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Iowa City Weekender: December 17-19


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A balmy 29 degrees outside, no complaints from me!  What have we to look forward to this weekend?

THURSDAY

Staff Show | Dawn’s Hide and Bead Away (220 E. Washington) | 5 pm | FREE

If your inner crafter was not inspired by last weekend’s events, well… you probably don’t have one.  On the other hand, if you do have a little crafter hiding in there somewhere, and if you are resolved in this new year to heed its call a bit more often, you might be wondering what Iowa City has to offer in the way of raw materials.  Enter Dawn’s Hide and Bead Away, on Washington.  At Dawn’s you can find all kinds of neat, pretty stuff – and you can sign up for classes too, just in case your reborn crafter needs a little nudge.  Tonight, the pros at Dawn’s are having a show starting at 5:00, so stop by for inspiration and ready yourself for a fabulously artful 2010.

FRIDAY

Shame Train w/ Firewood Revival and Ben Eaton | The Mill | 9 pm | FREE

happy birthday, sam!

Apologies to those that were looking forward to last week’s in-studio performance from Sam Knutson (Shame Train) – the blasted blizzard of 09 got in the way and we had to postpone.  Look forward to that sometime in January.  If you aren’t sure what you would be looking forward to, stop by the Mill this Friday night – it’s Sam’s birthday and he’s doing a free show with a couple of marvelous supporting acts: Firewood Revival and Ben Eaton.  Happy birthday, Sam Knutson!  Thanks for the it’s-my-birthday-but-I’m-giving-you-a present!!

The Gglitch w/ Clean Livin’ | Yacht Club | 9 pm | $6

This weekend may be relatively quiet, predictable as the semester comes to a close, but apparently the Picador is taking a bit of a break for the holidays.  Seriously!  A Holiday Break for the Picador! After Thursday night’s double decker dance party and Saturday night’s soul party – probably just another DJ night – their online calendar is clear… Sounds to me like the Picador is missing Doug Roberson just as much as this town’s live music scene is missing the Picador’s legendary predecessor, Gabe’s Oasis.  Coincidence?

Thankfully, the Yacht Club and The Mill are providing reliable (practically nightly) live-music entertainment.

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This Friday night you can catch long-time Iowa City bands Clean Livin’ and The Gglitch down in the ole basement bar on Linn St., The ICYC.

At least we have another double decker bar to look forward to in 2010, the Blue Moose Tap House, where the legend himself, Doug Roberson, is booking.

I repeat: Holiday Break?!?!? Seriously….

SATURDAY

Commencement | U of I | various times | oh, about $30,000

Congratulations, graduates – Unless you studied hard (or lifted weights really really hard) and got yourself a full-ride, or maybe if you were born into money and parents that insisted on doing all the heavy lifting for you, you have just managed to voluntarily subject yourself to a life of servitude to the richest government on the planet.  I hope you have enjoyed your student loans while they lasted, ’cause it’s time to pay the piper!  Ha ha, no, seriously, congratulations, you’ve got like 6 months before you have to pay the piper, and besides, I’m sure you won’t have any trouble finding very gratifying work.

Along the way, please remember these wise words from Alan Watts:

Have a great Weekend!

~LV

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Comments:

  1. Yeah, a break. Take another look at the calander, son. Actually why not take a look at the last six months… Then compare, sorry we gave you no chum for this weekend's column but sometimes people just want to dance, and I need sleep. I seem to remember a few breaks in the Little Village's print run over the years, too. Does everyone miss the Icon? Spring line up will be announced soon.
    PS: Doug still books here, too. His new company, Mr. Kicks LLC, is placing great talent everywhere in this lovely tundra.
    Enjoy your holiday. I will mine.

  2. nice – mountains….
    and an overall swell update to the online calendar, good job “pops” – thanks for doing that… i will be the first to admit that every town needs a metal bar, i guess that's you.

    you're right, businesses take breaks for lots of reasons. LV's been strong for a while, but independent media's a breeze – meanwhile the alcohol trade is so touch and go, especially in this town.

    would you be willing to comment on this?

  3. Matt,
    I'll grant you that alt media is no “breeze.” I too, have had to sip from the empty cup of AVN paper before moving here.
    And it is not the liq. business that is the crucible (though I'm sure those downtown bars gaining so much unwanted attention in DI lately would differ); rather the attempt to keep a largely national touring calender for both the 16 year-old and the 36 year-old– often at a loss– much as Gabes did, also presumed a metal bar, even though, like us, that was a third of what their calender held (I worked there as well). And is why I (not speaking for the business here) am glad for the break and more thankful than ever for PS1 the Mill's increased involvement, due greatly to the hard work of Sam Locke-Ward and Andre of Mission Creek, both of whom I'd count as friends.
    And comment on the sale of the joint? Sure, but not in this format. And certainly not on the record. I'd like to keep what little of my job is left. But do feel free to give me a call after nine tonight or stop by the metal bar you guess we are tomorrow while I'm working and I'll tell you what I know (the amount, as usual, will probably disappoint). That is, if you're genuinely interested, and not just trying to spur even more gossip/reporting in a crass attempt to elicit a less than measured response.
    Best,
    Chris

    PS: I'm glad to hear your a Mountains fan. If you've not checked out Tape, a Swedish trio that will be co-headliner on the show, check out their tracks http://www.myspace.com/tapesthlm. I may be more excited to catch them after learning about 'em with this package.

  4. Oh man, say it ain't so!

    As frustrated as I may be by the recent dearth of show's at the Picador that I, personally, want to see, I'd still trust you more than just about anyone to right the ship.

    I'm glad to know you have good relationships with Sam and Andre (I would consider you, Sam, Andre and Doug – and don't forget Craig Eley and Pete McCarthy – a veritable dream team of talent bookers/promoters – truly, this town would be lost without you), and it's great to hear that Doug is also participating at the Picador – please accept this public apology for that misinformation, I'm sorry.

    As you and I both point out, there are other places in town doing great things. My problem is that 330 east washington remains my first choice (in the WORLD) of places I'd want to see a great show.

    It's like when we heard Gabe's was for sale, we all said, well – there are some things that can change (the bathrooms), but let's hope that's all! One thing is for damn sure, we could have done much worse than to have the Picador. So here we are again – with some things I'd like to see changed, and sincere hopes that it doesn't change too much!

  5. nice – mountains….
    and an overall swell update to the online calendar, good job “pops” – thanks for doing that… i will be the first to admit that every town needs a metal bar, i guess that's you.

    you're right, businesses take breaks for lots of reasons. LV's been strong for a while, but independent media's a breeze – meanwhile the alcohol trade is so touch and go, especially in this town.

    would you be willing to comment on this?

  6. Matt,
    I'll grant you that alt media is no “breeze.” I too, have had to sip from the empty cup of AVN paper before moving here.
    And it is not the liq. business that is the crucible (though I'm sure those downtown bars gaining so much unwanted attention in DI lately would differ); rather the attempt to keep a largely national touring calender for both the 16 year-old and the 36 year-old– often at a loss– much as Gabes did, also presumed a metal bar, even though, like us, that was a third of what their calender held (I worked there as well). And is why I (not speaking for the business here) am glad for the break and more thankful than ever for PS1 the Mill's increased involvement, due greatly to the hard work of Sam Locke-Ward and Andre of Mission Creek, both of whom I'd count as friends.
    And comment on the sale of the joint? Sure, but not in this format. And certainly not on the record. I'd like to keep what little of my job is left. But do feel free to give me a call after nine tonight or stop by the metal bar you guess we are tomorrow while I'm working and I'll tell you what I know (the amount, as usual, will probably disappoint). That is, if you're genuinely interested, and not just trying to spur even more gossip/reporting in a crass attempt to elicit a less than measured response.
    Best,
    Chris

    PS: I'm glad to hear your a Mountains fan. If you've not checked out Tape, a Swedish trio that will be co-headliner on the show, check out their tracks http://www.myspace.com/tapesthlm. I may be more excited to catch them after learning about 'em with this package.

  7. Oh man, say it ain't so!

    As frustrated as I may be by the recent dearth of shows at the Picador that I, personally, want to see, I'd still trust you more than just about anyone to right the ship.

    I'm glad to know you have good relationships with Sam and Andre (I would consider you, Sam, Andre and Doug – and don't forget Craig Eley and Pete McCarthy – a veritable dream team of talent bookers/promoters – truly, this town would be lost without you), and it's great to hear that Doug is also participating at the Picador – please accept this public apology for that misinformation, I'm sorry.

    As you and I both point out, there are other places in town doing great things. My problem is that 330 east washington remains my first choice (in the WORLD) of places I'd want to see a great show.

    It's like when we heard Gabe's was for sale, we all said, well – there are some things that can change (the bathrooms), but let's hope that's all! One thing is for damn sure, we could have done much worse than to have the Picador. So here we are again – with some things I'd like to see changed, and sincere hopes that it doesn't change too much!

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