Events Calendar

Former white supremacist Christian Picciolini gives a virtual talk for Indian Hills Diversity Conference on Friday, October 23rd.

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Weds-Saturday, October 21-24 • Thrashers Escape Rooms. Book a private adventure outing. Teams have one hour to complete their mission and “escape” the room, finding hidden clues and solving challenging puzzles along the way. Choose from Trapped in the 80s, Infection, Evil in the Big Top, or Zombie Uprising. Midwest Old Threshers, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mount Pleasant. (319) 385-8937. ThrashersHouseofTerror.com. Also Oct. 26-31.

Wednesday, October 21 • The Gathering: Scarecrow Trail on the Fairfield Square. View scarecrow characters inspired by your favorite books and movies around the Fairfield town square, created by various groups, families, and individuals. Sign up to make your own at TravelFairfield.com/do/scarecrows. On display through Nov. 1.

Wednesday, October 211 Million Cups Iowa City (Virtual). Entrepreneurs present new companies and ideas to a diverse and progressive audience fueled by coffee. Hosted by MERGE Iowa City. Wednesdays, 9 a.m., 1MC Iowa City via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/818148137.

Wednesday, October 21 Trey Kennedy: Are You For Real? TBD. 7 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. Englert.org.

Wednesday, October 21 • Cafe Paradiso Virtual Open Mic. Tune in weekly for unpredictable, often delightful entertainment, or sign up in advance to perform. Hosted by Paulina Elizabeth. 8 p.m., Facebook @OpenMicAtCafeParadiso.

Wednesday, October 21 Coffee with Katie. A weekly arts discussion with Theater Cedar Rapids’ Executive Director Katie Hallman, featuring a new guest each week. Wednesdays, 2 p.m., TCR’s Facebook page. TheatreCR.org.

Wednesday, October 21 • Lightless Corridor: Horror & Mystery Writing Group. First and third Wednesdays. 6:30–8:30 p.m.,   Facebook. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Thursday, October 22 • Writers’ Night at Mount Vernon Creates. Local and regional writing talent share new work. 10-minute spots. Masks requested. 7–8:30 p.m., Mt. Vernon Creates, 121 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon. VisitMVL.com. Sign up at denise@mountvernoncreates.com.

Thursday, October 22 • Jay Holstein: A Golden Legacy of Learning (virtual). Englert Theater hosts a celebration of beloved UI religious studies faculty member, Professor Jay Holstein at 5:30 p.m. online.

Thursday, October 22 • Art & the Pursuit of Social Justice Virtual Series: WorldCanvass. 3-part discussion: Introspection and Action; Music from the Margins; Campus and community engagement on social justice and belonging; led by Joan Kjaer. Continuing through the month, Iowa Arts is sponsoring a series of events that bring arts and humanities together to explore a range of timely issues. More Info

Thursday, October 22 • Fairfield Library Storytime Live.
Join Youth Services Librarian Alecs Mickunas every Tuesday and Thursday morning for storytime online with Zoom. Stories will be selected for preschool-age children through children in early literacy. 10:15–11:00a.m., Fairfield Public Library – Zoom.

Thursday, October 22 • Farm Sessions: Blake Shaw Trio. A free, socially-distanced outdoor concert series at Wilson’s Orchard & Farm supporting local musicians. 5:30 p.m., Wilson’s Orchard & Farm, 4823 Dingleberry Rd NE, Iowa City. WilsonsOrchard.com.

Thursday, October 22 • Foreign Affairs Round Table: A Grand Strategy of Resilience: American Power in the Age of Fragility. The 10-page article in the latest Foreign Affairs Magazine is the focus of today’s roundtable, taking place in an outdoor setting at a local park with social distancing. 1:30–3:30 p.m., Fairfield Public Library. ChamberOrganizer.com.

Friday, October 23 • Art & the Pursuit of Social Justice Virtual Series: Music from the Margins. African American Composers Collage Concert, led by Damani Phillips. Continuing through the month, Iowa Arts is sponsoring a series of events that bring arts and humanities together to explore a range of timely issues.More Info

Friday, October 23 • Diversity Conference 2020 Series, Part 2: Christian Picciolini. Join this Emmy-winning TV producer, counter extremist expert, former extremist, and author of White American Youth for the second talk in the 16th annual diversity-themed conference hosted by Indian Hills Community College. Also includes Kevin Gannon, author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto on November 17. 12 noon–1:30 p.m., RSVP at www.IndianHills.edu/diversity.

Friday, October 23 • Out the Box Weekly Reading Series. Mirrorbox Theatre’s online performance series features fresh contemporary plays, streamed live to a limited audience. RSVP. 8 p.m. MirrorboxTheatre.com/out-the-box/. Free.

Friday, October 23 • Lilly Hiatt. Hiatt’s new album, Walking Proof, balances the songwriter’s rough, rock and roll exterior with her tender, country roots, exuding a bold vulnerability as she takes a long, hard look in the mirror. With Beth Bombara. Subject to change. 8 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. Englert.org.

Friday, October 23 • The Elvis & Roy Orbison Tribute Show. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Fri-Sat, October 23–24 • Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires. Two Grammy-winning artists. 8 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, Cedar Rapids.creventslive.com

Fri-Sat, October 23–24 • Amy Friedl Stoner In Concert. Nationally touring cabaret artist shares a storyteller-style evening with an ensemble led by music director Luke Viertel. Professionally produced and recorded by Theater Cedar Rapids for an exclusive online showing. 7:30 p.m., RSVP. TheatreCR.org.

Fri-Sat-Sun, October 23–25 • City Circle Theatre: ART (Virtual). Translated by Christopher Hampton, ART is Yasmina Reza’s funny, sophisticated, and moving comedy about what we value—and whether it’s beautiful. Winner of the 1998 Tony for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. This virtual performance is professionally filmed and streamed to your home. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Coralvillearts.org.

Sat-Sun, October 24–25 • Pumpkinfest. Featuring pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin decorating contest, scavenger hunts, special pumpkin foods and drinks, the Great Pumpkin Toss, and shopping specials. Plus pumpkins for sale! Please bring a mask. Amana Colonies. Amanacolonies.com. (319) 622-7622.

Sat-Sun, October 24–25 • Rug Weaving. Two-day intense workshop. Learn the basics of prep, weaving, and finishing, and take home your own rug. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Marion Street Weaving Shop, 21900 Marion St., Bentonsport. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, October 24 • Ron White. Chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and feature film actor. 8 p.m., Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames. Ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, October 24 • Stanley Creates: Fluidity-Inspired Paper Marbling (Virtual). Children and teens learn a marbling technique with Lauren Linahon, taking inspiration from the Stanley Museum’s collection. 2–3 p.m., Zoom. RSVP. (319) 335-1727. Events.UIowa.edu/36359. Free.

Saturday, October 24 • Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, gifts, and more. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, Fairfield. Also Weds. 3-6 p.m.

Saturday, October 24 • UI Theatre: A Plant (Virtual). By Jarek Pastor, directed by Ann Kreitman. 8 p.m., UI Theatre Dept., Iowa City. Find the link at Theatre.UIowa.edu on the performance date.

Saturday, October 24 • Joseph Hall: ELVIS Rock N Remember. 7 p.m., Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Cortalville. CoralvilleArts.org.

Sunday, October 25Fall Loop Trail Drive Through. Enjoy portions of the Fairfield Loop Trail from your vehicle, with two starting locations: Whitham Woods and the west side of Cedar View Trail. Routes end at Maasdam Barns for demos and live animals. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Fairfield. JeffersonCountyConservation.com.

Enjoy portions of the Fairfield Loop Trail from your vehicle Sunday, Oct. 25.

Sunday, October 25 • Crumbs (Virtual). Musicians and industry professionals Ryan Joseph Anderson and Brian Johannesen discuss the future state of the music business with special guests from all corners of the industry. Sundays, 4 p.m., Facebook Live.

Sunday, October 25Sunday Cross Ride. Depart from The Ride bike shop (123 N. Court) in Fairfield at 9 a.m. and end at the Fishback & Stephenson Cider House for brunch. Two or three route options weekly. Visit Facebook or Twitter to find maps, download your route on your device, wear a helmet, and bring your lights to be seen. Fishback & Stephenson Cider House. Free to ride.

Sunday, October 25 • Pumpkins in the Junction. Kids show off their costumes in this annual parade and celebration. 2–5 p.m., 5th St., West Des Moines. ValleyJunction.com.

Monday, October 26The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Facebook. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Monday-Saturday, October 26-31 • Thrashers Escape Rooms. Book a private adventure outing. Teams have one hour to complete their mission and “escape” the room, finding hidden clues and solving challenging puzzles along the way. Choose from Trapped in the 80s, Infection, Evil in the Big Top, or Zombie Uprising. Midwest Old Threshers, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mount Pleasant. (319) 385-8937. ThrashersHouseofTerror.com.

Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat, October 26–31 • Thrashers Escape Rooms. Book a private adventure outing. Teams have one hour to complete their mission and “escape” the room, finding hidden clues and solving challenging puzzles along the way. Choose from Trapped in the 80s, Infection, Evil in the Big Top, or Zombie Uprising. Midwest Old Threshers, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mount Pleasant. (319) 385-8937. ThrashersHouseofTerror.com.

Tuesday, October 27 • Hancher Presents: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Sound of Democracy. The evening will feature the premiere of The Democracy Suite, a new Wynton Marsalis (pictured) composition written during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as a response to the political, social, and economic struggles facing our nation. The Democracy Suite is a swinging and stimulating instrumental rumination on the issues that have recently dominated our lives as well as the beauty that could emerge from a collective effort to create a better future. $20 per household. 7:30 p.m., RSVP: hancher.uiowa.edu/

Tuesday, October 27 • Menopause The Musical. “It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and the Change!” 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. CREventsLive.com.

Tuesday, October 27 • Fairfield Library Storytime Live.
Join Youth Services Librarian Alecs Mickunas every Tuesday and Thursday morning for storytime online with Zoom. Stories will be selected for preschool-age children through children in early literacy. 10:15–11:00a.m., Fairfield Public Library – Zoom.

Tuesday, October 27 • Millstream Bike Nite. New route every week. 5:30 p.m., Millstream Brewing, Amana. MillstreamBrewing.com.

Tuesday, October 27IowaWORKS Ottumwa Drive Through Job Fair. Head to the IowaWORKS parking lot, and receive a prospective job packet pick-up with info from dozen of employers from 10am -12pm, Iowa Works, 15260 Truman St., Ottumwa. IowaWorks.gov.

Tuesday, October 27 • The Violet Realm: Sci-fi/Fantasy Writing Group. Second and fourth Tuesdays. 6–8 p.m.,   Facebook. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Tuesday, October 27 • Art Noir @ Home: Spooky Trivia Kits + Cocktails. Pick up your cocktail and trivia kits and play at home. Curated by Marnie Strate with art and Halloween in mind. Trivia kit pickup will be on Thursday, October between 4-7 p.m. @ Bartender’s Handshake, located at 3615 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines. DesMoinesArtCenter.org.

Wednesday, October 28 • Almost Full Moon Owl Hike. 6–7:30 p.m., Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Toddville. RSVP at MyCountyParks.com.

Wednesday, October 28 • Woven Willow Suet Birdfeeder. Join Artist-in-Residence Mary Kopecky to create a woven willow suet bird feeder. RSVP. 5–8 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Ctr., Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Wednesday, October 28 Garden Guru: Tree/Shrub Protection for Winter. Learn about Iowa City’s Creekside Park Edible Forest, with different topics and demonstrations each lesson. All ages. 4:30–5:30 p.m., Facebook.com/BackyardAbundance. BackyardAbundance.org. Free.

Wednesday, October 28 1 Million Cups Iowa City (Virtual). Entrepreneurs present new companies and ideas to a diverse and progressive audience fueled by coffee. Hosted by MERGE Iowa City. Wednesdays, 9 a.m., 1MC Iowa City via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/818148137.

Thurs–Sun, October 29–1st • Red Cedar Chamber Music: Dynamic Duos. Sonatina by Michael Kimber; Eight Duets for Violin and Cello, Op. 39 by Reinhold Gliere; Sonata for Violin & Cello by Maurice Ravel. Four consecutive concerts by featuring Miera Kim, violin, and Carey Bostian, cello. Various times, YouTube live. Redcedar.org.

Friday, October 30 • Fridays at the Farm: Jake Schrodt. Live music, food truck, farmers market vendors, wine/beer wagon, fresh organic produce, and more. BYO chairs and blankets. 4–7 p.m., Middlebrook Farms, Cumming. MiddlebrookFarms.com.

Friday, October 30 • Creature Feature: Digital Dungeon (Virtual). (And)rogyny present their first digital show, with performances by Lapis, Soleil VonTeeze, Randy ManTeeze, and Lore, plus some of the Feist Club burlesque dancers, Miss Courtney Boom Boom, and hosted by the very Scary Erin. Pre-pay $5 to be added to the guest list to get the  zoom link the night of the show!
https://venmo.com/AndrogynyShow

Friday, October 30 • Theater Cedar Rapids: Halloween Horror Night Flash Play Fest. 12 creepy murders, er, plays will be performed at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Details to come. TheatreCR.org.

Fri-Sat, October 30–31 • Haunted Auditorium. Four floors of terror. RSVP. Various times, Burlington Memorial Auditorium, Burlington. BurlingtonRiverfront.org. Also on Oct. 16-17 and 23-24.

Fri-Sat, October 30–31 • Morbid Curiosities—An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe. Featuring storyteller Darrin Crow. 8 p.m., Giving Tree Theatre, Marion. GivingTreeTheater.com

Fri-Sat, October 30–31Witching Hour Festival. Annual festival presented by Englert Wavelength and Little Village welcomes artists and thinkers pushing the boundaries of their crafts, with performances, readings, discussions, workshops, and screenings. See WitchingHourFestival.com for full schedule.

Saturday, October 31 • Bigfoot Takes a Walk (Virtual). By O. R. Schneider, directed by Sydney Kuhel. 8 p.m., UI Theatre Department, Iowa City. Free. Find the link at     Theatre.UIowa.edu on the performance date.

Saturday, October 31 • Iowa City Community Theatre: The War of The Worlds. A one-night broadcast of the the 1938 radio drama. Time and details TBA. IowaCityCommunityTheatre.org.

Saturday, October 31 • Quad Con 2020: Halloween Comic and Toy Show. A pop culture celebration: video games, comic books, pop vinyls, cosplay, board games, sci-fi, and toys—with indoor, safe trick or treating from 3–3:30 p.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Five Flags Center, Dubuque. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Saturday, October 31 • Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, gifts, and more. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, Fairfield.

Sat-Sun, October 31–November 1 • River Valley Horsecamp Spooky Halloween Retreat. Trail ride, dance, wine tasting, fun contests, and more. Various times, River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington. RiverValleyLodgeandCampground.com.

Sunday, November 1 Day of the Dead at Des Moines Art Center 20th Anniversary (Virtual). Free Ofrenda Starter Kits are available for families wishing to learn more about the tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. With featured YouTube short films and special 20th anniversary film made by Vince Valdez, new photo galleries commemorating each year, free downloads of Day of the Dead/Día de Los Muertos poster designs from this and previous years. DesMoinesArtCenter.org.

Sunday, November 1 • Figge Museum Virtual Family Fiesta: Day of the Dead. Join the Figge Art Museum online for a family-flexible virtual experience. Your free registration grants your family a 2-week access to the virtual line-up, which means you can choose your day to play. 12–5 p.m., FiggeArtMuseum.org.

Sunday, November 1Sunday Gravel/Cross Ride. Depart from The Ride bike shop (123 N. Court) in Fairfield at 9 a.m. and end at the Fishback & Stephenson Cider House for brunch. Two or three route options weekly. Visit Facebook or Twitter to find maps, download your route on your device, wear a helmet, and bring your lights to be seen. Fishback & Stephenson Cider House. Free to ride.

Monday, November 2The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Facebook. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Tuesday, November 3 • The Rainbow Room: LGBTQ-Themed Writing Group. First and third Tuesdays. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Facebook. TheWrit-ersRooms.org. Free.

Tuesday, November 3 • Fairfield Library Storytime Live.
Join Youth Services Librarian Alecs Mickunas every Tuesday and Thursday morning for storytime online with Zoom. Stories will be selected for preschool-age children through children in early literacy. 10:15–11:00a.m., Fairfield Public Library – Zoom.

Wednesday, November 4Lightless Corridor: Horror & Mystery Writing Group. First and third Wednesdays. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Facebook. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Saturday, November 7 • Villages Folk School: Soapmaking or Stained Glass Ornaments. Various times and locations, Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, November 7Frenemies: Jackson Pollock & Willem de Kooning. Two of the most groundbreaking abstract painters jockeyed for position to be the most important American artist of the century. 2–3 p.m., Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/98230324908.