Weekender Eastern Iowa! Hedwig and the Angry Inch | This Compost! | Mutual Aid Potluck


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

It’s high July and you’re probably ready for anything that can beat this heat. Fear not! The options this weekend are endless, whether you want to slather on the sunscreen and go berry picking or experience music, literature, film and more while relaxing in A/C comfort. Top pick? You don’t want to miss the chance to commune with nature by exploring Walt Whitman’s “green poetics” and its relationship to your own writing with This Compost!, a collab between Backyard Abundance and IC Poetry nestled in the welcoming Whitman’s Grove at Harvest Preserve.
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Ladd Library

Fossil Dig Day

Jul 21 – 1:00pm

Learn all about fossils and do some digging of your own.

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Conejo en la Luna Press

Jul 21 – 6:00pm

Merge presents La tercera luz: A Poetic Journey Through Spain by local poet/memorist Corinne Stanley

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Northside Marketplace

Live Music in the Street

Jul 21 – 6:30pm

Live Music in the Street on the Northside

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FilmScene—Ped Mall

Pride: Desert Hearts

Jul 21 – 7:00pm

Pride: Desert Hearts at FilmScene

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Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.

Jul 22 – 7:00pm

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas! A blockbuster for the whole family!

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The Lucky Cat Comedy & Events

Headliner: Reena Calm

Jul 22 – 7:00pm

Comedy with headliner Reena Calm. Living out of a tricked out Prius, this pun-slinger travels the country on her signature #Calmedy tours. She’s on a mission to make people laugh in all 50 States.

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Adam Edelman Chapbook Release Reading

Jul 22 – 7:00pm

It’s Becoming A Lot More Difficult To Feel Unchanged: Adam Edelman Chapbook Release Reading. Featuring Eric Roalson, Micah Bateman, Danielle Wheeler and Sarah McGuirk

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PS1—Close House

Prevention, Direct Measure, PSYOP, Death Kill Overdrive

Jul 22 – 7:30pm

Prevention, Direct Measure, PSYOP, Death Kill Overdrive perform at PS1 Close House

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Willow Creek Theatre Company

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Jul 22 – 7:30pm

The hit Off-Broadway rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask about Hedwig and her “Angry Inch.”

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The Ross Clowser Ensemble, Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble, Alyx Rush, Ion Alexakis

Jul 22 – 8:00pm

Get ready for a local bill like no other, STRANGE MEETING, featuring some of the most in demand, most odd, most interesting, most soulful music in Iowa City.

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City Park Pool

Sunrise to Sunset

Jul 23 – 6:15am

Admissions go towards the RecAssist Scholarship Program, which provides free swim lessons to children and adults with financial need.

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Wilson's Apple Orchard

Blueberry Bonanza

Jul 23 – 11:00am

Please join us for our Blueberry Bonanza!

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Downtown Pedestrian Mall

CCAN-Con Community Engagement Fair

Jul 23 – 12:00pm

Learn how to create positive change in the Corridor helping with issues that matter to you, in ways that work for you!

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Mirrorbox Theatre

Mirrorbox Theatre Party

Jul 23 – 5:00pm

Curious to see what’s going on behind our doors? Come to an evening of fun and fundraising!

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Olympic South Side Theater

One World: The Uniphonics and Jumbies

Jul 23 – 6:30pm

This is a live music series celebrating various types of music with strong cultural ties around the globe.

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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Old Thrashers Reunion 2022 United Action for Youth Benefit

Jul 23 – 7:00pm

The return of the long-running local punk/noise/metal/weirdo music showcase benefiting United Action for Youth.

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The James Theater

TellersBridge: Summer Stories

Jul 23 – 7:30pm

Young, hot-blooded, and free as a bird, but possessing a not-fully-developed frontal lobe guarantees you’ll have some killer summertime stories to tell later in life.

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Wilson's Apple Orchard

Raspberry Picking at Wilson's Orchard & Farm

Jul 24 –

Please join us for Raspberry Season at the farm! We expect to be picking berries into late July.

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IWP Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience

Jul 24 – 8:00am

Join IWP online for a reading with acclaimed writers from North Macedonia, India, Bulgaria, and the U.S. all in one session!

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National Theatre Live: Prima Facie

Jul 24 – 1:00pm

Jodie Comer (The Last Duel) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.

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Harvest Preserve

This Compost: Green Whitman

Jul 24 – 1:00pm

Relax into the calming energy of Whitman’s Glade at Harvest Preserve as you participate in a guided discussion of Walt Whitman’s ecological consciousness and journey into your own writing experience.

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Wetherby Park

Iowa City Mutual Aid Potluck

Jul 24 – 6:30pm

Come relax and enjoy some food!

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The Collection

Jul 24 – 7:00pm

The Collection is a 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Judge’s Pick and have released three records independently

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PS1—Close House

Wombat, David Hurlin, Christine Burke

Jul 25 – 7:00pm

Wombat is on tour, for real this time.
David Hurlin is playing.
Christine Burke is too.

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‘Make art. Shoot a video. Play in a band.’ Gen X rockers reunite in Iowa City to encourage the next generation

by Kembrew McLeod, Jul 11
“At the Old Threshers Reunion this summer, you’re going to come across some old pumps, tractors and hay balers, and there’ll be too-cute nanny goats and freckled girls in pigtails,” said musician David Murray, summing up the annual festival in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa that celebrates the state’s agricultural heritage. “If you go to the Old Thrashers Reunion, you’ll see a lot of old grumps, hackers and nay-sayers with good intentions.”

The org tables are the stars at CCAN-Con, a volunteering and activism fair taking over the Ped Mall Saturday

by Sumner Wallace, Jul 18
Corridor Community Action Network will host its second-ever CCAN-Con on Saturday at the Ped Mall. The convention, last held right before the onset of the COVID pandemic in 2020, is a community engagement and volunteer fair founded by CCAN Director Mandi Nichols. Local organizations will be tabling, as well as providing various workshops and training.

Book Review: ‘A Playbill For Sunset’ by Dan Campion

by Sarah Elgatian, Jul 15
Formulaic poetry seems to be simultaneously under- and overrated, something force-fed us by teachers and then never seen again — as though only the archaic men of our textbooks were allowed to use the respective forms. Truthfully, formulaic poems have never actually left the literary milieu.

Book Review: ‘Endlessly Ever After’ by Laurel Snyder, ill. by Dan Santat

by Genevieve Trainor, Jul 15
Poet Laurel Snyder, an Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum, is a Geisel Award-winning children’s book author. Endlessly Ever After is her first collaboration with Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Dan Santat (beloved in my home for his work on Corey Rosen Schwartz’s The Three Ninja Pigs). It is not, however, her first pick-your-path book.