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Weekender Eastern Iowa! Iowa City Book Festival | ReFocus Film Festival | Gallery Walk





THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Fall is in full swing, and Eastern Iowa is ready to take advantage of it! There’s plenty of opportunities to wander, from the Gallery Walk to the Refocus Film Festival to the continuing Iowa City Book Festival (a few events are highlighted here, but be sure to check out our full collection). For a top pick, though, it’s got to be the perfect Halloween season kickoff event: master storyteller Darrin Crow performing Edgar Allan Poe at the University of Iowa Libraries. It’s time to get creepy!
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FilmScene—Chauncey

Refocus Film Festival

Oct 6 – Oct 9 –

Refocus Film Festival will include films, conversations, multi-disciplinary performances, and art inspired by the work of adaptation, transforming one art form into another.


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Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Dine with Zombie

Oct 6 – 5:00pm

Join us for a fun evening of dinner with Zombies! In honor of our Zombie Awakening (Black Ale with Coffee) with Scream Acres at Bloomsbury Farm!


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University of Iowa Theatre Building

A Conversation with Rick Cleveland

Oct 6 – 5:00pm

The UI Department of Theatre Arts welcomes 1995 MFA grad Rick Cleveland, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer, playwright, and monologuist


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Cedar Rapids Public Library-Downtown

Mental Health Equity: Let's Talk About It

Oct 6 – 5:30pm

Free in-person event with online attendance option.


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Iowa City Public Library

Anna Barker: Teaching Classics on Facebook

Oct 7 – 4:00pm

A session with Professor Anna Barker.


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Merge

Fall Gallery Walk

Oct 7 – 5:00pm

Support your favorite Iowa City small businesses and see the work of Ceramics at Iowa students at the 2022 Fall Gallery Walk hosted by the Iowa City Downtown District


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PS1—Close House

Iowa Dance Festival Cx3

Oct 7 – 7:00pm

Interdisciplinary, experimental performance, and reception.


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Pappajohn Business Building, W10

One Community, One Book Author Keynote With Alex Kotlowitz

Oct 7 – 7:00pm

Join us for an evening with best-selling author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz as he discusses his latest novel.


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The Englert Theatre

Broken Social Scene

Oct 7 – 7:30pm

Broken Social Scene perform at the Englert


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Uptown Marion

Chocolate Walk

Oct 7 – 7:30pm

What could be more delightful than shopping and chocolate? Adding a fall night in Uptown Marion!


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The ArtiFactory

Monstersongs

Oct 7 – 8:00pm

Run of the Mill Theatre Presents: Monstersongs


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Merge

Book Fair

Oct 8 – 10:00am

Iowa City Book Festival’s Book Fair!


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Northside Marketplace

Northside Oktoberfest

Oct 8 – 11:00am

Your favorite beer festival returns this fall!


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Public Space One

Celebrate Your Inner Authority: An InterPlay Playshop

Oct 8 – 2:00pm

Celebrate Your Inner Authority: An InterPlay Playshop


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Iowa City Public Library

Cristalle “Psalm One” Bowen

Oct 8 – 4:00pm

ICBF: Cristalle “Psalm One” Bowen at the Iowa City Public Library


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Indian Creek Nature Center

Nature's Best Hope

Oct 8 – 6:30pm

Dr. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can and must take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.


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The James Theater

Iowa Dance Festival Concert

Oct 8 – 7:00pm

The Iowa Dance Festival seeks to promote the performance and collaboration of dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians and writers in Iowa.


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The Englert Theatre

David Huckfelt & Pieta Brown w/Bo Ramsey

Oct 8 – 7:30pm

David Huckfelt & Pieta Brown w/Bo Ramsey at the Englert Theatre


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PS1—Close House

Iowa City Flea Market

Oct 9 – 11:00am

First IC Flea Market in the October series!


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Iowa City Public Library

Poetry in Public Reading

Oct 9 – 12:00pm

Poetry in Public celebrates our community’s rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages.


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Iowa City Public Library

Iowa Intersections Interview Screening

Oct 9 – 2:30pm

ICBF Presents: “Iowa Intersections” Interview Screening


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University of Iowa Pentacrest

Reproduction Rights Rally

Oct 9 – 4:00pm

Take part in the national weekend of action for repro justice from here in Iowa City on Sun, Oct 9th


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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Dryad, Vide, Saidan, Sinner Frenz

Oct 9 – 7:30pm

Dryad, Vide, Saidan, Sinner Frenz


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Main Library Gallery, University of Iowa Libraries

Morbid Curiosities & Mabbott Poe

Oct 10 – 6:30pm

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Tiny pianos, big ideas: Witching Hour and FEaST bring playful creatives to Iowa City this fall

by Genevieve Trainor, Oct 4
When Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan began collaborating with each other and creating as Chromic Duo, both were already experienced educators and performers, looking for a way to foster community and lift up the Asian American diaspora in New York, which at the time was increasingly the target of racist violence.




The hip-hop horizon: Iowa rappers’ fall releases explore drug culture, punk and ‘ascension music’

by Chris DeLine, Sep 30
This fall will see a wide range of releases from Iowan artists spanning the diverse rap and hip-hop spectrum. While this is far from a comprehensive list of what’s on tap for the next several months, here’s a cross-section looking at five releases from young, up-and-coming artists who have new projects on the way.




Five questions with Mirrorbox Theatre founder Cavan Hallman ahead of their first season in a new space

by Genevieve Trainor, Oct 3
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, one of the first and most enduring adaptations allowing Iowans to continue experiencing the arts was young Cedar Rapids company Mirrorbox Theatre’s Out the Box series.

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