Iowa City Weekender: January 28-February 1

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Greetings, Weekenders!

Thank you to all who tuned in last night for Little Village Live, our weekly radio show over at KRUI, and a huge thank you to special guest Ben Schmidt for the wonderful live in-studio performance.  Accompanied by the terrific Larry Mossman on mandolin, we were treated to a few unrecorded songs as well as a sneak preview at some tunes off Ben’s new album, Silt, (to be released next weekend at CSPS).  If you missed the show, fear not, a recording will be made available on YouTube and at LittleVillageMag.Com very soon.

Little Village Live is on KRUI 89.7 in Iowa City every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm.  If you would like your band to be featured on the show, please contact features editor Paul Sorenson –

Ooh, real quick, more self-promotion!  Guess what ya’ll – February’s edition of Little Village is making the rounds today and tomorrow, so it will be available this weekend at more than 200 locations in the Iowa City area!  Weeee!

Now, onward we march into the weekend!  Be brave!  Breathe deep!  Bundle up!



Conscious Birth Summit 2010 | IC Public Library | 3-9 pm | FREE

Are you thinking about procreating?  Sounds like fun…  but do us all a favor and don’t forget the thinking part!!  Join others for a thoughtful thought-shaping day, full of educational workshops, two great films, a panel discussion:

3:00 PM MEET THE DOULAS & CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS- hosted by Bamboo Birth Services
4:30 PM BIRTH PLAN WORKSHOP- hosted by Bamboo Birth Services
5:30 PM “THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN”- Film viewing
6:00 PM POSTPARTUM CARE CHOICES- hosted by Dr. Ron Robinson, D.C.
7:00 PM Q&A WITH THE MIDWIVES AND OB’S -hosted by Kristin Bergman, LMT
7:30 PM ACCESS TO MIDWIFERY CARE IN IOWA- hosted by Friends of Iowa Midwives
8:00 PM “BIRTH AS WE KNOW IT”- Film viewing


Silent Auction Closing Reception | Public Space One | 6:30-8:30 | FREE (buy some art, yo!)

More than 80 works donated by local, national and international artists are currently on display at Public Space One (129 E Washington).  Your winning bid will not only support the coolness factor of your home or office, but also help sustain Public Space One’s many contributions to the local art community – the latest of which being a series of workshops, gatherings and classes that they are calling “Free Art School.”  As someone who’s not-so-free art schooling is currently in repayment, that sounds pretty good, even if a few years late.  Sigh.

PS One is “liquidating its holdings” offering $5 artwork grab bags, and these proceeds will go toward relief efforts in Haiti.  Congratulations PS One – You are the over-achievers of the week!

The gallery walls:

And the grab bags

For your live music dessert, this Friday we have:

Sam Locke Ward at the Java House for free at 8 pm

New Duncan Imperials a bit later at the Mill.

And Jeffrey Lewis kicks off a pretty cool spring semester of Grinnell shows if you are up for a drive.


8 bands | Blue Moose Tap House | 5 pm – ? | All ages early for $8, later shows $5

I’m pretty sure you’ll find everything: Jazz, Funk, Power Pop, Punk, and the hardest working sound guy in Iowa City (Whoever he is, poor soul.  I have no idea), but 8 bands is officially where I draw the line on show descriptions.  Go to the Blue Moose’s website for more info

Also, at the Mill, catch Adobanga, the lovely and talented Sarah Cram (performing with her band The Derelicts), and fellow C.R.-sters All Rattle and Dust.


La Finta Giardiniera | Englert |2 pm | $5-20

What’s the matter, you don’t think Iowa City’s cool enough to have opera?  You don’t have a black tuxedo?  You don’t ‘get’ opera?  Well, do you ‘get’ amazing acoustics in your apartment?  Can you sing in different languages and hit actual notes?  Perfectly?  As if you were trained to do that for your whole life?  Do you even like life?

Mozart was barely nineteen when he wrote La Finta Giardiniera (The Disguised Garden Maid), a comic/dramatic opera teeming with Mozart’s early musical genius. Many of the characters assume disguises and new identities in this fascinating tale filled with murder, revenge, intrigue, jealously and love. The plot and music mingle conventional comic elements and characters with real emotions and serious undertones.


Mountains w/ Tape, Marlo Eggplant | Picador | 9 pm | $?

Brooklyn-based duo Mountains specialize in minimalist, slowly developing compositions a la Brian Eno, or the local duo Lwa.  Far from easy, theirs is a genre best described as ‘active listening.’  Opening the show will be the slighly more energetic Tape, and Marlo Eggplant.

Click here to read Michael Roeder’s extended write up over at Time to Play b-sides.

Have a Great Weekend!


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