2018 Schedule

A More Perfect Union

  5:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Mission Creek Festival is a platform for performance, literature, and community happenings. We open this year's festival with an event that combines all three of our programmatic areas. We present A More Perfect Union: a journey into food, art, and reflection. Chef David Wieseneck (Maggie's Farm, Motley Cow) leads this multi-disciplinary event featuring 4 distinct dishes...

Ion

  8 p.m.
  Gabe's
ION was born on the island of Crete, and raised in the heart of the Nation (Iowa City). He has had the privilege to open for artists Grieves, Sage Francis, Prof, Freddie Gibbs, Mac Lethal, Black Milk, F.Stokes, Ceschi Ramos...

MONAKR

  8:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
A passing conversation in a studio. Whispers among friends at a show. The notion of musicians working together on a project is often suggested yet seldom realized. Chicago’s M O N A K R was born from such a notion in the grey of Winter 2014...

Dessa

  9:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dessa is a rapper, singer, essayist, and speaker who has built her career bucking traditional genre designations: she’s performed at rap festivals, sung with a 100-voice choir, and co-written classical works for orchestra...

A More Perfect Union

  5:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Mission Creek Festival is a platform for performance, literature, and community happenings. We open this year's festival with an event that combines all three of our programmatic areas. We present A More Perfect Union: a journey into food, art, and reflection. Chef David Wieseneck (Maggie's Farm, Motley Cow) leads this multi-disciplinary event featuring 4 distinct dishes...

Ion

  8 p.m.
  Gabe's
ION was born on the island of Crete, and raised in the heart of the Nation (Iowa City). He has had the privilege to open for artists Grieves, Sage Francis, Prof, Freddie Gibbs, Mac Lethal, Black Milk, F.Stokes, Ceschi Ramos...

MONAKR

  8:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
A passing conversation in a studio. Whispers among friends at a show. The notion of musicians working together on a project is often suggested yet seldom realized. Chicago’s M O N A K R was born from such a notion in the grey of Winter 2014...

Dessa

  9:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dessa is a rapper, singer, essayist, and speaker who has built her career bucking traditional genre designations: she’s performed at rap festivals, sung with a 100-voice choir, and co-written classical works for orchestra...

No literature events listed for this date

No community events listed for this date

A More Perfect Union

  5:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Mission Creek Festival is a platform for performance, literature, and community happenings. We open this year's festival with an event that combines all three of our programmatic areas. We present A More Perfect Union: a journey into food, art, and reflection. Chef David Wieseneck (Maggie's Farm, Motley Cow) leads this multi-disciplinary event featuring 4 distinct dishes...

Sarah Viren

  5:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Sarah Viren is a writer, translator, and former newspaper reporter originally from Florida by way of Missouri. She is the author of the essay collection, Mine, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, judged by Andre Dubus III, and translator of the novella Córdoba Skies by the...

Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas

  5:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas graduated with both a creative nonfiction writing and a literary translation MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Drown Sever Sing from Anomalous press and Don’t Come Back, from Mad River Books, an imprint of the Ohio State University Press...

Peanut Ricky & The Fiends

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Peanut Ricky & The Fiends is Iowa City Musician Jordan Adams’ first solo project. While her roots are in the local DIY punk scene, writing for and performing in Conetrauma and Jailbus...

Hot Tang

  8:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Hot Tang is Iowa City's only poolhaus band brought to you by Megan Buick, Anna Kahn, and Jason Burkhardt...

Paul Cary

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Iowa’s prodigal son Paul Cary closes the circle. In his Iowa days, Cary was the front man for the seminal In The Red Records’ band, The Horrors (not the UK band, the gritty garage rockers from the depths of Iowa). During that time, Paul Cary drove taxis, hopped trains from Iowa City to San Diego, worked the door at local dive bars and toured Europe with The Horrors...

Younger

  9:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Younger is a band of instigators and super excited about the food here. Younger is not like you. Younger is a great question. Younger is a lot more fun than the kids in school...

Xylouris White

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad...

Current Joys

  10:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Current Joys is the moniker for the music of Nicholas Rattigan. Formally known as TELE/VISIONS, Rattigan started the project through a series of experimental solo shows in Reno, Nevada. Performing with only a loop pedal and half broken guitar, Rattigan developed his repetitive and minimalist style...

Peanut Ricky & The Fiends

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Peanut Ricky & The Fiends is Iowa City Musician Jordan Adams’ first solo project. While her roots are in the local DIY punk scene, writing for and performing in Conetrauma and Jailbus...

Hot Tang

  8:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Hot Tang is Iowa City's only poolhaus band brought to you by Megan Buick, Anna Kahn, and Jason Burkhardt...

Paul Cary

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Iowa’s prodigal son Paul Cary closes the circle. In his Iowa days, Cary was the front man for the seminal In The Red Records’ band, The Horrors (not the UK band, the gritty garage rockers from the depths of Iowa). During that time, Paul Cary drove taxis, hopped trains from Iowa City to San Diego, worked the door at local dive bars and toured Europe with The Horrors...

Younger

  9:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Younger is a band of instigators and super excited about the food here. Younger is not like you. Younger is a great question. Younger is a lot more fun than the kids in school...

Xylouris White

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad...

Current Joys

  10:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Current Joys is the moniker for the music of Nicholas Rattigan. Formally known as TELE/VISIONS, Rattigan started the project through a series of experimental solo shows in Reno, Nevada. Performing with only a loop pedal and half broken guitar, Rattigan developed his repetitive and minimalist style...

Sarah Viren

  5:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Sarah Viren is a writer, translator, and former newspaper reporter originally from Florida by way of Missouri. She is the author of the essay collection, Mine, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, judged by Andre Dubus III, and translator of the novella Córdoba Skies by the...

Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas

  5:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas graduated with both a creative nonfiction writing and a literary translation MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Drown Sever Sing from Anomalous press and Don’t Come Back, from Mad River Books, an imprint of the Ohio State University Press...

No community events listed for this date

Deb Olin Unferth + Andrea Lawlor

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography. She lives in Austin, Texas...

Elizabeth Moen

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Moen based her music in Dublin this fall and performed around the country at the Roisín Dubh in Galway, Tullamore, Harbour Bar in Bray, and many venues in Dublin including The Ruby Sessions, The Button Factory, Whelan’s, Liquor Rooms, HearOne Studios, and many more. In the states, Moen has had the opportunity to play all around the Midwest...

Dana T

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Dana T started playing music when he was 12, and earned a degree in music from the University of Iowa in 2013. He’s been traveling the USA since 2012 performing his own music, telling stories, and making jokes with saxophonist Curt Oren by his side. His debut record, tiny mind MASSIVE soul...

Collidescope

  8:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
It was...frankly a terrible moment when Madi and Dzl first emerged on Planet Earth. Their spaceship (more specifically, intergalactic waste management truck), veered severely off course and had run out of fuel by the time WM Spacecraft 999 punctured Earth's atmosphere and hurled point first down...

Counterfeit Madison

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Counterfeit Madison is the musical manifestation of Columbus, Ohio residents Sharon Udoh, Adam Hardy, and Seth Daily. Udoh is a versatile artist; her funky yet classical piano-playing and soul and gospel-tinged voice comfortably compliment Hardy’s grungy yet melodic style and Daily’s dynamic and...

CJ Run

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
CJ Run is a singer, rapper and songwriter hailing from the United Kingdom. They are currently a junior at the University of Illinois. At the age of 13 they began making music – drawing inspiration from grime, British hip-hop, RnB and electronic music. Since coming to Champaign-Urbana...

The Weepies

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
To mark the 10th year anniversary of their first entrance onto the Billboard Charts -- 2008’s Hideaway -- The Weepies are headlining 22 shows across the US with their band. Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed folk-pop duo...

Purcha$e

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Purcha$e is an Iowa City-based self taught electronic musician whose music draws from influences such as Daft Punk, Janet Jackson, and the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2017 Purcha$e has released two mixtapes. The debut Medium Desire, and it’s follow up Purcha$e II. Travis Coltrain of The Daily Iowan writes...

Horse Feathers

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band: “I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – “Cynic’s New Year” – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn’t touch my...

Plack Blague

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
PLACK BLAGUE have been insulting the masses for over a decade now. Consistently over-sexualizing the noise and dance genres, Plack Blague continue to confuse the underground world claiming to be "too punk for punk". Studded jocks...

Laurel Halo (Live Set)

  10:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music with influence from the sounds of Detroit, UK and Germany - Laurel Halo's music is shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, who released her breakout, divisive debut album...

Cakes Da Killa

  11 p.m.
  Gabe's
Recording artist and raunchy rapper Cakes Da Killa is a 23-year-old with three critically-acclaimed mixtapes to his name. His latest release Hunger Pangs solidified him as “one of hip hop’s most exciting voices,” according to The Needle Drop, and a ferocious rapper who “sounds like he will absolutely...

Elizabeth Moen

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Moen based her music in Dublin this fall and performed around the country at the Roisín Dubh in Galway, Tullamore, Harbour Bar in Bray, and many venues in Dublin including The Ruby Sessions, The Button Factory, Whelan’s, Liquor Rooms, HearOne Studios, and many more. In the states, Moen has had the opportunity to play all around the Midwest...

Dana T

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Dana T started playing music when he was 12, and earned a degree in music from the University of Iowa in 2013. He’s been traveling the USA since 2012 performing his own music, telling stories, and making jokes with saxophonist Curt Oren by his side. His debut record, tiny mind MASSIVE soul...

Collidescope

  8:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
It was...frankly a terrible moment when Madi and Dzl first emerged on Planet Earth. Their spaceship (more specifically, intergalactic waste management truck), veered severely off course and had run out of fuel by the time WM Spacecraft 999 punctured Earth's atmosphere and hurled point first down...

Counterfeit Madison

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Counterfeit Madison is the musical manifestation of Columbus, Ohio residents Sharon Udoh, Adam Hardy, and Seth Daily. Udoh is a versatile artist; her funky yet classical piano-playing and soul and gospel-tinged voice comfortably compliment Hardy’s grungy yet melodic style and Daily’s dynamic and...

CJ Run

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
CJ Run is a singer, rapper and songwriter hailing from the United Kingdom. They are currently a junior at the University of Illinois. At the age of 13 they began making music – drawing inspiration from grime, British hip-hop, RnB and electronic music. Since coming to Champaign-Urbana...

The Weepies

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
To mark the 10th year anniversary of their first entrance onto the Billboard Charts -- 2008’s Hideaway -- The Weepies are headlining 22 shows across the US with their band. Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed folk-pop duo...

Purcha$e

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Purcha$e is an Iowa City-based self taught electronic musician whose music draws from influences such as Daft Punk, Janet Jackson, and the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2017 Purcha$e has released two mixtapes. The debut Medium Desire, and it’s follow up Purcha$e II. Travis Coltrain of The Daily Iowan writes...

Horse Feathers

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band: “I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – “Cynic’s New Year” – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn’t touch my...

Plack Blague

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
PLACK BLAGUE have been insulting the masses for over a decade now. Consistently over-sexualizing the noise and dance genres, Plack Blague continue to confuse the underground world claiming to be "too punk for punk". Studded jocks...

Laurel Halo (Live Set)

  10:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music with influence from the sounds of Detroit, UK and Germany - Laurel Halo's music is shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, who released her breakout, divisive debut album...

Cakes Da Killa

  11 p.m.
  Gabe's
Recording artist and raunchy rapper Cakes Da Killa is a 23-year-old with three critically-acclaimed mixtapes to his name. His latest release Hunger Pangs solidified him as “one of hip hop’s most exciting voices,” according to The Needle Drop, and a ferocious rapper who “sounds like he will absolutely...

Deb Olin Unferth + Andrea Lawlor

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography. She lives in Austin, Texas...

No community events listed for this date

Sandra Allen Reading

  12 p.m.
  2136 in MERF (Medical Education Research Facility)
Sandra Allen is the author of A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia. A graduate of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program ('12), she was formerly a features editor for BuzzFeed, and ran the online literary quarterly Wag's Revue.

Publishing Panel

  1 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Editors from small publishing houses including Sarabande Books, YesYes Books, Canarium Books, Nomadic Press, and the University of Iowa Press discuss the ins and outs of indie publishing. Q&A to follow.

Lit Walk: Round #1

  5 p.m.
  White Rabbit, RSVP, NoDo, and Yacht Club
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Lit Walk: Round #2

  6 p.m.
  Fair Grounds, Revival, Dublin Underground
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Sister Wife

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions. An indie duo from Rock Island, IL, Sister Wife has played their music from coast to coast and is gaining traction in the indie music community. With hints of rock, soul, funk, jazz, folk, and pop theres a lil something for almost any musical taste.

Lit Walk: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  HABA Salon, Saint Burch
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Margaret Glaspy

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions. Emotions and Math is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal. On its surface, the title track talks about being...

Extravision

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Extravision is an intentionally malleable music project. You may see Ryan Stier performing meditational 12-string dronefolk songs in DIY spaces such as living rooms, sanctuaries, candlelit magic stone shops, and art galleries. The project will appear at Mission Creek in its originally conceived form–psychrock...

Mission Beat: Pat Blin

  9 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

Sinner Frenz

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music...

Wye Oak

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions and sponsored by OPN Architects. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs-the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak-begins with an explosion. For a few seconds, piano, drums, and a playful keyboard loop gather momentum; then, all at once, they burst, enormous bass flooding the elastic beat...

Gordi

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
On the farm in rural Australia where Sophie Payten - AKA Gordi - grew up, there's a paddock that leads down to a river. A few hundred metres away up the driveway of the property named "Alfalfa" sits another house, which belongs to her 93-year-old grandmother. The rest, she says, "is just beautiful space...

Horse Lords

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Grafting the relentless repetitions of modern minimalism onto the propulsive engine of rock and roll, Horse Lords create an ecstatic forward thrust driven by dueling polyrhythms that curve endlessly past one another. The Baltimore quartet, consisting of saxophonist/percussionist...

Mission Beat: bTsunami

  10 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

S. Carey

  10:30 p.m.
  The Mill
At its heart, Hundred Acres -- the third full-length album from Wisconsin singer/songwriter S. Carey -- finds him grounded comfortably in his skin, but still with one foot in the stream. More direct than ever, there is a wellspring of confidence in this new batch of songs...

Mission Beat: Laurel Halo (DJ Set)

  11 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music with influence from the sounds of Detroit, UK and Germany – Laurel Halo’s music is shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, who released her breakout...

Algiers

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they...

Mission Beat: Shea Delany

  12:30 a.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

Sister Wife

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions. An indie duo from Rock Island, IL, Sister Wife has played their music from coast to coast and is gaining traction in the indie music community. With hints of rock, soul, funk, jazz, folk, and pop theres a lil something for almost any musical taste.

Margaret Glaspy

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions. Emotions and Math is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal. On its surface, the title track talks about being...

Extravision

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Extravision is an intentionally malleable music project. You may see Ryan Stier performing meditational 12-string dronefolk songs in DIY spaces such as living rooms, sanctuaries, candlelit magic stone shops, and art galleries. The project will appear at Mission Creek in its originally conceived form–psychrock...

Mission Beat: Pat Blin

  9 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

Sinner Frenz

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music...

Wye Oak

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions and sponsored by OPN Architects. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs-the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak-begins with an explosion. For a few seconds, piano, drums, and a playful keyboard loop gather momentum; then, all at once, they burst, enormous bass flooding the elastic beat...

Gordi

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
On the farm in rural Australia where Sophie Payten - AKA Gordi - grew up, there's a paddock that leads down to a river. A few hundred metres away up the driveway of the property named "Alfalfa" sits another house, which belongs to her 93-year-old grandmother. The rest, she says, "is just beautiful space...

Horse Lords

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Grafting the relentless repetitions of modern minimalism onto the propulsive engine of rock and roll, Horse Lords create an ecstatic forward thrust driven by dueling polyrhythms that curve endlessly past one another. The Baltimore quartet, consisting of saxophonist/percussionist...

Mission Beat: bTsunami

  10 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

S. Carey

  10:30 p.m.
  The Mill
At its heart, Hundred Acres -- the third full-length album from Wisconsin singer/songwriter S. Carey -- finds him grounded comfortably in his skin, but still with one foot in the stream. More direct than ever, there is a wellspring of confidence in this new batch of songs...

Mission Beat: Laurel Halo (DJ Set)

  11 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music with influence from the sounds of Detroit, UK and Germany – Laurel Halo’s music is shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, who released her breakout...

Algiers

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they...

Mission Beat: Shea Delany

  12:30 a.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

Sandra Allen Reading

  12 p.m.
  2136 in MERF (Medical Education Research Facility)
Sandra Allen is the author of A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia. A graduate of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program ('12), she was formerly a features editor for BuzzFeed, and ran the online literary quarterly Wag's Revue.

Publishing Panel

  1 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Editors from small publishing houses including Sarabande Books, YesYes Books, Canarium Books, Nomadic Press, and the University of Iowa Press discuss the ins and outs of indie publishing. Q&A to follow.

Lit Walk: Round #1

  5 p.m.
  White Rabbit, RSVP, NoDo, and Yacht Club
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Lit Walk: Round #2

  6 p.m.
  Fair Grounds, Revival, Dublin Underground
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Lit Walk: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  HABA Salon, Saint Burch
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

No community events listed for this date

A+L+T

  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  MERGE
ALT (Art + Life + Tech) returns to Iowa City this spring, with events happening throughout the day on Saturday, April 7. ALT explores intersections between technology, art, and our lives through keynote talks, workshops, and panel discussions. We seek to inspire and build community creativity empowered...

Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair

  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from across the country, and right here in Iowa City, will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 8th year in a row, representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today; including: Lambda Literary, VIDA, Kundiman, Iowa Youth...

ICE CREAM Comic and Zine Fair

  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  Public Space One
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists.

Nabila Lovelace + Kayleb Rae Candrilli + KMA Sullivan (Reading)

  12 p.m.
  Iowa Writers' House
Nabila Lovelace is a born and raised Queens native, as well as a first generation American. Her parents hail from Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her first collection, Sons of Achilles, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. Nabila is a 2016 Poetry Witch Magazine...

Tickling Giants

  12 p.m.
  FilmScene
Tickling Giants tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart", who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. The movie is about how he finds creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech...

Big Free Show at Big Grove Brewery

  2-9 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Tap Room - Iowa City
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us with a free show curated by Mission Creek Festival! Featuring: Nadalands with Alexis Stevens, Josefina, Eric Pettit Lion, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Public Access, Annalibera, and Tristen...

Writers of Color Reading Series: Curated by Kundiman

  2 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Join us for another installment of the Writers of Color Reading Series, presenting undergraduate and graduate writing students from the University of Iowa. Curated by Kundiman.

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Nadalands with Alexis Stevens

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Nadalands is the solo songwriting project of John Lindenbaum (The Lonelyhearts, Rust Belt Music). Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, this project has released 11 EPs and one LP since 2000. This Mission Creek Festival performance will feature Alexis Stevens on guest vocals...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Josefina

  3 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Josefina is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago, originally from Buenos Aires. Her lush vocal stylings pair with alt-country production chock full of piano, B-Bender, Pedal Steel, and 12-string that would have found an easy home on Asylum Records circa 1970s. But this isn’t a throwback to Joni or Emmylou. This is a modern girl making modern music with a scant twang and an infectious lightness of being...

Reading with LaTanya McQueen and Rachel Arndt

  4 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
LaTanya McQueen is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction and is the current Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. McQueen’s work has been featured in Carve Magazine, The Florida Review, Nimrod, Black Warrior Review and more. While earning...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Eric Pettit Lion

  4 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Like the gritty Mississippi River they reside by, Eric Pettit Lion can't stop. And won't stop. Which is what happens when a band fine tunes a sound and hits their stride. EP Lion has morphed into a mainstay in the Iowa music scene. It's pretty amazing these guys are able to hold down day jobs. The original family duo of Pettit and Tim Buhmeyer are still at the helm. Alongside them now are Ed Mansheim and Micah Oleson...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Ryan Joseph Anderson

  5 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Public Access

  6 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Public Access is an instrumental band based throughout the midwest. Headquartered in Grand Rapids with outposts in Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, and Marquette, Public Access boasts a variety of musicians. Public Access draws its inspiration from the searing guitars of Brian May and David Gilmour to the sultry sax tones of Paul Desmond, and all the way to the rhythm of Four Tet and the synth of Daft Punk...

Bstar

  7 p.m.
  Gabe's
BStar has spent the past five years crafting an immersive sound composed of complex, mathy, stop-on-a-dime parts arranged within catchy, atmospheric grooves that fit in right alongside their best post-rock influences. Yet, they exist on their own plane, somewhere between the aggressive...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Annalibera

  7 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Annalibera is a music project based in the Midwest. In 2014 they released Nevermind I Love You on Sump Pump Records and loveil, a video/music work released on Night People...

Bassem Youssef

  7:30 p.m.
  Hancher Auditorium
Co-presented by Hancher. Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon when he became the creator and host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg –the first political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show shot from Youssef’s laundry room...

Alex Zhang Hungtai

  8 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
After retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Zhang has been focusing on explorations of improvised music, Free Jazz, and his new role as a composer. His newer compositions predominantly works with saxophone, synthesizers, percussion and piano, furthering his...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Tristen

  8 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Pop savant, Tristen, a mononymous singer-songwriter, musician, and beloved member of Nashville's underground scene, is known for her "knack for penning an infectious hook" (Entertainment Weekly). She has released three albums to critical acclaim: Charlatans at the Garden Gate (2011)...

Rituals of Mine

  8 p.m.
  Gabe's
Throughout history, human beings have relied on rituals—personal, religious, professional, social, creative, and otherwise. It’s these rites that establish a modicum of control and cohesion over a world that often seems far removed from both. When swimming through tragedy, turmoil, and tumult...

Karen Meat

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Karen Meat is a pop rock project of Arin Eaton based between Des Moines and Iowa City. The band itself is a moody character, a sequined oversized sweater, crooning melodies and lyrics of a bored generation. She’s Drunk Like The Rest Of Us, Karen Meat’s recent November 2016...

Squirrel Flower

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Squirrel Flower is Boston, MA and Grinnell, IA based, Ella Williams' solo project. Her sparse arrangements and heavy coats of reverb offer a depth to her soundscape reaching far back as the rolling hill horizons of the Iowa prairie. The harmonies flowering her arrangements are close and yank...

Built to Spill

  9:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
(MOVED TO GABE'S) Twenty years on from first signing to Warner Bros. Records, Built To Spill is set to return in 2015 with its eighth studio album, Untethered Moon. That’s now two complete decades that one of America’s leading “indie rock” bands has happily made its home on a major label

ONO

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Founded in 1980, ONO is an industrial/avant gospel/noise band based in Chicago...

Sarah Tiana

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Sarah Tiana is a stand-up comedian and writer living in Los Angeles and headlining at comedy clubs across the country. An avid sports fan, she often writes for the ESPY Awards, helps put together Rob Riggle’s NFL segments on FOX...

Julien Baker

  10:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
(MOVED TO THE ENGLERT) Julien Baker's solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely...

Feel Free

  11 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Feel Free encompasses a variety of creative musical expressions created by Shawn Reed and Derek Maxwell from their base in the Twin Cities. With deep histories in Underground music Reed and Maxwell both relocated to the Twin Cities...

Big Free Show at Big Grove Brewery

  2-9 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Tap Room - Iowa City
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us with a free show curated by Mission Creek Festival! Featuring: Nadalands with Alexis Stevens, Josefina, Eric Pettit Lion, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Public Access, Annalibera, and Tristen...

Bstar

  7 p.m.
  Gabe's
BStar has spent the past five years crafting an immersive sound composed of complex, mathy, stop-on-a-dime parts arranged within catchy, atmospheric grooves that fit in right alongside their best post-rock influences. Yet, they exist on their own plane, somewhere between the aggressive...

Bassem Youssef

  7:30 p.m.
  Hancher Auditorium
Co-presented by Hancher. Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon when he became the creator and host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg –the first political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show shot from Youssef’s laundry room...

Alex Zhang Hungtai

  8 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
After retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Zhang has been focusing on explorations of improvised music, Free Jazz, and his new role as a composer. His newer compositions predominantly works with saxophone, synthesizers, percussion and piano, furthering his...

Rituals of Mine

  8 p.m.
  Gabe's
Throughout history, human beings have relied on rituals—personal, religious, professional, social, creative, and otherwise. It’s these rites that establish a modicum of control and cohesion over a world that often seems far removed from both. When swimming through tragedy, turmoil, and tumult...

Karen Meat

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Karen Meat is a pop rock project of Arin Eaton based between Des Moines and Iowa City. The band itself is a moody character, a sequined oversized sweater, crooning melodies and lyrics of a bored generation. She’s Drunk Like The Rest Of Us, Karen Meat’s recent November 2016...

Squirrel Flower

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Squirrel Flower is Boston, MA and Grinnell, IA based, Ella Williams' solo project. Her sparse arrangements and heavy coats of reverb offer a depth to her soundscape reaching far back as the rolling hill horizons of the Iowa prairie. The harmonies flowering her arrangements are close and yank...

Built to Spill

  9:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
(MOVED TO GABE'S) Twenty years on from first signing to Warner Bros. Records, Built To Spill is set to return in 2015 with its eighth studio album, Untethered Moon. That’s now two complete decades that one of America’s leading “indie rock” bands has happily made its home on a major label

ONO

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Founded in 1980, ONO is an industrial/avant gospel/noise band based in Chicago...

Sarah Tiana

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Sarah Tiana is a stand-up comedian and writer living in Los Angeles and headlining at comedy clubs across the country. An avid sports fan, she often writes for the ESPY Awards, helps put together Rob Riggle’s NFL segments on FOX...

Julien Baker

  10:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
(MOVED TO THE ENGLERT) Julien Baker's solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely...

Feel Free

  11 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Feel Free encompasses a variety of creative musical expressions created by Shawn Reed and Derek Maxwell from their base in the Twin Cities. With deep histories in Underground music Reed and Maxwell both relocated to the Twin Cities...

Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair

  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from across the country, and right here in Iowa City, will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 8th year in a row, representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today; including: Lambda Literary, VIDA, Kundiman, Iowa Youth...

ICE CREAM Comic and Zine Fair

  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  Public Space One
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists.

Nabila Lovelace + Kayleb Rae Candrilli + KMA Sullivan (Reading)

  12 p.m.
  Iowa Writers' House
Nabila Lovelace is a born and raised Queens native, as well as a first generation American. Her parents hail from Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her first collection, Sons of Achilles, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. Nabila is a 2016 Poetry Witch Magazine...

Writers of Color Reading Series: Curated by Kundiman

  2 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Join us for another installment of the Writers of Color Reading Series, presenting undergraduate and graduate writing students from the University of Iowa. Curated by Kundiman.

Reading with LaTanya McQueen and Rachel Arndt

  4 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
LaTanya McQueen is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction and is the current Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. McQueen’s work has been featured in Carve Magazine, The Florida Review, Nimrod, Black Warrior Review and more. While earning...

A+L+T

  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  MERGE
ALT (Art + Life + Tech) returns to Iowa City this spring, with events happening throughout the day on Saturday, April 7. ALT explores intersections between technology, art, and our lives through keynote talks, workshops, and panel discussions. We seek to inspire and build community creativity empowered...

ICE CREAM Comic and Zine Fair

  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  Public Space One
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists.

Tickling Giants

  12 p.m.
  FilmScene
Tickling Giants tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart", who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. The movie is about how he finds creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech...

Big Free Show at Big Grove Brewery

  2-9 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Tap Room - Iowa City
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us with a free show curated by Mission Creek Festival! Featuring: Nadalands with Alexis Stevens, Josefina, Eric Pettit Lion, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Public Access, Annalibera, and Tristen...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Nadalands with Alexis Stevens

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Nadalands is the solo songwriting project of John Lindenbaum (The Lonelyhearts, Rust Belt Music). Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, this project has released 11 EPs and one LP since 2000. This Mission Creek Festival performance will feature Alexis Stevens on guest vocals...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Josefina

  3 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Josefina is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago, originally from Buenos Aires. Her lush vocal stylings pair with alt-country production chock full of piano, B-Bender, Pedal Steel, and 12-string that would have found an easy home on Asylum Records circa 1970s. But this isn’t a throwback to Joni or Emmylou. This is a modern girl making modern music with a scant twang and an infectious lightness of being...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Eric Pettit Lion

  4 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Like the gritty Mississippi River they reside by, Eric Pettit Lion can't stop. And won't stop. Which is what happens when a band fine tunes a sound and hits their stride. EP Lion has morphed into a mainstay in the Iowa music scene. It's pretty amazing these guys are able to hold down day jobs. The original family duo of Pettit and Tim Buhmeyer are still at the helm. Alongside them now are Ed Mansheim and Micah Oleson...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Ryan Joseph Anderson

  5 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Public Access

  6 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Public Access is an instrumental band based throughout the midwest. Headquartered in Grand Rapids with outposts in Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, and Marquette, Public Access boasts a variety of musicians. Public Access draws its inspiration from the searing guitars of Brian May and David Gilmour to the sultry sax tones of Paul Desmond, and all the way to the rhythm of Four Tet and the synth of Daft Punk...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Annalibera

  7 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Annalibera is a music project based in the Midwest. In 2014 they released Nevermind I Love You on Sump Pump Records and loveil, a video/music work released on Night People...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Tristen

  8 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Pop savant, Tristen, a mononymous singer-songwriter, musician, and beloved member of Nashville's underground scene, is known for her "knack for penning an infectious hook" (Entertainment Weekly). She has released three albums to critical acclaim: Charlatans at the Garden Gate (2011)...

Ancient Posse

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Ancient Posse patch their singular vision together from two very different backgrounds. In one corner, there's Bergeron’s formative years occupied by listening to all the Thom Yorke, romantic composers, and IDM glitchiness he could fit between home school lessons and the countless hours of classical...

Psalm One

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Cristalle Bowen, professionally known as Psalm One, has been consistently named one of the nation's Best Artists by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2011 made her national television debut on MTV's Emmy-winning series, MADE. She released her debut album, "Bio:Chemistry", while studying chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002...

Jamila Woods

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Jamila Woods’ cultural lineage–from her love of Lucille Clifton’s poetry to cherished letters from her grandmother to the infectious late 80s post-punk of The Cure–structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album. “It’s like a collage process,” she says...

Ancient Posse

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Ancient Posse patch their singular vision together from two very different backgrounds. In one corner, there's Bergeron’s formative years occupied by listening to all the Thom Yorke, romantic composers, and IDM glitchiness he could fit between home school lessons and the countless hours of classical...

Psalm One

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Cristalle Bowen, professionally known as Psalm One, has been consistently named one of the nation's Best Artists by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2011 made her national television debut on MTV's Emmy-winning series, MADE. She released her debut album, "Bio:Chemistry", while studying chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002...

Jamila Woods

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Jamila Woods’ cultural lineage–from her love of Lucille Clifton’s poetry to cherished letters from her grandmother to the infectious late 80s post-punk of The Cure–structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album. “It’s like a collage process,” she says...

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