The Real MainStream‘s picks for progressive events throughout Iowa, Sept. 17-23


Tues., Sept. 17, International Day of Peace: 100 Poets for Change. Local poets share with themes of peace and justice along with thousands of poets worldwide. 7:30-9 pm, Smokestack, 62 E. 7th St., Dubuque.

Sat. Sept. 21, Truths Be Told: The Live Storytelling Event. The Hook from Cedar Rapids features five storytellers and live music on the theme of “proof: proof of concept, proof of identity, proof of residence, that time you proved someone wrong (or yourself right).” $10 adults, $5 students, The Courtyard & Cellar, 421 W. Water St., Decorah.


Wed., Sept. 18, Truths Be Told: The Live Storytelling Event. The theme of “Proof” explored by The Hook’s five premier storytellers: Rob Cline, Akwi Nji, Jenny Phan, Marta Pumroy, and Chuy Renteria. Live music by Blake Shaw. Blake Shaw. $15 adults, $10 students, Matthew 25, 201 3rd Ave. SW., Cedar Rapids.

Thurs., Sept. 19, Hair Party (Getting It Done!). Conversation, guided movement explorations, and performance highlights help participants examine closely-held beliefs about themselves, society, class, race, gender, age and individual beauty. Featuring Urban Bush Women. Free, space limited so RSVP required. 7-8:30 pm, African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Sun., Sept. 22, Outdoor Yoga Downtown with Hothouse Yoga.  Free class for all yogi levels. 10-11 a.m., Van Allen Hall Greenspace, 255 Iowa Ave.


Fri., Sept. 20, Sioux City Watch Party – LGBTQ Presidential Forum, Join fellow community members for a live-stream of the forum in Cedar Rapids sponsored by One Iowa, GLAAD and The Advocate. 7 pm, Siouxland Pride Alliance, 2508 Jackson St.

Fri-Sun, Sept. 20-22: Southwest Iowa Art Tour. Exposing rural artists and connecting communities through art. Self-guided art tour to six southwest Iowa artists’ galleries.


Thurs., Sept. 19, Side Show Lounge @DMSC. “An open forum circus” featuring acoustic originals and covers, poetry, comedy, theatrical skits, full band performances, hip-hop acts, dance, or spoken word. 8 pm – 1:30 am, Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St.

Fri-Sun, Sept. 20-22: World Food & Music Festival. 15th annual festival featuring international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, wine and craft beers. Free, Western Gateway Park, Des Moines.


Tues., Sept. 17: LET’s Discover the World of Junk Journals. Learn from Julie Mangold and her two-year journey into junk journaling. $10, LET’s Center for Healing & Creative Arts, 114 N. Iowa Ave., Washington.

Fri., Sept. 20: Full Bodied Experience Wine Tasting and Oil Painting Demo. Featuring local artist Kesryth. 5-8 pm, SOMM Wines, 58 S. Main St., Fairfield

Mon., Sept. 23: LET’s Make a Selenite Wand: Cheryl Weatherford guides students on designing, creating and wire-wrapping a selenite wand, known as “liquid light.” $44 adm includes materials, printed instructions, 1-on-1 guidance in a group setting. LET’s Center for Healing & Creative Arts, 114 N. Iowa Ave., Washington.