Iowa City Weekender: July 22-25

I know, this is so last weekend, but high-fives to the Iowa City Book Festival, Camp Euforia and Pitchfork. You could say that these three don’t really compete (I personally wanted to be at all three of them), and I know Pitchfork isn’t in Iowa City, but they were all major draws for eastern Iowans last weekend. For a town our size it’s kinda nice when three big events can go on at the same time, each draw a huge crowd, and overall go so well.

As for the coming weekend, here’s what sounds good to me:


Slew Grass | George’s | 9 pm | FREE

Are you a person who loves George’s, the little bar on Market St, with the best little burgers around? Then you don’t need me to tell you that this is going to be a blast.

TONIGHT: Give the internet jukebox a break and keep it simple with virtuoso IC string band Slew Grass. Sorry to the teenagers, but you heard the man – 21 only.

(Besides, you don’t want to party that hard with your mom. It’d be weird.)

Oh, hey, from the vaults! Here’s a video of Slew Grass banjo player Jon Eric on Little Village Live.


The Body is a Canvas: Photos and drawings by Dawn Frary and Alexander Iaccarino | The Java House downtown | 5 pm-8 pm

You may recognize some of these images from Dawn’s photo essay, “The Body is a Canvas”, which appeared in our April issue. Come see her work full size as she is joined this Friday by Alexander Iaccarino (aka That Kid Who Draws), and a host of musicians, this Friday at the Java House.

Here’s the schedule for the day:
Art by Dawn and Alex – open to close
5pm – coffee tasting followed by live music
6pm – live music by Skye and the Silver Lining
7pm – live music by Jon Eric
8pm – live music by Chris Miller

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Dance the entire weekend away at the Blue Moose | Blue Moose Tap House | Thursday – Friday – Saturday night at 9

Three nights of Iowa City all-star booty shakers.

Thursday: The Bean, DJ Tiger Fighter (FREE)
Friday: DJ Kilo, The Lady Espina, Joe Baumann, DJ Wolf Blitzer ($2)
Saturday: School of Flyentology (FREE)


Yoga and Massage Therapy Open House | Downward Dog Yoga and Fitness (120 2nd Street, Coralville) | 8 am – 2 pm | FREE

Do you like the idea of doing yoga but you’re not sure what kind would agree with you and your, I don’t know… chi? Or perhaps you are a master yogi and you want to spend 6 hours stretching and sweating and breathing and oxygenating and getting totally high on balance, well, this day is for you too.

Get to know Downward Dog this Saturday by trying out a sampling of their classes:

8:00 am Pilates
9:10 am Yoga Sculpt
10:00 am Vinyasa Yoga
11-2 Taco Bar
Noon Yoga Demo
1:00 pm Slackline Yoga Demo


Blueberries are in! | Bock’s Berry Farm | Opens at 8 am | $3/lb

Have a classic Iowa summer day: Head out to Bock’s Berry Farm (Mapquest 5888 Sand Road, Lone Tree , IA 52240) for pick-your-own blueberries. $3/lb may barely be cheaper than the co-op, but hey, they do the weeding and you get to have a token agricultural experience before heading back into the office on Monday. That’s worth something!

In all seriousness, and this is a very serious matter, I had some pie made with blueberries from Bock’s last weekend, and my heart still gets faint when I think about it. Maybe it’s just in your head but there’s something about eating something that you know just got picked that day. By someone you know! Maybe I should be embarrassed that my inner city-kid is showing again, but golly I love Iowa!

Have a great weekend!