Iowa City Weekender: September 9-12

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Dance Party + Hookah smoke | The Red Poppy | 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | $10, all ages

A rare chance to see one of Iowa City’s most eclectic DJs, Rusty Oyloe, dig deep into the collection and spin some records just for you. $10 gets you in the door for all the hookah you can smoke, and so many slick jams you know you won’t be able to stand still. Start this evening off in one of the chillest spots in town, the Red Poppy (345 E. College St., Downtown Iowa City)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone | Public Space One | 7:00 p.m. | $6, All Ages

Owen Ashworth has played some extremely memorable sets at Public Space One. After many years crafting signature big/muted beats with which to sew together tales of life, love and coming of age, he’s now ready to move on to other projects. Step away from the hookah, walk down the block to IC’s most intimate venue and take in at least a few final moments of Casiotone.

The Hood Internet w. The Only Children | Blue Moose Tap House | 10:00 p.m. | $10 (21+)

As if this wasn’t all too much already, The Hood Internet is going to break knees at the Blue Moose tonight. Make this your last stop and leave your whole work week out on the dance floor.


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Panel Presentation with IWP writers | Iowa City Public Library | Noon – 1:30 p.m. | FREE

Every year dozens of the world’s top writers flock to Iowa City to hone their craft at what is perhaps the most highly regarded writing program in the cosmos. Friday, take in a panel discussion, in which the following writers from diverse places will reflect on how a “sense of place” affects their work: Ian Rosales Casocot (Philippines), Laura Fish (England), Albana Shala (Netherlands), Ismail Bala (Nigeria)

Readings | Shambaugh House | 5-6 p.m. | FREE

Live, at the very center of the literary universe, Shambaugh House (Clinton & Fairchild, Iowa City), a reading by two visitors of the IWP: Alan Cherchesov (Russia) and Albana Shala (Netherlands)

Heatbox + Uniphonics (CD release) & the Workshy | Yacht Club | 9:00 p.m. | $10

Iowa City funk/hip-hop collective Uniphonics celebrate the release of their first LP, and they’re bringing Heatbox down from the twin cities to make it an even bigger show. Ames’ the Workshy start the night off at 9:00, and you better get there early because it will probably be packed down there in the basement bar on Linn Street.


Royal Rumble | Kinnick Stadium | 2:36 pm | Priceless

If you don’t have tickets to this game, do not fear. The drinking will begin… now, and by 2:30 in the afternoon 80% of the student section will be too drunk to go to the game. Just walk the alleys and parking lots around Kinnick, you will find tickets laying around there in the sea of plastic cups, vomit, etc. Not sure a 2:30 kick-off is the right thing for public health, but I’m sure 2:36 is just perfect for ABC and the Big Ten Network. Thanks y’all!


Carnival Hearts and Arts Parade | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Happy Hollow Park | FREE (all ages)

A magical day of art, music, readings and, perhaps, kickball. An all-star cast of Iowa City performers (as well as some first-rate in-from-outta-towners) will be there all day to help you enjoy your Sunday. There will be some rain early in the weekend but this Sunday calls for a high of 78 and nothing but sunshine!

Check out the lineup:


Olivia Rose Muzzy
Ellis Bell
Sam Knutson
Phil Ochs of Star City
Coyote Slingshot
Samuel Locke Ward and the Screaming Babies
Hot Club


Nick Twemlow
Mary Hickman
Melissa Ginsburg
Brett Brinkmeyer
Yale Cohn


Rusy La Rue
Luxe Debris
No Tengo Miedo
Nateasa McGuire & Sarah Klahs
Adrianne Behning
Paul Cork
Christopher Merkle-Carrasco
Dewey Street Photo Company
Alex Iaccarino
7ly Design
Mandy Thiesse & Paige Harwell
Phil Rabalais & Hilary Nelson
Cicada Grove
Lens in Hand
Alex Moen
Skimpily Clawd
Amber Ruden
Chad Petersen
Phil Ochs
Nkls Brd
Jason Yayablahblah
Rachel Glasgow

Northside Sundays: Artists in Action, Live | Riverside Theater (213 N Gilbert) | 8:00 p.m. | $5

Finish off your beautiful weekend with a night of storytelling & jazz. Featured raconteurs include Sean Christopher Lewis, Megan Gogerty, John Kaufmann, Janet Schlapkohl, and Kristy Hartsgrove.

Music from:
Cassius M Gabriel III on Drums
Robert Monroe on keys
Karl McComas Reichl on Bass

The event will be hosted by Little Village’s spoken word artist in residence, Idris Goodwin.

This event may sell out, so consier reserving yourself a couple of tickets by emailing:
Beer and wine will be available for purchase so bring yo’ ID.

Have a great weekend!


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