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What's Happenin': Tuesday, July 5, through Wednesday, July 20 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 06:00

A Lesson Before DyingTheatre

A Lesson Before Dying

Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 24

 

Running July 15 through 24, the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s latest production is author Romulus Linney’s A Lesson Before Dying. And yes, the title does feature a particular word that might make you think the show is depressing as all get-out. Allow me, though, to alleviate your fears: Just because a production has “lesson” in the title doesn’t mean it’s downbeat! There are all sorts of fun lessons out there! Piano lessons, dance lessons, – !

What’s that? It was the word “dying” that made you think the play was a downer? Hmm. I hadn’t thought of that ... .

 
What's Happenin': Tuesday, June 21, through Wednesday, July 6 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 06:00

Das EFXMusic

Das EFX and David Allan Coe

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, June 25, and Friday, July 1

 

With the hip-hop artists of Das EFX playing the Rock Island Brewing Company on June 25, and outlaw-country musician David Allan Coe playing RIBCO on July 1, my editor, Jeff, thought it would be fun if I wrote a combined What’s Happenin’ piece on both concerts. After all, beyond the venue they’re appearing in, these disparate performers must have something in common, right?

 
What's Happenin': Tuesday, June 7, through Wednesday, June 22 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 06:00

Yo La TengoMusic

Yo La Tengo

Englert Theatre

Tuesday, June 21, 8 p.m.

 

The experimental alternative rockers of Yo La Tengo perform a concert at Iowa City’s Englert Theatre on June 21, and the All Music Guide has described the group as “the quintessential critics’ band.” I’m assuming that’s all the motivation you need to purchase tickets, as personal experience has proven that the public always agrees with the critics.

Whenever you’re done laughing, I’ll continue.

 
What's Happenin': Summer 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 06:00

Our Summer Guide – featuring more than 1,800 events – can be found on newsstands and also browsed here. Below are Mike Schulz’s highlights for the next two weeks and the whole summer.

River Cities' Reader - Issue 779 - May 26, 2011

Becky McCorkle and Don Hazen in Don't Talk to the ActorsTheatre

Don’t Talk to the Actors

Richmond Hill Barn Theatre

Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 12

 

Throughout the history of American theatre, there have been a number of directors famed for their presentations of numerous works by one particular author: Mike Nichols directing Neil Simon plays, Elia Kazan directing Tennessee Williams plays, Lloyd Richards directing August Wilson plays, Susan Simosky directing Tom Dudzick plays ... .

 
What's Happenin': Tuesday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 25 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 06:00

Circa: 61 Circus Acts in 60 MinutesEvent

Circa: 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes

Englert Theatre

Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m.

 

Appearing as the final guests in Hancher Auditorium’s 2010-11 Visiting Artists series, the Australian troupe Circa brings its lauded 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes to Iowa City’s Englert Theatre on May 14, demonstrating such feats as knife-throwing, flying without a net, and what’s called “the unicycle of death.” That last one certainly sounds like something to see, as I wasn’t aware there were any other kinds of unicycles.

 
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