Starting today (day two!), the number of cool things happening at any given moment in Iowa City doubles, and this pace continues through the weekend.
If you’re a writer, a wannabe writer or just want to get your Mission Creek on early this evening, you should head to Brix Wine & Cheese Shop for the Writing Industry Roundtable (5:00 p.m.). Janaka Stucky of Black Ocean and Roxane Gay of PANK Magazine will be discussing all things of concern to the literary world. And if your tummy isn’t completely full of wine and cheese afterward, think of heading to Devotay at 6:30 p.m. for their 4x4x40 (4 plates, 4 beers, for $40) dinner with Van Houzen Brewing (out of Newton, IA).
Starting a night of feminist punk in Iowa City, FilmScene will be screening Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer at Gabes (7:00 p.m.). Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer chronicles the Russian feminist punk band of the same name, and discusses their politics, experiences with creative oppression and the jail time two members received following an ‘unauthorized’ protest performance.
Depending on your musical tastes, the nine o’clock hour could land you in either of two places. Mirror Coat (indie garage-pop out of Richmond) will start tonight’s show at Yacht Club, opening for the headliner Détective (post-punk psychedelic pop out of Los Angeles) who will take the stage around 11:40 p.m.
Otherwise, I’d suggest heading to the The Englert to see Iris DeMent. DeMent is a country/folk singer and songwriter who recently released her first album of all original songs in sixteen years, Sing the Delta, to much critical acclaim.
The end of my second day will consist of grabbing some earplugs and heading back to Gabe’s for two of my favorite Iowa City bands, Nerv and Slut River (10:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., respectively). If you haven’t had a chance to see either of them yet, check out the Nerv song “Inside Out” and Slut River’s “No Reflection”. Then, taking the stage at 12:15 a.m. at Gabes is Vancouver’s feminist punk band, White Lung. I’m extra excited to see White Lung after interviewing lead singer Mish Way about their participation in Mission Creek a couple weeks ago. Anyway, I hope to see you all taking full advantage of tonight’s awesome schedule!
Michael Zapruder (Pink Thunder) – 4:00 p.m.
Brix Wine and Cheese Shop
Writing Industry Roundtable – 5:00 p.m.
4x4x40 Dinner with Van Houzen Brewing – 6:30 p.m.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Rock Prayer screening – 7:00 p.m.
Gluestick – 10:00 p.m.
Nerv – 10:45 p.m.
Slut River – 11:30 p.m.
White Lung – 12:15 a.m.
The Englert Theatre
Dave Moore – 8:00 p.m.
Iris Dement – 9:00 p.m.
Eileen Pollack and Jen Percy reading – 7:00 p.m.
The Yacht Club
Mirror Coat – 9:00 p.m.
Gloom Balloon – 9:50 p.m.
The Multiple Cat – 10:45 p.m.
Detective – 11:40 p.m.
Christopher the Conquered – 9:00 p.m.
Pink Thunder – 10:00 p.m.