then becamereally curious about the culture of bicycling,”said Branch. “I thought it would be a neat program to offer to kids and started from there.”YORR initially served about nine children,but after a successful silent auction last March,The Old Creamery Theatre’s 2015COmic Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre!By James Daab“For me personally, it’s about making a connection with kids who have the same passionthat I have and giving them an opportunity tobe exposed to something they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to be exposed to,” Branch said.The organization’s second annual benefit auction is set for Friday, March 6 at theTerry Trueblood Recreation Center from 6-9p.m., and will offer local, bike-related goodsand services, including many items from localbike shops. A few “big ticket items” will alsobe available, Branch said.“Last year, it was well attended, we had agreat turnout and it was very well put together, so we’re hoping for that again this year,”Branch said.Attendees will also be able to tour a displayof hand-built bikes, created by students froma class at the University of Iowa School ofArt and Art History. Everything from vintagebikes to the latest cycling models will be present at the display.Your mission, should youchoose to accept it, is to join usfor hilarious antics and greatfood, while you help us catch acriminal master mind.February 13 - March 28, 2015For tickets and information:319-622-6262 : oldcreamery.comAt the Cedar RapidsClarion Hotel and convention center

All funds raised will go toward the youthcycling program, which is critically important for the program’s continuation, Branchsaid. Before their first auction last year, forinstance, the program didn’t have enoughmoney to fully support all of its participants.“We didn’t have the capacity to take them,for that many kids, to the competitive partof cycling or even just to ride on the trails,”Branch said. “We didn’t have the equipment,and we just didn’t have the capacity, but withthose funds we were able to purchase somenew bikes, to build on the bikes that we hadpreviously that were donated.”The 11,186 raised at last year’s auctionwas used for helmets, clothing, travel expenses and race entry and licensing fees. Thegroup was also able to purchase their first biketrailer, which can now load approximately 18bikes for races, making travel arrangementsmuch easier.The kids of YORR have competed in mountain bike and cyclocross races all over Iowa,with the youngest riders starting at nine yearsold.Anne Duggan, an active cyclist and volunteer with the program, said that the training,while not a strict program, can be rigorous, funor both—depending on the level of cycling thekids wish to pursue. All levels are often welcomed with determination and excitement.“They’re not being coddled,” Duggan said.“They go into races, real races.”However, the true benefit stems from finding a network of peers that share the same excitement.“People who are established [cyclists] arereally supportive of kids learning to bicycle,”Duggan said. “Everyone’s always nice, andit’s a very inclusive community.”That biking community recently sent a16-year-old racer to national competitions.Iowa City West High School junior, KendraLaw, recently finished the USA CyclocrossJunior National in Austin, Texas. Law initiallygot involved with YORR in eighth grade andsays that crossing the finish line at her first bigrace was “one of the best feelings.”But it’s not the competitive aspect thatkeeps her on two wheels.“Everyone’s extremely supportive in thesport, which is really unique about biking, Ithink,” Law said. “It’s not as competitive; it’smore about setting your own goals.”Law recently got a job at a local bike shop,where she is expanding her knowledge ofbicycle repair and mechanics. As an oldermember in YORR, she enjoys working withthe younger kids and hopes to see the ridingcontinue so they get the chance to benefit fromthe same opportunities.“I think it’s a really good experience for anykids that do join, and maybe even life changing,” Law said. “For me, it was life changing,and I think that it’s a really good program tokeep around.”Branch said that they hope to raise a similaramount at this year’s auction. The impact ofcycling is evident in how it affects the kids, hesaid, and he hopes they have the means to keeppushing themselves through a challenging, yetenjoyable sport.“When they’re out there cycling, they’relearning about themselves, in a different waythat’s maybe not academic, but when they dohave really significant challenges in their life,or are struggling academically, they can thentie [cycling] into it,” Branch said. “I can showthem, ‘Yes, you can overcome a challenge andthat you have the ability and skills to set a goal,and meet a goal, and to overcome the challenges associated to achieving that goal.’”CANTEBURY INN& Suites2 Room Suites WithHot Tub OptionIndoor PoolComplimentary WifiFitness CenterMeeting RoomComplimentaryHot Breakfast(319) 351-0400704 1st Ave, Coralville, IA 52241bestwestern.com/canteburyinnsuitesFAULCONER GALLERYAlisa Hrustic is a journalism student at the UIand an intern at Little Village.Sandra Steinbrecher, Romian Crockett, social sciencesteacher, with his students at Fenger High School, Chicago,Illinois, 2011. Photography Sandra Steinbrecher 2015SALES SERVICETHROUGH MARCH 15THE EDUCATION PROJECTPHOTO EXHIBITIONA documentary portrait of Harper,Fenger and Marshall high schools inChicago by Sandra SteinbrecherEnthusiasts driving our cycle and ski lifestyle319-338-7202 816 S. GILBERT ST.BIKES SPECIALIZED RALEIGH RIDLEYSURLY 9ZERO7 CO-MOTIONSKIS/BOARDS FISCHER SOLOMONSALES SERVICEMONTHLY SPECIALS GEOFFSBIKEANDSKI.COMOpen daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.grinnell.edu/faulconergalleryGRINNELL COLLEGE

CRAFTYCONCRETE CHICAdd a little edge to your home decor with this simple cement craft.BY FRANKIE SCHNECKLOTHMaterials:-Concrete countertop mix (available atMenard’s or Lowe’s)-Wooden dowels—1 ½-inch diameter,and ¼-inch diameter-Tealight candles in aluminum holders-Saw-Sandpaper-Silicon ice cube trays-Petroleum jelly-Newspaper-Strong glue-Sponge-Old bucket for mixing concrete-Trowel or old spoon for mixingconcretePhotos by Frankie SchnecklothDecorate your dinner table or patio garden with these easy concrete projects. To make a planter,you’ll use dowels to create anegative space for your tiny plant and drainage holes. To make candleholders, you’ll usethe aluminum holders from tealights.Step 1 If you’re making planters, cut yourdowels down to appropriate lengths by measuring the depth of your silicon ice cube trays,which will act as your mold. Use a saw to cutyour 1 1/2-inch diameter dowel into piecesthat measure three quarters the depth of themold. For example, my mold is two inches8 March 4 - 17, 2015 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV172deep, so I cut my 1 1/2-inch diameter dowelinto 1 1/2-inch lengths.Step 2 Sand down any rough edges on thedowels. Cut the ¼-inch diameter dowel intosections measuring half the length of the 11/2-inch diameter dowel and sand the edges. Icut 1 1/2-inch diameter dowel into 1 1/2-inchlengths, so that means my ¼-inch diameterdowel will be cut into 3/4-inch pieces.Step 3 Glue the flat edges of a small doweland large dowel together. Wipe away any excess glue and let dry completely.Step 4 Coat the the sides and bottom ofthe aluminum holders and dowels thoroughlywith petroleum jelly. Spread some newspaperonto a flat surface and place your silicon trayon top. Arrange your dowels and aluminumholders in the bottom of the silicon tray mold.When placing dowels into the mold, put thelarge dowel end down and center in the mold.For the candleholder version, flip the aluminum holder over so the bottom is facing up,and center in the mold.Step 5 Place roughly eight cups of concretemix into a bucket. Thoroughly wet a spongeunder the faucet and squeeze into the mix.Continue this process until all dry ingredientsare incorporated, being sure not to overwater.If you accidentally overwater, just add a bitmore mix. Using your trowel or spoon, mixfor three minutes until the mixture is relativelysmooth with no large chunks.Step 6 Using a trowel or spoon, scoop concrete into the mold, taking care not to movedowels or holders. Fill completely with concrete. Gently tap the tray a few times on thecountertop to get rid of air bubbles. The concrete will start to settle and expand a bit. Youcan use your trowel or spoon to skim excessconcrete off the top.

12 OZ. CURLSBREW OF THE MONTH: MARCHAAAH BOCKGreat River Brewery Davenport, IowaGreat River’s Aaah Bock is blessed.Every February, Old Capitol BrewWorks (which recently closed) hasbeen hosting a celebration calledBlessing of the Bock to commemorate the tasty,seasonal dunkler bock. At this fun and slightly ridiculous celebration, beer enthusiasts give speeches, say the brewer’s prayer—“our lager, which artin kegs, hallowed be thy drink”—and some evendress up as religious or magical figures as theygather around a chalice of beer and bless it.According to Great River brewer Paul Krutzfeldt, Aaah Bock took its name from an episodeof M*A*S*H. The beer was originally brewed by Jeff Allen at the former Stone City brewery inSolon. Krutzfeldt said Allen has been working with Great River Brewery in Davenport to brewthe beer since 2004.Pour Aaah Bock into a favorite pint glass. With a color that leans toward mahogany, AaahBock is a dark and sinister-looking lager. A finger of lightly tanned head will dissipate slowlyand leave a skim and thin collar of foam. The smell is fruity and sweet like a maibock with scentsof apple, raisin, prune, strawberry licorice, sweet caramel and barnyard grassiness reminiscentof German helles.Aaah Bock has a pleasant, medium-bodied mouthfeel. The flavor is sweet at first, but toastedmalt slowly emerges to provide balance. Tastes of apple, raisin, prune, strawberry licorice, caramel and helles grassiness are also noticeable.Step 7 Allow concrete to dry at least 18hours. Invert the silicon mold, and turn planters and candle holders out. Snip out aluminumholders and remove dowels. Fill with tealightsor tiny succulents.Frankie Schneckloth is a photographer forLittle Village's new food and drink publication, Bread and Butter, out this month.Serving temperature: 45–50 ºFAlcohol content: 6 percent ABVFood pairings: Randy Mosher’s Tasting Beer recommends pairing the style with rich food, likecheesecake and apple strudel, or spicy cuisine, like Thai.Where to buy: The beer is available at most area beer retailers, especially local Hy-Vee stores.It is also on tap at area bars.Price: Around 9 per four-pack.Casey Wagner writes about beer for Little Village. Find out the latest brewing news atLittleVillageMag.com.

ART SEENBREANNE TRAMMELLOrange, Monotype with hot-stamped foil,2015; Rainbow (Opposite), Monotype with hotstamped foil, 2014Last month, Trammell’s show, Bad As I Wanna Be,was on view at Prairie Light Bookstore and Cafe.

LIT SCENEINDEBTED TO THE TRUTHWriters Workshop alum Karen Bender discusses her recent work and howwriters can be politically active simply by trying to be honest.BY MALLORY HELLMANAcclaimed fiction writer KarenBender’s recent work Refundfeatures scam artists, starvingartists, subleases, lockdowns andcons in a series of stories that engage moneyand its ramifications in tender and powerfulways. These are subtle tales of human gainand loss, set in a society that evermore compulsively pins its citizens to their capital value.Bender graduated from the Iowa Writers’Workshop in 1991 and has since publishedtwo novels, Like Normal People (2000) andA Town of Empty Rooms (2012). She also coedited Choice (2010), an anthology of essaysabout reproductive rights.Bender will read from Refund on Wednesday,March 4 at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights.Little Village: Your story collection, Refund,is over a decade in the making—Karen Bender: Yes, at least. Actually, “A12 March 4 - 17, 2015 LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/LV172Chick From My Dream Life” was the firststory I turned in to my workshop with MegWolitzer, when I was a student at Iowa, so itgoes farther back than that. But most of themhave been from the last 10 years, yes.MONEY MATTERS On March 4 at 7p.m. at Prairie Lights, Karen Bender will read fromRefund, a new collection of stories that speak to oureconomically anxious times. Illustration by CherylGrahamIn the interim, you’ve published two novelsand a book of nonfiction. Why is now themoment to put out a collection of stories?that I had these stories, and he said “Oh! Sendthem along.” And when he took them, it wasa relief, because it’s not easy to sell a storycollection.I always wanted to write stories—they weremy first love as a writer. And when I was in theWorkshop, I started with what I thought wasgoing to be a novella and turned into my firstnovel, Like Normal People.After I finished Like Normal People, I really did want to write stories, so I started someof the ones in this collection, but it seemedlike the market wasn’t great. This was around2007. So I started the novel A Town of EmptyRooms then. And when I sold that novel, I toldmy editor, Dan Smetanka at Counterpoint,What do you think are the particularAmerican anxieties that have emerged fromthis financial era, and how did they worktheir way into the book?Last year, my husband had a Fulbright to teachcreative writing in Taiwan, and so we werethere for a year, which was incredible. Andthere they have national health insurance. SoI went to the doctor with our daughter, whohad a cough—and this was actually before the

health insurance kicked in—and he gave hersome medicine right there. We didn’t fill outany paperwork, really. They put the medicineon the counter and told us it would cost 15U.S. dollars, which is far less than it wouldhave been in North Carolina.People in Taiwan would go to the emergency room with a cold. There was not the samestress about health insurance, which informsso many decisions over here—where you live,what you do—I think it informs the lives ofAmericans in so many ways we’re not awareof. But that’s just an example. We also havethe worst maternity leave policy of all industrialized countries. There are all kinds ofthings that affect the middle class—expensivecollege as well. In other developed countries,college is free. These affect your stress levelon a daily basis, and that, maybe, is what I wastrying to convey in the stories.Mythought is that literature can save theworld by showing individual experience.I’m curious about Choice because it’s thesingle book of nonfiction in your oeuvre.What moved you to work on that project.Actually, it was linked to my story “The ThirdChild” that was in Granta and was about abortion. I looked at that and thought, “What wouldit be like to have an anthology that focused onabortion?” And then I thought, “Well, what ifit’s not just abortion? What if it’s all these other issues—giving up a child for adoption, etc.”My thought is that literature can save theworld by showing individual experience.People can become small-minded or biasedor come up with philosophies that are limitedbecause they don’t know the whole story. Youcan say, “Oh, no one should have an abortion,”but then you hear all these incredible storiesof why people need to have that option andwhy some people don’t want to have it—theindividual experience of it should make choiceessential. Through looking at subtlety, lookingat nuance of a person’s life and feeling, hopefully, people can come up with a less blackand-white view of the issue.

LIT SCENEQRGILBERTDUBUQUELINNWell, so many books really can help changethe world. I do feel like, in this culture, writingan honest sentence is a political act. Becausewe have so much that’s false, right? So muchwe’re told that’s just cliché—that’s part ofwhat Americans are told to think and want andbe. Writing something that’s actually honestclears away the fog, and that is deeply political to me.VAN BURENWhat a refreshing . SHOP. ENJOY.BLOOMINGTONEGBIOWA EFFERSONDo you think another project like Choicelies in your future, or are you focused predominantly on fiction for now?In March of 2014, when we were living inTaiwan, a treaty was going to go throughthe Taiwanese legislature that would allowthem to open up trade to China. Many of theTaiwanese thought China would take overthen, and naturally, they were very worriedabout freedom of speech.Students and other people in Taiwan organized when they thought this treaty was going to be railroaded through without any discussion, and they climbed into the legislativebuilding and occupied it for three weeks. Itwas incredible—it was like seeing people inthe United States just climb into the CapitolBuilding and live in it. The whole nation wasriveted.One of the most amazing experiences I’veever had as a writer was taking these people’sstories down. So it was similar [to Choice].I thought learning these people’s individualstories really shows why they believe Taiwanshould be independent from China. And theexperience of living in that buil

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