Events Calendar for December 2018

Fairfield’s square is decked out for the holidays.

Monday, December 10 • Richard Thompson Electric Trio. Rolling Stone named this prolific songwriter one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Wednesday, December 12 • Full Moon Drum & Dance Circle. 8–9:30 p.m., Depot Brewery, Fairfield. TheDepotBrewery.com.

Wednesday, December 12Kris Delmhorst. With Sam Moss. She’s contributed vocals and instrumentals to albums by Peter Wolf, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, and Lori McKenna, and performed with Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey as the trio Redbird. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Thursday, December 13 • Burlington’s Living Windows. Lights, carolers, story readings, crafts, decorations, gingerbread houses, carriage rides, and more. 6–8 p.m., Jefferson Street, downtown Burlington. GreaterBurlington.com.

Thursday, December 13 • It Must Be St. Nick. Indian Hills choirs, jazz band, and the faculty/staff choir. 7:30 p.m., St. John Auditorium, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

Thursday, December 13 • Jara Johnson: Christmas Favorites. Nashville songwriter. 5:30 p.m., Pella Opera House. PellaOperaHouse.org. Also on Fri. 14th.

Thursday, December 13 • Steve Earl & the Dukes. The three-time Grammy Award-winner is a cornerstone artist of Americana. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Thursday, December 13 • Home Free. A Country Christmas. 8 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (800) 745-3000.

Thursday, December 13 Warsaw. Warren Goldie’s original play read by local talent; his moving tribute to family members who survived the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m., Central Park Furnishings, Fairfield. Donation optional.

Friday, December 14 • The Elvis and Johnny Show. Joseph Hall and Paul Eve bring back the music from the 1960s and 1970s: Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Friday, December 14 • Samantha Fish. Blues artist gets outside of the box. With special guest Jonathon Long. 8 p.m., River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Friday, December 14 Them Coulee Boys. A blend of punk, bluegrass, and rock and roll. 9 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City. BigGroveBrewery.com. Free.

Friday, December 14 • Telekinetic Yeti. Two-piece stoner doom band. 9 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington, Iowa City. (319) 351-9175. ICGabes.com.

Friday, December 14 • Society of Broken Souls. Folk-noir and Americana songwriting duo. 7 p.m., Cedar Valley House Concerts, 122 W. 10th St., Cedar Falls.

Fri-Sat December 14-15 • Tonic Sol-fa: Holiday Show. A ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Fri-Sat-Sun December 14-16 • Celtic Yuletide. Michael Londra, the Irish tenor, presents an evening of “Christmas from Ireland” told in song, dance, and classic stories of his youth. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., The Legacy Theater, Carthage, IL. TheLegacyTheater.com.

Sat-Sun December 15-16 Local Artisan Market. Featuring unique gifts made by local artists and craftspeople. Sat 10-4, Sun. 1-4 p.m. Bloom and Bark Farm, 18517 CR J40, Keosauqua. (641) 233-8210.

Saturday, December 15 • Jim McDonough: Holiday Grande. Steinway artist and his orchestra and singers. Proceeds benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa. 2:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Saturday, December 15 • Winterland: Legends of ’77. Faithful recreation of the Grateful Dead’s brilliant performance in Buffalo, NY, at the height of their inspiration. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Saturday, December 15 • Dan Tedesco & Jason Walsmith. Quintessential modern-day folk-rock troubadour with founding singer-songwriter of the Nadas. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Saturday, December 15Society of Broken Souls. Folk-noir and Americana songwriting duo. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Saturday, December 15 Christmas Craft & Vendor Show. 38+ vendors, food concessions, and pictures with Santa. Free admission and door prize drawing. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Best Western Fairfield Inn, 2200 W. Burlington, Fairfield. (641) 472-2200.

Saturday, December 15English Country Dance. Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. 7 p.m., The Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. (319) 338-5378.

Saturday, December 15 • Family Film: Three Nuts for Cinderella. 2–3:30 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Pl. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8500.

Saturday, December 15Santa Visits Harvestville Farm. Come meet Santa, share your holiday wishes and get that all-important photo with St. Nick. With kids’ activities throughout the day. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Harvestville Farm, 1977 Highway 2, Donnellson. HarvestvilleFarm.com.

Saturday, December 15 • 3=One. Jazz trio. 8:30 p.m., The Depot Brewery, 500 N. 4th St., Fairfield. TheDepotBrewery.com.

Sat-Sun December 15-16Pops at the Paramount: Holiday Spectacular. Featuring Maestro Tim Hankewich of Orchestra Iowa, local jazz icon Eddie Piccard, Friends from the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, Discovery Chorus, Espressivo Strings, and more. Various times, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Sat-Sun December 15-16The Nutcracker. Iowa Dance Theatre. (RSVP separately for 12:30 p.m. Sugar Plum Fairy Tea party.) Sat. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Sunday, December 16 The Fez. 15-piece faithful reproductions of Steely Dan songs. 7 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Sunday, December 16 • Jim McDonough: Holiday Grande. Steinway artist and his orchestra and singers. Proceeds benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa. 2:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Sunday, December 16 • It’s a Wonderful Life. Screenings at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Donna Reed Theater, 1305 Broadway, Denison. (712) 263-3334.

Sunday, December 16 • Johnson County Winter Farmers Market. Fresh fruits & vegetables, meats, specialty foods, eggs, arts & crafts, gifts & goodies galore. Sundays 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Johnson Co. Fairgrounds, Building C, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City. johnsoncomarket@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 16 • Toys for Tots Kids’ Christmas Party. A big, crazy Christmas party for kids 10 and under. 12 p.m., Five Flags Arena, Dubuque. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Sunday, December 16 • Allelujah! National Theatre Live HD rebroadcast of a new play by Alan Bennett full of “singalongs and stinging wit.” 2 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Monday, December 17 • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The musical. 6:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Tuesday, December 18 • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. By Chip Davis. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300. Also on Wed. 19th.

Tuesday, December 18 • A Christmas Story. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the 1983 movie. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport. (800) 745-3000.

Tuesday, December 18 • Final Act Ensemble Holiday Radio Show. Annual program of yuletide jollies presented by Final Act Ensemble—from the days when radio was king. 7 p.m., Kate Goldman Theatre, Des Moines. DMPlayhouse.com.

Wednesday, December 19 • An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas. Starring Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin. 7:30 p.m., Five Flags Arena, Dubuque. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Wednesday, December 19 • Diamond Rio Live. Grammy-winning Nashville country music group formed in 1989. 7:30 p.m., PZAZZ! Convention & Event Center, Burlington. Tickets.thePzazz.com.

Thursday, December 20 • Nat King Cole Christmas. Starring Chicago’s Evan Tyrone Martin. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Thursday, December 20 • For King & Country: Little Drummer Boy. Two-time Grammy Award winners, featuring Cory Asbury. 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

Thursday, December 20 • A Carol Christmas. Carol Montag with Cameron Sullenberger and Tim Riven, violinist Carlis Faurot, and percussionist Patrick Montag. 7:30 p.m., Opus Concert Café, Cedar Rapids. ArtsIowa.com.

Thursday, December 20 • Oak Ridge Boys. Shine the Light on Christmas. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (800) 745-3000.

Friday, December 21 • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. By Chip Davis. 7:30 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. (800) 745-3000.

Friday, December 21 Winter Solstice Hike. A family woods and prairie hike on the shortest day of the year, followed by hot cocoa. 1 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Friday, December 21 Euforquestra’s Home for the Holidays. With special guests Jon Wayne and the Pain. Funk & soul—with a canned food drive. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Friday, December 21 Jazz After Five: Steve Grismore Trio. 5–7 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Fri-Sat December 21-22 Nathan Timmel. 15-year comedy veteran’s set is well-crafted, clever, and genuine—a mix of high-brow thinkers and accessible straight-ahead jokes. 7:30 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. (800) 745-3000.

Fri-Sat-Sun December 21-23 • Who’s Holiday. A wildly funny adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve when she met the Grinch. 7:30 p.m., Grand Opera House, 135 W. 8th St., Dubuque.

Saturday December 22 • Holiday Trade Fair. Unique artisan creations and gourmet foods from over 80 vendors. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Saturday December 22 Local Artisan Market. Featuring unique gifts made by local artists and craftspeople. 10-4. Bloom and Bark Farm, 18517 CR J40, Keosauqua. (641) 233-8210.

Saturday December 22 Antony & Cleopatra. Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion, and power. 2 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Saturday December 22 • Dogs on Skis. Modern and ’80s rock covers. 8:30 p.m., Depot Brewery, Fairfield. TheDepotBrewery.com.

Saturday December 22 • Kris Lager Band Christmas Show. Musical journeyman plays “feel-good funk.” 9 p.m., Famous Mockingbird, Marion. (319) 377-4267.

Sunday, December 23 • A Charlie Brown Christmas. 3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Univ., Ames. (515) 294-3349.

Saturday December 22 • Christmas Wonderland. A dazzling holiday spectacular with   a high-kicking chorus. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Friday, December 28 • Panic! At the Basement. Stand-up & improv. 10 p.m., Des Moines Social Club. (515) 369-3673.

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Fri-Sat-Sun December 28-30 • Finding Neverland. This breathtaking musical will capture your heart. Fri. & Sat, various times, Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300; Sun. 5 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Friday, December 28 • French Friday at the Figge. A special evening of French art and cuisine. Docents will be on hand to answer questions from 6:30–8 p.m., with a special tour of French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950 at 7 p.m. A “French Modern Dinner” is optional. RSVP (563) 345-6647. 5–9 p.m., Figge Art Museum, Davenport. FiggeArtMuseum.org.

Friday, December 28 Eulenspiegel’s Winter Break Show. Feeling the winter blahs? See one of Eulenspiegel’s favorite shows (title TBA), then stay and make your own puppet. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Owl Glass Puppetry Center, 319 N. Calhoun St., West Liberty. (319) 627-2487.

Saturday, December 29 • Rockin’ in the Blue Year: The Nick Moss Band. Featuring Dennis Gruenling. Food by Sweet n Saucy, beverages available. 7 p.m. doors, FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2000.

Sunday, December 30 • The Wildwoods Live at Lion Bridge. This five-piece band from Lincoln, NE, brings a pioneering sound to Americana roots music. 4–6 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. LionBridgeBrewing.com.

Sunday, December 30 • Heatbox. Minneapolis-based beatboxer known for his innovative live performance. 9 p.m., Famous Mockingbird, Marion. TheFamousMockingbird.com.

Monday, December 31 • Bash: Another Planet. This year’s outer-space themed New Year’s Eve extravaganza kicks it into warp speed with live performances and art experiences in homage to all things extraterrestrial. 8 p.m., Des Moines Social Club. DesMoinesSocialClub.org.

Monday, December 31 • Kristin Chenoweth: A New Year’s Eve Gala. 9:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. (319) 335-1160 or (800) 426-2437.

Monday, December 31Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts. Captivating wordsmith, instrumentalist, and creator of hooks. With Bees. 8 p.m., Codfish Hollow Barn, 5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa. CodfishHollowBarnstormers.com.

Monday, December 31The Godfather & Queen of Soul. Ring in the new year with a tribute to James Brown and Aretha Franklin. 9 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Monday, December 31 • New Year’s Eve Pops: From West Side Story to Wicked. This year, ring in the New Year with the soaring sounds of Broadway and the Tony-nominated Callaway Sisters. 8 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.