Iowa City Weekender: March 7-9

audreyHello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Enjoy!


Julia Pandl // Prairie Lights // 7:00 PM // Free

From Prairie Lights:

Julia Pandl will read from Memoir of the Sunday Brunch. For Julia Pandl, the rite of passage into young-adulthood included mandatory service at her family’s restaurant, where she watched as her father—the chef—ruled with the strictness of a drill sergeant.

At age twelve, Julie was initiated into the rite of the Sunday brunch, a weekly madhouse where she and her eight older siblings  did service in a situation of controlled chaos. In her wry memoir, Julia Pandl looks back on those formative years, a time not just of growing up but, ultimately, of becoming a source of strength and support as the world her father knew began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.

Part coming-of-age story a la The Tender Bar, part window into the mysteries of the restaurant business a la Kitchen Confidential, Julie Pandl provides tender wisdom about the bonds between fathers and daughters and about the simple pleasures that lie in the daily ritual of breaking bread.

“Pandl’s Restaurant in Milwaukee is a Midwest tradition: What makes Julia Pandl’s memoir shine is not only its charm and humor but also its insider’s look at how high standards and love equals extraordinary food.”  — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Julia Pandl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she still lives and works. Memoir of the Sunday Brunch is her first book. When she is not writing and otherwise working, she moonlights as a stand-up comic.


The Olympics w. Christopher the Conquered, No Coast, All Dogs Invited // Blue Moose // 8:00 PM // $5

Here’s a showcase of some of Iowa’s best rising rock acts. With an EP and a full length album under their belt, The Olympics are only getting hotter. They’ve built up quite a fan base and have opened for bands like Manchester Orchestra, Menomena, Free Energy, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Miniature Tigers, Generationals, Fol Chen, Jaill, Now Now and way more. If you don’t know Christopher the Conquered, it’s the brainchild of Chris Ford and features a band made up of some of the best music makers in Des Moines and Ames. No Coast is some killer Iowa City synth driven indie rock. All Dogs Invited is a brother/sister/friend trio who just released their  first full length album in August.


Movie and Music: Breakfast at Tiffany’s // Coralville Center for the Performing Arts // 7:00 PM // $8

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts will be screening the 1961 Audrey Hepburn classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Before the screening, Iowa City jazz band, Mutiny in the Parlor will perform a set of old time swing and parlor tunes from the 1910s-1940s. The music will start at 7:00 PM and the movie will begin at 8:00 PM.

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