Iowa City Weekender: December 10-13

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Jumbies w/ Collectible Boys | Yacht Club | 9 pm | FREE

Add Thursday nights at The Yacht Club to your list of weekly free shows!  This week’s free fest feature, local Caribbean funk band Jumbies, is sure to take you far far away from the blizzard of ’09.


Pre-Party: Graduate Painting/Drawing Open House | 109 River St (Graduate Painting Workshop) | 7-9 pm | FREE

Here in lovely Iowa City, our locals have arts and crafts coming out their ears.  With so many creative people doing their proverbial thang, and with the Studio Arts building now all the way out at the old Menards, we must be careful not to forget about all the artists working at the University, quietly chiseling their names into the ivory towers of 21st century art (as we don’t yet know it).  This Friday you have the chance to meet, greet and see the work of 19 MFA painters, 8 of whom are new to the U of I and participating in their first Iowa City showcase.  No need to dig the car out – the ‘picturesque’ Graduate Painting Workshop on River St is just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown, so no reason not to stop by for free refreshments, conversation and, of course, art.

Main Event: DMX | Coralville Marriott | 7 pm | $30 advance/$35 door

The 5th highest selling hip hop artist of all time is comin’ to Coralville Friday night to dazzle fans of all ages with his ruff ryding raptastic-ness.  And, since portions of the proceeds will be donated to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital for research on children’s cancer – you know it’s all for a good cause.  Props to the kids over at for bringing another big show to town!

here’s a video in case you forgot about ol’ Mr X (maybe explicit)

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Also of note: ft(the shadow government) is playing a show at Cornell College in Mt Vernon, early this Friday night (8:30-9:30).  It’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to see them, and they are certainly worth the drive.  If you know what I’m talking about, I don’t need to say more – and if you don’t, then probably nothing I say will get you out to Mt Vernon for a 1 hr show in the frozen middle of a Friday night in December.  But you should.  Really.

ft(the shadow government)


This time the Main Event comes first: What a Load of Craft ’09, feat. Leslie and the Ly’s | Johnson County Fairgrounds – Building C, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Rd. SE | 11 am – 7 pm | FREE

There’s way too much goin’ on at WALOC #6 for me to paraphrase, so I’ll quote the event invite directly:

Schedule of events
11 am: Doors open to public!
12:30 pm: Live music begins!
Bands include:
Lipstick Homicide
Kate and Amanda
Skye Carrasco
Olivia Rose Muzzy
Pete Balestrieri

5:30 pm: Craft Death Match featuring Gingerbread House Construction, Play Doh Holiday Meal making, The return of Speed Knitting, and Human Giftwrapping! EMCEED BY COOLZEY, KEVIN KOPPES, and a very special appearance/performance by LESLIE HALL/LESLIE AND THE LYS!!!!!!!!

List of Vendors:
The Red Avocado, Pretty Kitty, Maddisen Avenue ,Leslie Hall, Alex Moen, Cookie Doe, BABE Jewelry, Public School Records, BugSnugger, Skirt, Knotty Sisters, Dewey Street Photo, Tall Corn Crafts, Pretty Little Things, Poor Lost Bread, Public Access Television, Cielo Clothing, Tiara Firma Knitwear, Rollin’ Stones, GetLoFi, HeyJenRen, High Voltage, Pajama Love, Urban Posture, Glass by Pattie, Ramona Muse, Yellow Elephant, One Kind Wonder, Stella James Handmade, Leroy Loves Mabel, Rusty La Rue, ArtyB’s Upcycled Designs, White Rabbit, Cingene, Wandering Mai, Wanderwool, Industrial Glitter, The Adventure Orange, littleRoot, Cicada Grove, Vilmain/Wardenberg, Handmade Pretties, Home Ec. Workshop, Record Swap booth with Doug Roberson!


LOTS OF STUFFS TO DO! STAY ALL DAY! Food, booze, craftivities!

Post Party – Cuddle Magic w/ Skye Carrasco | 9 pm | The Mill | $6

12 people and at least as many violins, drums, clarinets, basses, trumpets, keyboards, guitars, banjos, harmonicas, recorders, flutes, and vibraphones get in a van in New York City, drive west to Iowa, turn around and drive back, playing 10 shows in 10 days…  Do they live?  Do they die at each other’s hands?  What variety of magic is it that keeps these people alive in such dire circumstances?  Well, it is the sweet sweetness of Cuddle Magic, of course.  Spend your day getting a masters in craft zoology, and spend your night enjoying the traveling 12-ring musical cuddle circus at the Mill, this Saturday night at 9.  No animals will be harmed, I think.



Eastside Artists Annual Show and Sale | Masonic Building (312 College) | 10 am – 5 pm | FREE

The perfect end to the craftiest weekend of the year – the annual show and sale from Eastside Artists is going on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – right downtown in the Masonic Building.  Helpful tip: bring cash or check as no cards will be accepted.  Cafe del Sol is sponsoring with coffee, and more than 20 artists will have their wares on display.

Have a great weekend!

~ LV

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