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THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Now that the sun’s setting a little earlier, it’s time to embrace the darkness! FilmScene presents TWO Noirvember offerings this weekend: Bogart and Bacall in ‘Dark Passage’ on Thursday and “best of the genre” contender ‘Out of the Past’ on Monday. Other film, theater, literature, music and rec activities abound. Top pick of the weekend? Saturday night’s celebration of life for local legend John Hopkins, who passed away in 2020. Wanksgiving pulls out all the stops in his honor, with 12 bands on two stages at Gabe’s.
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FilmScene—Chauncey

Sherlock Jr

Nov 17 – 3:30pm


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Pride at FilmScene: Happy Together

Nov 17 – 7:00pm

One of the most searing romances of the 1990s, Wong Kar Wai’s emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship.


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Gabe's

Slaughter Beach, Dog

Nov 17 – 7:00pm

With 2nd Grade & 24thankyou
Presented by Mission Creek Festival & SCOPE Productions


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PS1—Close House

Hist & Friends Reading

Nov 17 – 7:00pm

Join us for a free reading celebrating Matthew Klane and James Bellflower’s new book, Hist.


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FilmScene—Ped Mall

Dark Passage

Nov 17 – 7:00pm

Noirvember: Dark Passage


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Mirrorbox Theatre

Drive

Nov 17 – 7:30pm

Join us for the first production at Mirrorbox Theatre’s new home in Cedar Rapids’ historic Time Check neighborhood!


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The James Theater

The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson

Nov 17 – 7:30pm

Set in 17th century England, “The Book of Will” is the charming and funny story of Shakespeare’s First Folio.


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Online

125 Years of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Documentary Series

Nov 18 – 8:30am (CST)

Visit the library’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to view a short series of videos highlighting the library’s history in the Cedar Rapids community for the 125th anniversay year.


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Elray's Live & Dive

Surf Zombies

Nov 18 – 6:00pm

Midwestern Surf Rock


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Giving Tree Theater

A GTT Murder Mystery: Death & Taxes

Nov 18 – 6:30pm

Can you solve the murder? Join us for our next Murder Mystery event, Death and Taxes by Pat Cook.


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Theatre Cedar Rapids

Meet Me in St. Louis

Nov 18 – 7:30pm

Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Book by Hugh Wheeler


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CSPS

Adam Ezra Group

Nov 18 – 8:00pm


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University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

Storytime at the Stanley

Nov 19 – 10:30am

We’re reading “Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan


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Wilson's Apple Orchard

Turkey Trot 5K

Nov 19 – 10:30am


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Cedar Rapids Public Library-Downtown

CGoD November Game Day

Nov 19 – 12:00pm

Try a variety of new, cutting-edge, and indie roleplaying games. Beginners welcome!


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Ladd Library

Neighborhood Artist Exhibit Opening

Nov 19 – 1:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of refreshments and conversation as we unveil the work our patrons have created over the course of our artist-in-residency program this fall.


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University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

Stanley Creates: Articulated Puppets

Nov 19 – 2:00pm

Use simple materials to create unique paper puppets with moveable joints.


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Gabe's

Wanksgiving: A Celebration of Life and Tribute to John Hopkins

Nov 19 – 4:00pm

Wanksgiving: A Celebration of Life and Tribute to John Hopkins


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CSPS

Cobras at CSPS!

Nov 19 – 7:00pm

Cedar County Cobras play CSPS


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Hancher Auditorium

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Nov 19 – 7:30pm

The bestselling Christmas artist of all time comes to Hancher Auditorium for the first time!


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FilmScene—Chauncey

National Theatre Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again

Nov 20 – 1:00pm

National Theater Live is presented by FilmScene in partnership with Englert Theatre and Riverside Theatre.


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The ArtiFactory

Art in the Afternoon at The ArtiFactory–Mara and Nora Cole

Nov 20 – 1:00pm

Presentation and discussion of their work by mother and daughter artists Mara and Nora Cole.


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Gabe's

Pike Vs The Automaton w/ Bongzilla

Nov 20 – 7:00pm

Pike Vs The Automaton w/ Bongzilla
All Ages


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FilmScene—Ped Mall

Out of the Past

Nov 21 – 6:30pm

Noirvember: Out of the Past


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Label Profile: Ox Cart New Music, founded by Gabi Vanek

by Kent Williams, Nov. 7
Gabi Vanek is the “label boss” of Oxcart New Music, but she isn’t precious about it. She didn’t use the word “curate” once in this interview.
“So I have wanted to use the name Oxcart New Music for quite some time, but I kind of made it a catch-all,” she told me. It’s almost as if the sound of the name informed its mission as much as the meaning. It sounds cool.




Press Profile: Midwest Writing Center Press, directed by Ryan Collins

by Lily DeTaeye, Nov 8
Founded in 1979, the Midwest Writing Center (MWC) was created to provide a “permanent home” for writers in the Quad Cities. MWC, the only literary arts nonprofit in the Quad Cities, boasts a long tradition of uplifting local writers through resources, including space for book signings, events and most recently, the addition of its very own press.

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