Iowa City Weekender: October 14-17

Greetings Weekenders,

Can I get a Chi-Chi-Chi?
Can I get a Le-Le-Le?
How about a VIVA CHILE!

Sorry, this might be yesterday’s news but the images and sounds of celebration are really getting to me this morning, tugging on the ol’ heart strings, making my eyes leaky, you know how it is sometimes. Okay, deep breath, we’ve got a weekend to talk about!

THURSDAY – Two all-ages parties that you don’t want to miss!

Hookahs, tea and jams with DJ Suparusty | Red Poppy | 6 p.m.-12 a.m. | $10 – ALL AGES er, maybe you have to be 18 to smoke in the US of A

Hang out in one of Iowa City’s chillest and most soothing spaces, sip some tea, partake in a bit of hookah if you’re feelin’ it, and in any case relax your neck and knee muscles and let them jive on their own time to the throwback, soulful, funkified sounds of DJ Suparusty. $10 gets you all you can smoke hookahs and all you can dance funk jams. Be there. And then…

AIDS Wolf with D. Rider, Bad Drugs, These Needles and SSP | White Lightning Wherehouse | 9 p.m. | $7 – ALL AGES

Those of you that have been enjoying the rock and roll music in Iowa City for more than a couple of years might be interested to know that White Lightning just acquired the old Gabe’s sound system. It’s going to be louder than loud tonight at the Wherehouse, so bring your earplugs.

White Lightning doesn’t sell booze of any kind but you can bring your own. If you don’t know where it is, just aks somebody. Short answer: It’s back behind PATV, near Lafayette and S. Dubuque.

Raw jams for life.


M.U.S.E. -icians United to Save the Englert | Englert Theatre | 6 p.m. doors/7 p.m. show | $10

Get it? Musicians? I’m awesome.
So get this on Friday you can see short sets by what I’m going to go ahead and call a criterion collection of eastern Iowa folk, um…well… Superstars. All for $10, with all proceeds going to keep the Englert Theatre off the streets. Because wouldn’t that be awkward? The Englert administrators out in front of a diamond store asking for spare change? Let’s keep them up in the office and out of our sight so we can buy diamonds without feeling guilty. Even Greg Brown is going to be there this Friday so you know it’s serious!

Here’s the back story.

10 years ago local and regional musicians banded together to record a classic album on Trailer Records. The proceeds from the sale of this album were used to help fund the Englert Theatre’s capital campaign. Ten years later and the Englert Theatre (which re-opened in 2004) has become a benchmark in downtown Iowa City’s cultural landscape. Now some of the original musicians and some new voices are coming together again to benefit the Englert and help the institution grow into the next decade. The concept is simple: 10 bands, 10 bucks, 1 great night of music!

PERFORMERS (in order of appearance):
The Gilded Bats
The Mayflies
BF Burt
Dave Moore
Brooks Strause & the Gory Details
Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear
Alexis Stevens
Greg Brown
Shame Train

There will also be a raffle for “Golden Tickets” – Winners plus one guest get free admission to all Englert Series events for a full year!

“Weekender,” you ask, “what other opportunities to support the Englert will be available this Friday?”

Great question. There will be a silent auction in the second floor gallery featuring:

  • Handmade jewelry
  • Wine tasting at Devotay
  • Pilates for one year
  • Homemade pies
  • Jewelry making class
  • Gift certificate to Xquisite Limo
  • …and more!

Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy w. Amanda Miller and the Super Secrets | Gabe’s | 9:30 p.m. | $5, 21+

The first time I saw Jake Dilley he was in 5th grade playing lead guitar in his older brother’s band at a Des Moines Buccaneers hockey game. 15 years, several bands and many albums later, Jake has a new record out this month, Texatonka. Hear it online for free here, all you have to do is join the mailing list. Congrats Jake!


Works in Progress | All day | Downtown Iowa City | FREE

Works in Progress is a festival featuring unfinished works in all media in order to foster interdisciplinary, “discerning, yet sympathetic” critical commentary on the work we do, what it means, where it could go and how it could be improved. As AC Hawley observes in his article in the October issue of Little Village, this festival capitalizes on Iowa City’s density of art enthusiasts and high level performers and scholars, as well as the town’s unique way of drawing out a–perhaps “midwestern?”–willingness to listen, share and collaborate.

Works in Progress starts Thursday night and ends Saturday night with events at several locations in downtown Iowa City. Please visit their site for a full schedule of events.

Have a great weekend!


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