Iowa City Weekender: 5/20-23

Videos not displaying? >>>view original post>>>


Simon Joyner w Miracles of God and Brooks Strause | $10 | 8 pm

Simon Joyner is calling this his “Living Rooms and Discrete Spaces” tour and I think they are trying to keep it low-profile, but this show is too cool to not get any sort of mention at all, and hell, it has a facebook event page… $10 bucks to get in, free keg beer, and a rare opportunity to catch Iowa City legends Miracles of God. Then of course there is the super famous Simon Joyner, whose current lineup is “really good” (or so I hear). Show up on time because Brooks Strause is also not to be missed. In the spirit of the Living Rooms Tour, I’ll keep the instructions “discrete”: it’s at the Mission Creek house, you figure out the rest!


File under strange experiences/bring your earplugs: Alex Body + LWA | The Java House | 8 pm | FREE

File under cancel everything else: Tallest Man on Earth w. Nathaniel Rateliff | 9 pm | Mill | $10 advance, $12 door

The 4th Annual Rainbow Run | 8 am | City Park

The Rainbow Run (5k fun run and walk) is a fundraiser for Iowa City Pride Festival. This year’s run will start in Lower City Park, at shelter #7, this Saturday, May 22. Race day registration and packet pick-up start at 7am, race begins at 9am.

From the Facebook event:

Everyone is welcome! Walkers, runners, joggers, baby strollers, kids, grandparents, and well-behaved dogs :)  There will be prizes for race winners, most festive runner, and best dog! Along with lots and lots of door prizes!




Spend the day with Dan Bern! | 3 pm & 7 pm | CSPS (1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids) | $5-21

Sunday afternoon, the incredibly entertaining Dan Bern will perform a special family concert, featuring songs from his new children’s album, Two Feet Tall. The show will start at 3, advance tickets are $5 for kids and $9 for adults (all tickets $12 at the door).  The 7 pm show might have some raunchy humor but I’m sure it’ll still pass as PG. Tickets for the later show are $17 advance, $21 at the door.

From CSPS:

Born in Mount Vernon, Dan Bern is a prolific songwriter and electric live performer who has released a dozen albums and spent well over a decade performing everywhere from coffee shops to Carnegie Hall.

“Dan Bern strums drop-dead gorgeous melodies like a demon with his tail on fire,” raved the Washington Post. “He expresses his love for humankind through scabrous, literary, skeptical rhymes full of hyperarticulation and the tormented self-knowledge of the really, really smart.”

Since releasing his first album back in 1997, Dan has amassed a strong underground following built on his endless touring and his prodigious output of songs of all shapes and sizes. His albums include 1997’s Dan Bern, 2001’s New American Language and 2006’s Breathe, each produced all or in part by Chuck Plotkin; and 1998’s 50 Eggs, produced by Ani DiFranco.

Dan’s latest release, Two Feet Tall, features 38 children’s songs tackling issues from kangaroos to hiccups. (A special 3 pm family show at CSPS, featuring songs from the new album, will precede Dan Bern’s more provocative evening concert starting at 7.)

In 2007, Dan focused his energies on motion pictures, using his sharp wit to compose over a dozen songs for the Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow music biopic spoof Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. He also wrote the title song for Jonathan Demme’s documentary, Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains.

A true Renaissance man, Bern comes with an eclectic blend of talents and accomplishments. In addition to countless songs, he has written several books of short stories, plus a full-length novel, Quitting Science. His paintings have been displayed in hotels, art galleries and purchased en masse through his online art gallery.

He is an award-winning sports columnist in the state of New Mexico as well as a tennis pro who taught tennis to the late Wilt Chamberlain. In the spirit of Cool Hand Luke, he even won an egg-eating contest at the 2008 Truth or Consequences Fiesta, scarfing 17 eggs in 10 minutes.

What’s next for Dan Bern? Whatever it is it will surely include profound and insightful social commentary, a generous dose of humor, a little tennis and lots and lots of songs.

Have a Great Weekend!


Did we miss your sweet event? Sorry! Send Weekender suggestions to

[gravityform id="17" title="false" description="false" ajax="true"]
<div class='gf_browser_unknown gform_wrapper your-village-form_wrapper' id='gform_wrapper_17' ><a id='gf_17' class='gform_anchor' ></a><form method='post' enctype='multipart/form-data' target='gform_ajax_frame_17' id='gform_17' class='your-village-form' action='/iowa-city-weekender-520-23/#gf_17'> <div class='gform_body'><ul id='gform_fields_17' class='gform_fields top_label form_sublabel_below description_below'><li id='field_17_7' class='gfield gfield_html gfield_html_formatted gfield_no_follows_desc field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible' ><h3 style="font-weight:800; font-size:34px;">Let's get started</h3> <p style="font-size:18px;">Fill out this form and we'll contact you with information about marketing with Little Village!</p></li><li id='field_17_4' class='gfield field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible' ><label class='gfield_label gfield_label_before_complex' for='input_17_4_3' ></label><div class='ginput_complex ginput_container no_prefix has_first_name no_middle_name has_last_name no_suffix gf_name_has_2 ginput_container_name gfield_trigger_change' id='input_17_4'> <span id='input_17_4_3_container' class='name_first' > <input type='text' name='input_4.3' id='input_17_4_3' value='' aria-label='First name' tabindex='2' aria-invalid="false" placeholder='First name'/> <label for='input_17_4_3' >First</label> </span> <span id='input_17_4_6_container' class='name_last' > <input type='text' name='input_4.6' id='input_17_4_6' value='' aria-label='Last name' tabindex='4' aria-invalid="false" placeholder='Last name'/> <label for='input_17_4_6' >Last</label> </span> </div></li><li id='field_17_5' class='gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible' ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_17_5' ><span class='gfield_required'>*</span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_5' id='input_17_5' type='text' value='' class='large' tabindex='6' placeholder='Company name' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" /></div></li><li id='field_17_3' class='gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible' ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_17_3' ><span class='gfield_required'>*</span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_email'> <input name='input_3' id='input_17_3' type='text' value='' class='large' tabindex='7' placeholder='Your email address' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false"/> </div></li><li id='field_17_8' class='gfield gform_validation_container field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_' ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_17_8' >Email</label><div class='ginput_container'><input name='input_8' id='input_17_8' type='text' value='' /></div><div class='gfield_description'>This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.</div></li> </ul></div> <div class='gform_footer top_label'> <input type='submit' id='gform_submit_button_17' class='gform_button button' value='SUBMIT' tabindex='8' onclick='if(window["gf_submitting_17"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_17"]=true; ' onkeypress='if( event.keyCode == 13 ){ if(window["gf_submitting_17"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_17"]=true; jQuery("#gform_17").trigger("submit",[true]); }' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_ajax' value='form_id=17&amp;title=&amp;description=&amp;tabindex=1' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='is_submit_17' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_submit' value='17' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_unique_id' value='' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='state_17' value='WyJbXSIsIjlmNzc1YTEyZmZjNmYyODk5Mzk0NDM3ZjRlOGYyZDNmIl0=' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_target_page_number_17' id='gform_target_page_number_17' value='0' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_source_page_number_17' id='gform_source_page_number_17' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_field_values' value='' /> </div> <p style="display: none !important;"><label>&#916;<textarea name="ak_hp_textarea" cols="45" rows="8" maxlength="100"></textarea></label><input type="hidden" id="ak_js_1" name="ak_js" value="43"/><script>document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() );</script></p></form> </div> <iframe style='display:none;width:0px;height:0px;' src='about:blank' name='gform_ajax_frame_17' id='gform_ajax_frame_17'>This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.</iframe> <script type='text/javascript'>jQuery(document).ready(function($){gformInitSpinner( 17, '' );jQuery('#gform_ajax_frame_17').load( function(){var contents = jQuery(this).contents().find('*').html();var is_postback = contents.indexOf('GF_AJAX_POSTBACK') >= 0;if(!is_postback){return;}var form_content = jQuery(this).contents().find('#gform_wrapper_17');var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find('#gform_confirmation_wrapper_17').length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf('gformRedirect(){') >= 0;var is_form = form_content.length > 0 && ! is_redirect && ! is_confirmation;if(is_form){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_17').html(form_content.html());if(form_content.hasClass('gform_validation_error')){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_17').addClass('gform_validation_error');} else {jQuery('#gform_wrapper_17').removeClass('gform_validation_error');}setTimeout( function() { /* delay the scroll by 50 milliseconds to fix a bug in chrome */ jQuery(document).scrollTop(jQuery('#gform_wrapper_17').offset().top); }, 50 );if(window['gformInitDatepicker']) {gformInitDatepicker();}if(window['gformInitPriceFields']) {gformInitPriceFields();}var current_page = jQuery('#gform_source_page_number_17').val();gformInitSpinner( 17, '' );jQuery(document).trigger('gform_page_loaded', [17, current_page]);window['gf_submitting_17'] = false;}else if(!is_redirect){var confirmation_content = jQuery(this).contents().find('.GF_AJAX_POSTBACK').html();if(!confirmation_content){confirmation_content = contents;}setTimeout(function(){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_17').replaceWith(confirmation_content);jQuery(document).scrollTop(jQuery('#gf_17').offset().top);jQuery(document).trigger('gform_confirmation_loaded', [17]);window['gf_submitting_17'] = false;}, 50);}else{jQuery('#gform_17').append(contents);if(window['gformRedirect']) {gformRedirect();}}jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [17, current_page]);} );} );</script><script type='text/javascript'> if(typeof gf_global == 'undefined') var gf_global = {"gf_currency_config":{"name":"U.S. Dollar","symbol_left":"$","symbol_right":"","symbol_padding":"","thousand_separator":",","decimal_separator":".","decimals":2},"base_url":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/plugins\/gravityforms-asdf111aasdfffs-nope","number_formats":[],"spinnerUrl":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/plugins\/gravityforms-asdf111aasdfffs-nope\/images\/spinner.gif"};jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 17) {if(typeof Placeholders != 'undefined'){ Placeholders.enable(); }} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} );</script><script type='text/javascript'> jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [17, 1]) } ); </script>