Iowa City Weekender – September 17-20

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Good Weekend to you, fair Weekenders!

I hope you are enjoying harvest time as much as I am.

Indeed, I say Yes to September and the 75 degreeness of her days, the Field to Family festivities, the freshness of the local produce, the mystifying cook-fu of local chefs.  Take James Adrian, from Atlas and Jimmy Jack’s.  Last night he did up an entire pig, hand delivered by its daddy Steve Rodgers, of Highland Vista Farms in Wellman, Iowa.  Steve stayed for dinner and told us all about the farm he and his family have had down in Wellman for around 150 years.  Thanks for the stories, Steve!

Speaking of Food, allow me to remind you that Thursday night at 7:00 is your last chance to see Food, Inc, at the Bijou.

Regarding last night’s event, thanks also go to Teresa Albert, Millstream Brewing Co., for bringing some Oktoberfest!  And to Death of a Pig blogger Nick Bergus, for sharing his experience meeting a pig and killing it.

Now, after you see Food, Inc, here’s the rest of your weekend:


Grand Opening/Cancer Benefit | Orchard Green (521 S Gilbert) | $30

Woo-Hoo ~~ New restaurant!  Orchard Green is having a benefit party with drinks and appetizers, all you can eat/drink for $30 per person.  If you can’t go tonight, maybe give them a try on Saturday  — Dustin Busch, arguably the best guitarrist in the midwest, will be there playing some gee-tar for ya (no cover).


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Tony Furtado | 8 pm | CSPS (1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids) | $15 advance, $18 day of

CSPS still has some good stuff in store for us this September.  This Friday night Tony Furtado plays, and then the Landfall Music Festival will run Sept 20-27, offering free music in Greene Square Park, with musicians coming in from distant shores, far and wide.  I hear CSPS is where all the NY people go that are in CR instead of IC.  Ha!


Iowa City Zombie March | Happy Hollow Park | 4:30 pm | Donations taken for charity

As we have discussed, September has truly been a dream.  But this Saturday it’s about to turn into a horrible brain eating nightmare!  That’s right, this Saturday is the 4th Annual Iowa City Zombie March!  Starting at Happy Hollow park at 4:30 pm (show up at 3:30 for make-up help), and ending at the Deadwood Tavern around 10:30 pm (or when all the brains have been eaten, whichever comes first).  Saturday also happens to be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so eat brains and talk like a pirate, or just walk the zombie plank… either way you’re undead, dude!

For costume ideas, check here

Also, Saturday…

If you aren’t totally undead, finish your night by treating yourself to a real drink at The Sanctuary, home of the undisputed best beer selection in town.

Steve Grismore Quartet | The Sanctuary Restaurant and Pub | 9 pm | $5

Last week we celebrated the return of live jazz to everyday life in IC with the first installment of The Mill’s Friday night “Jazz After 5” series.  This week we are happy to report that The Sanctuary, Iowa City’s one true jazz club, is also bringing back the tunes.  The Sanctuary has  9 dates booked between now and mid October, so check the calendar on their website. This week, The Steve Grismore Quartet will be playing at around 9 pm.

Oh, also, I’m pretty sure it’s a home game.

Have a great Weekend!


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