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Weekender, April 15: Mirrorbox’s ‘Credible,’ Blame Not the Bard, a reading with Maria Kuznetsova

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THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

This weekend’s vibe is decidedly brainy, so I hope you brought your thinking caps. Prairie Lights presents readings from Maria Kuznetsova and Andrea Bajani; Grow Johnson County teaches teen gardeners the ropes; Art in the Afternoon presents Jason Snell, a multidisciplinary programmatic and AI creator; Dasia Taylor, Iowa City West High senior and inventor of infection-detecting sutures, shares her story for young’uns interested in STEM; plus theatre, live music and more.




Online

Screen Time: Leslie Nolte & Maureen Beran

Apr 15 – 5:30pm

Englert Wavelength presents this monthly program, hosted by Englert events director Jessica Egli, to discuss current challenges around reimagining our work and its execution for the virtual world.


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Online

Maria Kuznetsova in conversation with Anna Bruno

Apr 15 – 7:00pm

Prairie Lights celebrates the release of Maria Kuznetsova’s Something Unbelievable with a reading and conversation with fellow Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, Anna Bruno.


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Chauncy Swan Park

People’s Truth and Reckoning Commission

Apr 15 – 7:00pm

Join the Iowa Freedom Riders for the launch of their Peoples Truth & Reckoning Commission. Open to anyone in the community. COVID precautions will be observed; masks required.


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Online

smART Talks: “Artists, Activism and Museums”

Apr 16 – 11:00am (CDT)

Jennifer Miller will discuss the public rights principle, which gives all people the right to make active use of public art museum collections and other publicly held historical artifacts.


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Downtown Pedestrian Mall

Starting Seeds with Grow Johnson County

Apr 16 – 1:00pm

Want to learn how to grow your own food? As the spring weather warms up, it’s time to start planning your garden.


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Online

Keynote Speaker: Harsha Walia – “Abolish I.C.E., Abolish Borders”

Apr 16 – 3:00pm

The University of Iowa Craft Critique Culture Conference presents a keynote lecture and Q&A with author and organizer Harsha Walia.


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Online

Zooming into Spring

Apr 16 – 7:00pm

Be entertained by 10 new and original short plays with the theme “Think Spring!” in mind. All from the comfort of your home. Free; donations accepted.


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Andrea Bajani in conversation with Nick Flynn

Apr 16 – 7:00pm

Prairie Lights Presents Andrea Bajani, “If You Kept a Record of Sins,” (tr. from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris). He will be joined in conversation by poet and memoirist Nick Flynn.


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Online

Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera

Apr 16 – 7:30pm (CDT)

A diverse kaleidoscope on what it means to be alive, featuring a cast of twenty-three corridor artists.


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Online

Out the Box: ‘Credible’

Apr 16 – 8:00pm

Mirrorbox Theatre presents Caity-Shea Violette’s darkly funny one-woman show exploring gender bias in the medical system and living with chronic pain during the opioid epidemic.


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Online

Online RPGs with Corridor Games on Demand

Apr 17 – 1:00pm

Join Corridor Games on Demand on their Discord server to play some indie RPGs.


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Online

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Apr 17 – 1:00pm

IEC is bringing SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic On Tour festival to Iowa. The film festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature through film.


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RavenWolf Stage

RavenWolf Stage Grand Opening

Apr 17 – 3:00pm

Blame Not the Bard with openers A Rogue Wave christen the new RavenWolf Stage in Williamsburg. Masks mandatory and social distancing required.


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Online

Art in the Afternoon | Jason Snell

Apr 18 – 1:00pm (CDT)

Jason Snell is a multidisciplinary artist with expertise in several fields, including music, computer programming, artificial intelligence, motion design, and generative art systems.


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Online

Talking Theatre presents Spilling Tea with Chelsea

Apr 18 – 5:00pm

Chelsea Ward talks about diversity and inclusion in theatre with Diviin Javaan, Kalvin Goodlaxson, Dr. joan e. kole and Zhen E. Rammelsberg.


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Online

The Sonnet Project: Free Adult Generative Sonnet Writing Workshop

Apr 18 – 5:30pm (CDT)

Iowa City Poetry and Prompt Press present “Reimagining the Sonnet” in partnership with Riverside Theatre, led by award-winning poet and teacher Dora Malech.


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Online

Totally Tweens: Inventors Lab with Dasia Taylor

Apr 19 – 6:30pm

Dasia Taylor, Iowa City West High School senior, invented color-changing medical sutures that detect whether a patient’s wound is infected. For grades 3-6.


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Online

A Conversation on Climate Science, Policy and Justice with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Apr 19 – 7:00pm

The University Lecture Committee presents Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson: co-founder of the Urban Ocean Lab, co-author of the Blue New Deal & co-creator and co-host of the podcast “How to Save a Planet.”


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GETTING CHEESY

With National Cheeseball Day upon us on the 17th and another certain snack-related pseudo-holiday arriving just three days later, the LV staff presents a few of our favorite munchy, snacky, party food recipes, which we hope to be taking to friends’ houses in Tupperware containers very soon. Try ’em at home to celebrate whatever you may be celebrating!

Malcolm’s Swedish Meatballs

50 g breadcrumbs
2 pinches allspice
salt & pepper
7 fl oz whole milk
2 small onions
2 lb ground venison with 10% lard (or 90% lean ground beef, if you’re not Malcolm)
2 eggs
1-2 tbs neutral oil
200 fl oz beef stock
2 tbs plain flour
2-3 tbs butter
1 tbs orange juice
Soak the breadcrumbs and spices in milk for 10 minutes. Mix with chopped onions, meat and eggs. Form the meatballs. Boil the stock, then stir together the flour and butter to form a roux and integrate into the stock, making a gravy, then add orange juice. Cook meatballs in a pan with oil. Serve plunked in a dish of the gravy with toothpicks.

Brian’s “Very Good Dip”

This one’s for you adventurous sorts: Brian makes no promises about having actually tried this dip, but he says it’s never left his mind since he saw it in a cookbook in 2018.


Genevieve’s Bacon-Wrapped Li’l Smokies

“Look, I’m a vegetarian. But the people I usually cook for are NOT. So my go-to party snacks tend toward the meatier end of the spectrum, because guess what? It’s more fun experimenting with food I’m never going to eat! Muahahaha.” –Genevieve
1 lb bacon, cut in thirds
Cocktail wieners, purchased without laughing at the name
Brown sugar, ~3/4 cup, but you do you
Preheat oven to 325°F. Wrap each wiener in a chilled bacon third; secure with a toothpick. Arrange on shallow baking sheet, then drown in brown sugar. (J/k, just sprinkle it.) Bake for ~40 min. or until sugar is bubbly. Serve warm, in like a chafing dish or slow cooker or w/e. Get out of the way of the stampede.
And let us not forget Chef Joshua Pardie’s famously mouthwatering recipe for Iowa Pork Fries! “No matter what you call it (pork fries, cowboy caviar, Rocky Mountain oysters, prairie oysters), or how you prepare it (broiled, smoked, fried, accompanied with a variety of sauce options), at the end of the day, you’re eating a testicle,” wrote Pardie.




Bonus History Fact from Paul:

“I don’t have any recipes for things one would place in Tupperware and bring to a party, but I know a fair bit about Earl Tupper, who founded the company. In the late ’50s, after selling Tupperware Inc. to the Rexall Drug Company, Earl gave up his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying taxes. He bought himself Costa Rican citizenship and an island off the coast of Costa Rica, where he lived until his death in 1983.”

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