Events Calendar for September 2018

Head to Living History Farms in Urbandale this weekend for a taste of all things apple.

Tuesday, September 18Food Truck Tuesdays. Tuesdays through Sept. 25. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Tuesday, September 18 • Anderson East. East is an unflinching and inimitable talent recently featured on Dave Cobb’s Southern Family compilation and the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. 8 p.m., Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa. CodfishHollowBarnstormers.com.

Tuesday, September 18 • Bandstand Boogie. Four singer-instrumentalists salute the artists of American Bandstand from late ’50s onward. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. CRCommunityConcert.org.

Tuesday, September 18 • La Dame Blanche. With her explosive mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall, and reggae, the Cuban singer, flautist, and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez delivers a powerful and compelling sound. 8 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines. (515) 369-3673.

Tuesday, September 18 Counting Crows: 25 Years and Counting. Rock. 7:30 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729 or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Wednesday, September 19 • Japanese Breakfast. Her sophomore album Soft Sounds From Another Planet is a transmutation of mourning. With Ought. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Wednesday, September 19Sean Row. Rowe ushers in his fourth album, New Lore, with plaintive plucks of guitar and steady drips of piano that fall in like rain. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Wednesday, September 19 • U of I Symphony Orchestra. Program TBA. 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Hadley Stage, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. (319) 335-1160. Free.

Thursday, September 20 • Big Grove Trivia Night: The Office. Jim and Pam. Michael. Dwight. Even Toby. Trivia fit for casual fans and diehards. 7–9 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City.   BigGroveBrewery.com.

Thursday, September 20 • Nonprofit Summit. Event for nonprofit learning and networking in Southeast Iowa. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. (641) 455-5260. Free.

Thursday, September 20 • Your Smith. Smith melds the funk/R&B “Minneapolis sound” of her roots with the songwriting of L.A. folk heroes. With Baum. 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Thursday, September 20 • Best Small Fictions Anthology. Seven contributing authors read from this year’s The Best Small Fictions Anthology. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.

Friday, September 21Arthur Lee Land Trio. “Where Twang meets the Funk.” 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Friday, September 21 • Amanda Shires. “Maybe it’s the quiver in her voice or the poetry in her spare writing, but there’s a magnetic pull that draws me into the music and stories of Amanda Shires.” –NPR. With Leah Blevins. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Friday, September 21 • Art Garfunkel: In Up Close. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Friday, September 21Nik Sorak. Nik’s ethereal guitar loops are the score for a slow-paced Midwestern life. 5:30 p.m., Market on Main, Ottumwa. MarketOnMain.org.

Friday, September 21 • Kim Brooks. Writers’ Workshop graduate discusses her book Small Animals: Parenthood in an Age of Fear with Kevin Clouther. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.

Friday, September 21 • Arthur Lee Land Trio. Twang meets funk. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net. Also on Sept. 20.

Friday, September 21 • Bandstand Boogie: The Diamonds. Rock and roll hits like “Li’l Darlin’,” “The Stroll,” “Silhouettes on the Shade,” and more. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Friday, September 21Avon Dale. Memphis-based, rootsy rock with a touch of soul. 8 p.m., River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Friday, September 21 • Sean Coray. Singer-songwriter. 9 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City. BigGroveBrewery.com.

Friday, September 21 • The Rad Trads. Soulful American music with punk-rock energy and showmanship, powerful horns, driving rhythm section, and four captivating lead vocalists. 7:30 p.m., Temple Theater, Des Moines. (515) 288-4700.

Fri-Sat September 21–22 • Christine Stedman. One funny mother! 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, the Vault, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat September 21–22 • Quad Cities Balloon Fest. Hot air balloon races, night glows, photo ops, and more. Free with a canned food donation. Various times, Rock Island County Fairgrounds, East Moline, IL. QuadCititesBalloonFestival.com.

Fri-Sat-Sun September 21–23Fall Craft & Vendor Show. Crafts, pumpkins, and fall seasonal items. Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m., Sun. 12 p.m., Westland Mall, Burlington. ShopWestlandMall.com.

Saturday, September 22 • David Spade. The master of making fun of himself, David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint on SNL. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Saturday, September 22Applefest. Stir the apple butter, crank the cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters. With apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and more. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Living History Farms, Urbandale. LHF.org.

Saturday, September 22 Autumn Equinox Hike. An autumny hike with an ICNC naturalist. Stay for a campfire and marshmallow roast. 6–8 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Saturday, September 22 • Chili in the Junction Challenge. Sample styles of chili, hot wings, and salsas. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Railroad Park, Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. ChiliintheJunction.org.

Saturday, September 22 • Cedar Valley Winery Grape Stomp. Stomping, prizes, souvenir t-shirts, and wines for purchase. 1–5 p.m., Cedar Valley Winery, Batavia. CedarValleyWine.com.

Saturday, September 22 • Heartland Coin & Stamp Show. 9 a.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Saturday, September 22 Journey to Freedom. Travel back in time and become a runaway slave escaping to Canada. Encounter costumed actors serving as slave catchers, farmers, and abolitionists. RSVP. Time TBA, Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center, Toddville. BlackIowa.org. Free.

Saturday, September 22 Something Rotten! Set in 1595, this hilarious Broadway smash tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world’s first musical. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport. AdlerTheatre.com.

Saturday, September 22 • Adam Bruce & April Lynn. His songwriting reflects his Midwestern upbringing, but his vocal howl recalls a Southern revival. Touring as a duo with his wife. 6–9 p.m., Market on Main, Ottumwa. MarketOnMain.org.

Saturday, September 22 Villages Folk School. Choose from Book Binding or Sculpting Basics. 9 a.m., VHS Welcome Center, Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Sat-Sun September 22-23 • Beethoven & Mahler’s “Titan.” Various times, Des Moines Symphony. (800) 745-3000.

Sat-Sun September 22-23 • Fall Harvest Festival. A family-friendly “scarecrow reunion.” 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, Waterloo. CedarValleyArboretum.org.

Sunday, September 23 • Steve Martin & Martin Short. “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” Comedy, with bluegrass by Steep Canyon Rangers. 7:30 p.m., Stephens Audit., ISU. (515) 294-3349.

Sunday, September 23Amy Grant. The first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Sunday, September 23 • Gordon Lightfoot. His folk-country songs have aired regularly for 50 years. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Monday, September 24 • Metropolis: Silent Movie on the Barhydt Organ. Organist Robert Nicholls plays an improvised score to the 1927 German expressionist science-fiction film. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Monday, September 24 • The Green Room: Dan Lerner. This speaker, author, and educator co-teaches The Science of Happiness at New York University. 7 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653. Free.

Monday, September 24 • Blink 182. Grunge rock icons. 7 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (800) 745-3000.

Monday, September 24 • David Wystan Owen. Writers’ Workshop reads from and discusses his debut story collection Other People’s Love Affairs with Garth Greenwell. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.

Tuesday, September 25 • An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Rundgren has made a lasting impact on the form and content of popular music. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Tuesday, September 25 • The Philadelphia Orchestra. Muhly, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Tuesday, September 25Food Truck Tuesdays. Last week of the season! 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Wednesday, September 26 • Blithe Spirit. Theatre Central presents a comic play by Noel Coward. 7:30 p.m., 7 p.m., Pella Opera House, Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Wednesday, September 26 • Ed Asner: A Man and His Prostate. In this comedic play, this old codger won’t take any of life’s injustices sitting down. 7:30 p.m., Theatre Cedar Rapids. TheatreCR.org.

Wednesday, September 26 • Keb’ Mo’. Multi-Grammy Award-winning contemporary blues and jazz. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Thursday, September 27 Panic! Join Dante Powell & James Doyle for a monthly comedy mash-up. 6:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines. (515) 369-3673.

Thursday, September 27  • Ed Asner: A Man and His Prostate. Ed Asner was born to play this comedic role. 7:30 p.m., Temple Theater, Des Moines. (515) 288-4700.

Thursday, September 27  • Nat Geo Live with Kobie Boykins. A NASA mechanical engineer takes us on an exploration of Mars. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Thursday, September 27  • Farmers Market & Music in the Junction Season Finale. Vendors and live music by After Shock Tribute Band. 4–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. ValleyJunction.com.

Thursday, September 27  • David Wilcox. This “songwriter’s songwriter” has a range and tenderness rare in folk music. 7 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Thursday, September 27  • Los Lobos. American rock band influenced by traditional cumbia, boleros, and norteños music. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Thursday, September 27  • Intro to Cast Iron Cooking. 6–8 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Friday, September 28 • Sip, Taste & Stroll. Taste samples from wineries and breweries, and browse through shops. 5–8 p.m., downtown Burlington. GreaterBurlington.com.

Friday, September 28 William Shatner Live. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by behind-the-scenes stories. 7:30 p.m., Paramount, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Friday, September 28 • Ramsey Lewis & Ann Hampton Callaway. “A Night of Chicago Jazz.” 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Friday, September 28 • Jake Shimabukuro. American ukulele virtuoso phenom. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Friday, September 28 • Cordovas. Triple-stacked harmonies, Southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang. 9 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City. BigGroveBrewery.com.

Friday, September 28 • Rick Springfield. Power-pop star of the ’80s and Grammy Award-winning musician. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 8201 Dakota St., Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Fri-Sat September 28-29 • Gabriel Rutledge. Past winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition. 8 p.m., Penguin’s, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat-Sun September 28-30 • Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. A tribute to lives lost to AIDS told in free-verse monologues and music. Various times, Brunner Theatre Center, Rock Island, Illinois. (309) 794-7306.

Fri-Sat-Sun September 28-30 • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. City Circle presents the 2015 Tony-winner for Best New Play. Various times, Coralville Center. (319) 248-9370.

Fri-Sat-Sun September 28-30 • Luminarium—Albesilia. Explore 27 enormous, luminant, interconnected egg-shaped domes in a surreal, colorful world. 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Cowles Commons, Des Moines. (515) 246-2300. Through Oct. 7.

Saturday, September 29 • Burlesque Fest. Cheeky acts. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Saturday, September 29 • Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Saturday, September 29 Louisa Arts Festival. Juried art show at the Morning Sun Community Center, and art exhibitions at Wapello H.S. and the Louisa County Fairgrounds Youth Center. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Various locations, Morning Sun. Facebook.com/LouisaCountyIowa/.

Saturday, September 29 • VegFest of Eastern Iowa. Vendors, lectures, and cooking classes. 10:30 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Society, Coralville. VegFestEasternIowa.com.

Saturday, September 29 • Danielle Nicole Band & Alastair Green Band. Rock and blues. 6 p.m., The Washington, Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Saturday, September 29 • Randy Bachman. Bachman weaves together the iconic hits of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive with humorous stories. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Saturday, September 29 • The Charles Walker Band. “Deliciously stanky. Dynamically funky. Think: Prince meets Bruno Mars, Chaka Khan, and James Brown.” 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Sat-Sun September 29-30 • Quad Cities Renaissance Faire. Vendors, costumes, and entertainment. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Credit Island Park, Davenport. QuadCitiesRenFaire.com.

Sunday, September 30 • The Association. 1960s rock band. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Monday, October 1 • Wayfaring. A nuanced collective drawing on jazz, hymns, folk, and original compositions from Katie Ernst & James Falzone. 7:30 p.m., Cornell College King Chapel, Mount Vernon. CSchonhorst@cornellcollege.edu.

Wednesday, October 3 • Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour. Iconic spoken word artist. 8 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Wednesday, October 3 • Julian Lage Trio. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical, and country music. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Wednesday, October 3 • Stage & Screen. Gary Arbuthnot on Irish flute. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Friday, October 5 • Cirque Éloize: Hotel. The inventive circus troupe returns with a new work co-commissioned by Hancher. 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160.

Friday, October 5 • Alyssa Allgood Organ Trio. Chicago-based jazz trio. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Saturday, October 20English Country Dance. Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. 7 p.m. The Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. $5 donation appreciated. (319) 338-5378.