Iowa City Weekender – October 17-19

I nearly forgot it was fall thanks to the weather we’ve been having lately. But, this week reminded me that winter’s on the way. So, take a last gasp of the cool fall air and do something outside.

Friday, October 17

Iowa City Barn Dance | Scattergood Friends School, West Branch | 8pm | $5

Alright, this isn’t my area of expertise. I’ve been to maybe two barn dances in my whole life, the last one in high school. I was awkward, but it was fun anyway. Now that I’m a grown-up, I ought to try again. Caller Tim Jenkins and musical guests the Porch Stompers will get you dancing squares and waltzes.

Family Groove Company | The Yacht Club | 9pm | $7

Badger fans are coming to town, and if I know Madisonians (Madisonites?) they’ll be heading for the nearest jam band. This Chicago four-piece fuses a bit of Beatles in with the usual jam band formula. If you’re a fan of the jam, you shouldn’t be disappointed.

Saturday, October 18

Iowa vs Wisconsin Football | Kinnick Stadium | $ depends on the price on the street

This is it for Iowa. Lose this game and the season is essentially over. For fans though, the weather report is sunny and 60. That’s reason enough to make this the last-best chance to bring your blanket to Kinnick for a game this season. Bonus, lots of Badger fans in town to heckle.

Man on Wire | Bijou Theatre | 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm | $5

Bijou shows blow through town so fast these days you better put a post-it on the fridge lest you miss the whole thing. When I was at the Sundance Film Festival this January, Man on Wire was generating a lot of buzz, despite already having a deal in place. The film follows frenchman Phililppe Petit’s stunning tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers in the early ’70’s.  Rotten Tomatoes has it listed as 100% fresh. Don’t miss this one.

Sunday, October 19

Apples and Pumpkins and whatnot | Wilson’s Orchard | 10am-dusk | $1.50 per pound

Another last chance to enjoy the fall. Wilson’s Orchard is a must-do fall activity. The apples may be ending their run, but hayrides, pumpkins, cider and fresh pies make the trip worth while too. Walk the rolling hills with your family or a date. Or go by yourself. It doesn’t matter, it’s good old fashioned fun.

Man Man | The Picador | 8pm

Little Village’s Craig Eley writes: “This six-piece band is fronted by a man named Sergei Sogay, and the band’s on a label (Anti-) with fellow shouters Tom Waits and Will Whitmore. The live show is said to be a sweaty, bizarre carnival.” Sounds like a show!

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