WEEKENDER CRANDIC! Earth Day, Elizabeth Moen, Art in the Afternoon


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Earth Day is upon us, and in addition to several targeted events (see our collection for a broader listing!), this weekend’s offerings are proof positive of the bumper sticker-ism that the earth without art is just eh. Enjoy a plentitude of film, theater, music, poetry and more as you celebrate how lucky we are to all exist together on this planet.
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Behind the Big House –Preserving & Interpreting the Material History of Slavery in the U.S

Apr 21 – 3:00pm

Obermann Center for Advanced Studies: Behind the Big House –Preserving & Interpreting the Material History of Slavery in the U.S. Free; registration required.

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Pints and Poetry

Apr 21 – 6:00pm

Ready for another round? Join The Gazette and Iowa Public Radio for the official return to live during Pints and Politics, April edition.

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FilmScene—Ped Mall

Pride at FilmScene: Tove

Apr 21 – 6:30pm

Pride at FilmScene: Tove.

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We're All Going To The World's Fair + Slight Sounds Live ASMR

Apr 21 – 7:00pm

Join us for a live-in-theater performance before the film from Slight Sounds, an ASMR creator with over 46 million YouTube views.

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The Englert Theatre

Kathleen Madigan

Apr 21 – 7:30pm

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Robert A. Lee Rec Center

Earth Day Celebration

Apr 22 – 11:00am

Earth Day Celebration w/student environmental groups from Iowa City, West, Liberty High: free activities, music, and food available.

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MacBride Hall

TREE TOURS: Nature Walk & Talks

Apr 22 – 12:00pm

Join the Pentacrest Museums for guided strolls on campus featuring the ecological diversity, symbolism, history, and lore of our trees.

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Coralville Community Food Pantry

Caitlin Clark Drive Up + Donate

Apr 22 – 4:00pm

Team up with All-American Caitlin Clark in a special “Drive Up + Donate” event to benefit the Coralville Community Food Pantry!

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McGrath Amphitheatre

PRIMUS – A Tribute to Kings

Apr 22 – 7:00pm

PRIMUS performs the classic Rush album ‘A Farewell to Kings’ in its entirety.

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Riverside Theatre

Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812

Apr 22 – May 8 – 7:30pm

The Iowa premiere of an Obie-Award winning “electropop opera” based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

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The Englert Theatre

Elizabeth Moen w/Dan Padley & V.V. Lightbody

Apr 22 – 7:30pm

Blending fierce, massive vocals and raw bluesy guitar with introspective lyrics and electronic textures, Elizabeth Moen “showcases both strength and vulnerability.”

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Hancher Auditorium

Club Hancher: Jazz at Lincoln Center Quintet

Apr 22 – 8:30pm

Club Hancher: Jazz at Lincoln Center Quintet
Let Freedom Swing at Hancher.

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Armchair Boogie w/Dodge Street Duo

Apr 22 – 9:00pm

Armchair Boogie is a nationally touring “newgrass” band out of Madison, Wisconsin. Their dynamic sound covers everything from lightening-fast bluegrass to firey funk to honky tonk.

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NewBo City Market

EcoFest 2022

Apr 23 – 10:00am

Celebrate Earth Day with Good Green Fun at EcoFest 2022, NewBo City Market.

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The Iowa Children's Museum

Caleb Rainey Performance, Q&A Session

Apr 23 – 11:00am

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a special performance from Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey

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Sidekick Coffee and Books

Signing & Conversation with Lin Thompson

Apr 23 – 2:00pm

Sidekick Coffee and Books is excited to host Iowa author Lin Thompson for a conversation and signing of their new book The Best Liars in Riverview.

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Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

Them Coulee Boys, Flash In A Pan, The Wildwoods

Apr 23 – 8:00pm

Them Coulee Boys, Flash In A Pan, The Wildwoods at Codfish Hollow.

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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Chris Dingman and Daniel Wyche

Apr 23 – 9:00pm

Chris Dingman is a vibraphonist and composer known for his distinctive approach: sonically rich and conceptually expansive, bringing listeners on a journey to a beautiful, transcendent place.

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Wetherby Park

Team Up to Clean Up

Apr 24 – 10:00am

Come join our 6th Annual South District Neighborhood Team Up to Clean Up this spring as we beautify and clean up different sites within the South District.

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Art in the Afternoon Poetry Reading

Apr 24 – 1:00pm (CDT)

ArtiFactory presents two local poets, Cory Hutchinson-Reuss and Kathleen Maris Paltrineri, reading some of their works and discussing their ideas about poetry.

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Kirkwood Ballantyne Auditorium

Brinton Reprise: Red Cedar Chamber Music

Apr 25 – 7:30pm

Red Cedar Chamber Music presents silent films with chamber music accompaniment.

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Public Space One

A Practical Guide for Everyday Be-Coming: Tutorials

May 7 – Thurs 4-6p, Fri 3-6p, Sat 12-3p, and by appointment

A Practical Guide for Everyday Be-Coming (Tutorials) is a multimedia installation that evolves each time it is exhibited.

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Looking forward to the Stanley: An inside tour

by Andrea Truitt, April 15
After 14 years, the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art is back and almost ready for its Aug. 26 opening. As someone who has only lived in Iowa City without this museum, and as an art historian by training, I can’t wait.

LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library finds a new home at the Close House

by Adria Carpenter, Apr 18
The LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library opened the doors to its new home on the second floor of the Close House on April 9. With large, sunny windows, a reading nook and a children’s area, the space will allow for more programming and events.

Killy the kestrel, free music and the Mount Trashmore Challenge: EcoFest returns to Cedar Rapids

by Adria Carpenter, Apr 20
Birds of prey, live music and hikes up Mount Trashmore are coming to Cedar Rapids on Saturday for EcoFest 2022, an Earth Day celebration to promote individual, community and worldwide action to achieve sustainability.

Album Review: Sinner Frenz — ‘Separation from Church and State’

by Kent Williams, Apr 18th
Separation from Church and State (out April 20) is a studio production, but each song begins as a live performance on modular synthesizer. Spengler adds occasional live keyboards. It’s a cliche to call music unique, but I don’t know anyone else making this particular thing — equal parts outsider industrial music like Coil and bleak, mechanistic punk rock like Suicide.

Album Review: Pictoria Vark — ‘The Parts I Dread’

by Melanie Hanson, Apr 18
Nobody sounds like Pictoria Vark. She’s a classic punk balladeer and veritable witch of the North. Her melodies are cool and ethereal. It’s the lyrics that are warm, and when she sings, her voice is naked: wholly unadulterated and unpretentious.