Iowa City Weekender: July 17 – 20

Hey-ya, it’s the weekend! The mid-point of summer has hit and there’s only one way for the amount of sunlight to go from here: down. Fight the humidity and take advantage of every minute.

Thursday, July 17

Moving Home
2160 Linden Drive SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Phone: 319/362-7375
Thursday – Saturday, July 17 – 19
Gates open at 7:00 p.m.
Performances begin at 8:00 p.m.

Starting 37 minutes before sunset, Moving Home uses the music of Dan Bern and Gerard Estella and the flood myths of various cultures around the world to take the audience through Eastern Iowans’ personal experiences of the Flood of 2008. This is the open-air theater experience missed by faithful Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival goers since the Riverside Festival Stage went out of commission. Brucemore, a historic mansion turned museum and cultural space, is putting the show on in conjunction with Legion Arts, SPT Theatre, Liars Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids and Urban Theatre Project of Iowa.

Oh, and, every cent of the proceeds goes to the flood relief fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. You might not want to schlep away the remaining sandbags, but hey, taking in this show would help, too.

Ticket information from the Brucemore website: Advance tickets are $15/adult and $13/Brucemore members and students with high school or college ID. Advance tickets must be purchased by 5:00 p.m. the day of the performance. All tickets at the gate are $18. Event may be canceled due to weather. Tickets are non-refundable.

Friday, July 18

Fuddy Meers
West High Auditorium
2901 Melrose Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa
8:00 p.m.

Thirty-six minutes till sundown and the curtain rises. Promises: (subjectively) funny; air conditioning. Need more reasons to go? Check out the website.

Saturday, July 19

This guy’s house
406 Grant Street
Iowa City, Iowa
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Yard tour, plus refreshments. BYO Bug Spray. This tour is one for the wannabe-lazzies. In other words, plant them prairie flowers now so you don’t have a lawn to mow later! The local group Food Not Lawns has been gaining some press attention lately, perhaps thanks to $4 per gallon gas and commercially grown produce costs, and the group behind this event, Backyard Abundance, has similar eco-sustainability ideas that are about more than saving pennies. Prep for the event by looking into Ideas for Your Yard, and learn more on Saturday about environmentally conscious landscaping design. Okay, so it sounds like it could be more work than mowing a patch every other week, but the earth goddesses say this work is worth it.

Doctor’s for Global Health/Domestic Violence Intervention Project
International Programs Commons
1117 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, Iowa
8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Don’t got much to say about this one but hooooo doggie! Thirty-five minutes before sundown begins another kind of -down, this HOEdown. This event seems to be advertised via flier only, and is a $10 suggested donation to hoe-to-the-down in support of Doctor’s for Global Health and the Domestic Violence Intervention Project.

Sunday, July 20

And who knows? Maybe those isolated thunderstorms predicted might miss Lake MacBride, an Iowa beach that’s not toxic! The summer flooding took away many hopes for a happy-go-beach time this summer, but some options still remain. Lake MacBride is still open, and the beach at F.W. Kent Park is, too. Sundays are perfect lay-in-the-sun days, so soak up yer Vitamin D, take a nap, then try to catch this show:

John Lakes Rock ‘n’ Roll Recital
The Mill
120 East Burlington Street
Iowa City, Iowa
6:00 – 9 p.m.

This show starts a whole two hours and 35 minutes before sunset! Local guitar hero John Lakes teaches students ages 14 to 70 how to folk things up; rock, jazz, and country are also included in these students’ repertroire. This is not your regular bar show. Also, The Mill’s Sunday night drink special features Pabst pints for less than $2. With the free entertainment and cheap beer, you can still eke out some entertainment from your weekend budget’s leftover dollars.

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