Iowa City Weekender: March 28-30

Sure to be a hefty sensory load, Palissimo “treats each aspect of the production—dance, movement, sound, light, set and video design—as equal.”

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Iowa City Weekender. We’ve highlighted three must-see events spanning three days, giving you just a taste of the happenings around Iowa City this weekend. Enjoy!


Candy Hearts w. Pentimento, Allison Weiss, Lipstick Homicide, Survival Soundtrack | Gabe’s | 6:00 p.m. | $10

Americans have a lot of ’90s nostalgia, and why shouldn’t we? Nickelodeon was in its prime, Clinton was shredding the sax and alt-rock was awesome.

Many bands try chasing after that sound and fall flat, but Candy Hearts is one that has prevailed. They’re pretty on point with everything; the lyrical content, song structure, vocal harmonies and even lead singer, Mariel Loveland’s subtle vocal inflections invoke that 90s feel.

The songs are honest, well crafted and unpretentious. I could make comparisons to many bands, but just give the brutally catchy song below a listen and you’ll immediately understand what they’re all about (in a good way). On the road with Candy Hearts is Buffalo, NY band, Pentimento and songwriter, Allison Weiss, each of which bring their own brand of punk influenced alt-rock.

And of course, there is no better opener for this show than Iowa City’s own Lipstick Homicide. Lipstick Homicide and Candy Hearts should probably get married tour the world together until the world ends.


Palissimo | CSPS Hall (Cedar Rapids) | 8:00 p.m. | $15 Adv., $18 Day Of

Legion Arts is bringing in an emotionally heavy multimedia performance by innovative New York dance company, Palissimo.

Sure to be a hefty sensory load, Palissimo “treats each aspect of the production—dance, movement, sound, light, set and video design—as equal.” The crew will be performing Strange Cargo, the third installment of artistic director, Pavel Zuštiak’s The Painted Bird Trilogy.

The project touches on themes of identity, otherness, displacement and transformation and has received high critical praise from the New York Times and Dance Magazine. The performance is scored live by Christian Frederickson, a former member of acclaimed chamber rock group, Rachel’s.


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American Winter | Englert | 2:00 p.m. | Free

American Winter is a documentary that sets its magnifying glass upon American families struggling to get by in the wake of one of the country’s worst financial crises.

The film follows eight families in Portland over the course of a winter, and demonstrates the vanishing sense of security among the American middle class. American Winter was directed by produced and directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (HBO’s “Taxicab Confessions,” “The Defenders”) and is currently airing on HBO.

There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening which will include co-producer and Iowa native, Devon Terrill, Iowa legislators and other leaders in social services.

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