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FRIDAY, APRIL 28 

Swan Lake. Russian National Ballet Theater. 7:30 p.m., FACC, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Kalona Quilt Show + Vintage & Handmade at the Village. Over 350 new and antique quilts are hung for display and for sale. (Quilt Show & Sale begins Thurs. 27th.) Also shop a wide variety of handmade items including vintage and restored pieces. Various times, Kalona Historical Village, 715 D Ave., Kalona. KalonaIowa.org. Through April 29.

Whose Live Anyway? The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? present their new improv tour. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Rocky LaPorte. His performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno brought him a standing ovation, and he's been featured on his own Comedy Central Presents. 8 p.m., Penguin's Comedy Club, the Vault, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133. 

Brantley Gilbert. The Devil Don't Sleep Tour. Hard country. 7:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

Sonny Knight & the Lakers. Hard soul. 8 p.m., Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion. CampbellSteele.com.

The Steepwater Band and Minus Six. A rock and roll co-bill. 8 p.m., Redstone Room, River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Arbor Fest. Two nights of live music. Friday lineup: TIRES, Honeycreeper, Foxholes, Cubits, Nomadic Youth. Saturday lineup: Steve & Michaela McLain, Night Pits, Extravision. 8 p.m., The Arbor, Fairfield. (641) 209-1821. Through April 29.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Kalona Quilt Show + Vintage & Handmade at the Village. Over 350 new and antique quilts are hung for display and for sale. (Quilt Show & Sale begins Thurs. 27th.) Also shop a wide variety of handmade items including vintage and restored pieces. Various times, Kalona Historical Village, 715 D Ave., Kalona. KalonaIowa.org. 

An Evening with David Sedaris. Featuring all new stories and observations with a sneak peak into work that will be published in his newest collection. 8 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. 800-745-3000.

Rocky LaPorte. His performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno brought him a standing ovation, and he's been featured on his own Comedy Central Presents. 8 p.m., Penguin's Comedy Club, the Vault, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133. 

Celtic Woman. The tour showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon, along with Celtic violinist Tara McNeill. 7:30 p.m., Five Flags Civic Center, 405 Main St., Dubuque. (800) 745-3000.

Menopause, The Musical.
Four women at a lingerie sale find they have more in common than a black lace bra—memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, and more! Benefitting Susan G. Komen foundation. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Magic Men Live. A ladies-night-out cabaret-style show—with comedy, audience participation, and more than a little skin. 8 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Women in Nature.
24th annual wellness retreat, with guided walks, yoga, massage, and speakers. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664. 

Goat-Milk Soap Making. 9–2 p.m., Welcome Center, 809 1st St., Keosauqua. VillagesFolk-School.com. 

Arbor Fest. Two nights of live music. Friday lineup: TIRES, Honeycreeper, Foxholes, Cubits, Nomadic Youth. Saturday lineup: Steve & Michaela McLain, Night Pits, Extravision. 8 p.m., The Arbor, Fairfield. (641) 209-1821. Through April 29.

Rachel Ries with J.E. Sunde. Singer-songwriters. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. (641) 472-0856.

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. 8 p.m., Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion. CampbellSteele.com.

Old Shoe with The Dawn. Folk and psychedelic rock. 9 p.m., Redstone Room, River Music Experience, Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Simon & Garfunkel—Through the Years. Accompanied by a live string quartet, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards's (The Bookends) tribute to Simon & Garfunkel has been called "simply breathtaking." 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Wcfsymphony: Appassionato. A musical odyssey of the impassioned relationship between two of the Romantic period's most famous musicians, Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann. 7:30 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Blooming Tulips Southern Iowa Gospel Weekend. Sat. 1 p.m., Dixie Melody Boys (pictured); Sat. 7 p.m., Legacy Five; Sun. 2 p.m., Gold City; Pella Christian HS Vermeer Auditorium, Pella. (641) 660-0443.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5: Music & Fantasy. Violinist Robert Zimansky performs Bruch's Scottish Fantasy—a beautiful musical homage to the folk music of Scotland—and the world premiere of Jenkins' Mathias and the Storm. Sat. 7:30 p.m, Sun. 2 p.m., Five Flags Civic Center, 405 Main St., Dubuque. (800) 745-3000.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30

Innah's Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. Iowa bellydance troupe. 7 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines. (515) 369-3673.

Blooming Tulips Southern Iowa Gospel Weekend. Sat. 1 p.m., Dixie Melody Boys (pictured); Sat. 7 p.m., Legacy Five; Sun. 2 p.m., Gold City; Pella Christian HS Vermeer Auditorium, Pella. (641) 660-0443.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5: Music & Fantasy. Violinist Robert Zimansky performs Bruch's Scottish Fantasy—a beautiful musical homage to the folk music of Scotland—and the world premiere of Jenkins' Mathias and the Storm. Sat. 7:30 p.m, Sun. 2 p.m., Five Flags Civic Center, 405 Main St., Dubuque. (800) 745-3000. 

Lucinda Williams. This rock-folk-country-blues legend "stretches fearlessly" on her new album, experimenting with jazzy vocal phrasing 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Community Concerts: Tribute to the King. Travis LeDoyt offers a tribute to Elvis—with the utmost admiration and respect. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203. CRCommunityConcert.org.

The Chainsmokers. Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall mix indie, dance, and pop into chart-topping sound. 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

Iowa City Community String Orchestra. 3 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. ICCommunityOrchestra.com.

MONDAY, MAY 1

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. One of the most successful partnerships in rock history. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

TUESDAY, MAY 2

Fairfield Classics & Improvisations. Classical music and improvisations featuring Dee Sandquist, Gary Roth, Steve Hillis, Werner Elmker, and Jeffrey Agrell. 7:30 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

George Winston. Dubbed "a true original with inimitable style," this solo acoustic pianist's career spans more than four decades. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

BANJOY. Classic bluegrass and gospel with originals and lively instrumentals. 7 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

THURSDAY, MAY 4

/peh-LO-tah. Poet and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph's new multi-disciplinary work considers soccer as a conduit for both joy and corruption. 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Lee Ann Womack. Multi Grammy-nominated country artist. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Tulip Time. Dutch attire, parades, authentic food, a Dutch Market, Dutch dancing, and parades. Various times and locations, Pella. Pella.org. 

FRIDAY, MAY 5 

Churchill. Written and performed by Andrew Edlin. 20th Anniversary benefit performance for the African Violet Foundation and Fairfield Middle School GOAL field trips. 7:30 p.m., Sondeim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Fairfield 1st Fridays: Gallery Hop. 6–9 p.m., downtown Fairfield. FairfieldArtwalk.org.

Tulip Time. Dutch attire, parades, authentic food, a Dutch Market, Dutch dancing, and parades. Various times and locations, Pella. Pella.org. Also on Thurs. 4th.

Mother's Day Craft & Vendor Show. 10 a.m., Westland Mall, West Burlington. (641) 451-5294.

Lucas County Birding Festival. Join field trips to observe colorful spring migrant birds. With educational bird presentations, workshops and kids' activities, local foods, and more. Various times and locations, Chariton. CharitonAreaChamberMainStreet.com.

What Cheer Flea Market. Antiques, collectibles, tools, furniture, jewelry, and more. 7 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Keokuk County Fairgrounds, What Cheer. WhatCheerFleaMarket.com. 

The Hillbenders Present Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry. Conceived and produced by Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy, 45 years after its release, while paying respect to its creators. 7 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

The Riverdogs. Blues. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-0856.

SATURDAY, MAY 6

Tulip Time. Dutch attire, parades, authentic food, a Dutch Market, Dutch dancing, and parades. Various times and locations, Pella. Pella.org.

Mother's Day Craft & Vendor Show. 10 a.m., Westland Mall, West Burlington. (641) 451-5294.

Lucas County Birding Festival. Join field trips to observe colorful spring migrant birds. With educational bird presentations, workshops and kids' activities, local foods, and more. Various times and locations, Chariton. CharitonAreaChamberMainStreet.com.

What Cheer Flea Market. Antiques, collectibles, tools, furniture, jewelry, and more. 7 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Keokuk County Fairgrounds, What Cheer. WhatCheerFleaMarket.com.  

Cinco de Mayo Festival. Mexican foods, artwork, live music, dancing, and more. 12–10 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, 5th St., West Des Moines. ValleyJunction.com.

Heirloom Plant Sale at Heritage Farm. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, 3074 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. (563) 382-5990.

Maifest in Amana. Traditional German celebration featuring a parade, World on Wheels Food Truck Fair, Arts in the Barn, music, Maipole dancing, kids crafts, and more. Various times, Amana Colonies. FestivalsInAmana.com. Through May 7.

Orchestra Iowa: 1,001 Arabian Nights. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203. CRCommunityConcert.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 7

Mother's Day Craft & Vendor Show. 10 a.m., Westland Mall, West Burlington. (641) 451-5294.

Lucas County Birding Festival. Join field trips to observe colorful spring migrant birds. With educational bird presentations, workshops and kids' activities, local foods, and more. Various times and locations, Chariton. CharitonAreaChamberMainStreet.com.

What Cheer Flea Market. Antiques, collectibles, tools, furniture, jewelry, and more. 7 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Keokuk County Fairgrounds, What Cheer. WhatCheerFleaMarket.com. 

Maifest in Amana. Traditional German celebration featuring a parade, World on Wheels Food Truck Fair, Arts in the Barn, music, Maipole dancing, kids crafts, and more. Various times, Amana Colonies. FestivalsInAmana.com. Through May 7.   

Bill Maher. 7 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

MONDAY, MAY 8

Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Tears for Fears. With Allen Stone. Pop and rock legends. 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 9

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10

THURSDAY, MAY 11

FRIDAY, MAY 12 

SATURDAY, MAY 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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