Iowa City Weekender – June 25-28

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival July 2-4
The IC Weekender is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 2-4, 2009

**** LATE ADDITION: Official Michael Jackson Tribute Dance Party at the Picador tonight (Thursday 6/25, no cover downstairs, dress like Mike (and Farrah) would like! *****

Iowa City has been very kind to LV this week~~  First, special thanks to the weather for all the awesome lightning storms!  Second, to The Red Avocado for selecting us as the beneficiary of their June fundraiser.

Last night, Wednesday 6/24, they served up their signature awesome local organic food to a full restaurant, and donated half of the profits to Little Village.  If you haven’t been down to the Avocado for a while, please do make a point to stop in– the food and service have never been better, and the patios are the best in town.

Finally, a big thanks to Public Property for the exclusive!  Last night, on our KRUI show “Little Village on the Air,” tracks off their not-yet-released album “Work to do” hit the airwaves for the first time.  Front man Dave Bess joined us in the studio and told us about the experience of recording at Anchor Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, with ‘Toots’ Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals (Best known for classic reggae songs “Pressure Drop,” and “54-46 That’s My Number”), and other special (read: world famous) guests.

We will be reviewing the album in an upcoming issue, so I won’t say too much more about it now, but with 8 confirmed tour dates this summer with Toots and the Maytals, and another couple of dates with The Wailers, Public Property is now, officially, on the map.  The album will be released next week, July 2nd, at a show with Toots and the Maytals at People’s Court in Des Moines.

Now, on to the weekend!


Roadsworth | The Bijou | 7 + 9:00 | $5

When Art meets Authority, bad boys, what you gonna do?

“This documentary follows a Canadian street artist Peter Gibson, aka Roadsworth, as his clever and charming graffiti is attacked by local law enforcement, resulting 85 charges of public mischief. With potential jail-time looming, Roadsworth comes to a crossroads: does he stand up for his art or disown it in a ploy for lesser punishment?” ~ Bijou


House of Large SizesHouse of Large Sizes w/ Petit Mal + Lipstick Homicide | The Mill | 9 pm | $10 advance, $12 day-of

“House of Large Sizes is by far the most successful, prolific, and well-known band in the history of the Cedar Valley. Began in September of 1986 by core members Dave Deibler and Barb Schilf, the band released 8 full length albums and a smattering of EPs and singles. They have toured the country extensively, most notably with ex-Pixies front man Frank Black.

They were signed to Columbia Records in 1994 and released their major label debut, My Ass-Kicking Life. Over the years they also released albums on Toxic Shock, What Are Records? and The Tyros Label.” ~ The Mill

Sir Richard Bishop & His Freak of Araby Ensemble w/ Oaxacan | Picador | 9 pm | $7

Experimental guitarist and former member of Sun City Girls, Bishop’s solo recordings and performances are largely improvised and draw on influences from Indian, North African and Gypsy styles, among others.  Picador Chris hyperventilates when he talks about Sir Richard Bishop, so pack your paper bags!


Meat Puppets w/ Sam Locke-Ward and the Quiet Men + Birth Rites | The Mill | 9 pm | $12 advance $10 day of

I have fond 90s memories of the Meat Puppets, but I’m sure that is very annoying to them.  I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys are made of.  Can they handle The Mill?  Can they share the stage with the likes of Sam Locke-Ward?  Beast Wars?  I guess we’ll see!  Either way, big props to The Mill for bringing them in.


Sunday, day of rest, sit yourself down in one of the following environments and be entertained:

Idea 1: Last night, at The Red Avocado benefit, co-owner Dave Burt revealed to me his secret love for Jet Li.  So, this Sunday, I’m thinking of heading to That’s Rentertainment (211 N. Linn), and having a Jet Li marathon at my place, which is a highly secured secret cave in a secret location, chock full of very advanced technology.  Technology you’ve never even heard of, for real.  You can have a marathon too.  There’s lots of marathons available at Rentertainment, but you’ll have to find your own awesome cave.

Idea 2: Sita Sings the Blues, at the Bijou.

I’m sorry for being so Bijou-centric, but is there anywhere else in town to see movies that aren’t for 9 year olds?

Actually, your 9 year-old will probably love Sita Sings the Blues–“An animated film that pits two vastly different break-ups (one being the goddess Sita’s estrangement from the god Rama, the other a falling out between present-day couple, Nina and Dave) against each other in highly stylized and jazzy fashion. SITA SINGS THE BLUES is almost universally loved by critics, being called ‘an almost indescribable pleasure’ by the BOSTON GLOBE.” ~Bijou

Idea 3: If you haven’t yet been to the Riverside Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival in Lower City Park, do it!  The current production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (this Sunday at 7) is really, really great.  They are also doing “Richard III,” please check their website for dates and times.

That’s all for this week!  Please have fun~ and remember The Weekender welcomes your recommendations!  Please send them to

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