Iowa City Weekender – September 19-21

Either you’re helping me rebuild my house [wink, wink] or you’re looking for some good times on the weekend. Either way, there’s no home game, so you can praise/curse the lack of a tailgate and enrich yourself with a different kind of entertainment.

Friday, September 19 (Movie Night)

Final Season Movie at the Ballpark | Coralville Creekside Ballpark | 7:30pm | Free

The final show of the season is Final Season, how clever! Actually, Coralville gets creativity points here for shifting the screening to the Creekside Ballpark and offering free popcorn and an open concession stand. The film was shot and takes place in Norway, Iowa. The plot centers around the last season of high school baseball in Norway, winners of 19 state titles.

Riff Raff Theater: Die Hard | Englert Theatre, Iowa City | 8:00pm | $10

Riff Raff returns with an ode to the greatest Mavericky action hero ever: John McLane. In the style made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000, Riff Raff drops their own dialogue and snarky comments into an already famous blockbuster hit. To see a sample of their snaps, visit their website

Saturday, September 20 (Get outside)

Iowa Women’s Music Festival | Upper City Park, Iowa City | 11am-6pm | Free

Still going strong after 15 years, the festival features a solid lineup of female musicians from a round the country. Check out the Little Village’s festival write-up from Maggie Anderson. The diverse group includes blue-rocker Patrice Pike, world-beat arist Zoe Lewis and local guitarist Diva Kai among many others. According to festival organizer Lisa Schriehart “a lot of people say that this year’s lineup is probably the best we’ve ever had.”

Brew Fest | Old Chicago, Coralville | 11am-5pm | $5-20

Ok, so if you do find yourself missing the tailgating this weekend, never fear…somebody’s got some beer for you. John’s Grocery and Old Chicago team up to bring you another sudstravaganza to benefit the American Heart Association. Hundred’s of unique beers, some tasty food, beer-themed carnival games and evidence that Corallville’s strip is coming back to life post-flood.

Sunday, September 21

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Felice Brothers | The Mill, Iowa City | 8pm |$10

Cap off a long weekend with some sad tunes and a glass of whiskey. 2008 Bonnaroo Festival vets the Felice Brothers swing through Iowa City to lay down some mountain songs. All Music Guide says “Ian Felice sounds like Bob Dylan after a handful of singing lessons, his vocals weathered and weary but skilled enough to bring these Appalachian melodies to life.”

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