Weekender Eastern Iowa! FEaST | CRPL Big Book Sale | the wish


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

The time has finally come to FEaST your ears! A few selections from Iowa City’s newest festival are highlighted here; see our FEaST collection for the full line-up. There’s also ample servings of film, literature, comedy, theater and more this weekend, so get your fill! Top pick? It’s gotta go to the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Big Book Sale! Explore all weekend: Start your holiday shopping or stock up for your own cozy indoor winter. It’s always a treasure trove!
The Weekender is sponsored by:

The Cherry Building

Floral Femme Fatales

Nov 3 – 5:00pm

25 Year Anniversary Celebration & Audree Larson’s Solo Exhibition

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Growing With the Job: Reflections on a Career in Conservation

Nov 3 – 6:00pm (CDT)

Yasmeen Khan, the head of paper conservation at the Library of Congress, discusses her path toward becoming a rare book conservator.

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Nov 3 – 6:30pm

A 35th anniversary screening of Predator on 35mm, featuring a post-screening reading with author Ander Monson, reading from his newest book Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession.

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Willow Creek Theatre Company

the wish

Nov 3 – 7:30pm

the wish: a manual for a last-ditch effort to save abortion in the united states through theater.

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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Patrick Shiroishi

Nov 3 – 9:00pm

FEaST: Patrick Shiroishi

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Cedar Rapids Public Library-Downtown

Friends of the Library Big Book Sale

Nov 4 – 9:00am

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library are holding their large fall book sale at the Downtown Library!

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Mount Mercy University

Fall Diversity Film Festival

Nov 4 – 1:00pm

Join us for the Social Work program’s Fall Diversity Film Festival!

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Iowa City Public Library

Days of Future Past: Histories and Futures of Racial Representation in Comics

Nov 4 – 1:00pm

A two-day seminar that looks at racial representation in comics through multiple speakers at various universities as well as a panel discussion held at the Iowa City Public Library.

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Downtown Iowa City

ICPL History Walks: The Murder of Lizzie Hess

Nov 4 – 5:00pm

Join ICPL Librarians on this interactive history walk!

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Prairie Lights Bookstore

Joshua Weiner and Christopher Merrill

Nov 4 – 7:00pm

Please join us with poets Joshua Weiner who will read from his translation of Nelly Sachs’ poetry: Flight and Metamorphosis, and Christopher Merrill, who will read from his book of poetry, Flares.

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The Englert Theatre

Lubomyr Melnyk

Nov 4 – 7:30pm

Lubomyr Melnyk performs at the Englert Theatre

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Willow Creek Theatre Company

Girlies for Emma Goldman

Nov 4 – 8:00pm

Next week is election day, and you’d best believe the Girlies are prepared to get it at the polls.

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The Weekender is sponsored by:



Nov 4 – 9:00pm

Martin Kanja (aka Lord Spike Heart) and Sam Karugu emerge from Nairobi’s flourishing underground metal scene as former members of the bands Lust of a Dying Breed and Seeds of Datura.

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Sidekick Coffee and Books

2nd Annual KidLit Pizzazz Festival

Nov 5 – 12:00pm

The KidLit Pizzazz Festival is back for the second year!

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The James Theater

Miguel Espinoza Fusion with Dave Hagedorn

Nov 5 – 7:00pm

Miguel Espinoza Fusion twists Flamenco, jazz, Cuban and classical Indian musical forms into intoxicating journeys that thrill audiences.

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The Englert Theatre

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Nov 5 – 7:30pm

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Englert.

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Paramount Theatre Cedar Rapids


Nov 5 – 8:00pm

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages.

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Theatre B, UI Theatre Building

The Bacchae: A Tragedy in One Act (from Kneehigh Theatre)

Nov 5 – 8:00pm

The Bacchae: A Tragedy in One Act (from Kneehigh Theatre)
By Carl Gross and Anna Murphy
Adapted by Emma Rice
Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz

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Nov 5 – 10:00pm

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

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NewBo City Market

Makerspace Sunday

Nov 6 – 11:00am

Join NewBo City Market and discover your creativity through various arts and crafts for adults.

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Esteban & the Children of the Sun

Nov 6 – 1:00pm

Esteban & the Children of the Sun Screening

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PS1—Close House

Performance Art Lab of Iowa Meeting

Nov 6 – 3:00pm

The inaugural meeting of Performance Art Lab of Iowa! Nov 6, 3-5pm at PS1 Close (538 S Gilbert).

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The Englert Theatre

Allison Russell

Nov 6 – 4:00pm

Allison Russell with Sam Rae.
Co-Presented with Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar 10th Anniversary Party

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Cornell College Kimmel Theatre

The Baltimore Consort

Nov 7 – 7:30pm

The Baltimore Consort will perform perform “The Food of Love: Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare” on instruments that enjoyed popularity in the Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods.

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Five questions with 3x Grammy-nominated Americana singer and writer Allison Russell

by Sid Peterson, Nov 2
One of the most powerful, impressive voices in the Americana world is making a stop in Iowa City on tour for her debut record. Montreal-born Nashville resident Allison Russell is performing at the Englert on Sunday, Nov. 6, sharing songs from her May, 2021 acclaimed album Outside Child.

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