Iowa City Weekender: November 12 – 15

This Weekender is sponsored by New Pioneer Food Co-op



Joe Uker, Lauren Bevineau, and Keith Lynch of Unknown Component | Uptown Bill’s (401 S Gilbert) | 7-10 pm | $5 to benefit Uptown Bill’s

What’s the coolest coffee shop in Iowa City?  Hmmm…. Tobacco Bowl plays the best music, Java House does the neat drippy drip your own cup right in front of ya, Fair Grounds is coffee with a conscience… What about Uptown Bill’s?  There’s nowhere on earth like this place.  A “small mall” with a bookshop (once they sold me 3 books for $1), a tea room, an open door policy and an all around groovy place to hang out, Uptown Bill’s provides employment opportunities to people with disabilities and an unpretentious live music venue with equal opportunities for Iowa City’s established musicians and it’s up-and-comers.  Is that cool?  You bet it is.  You’d have to look far and wide to find a cooler place than Uptown Bill’s.  If you’ve never been, do yourself (and your community) a favor – stop by tonight, give ’em 5 bucks, and enjoy some live music and dessert at the coolest coffee shop in town.

Trailer for “A Friend Indeed – The “Wild” Bill Sackter Story”

Apologies to Stuff Etc for posting a bad link with their ad last week – Don’t forget the Holiday Runway event is also going on tonight!



Transcending the Wall: An Exhibition of Trans-Identified Artists | 6:30-9:00 | UI LGBT Resource Center (125 Grand Avenue Court) | FREE

This exhibition marks the first time trans-identified artists have had the opportunity to showcase their work in the same space in Iowa City.  Photography, sculpture and other mixed-media work will be on display at The UI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC), starting with Friday night’s opening reception.

In a statement, organizers say the show captures the idea that trans-identified artists have multiple walls to transcend – from academic ivory towers to interpersonal and structural barriers.  All of the artists in this exhibition self-identify as transgendered, and are proud to present Iowa Citians and the UI Community with an opportunity to explore trans identities through their artistic endeavors.  Plenty of parking behind the building, plenty of refreshments, fun and conversation, so no reason not to stop by for your regular paradigm check up.

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Reefer Madness: The Musical | 8 pm | E.C. Mabie Theatre, in the UI Theatre Building |$17 adults/$12 seniors/$10 youth/$5 students with ID

“A violent narcotic, an unspeakable scourge…the real Public Enemy #1!”

Directed by third-year MFA directing student Brandon Bruce — and from the writers of “Weird Science,” “The Simpsons,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “Desperate Housewives,” with music by Dan Studney and lyrics by Kevin Murphy — this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.

For tickets, call 319-335-1160; toll-free 1-800-HANCHER; on-line


Thanks again to New Pi for their sponsorship this week – their annual sample fair is this Sunday, and big props to them for putting a focus on local vendors.  Head out to the Coralville store (1101 2nd Street) 11 am – 3 pm this Sunday and get a taste of everything good and local!

Have a Great Weekend,


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