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Weekender, March 11: PS1’s ‘Osmotic Radiance,’ ‘The Enchanted Forest,’ Taj Mahal

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THE WEEKENDER 

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium is here! Puppets for grown-ups, cookie dough for kids, writing workshops and more activities for the whole family this weekend.
If you know of an upcoming virtual, outdoor or otherwise safely distanced event that you’d like to see in the Weekender, reply to this email to tell us about it.




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‘Stages’ by David Lee Nelson

Mar 5 – Mar 21 – All day

Riverside Theatre presents a hero’s journey through the medical wilderness. An inspirational, funny, unflinching, and true story from writer/performer David Lee Nelson.


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Osmotic Radiance: the PS1 Art Auction

Mar 6 – Mar 13 – 12:00pm

The annual PS1 art auction features diverse work by over 50 artists and is a fundraiser to support PS1’s year-round programming and resources!


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‘The Enchanted Forest’

Mar 11 – 7:00pm (CST)

Cedar Rapids Opera presents Anna Young’s ‘The Enchanted Forest’ w/ members of the Opera’s Young Artists Program, dramatized by puppets in their likenesses by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company.


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Mark Morris in conversation with Nico Muhly, composer

Mar 11 – 7:30pm

Journalist Paula Zahn will moderate a live conversation with acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris and composer Nico Muhly.


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Puppets and Pastries for Adults!

Mar 12 – 7:00pm

Lovers of puppet theatre will have the opportunity to see cutting edge puppetry directed towards adults and enjoy music, poetry and storytelling.


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Storytelling, a Pandemic Play

Mar 12 – 7:00pm (CST)

Kept apart by the pandemic, Chloe and her grandfather communicate only by Zoom, learning a little bit more about each other and the value of stories when we’re living in separate worlds.


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Loren Glass in conversation with Ann Powers

Mar 12 – 7:00pm

Join Prairie Lights to celebrate the release of “Tapestry” with author and University of Iowa professor Loren Glass, in conversation with NPR Music Critic and Correspondent, Ann Powers.


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Out the Box: ‘Bezos ‘N Me’

Mar 12 – 8:00pm

Mirrorbox Theatre presents Patrick Vermillion’s ‘Bezos ‘N Me,’ directed by Cavan Hallman. Free; registration required. Donations welcome!


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Storytellers: Megan Gogerty

Mar 13 – 10:00am

In this gentle and fun crash course, comedian and playwright Megan Gogerty will lead the class through the basics of standup comedy—how to write, edit and deliver jokes based on your real life.


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Iron Pen Virtual Awards Reading

Mar 13 – 2:00pm

Join the Midwest Writing Center to hear the writers of 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and Honorable Mention winners of the Iron Pen Contest.


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Storytelling, a Pandemic Play

Mar 13 – 7:00pm (CST)

Kept apart by the pandemic, Chloe and her grandfather communicate only by Zoom, learning a little bit more about each other and the value of stories when we’re living in separate worlds.


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Hawkeye Downs Speedway

46th Annual SaPaDaPaSo Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 13 – 2:00pm

The intrepid SaPaDaPaSo folks have created a drive-through parade that you can enjoy from the safety of your vehicle. Parade entries will be lined up along the racetrack for parade-goers enjoyment.


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Bublanina: Famous Czech-Baked Dessert

Mar 13 – 2:30pm (CST)

Our popular virtual cooking classes are back!

This famous Czech dessert is simple to prepare and is irresistible.


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Taj Mahal and Phantom Blues Band with special guest Jon Cleary

Mar 13 – 8:00pm

The legendary Taj Mahal performs with British-born New Orleans funk savant Jon Cleary. Part of the Taj Mahal livestream series from the UC Theatre.


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Second Sunday Garden Forum: Iowa Gardens of the Past with Beth Cody

Mar 14 – 2:00pm (CDT)

Iowa City gardener and author Beth Cody will give a presentation of the history of ornamental gardening in Iowa.


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Storytelling, a Pandemic Play

Mar 14 – 2:00pm (CDT)

Kept apart by the pandemic, Chloe and her grandfather communicate only by Zoom, learning a little bit more about each other and the value of stories when we’re living in separate worlds.


More info >>





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Homemade Dog Treats

Mar 14 – 3:30pm

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen’s dog treat recipes allow for endless substitutions—just be sure to look up any new ingredients to make sure they are safe for dogs!


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St. Patrick’s Day Special with Blame Not the Bard

Mar 14 – 7:00pm

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with songs and stories online from Iowa’s own Blame Not the Bard!


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Spring Break Kids: Make Cookie Dough Bites with Becky’s Mindful Kitchen

Mar 15 – 3:30pm (CDT)

Kick off spring break with a fun and easy cooking class with Becky Schmooke from Becky’s Mindful Kitchen! She’ll teach you how to make completely customizable edible cookie dough bites.


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Poetry as Active Voice

Mar 15 – 6:00pm

In this 4-part series, Steven Willis brings techniques from theater and playwriting to help poets craft vivid stories and scenes held together by distinct first-person voices!


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Journaling for Mental Health, presented by NAMI and the Midwest Writing Center

Mar 15 – 6:30pm (CDT)

NAMI and the Midwest Writing Center have partnered to present a free (suggested donation $10) virtual workshop on using writing to help manage mental health.


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Kevin Brockmeier in conversation with Anjali Sachdeva

Mar 15 – 7:00pm

Join Prairie Lights to celebrate the release of Kevin Brockmeier’s new collection of stories, “The Ghost Variations” with a reading and conversation with Anjali Sachdeva.


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IOWA RAISED, IRELAND ROOTED





Blame Not the Bard takes its St. Patrick’s Day show online this year with a performance on Facebook this Sunday evening. They took some time to put together a playlist of Irish tunes for you to enjoy until then, from both traditional artists and local contemporaries. “All three of us grew up in Iowa, but we have felt a strong connection to the humanity that Irish songs highlight,” Nikki Philbrick wrote in an email. “In them, we have found love, war, laughter, sorrow and joy. We may have been raised in Iowa, but have felt rooted to these songs that are sometimes centuries old because they’re just so—human.” Click here to open the playlist on Spotify!

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