Things To Do In Iowa City

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Performing a timeless repertoire with a professional cast of thespians, Riverside Theatre has prevailed as an Iowa City bastion of dramaturgy for 30 years. This season sports a buffet of performances destined to drain tear ducts and induce spasms of laughter. With this deal, you get your choice of select Thursday and Sunday performances of the following shows:

213 N Gilbert St
Iowa City,
IA
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Located down the street from its sister boutique Catherine's, Cheap&Chic styles savvy ladies in similarly fashionable clothing and jewelry at more affordable prices. A wide selection of tanks ($14), dresses ($28–$46), and fashion tops ($18–$36) bedeck bods, and distinctive rings ($6) and necklaces ($16–$32) decorate fingers and décolletages. With everything in the shop priced less than $50, shoppers inclined to build elaborate forts from recently acquired garments can stock up on materials. The owner dutifully flies to Los Angeles once a month to sweep up new goods, so repeat visitors can expect a constantly rotating, fresh crop of fashion.

125 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City,
IA
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A community pillar since 1956, the Iowa City Community Theatre has enlisted local dramatists to take to the stage for the fourth-wall-leaning musical farce The Drowsy Chaperone . A heartfelt and humorous examination of the interplay of life and art, the play depicts a devoted fan of musical theater as he literally slips into the world of his favorite cast album. As the comedic musical unfolds, audiences find themselves thoroughly bemused by the main character's constant footnoting of theatrical trivia, and English students flip frantically through encyclopedias to cite his sources. A nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a love of theater in the community, ICCT reserves a spot for everybody—onstage, in the audience, or masked behind the subterranean organ.

221 East Washington Street
Iowa City,
IA
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Dreamwell Theatre has mounted more than 50 plays in 12 years, their intimately stage productions often praised by local publications such as the Iowa Theatre Blog. In the midst of its "War and Consequences" season, the ensemble stiffens its sinews and summons up its blood to recreate the Battle of Agincourt in Shakespeare's arguably most famous military work. Part of a historical tetralogy, Henry V is crammed with choleric clashes and sanguine speeches as the title character leads his troops into combat. The house opens 30 minutes before showtime, giving guests ample time to amble to their spots and check their longbows at the door. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

10 South Gilbert Street
Iowa City,
IA
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A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across more than 20 states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people?s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.

1604 Sycamore St.
Iowa City,
IA
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Although most patrons won't meet the eponymous Carl or Ernie of Carl & Ernie's Good Time Pub and Grub, they will certainly meet the pub's most famous resident: its life-sized Clydesdale statue. The horse looks out from the corner of the bar, watching games of darts and serving as a beacon to the bar's long allegiance with Budweiser. But Budweiser isn't the pub's only beer. Bartenders serve up a full range of drinks and drafts, which can be paired with classic pub food. The nightly specials include pizza, tacos, and tenderloins. Guests can snack on these foods as they watch the Hawkeyes play, sing some karaoke, or sit on the patio to estimate the returns on selling umbrellas that double as sundials.

161 Highway 1 W
Iowa City,
IA
US