Events Calendar

Mary Matalin and James Carville appear on the Hancher stage on April 1st (photo courtesy of Shiroma Southwest PR)

Wednesday, March 29 • Titus Andronicus. The revered rock institution. With Country Westerns. 9 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City.

Wednesday, March 29 • Cinema Fairfield: Heat & Dust. James Ivory’s sprawling epic of self-discovery is also a lush evocation of the prismatic and sensuous beauty of India. Richard Robbins and Zakir Hussain (in concert at the Sondheim March 31) provide the haunting score. 7 p.m., Sondheim Theater, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Wednesday, March 29 • Once Upon This Stage. A tribute to the first artists to appear in the historic theater, featuring Ballet Des Moines, B. Well, DMAC, Des Moines Metro Concert Band, Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Storytellers Project, Vox Infinitus, and more. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines.

Wednesday, March 29 Cafe Paradiso Open Mic Night. The long-running night of anything goes. Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Thursday, March 30 • Sandy Moffett Book Signing & Reading. The Grinnell College professor emeritus reads from his first novel, The Ghost of Craven Snuggs. 7 p.m. Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams., Fairfield.

Thursday, March 30 • Jonas Magram Jazz. Performing swing, Latin, and blues, with Dick Watson on piano. 6-8:30 p.m. Fishback & Stephenson Cider House, Fairfield.

Thursday, March 30 • Brian Regan. This top-tier funnyman is featured in Peter Farrelly’s Loudermilk series on Amazon Prime. 7:30 p.m., Five Flags, Dubuque.

Thursday, March 30 • Club Hancher: Children of the Light. Musical soulmates Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade have long performed together as members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. The virtuosos celebrate Shorter’s music and introduce new compositions. 6:30 and 9 p.m., Strauss Hall, Hancher, Iowa City.

Fri-Sat, March 31 Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion. This tabla star possesses a “virtuosity that is barely to be believed.” —The Washington Post. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Theater, Fairfield.

Fri-Sat, March 31–April 1 • SPT Trivial Pursuit: Science & Nature. Original comedy sketches, dance, music, and more. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Fri-Sat, March 31–April 1Egg Decorating with Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl. Learn how to decorate eggs using the batik/wax resist method. Ages 8+. RSVP. Friday 6–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–noon, NCSML, Cedar Rapids.

Fri-Sat, March 31–April 1Homesteaders of Iowa Expo. Learn about diverse homesteading skills—from seed starting, composting, soil amendments, and broad-fork urban gardening, to canning, fermenting, bread making, foraging, trapping, chicken raising, first aid, and more. 8 a.m., Forest Lake Camp & Conf. Center, 11733 Copperhead Rd., Bloomfield.

Saturday, April 1Fairfield Indoor Farmers Market. Items made, baked, or grown. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Golden Magnolia, 200 S. Main St., Fairfield. (Enter on north side).

Saturday, April 1 • Girlies for Emma Goldman. Join Karen Sanchez, Hannah Gerson, Emma Dowding, Val Cumming, and headliner Jen Kuhle at this charity comedy event benefiting the Emma Goldman Clinic. 7 p.m., Willow Creek Theater Company, 327 S. Gilbert, Iowa City.

Saturday, April 1 • Moravian Folk Motifs Opening. Seventeen painters from all over Moravia show large folk motifs in their signature styles. 1–4 p.m., NCSML, Cedar Rapids.

Saturday, April 1 • Easter Craft Vendor Event. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., BVC Expo Hall, Ottumwa.

Saturday, April 1 • Orchestra Iowa: Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage. This popular adaption of two Classical Kids stories includes excerpts from The Magic Flute. 3 p.m., Paramount, Cedar Rapids.

Saturday, April 1 James Carville and Mary Matalin. The husband-and-wife pair of political icons give a talk moderated by IPR’s Ben Kieffer. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City.

Saturday, April 1 GIT Improv. A family-friendly night of laughs. 7:30 p.m., The Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Ave., Moline, IL.

Saturday, April 1 • Fool House: The Ultimate 90s Dance Party. A live musical event paying homage to the golden era of boy bands, pop stars, hip-hop, and pop punk. 7–11 p.m., The Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave., East Moline, IL.

Saturday, April 1Orchestra Iowa: Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage. This popular kids’ adaption includes excerpts from The Magic Flute. 3 p.m., Paramount, Cedar Rapids.

Sat-Sun, April 1–2 • Rug Weaving Workshop. Two-day intensive workshop. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Teri’s Weaving Studio, 22353 Smith St., Vernon.

Sat-Sun, April 1–2 • Murder By the Book. Witty one-liners and tantalizing twists pepper the plot of this comedic whodunit that will keep you guessing—and laughing. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Players Workshop Theater, 1431 Grove St., Burlington.

Sat-Sun-Mon-Tues, April 1–4 • Cinema Fairfield. Check or for April titles. $6. 7 p.m., nightly. Concessions available. FACC, Fairfield.

Sunday, April 2 • Rachel Merrill: Untitled (Slobberknocker). This performance asks questions about grief, power, and vulnerability, presenting a spectacle of defeat masked in humor. 1:30–2:30 p.m., Des Moines Art Center.

Sunday, April 2 Tree of Life Earrings. Use copper wire and gemstones to create a pair of earrings. No experience necessary.  Noon-4 p.m., Beadology, Iowa City.

Tuesday, April 4 • Graduate Sessions: UI Jazz Jam. First Tuesdays. 7–10 p.m., Graduate Hotel Food Hall, 210 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 337-4058. Free.

Tuesday, April 4Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea. Book release party. Hear excerpts from the book, play games, and enjoy snacks. 5–6 p.m., Fairfield Public Library meeting room, Fairfield. (641) 472-6551.

Tuesday, April 4Spanish Bilingual Storytime. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Iowa City Public Library.

Wednesday, April 5 • Dungeons & Dragons After-School Club. All characters begin at level 1, so as you learn and grow, so does your character. Weekly participation not required. 4–6 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library-Downtown. (319) 261-7323.

Wednesday, April 5 • Now Hear This: EJ Swavv. Produced by GMixEast and presented by Orchestra Iowa, the series gives performing artists an opportunity to develop their musical vision. 7 p.m., Opus Concert Cafe, Cedar Rapids.

Wednesday, April 5 Cafe Paradiso Open Mic Night. The long-running night of anything goes. Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Thursday, April 6 • April Macie. BRE Comedy Thursday presents the winner of Howard Stern’s “Hottest and Funniest Chick” contest, also featured in the fourth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. 7:30 p.m., The Auditorium, 200 N. Front St., Burlington.

Thursday, April 6 Improv First Thursday. 7 p.m. improv jam for all levels of experience, 8 p.m. showcase, Lucky Cat, 301 2nd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Thursday, April 6 • Kieron Dwayne Sargeant: The Limbo Dance. Grant Wood Fellow Talk. Trinidadian interdisciplinary artist Kieron Dwayne Sargeant will traverse the limbo dance from a funerary dance to the concert dance stage. 7 p.m., Stanley Museum, Iowa City.

Thursday, April 6 • Reggae Night: Green Buddha. 7–9 p.m., Zeke’s Island Café, Davenport.

Thursday, April 6 Blake Shaw Quartet. Jazz every second and fourth Thursday. 7 p.m., The Graduate, 201 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Free.

Thursday, April 6 • Lighted Cafe Book Nook Craft. Make a charming book nook at this two-part crafting event on April 6 & 13. RSVP. 6:30–7:30 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library-Downtown. (319) 261-7323.

Thurs-Fri-Sat, April 6–8 • Mission Creek Festival. World-class and local artists and writers play Iowa City’s vibrant indoor venues. Highlights include Black Belt Eagle Scout, Cat Power, and Michele Zauner at Hancher on Thursday; a Saturday Lit Walk at Prairie Lights; and Sunday Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair; plus concerts by Kevin Morby, Snail Mail, The Heavy Heavy, Sudan Archives, Courtney Marie Andrews, and more.

Thurs-Fri-Sat, April 6–8 • Poetry Palooza! This three-day festival celebrates Midwestern Poets Laureate, cultivates emerging talent, and demonstrates the positive power of poetry. Various times, Mainframe Studios, Des Moines.

Friday, April 7 Old Brick Ballroom & Latin Dance. Free beginner hustle lesson at 7:30 p.m., social dancing 8:30–10:30 p.m., Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City.

Friday, April 7 Firat Erdim: Field Harp Soundings. A performance-based commission by Des Moines artist Firat Erdim in which volunteers will “play the weather” with instruments devised by Erdim, followed by Q & A. 6 p.m., Des Moines Art Center.

Friday, April 7 Spring Bird Hike. Join Therese Cummiskey for a great morning of birding and birding history at Lamson Woods. Don’t forget your binoculars. 8–9:30 p.m., Lamson Woods, Fairfield. (641) 472-4421.

Friday, April 7 Art & Write Night. The popular series welcomes guests into gallery spaces at the Museum of Natural History after hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other community artists. 6–8 p.m., University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa City.

Friday, April 7 • First Friday Jazz. Featuring the Corridor’s best jazz soloists and ensembles. 5–7 p.m., Opus Concert Cafe, 119 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Friday, April 7Songs & Stories. David G. Smith, Anne E. DeChant, and James Turley present a candlelit evening in the listening room. 8–11 p.m., Redstone Room, 129 Main St., Davenport.

Friday, April 7 • Brian Herrin. Classically trained singer-songwriter. 6–8 p.m., Fishback & Stephenson Cider House, Fairfield.

Friday, April 7 Apocalypso Tantric Noise Choir. Funkified jams on bass, drums, and keys. 8–10 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield. By donation.

Saturday, April 8Fairfield Indoor Farmers Market. Items made, baked, or grown. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Golden Magnolia, 200 S. Main St., Fairfield. (Enter on north side).

Saturday, April 8 Tru Rev MMA 52. Mixed martial arts bouts, live. 7–10 p.m., FACC, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Saturday, April 8 Indoor Fairfield Farmers Market. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Golden Magnolia Sanctuary, Fairfield.

Saturday, April 8 Cider House: Salsa & Bachata Dance Night. With Des Moines dance instructor Geoffrey Spain. 8 p.m., Fishback & Stephenson Cider House, Fairfield.

Saturday, April 8 • Dr. Kim TallBear: Race, Genomics & Indigenous Rights. This talk is part of the free 2023 Iowa City Darwin Day Science Fest. 11:30 a.m., Phillips Hall, 16 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

Saturday, April 8 • Rock Night. Feat. rock bands Hong Kong Sleepover, Greylight Divide, Stars in Toledo, and Cole Hollow. 8–11 p.m., Burlington Auditorium, Burlington.

Saturday, April 8 • Alabaster-N-Harmony. Enjoy the acoustic melodies of Eric & Brett, playing your rock & pop favorites from the 1990s & 2000s: Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, and Nelly to name but a few. 6–9 p.m., Millstream Brewing Co., 835 48th Ave., Amana.

Saturday, April 8 • Road to Iowa Summer Jam VI Tour. Hip-hop and flow presented by T1 Entertainment. 9 p.m., Redstone Room, Davenport.

Sunday, April 9 • Kevin Morby & Erin Rae. Alt rock and folk pop. 8 p.m., Codfish Hollow, Maquo-keta.

Mon-Tues, April 10–11 • Happy Ukulele Group. Play or sing along. All abilities welcome. 2nd Mondays at 5:30 p.m., 2nd Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Washington Public Library.

Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs 10–13 • Cinema Fairfield. Film series. Check or for April titles. $6. 7 p.m., Sondheim Theater, 200 N. Main, Fairfield.

Tuesday, April 11 • Southeast Iowa CASA Summit. Professionals and youth will navigate through child well-being issues. Feat. nationally recognized speakers, best-selling authors, youth care and juvenile justice experts, and real life stories on topics like suicide prevention, substance use, using youth voices to advocate, and building resilience.   8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. Cara Galloway (515) 499-3160.

Tuesday, April 11 • ZZ Top: Raw Whisky Tour. “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” has been delivering rock, blues, and boogie for over half a century. 7:30 p.m, Adler Theatre, Davenport.

Wednesday, April 12 • Kitchen Dwellers. The quartet twists bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories with psychedelic hues. 7 p.m., Raccoon Motel, Davenport.

Wednesday, April 12 Cocktail Hour: The Show. New York City-based Ballets with a Twist. 7:30 p.m., The Auditorium, Burlington.

Wednesday, April 12 Cafe Paradiso Open Mic Night. The long-running night of anything goes. Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Thursday, April 13 • Justin Willman. This magician, comedian, and recent Critics’ Choice nominee is one of today’s most prolific entertainers. 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City.

Thursday, April 13 Ballet Quad Cities: Sporting Fashion. Inspired by Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960. 5 p.m. cash bar and art buffet, program at 6:30 p.m., Figge, Davenport.

Thursday, April 13 • The Remains. The Remains bring an acoustified set of classic rock and other favorites, including the Beatles. 6 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing, Cedar Rapids.

Friday, April 14 • La Traviata. University of Iowa School of Music Spring Opera. 7:30 p.m., Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Coralville.

Friday, April 14 • Conor Hanick, Piano. With Keir GoGwilt, violin, and Jay Campbell, cello. Iowa City native Conor Hanick has been called the “soloist of choice for…thorny works” by The New York Times and is a champion of many composers of his own generation. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City.

Friday, April 14 Anthony Gomes. Featured in Guitar World Magazine’s “30 Best Blues Guitarists in the World Today” poll. 8 p.m., Redstone Room, davenport.

Friday, April 14 • Jeffrey Messerole. Award-winning singer-songwriter. 6–8 p.m., Fishback & Stephenson Cider House, Fairfield.

Friday, April 14 • Gyrls Night Out: Cardinal Earrings. Create triangles with round seed beads, delicas, and a feather bead adding a final touch. 5:30–8:30 p.m., Beadology, Iowa City.

Fri-Sat, April 14–15 • Divas ’23. Two mega-watt musical-theater songbirds in concert. 8 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids.

Friday, April 14 • Art of the Brew. Sample Quad Cities craft beers. Music, silent auction, and Mystery Wheel of Beer. 5:30–8 p.m., Figge, Davenport.

Fri-Sat-Sun, April 14–16 • Middle of the Map Tattoo Convention. Live music, live painters, live tattooing. With vendors and prizes for tattoo art. Various times, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines.

Fri-Sat-Sun, April 14–16 • Quilt Amana. Quilts for show and sale, vendors, guest artists, demos, exhibits, and raffle. Various times, Price Creek, Amana. (319) 622-3887.

Fri-Sat-Sun, April 14–16 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. 51 films from around the world will be screened. Various times, Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion.

Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, April 14–17 • Cinema Fairfield. First-run film series. Check, for titles. $6. 7 p.m., Sondheim Theater, Fairfield.

Saturday, April 15Fairfield Indoor Farmers Market. Items made, baked, or grown. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Golden Magnolia, 200 S. Main St., Fairfield. (Enter on north side).

Saturday, April 15 • Beginning Rug Weaving Class. This three-hour course will cover the basics of rug weaving. Participants will make their own rug to take home. 9 a.m.–noon, Teri’s Weaving Studio, 22353 Smith St., Vernon (Keosauqua).

Saturday, April 15Backcountry Camping & Camping Hygiene for Women. Two classes back to back will help you prepare for successful camping—covering gear, hygiene, “kitchen and bathroom” set ups, and more. RSVP. 11 a.m. Camping Hygiene, 2 p.m. Backcountry Camping, Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids.

Saturday. April 15 • Mental Wellness Expo. Community Resources, children’s activities, student art show, and tips for how to talk to your children about mental health. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Ottumwa Career Campus, 331 E. Main St., Ottumwa. (641) 683-4444.

Saturday. April 15 The Bremen Town Musicians. A retired donkey, a bluesy hound, a rockin’ rooster, and a jazzy cat outsmart two granny scammers in this Eulenspiegel puppet show. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., New Strand Theatre, 111 E. Third St., West Liberty.

Saturday. April 15Gina Chavez. A 13-time Austin Music Award winner, she and her band can be seen on PBS in “Gina Chavez: Live from the Kate.” 7:30 p.m., Temple   Theater, Des Moines.

Saturday. April 15 • The War and Treaty. This duo’s fiery soul music draws on traditional folk, country, and spirituals. 8 p.m., Raccoon Motel, Davenport.

Saturday. April 15 GDP: An All-Iowa Music Festival. Envy Corps, B.WELL, Annalibera, Geneviève Salamone, James Tutson, EleanorGrace, and Lani. 5:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines.

Saturday. April 15 • Lake Mary. From Prymek’s guitars and lap steel flow meditations on the landscapes, rivers, and wildlife of the American West. 9 p.m., Trumpet Blossom, Iowa City.

Saturday. April 15 Concert Under the Stars at Prairiewoods. Be serenaded by the melodic sounds of three award-winning musicians specializing in Native-style flute, Puebloan flute, and Japanese shakuhachi. 7–9 p.m., Prairiewoods, Hiawatha.

Saturday. April 15Fruit Bats. Celebrating their 10th indie-rock album. 8 p.m., Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, Maquoketa.

Saturday. April 15Jake McVey. This Iowan brings a fiery show and an arsenal of ear-grabbing songs. 6–8 p.m., Fishback & Stephenson Cider House, 1949 Pleasant Plain, Fairfield.

Sat-Sun, April 15-16 Orchestra Iowa: Percussive Fire. Arturo Marquez’s “Danson No. 2” opens a program full of power, fire, energy and percussive flair, featuring percussionist Britton-René Collins. Saturday 7:30 p.m., Paramount, Cedar Rapids,; Sunday 2 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City,

Sat-Sun, April 15-16 • Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett. On Saturday, Iowa City filmmaker Kevin Kelley presents his film followed by a discussion and gala reception to honor Elizabeth Catlett. Second screening on Sunday. 1 p.m., FilmScene at The Chauncey, Iowa City. (319) 331-9177.

Sat-Sun, April 15-16 Fairfield Renaissance Faire. 1st annual fair with vendors and entertainment. Rain or shine. 10-a.m.-p.m., Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield. (619) 363-5016.

Sunday, April 16 Nnamdi. Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based in Chicago. With Luke Titus. 7 p.m., Raccoon Motel, Davenport.

Sunday, April 16 • Get Started with Chickens. Take control of your food supply by learning to keep happy chickens. 2–5 p.m., Eureka Moon Farm, 1588 Eureka Ave., West Branch.

Sunday, April 16 • Drawing Salon with Robert Caputo. In this class, participants will draw artworks in the museum’s collection. 2 p.m., Stanley Museum of Art, Iowa City.

Sunday, April 16Latin, Ballroom, Swing & Freestyle Dance. All levels welcome. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:15 p.m. dancing. Morning Star, Fairfield.

Sunday, April 16 • Sunday Swaps at NewBo City Market. Shop for new-to-you items, with a different swap theme each week. 11 a.m., NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids. (319) 200-4050.

Sunday, April 16 • Chelsea Hood. A featured performer for festivals nationwide. 7 p.m., Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Ave., Davenport. (563) 940-8429.

Monday, April 17 • Chicago A Cappella. A free public concert of “American Songbook Classics.” 7:30 p.m., Cornell College Kimmel Theatre, Mount Vernon.

Tuesday, April 18 • World Ballet Series: Cinderella. A multinational cast of 40 professional dancers present this enchanting story with both humor and majesty. 7 p.m., Paramount, Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday, April 18 • Creative Writing and Poetry at Indian Hills. 7 p.m., The Hills Cafe, Indian Hills CC, 525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

Tuesday, April 18 • Woodshop Basics: Pushstick. Learn the woodshop basics and create a wooden push stick, an essential safety tool used in any woodshop. 5:30–7:30 p.m., Iowa City Fab Lab, 870 S. Capitol St., Iowa City.

Wednesday, April 19 • Madde Hoberg Curator Tour—Out & About: Queer Life in Iowa City. Madde Hoberg shares this exhibition featuring documents, artifacts, and ephemera, and the many LGBTQ+ people and organizations in Iowa City’s history. 4–5 p.m., University of Iowa Main Library Gallery, 125 W. Washington, Iowa City.

Wednesday, April 19 • Cafe Paradiso Open Mic. Expect the unexpected. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. start, Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield.

Wednesday 19The Cactus Blossoms. “Creative turns of phrase, gorgeous [sibling] harmonies, and an ageless sound.” (NPR All Things Considered). 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City.

Thursday, April 20  • Wine & Cheese: An Education Celebration. Monthly tastings. April features South American wines. RSVP. 6–8 p.m., Bread Garden Market, Iowa City.

Thursday, April 20  • Madagascar the Musical. Join Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria as they escape the New York Central Park Zoo and head onto the stage. 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids.

Thursday, April 20 • Hervé Youmbi & Willie Cole: A Conversation. This is the first in a series of roundtable discussions between contemporary artists working in Africa and the United States. 6:30 p.m., Stanley Museum of Art, Iowa City.

Thursday, April 20  • Ellis Paul’s 30th Anniversary Tour. This singer-songwriter and storyteller hails from the Woody Guthrie tradition. With Radoslav Lorkovic. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Thursday, April 20  • The Thirsty Word. Lightly curated monthly reading series featuring regional creative writers and poets. 7:30 p.m., Fairfield Food Collective, 400 N. 2nd St., Fairfield. Sign up at

Friday, April 21 • Sieda Community Action’s Sneaker Soiree. Wear your favorite sneakers and enjoy music, speakers, a banquet, and silent auction benefiting community members in need. 6 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Friday, April 21 • Puppet Films for Adults & Teens. Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams series showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film as their medium. 7 p.m., Owlglass Puppetry Center, West Liberty. RSVP: or (319) 627-2487.

Friday, April 21The Talbott Brothers. Acclaimed indie-pop duo captivates with haunting brotherly harmonies. With Fox & Bones. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Friday, April 21 Emerson String Quartet. Hancher is proud to present these incomparable musicians as part of their final tour. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City.

Friday, April 21Karen Black on the Barhydt Organ. “Heavenly hymns.” 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center for the Perf. Arts, Fairfield.

Friday, April 21Boys in the Band: Alabama Tribute. 7 p.m., Pella Opera House, Pella.

Friday, April 21Windy City Dueling Pianos. Audience participation and musical stand-offs. 8 p.m., The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL.

Fri-Sat, April 21–22 • Comedy Xperiment. This improv troupe creates hilarity in a sports-themed formats, non-sensical scenes, and short one-act plays. 7:30 p.m., Stoner Theater, Des Moines.

Fri-Sat, April 21–22 • David Sedaris. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris has authored some of the funniest books ever written. 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City.

Saturday, April 22Fairfield Indoor Farmers Market. Items made, baked, or grown. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Golden Magnolia, 200 S. Main St., Fairfield. (Enter on north side).

Saturday, April 22 • Spring Arts & Crafts Show. Over 100 exhibitors featuring quality handmade items. Hyatt Regency, Coralville. (563) 357-1986.

Saturday, April 22 • Fairfield Poetry Event: Gardening. Poetry, cookies, and springtime fun. 1-3 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield. (641) 469-6023.

Saturday, April 22 • Bonaparte Music Bonanza. Entertainers from the tri-state area will perform, including Brandon Cochenour, Marcella Hannam, and Tom Allen. Fundraiser to maintain the Bonaparte School Building. Family friendly. 7 p.m. Bonapart School, Bonaparte. $15 tickets available at door.

Saturday, April 22 • Earth Everyday. An afternoon of arts and entertainment celebrating nature. 1–3 p.m., University of Iowa Pentacrest, 1 North Clinton St., Iowa City.

Saturday, April 22 Ballet Quad Cities: The Rite of Spring. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre,     Davenport.

Saturday, April 22 Brewfest. 1–4 p.m., The Auditorium, 200 N. Front St., Burlington.

Saturday, April 22Re-Rooting Towards Our Mother: Daily Earth Practices. Commune with our creature kin and turn towards the caring embrace of the natural world. Create a handmade journal. 10:30 a.m., Hickory Hill Park, 1439 E. Bloomington St., Iowa City.

Saturday, April 22 Spring Fling Earth Day Kids’ Event: Pollinators. Celebrate Earth Day with pollinator-themed activities and crafts and a photo op with Mother Nature. 2–4 p.m., American Gothic House, Eldon.

Saturday, April 22 Patsy O’Brien. “Ireland’s best kept musical secret” is a jazz guitarist/singer-songwriter extraordinaire. 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield.

Saturday, April 22 • Chad Elliott. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce, and homelessness into music. 6–8 p.m., Fishback & Stephenson Cider House, 1949 Pleasant Plain, Fairfield.

Saturday, April 22Nick Stika. Classic rock guitar. 6–9 p.m., Millstream Brewing, 835 48th Ave., Amana.

Saturday, April 22Kylie Morgan. Exuberant and ethereal, Kylie Morgan placed as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. 8 p.m., Elray’s, Iowa City.

Saturday, April 22 • Stained Glass Class. In this two-session class, learn to cut and fashion your own stained glass. Each student will leave with a finished 6×6” project. Concludes on April 29. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Iowa City Fab Lab, 870 S. Capitol St., Iowa City. (319) 382-6167.

Saturday, April 22 • Paint & Sip at Hotel Ottumwa. Have fun painting a “wicked river.” Instruction and supplies included. Food and drink available for purchase. 7 p.m., Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St., Ottumwa. (641) 682-8051.

Saturday, April 22 • Leather Crafting for Beginners. Learn the basics of leather crafting. Students can select one project—a bracelet, earrings, or keychain—to complete. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Stuart’s Leather Shop, Bonaparte.

Sat-Sun, April 22–23 • Party & Paint: Tulips. Have fun recreating a woodblock print by Shodo Karazaki—with paint. No experience required. Sat. 7:30–9:30 p.m. or Sunday 1–3 p.m., ICON Gallery or Zoom, Fairfield. (641) 919-6252.

Sat-Sun, April 22–23 • Hits! The Musical. Dionne Warwick presents joyful hits and spectacular dancing—all performed by a young cast. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines,; Sun. 3 p.m., Paramount, C.R.,

Sat-Sun, April 22–23 • Physics, Art & Music. Red Cedar Chamber Music and violinists Alex Norris and Donghee Han play quartets by Michael Kimber. Sat. 7 p.m., Stanley Museum (virtual), Iowa City; Sun. 3 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Sat-Sun, April 22–23 • Portrayal of Mount Vernon 2023. Artists convene in Mount Vernon and Lisbon to capture their favorite views in many mediums, with a gallery show opening in June. Sign up at

Sat-Sun, April 22–23 • Cinema Fairfield. First-run film series. Check or for April titles. $6. 7 p.m., Sondheim Theater, 200 N. Main, Fairfield. Also on April 24–27.

Sunday, April 23 • Write at the Stanley Feat. Lenore Maybaum. Generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Monthly. 3 p.m., Stanley Museum, Iowa City.

Sunday, April 23 Sunday Funnies Open Mic. 9:30 p.m., Joystick Comedy Bar & Arcade, Iowa City.

Sunday, April 23 SEISO Masterworks: Spring Footprints. Violist Dominique Archambeau joins composer Robert Tindle with a commissioned viola concerto. 2 p.m., BVC, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Sunday, April 23The Best Opera Arias. Jana Sibera of the National Theatre Opera in Prague, accompanied by pianist Katelyn Bouska. 7 p.m., NCSML, Cedar Rapids.

Monday, April 24Chad Daniels. This Minnesotan averages a million streams every week. 6:30 p.m., Rhythm City Casino Resort, Davenport.

Monday, April 24 • Troupe Vertigo Circus Dance Theatre. Stunning physical feats choreographed into works of art. 7 p.m., Bridge View, Ottumwa.

Monday, April 24 • Poetry Slam. To enter, bring three of your best poems. Last Mondays. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m., slam starts at 7 p.m., High Ground Cafe, 301 E. Market St., Iowa City. (319) 338-5382.

Monday, April 24 • All Our Voices Story Time. Join Genevra Bell for this monthly series delivering story-time events that are racially diverse, equitable, and inclusive. 5:15 p.m., Youth Department, Fairfield Public Library. (641) 472-6551.

Monday, April 24 • Chris Botti. For over two decades, Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has amassed a spectacular variety of honors. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines.

Tuesday, April 25 • Beauty & the Beast with Opera Iowa. 7:30 p.m., Washington Area PAEC, Washington.

Tuesday, April 25Key Change Series at Opus Concert Cafe. Classical piano music featuring members of the University of Iowa School of Music faculty, students, and guest artists. 6–7:30 p.m., Opus Concert Cafe, Cedar Rapids.

Wednesday, April 26 • Bruce-O-Rama Starring Bruce Campbell. Interactive trivia game show for fans of pop culture, fantasy, horror, sci-fi, superheroes, and gaming, followed by a “Groovy Bruce Movie.” 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines.

Wednesday, April 26 Cafe Paradiso Open Mic Night. The long-running night of anything goes. Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Thursday, April 27 • Immersive Opera. In this new one-act, immersive opera by composer Nathan Felix, performers will move throughout the galleries, with different movements or pieces set around the audience. 6:30 p.m., Stanley Museum of Art, Iowa City.

Thursday, April 27 • University of Iowa Dancers in Company. 5 p.m. cash bar & Art Buffet, 6:30 p.m. performance, Figge Art Museum, Davenport.

Thursday, April 27 Teen Writing Hang Out. Adam and Matthew from 1 Week Critique lead this workshop every Thursday, no exprience required. Materials provided. Zoom link available. 4–5 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City.

Thursday, April 27 Jeffrey Messerole. Award-winning singer-songwriter brings original folk and alternative country. 6–8 p.m., Lion Bridge, Cedar Rapids.

Thurs-Fri-Sat, April 27–29 • Indian Hills Theater: The Robber Bridegroom. This southern fairytale is loaded with wacky hijinx. Nightly 7:30 p.m., with a Sat. 2 p.m. matineee, St. John Auditorium, IHCC, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5111.

Thurs-Fri-Sat, April 27–29 • Kalona Quilt Show & Sale. Over 200 new and antique quilts on display and for sale. Raffle quilts and other vendors on site. Thurs. 5 p.m.–8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Kalona Community Center/YMCA. (319) 656-2240,

Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun, April 27–30 • Ballet Des Moines: She. An evening of powerful beauty created by the dance world’s leading and emerging female voices: Jennifer Archibald, Shannon Alvis, and Stephanie Martinez. Various times, Stoner Theater, Des Moines.

Friday, April 28 Peter and the Starcatcher. This Tony Award-winning play upends the century-old story of how an orphan became Peter Pan. 7:30 p.m., Cornell College, The Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre, Mount Vernon.

Friday, April 28 John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band. John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Friday, April 28 • Benny Benack III Quartet. Be transported to a bygone era of smooth swing. 7:30 p.m., Temple Theater, Des Moines.

Friday, April 28 • Buddy Guy: Damn Right Farewell. At age 86, Buddy Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a living link to Chicago’s halcyon days of electric blues. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City.

Friday, April 28 Feed Me Weird Things Presents: Xiu Xiu + ghOstMiSt. Experimental industrial meets experimental modern classical. 8 p.m., Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Iowa City. (319) 248-0077.

Friday, April 28 • Rob Schneider. This SNL veteran’s autobiographical standup special, Asian Momma, Mexican Kids, is on Netflix. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman. Des Moines.

Friday, April 28IRA Funding Clinic. New opportunities for rural communities are made possible through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and other recent legislation. This clinic will help farmers, individuals, businesses, educational organizations, nonprofits, and government entities understand which funding streams apply to their projects and what steps are needed. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield. Contact

Fri-Sat, April 28-29Historic Hills Spring Shop About. Shop businesses along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway, over 100 miles of beauty and history. 9-4.

Saturday, April 29 • Fairfield Indoor Farmers Market. Items made, baked, or grown. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Golden Magnolia, 200 S. Main St., Fairfield. (Enter on north side).

Saturday, April 29Brooks Strause. Iowa City songwriter serves life straight up, no chaser. 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 100 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Saturday, April 29 Steven Curtis Chapman. Christian music artist brings new music and well-known favorites. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines.

Saturday, April 29 William Campbell: Together We Rise. St. Ambrose music professor performs with guest artists in a multimedia album-release concert. 7:30 p.m., Allaert Auditorium, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust, Davenport.

Saturday, April 29 • Air Play. With stunning images and humor, Air Play is part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater. Fun for all ages. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center.

Saturday, April 29 • Soap Making. This class will use a treasured family goat-milk soap recipe, teaching curing time and how to cut and store bars. Bring an apron. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Stone House, 26983 J40, Bentonsport.

Sat-Sun, April 29–30 • Blacksmithing: Beginning. A two-day class with Bill Printy and Mark Heisdorffer. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Blacksmith Academy, 21909 Walnut St., Bentonsport.

Sunday, April 30 • Candle Pour Bar. Want to create your own custom candle in a sun-filled plant oasis? RSVP. 2–4 p.m., The Green House, 505 E. Washington St., Iowa City.

Sunday, April 30 • Nat Geo Live: Invisible Wonders. Photographer Anand Varma illuminates layers of beauty and complexity hidden from our naked eye. 6:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center.

Sunday, April 30 • Kyshona. Kyshona blends roots, rock, R&B, and folk with lyrical prowess to uplift the marginalized and bring awareness to the masses. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Sunday, April 30 • Quad Cities Wind Ensemble. Spring concert. 3 p.m., Allaert Auditorium, St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

Monday, May 1 • Copper Street Brass. Minneapolis-based brass sextet fuses brass with keyboard, percussion, guitars, and electronic instruments. CRCCA. 7:30 p.m., Paramount, Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday, May 2 • Ngaiire. Described by Rolling Stone as “a near perfect slice of hushed future soul.” 7 p.m., Redstone Room, Davenport.

Thursday, May 4 • Ronald K. Brown/Evidence. This dance company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center.

Thursday, May 4 Sway Wild. This duo navigates the corners of rock, folk, pop, jazz, prog, and funk—music saturated in gratitude for well-lived lives and sympathetic to our shared humanity. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rpaids.

Friday, May 5 • Ballet Des Moines: SHE. Exemplifies the powerful voices of female representation through the works of three diverse and internationally recognized choreographers. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center for Performing Arts, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Fri-Sat-Sun, May 5–7 • What Cheer Flea Market. 7 a.m. daily, Keokuk County Fairgrounds, 13061 170th St., What Cheer.

Saturday, May 6 • American Ballet Theatre. This mixed repertory program—that includes ZigZag, choreographed by Jessica Lang to music by Tony Bennett—is sure to thrill and delight. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City.

Saturday, May 6 • Spring Plant & Art Sale. Featuring a variety of vendors showcasing their plants and art. There will also be the “Potting Shed” offering gently used garden tools and yard art. 9 a.m.–noon, Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. Free.

Saturday, May 6 • Young Puppeteers Festival. Amateur puppeteers develop their own shows and build their own puppets for performance in a festival setting. All day, West Liberty Community Center, West Liberty. tiff young

Saturday, May 6 • Music on the Green with Hieland Storm. Bring your lawn chair and picnic to campus to hear this local Irish band. 5–6:30 p.m., Marge Dodd Stage (St. John Auditorium in case of rain), 525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa. (641) 683-5111. Free.

Saturday, May 6 Wild Edibles for Lunch! Come dressed to walk in the woods, learn what to look for, and help prepare your foraged spring greens into a meal. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Villages Folk School Welcome Center, 809 1st St., Keosauqua. (319) 397-2166.

Saturday, May 6Glass Blown Cup Making. Experience the thrill of crafting your very own drinking glass. Select your colors and we will help you transform your idea into a functional work of art. 10 a.m.–noon, Bloom and Bark Farm LLC, 18517 J40, Keosauqua. tiff cup

Saturday, May 6Singing Cedars May Faire. May Pole and traditional dancing, food, archery, pony rides, puppet show. 10:30 a.m-3 p.m. Singing Cedars School, 2149 N. B St., Fairfield. $5 admission.