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"How to Write Fiction When the Planet Is Falling Apart"

They don't teach you THAT in grade school. We're hoping Jenny Offill can shed some additional light on this conundrum during her reading and book signing at MCaaF2020.

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Been twice. Both times were amazing experiences.
Wow, what a great dinner last night at the MILL with Chef David Wieseneck and an amazing crew...delicious sweet parsnips and pork belly...an amazing salad with beautiful seafood, a soup that grandma would be proud and a dessert that was so much fun. Great pairings by Best Case Wines and our friends at Big Grove and Cedar Ridge. Great entertainment, song, word, visuals, perfect! THANK YOU All who made it possible.

Mission Creek Festival Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fun artistic experiences in the Iowa City region. Our primary event is the week-long Mission Creek Festival which takes place in downtown Iowa City every spring.

Operating as usual

09/03/2021

TASHA || MISSION CREEK SUMMER SESSIONS

On her debut album Alone at Last, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. For years, the Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world—she's worked with the local racial justice organization Black Youth Project 100 and has been on the front lines at protests around the city. But as she returned to the guitar, an instrument her mother first taught her to play when she was 15 years old, she began exploring the ways music can be a powerful force for healing. It might not fix a deeply broken world all by itself, but it can offer comfort and respite for those who, like her, dare to imagine a thriving future.

Citing Robin D. G. Kelley's book Freedom Dreams as a foundational text to her artistic practice, she says, "Black folks' imagination inherently is a radical thing. In a place of oppression and colonization, the ability to imagine a future, imagine magic, imagine something better, is subversive. People don't want you to be able to imagine yourself outside of the place that you've been put." So she started asking: "What does my imagination mean to me as a radical thing?" Because Tasha's music has served her so profoundly as she's made it, she hopes it can be a source of strength for others, too. "I'm only able to handle the world because I can write these songs," she says, "so I'd like to think that I help other people deal with the world for the same reason."

TASHA || SEPTEMBER 9 || MISSION CREEK SUMMER SESSION || NORTHSIDE DISTRICT

08/19/2021

We are honored to announce that Ghost Creek has been accepted into CSPS Hall's Derecho Remembrance Exhibit. The opening reception takes place tonight at 6:00 PM and the exhibit will remain open through October 31st.

We are honored to announce that Ghost Creek has been accepted into CSPS Hall's Derecho Remembrance Exhibit. The opening reception takes place tonight at 6:00 PM and the exhibit will remain open through October 31st.

08/19/2021

Due to increasing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, William Basinski's event scheduled for October 7, 2021 has been postponed. The new date for this show is October 6, 2022.

We've contacted ticket holders via email. If you have any questions please contact our box office at 319-688-2653 or [email protected].

On behalf of Feed Me Weird Things and the whole Mission Creek team, we'd like to thank you for your patience and support at this time 💛

Due to increasing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, William Basinski's event scheduled for October 7, 2021 has been postponed. The new date for this show is October 6, 2022.

We've contacted ticket holders via email. If you have any questions please contact our box office at 319-688-2653 or [email protected].

On behalf of Feed Me Weird Things and the whole Mission Creek team, we'd like to thank you for your patience and support at this time 💛

Photos from Mission Creek Festival's post 08/13/2021

Now that's some good Music. Lit. Community. action right there ✨ Whether you made a special trip or just happened to be walking/biking/scooting by - thanks for celebrating local art with us!

📸: Megan Conroy

08/11/2021

We're excited to announce our fourth and final Mission Creek Summer Session featuring Tasha & Akwi Nji ✨

If you haven't been able to attend a previous Summer Session, this is your chance! The event will take place September 9th on the closed street between Goosetown Café & Oasis Falafel 😋

This FREE series is made possible with support from the The City of Iowa City Government and is presented by The Englert Theatre and the Iowa City Downtown District.

08/10/2021

✨ TWO DAYS ✨ It's outdoors, it's socially distanced, and it's FREE - that's what we call the 2021 trifecta 🔺

Anthony Worden & the Illiterati with Chuy Renteria || August 12th || 6:30 PM || Willow Creek Park || FREE

Photos from Mission Creek Festival's post 08/07/2021

Word on the street is Anthony Worden and the Illiterati have transcended to another level of rock and goodness we can't wait to witness it for ourselves 👀

✨ Photos by the incredible Alyssa Leicht ✨

August 12th || 6:30 PM || Willow Creek Park || FREE

08/05/2021

“A heartfelt and vibrant debut, We Heard It When We Were Young chronicles an important Iowan narrative from a first-generation Mexican immigrant perspective. Chuy Renteria’s conversational storytelling is by turns funny and wrenching as he explores the cultural dissonance between neighbors and within families as one small Iowa town evolves.”—Rachel Yoder, author, "Nightbitch"

Hear more of Chuy August 12th at Willow Creek Park for Mission Creek Summer Sessions pt. 3 💫

Photos from Mission Creek Festival's post 08/03/2021

Mission Creek Festival and Feed Me Weird Things presents: Mary Lattimore & Ana Roxanne live at the Englert Theater.

Now this isn't you're typical show at The Englert Theatre, this is an ✨intimate✨ Englert performance. Audience members will be invited to sit on stage for a unique, up-close experience. Tickets are limited!

Tickets are now on sale for friends of the Englert. Public on-sale begins August 5th @ 10:00 AM || $10 - $20 💫

Anthony Worden and the Illiterati - So Many People (2021 Tiny Desk) 07/31/2021

Anthony Worden and the Illiterati - So Many People (2021 Tiny Desk)

Have you seen Anthony Worden's 2021 Tiny Desk Contest submission? The song, the delivery, the PERFORMANCE ✨ We can't wait to see what the full band brings to their Summer Session performance 😏

Anthony Worden and the Illiterati - So Many People (2021 Tiny Desk) Anthony Worden and the Illiterati-So Many PeopleShot and Edited by Patrick O'ConnorProphet 10, Mixed, and Mastered by Avery Moss

Health update, show cancellations, and a lot of love. 07/30/2021

Health update, show cancellations, and a lot of love.

Today we are sending love to Andrea Gibson - an artist, collaborator, and human being we admire deeply 💛

Health update, show cancellations, and a lot of love.

Power moves: Chuy Renteria on dance, language and growing up Mexican-American in small-town Iowa | Little Village 07/27/2021

Power moves: Chuy Renteria on dance, language and growing up Mexican-American in small-town Iowa | Little Village

Everyone say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHUY!" 🎉 Writer, dancer, podcast host, community builder... he does it all and he does it with style 😤

We'll keep the celebration going August 12th at Mission Creek Summer Session round 3, whattaya say Chuy? 😏✨

Power moves: Chuy Renteria on dance, language and growing up Mexican-American in small-town Iowa | Little Village 294SharesLet’s start big: who are you, Chuy? Whoo, I could go in a rabbit hole with that one. I am an artist, an author, dancer — I mean, I have many, many different hats. Really my first love is dance. I started when I was 14; I’m 35 now. I went through undergrad at the [...]Read More...

Photos from Mission Creek Festival's post 07/22/2021

Making plans is hard. We're here to help 🤗 Copy and paste this text into your favorite group chat and let the Mission Creek magic take over:

"OMG!! Anthony Worden and Chuy Renteria have a show August 12th at Willow Creek Park!! We HAVE to go!! It's FREE, it's FLIRTY, and it's FUN. Frankly if you don't go with me, I'll have to assume that you never liked me at all 🤷 lmk!"

07/15/2021

Tickets for William Basinski with Faten Kanaan are now on sale to the general public! Grab tickets for this unique performance experience here: https://bit.ly/2VNmDyk

Get to know Faten Kanaan 👇
Brooklyn-based composer, musician, and producer Faten Kanaan builds up cyclical patterns in her music, using harmony and counterpoint as narrative tools. Sound & silence become intuitive gestures that tell a wordless story. Inspired by cinematic forms and literary structures: from sweeping landscapes and quiet romances, to patterned tensions and dream sequences; she focuses on bringing an earthy, visceral touch to electronic music. In symbiosis with technology is an appreciation for the vulnerability of human limitations and nuances.

This event is presented by Mission Creek Festival and Feed Me Weird Things

Tickets for William Basinski with Faten Kanaan are now on sale to the general public! Grab tickets for this unique performance experience here: https://bit.ly/2VNmDyk

Get to know Faten Kanaan 👇
Brooklyn-based composer, musician, and producer Faten Kanaan builds up cyclical patterns in her music, using harmony and counterpoint as narrative tools. Sound & silence become intuitive gestures that tell a wordless story. Inspired by cinematic forms and literary structures: from sweeping landscapes and quiet romances, to patterned tensions and dream sequences; she focuses on bringing an earthy, visceral touch to electronic music. In symbiosis with technology is an appreciation for the vulnerability of human limitations and nuances.

This event is presented by Mission Creek Festival and Feed Me Weird Things

07/14/2021

We here at Mission Creek believe that all concerts are more than just music - they're community building, soul-healing, mind-expanding experiences. We're taking that belief to the next level with William Basinski and Faten Kanaan live in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers 10/7/21 with co-producer with Feed Me Weird Things.

We invite you to sit back with us in this unique and historical space to take in the haunting ambiance of Basinski and the sonic landscapes of Kanaan. Let's expand together, whaddya say? 😎✨

We here at Mission Creek believe that all concerts are more than just music - they're community building, soul-healing, mind-expanding experiences. We're taking that belief to the next level with William Basinski and Faten Kanaan live in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers 10/7/21 with co-producer with Feed Me Weird Things.

We invite you to sit back with us in this unique and historical space to take in the haunting ambiance of Basinski and the sonic landscapes of Kanaan. Let's expand together, whaddya say? 😎✨

Photos from Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey's post 07/10/2021

Photos from Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey's post

[07/09/21]   The ADE & Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey Summer Session was magical retweet if you agree 🤗✨

Photos from Mission Creek Festival's post 07/09/2021

Photos from Mission Creek Festival's post

07/08/2021

And for our next trick... 🪄 The third Mission Creek Summer Session will take place August 12th at Willow Creek Park featuring the amazing Chuy Renteria and Anthony Worden! ✨

And for our next trick... 🪄 The third Mission Creek Summer Session will take place August 12th at Willow Creek Park featuring the amazing Chuy Renteria and Anthony Worden! ✨

07/06/2021

Our second installment of the Mission Creek Summer Sessions takes place Thursday at 6:30 PM in Wetherby Park! ✨ Not only is there FREE music and poetry, but there's also a splash pad 😎 #BringYourSwimsuit #LocalArtists #Community

Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey - “What You Need to Hear” 07/02/2021

Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey - “What You Need to Hear”

A lyrical force... a dedicated mentor... an innovator through and through... Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey will be performing at Wetherby Park on Thursday for the second Mission Creek Summer Session ✨

Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey - “What You Need to Hear” Become a Member for exclusive perks and videos: https://bit.ly/ButtonMemberCaleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey's submission from the 2019 Button Poetry video con...

07/01/2021

For his Summer Sessions performance ADE will be backed by a live band for the first time ever. In true ADE form, the band brings together knowledge of many musical styles including pop, hip-hop, and jazz ✨

Don't miss this history in the making! Meet us at Wetherby Park July 8th at 6:30 PM 🌞🌚

Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to 'Lizzie McGuire' | Little Village 06/16/2021

Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to 'Lizzie McGuire' | Little Village

"It’s hard to describe how good it felt to say 'I’m riding my bike to see a show downtown now,' after such a long, restricted year. The cocoon was tight — it feels real good to get the wings out." - Jordan Sellergren

Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to 'Lizzie McGuire' | Little Village 124SharesThe first show of the Mission Creek Summer Sessions was a breath of fresh air, if you could manage a full inhale in the withering heat on Thursday evening. Seeing Iowa City poet Sara McGuirk and now Chicago-based musician Elizabeth Moen live, outside, in a dispersed but solid crowd on the P...

Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to 'Lizzie McGuire' | Little Village 06/11/2021

Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to 'Lizzie McGuire' | Little Village

Thank you to Little Village Mag and everyone else who came out and grooved with us last night! ✨

Elizabeth Moen and McGuirk rocked the Ped Mall with reflections on pandemic solitude, cowpoke vibes and an ode to 'Lizzie McGuire' | Little Village The first show of the Mission Creek Summer Sessions was a breath of fresh air, if you could manage a full inhale in the withering heat on Thursday evening. Seeing Iowa City poet Sara McGuirk and now Chicago-based musician Elizabeth Moen live, outside, in a dispersed but solid crowd on the Ped Mall w...

06/10/2021

Tonight's the night! Meet us in the ped mall for the in-person music, lit, and community we've all been craving for the past year 😫✨ Featuring performances from McGuirk and Elizabeth Moen - the party starts at 6:30 PM!

#music #literature #community #cityofliterature #livemusic #iowacity #downtowniowacity #localartist #midwest

06/09/2021

🌞 July 8th at Wetherby Park we'll have our second edition of the Mission Creek Summer Sessions featuring ADE & Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey! 🌚

The FREE show will begin at 6:30 PM. Snacks, lawn chairs, and good vibes are encouraged 😏✨

🌞 July 8th at Wetherby Park we'll have our second edition of the Mission Creek Summer Sessions featuring ADE & Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey! 🌚

The FREE show will begin at 6:30 PM. Snacks, lawn chairs, and good vibes are encouraged 😏✨

Headgear (NPR Tiny Desk Contest Submission 2019) - Elizabeth Moen 06/08/2021

Headgear (NPR Tiny Desk Contest Submission 2019) - Elizabeth Moen

Thursday at 6:30pm McGuirk and Elizabeth Moen will be taking the Weatherdance stage outside of the Graduate hotel for our first in-person performance in over a year! And it's F R E E ✨ We can't wait to see your faces (or partial faces 😷) again!

Headgear (NPR Tiny Desk Contest Submission 2019) - Elizabeth Moen "Headgear" by Elizabeth Moen. Listen here: http://ffm.to/headgearSubscribe to the Elizabeth Moen YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-1ZUnL0Q...

06/06/2021

What's your favorite Iowa City post-show ritual?

A. George's burger
B. Game of pool
C. Gabe's dance floor
D. Ped mall cocktail

What are we missing? Where will you be after the Elizabeth Moen & McGuirk Summer Session?

What's your favorite Iowa City post-show ritual?

A. George's burger
B. Game of pool
C. Gabe's dance floor
D. Ped mall cocktail

What are we missing? Where will you be after the Elizabeth Moen & McGuirk Summer Session?

Elizabeth Moen on Audiotree Live (Full Session) 06/04/2021

Elizabeth Moen on Audiotree Live (Full Session)

Fun fact: it's national cheese day 🧀 What's Elizabeth Moen's favorite cheese? Watch to find out 🤔

Elizabeth Moen on Audiotree Live (Full Session) Download & stream Elizabeth Moen on Audiotree Live -- https://smarturl.it/AT-Elizabeth-MoenElizabeth Moen is a sultry singer whose alternative folk flair and...

06/02/2021

Meet us in the Ped Mall June 10th at 6:30 PM for a free show and some next level ✨ vibes ✨

Did we mention that this is going to be our first in-person show in over a year? We're just a tiny bit excited 🤗

#music #literature #community #cityofliterature #livemusic #iowacity #downtowniowacity #localartist #midwest

Meet us in the Ped Mall June 10th at 6:30 PM for a free show and some next level ✨ vibes ✨

Did we mention that this is going to be our first in-person show in over a year? We're just a tiny bit excited 🤗

#music #literature #community #cityofliterature #livemusic #iowacity #downtowniowacity #localartist #midwest

05/24/2021

After a year of canceled events, we weren’t quite ready for the Mission Creek fun to end! We’re excited to announce Mission Creek Summer Sessions, a series of FREE outdoor events featuring music and spoken word made possible through support from the City of Iowa City and presented by The Englert Theatre and the Iowa City Downtown District!

Join us at 6:30 on June 10 for the first session featuring spoken word artist McGuirk and musician Elizabeth Moen at the Weatherdance Stage in Iowa City's pedestrian mall.

After a year of canceled events, we weren’t quite ready for the Mission Creek fun to end! We’re excited to announce Mission Creek Summer Sessions, a series of FREE outdoor events featuring music and spoken word made possible through support from the City of Iowa City and presented by The Englert Theatre and the Iowa City Downtown District!

Join us at 6:30 on June 10 for the first session featuring spoken word artist McGuirk and musician Elizabeth Moen at the Weatherdance Stage in Iowa City's pedestrian mall.

Japanese Breakfast - Savage Good Boy (Official Video) 05/24/2021

Japanese Breakfast - Savage Good Boy (Official Video)

Have you caught that new new from Japanese Breakfast? 🧛‍♀️

Japanese Breakfast - Savage Good Boy (Official Video) “Savage Good Boy” the new song by Japanese Breakfast from the album ‘Jubilee’, out June 4th on Dead Oceans.STREAM/BUY: https://japanesebreakfast.ffm.to/jubil...

UI English professor releases second poetry collection 05/10/2021

UI English professor releases second poetry collection

UI English professor releases second poetry collection In the words of author Donika Kelly, the publication of her second poetry collection, The Renunciations, has been “a long time coming.” The University of Iowa assistant professor of English released her collection this past Tuesday, May 4. Published through Graywolf Press, the poetry book covers...

Music. Literature. Community.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Iowa City, with most venues within a five minute walk of each other, Mission Creek thrives on intimacy and cross-medium experiences, turning music lovers onto new literature, writers onto new music, and expanding appreciation of arts, community, and culture.

April 1 - 4, 2020 // Downtown Iowa City, Iowa
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