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Open House: Get to know everything there is to know about Public Space One this Friday


Public Space One
Public Space One serves the Iowa City artist community at large. — photo courtesy of John Engelbrecht

“How do you PS1?” Open House

Public Space One — Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

Deep in the basement of the Wesley Center (120 N Dubuque St.), mysterious workings are afoot, and the people in charge want to demystify them. The current home to Public Space One, self-described as “the area’s most mysterious arts, music, production, and presentation venue,” will be opening its doors this Friday, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., to the community at large to check out what the space can offer to local creatives of all kinds.

For all it offers, Public Space One can be a confusing organization, and Friday’s open-house will hopefully provide answers. Along with tours of the space itself (which will include a chance to glimpse the work of studio residents), there will be informational brochures available that should sum up the resources available at PS1. And even if you know all you need to know about Iowa City’s “small a” art space, there are still plenty of reasons to stop by, including t-shirts with PS1’s new logo (and free food!).

Friday’s open-house will also offer an opportunity to catch some more-or-less regular PS1 offerings. A short teaser set from student improv group Paperback Rhino, a cardistry demonstration from JR Martins and an installation of audio and visual works by Jay Schleidt and Tom Buckholz are just a few of the performances lined up for Friday’s open-house. All of this coincides with the closing reception of Seoyeong Gupton’s HOPE•LESS, an installation focused on the sinking of the MV Sewol in April 2014.

In the interest of disclosure, I should add that I’ve spent a great deal of time at PS1 in the past few years, hosting shows, broadcasting remotely for KRUI and, last year, recording a great deal of music during a three month studio residency. PS1 has been a huge asset for me, and many other artists in the community.


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