It's Friday AND it's Halloween weekend. This is my weekly look at fun stuff to do in Iowa City and Coralville. These are just a few things that caught my eye for this weekend Oct 30 - Nov 1.
It's Halloween weekend. Maybe that's the reason there's a serious lack of new movie releases to write about. Amelia, with Hillary Swank and Richard Gere is the only new movie in today in our theaters: Sycamore Mall Movie Theater in Iowa City and Coral Ridge Mall Movie Theater in Coralville. It's a biography about Amelia Earhart, an inspirational woman who became famous in the 1920's and '30's in the "man's world" of aviation. On the other end of the spectrum, Michael Jackson fans will more than likely continue to line up for the opportunity of seeing him in action for the last time in This is it. Like I said though, it's Halloween, most folks will have much more fun plans than going to the movies this weekend.
One of those funs things will be trick-or-treating. I didn't know there were allocated times for the different local communities - I do now, thanks to the Press Citizen. In Iowa City it is dusk - 8.00pm, Coralville 5.30pm -8.00pm and North Liberty 5.00pm - 8.00 pm.
Moving on...The Englert has some Halloween fun lined up for this evening with a Masquarade Ball. And at midnight tomorrow there is more revelry when the Riff Raff Theater presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Zombie Prom continues it's run at the Johnson County Fairgrounds: "Imagine Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video paired with poodle skirts, prom dresses and zombies" That's a direct quote from the Daily Iowan, our University newspaper, where you'll find the rest of the article and schedule for this zany show directed by my friend Jeff Shields of the Iowa City Community Theatre. Totally in line with the Halloween spirit, the organizers encourage visitors to wear Halloween costumes. Still in line with Halloween, the last show is on October 31.
Can't write a post without mentioning Iowa City's best live entertainment venue, as voted in the Press Citizen's Best of the Area List. You can't beat The Mill for entertainment. Check out the schedule. There's always fun stuff going on there and this weekend they're kicking it up a notch with their Annual Halloween Show.
Now how about something for those who want something non Halloween related...
Harvest Art continues at the Chait Galleries downtown. Harvest Art is an exhibit featuring paintings from Tam Bryk, digital pigment prints from Sara Lee Brown, abstracts from Matt Lyvers, paintings from Bekah Ash and poured iron from John Coyne. The schedule is on the Press Citizen's website.
Prairie Lights Bookstore was also on that Best of Area list and as someone who just loves books I have a self-imposed requirement to mention them every week... They often have guest readings and are definitely worth bookmarking. They already have great coffee. Apparently very soon they will also be serving alcohol. I love the idea of the ambience that will create - A glass of red wine and a book. Sounds like heaven to me...
Now let me think, what have I missed?? Oh yes...It's Halloween weekend and the Iowa Hawkeyes are set to play at home against Indiana... The UI has set some ground rules for fans wearing costumes to the game. I'm sure that won't dampen anybody's spirits though. Our guys are on a roll and looking to make it 9 for 0. Who doubts they can do it? No-one around here that's for sure!
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