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“An Evening at the Ecopolis” comes home to Iowa City


An Evening at the Ecopolis

Old Capitol Senate Chambers — Fri., Mar. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The Awful Purdies -- photo by Sandy Dyas
The Awful Purdies — photo by Sandy Dyas

Music, literature and a deep passion for the world in which we live — what more could you ask of your Friday night? Iowa City’s The Awful Purdies are joining with author Jeff Biggers in a revamp of the 2014 performance “An Evening at the Ecopolis,” which had its start in Iowa City before traveling to Cedar Rapids and Chicago.

The events kicked off a movement, including forums, initiatives and an anthology currently in the works from the University of Iowa Press. In its current incarnation, the show is in the middle of a three city tour that started in Dubuque and will hit Cedar Falls in April.

This collection of music and stories is based around an original piece created by Biggers, who is the University of Iowa Writer-in-Residence in Sustainability. The through-line is the notion that our cities need re-centering, and that philosophies of ecological justice can underpin the choices made by local government and by individuals.

Weaving together personal narratives of Iowa City’s flood response with a determination to build a “regenerative city,” the show, according to the press release, “presents a timely challenge to Iowans to take the lead in restoration, biodiversity, food, inclusionary and just urban designs, energy and transportation initiatives that positively enhance rather than undermine our environment.”

“An Evening at the Ecopolis” will be presented Friday, Mar. 25 at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.


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