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Weekender Eastern Iowa! Anita Fields | Kurt Vonnegut’s 100th | Bijou After Hours: The Wall





THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

It’s a wild weekend up and down the CRANDIC, with ways to keep both your body and mind active while still managing to keep you entertained! Don’t miss the events of the second annual Mic Check Poetry Fest (see full collection), especially the chance to rank global poets in Slam O Vision International. Indigenous voices abound, with a lecture from Osage artist Anita Fields at the UI, Larissa Fasthorse’s ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ at Cornell College and Great Plains Action Society’s Truthsgiving at the Englert. And you can celebrate Iowa City superstar Kurt Vonnegut’s 100th birthday by taking in a screening of ‘Slaughterhouse Five.’ Top pick of the weekend? Treat yourself to Bijou After Hours screening of ‘The Wall’ on 35mm, the perfect way to decompress after a week of thinking about politics.
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Public Space One

Artist SOUPMEET

Nov 10 – 6:00pm

Where we gather visiting artists, artists-in-residence, and local artists to eat SOUP and MEET.


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Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Cassie & Randy – Live Music

Nov 10 – 6:00pm

Join us at Lion Bridge Brewing for some bellbottom classics with a touch of country performed by Cassie & Randy.


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University of Iowa Main Library, Shambaugh Auditorium

Jeanne and Richard Levitt Lecture with Anita Fields

Nov 10 – 7:00pm

Born in Oklahoma, Anita Fields is a contemporary Native American multi-disciplinary artist of Osage heritage. She is known for her works which combine clay and textile with Osage knowledge systems.


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Mirrorbox Theatre

Mirrorbox Theatre Opening: Drive

Nov 10 – 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 Englert Theatre

Anne Lamott

Nov 10 – 7:30pm

An Evening with Anne Lamott, on-stage conversation with Jenny Colville


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Cornell College, The Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre

The Thanksgiving Play

Nov 10 – 7:30pm

In this new comedy by Indigenous playwright Larissa Fasthorse, her extremely sharp satire spears white, woke, liberal culture and examines if they sometimes do more harm than good.


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Prairie Lights Bookstore

Spoken Word in the Academy Panel

Nov 11 – 5:30pm

First event of Mic Check Poetry Fest: Spoken Word in the Academy Panel


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The Englert Theatre

Truthsgiving

Nov 11 – 6:30pm

The antithesis of Thanksgiving — Truthsgiving is a night of truth-telling, music, and laughter celebrating Indigenous culture and history.


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Slaughterhouse-Five

Nov 11 – 6:30pm


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Paramount Theatre Cedar Rapids

Tower of Power

Nov 11 – 7:00pm


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The James Theater

Poetry in Motion

Nov 11 – 7:30pm

As part of Mic Check Poetry Fest, join us for a live show featuring top spoken word performers sharing their work with the accompaniment of the acclaimed Gerard Estella band.


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The Lucky Cat Comedy & Events

NEWSKI w/Genevieve Heyward

Nov 11 – 8:00pm

Indie Rock: NEWSKI (solo) with Genevieve Heyward


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Hancher Auditorium

Dance Gala 2022

Nov 11 – 8:00pm

Get ready to be blown away by diverse display of Dance in a packed 2-day evening of fun.


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Robert A. Lee Rec Center

Holiday Market

Nov 12 – 8:00am

Our annual holiday markets provide a wonderful opportunity to purchase thoughtful handmade gifts for your friends and loved ones while supporting local farmers and artisans


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Iowa City Public Library

How Do We Move Forward? Oracles Community Conversation

Nov 12 – 3:00pm

How Do We Move Forward? Oracles Community Conversation


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Merge

Slam O Vision International

Nov 12 – 8:00pm

The spoken word version of Eurovision, hosted by the UNESCO Cities of Literature and their partners.


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CSPS

Awful Purdies

Nov 12 – 8:00pm

Awful Purdies is a Folk-Americana collective of five multi-instrumental women, powered by seamless harmonies, banjo, accordion, cello, guitar, mandolin, and bass.


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Pink Floyd: The Wall on 35 mm

Nov 12 – 10:00pm

Pink Floyd: The Wall on 35 mm


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NewBo City Market

Cranksgiving

Nov 13 – 9:00am

Join us for our 6th annual Cranksgiving Cedar Rapids Sunday, Nov. 13th, and help us fill the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry to its brim!


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Walker Homestead

Vintner's 5K Run-Walk-Crawl

Nov 13 – 9:00am

The 5K Vintner’s (run-walk-crawl) is on a groomed course around the Walker Homestead Farm with fire pits and local wine samples along the route to keep you warm.


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PS1—Close House

ArtLinks

Nov 13 – 2:00pm

Join us for an opportunity to view and respond to new work by incarcerated artists in JAC’s network!


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Prairie Lights Bookstore

Rainbow Rowell

Nov 13 – 2:00pm

Join us for a reading and signing with New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell.


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The Englert Theatre

The Family Folk Machine

Nov 13 – 3:00pm

The Family Folk Machine presents a fall concert, Carry On: Songs for Living


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The James Theater

Blame Not the Bard

Nov 13 – 4:00pm

Blame Not the Bard is on a mission: to bring alive the songs and stories of Ireland, and to have fun doing it.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Iowa City’s Mic Check Poetry Festival to return with a slam in November after ‘phenomenal’ 2021 turnout

by Sarah Elgatian, Sep 28th
Iowa City Poetry’s Mic Check Poetry Festival will return Nov. 11-12 after organizers Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey and Lisa Roberts received what Rainey called a “phenomenal showing” of support and enthusiasm last year. The November festival will be only two days this year instead of three, but it will include expanded offerings and an entirely new line up of performers and instructors.




Press Profile: 508 Press, founded by Mackie Garrett

by Sarah Elgatian, Nov 8
508 Press is an independent press out of Iowa City that specializes in small runs of often event-specific poetry. Garrett created a reading series where he prints selections of the poems and stories shared for the evening’s attendees. Every print is one-of-a-kind and functions as a souvenir.




Label Profile: 5CM Recordings, founded by Mathias Timmerman

by Genevieve Trainor, Nov 7
“In 2013, I played my first solo set (as Underwater Escape From the Black Hole) at one of the Zeitgeist fests that were held in Boone,” Mathias Timmerman, of Des Moines label 5CM Recordings, said in an email. “And I ended up meeting a lot of other folks who were running little DIY labels, putting out tapes and releases for the weird little experimental projects that they were currently in.”

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