Events Calendar for February 2019

Golden Dragon Acrobats perform in Des Moines on February 23.

Fri-Sat, February 22-23 • How Does Your Garden Grow: Quilt & Textile Show. This special exhibit of historic quilts, clothing, handwork, and hats have been selected for their nature motifs and garden themes. Visit with craft and quilting demonstrators and explore hands-on textile activities for kids and adults, bring your own knitting or sewing projects, chat with plant and pollinator specialists, and browse the MarketPlace Museum Store for project supplies. Various times, Living History Farms, Urbandale.

Friday, February 22 Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal. Soul with hints of R&B and classic country. 8 p.m., The Washington, Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Friday, February 22 • Joretta Oaks Live at Market on Main. “Power trio” plays from UpDownLeftRight. Wood-fired pizza and drink specials every Friday. 5:30–7 p.m., Market on Main, Ottumwa. (641) 682-0261.

Friday, February 22Kikagaku Moyo. They travel the world with their mind-bending sounds. 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Friday, February 22 • Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Animated. 6:30 p.m., Des Moines Art Center. (515) 277-4405.

Friday, February 22 • Old Salt Union. Newgrass/Americana string band from Belleville, Illinois. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield.

Fri-Sat-Sun 22nd–24th • An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance. FACT presents a fast-paced farce about a mediocre team of theater artists desperate to make a buck. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 dinner, 7:30 p.m. show; Sun. 2 p.m. dessert, 2:30 p.m. show, Walton Club, Fairfield. Tickets: Kim’s Kottage, (641) 469-5467.

Fri-Sat-Sun February 22-24 • Writing, Like Pie, Is Meant to Be Shared. In this three-day workshop with Beth Howard, students create their own enticing essays—as well as pastries. Various times, Iowa Writers’ House, Iowa City.

Fri-Sat February 22-23 • Indian Hills Jazz Fest. Friday concert with IHCC Jazz Band & guests at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday High School Jazz Band Competition 8 a.m.–4 p.m., St. John Auditorium, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144. Free.

Fri-Sat February 22-23 • Dancers in Company Home Concert. UI’s premiere touring ensemble presents their concert exploring “taking ground.” 8 p.m., Space Place Theater, UI, Iowa City. Also on Thurs. 21st. (319) 335-1160.

Fri-Sat February 22-23 Puppets & Pastries: Dessert Theatre for Adults. Cutting-edge puppetry directed towards adults, music, and delectable desserts. 8 p.m., Owl Glass Puppetry Center, 319 N. Calhoun, West Liberty.

Saturday, February 23 • Bonaparte Music Bonanza. A family-friendly night of musical entertainment and comedy. Former KILJ personality John Kuhens will MC, featuring comedian Rod Rider and recording artists Diana Upton-Hill and Amy Fellows. Freewill donation soup supper at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Bonaparte School Building. (641) 233-7917.

Saturday, February 23 • Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters. Lisa Rock performs a moving tribute with a six-piece band. 5 p.m. & 8 p.m., Temple Theater, Des Moines. (515) 288-4700.

Saturday, February 23 • Golden Dragon Acrobats. Award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and spellbinding visuals. 1 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Saturday, February 23 • Ottumwa Home & Garden Show. 70+ vendors. 9 a.m., Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Saturday, February 23 • Paddle Day! Connect with the paddling community. With breakout sessions by guest teachers, guided naturalist snowshoe hikes (weather permitting), exhibitor tables, and door prizes. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Saturday, February 23 • Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater. World-championship juggling skills and over 30 furry co-stars including Kurt and Helgo, the goat duo, and Mr. Diamond, the miniature horse. 7:30 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Saturday, February 23 • Southeast Iowa STEMFest. Exhibitors engage students and parents with hands-on learning activities ranging from robotics to healthcare simulations to magnetism to wind energy. RSVP encouraged but not required. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Southeastern Community College, Burlington.

Saturday, February 23 Wassail at Rapid Creek Cidery. An annual event in honor of the orchard, the trees, the apples, the cider, the environment, and good luck. 7-10 p.m. Rapid Creek Cidery, 4823 Dingleberrry Rd. NE, Iowa City. Tickets $30.

Saturday, February 23 Halfloves with Treesreach. Indie pop-rock quintet. 8 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids.

Saturday, February 23 Radoslav Lorkovic. A rare solo appearance by the talented keyboard artist. Uptown Theatre, 221 First St. NE, Mt. Vernon. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 • David Thoreson Booksigning. The Iowa-born Arctic explorer will give an informal talk and sign copies of his book, Over the Horizon: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet. 1:30-3 p.m. Revelations Cafe, Fairfield.

Saturday, February 23 • Joe & Vicki Price. This legendary duo is far more than the sum of their impressive parts. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Saturday, February 23 • The Music of David Bowie. Hear his iconic music performed by Orchestra Iowa and a full rock band—a symphonic odyssey that pays tribute to the legendary musician and epic storyteller. 7:30 p.m., Paramount  Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Saturday, February 23Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Since the ’60s they’ve been singing in the traditional Isicathamiya, sharing an entire culture through song. 2 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Saturday, February 23 Latin Jazz Festival Concert. With special guests Francisco Mora Catlett and Danis Perez. 7:30 p.m., Voxman Music Building, UI, Iowa City. (319) 335-1613. Free.

Saturday, February 23 Old Shoe with Ben Miller Band. Five-piece roots-rock band from Chicago. With Allie Kral. 9 p.m., RME, Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Saturday, February 23Russian National Orchestra. One of the foremost ensembles plays works by Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Sat-Sun February 23-24 • Classics 3: On Fire. Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Five Flags Theater, Dubuque. (319) 557-1677.

Sunday, February 24 • Eyewitness to Climate Change: Explorer David Thoreson. The Iowa-born Arctic explorer presents a free multi-media event using photography, humor, and storytelling from his 65,000 miles of sailing around the world. 2:30 p.m. Sondheim Center, FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Sunday, February 24 • Susan Daniels. Fairfield author reads from her new novel, The Genuine Stories. 3 p.m., Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City.

Sunday, February 24 • Karen Heimer—Violence Against Women: The Hidden Figures. The 36th Annual Presidential Lecture. 3:30 p.m., Levitt Center, 4th Fl. Assem. Hall, UI, Iowa City. (319) 335-1759.

Tuesday, February 26 • Peg & Cat LIVE! A musical based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show. 6:30 p.m., FACC, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Tuesday, February 26Public Space One: Sweet 16 Art Auction. Live silent auction closing reception 6–8 p.m., 9 p.m. throwback after-party with dancing, drinks, and Mario Kart. Public Space One, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 331-8893.

Tuesday, February 26 • Marcia Ball & Sonny Landreth. American blues greats. 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Wednesday, February 27 • University of Iowa: Dancers in Company. Award-winning dances by faculty, guest artists, and emerging student choreographers. 7 p.m., St. John Auditorium, 525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

Wednesday, February 27 • Jeff Tweedy. “Jeff is our great, wry, American consolation poet.” —George Saunders. 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Wednesday, February 27 • Fairfield Open Mics. Wednesdays. 8 p.m. at Café Paradiso, 10 p.m. at Depot Brewery, Fairfield.,

Wednesday, February 27 • Lula Wives. “Harmonies that would make the angels envious, and songs of love lost (and a murder ballad or two) that would make them blush” (Red Line Roots). 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580.

Thursday, February 28 • Morgan’s Journey. This piece of interactive theatrical magic has become the longest-running touring play in Canadian history, winning the Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play. 6:30 p.m., Temple Theater, Des Moines. (515) 288-4700.

Thursday, February 28 • Cornell College Dance Concert. 7:30 p.m., Cornell College Kimmel Theatre, Mount Vernon.

Thursday, February 28 • Trivia Night: Movie Edition. 6–8 p.m., Market on Main, 331 E. Main St., Ottumwa. (641) 682-0261. Free.

Thursday, February 28 • I’m With Her. Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan tour their “willfully open-hearted” (NPR) album, See You Around. With Mipso. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Thursday, February 28 • Tom Moran from Flip Side Music. Pop, folk-rock, country, 60s, 70s, and more. 5–8 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids.  

Friday, March 1 • Fairfield First Fridays: Youth Art. FHS Individual Speakers at 7 p.m. at the library, with Fairfield-area student art displays. Extended gallery and shopping hours downtown. 6–9 p.m., Fairfield Square.

Friday, March 1 • Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. The hilarious musical “ripped off” from Holy Grail. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Friday, March 1Old Brick Dance. No partner needed. West Coast swing lesson from Joe Retek of Swing Storm Dance Company at 7:30 p.m., social dancing at 8:30 p.m., Old Brick, Iowa City.

Friday, March 1 • Rodney Carrington. Multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer who starred in TV sitcom Rodney on ABC. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Friday, March 1 First Friday New Orleans Jazz Party. NOLA Jazz Band. 5:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club. (515) 369-3673.

Fri-Sat March 1-2 • Floodwater Comedy Festival. A weekend of love, diversity, and laughs in the name of building community and supporting causes you care about. 2019 Lineup TBA, various times, The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529. Also on Feb. 28th.

Fri-Sat March 1-2 • Mirrorbox Theatre: Bully. This funny, terrifying exploration of female relationships answers an eternal question: What if Lord of the Flies was transported to an aerobics studio? 7:30 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids. Also on Feb. 28th.

Fri-Sat-Sun March 1-3Antique Spectacular Vintage Market. Hunters of vintage can shop a wide range of quality antiques. Various times, QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, IL. (309) 788-5912.

Fri-Sat-Sun March 1-3Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Presented by Regina High School Theatre Dept. Various times, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Coralville.

Fri-Sat-Sun March 1-3 • Catch Me If You Can, the Musical. Van Buren Community Players tell the story of Frank Abagnale, who successfully performed cons as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., Roberts Memorial Bldg., Keosauqua. Tickets at First Iowa State Bank. (319) 293-3180.

Saturday, March 2 • Piff the Dragon. 50% comedian, 50% magician, 100% dragon. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Saturday, March 2 • Bill Engvall. Just Sell Him for Parts tour. Grammy nominated, multi platinum-selling recording artist and top-selling comedian. 7 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Saturday, March 2 • Green Iowa Seed Exchange. Bring in your leftover, rare, or unwanted seeds to swap. Seeds provided by Matthew 25, Prairiewoods, and Iowa BIG. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Matthew 25, Cedar Rapids. Free.

Saturday, March 2 Southeast Iowa Farm Show. 10 a.m., FACC, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Saturday, March 2 Scythian: A Celtic Celebration. Rousing and raucous roots music from Celtic, Eastern European, and Appalachian traditions. 7:30 p.m., Heritage Center, Dubuque. (563) 585-SHOW.

Saturday, March 2 • Danu. A Hancher favorite, with acts from Counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Saturday, March 2 • Real Rapper Stories Tour. Nate Millyunz with Kashy. All ages. 6:30 p.m., Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City. (319) 337-6464.

Saturday, March 2 • Shenandoah. Country band’s 30th Anniversary Tour featuring original singer Marty Raybon. 7:30 p.m., FACC, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Saturday, March 2I Do! A Celebration of Love and Romance. Dr. William LaRue Jones and the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m., St. John Auditorium, Ottumwa. (641) 680-0516.

Saturday, March 2 • Pierce Crask. St. Louis’s own “Randy Newman” (Riverfront Times). 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. (641) 472-0856.

Saturday, March 2 • Elizabeth Mary. Country and rock music entertainment. 7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, S. Main St., Maquoketa.

Saturday, March 2 • Chair Caning: 7-Step Process. Full-day class taught by Vern Ramsey. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Stone House, 26983 J40, Bentonsport.

Saturday, March 2 Kitty Knitting. For beginner knitters. Learn to knit a small ball on four double-pointed needles. 9 a.m.–noon, VFS Welcome Center, Keosauqua.

Saturday, March 2 • Anthony Gomes with Ellis Kell Winter Blues All Stars. 8 p.m., Redstone Room, River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Saturday, March 2 Middle Western. Iowa rockers. 8 p.m., The Washington, 306 Washington St., Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Saturday, March 2Porcupine with Outros Outros & Commanders. Alt-rockers influenced by ’70s classic rock, ’60s British psychedelic, and ’90s alternative. 9 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington, Iowa City. (319) 351-9175.

Sunday, March 3 • BK Davis. “Peel Me A Grape: Songs from the American Songbook.” Steinway Artist & jazz pianist. 7 p.m., Capitol Theater, Burlington.

Sunday, March 3 • Josh Turner. Multi-platinum MCA recording artist. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Sunday, March 3 • Johnson County Winter Farmers Market. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Johnson Co. Fairgrounds, Building C, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Rd SE, Iowa City. First & third Sundays.

Sunday, March 3Cornell College Dance Concert. Dept. of Theatre & Dance. 2 p.m., Kimmel Theatre, Mount Vernon. RSVP to

Sunday, March 3 Black Women Are the Future: A Conversation. With artist-curator-activist Ingrid LaFleur, writer-editor Sheree Renée Thomas, and filmmaker-artist Celia C. Peters. 2 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, Iowa City. (319) 356-5200.

Monday, March 4 • Lily & Madeleine. Sister singers based in Brookyn, NY. With Brother Bird. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City.

Monday, March 4 • The Milk Carton Kids. With the addition of a band, the duo created an album that’s hauntingly new, but their ethereal, oscillating harmonies remain. 8 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Monday, March 4 • Hancher Guild Youth Art Show. 4:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. Free.

Monday, March 4 Parchment Lounge: Free-Write. Enjoy food & drink, and work on your craft. 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City.

Monday, March 4 • Ron Gallo & Post Animal. Stardust Birthday Party showcases his signature punk-poet persona sans the anger of his debut. 7–10 p.m., Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City. Free.

Tuesday, March 5 • Lion Bridge 5th Anniversary & Mardis Gras. Free cake, anniversary beer release, jazzy and funky New Orleans-style music, and more. Costume optional. 5–10 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Tuesday, March 5 • Cajun Cook-Off. 5 p.m., Figge Museum, Davenport. (563) 326-7804.

Tuesday, March 5 • Corridor Jazz Project. Top high school jazz bands unite in their only joint concert of the year. 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 540-2301.

Thursday, March 7 • Creative Matters: Lawrence Brownlee & Eric Owens. A talk with two renowned vocal performers. 7 p.m., Hancher, Strauss Hall, Iowa City. Free.

Thursday, March 7 • Pushing Chain. Acoustic folky-tonk duo. 8 p.m., Café   Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Thursday, March 7 • Gaelic Storm. Multi-national Celtic juggernaut. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.   

Thursday, March 7 • Joe Bonamassa. Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitarist. 8 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Thursday, March 7 • Téada. This Irish traditional band has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the world. 7:30 p.m., Temple Theater, Des Moines. (515) 288-4700.

Thursday, March 7 Charlie Albright: Piano. The pianist/composer/improviser has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” (New York Times). 7:30 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

Thursday, March 7 • Hep Cat. Atmospheric, deep art rock. Time TBA, The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Friday, March 8Cirque Dream Journey. Featuring an array of the worlds’ greatest acrobats, contortionists, and aerial artists. Adler Theatre, Davenport. (800) 745-3000.


Saturday, March 9 • Babka Breads with Vicky Dunn! Learn to make chocolate babka from the owner C’est La V Bakery, and taste test sweet and savory varieties. Register by March 1. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Three Pines Farm, Cedar Falls.

Saturday, March 9thAdam Beck & Amber Dawn. Country and rock music entertainment. 6 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, S. Main St., Maquoketa.

Sunday, March 10 • Annie Savage’s Great Big Friendly Bluegrass Jam. All ages and skills encouraged! All music that’s centered around two or three chords is welcome. If you love music and want to play with others, this is a great place to try it out. 1-4 p.m. The Mill, Iowa City. Held the second Sunday of each month. Info at

Saturday 16th • The Black Velvet Band. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Irish music. 7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, S. Main St., Maquoketa.

Sunday, March 17 • Johnson County Winter Farmers Market. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Johnson Co. Fairgrounds, Building C, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Rd SE, Iowa City. First & third Sundays.

Wednesday, March 20Art Noir Trivia Night. Popular trivia guru Marnie Strate hosts. No art expertise required! RSVP. 5:30 p.m., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand, Des Moines. (515) 277-4405.

Saturday, March 23rd • John Janssen. Country and rock. 7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, S. Main St., Maquoketa.

Saturday, March 30th • Theresa Rosetta. Jazz.  7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, S. Main St., Maquoketa.

Sunday, April 14 • Annie Savage’s Great Big Friendly Bluegrass Jam. All ages and skills encouraged! All music that’s centered around two or three chords is welcome. If you love music and want to play with others, this is a great place to try it out. 1-4 p.m. The Mill, Iowa City. Held the second Sunday of each month. Info at