Iowa City Weekender: August 26-29

Greetings Weekenders!

In classic Iowa City style, this weekend the whole town is pulling out all the stops to welcome all you academics out there to a brand new school year, chock-full of nonstop, heady fun.

Personally, I intend to be everywhere, all of the time. Here’s how:

THURSDAY: Pure Party. Raise a glass to Tom Petty and Luther Bangert

Cirque Stupendo w. plenty musical support | The Warehouse (near the corner of Lafayette & S. Dubuque, back behind PATV) | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | $5 | All Ages

In the last couple of years, Luther Bangert has become a familiar figure–he’s the guy that’s always cruising around on a unicycle and juggling with his friends at College Green Park. He’s enriched Iowa City as a driving force behind one of our coolest cultural assets: Cirque Stupendo, which has brought a heaping dose of wonder, novelty and mysticism to stages at the Blue Moose, the Warehouse, the ped mall, the Englert, and all over town. Luther is heading to India for a little while, put he is putting on one last show before he goes. Come say goodbye tonight at the Warehouse and enjoy music from:


Rock U: A Tribute to Tom Petty | The Mill | 9 p.m. | $6 | 21+ after 10 p.m.

Many of the finest musicians in IC pay tribute to a guy almost nobody can say anything bad about: Tom Petty. I don’t know him personally, but speaking for his music, all y’all that are into the rock and roll music have got some place in your heart reserved for Tom Petty. He’s left his mark on generations of music fans and, tonight, we’re all going to party and sing along as Sad Iron Music and Shame Stevens bring back all the hits.

Now, if you are reading closely, you are scratching your chin and thinking something like: “Hmm… fun party at the Mill. Mmhmm… Awesome time at the Warehouse. Hmmmm… I have a bike… They are like 4 blocks apart from each other… Hmmm…”


Brendan + Jesse show off their work | Public Space One | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | FREE

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Applications were accepted in the spring, selections were made and these two local artists were invited to use the space for the summer as a studio. The one stipulation being that they’d have to put on a show when the summer was over. Go check out the fruits of their labor, this Friday evening, and ask around for the inside scoop on all the terrific things PS1 has in store for us in the coming year.

Birth Rites | Blue Moose Tap House | 9 p.m. | $6 | 21+ after 10 p.m.

The totally sweet Birth Rites are back together after drummer Greg Markus spent the spring in some other town that has apparently got a cool culture scene too–Prague? Maybe you’ve heard of it. Sounds weird.–and come back ready to kill the IC scene some more.

A jam-packed bill guarantees you’ll get your money’s worth:

Plane Crashes
Birth Rites
The Sound Thoughts
Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship


Get your movie on at Landlocked | Several venues | Several times | (Almost) ALL FREE

In addition to lots of opportunities to meet the film makers, participate in panel discussions and attend workshops, there will be no fewer than: Nine narrative features, eleven documentary features, nine animations, eight documentary shorts, seven music videos, thirty narrative shorts and sixteen student films…All for free, a few of them cost $5 – still less than you’d pay for the privilege of driving out to the megaplex.

Click here for a complete list of the selected films

The festival runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at several venues.

Click here for a complete schedule, and start planning your attack!


The Big Back Yard Jam session | Shakespeare’s | 7 p.m. | FREE

Close out your weekend with an adventure just a few blocks away from downtown. Head to Shakespeare’s and see how the east siders rock it, this Sunday, for the last Sunday night jam session of the summer. Get to know some permanent IC residents, drink cheap beer, and enjoy some good old rock and roll.

Have a great weekend!


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