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Weekender Eastern Iowa! Nakatani Gong Orchestra | Anastasia | Beowulf





THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

From the start of the Iowa City Book Festival to a political revolution via puppet circus, you’ll be running all over to catch it all this crisp fall weekend! Top pick? The Witching Hour series (a program of Little Village and the Englert Theatre) is collaborating with Public Space One and Feed Me Weird Things to present the phenomenal Tatsuya Nakatani and his (locally sourced) gong orchestra!
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University of Iowa Obermann Center

Obermann Humanities 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Sep 29 – 4:00pm

Watch humanities grad students pitch their research in only 3 minutes!


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Coralville Public Library

The Paul Engle Award Ceremony

Sep 29 – 7:00pm

The Paul Engle Award Ceremony Featuring Rebecca Solnit in Conversation with Lyz Lenz


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Paramount Theatre Cedar Rapids

Anastasia

Sep 29 – 7:30pm

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Cedar Rapids at last!


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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Dolněmčanka Concert

Sep 30 – 7:00pm

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library welcomes the 18-piece brass band Dolněmčanka for an evening performance.


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The Englert Theatre

Randall Munroe

Sep 30 – 7:00pm

The IC Book Festival and Prairie Lights Books presents Randall Munroe


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The James Theater

BEOWULF with John Heimbuch

Sep 30 – 7:30pm

The Iowa City Book Festival & Crooked Path Productions present… Valor! Strength! Monsters! Hear the tale of Beowulf!


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Giving Tree Theater

GTT Comedy Night: Andy Hendrickson

Oct 1 – 7:00pm

Andy Hendrickson is a comedian, writer and actor that built his career in New York City.


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CSPS Hall

Treesreach and Halfloves with Maaaze

Oct 1 – 7:30pm

Three Iowa bands performing together for one night of indie rock, fun, and excitement.


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Willow Creek Theatre Company

Lady Franklyn Improv Show

Oct 1 – 7:30pm

Come out and see WCTC’s original house team and Iowa City’s first professional improv team, Lady Franklyn, deliver an incredible night of improv!


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Gabe's

Be Our Guest: The Unofficial DJ Disney Night

Oct 1 – 9:00pm

Disney Lovers, 90s Kids, or anyone who just wants to “Let It Go…”


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Mercer Park

Bread & Puppet: The Apocalypse Defiance Circus

Oct 2 – 2:00pm

Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater is on their fall tour with their latest production, Our Domestic Resurrection Circus: Apocalypse Defiance.


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Iowa City Public Library

Co-Crafting the Just City: A panel with Jim Throgmorton

Oct 2 – 2:00pm

In this session a moderated panel of readers will discuss former Iowa City mayor Jim Throgmorton’s new book, Co-crafting the Just City.


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Wildwood BBQ & Saloon

Carnifex w/ Spite, Oceano, Left To Suffer, Crown Magnetar

Oct 2 – 5:15pm


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Gabe's

Josh Fudge w/ Sophie Mitchell and Her Hot Nasties

Oct 2 – 6:00pm

Josh Fudge with Sophie Mitchell and Her Hot Nasties


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The James Theater

Iowa Jazz Composers Orchestra

Oct 2 – 7:00pm

University of Northern Iowa Professor and award-winning jazz composer Mike Conrad brings Iowa’s premiere large jazz ensemble to Iowa City for a special performance at the James Theater.


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Vino Vérité: Hidden Letters

Oct 2 – 7:00pm

Vino Vérité returns in October with a remarkable portrait of two women in contemporary China drawn together by a secret language handed down through generations.


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The Englert Theatre

Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Oct 2 – 7:30pm

Nakatani’s distinctive music centers around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls.


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Les Misérables film

Oct 3 – 6:30pm

Les Misérables film (France, 1958) with talkback with Anna Barker and Ben Delgado


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





A community read of ‘Les Miserables’ drives a thread of ICBF programming

by Rob Cline, Sep 29
Anna Barker hadn’t even made it into her chair in the patio seating area of the downtown Java House for our interview before she posed a question. “Thirteen hundred pages in 92 days? Who does that?”




Crooked Path Theatre to bring its off-beat productions to Prairie Lights, The James this fall

by Saunia Powell, Sep 19
It can be hard to keep up with the absolute explosion of theater happening in the Corridor. Talent and passion keep sprouting in this fertile Iowan soil, and “so much theater” is an incredibly delightful (and coveted) problem for any town to have.




Five questions with: Andy Colpitts, touring cast member in Bread and Puppet Theatre

by Lily DeTaeye, Sep 29
Founded in 1963 as a way to tell neighborhood stories of New York City’s Lower East Side, Bread & Puppet Theatre is considered one of the oldest, non-profit, politically-driven theater companies in the country.

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