Iowa City Weekender: December 3-5

This Weekender is sponsored by UI Fine Arts Council…

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Nothing like the smell of newsprint in the morning.

The fresh ink on crisp pages, not yet dogeared and smudged with love.

That’s right folks, a brand new Little Village – December’s Holi-D.I.Y. special, the insider’s guide to the hippest holidays around – is hittin’ 200+ local newsstands today, so check it out!

Just in case you don’t want to sit around and read the new magazine all weekend…  here’s some tips!


METROPOLIS | Bijou | 7 pm | FREE

Happy belated Thanksgiving, by the way… how was it?  Was it thanky?  What were you thanky for?  Well, Bijou Theater is thankful for cinema classics, and they are celebrating with 4 nights of free old school (like way old school) movies. Tonight is the last night, featuring 1927’s silent classic – Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang.  Don’t know Metropolis?  You should – it’s arguably the first science-fiction movie ever made!  Meet Metropolis tonight at seven, for free at the Bijou.

After the movie….

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Melt Banana w/ LWA, Super Sonic Piss  | Picador | 9 pm | $10


Q : What is MELT-BANANA?

Answer: MELT-BANANA is a band based in Tokyo JAPAN.

Q: What type of music?

Answer: Some people say they are noise band, some people say they are so-called no wave band, some people say they are hardcore band, some people say their music is like roller coaster in an amusement park… It is hard to categorize their music, but basecally they are rock band with a spice of punk taste.The easiest way to find out is to listen to their music and you will find out.

Go here for more q and a’s –  see you at the Picador!


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Liberty Leg – CD release party with Sarah Cram and the Derelicts, The Boxknifes [sic] | The Mill | 9 pm | $6

Yaaay my favorite band Liberty Leg has it’s CD release party tomorrow night at the Mill.  At last, we can finally all get our very own copy of their new album, Ginger Lee, locally produced by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Sudios. Golly gosh this weekend just keeps getting better!


Yellow City | UI Theatre Bldg, Theatre B | 2 pm | $5/Free with UI ID

Recently a friend bemoaned to me a supposed lack of theatrical entertainments in Iowa City.   “Hast thou attended your Riverside Theater events?”  I asked.  ” No,” He mumbled.  “Englert?”  He shook his head.  And how about monitoring your local university’s theater dept for their events?  He fell at my feet in tears, sobbing: “if only someone would put them in a weekly emailer!  If only there was a local news and culture independent magazine to point me to these events!”  I forgive you, friend.  Here’s your tip: go see “Yellow City,” directed by Master of Fine Arts candidate Anthony Nelson (“The Book of Liz”).  “Yellow City” follows a group of 20-somethings as they literally navigate their way through a wasteland caused by a massive pandemic.  Left for dead and barricaded behind highly secured walls, they must travel to the other side of the imprisoned city to find the infamous “Yellow Man,” who holds the secret to survival.

Intrigued?  Spend this Saturday or Sunday afternoon enriching yourself with yet another great opportunity to enjoy the arts in Iowa City.

Also, tune in to Little Village Live – Features Editor Paul Sorenson’s KRUI show –  next Wednesday 12/9/2009, 5-6 pm – for a live session by local heart throbs Shame Train.

Have a Great Weekend,

~ LV

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