Iowa City Weekender: November 5-8

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Greetings Weekenders!

Did you know that this fall The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) marks it’s 10th year of research, awareness raising and involvement with global human rights solidarity movements?  It’s true, and to celebrate, our friends at the UICHR have put together a film festival wrapping up tonight and tomorrow night, and a terrific series of speakers and other events going on through the next couple of weeks.  This week’s Weekender will feature the film’s showing this week, and please click this link to the UICHR website for the complete schedule of events.


Garbage Dreams | Philips Hall 100 | 7:00 | FREE

Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for “garbage people.” Far ahead of any modern “Green” initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

The 7:00 showing with be followed by a panel discussion featuring Sujatha Sosale (Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication), Liz Christiansen (UI Office of Sustainability) and Jennifer Jordan (Eco Iowa City).



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Pray the Devil Back to Hell |Shambaugh Auditorium | 7 pm | FREE

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who – armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions – came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the warlords, and brought peace to their shattered country.

The film reconstructs the moment through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia. It is compelling testimony to the potential of women worldwide to alter the history of nations.
This event will be followed by a discussion with Wayne Douglas Doe of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Diaspora Project National Advisory Committee



HACAP Benefit | Old Brick | 7:30 pm | $15

I’m sure those at the UICHR would be pleased to know that their anniversary serves as a reminder to us all that we ought to take advantage of opportunities to improve the lives of homeless and underserved people here in our home community.  This Saturday night, starting at 7:30, we will have such an opportunity, and along the way we can be treated to the live blues of Kevin BF Burt, the eclectic fusion of traditional and contemporary international Jewish and ethnic music of Kol-Shira,  and the gourmet desserts of Mike Bauer, from Chef Mickey’s.

The event is organized by the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, and tickets are $15 to benefit homeless children in our community.

Call Mary Larew at 337-2264, 338-1212 to reserve your tickets, or pick up tickets at HACAP (2007 Waterfront Drive, Iowa City, or 2441 10th Street, Coralville)


Talk Normal, Wet Hair, Cursillistas, Taterbug | Public Space 1 | 9:30 pm | $$?

Area men Shawn Reed and Ryan Garbes bring their 2-man trance-punk outfit “Wet Hair” to Public Space One.  Check out the local reviews section of the November Little Village for a review of their latest album, Glass Fountain, self-released on their label, Night People.  Reed and Garbes were recently noted for their hospitality to other very noisy (night) people by Impose Magazine, so if you live on North Dodge and you haven’t slept well for a while… Thank you for sacrificing for the good of your (noise) community!

Wet Hair is playing with the very very excellent Talk Normal, who is kidnapping them and taking them on tour for the next few weeks, so come see them while you can… and spend the rest of November catching up on your sleep.

Big thanks to Joe Pug for the in-studio last night on Little Village Live, Wednesdays 5-6 pm on KRUI.  Check soon for downloadable mp3  and video of this performance, as well as a live recording/video from Hallelujah the Hills.

Have a great weekend!


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