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Weekender Eastern Iowa! Carol @ FilmScene | Screaming Females | Hanukkah at Rozz-Tox




THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Live music and cinematic opportunities abound this weekend: Debate the merits of Die Hard as a holiday movie at FilmScene, mark the first day of Hanukkah at Rozz-Tox or hit Trumpet Blossom for a benefit show feat. Dolliver, Death Kill Overdrive and Soup Riot. Editor’s pick? Swing by the Englert this Saturday for their new Local Showcase Series and catch PSYOP, YXNG RASKAL and Aseethe for a night of punk and metal that’ll blow the top of your head off.
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Wilson's Apple Orchard

Santa at Wilson's Orchard & Farm

Nov 25 – Dec 23 – Every Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm until Christmas

Please join us to see Santa at the Orchard!


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Rock Island Public Library Southwest Branch

Screaming Females w/ Dead Rest, Half Catholic, Blist Her, Skylark QC

Dec 15 – 5:30pm

Screaming Females – 3 piece rock off Don Giovanni Records (NJ)


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Tin Roost

Holiday Magic and Mentalism!

Dec 15 – 6:00pm

Ho-ho-huh?! Come to the free “Holiday Magic & Mentalism!” show at the Tin Roost Restaurant in North Liberty on Thursday, Dec. 15th.


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Second State Brewing

Trivia Night

Dec 15 – 6:00pm

Test your knowledge during a fun night of holiday trivia with your friends and family – and feel free to wear your Holiday sweaters!!


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The Englert Theatre

"At the Heart of Gold" Film Screening + Q&A with Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Dec 15 – 6:00pm

This feature-length HBO documentary takes an in-depth look at the decades-long abuse of athletes and students by the USA Gymnastics physician.


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CSPS

A Carol Christmas

Dec 15 – 7:00pm

Performing singer/songwriter Carol Montag has been described by folk music legend Tom Paxton as a “genuine discovery” and “the best thing to come out of Iowa since Bonnie Koloc.”


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FilmScene—Ped Mall

Pride at FilmScene: Carol

Dec 15 – 7:00pm

Working as a shopgirl in a 1950s Manhattan department store, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays.


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Mirrorbox Theatre

Batman Returns Returns

Dec 15 – 7:30pm

Join us for our very first holiday fiasco, a wicked musical parody with that Bat Guy, the Cat Lady, a Sea Bird, and a jolly green ogre!


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Cedar Rapids Public Library-Downtown

Concert in the Commons: Holiday Brass

Dec 16 – 12:00pm

Listen to holiday music by the Eastside Brass Quartet.


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Die Hard

Dec 16 – 6:30pm

New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve, where he joins her at a holiday party.


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Bike Library

Bike Library Fiesta

Dec 16 – 7:00pm

Join the Iowa City Bike Library for their year end celebration!


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Xtream Arena powered by Mediacom

Big Bash with the Heartlanders

Dec 16 – 7:00pm

Please join us as the Iowa Heartlanders take on the Kalamazoo Wings. A variety of ticket options to choose from. All proceeds benefit BBBSJC.


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Giving Tree Theater

Miracle on 34th St

Dec 16 – 7:30pm


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La wine bar & restaurant

MILL REVIVAL SHOWCASE SERIES

Dec 16 – 7:30pm

The lowa City live music community that thrived on having The Mill as it’s heart and soul for so many decades he struggling to maintain a regular live music experience since early 2020.


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Gabe's

Sophie Mitchell w/Penny Peach and Ryan Radig

Dec 16 – 8:00pm

A music show featuring Sophie Mitchell (indie rock), Penny Peach (DIY rock, solo acoustic set), and Ryan Radig (hip-hop/rap) ! Cover is $10 ! Doors at 7pm, show at 8 !


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Rozz-Tox

A Very Very Special Rozz-Tox Hanukkah & Xmas Pageant

Dec 16 – 8:00pm

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, the 20th day of Advent, and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day with a special pageant of music and more!


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Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon

iCITY Salsa Social at Wildwood

Dec 16 – Dec 17 – 9:00pm

iCity Salsa Social at Wildwood.
Spinning the spiciest of SALSA, BACHATA, CHA CHA, CUMBIA, KIZOMBA and more!


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Robert A. Lee Rec Center

Holiday Market

Dec 17 – 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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IC FabLab

Holiday Soldering Soiree

Dec 17 – 1:00pm

You will be soldering blinking LEDs to a rather festive circuit board while learning the basics about soldering and circuits.

Perfect for children 10 and up.


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Public Space One

ICPC Holiday Ephemera Extravaganza

Dec 17 – 6:00pm

Join us at the ICPC print studio for a cozy session making your own cards, envelopes, gift tags, and gift wrapping with unique artist-made stamps and other easy print techniques!


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The Englert Theatre

Englert Local Showcase Series: PSYOP, YXNG RASKAL, and Aseethe

Dec 17 – 7:30pm

PYSOP, YXNG RASKAL, and Aseethe perform at the Englert!


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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Benefit Show for CommUnity Crisis Food Bank w/Dolliver, Death Kill Overdrive, Soup Riot

Dec 17 – 8:00pm

Dolliver, Death Kill Overdrive, and Soup Riot

$10 minimum donation, all ages

Ugly Sweater Contest with prizes!


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Gabe's

Near Misses, In The Attic, Funkatude

Dec 17 – 9:00pm

Near Misses, In The Attic, Funkatude at Gabe’s


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The Ideal Social Hall

Platinum Rock Legends

Dec 17 – 9:00pm

The Biggest Rock Show in the Midwest hits CR’s newest live music venue. Come experience Freddie Mercury, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and more in the resplendent Ideal Theater.


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Craft'd

What’cha Reading Book Club & Holiday Party

Dec 18 – 1:00pm

If you’re looking for a low pressure, no assigned reading book club then we’d recommend checking out Swamp Fox Bookstore’s monthly meet-up at Craft’d.


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Mirrorbox Theatre

Batman Returns Returns

Dec 18 – 7:30pm

Join us for our very first holiday fiasco, a wicked musical parody with that Bat Guy, the Cat Lady, a Sea Bird, and a jolly green ogre!


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Mission Creek Festival announces 2023 lineup, including Cat Power, Kevin Morby

by Lily DeTaeye, Dec 9
Iowa City’s premiere music and literature festival, Mission Creek Festival, just announced its 2023 lineup. The festival will be taking place on April 6-8 and if you’re a loyal festival goer, you might recognize a few names.
Among the Iowa locals hitting the Mission Creek music stage this year are Karen Meat, Extravision, Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops and Mr. Softheart.




Best of the CRANDIC: Comedian Travis Coltrain on what prepared him to bomb

by Emma McClatchey, Dec 13
This year’s Best of the CRANDIC winner for Best Stand-Up Comedian graduated from the University of Iowa in 2021, where he took Megan Gogerty’s stand-up comedy course and worked as a DJ at student radio station KRUI. These days, he teaches preschool and works as the booker at Joystick Comedy Arcade (formerly The Yacht Club), where he first cut his teeth as a comedian.




After 37 years, Bob Dorr will end his IPR rock history show ‘Backtracks’ this month

by Genevieve Trainor, Dec 12
“Thirty-seven years and four months, but who’s counting?”
That’s how long Iowa blues icon Bob Dorr has been hosting his rock and roll history show, Backtracks — a mainstay of Iowa Public Radio’s top-notch music programming.

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