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Weekender Eastern Iowa! Warlock Hour Festival | Misery @ TCR | Songs of Black America





THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

It’s a jam-packed weekend in Eastern Iowa! Just compiling this list was exhausting. You can catch burlesque, roller derby, opera and drag, along with some phenomenal music offerings (don’t miss the Warlock Hour Festival at Gabe’s!). For the poets, Iowa City Poetry is partnering with Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature for a preliminary competition where one poet will be selected to face off against the best slam poets from other UNESCO Cities of Literature. And for top pick of the weekend? Well, there’s not just one. It’s time to get your scare on with spine-tingling plays from theaters across Eastern Iowa, including (from North to South!) eerie radio plays at Giving Tree, ‘Misery’ at TCR, ‘Monstersongs’ continuing from Run of the Mill and ‘The Weir’ launching at Riverside. You won’t want to drive home alone!
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Kent Park Conservation Education Center

Nature and Forest Therapy for Vet's and/or Vet's Spouses

Oct 13 – 6:00pm

Come relax into the calming embrace of the forest, let the more than human world help regain equilibrium and de-stress.


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Downtown Iowa City

Literary Pub Crawl

Oct 13 – 6:30pm

Join the Iowa City Downtown District & Iowa City of Literature as Joe Reilly & Rachael Carlson traipse the Iowa City Literary Walk.


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Prairie Lights Books & Cafe

Kimberly Johnson

Oct 13 – 7:00pm

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Kimberly Johnson in celebration of the release of her book FATAL.


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University of Iowa Main Library, Shambaugh Auditorium

Writing for Screens: A Conversation with Nicholas Meyer

Oct 13 – 7:00pm

Join director, screenwriter, producer, and best-selling author Nicholas Meyer for a discussion about his storied career, which includes involvement in the beloved Star Trek series, and time at Iowa.


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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Bitchin Bajas w/Jon Mueller

Oct 13 – 9:00pm

Feed Me Weird Things presents: Bitchin Bajas (Drag City)
with special guest Jon Mueller


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Online

125 Years of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Documentary Series

Oct 14 – 8:30am (CDT)

Visit the library’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to view a short series of videos highlighting the library’s history in the Cedar Rapids community for the 125th anniversay year.


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NewBo City Market

Dog-O-Ween

Oct 14 – 5:00pm

Join us with your furry friend and enjoy craft beer, a dog costume competition, activities, small businesses featuring dog products, & more!


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Wilson's Apple Orchard

Family Friday Nights at Wilson's Orchard & Farm

Oct 14 – 5:00pm

Please join us for our Family Friday Nights every Friday in September and October!


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The ArtiFactory

Monstersongs

Oct 14 – 7:00pm

Run of the Mill Theatre Presents: Monstersongs


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Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre presents: The Weir

Oct 14 – 7:30pm

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, Conor McPherson’s acclaimed drama imagines a blustery night at a small rural bar in Ireland. Amidst Guinness and whiskey, tall tales give way to something de


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Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Opera: Domenico Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto

Oct 14 – 7:30pm

Fall Opera production from the University of Iowa School of Music


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Giving Tree Theater

Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitch-Hiker

Oct 14 – 7:30pm

Join us at the KGTT Radio Studio as we go back to the 1940’s and bring you the thrilling tales of Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitch-Hiker by Lucille Fletcher.


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Theatre Cedar Rapids

Misery

Oct 14 – 7:30pm

A play based on the novel by Stephen King


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Hancher Auditorium

Songs of Black America: Aaron Diehl and Brandon Patrick George

Oct 14 – 7:30pm

Aaron Diehl (piano) and Brandon Patrick George (flute), “Songs of Black America.”


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Wildwood BBQ & Saloon

Dave Zollo & The Body Electric

Oct 14 – 8:00pm

Dave Zollo & The Body Electric LIVE at Wildwood


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CSPS Hall

The Claudettes

Oct 14 – 8:00pm

Wielding a one-of-a-kind, piano-powered roots-pop sound, the Claudettes merge earthy blues and soul with pop hooks and punk spirit.


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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Lily DeTaeye & Nalani Proctor

Oct 14 – 8:45pm

A double header Oct 14th @ Trumpet Blossom


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Downtown Pedestrian Mall

Annual ADA Celebration

Oct 15 – 10:00am

Join us in the Annual Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Ped Mall in Downtown Iowa City.


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Iowa City Public Library

Drag Storytime & Costume Ball

Oct 15 – 10:30am

Halloween is upon us and it’s time to show off this year’s dress-up lewks!


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Theatre Cedar Rapids

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

Oct 15 – 11:00am

A special one-day-only event! Join us at 11am or 3pm on October 15, 2022.


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Gabe's

Warlock Hour Festival

Oct 15 – 4:00pm

Warlock Biz Booking presents: Warlock Hour Festival


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Mercer Park

OCCRD Monster's Brawl: Punks v. Preps

Oct 15 – 5:00pm

Old Capitol City Roller Derby is BACK! After 2.5 years, OCCRD is ready to hit the track. Join us for Monster’s Brawl: Punks v. Preps at our *new location* Mercer Rec. Center.


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PS1—Close House

Slam-O-Vision Poetry Competition

Oct 15 – 6:30pm

Iowa City Poetry is celebrating the official grand opening of their poetry lending library at the Close House by co-hosting


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Raven Wolf Productions

Dandelion Stompers Hayloft Session

Oct 15 – 7:00pm

Come dance to the Dandelion Stompers in the Hayloft Stage at Raven Wolf!


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Willow Creek Theatre Company

Babies' First Special: A Live Comedy Event!

Oct 15 – 7:00pm

Local comedian, Karen Sanchez, is taping her first mini comedy special on Saturday, October 15th!


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PorchLight

Gallery Series Exhibit, Reading + Q&A with Giselle Simòn and Cory Hutchinson-Reuss

Oct 15 – 7:00pm

Help us celebrate the launch of Prompt’s third Gallery Series chapbook, a collaboration between visual artist Giselle Simòn and poet Cory Hutchinson-Reuss.


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CSPS

Knight of 1000 Papercuts

Oct 15 – 8:00pm

The Knights of the Round Pasties are celebrating their one year anniversary at CSPS while also celebrating Halloween!


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Wildwood BBQ & Saloon

Molly Nova & The Hawk Featuring Bryce Janey

Oct 15 – 8:00pm

Molly Nova & The Hawk Featuring Bryce Janey live at Wildwood on Oct 15th


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FilmScene—Chauncey

Lady Vengeance

Oct 15 – 10:00pm

Lady Vengeance at FilmScene


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Public Space One

Iowa City Flea Market

Oct 16 – 11:00am

The Iowa City Flea Market: Art, Vintage, Clothing, Furniture, Handmade & Music


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Writing led Dessa to hip hop. Her music career brought her back again — and into the Iowa literary world

by Kembrew McLeod, Oct 10
“After like two years of rejections,” Dessa wrote on Twitter in early 2021, “my short story just got accepted into a literary magazine, and I am about to order the fuck out of some takeout.”

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