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THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Welcome back, university students! There’s a million things to do this weekend to distract you from the start of classes on Monday, so get out there and join the year-rounders in exploring what Eastern Iowa has to offer. Top pick? This weekend or next, theater, art and technology lovers alike can immerse themselves in Eight Algorithms for Awakening, an interactive, multidisciplinary experience inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book ‘The Age of Spiritual Machines.’ Audiences, settled in personal listening stations, view a live performer led in meditative exercises by a digital avatar.




Downtown Davenport

Alternating Currents Festival

Aug 18 – Aug 21 –

Music. Film. Comedy. Art.


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Pride at FilmScene: Je Tu Il Elle

Aug 18 – 7:00pm

Pride at FilmScene: Je Tu Il Elle


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Rozz-Tox

The Atlas 17 Release Party

Aug 18 – 7:00pm

The Atlas 17 Release Party


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The Englert Theatre

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Aug 18 – 7:30pm

It was after midnight when Trombone Shorty stepped offstage at the House of Blues in New Orleans, but he wasn’t done playing yet. Not by a long shot.


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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Big Begonias and Evelyn Gray

Aug 18 – 8:00pm

Big Begonias and Evelyn Gray at Trumpet Blossom


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Wilson's Apple Orchard

Sunflower Festival at Wilson's Orchard & Farm

Aug 19 – Aug 20 – 11am-9pm Friday,Saturday, and Sunday

Please join us for our 3 day Sunflower Festival!


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Coralville Community Food Pantry

Free Produce Stand

Aug 19 – 4:00pm

Join Table to Table, the Coralville Community Food Pantry, and the Coralville Public Library for free produce stands the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 4-5:30pm.


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Public Space One

Opening Reception: Indigo

Aug 19 – 6:00pm

Showcasing samples and art by participants in a Community Indigo Vat started during the Pandemic and maintained by Astrid Hilger Bennett.


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Cedar Rapids Museum Of Art

Grown-Ups Summer Camp Night

Aug 19 – 6:00pm

If you read about our children’s summer camp themes of Noisy, Messy, Stinky, and “Üglî” Art, and thought I wish I could do that, then you’re in luck!


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Wildwood BBQ & Saloon

Dave Helmer Band w/James Tutson and Joel Sires

Aug 19 – 7:00pm

Dave Helmer Band debut with a brand new batch of songs from forthcoming album.


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The Englert Theatre

Amos Lee

Aug 19 – 7:30pm

With one foot in the real world and the other in a charmed dimension of his own making, Amos Lee creates the rare kind of music that’s emotionally raw yet touched with a certain magical quality.


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The James Theater

Dickie

Aug 19 – 8:00pm

Join The James for a night of music with DICKIE featuring the stripped-back mix of reflective and pulsating tunes stamped into Dick Prall’s 2019 ten track sing-along Minus Thieves.


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Joystick Comedy Bar & Arcade

Welcome Back Students Comedy Show

Aug 19 – 9:30pm

Welcome Back Students Comedy Show at Joystick


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McGrath Amphitheatre

Bourbon and Blues Festival

Aug 20 –

Bourbon and Blues Festival presented by Cedar Ridge at the McGrath Amphitheatre.


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Benz Beverage Depot

Drink Local Craft Beer Festival

Aug 20 – 1:00pm

Join the Cedar Rapids Brewing Society in welcoming Craft Breweries, Cideries, and Homebrew Clubs from all across Iowa to this one of a kind event.


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Northside Marketplace

Dandelion Stompers

Aug 20 – 6:30pm

The Dandelion Stompers bring you New Orleans jazz with all the trimmings.


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University of Iowa Theatre Building

Eight Algorithms for Awakening

Aug 20 – 7:00pm

Eight Algorithms for Awakening is an interdisciplinary, performance-art project in which digital avatars and human bodies share the stage in an unlikely exploration of expanded consciousness.


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Holiday

Aug 20 – 7:00pm

Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn light up the screen with impeccable chemistry in their third collaboration.


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The Englert Theatre

Marc Maron

Aug 20 – 7:30pm

With his landmark podcast WTF with Marc Maron, which averages 6 million downloads per month, Maron has interviewed icons such as Robin Williams, Keith Richards and former US president Barack Obama.


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The James Theater

TellersBridge Presents "Back to School," An Evening of Live Storytelling

Aug 20 – 7:30pm

Grab a drink, tell us your story, or listen to others at this “open mic” event. Our experienced storytellers will start us off then, it will be the audience’s turn. Come join the fun!


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FilmScene—Chauncey

FilmScene in the Park: The Truman Show

Aug 20 – 8:00pm

FilmScene in the Park: The Truman Show


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NewBo City Market

Bikes & Bloodies

Aug 21 – 10:00am

Each purchase will go to support Iowa Trails. Please Bagger responsibly.


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Public Space One

508 Press Poem Zine Reading Series

Aug 21 – 7:30pm

Hear poems by Cory Hutchinson-Reuss, backed by Antifahorn, in the PS1 Art Garden. Bring a chair and grab a zine!


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Public Space One

Cheap Copies! DIY publishing with Mimeo, Hecto and Ditto

Aug 22 – 6:00pm

Head out to Public Space One Close House for a two-day in-person workshop with Rich Dana, a zine-creator and publisher who specializes in obsolete and DIY printing techniques.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Tama metal band Rehtek is back with a growling, howling new sound

by Kembrew McLeod, Aug 11
Abomination, the new album from Iowa metal outfit Rehtek, contains all the ingredients for a pummeling musical feast. Chunky guitar riffage — check. Gut-rumbling bass — check. Double-time kick drums at speed-metal velocities — check. Growling, howling vocals — double-check.




Album Review: Jarret Purdy & Dan Padley — ‘Ecotones’

by Kent Williams, Aug 11
When Dan Padley played at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago, I was impressed (as always) by the liquid elegance of his playing on the jazz standard “All the things you are.”




New metal sculptures sprout up in Iowa City parks

by Adria Carpenter, Aug 12
Butterfly wings, metal flowers and abstract figures. Eight new sculptures are now out standing in Iowa City parks and trails for the second Sculpture Showcase.
The first showcase, which lasted from August 2021 to July 2022, had three sculptures in Riverfront Crossings Park, one at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area and one at Mercer Park.




Book Review: ‘A Map for the Missing’ by Belinda Huijuan Tang

by Lily DeTaeye, Aug 15
After the dedications page of her debut novel, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Belinda Huijuan Tang quotes Homer’s The Odyssey, a fitting harbinger for the journey she will take us on. Although A Map for the Missing (Penguin Press) is not the lighthearted summer read you might be looking for right now, it’s one you’re gonna want to read regardless.




Watch: Claudia McGehee sketches and scratches her favorite parts of nature

Claudia McGehee’s scratchboard illustrations for children’s books, business logos, Java House cups and other freelance projects have garnered buzz. But the Iowa City artist’s ultimate goal is to reflect the beauty — and vulnerability — of the environment through her work.

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