Iowa City Weekender – March 4-8

Its supposed to be a great weekend to get outside. It’s also a great weekend for some local art happenings. Art and weather collide on Friday, but there’s plenty else going on too, here’s something for every day, now through Sunday.

Wednesday, March 4

Po’ Girl | The Mill, IC | 8pm | $10

Our own Kent Williams calls the Canadian fem-duo “acoustic folkies in the broadest sense, [but] what intrigues about their sound is that they’re much odder and more interesting than that,” and finds jazz, French chanson, and Nova Scotian folk mixed together in an “organic whole.”

Thursday, March 5

The Oasis Fix Grand Opening | UI School of Art, (the old Menard’s) IC | 4-6pm | Free-ish

The official grand opening of the Oasis Fix coffee shop and eatery over at the new School of Art and Art History’s Studio Arts Building. Half-price pastries, free samples and 50 cent coffee. While you’re there you’ll find Art Gallery West…currently showing Celebrity Culture, a mixed media installation by U of I grad student Alison Filley.

Friday, March 6

Lasansky GalleryGallery Walk Downtown | 18 locations, downtown IC | 5-8pm | Free

During a recent trip downtown I saw some of the new work being hung. Lots of good stuff from lots of talented artists. There are too many artists and locations to mention here, but one notable addition is the new Lasansky Gallery on Clinton St. Also, we mistakenly reported that “Close Caption” was to open last Friday at PS1, a new exhibit, Escape Walk opens Friday the Gallery Walk. The tour is self-guided, and no-hassle. Plus, 40-50 degree weather is forecast that night.

Saturday, March 7

Iowa City Spells | Public Library, Downtown IC | 2pm | Free

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Come cheer on team Little Village as we compete with other adult spellers in the annual event. We’ve got a little on the line here, being in the word business ourselves, but I can assure you live spelling is a much different sport than editing.

Nachte Raho Indian Dance Competition | IMU, IC | 5pm | $15

The seventh annual dance off features members of the UI Indian Student Alliance performing three popular forms of sub-continent dance: Dandia-Raas, Bhangra, and Bollywood Fusion. The 5 o’clock start include a fully catered Indian dinner from 5-6:30 and the show, which begins at 7.

Sunday, March 8

Walking the Wire | Riverside Theatre, IC | 2pm | $12-24

The last show (opening night is the 5th) in Riverside’s 10th annual monologue extravaganza. This year, the one dozen monologues all revolve around food. Bonus, in addition to the talented local thespians, many of the works are written by Iowans…you just may be surprised to see a friend’s work on stage.