Iowa City Weekender: April 11-14

Los Vigilantes
Break out the leather, throw some mousse in your hair and cruise on down to The Mill to catch the punky doo-wop stylings of Puerto Rican-rockers Los Vigilantes.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Iowa City Weekender, wherein we acknowledge that it is indeed the weekend (nearly), and celebrate accordingly. There are lots of things going on over the next few days, so let’s get right to it.


The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (IC DOCS) starts at 8:00 p.m. Thursday night at Public Space One with an evening centered around global environmental concerns.

The second film of the night, River Rites, captures the animist beliefs of the people that live along the Saramacca River in Suriname. Shot in a single 11-minute take and boasting an industrial-noise soundtrack by Mindflayer, the film has been well-received at film festivals throughout North America since its release in late 2011.

The screenings of River Rites and two other films Thursday night should serve as a nice kick-off for a weekend filled with diverse, independent cinema from across the globe. The festival continues through the weekend, with the first competitive screenings beginning Friday night at 8:15 p.m. (See schedule)

Akron/Family (Friday)

It’s tough to pick out a genre with which to pigeon-hole Akron/Family. The clear call-and-response harmonies that create the backdrop for many of their songs often conveys a distinctly folk vibe, but their twists into psychedelic, fuzzed-out breakdowns and create a distinctly unique sound.

Akron/Family is not a jam-band, but are known for improvisation-heavy performances complete with semi-frequent, mildly self-indulgent guitar solos. This combination of folk and psychedelic textures creates a contradictory–yet pleasant–experience that makes Akron/Family one of the most unusual and entertaining touring bands out there. Check them out at Gabe’s Friday night at 9:00 p.m.

Hatebreed (Friday)

Looking to bang your head instead? Metalcore fans should be ecstatic that Hatebreed, a pillar of the genre since the mid-1990s will also be in town on Saturday to play a show 5:30 p.m. show at Blue Moose Tap House.

Los Vigilantes (Saturday)

Los Vigilantes are set to play The Mill Saturday night starting at 10:00 p.m. This rockabilly-inspired four-piece comes to us all the way from the garages of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and their sound is a uniquely lo-fi, rough-around-the-edges take on the now-popular 50’s-throwback genre. Oh, they’re lyrics are also entirely in Spanish. The Los Vigilantes have been winning fans here in the States since their first US tour back in 2010, so break out the leather, throw some mousse in your hair and cruise on down to The Mill to catch the punky doo-wop stylings of Puerto Rican-rockers Los Vigilantes.

The Broken Chord (Friday through Sunday)

The Broken Chord is the result of a collaborative effort between Iowa’s Working Group Theatre, Hancher and the Englert, creating some kind of wondrous Iowa City theatre leviathan, albeit temporarily.

This play tackles the difficult topic of disease of the mind through a combination of poetry and interview-style storytelling. Directed by famed Rust creator and director Sean Christopher Lewis, this is sure to be a thoroughly engaging experience (read more).

This play will be performed at the Englert Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as well as on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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Theatre fans may also be interested in a Cabaret show, performed at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

See you next week!

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