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THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

The opportunities this weekend are as varied as the fall weather in Iowa! Fantastic films, three different theater openings, beloved BrewNost, music dance and more await your pleasure. Top pick of the weekend? Don’t miss the kickoff to the fall Witching Hour series as electronic musician Debit weaves ancient Mayan sounds into her modern tunes.
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FilmScene—Chauncey

Pride at FilmScene: Go Figure: The Randy Gardner Story

Sep 15 – 7:00pm

Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride and the University of Iowa.


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The Englert Theatre

Haley Reinhart w/Charlotte Blu

Sep 15 – 7:30pm

Haley Reinhart w/Charlotte Blu at the Englert


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The James Theater

"Pool" by PYDANCE

Sep 16 – Sep 17 –

The James is thrilled to present “Pool” this fall, an original PYDANCE production expressing how people fall into the system of racism and racialization featuring the music of Fela Kuti


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Online

125 Years of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Documentary Series

Sep 16 – 8:30am (CDT)

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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Public Space One

Artists at SUI: Closing Reception

Sep 16 – 4:00pm

Artists at SUI: Closing Reception


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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

BrewNost 2022

Sep 16 – 6:30pm

BrewNost is the Midwest’s premier international beer festival that supports the educational and cultural mission of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.


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Prairiewoods

Writing from Nature Retreat at Prairiewoods: Practices in Ecopoetics & Slow Seeing

Sep 16 – 6:30pm

What happens when we spiritually connect with our natural environment? How do we record these experiences in words?


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Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Little Shop of Horrors

Sep 16 – 7:30pm

When a fumbling floral assistant discovers a new and unusual breed of plant, the R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune…at a murderous cost!


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The ArtiFactory

Stupid F##king Bird

Sep 16 – 7:30pm

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation


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Giving Tree Theater

Yellow

Sep 16 – 7:30pm

Yellow chronicles a year in the life of the perfect family in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Bobby Westmoreland, a high school football coach, and his wife Kate, a respected therapist, have two ambitious chi


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Joystick Comedy Bar & Arcade

Best Of Iowa Comedy Showcase

Sep 16 – 9:30pm

Join us at Joystick as Iowa’s best comedians hit the stage for a night full of laughs


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FilmScene—Chauncey

THRUST! Iowa Premiere

Sep 16 – 10:00pm

Thrust! is a tale that follows two lovers, Aloe & Vera living in a girl gang ruled dystopian society, on a quest to kill the last scumbag alive, Dirtbag Mike.


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The James Theater

Debit

Sep 17 – 7:30pm

2022 Witching Hour Fall Series: Debit


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Backpocket

Backpocket Brewery Fitness Challenge

Sep 17 – 10:00am

Iowa Brewery Running Series has paired with RxRevival for a fitness event like no other!


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Riverside Park

Food Truck Fight

Sep 17 – 12:00pm

Join us for a day of food trucks, live music, kids activities, game-day broadcast, beverage tent, and more!


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FilmScene—Chauncey

How (Not) To Build a School in Haiti

Sep 17 – 1:00pm

Presented in partnership with Community Health Initiative Haiti.


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Public Space One

Color Experience w/Jimmy Miracle

Sep 17 – 4:00pm

In this workshop, the sensual experience of color will drive a progressive series of exercises designed to awaken awareness to color sensations in the everyday world.


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CSPS

Mary Gauthier

Sep 17 – 8:00pm

As she has so eloquently accomplished over the past 25 years, acclaimed singer songwriter Mary Gauthier has used her art once again to traverse the uncharted waters of the past few years.


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Next Page Books

Read Dangerously! Banned Books Week

Sep 18 – 11:00am

Don’t let others dictate what you read. Read dangerously! Join us the week of September 24 for Banned Books Week.


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The ArtiFactory

Art in the Afternoon w/Kimberlee Rocca

Sep 18 – 1:00pm

Kimberlee Rocca will give a presentation with Q&A time about her artistic process on Sept.18 at 1:00 in The ArtiFactory gallery located in the lower level of 120 N Dubuque St., Iowa City.


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Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

Public Space One Art Market

Sep 18 – 1:00pm

Art Market with Public Space One on September 18


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McGrath Amphitheatre

Festival Latino

Sep 18 – 2:00pm

Festival Latino


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CSPS

QWANQWA

Sep 18 – 7:00pm

Brought together by a shared passion for the power of Ethiopian music, this group shines an experimentalism based in the virtuosity of rooted traditions.


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The Englert Theatre

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Sep 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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The Englert Theatre

Dawes & Bahamas

Sep 19 – 7:30pm

An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas ‘Performing Together’ on a unique co-headline tour through the South & Midwest with a few points in between.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Q&A with musician Delia Beatriz, aka Debit

by Kent Williams, Sept. 15
Delia Beatriz (aka Debit) is a musician who crosses borders: She was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas. She’s a dance music DJ, but her latest album, The Long Count, uses machine learning algorithms to process the sounds of Mayan instruments. She has a Masters in Music Technology from Columbia University, but she’s toured extensively as Azealia Banks’s DJ.




FilmScene’s Refocus Festival announces slate of features, from a VR documentary to a ‘secret’ animated film

by Genevieve Trainor, Sept. 13
As the start date for single ticket purchases quickly approaches, FilmScene has announced the lineup of films for its inaugural Refocus Film Festival, which runs Oct. 6-9 across Iowa City. (Ticket sales begin Sept. 16; passes are on sale now and range from $65 public/$60 members for a five-show pass to $230/$195 for all access.)




An historic Cedar Rapids theater is becoming its coolest new saloon and music venue

by Chris DeLine, Sept. 13
Once on the brink of demolition, a building constructed over 100 years ago is about to be reborn as Cedar Rapids’ newest bar and music venue.
First opening as the Ideal Theatre over a century ago, the building at 213 16th Ave SE will start a new chapter of its story, written by its new owners, when it reopens as the Ideal Theater & Bar this October.

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