Events Calendar for November 2017

The holiday season begins in earnest this week!

Monday 20th • Iowa Organic Conference. ISU’s Organic Agriculture Program’s 17th Annual conference includes roundtable discussions, workshops, an organic luncheon, and keynote speaker Jeff Moyer. Various times, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City. Sustainability.uiowa.edu.

Tuesday, Nov. 21st • Dave Tamkin & Ryan Joseph Anderson. Tamkin, a singer-songwriter with a unique style of rhythmic-acoustic sounds, shares the evening with Chicago-based Americana artist who’s got a big sound, but intimate feel. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Wednesday 22nd • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. A company of almost 40 dancers, with unparalleled scenic design. 7 p.m., Five Flags Civic Center, Dubuque. (800) 745-3000.

Wednesday 22nd • The Last Waltz Tribute. Local musicians play music from The Last Waltz, the legendary concert by The Band and documentary by Martin Scorcese. 8 p.m., RME, Davenport. (563) 326-1333.

Thursday 23rd THANKSGIVING. The Iowa Source is grateful for its readers, advertisers, and contributors who have made this publication possible for 33 years. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 24th • Tannenbaum Forest Opens. Over 40 Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, plus music, holiday goodies, and more. Festhall Barn, Amana. Weekends through Dec. 17.(319) 622-7622.

Fri-Sat Nov. 24-25 • The Festival of Trees. Decorated trees and wreaths for sale. Baked goods, kids’ activities, visits from Santa. Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-4. Benefit for Little Superheroes. Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield. (641) 233-7600.

Friday, November 24 • Annual Lighting of the Square. Santa makes a grand entrance and the square lights up at 6 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides for kids. Fairfield square.

Fri-Sat 24th–25th • Alex Ortiz. With a combination of life stories and uncanny voice impressions, he’s been labeled the “Boricua Beast Of Comedy.” 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Friday 24th • Christmas Dreams Forgotten. Trans-Siberian Experience presents their highly energized signature rock-opera tribute. 7:15 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Friday 24th • Prohibition Era Friendsgiving. Six courses of delectable, themed foods. Prohibition-era attire is encouraged but not required. 21+. 7 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines. (515) 369-3673.

Fri-Sat-Sun 24th–26th • Disney on Ice: Dream Big. Various times, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000. Also on Wed-Thurs 22nd–23rd.

Fri-Sat-Sun 24th–26th • Quad City Arts Festival of Trees. Gorgeous trees, gingerbread houses, kids’ activities, entertainment, winter train display, and more. Various times, RiverCenter Great Hall, Davenport. QuadCityArts.com.

Saturday 25th • Burlington Lighted Holiday Parade. The parade begins at 8th & Jefferson and proceeds east to Main Street. Bring a chair. Afterwards, visit Santa in Nancy Neafie Park. 5 p.m., downtown Burlington. GreaterBurlington.com.

Sat-Sun 25th–26th • Jim McDonough and His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande. International Steinway Artist Jim McDonough is joined by a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of singers and dancers. Proceeds benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa. Sat. 2:30 p.m., Bridge View, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000; Sun. 2:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Sat-Sun 25th–26th • Quad Cities Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair. Handmade gifts made in the Midwest. QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island. (309) 647-0400.

Saturday 25th • Letterpress: Christmas Cards. This class will introduce you to the process, equipment, and variations. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Calico Press, 23096 Route J16, Birmingham. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday 25th • The Night People. The QC band was recently inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 7 p.m., RiverCenter, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Saturday 25th • James Mons and His Not So Little Monsters Jazz Band. 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, Iowa City. (319) 339-0804.

Sunday 26th • Davis Folkerts: Christmas at Our House. Davis hits the ivories of the mighty Barton organ—along with 30 vocalists, instrumentals, and a sing-along of yuletide favorites. 3 p.m., Pella Opera House, Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Sunday 26th • Winter Zither Concert. The Davenport Zither Ensemble performs its winter concert, playing traditional zither tunes, as well as a few you might recognize. 2 p.m., St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davenport.Free. GAHC.org.

Thursday, Dec. 7th • Reza Aslan. CNN host and author of God: A Human History in conversation with Iowa Public Radio host Charity Nebbe about humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine. First United Methodist Church, Iowa City. Tickets: (319) 337-2681.

Tuesday 28th • The History of Iowa’s Civilian Conservation Corp Camps. Iowan author Linda McCann will share collected stories about the organization’s history. 10 a.m., Burlington Public Library. Burlington.lib.ia.us.

Thursday 30th • 36th Black Maria Film Festival. The festival draws hundreds of entries from around the world: documentaries, experimental, animation, and narrative works. 6:30 p.m., Des Moines Art Center. (515) 277-4405.

Thursday 30th • Jingle in the Junction. Free horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa, caroling, ice sculptures, and balloon magic. 5–9 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. ValleyJunction.com.

Thursday 30th • New Pi: DIY Raw, Vegan Holiday Chocolates. Laurie Moritz demonstrates how to make your own vegan Peppermint Crunch, Dark Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Ganache. With samples. RSVP. 6–8 p.m., New Pioneer Co-Op, Coralville. NewPi.coop.

Thursday 30th • Lorie Line & Her Pop Chamber Orchestra: King of Kings. Traditional Christmas show for all ages. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Thursday 30th • Pert Near Sandstone. Roots and bluegrass. With Miles Over Mountains. 8 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Friday, Dec. 1st • Brian Regan. One of America’s favorite funnymen. “I’ll take all of that guy you got…” –David Letterman. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Friday Dec. 1st • Naomi Greyser: On Sympathetic Grounds. Race, Gender and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America. This talk puts forward a new interpretation of “the sentimental” by mapping its grounds in North America. 4 p.m., UI Main Library Gallery Space, Iowa City. Free. Events.UI.edu.

Fri-Sat  Dec. 1st–2nd • DC Malone. This international comic headliner brings along his guitar. 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Friday, Dec. 1st • Old Brick Dance. Lesson at 7:30 p.m., social dancing 8:30 p.m.–10:45 p.m., Iowa Corridor, Old Brick, 26 E. Market, Iowa City. CorridorDance.org.

Friday, Dec. 1st • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Frankie’s first studio album in 15 years, Romancing the ’60s. 7:30 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

Friday, Dec. 1st • The Brother Brothers. Critically acclaimed folk-duo twins Adam and David Moss are “the real deal.” 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Friday, Dec. 1st • Terence Blanchard. Trumpeter, jazzman, and music composer for film. Hancher’s Hadley Stage, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160.

Fri-Sat Dec. 1st–2nd • 55th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Tour four beautiful Pella homes decorated for the holidays. With Christmas Tea at the Pella Opera House. Various times and locations, Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Fri-Sat-Sun Dec. 1st–3rd • The Nutcracker. Nolte Academy & The Englert Theatre present a highly entertaining version of the Christmas classic. Various times, Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Fri-Sat-Sun Dec. 1st–3rd • Christkindlmarket Des Moines. European-inspired food and drink and diverse holiday entertainment. Various times, Cowles Commons, Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Fri-Sat-Sun Dec. 1st–3rd • Peter & the Starcatcher. Indian Hills Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning adventure play. Various times, St. John Auditorium, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144. Free.

Fri-Sat-Sun Dec. 1st–3rd • Christmas in the Villages: Festival of Trees. Silent auction for decorated trees, wreaths, and tabletop displays. Various times, Roberts Memorial Center, Hwy 1 N, Keosauqua.   VillagesofVanBuren.com.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Albia Victorian Stroll. Walk through the luminary-lit historic square for roasted chestnuts, cookies & cocoa, plus live window displays, carriage rides, and more. 6-8 p.m., Albia. 641-932-5108.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Norwegian Christmas. Enjoy Scandinavian holiday traditions with the whole family. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah.  (563) 382-9681.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Brain Candy Live. Adam Savage & Michael Stevens present crazy toys, tools, and mind-blowing demonstrations in a theatrical celebration of curiosity. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Christmas in Bentonsport. Merchants in 1840s costumes present treats and special activities. Santa and the Jingles are downtown from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Various times, downtown Bentonsport. VillagesofVanBuren.com.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Gingerbread House Decorating. All ages; all supplies provided. 2–5 p.m., American Gothic House Center, Eldon. (641) 652-3352. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Nature’s Noel at Indian Creek. Wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, swag, and yule logs for sale, along with frozen soups, cookie dough, and more. 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Flying Pans Steel Band Caribbean Christmas. Admission $5 or a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. 7:30 p.m., Vermeer Banquet Room, Graham Conference Center, Central College, Pella. (641) 628-5383.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman. Fingerstyle guitar legend tours alongside renowned acoustic musician. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd • Katy Perry. With Purity Ring. 7:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd Container Candles. This workshop will introduce you to soy candles and cold-pressed soap making. Bring your own ceramic mug or mason jar. 12–4 p.m., VFS Welcome Center, 809 1st St., Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Sat-Sun, December 2nd–3rd • Holiday Thieves Market. Handmade artworks from over 120 professional artists from around the country, including pottery, glass, photography, textiles, and more. Also Festival of Wreaths Silent Auction and Free Wine & Craft Beer Tasting. Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union, UI Campus Iowa City. Free admission.

Sat-Sun Dec. 2nd–3rd • Orchestra Iowa & Ballet Quad Cities: The Nut-cracker. Various times, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Sat-Sun Dec. 2nd–3rd • 8th Annual Old World Christmas Market. Handmade gifts, seasonal treats, music, and more. 10 a.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids. NCSML.org.

Sat-Sun Dec. 2nd–3rd • Pioneer Home Driving Tour. Visit the Pioneer Museum and grab a map of historical pioneer homes for a self-guided tour. Prize drawing Sunday at 4 p.m. Various times, Pioneer Museum, Farmington. VillagesofVanBuren.com.

Sunday, Dec. 3rd • A Carpenters Christmas. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece backing band bring The Carpenters’ Christmas songs to the stage.

Sunday, Dec. 3rd • Cirque Musica Holiday: Believe. Spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism. 7:30 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

Tuesday 5th • Lindsey Stirling. Warmer in the Winter. Pop and rock violinist & dancer. 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

Tuesday 5th • Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault. These two successful, married songwriters have maintained independent touring careers—until now. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Thursday, Dec. 7th • A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE. Classic Peanuts family fun. 7 p.m., Sondheim Theater, FACC, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.