One Community One Book: The Farm by Joanne Ramos

C20 Pomerantz Center 213 N Clinton St, Iowa City

The 2023 One Community, One Book is The Farm by Joanne Ramos. Told from the perspective of four women, The Farm explores gender, race, and class, and of who has access to power, freedom, and choice. This event is free and open to the public. This event will have ASL interpretation. Doors open at 1 p.m. Author Keynote begins at

Little Village Presents: Roast of Iowa City

ReUnion Brewery 113 E College St, Iowa City

  Year after year, some of the area’s most treasured comics and writers gather together to relentlessly burn and mock everything sacred and dear about our town. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo, Basil Rathbone, and Fredric March

FilmScene at The Chauncey 404 E College St, Iowa City, IA

This 19th-century period piece is an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. On a trip to St. Petersburg, Anna Karenina (Greta Garbo), neglected wife of the famed Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin (Basil Rathbone), meets a handsome military officer, Count Vronsky (Fredric March). Vronsky becomes enamored of Anna and follows her back to Moscow to confess his

Curator Guided Tour: Hey Buddy, I’m Bill

University of Iowa Main Library Gallery 125 W Washington St, Iowa City, IA

Hey Buddy, I’m Bill tells the story of Bill Sackter, the namesake of Wild Bill’s (formerly Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop) in the University of Iowa School of Social Work. From his early life in Minneapolis to his 44-year institutionalization for an intellectual disability to his years of friends and fame in Iowa City, the exhibit shares

Sarah Cypher: The Skin and Its Girl

Prairie Lights Books 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

A young, queer Palestinian American woman pieces together her great aunt's secrets in this sweeping debut, a family saga confronting questions of sexual identity, exile, and lineage. In a Pacific Northwest hospital far from the Rummani family's ancestral home in Palestine, the heart of a stillborn baby begins to beat and her skin turns a

The Machine Stops: A New Opera by John Lake and Cecile Goding

Iowa City Public Library 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA

The Machine Stops: A New Opera by John Lake and Cecile Goding Selected Videoclips and Talkback Opera fan and UI Professor Emerita Miriam Gilbert leads a talkback session on The Machine Stops: A New Opera by John Lake and Cecile Goding, joined by the opera’s lead soprano Élise DesChamps (UI School of Music) and sci-fi

Marta McDowell: Gardening Can Be Murder

Coralville Public Library 1401 5th St., Coralville, IA

With their deadly plants, razor-sharp shears, shady corners, and ready-made burial sites, gardens make an ideal scene for the perfect murder. But the outsize influence that gardens and gardening have had on the mystery genre has been underappreciated. Now, Marta McDowell, a writer and gardener with a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, illuminates the many

How to read old paper: Searching for meaning in early modern English writing paper

Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library 125 W Washington St, Iowa City, IA

Please join us for our annual invited Iowa Bibliophiles lecture as we study Shakespeare’s world through a unique lens. This year we are joined by Heather Wolfe, a consulting curator of manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. She will present her talk “How to read old paper: Searching for meaning in early

Tracie Morris: human/nature poems

Prairie Lights Books 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

Weaving intimate portraits of home with what could be the travel journals of a 21st-century troubadour, Tracie Morris’s human/nature poems is a hymn to the human and more-than-human world. These poems bear the record of a state of heightened perception, springing from the displacements of travel and returning, of memory and its triggers, of global

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Translation! Ever New, Ever Elusive

Old Capitol Senate Chamber 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor at Columbia University.  Her first job was at Iowa (1965-77), where she went through the ranks, and profited greatly by the absolute support of colleagues among whom she would mention President Sandy Boyd, Vice President May Brodbeck, Chairs John Gerber and David Hayman, and many many others. She met


Dreamwell Theatre Presents: Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters

The James Theater 213 N Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA

Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Written by Sir Terry Pratchett, and adapted