Iowa City Weekender – February 20-22

Every once in awhile we like to switch it up a bit on the Weekender—try a little something different. So for this edition, we’re scrapping the daily breakdown for a thematic breakdown. Enjoy! (or hate, as you please)


Whilliam Elliott WhitmoreWilliam Elliott Whitmore | The Picador, IC | Saturday, Feb 21, 9pm and Sunday, Feb 22, 6pm

By now, even the most casual observer of the Iowa City music scene has heard of Whitmore. Our own Craig Eley praises the “mad carnival barking and foot-stomping of Whitmore.s banjo-balladry. The alt-blues-country-folk soloist dropped a new album, Animals in the Dark, on Tuesday (review coming in the March LV). To celebrate, he’s got not one, but two shows at The Picador. The Saturday night show will surely be packed with friends and fans, and while those folks are still getting up the next day, Whitmore play’s with Hagan Myers’ Coyote Club Vaudeville Extravaganza. When I asked the Pic’s Chris Wiersema what we might expect he clued me in that Myers, the former Coyote Blood band leader, had a new kid friendly project, but that “knowing Hagan as well as I do, I know it will it be something adults will enjoy.” A family affair at the Picador, next thing you know the Tanks will be playing the Children’s Museum.

Buy the album locally, but go get some free Whitmore from Daytrotter now!
Readin’ (or more listenin’)

Thomas Dean reading | Herbert Hoover Library, West Branch | Saturday, Feb 21, 2pm

One of our favorite folks—LV columnist Thomas Dean—reads from his recently published book Under a Midland Sky at the Herbert Hoover presidential birthplace/library. Loyal UR Here readers know well that nobody knows better than Dean how where you are informs who you are…and how who we are defines where we live. His sometimes funny, nearly always poignant ruminations on life in Iowa will stick with you long after you’ve gotten in the car to head home.

Card Playin’

Euchre Tournament | American Legion Post 17, Iowa City | Saturday, Feb 21, 1pm

If you don’t have a clue what Euchre is, this shouldn’t be viewed as a learning opportunity, but if you’ve played and you miss the camaraderie/competition, the weekly Legion game is a must. Every Saturday when the weather is cold (and periodically through the warm weather) you can join 20 tables of Euchre fanatics for intense, speed Euchre and a chance to win some cash. I was a regular for a year until my partner moved back to Minnesota. Fresh faces are always welcome, the Bloody Marys are cheap and good and the company is anything but boring.


If you’ve gotten this far you’ve probably worked up an appetite. Good thing you’ve got two chances this week to eat for a cause. Drop by Thai Flavors on Monday, Feb 23 and part of your bill will go to UN relief work in Gaza. Or, head to IHOP (I know, am I really plugging IHOP?) on Tuesday, Feb 24 for a free short stack on National Pancake Day. Oh, and part of your bill goes to benefit the UI Children’s Hospital via Children’s Miracle Network. You gotta eat anyway right?

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