Iowa City Weekender – October 24-26

The weekend schedules are filling up again. In no small part because a number of CR based arts orgs are back from the flood. Likewise, Parkview Terrace, where I’ve owned an unoccupied house for six months is filling up again. My house is almost done and I’m getting ready to move this weekend. IT feels fantastic all around to return, but it also means the beginning of more leisure time (or so I hope) to take advantage of all the good stuff going on.

Friday, October 24

Dirty Politics and Tales of Other Feedoms | Liars Theater and SPT Theatre | Cedar Rapids Museum of Art | 7:30pm | $30

Sarah Vowell is sold out, which means you’ll have to get your political satire somewhere else. SPT and Liars are teaming up for another joint show (after the successful Moving Home in July. This go round, just in time for election season, the subject is American politics. The two groups will perform two shows at 7:30 Friday and Saturday roasting our freedoms in a sketch comedy format. A welcome return.

Ed note: Sarah Vowell is NOT sold out (sez the Englert). Tickets are available by buying her new book at Prairie Lights or (if luck has it) at the door.

Rocky Horror Picture Show | The Bijou Theatre | 9pm | $8

The midnight cult classic is here at the Bijou all weekend. You can go to the early shows for a decent good time, but let’s be honest, this isn’t about good cinema, it’s about interactivity. Go to the 9pm shows on Friday and Saturday or the 6pm on Sunday where your ticket includes a RHPS kit to help you get in on the action. Buy early as sell-outs are anticipated.

Halloween activity

Creepy Campus Crawl | UI Campus | 6:30-8:30pm | Free

Solve a mystery with “Clue at the Capitol” in the Old Capitol Museum, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” with the Department of Geoscience and visit the “Haunted Laboratory” at the Museum of Natural History. Wear your costume!

Saturday, October 25

Make a Difference Day | Hubbard Park, Iowa City | 1pm | Free

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Ok folks, seriously, this river was in need of cleanup before the flood. Get out there and, well, make difference during Iowa City’s chosen activity for this national event.

Coffee and Hope | Riverside Theatre | 7:30pm | $12-24

Local theatre icon Ron Clark brings us an inspiration tale of battling cancer, and the men who act as cancer caregivers. From window-smashing fits of rage to somber reflection, the play weaves together five common stories on the theme. Read more from our friends at the Iowa City Theatre blog.

Robert ‘one-man’ Johnson | The Sanctuary | 10pm

As usual, lots of music to choose from on Saturday, Roommate returns to Public Space One. Wax Cannon and Bad Accident bring punk to the Pic, Bumpus at the Yacht Club and some Celtic tunes at the Mill. If I have to pick, I’ll settle down for some blues (maybe it’s the weather). Robert Johnson is a one-man blues machine, spending the last 4 decades touring and opening for everyone from Muddy Waters to Hall and Oates.

Halloween special

Scream Acres Corn Maze | Bloomsbury Farms, Atkins, IA | 7-11pm | $12

Iowa + Halloween = Corn Maze. It’s a Midwest tradition.

Sunday, October 26

Student Gallery Opening | 21 N Dodge St, 2nd Floor, Iowa City | 12:30-2pm

Three UI painters, Casey Reyner, Kwon Jae Na, and Robert Braune show their stuff for four straight weekends at this impromptu gallery space hosted by Elias Simpson. A silent auction will take place with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the UI Theatre Department. Food and drinks opening day. RSVP to

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