Iowa City Weekender: December 13-15

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. This weekend we get to watch one of our favorite downtown establishments turn 50 years old, raise some money/awareness for some our community’s non-profits and spread some Christmas cheer, all with a backdrop of super Iowa music. As another semester comes to a close, I hope all you students made it through the week okay. Freedom is on the horizon. For those of you sticking around for a bit, it’s about time to let loose. You earned it. Maybe. Here’s what’s on the agenda:


Festival of Carols // Englert // 7:00 PM // Free

The title pretty much says it all. The Englert’s annual Festival of Carols is back with a night of Christmas celebration. There will be free hot cocoa and someone told me that Santa Claus himself might even make an appearance. Leading the evening’s carols/performances will be:

Old Capitol Chorus

Megan Gogerty (Reading Twas the Night Before Christmas)

The Feralings

Iowa City Community Theatre

Sisters of Song

Iowa City Girls Choir

Cory Hanson, Pro/Am Object and Fire Manipulator

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Iowa Shares Benefit feat. Tallgrass // Englert // 8:00 PM // $15

Tallgrass is trio of skilled jammers. Their style falls somewhere between blues-rock, country and soul. Tallgrass are serious musicians and deliver with precision and finesse. Earlier this year they released God, Sin, Whiskey, and Women, an album which was recorded at the Englert Theatre. They will perform in support of Iowa Shares. The Iowa Shares website describes their mission:

Iowa Shares is a statewide coalition of social change, environmental and cultural nonprofit organizations raising funds through workplace giving. Iowa Shares members give direct services and create progressive, long-lasting resources for our children and communities.

By addressing the root causes of problems, member organizations build better communities in Iowa and the world. Iowa Shares promotes a positive, progressive message that is empowering and inclusive of all people.

Mill 50th Anniversary: Day 1 // The Mill // 8:00 PM // $10 Adv., $12 Day Of

The Mill turns 50 years old this weekend and they’ve organized a killer three-day extravaganza featuring some of the most prolific musical talent out of Iowa City.

Friday’s Lineup:

David Zollo & the Body Electric

Brooks Strause

Alexis Stevens

Doug Nye



Mill 50th Anniversary: Day 2 // The Mill // 8:00 PM // $30 Adv., $35 Day Of

Saturday Lineup:

Greg Brown

Dave Moore


Mill 50th Anniversary: Day 3 Brunch // The Mill // 8:00 PM // $30 Adv., $35 Day Of

Billed as the “Awful Purdies Family Brunch,” the Sunday events will consist of music and “both vegetarian and meat-laden egg strata, heaping trays of breakfast potatoes, sasauge/bacon, and fresh mixed green salad.” Children 12 and under eat free!

Sunday Lineup:

Awful Purdies

Milk & Eggs


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40 Years Forward:

A Celebration of Empowerment & Hope

Deb Talan of "The Weepies" will begin our night of celebration with a story of survival, empowerment, and hope told through words and song. Join us in remembering our past and envisioning the future at the Coralville Mariott.


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