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Iowa City Weekender: May 8-10


The University’s leg of this town might be twitching and tired from too much adderal and final projects, but stepping outside their bounds, Iowa City still doesn’t sleep (until after 2 a.m., at least. Gotta rest sometime). Here’s what we recommend:

Friday, May 8th:

Birth Rites• Iowa City’s own Birth Rites debuts its debut album at the Picador Friday, sure to bring the pain with guests Nomenon, DADKIDS, and Capes of Lead. Album releases are like cutting down trees — the more people around to see it fall, the more badass the destruction.

Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th

• Tired of the same exhausting re-hash of Death of a Salesman? The UI’s New Play Festival continues this weekend with Friday’s The Decline of the Front Porch and Saturday’s Truth and Truth. Both plays run at both 5:30pm and 9pm on their respective nights and feature all original work. Willy Loman, please take the night off to regroup.

Saturday, May 9th

• Too often we’re forced to choose between getting tipsy while listening to local musicians and being all good-hearted to help non-profits. But no more! The Mill’s event features the likes of Scheush, the Brown Note, and Beast Wars with profits going to Systems Unlimited — which runs group homes for people with disabilities. It even promises a special guest, which may or may not be a world famous magician (though signs point to no).

Sunday, May 10th

• It’s Mother’s Day, and thus some family bonding is required by Federal Law. If you wish to bring some music into the fold, check out Trout Fishing in America — a family act brought to us by Hancher and housed in the Children’s Museum in Coralridge Mall. The 2 p.m. event even includes a picnic lunch!


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