Iowa City Weekender – September 24-27

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So, we’re one month into the fall semester, and everyone should have their bearings by now.  If you are still paying cover at bars that offer neither a dj nor a band: Fail.  If you are starting tailgating at 6 am and surviving all the way to the fourth quarter: Pass.  If you haven’t managed to get the song “Livin’ on a Prayer” out of your head since 1986: A+.  Happy?  Now, let’s see who’s ready to go pro.



Manhattan Short Film Festival | 7:00 | Bijou | $5

12 Short Films by 12 Film Makers.  Various Directors, Various Languages… Can you read the subtitles silently, without moving your lips?  Let’s see it, pro!!


International Happy Hour (It’s 5:00 Somewhere) | 4-6 pm | Atlas | FREE

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) + the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) brings a new, alcohol-infused opportunity to network with world leaders.  Tuck in your shirt, bring a business card and rub shoulders with 12 women leaders representing 12 African nations.

Friday Night, after the greet-up…

Joe and Vicki Price | The Mill | 8 pm | $7

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“This is low-down, stompin’, moonshinin’, hollerin’, backcreek blues with mangrove grit and blind faith, the sort of simple but driving solo balls-out working class blues that grabs you by the seat of the pants and sets up a hominy hipshake.” –Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

Not sure what’s a hominy hipshake?  Show up Friday night and find out because, ready or not, Joe and Vicki will be there, taking it to the next level.



ECO-Iowa City Prescription drug drop-off, disposal event | Sycamore Mall | 9-Noon | FREE

Prescription drug abuse is so high school.  And prescription drugs abusing our landfills and waterways?  That was never cool!  ECO-Iowa City says drop that shizzo off at the mizzo, this Saturday 9 am-Noon.

According to their press release:

“Expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be collected at the event for safe disposal away from landfills and domestic sewers to better prevent contamination of natural waters.

“It’s important to keep pharmaceuticals out of our water supply,” said Jennifer Jordan, Iowa City’s Recycling Coordinator. “A collection and educational campaign about not flushing them down the toilet is a great start. ECO Iowa City is excited to partner with all these groups to meet this proper disposal need in the community.”

Thanks Iowa City!

SATURDAY, Continued

Iowa vs. Penn State | State College, Pennsylvania | 7 pm CST | Priceless

Now, the true test:  Night game.

Sure, maybe you’ve survived the day games that start at 11, but this weekend is the Hawks’ Big 10 opener against Penn State.  Beating Penn State: Easy.  Managing not to consume an entire keg of beer and an entire bottle of expired Oxy Contin and pass out by 2 pm?  I’m not sure some of you can hack it.  Prove me wrong this Saturday, and yeah, don’t do any of that.  Just enjoy the game and be happy.

Here’s an overview of last year’s game if you are like me and you need some background in order to fully appreciate the drama as it unfolds before your eyes, on many televisions, in a bar that you wish had no televisions.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. The prescription drug drop-off event was a huge success!
    Here’s more ECO Iowa City upcoming events.
    (visit for more info)

    Sustainability: Past, Present, and Future from a Corporate View
    Where: Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library
    When: Thursday, October 1, 4:30 PM to 5:20 PM

    Making Your Older Home More Energy Efficient
    Where: Room A, Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St.
    When: Thursday, October 1, 7:00 PM

    Growing Local Foods – Growing Healthy Communities
    Where: Room A, Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St.
    When: Thursday, October 8, 7:00 PM

    “Animal Vegetable Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver: Book discussion
    Where: Room A, Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St.
    When: Thursday, October 8, 8:00 PM

    Energy and Climate Change in the Midwest: Creating Opportunities in the New Economy
    Where: University of Iowa Athletic Club
    When: October 16-17

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