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Weekender, Oct. 28: Halloween happenings and more






THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

The holiday of horror is finally here! It’s the 40th anniversary of The Evil Dead, costume contests abound and kids’ activities are available to one and all! (See our fuller list of events in our Halloween Happenings collection.) The weekend also offers a wide variety of less-terrifying events for those not celebrating Samhain. Whether as yourself or dressed in your creepiest couture, enjoy!
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Online

Crip Camp Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

Oct 28 – 4:00pm (CDT)

UI School of Social Work and Wild Bill’s are hosting a FREE online screening and discussion of the documentary in observance of National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.


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The ArtiFactory

Phil Dorothy Drawing Studio

Oct 28 – 6:30pm

Bring your own drawing materials to this Thursday night life drawing group. Drawing boards and easels will be available.


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Iowa City Public Library

Shaun of the Dead

Oct 28 – 7:00pm

Halloween isn’t just for kids!


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Joystick Comedy Bar & Arcade

Halloween JOK-E-OKE

Oct 28 – 9:00pm

Open Mic Night, anyone can perform! Sign-up by 9 p.m. Karaoke 11-2
Costume Contest, Food, Games, Prizes & more!! 19+ event
Hosts: Monty and Travis!


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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Jon Mueller with Claire Nunez

Oct 28 – 9:00pm

Jon Mueller’s aim has been to move drums, percussion and rhythm from its anticipated backbeat to a central musical focus, something more intuitive and natural than usually imagined.


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North Liberty Community Library

Trick or Treat Trail

Oct 29 – 10:30am

You and your tots are invited to a free ghoulish daytime celebration.


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Online

What Do We Mean by Research Now?—Perspectives from National Foundations and the Researchers They Support

Oct 29 – 12:00pm (CDT)

A virtual roundtable with UI Obermann Center to learn about exciting new approaches to assessment rooted in values and institutional mission, to publicly engaged and even embedded scholars, & more…


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Public Space One

Opening Reception: Axis V // Bleue Liverpool

Oct 29 – 5:00pm

A site-specific intervention within the PS1 229 gallery house using analog film and new media. The Center for Afrofuturist Studies resident migration, navigation and axis lines.


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Chauncey Swan Ramp

Hocus Pocus at FilmScene in the Park

Oct 29 – 7:00pm

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with FilmScene to show the frightfully fun family flick “Hocus Pocus” at Chauncey Swan Park!


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The Englert Theatre

John Hiatt and The Jerry Douglas Band

Oct 29 – 7:30pm

The Englert Theatre presents John Hiatt and The Jerry Douglas Band


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Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

SUSTO w/ She Returns From War, Mel Washington, Haiva Ru

Oct 30 – 7:00pm

SUSTO live in the barn!
With: She Returns From War, Mel Washington and Haiva Ru

COVID-19 Protocols in place.


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Paramount Theatre Cedar Rapids

Orchestra Iowa: ‘Ghostbusters’ in Concert

Oct 30 – 7:30pm

Experience Ivan Reitman’s two-time Oscar and two-time Golden Globe-nominated film, screened live as an orchestra performs Elmer Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated score and Ray Parker Jr.’s hit title track.


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The Treehouse

Scary-Oke!

Oct 30 – 8:00pm

Willow Creek Theatre Company presents a night of karaoke that’s sure to be a scream! B.Y.O.Boo-ze!


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FilmScene—Ped Mall

‘The Evil Dead’

Oct 30 – 9:30pm

Bijou Film Board celebrates the 40th anniversary of Sam Raimi classic ‘The Evil Dead’ (1981)! Masks & vax required.


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NewBo City Market

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct 30 – 9:30pm

Rocky Horror comes to life once again at NewBo City Market with singing, dancing, screaming & an occasional thrown object.
Local burlesque troupe Knights of the Round Pasties will lead the pre-show.


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The Englert Theatre

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct 30 – 11:30pm

The Englert Theatre and Comics in Action are proud to bring the Rocky Horror Picture Show to life once again at the Englert!


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The Iowa Children’s Museum

Sensory-Friendly Halloween Fun

Oct 31 – 6:00pm

Join the Children’s Museum for a special Halloween-themed Super Hero Night with sensory-friendly activities and opportunities to collect treats in the museum exhibits.


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Wetherby Park

Day of the Dead / Dia de Muertos Ofrenda

Nov 1 – Nov 2 –

This celebration of “The Day of the Dead” will help to heal, mourn & remember all the lives lost during the pandemic & to heal as a community transforming the pain & fear into solidarity & engagement.


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House of Dotł’izhi

The House of DOTŁ’IZH Grand Opening

Nov 1 – 11:00am

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of The House of DOTŁ’IZHI by touring the studio, gallery and boutique filled with artisan jewelry and indigenous art.


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The Englert Theatre

Billy Prine & The Prine Time Players Present: The Songs Of John Prine

Nov 1 – 7:00pm

The Englert Theatre presents Billy Prine & The Prine Time Players: The Songs Of John Prine Featuring David Huckfelt


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Riverside Theatre offers peek into their future space, launches new capital campaign

by Emma McClatchey, Oct. 22
In late summer 2017, a building on the Ped Mall owned by the Swisher Trust, home to Union Bar and Revival, went up for auction. Little Village got access to the top floor of the building, derelict and covered in haunting graffiti: demons, clowns, skeletons, and even a bit of apocalyptic street poetry.
“No ghosts in our fair state,” one vandal had finger-painted on a wall. “Get lost you aren’t welcome.”
The Tailwind Development Group won the auction for the historic building. Four years later, as the College Street side of the Ped Mall prepares for a massive new development, Riverside Theatre is set to breathe new life into the space—though the nonprofit may bring a few of Shakespeare’s ghosts with them. READ MORE >>


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