Bayo Park Gallery introduces “Specter Scepter” tonight

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″ fb_built=”1″ _i=”0″ _address=”0″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0.0″ custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.27.3″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0.0.0″] Bayo Park Galleries, a 10-acre outdoor sculpture park in Batavia, will introduce its new fall installation, titled “Specter Scepter,” during an open house 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12. Bayo Park will also host showings of its new installation on Oct. 13, 18 and 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s Bayo Park display is typically cryptic. The art gallery has introduced a fall…

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The marginalization of spoken word, slam poetry

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″ _i=”0″ _address=”0″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0.0″ custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.3″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” hover_enabled=”0″ _i=”0″ _address=”0.0.0.0″] Them: “So, what do you do?” Me: “I’m a poet.” Them: “Me too! What kind?” Me: “Spoken word.” Them: “Oh, cool. Like rap and stuff? I write normal poetry.” There it is. The divide. It pops up constantly in conversations, the idea of “normal” poetry (or even worse, “traditional” poetry) that actively excludes spoken word poetry. It’s a common misconception that there’s a difference between spoken…

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Opportunities lost if Iowa misses the green wave

Weed, wacky tobaccie, dope, green … or maybe cannabis. For many, legalized or decriminalized marijuana harkens images of 1993’s Richard Linklater classic “Dazed and Confused.” Or the devilish dancing and lewdness of 1936’s “Reefer Madness.” Regardless of the generational images you may hold, legal access to marijuana is coming, and soon. Our side-by-side sister, Illinois, goes fully legal this coming January 1. California and Colorado led the way, and now, Illinois is the 11th state to legalize marijuana. This means access to marijuana will change for many, and for the…

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A treasure trove of arts/crafts upcycling

With just a quick glance, “my late grandmother’s disorganized attic” or “a great episode of Pickers” might be your first impression of The Create Exchange. But a closer look at this Cedar Rapids store shows a masterful system built to save money, save resources, reduce waste, and meet needs. It’s as though owner Jennifer Stewart has gathered all the best instincts of her career as a nurse, and her family history of nurses and teachers, and put all of that together to support arts and crafts. “We’re not a garage…

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