Events Calendar for November 2019

Wilco performs at the Paramount Theater on Friday. (photo by Gina Reis)

Saturday, November 16Auggie Smith. Riveting, take-no- prisoners stand-up. 8 p.m., Penguin’s Club, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Saturday, November 16 • U of I Dance Gala: In Motion. New work created by distinguished faculty and guest artists from Urban Bush Women. 8 p.m., Hancher. Hancher.UIowa.edu.

Saturday, November 16 • Moeller Nights Fest Vol. II. Music festival. Bands TBA. 7–11 p.m., The Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave., East Moline, IL. RustBeltIL.com.

Saturday, November 16 • Orchestra Iowa: Passion of the Angels. Mozetich’s Passion of Angels for two harps, with the prelude to Wagner’s Parsifal, and the mighty Wurlitzer Organ. 7:30 p.m., Paramount   Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Sat-Sun, November 16–17She Kills Monsters. A journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world of D&D. Brunner Theatre Center, Rock Island. (309) 794-7306.

Sat-Sun, November 16–17 • A Charlie Brown Christmas. Beloved Peanuts characters brought to life. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Kimmel Theatre, Cornell College, Mount Vernon. CornellCollege.edu.

Sat-Sun, November 16–17 • Iowa’s Largest Arts & Crafts Show. Various times, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Varied Industries Building, Des Moines. (563) 652-4529.

Sat-Sun, November 16–17 • The Manic Monologues. This script takes on the stigma and taboo of mental illness, telling real stories that will challenge the audience’s assumptions on what it means to live with mental illness. Proceeds benefit NAMI Greater DM. Various times, Franklin Junior High, 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines. OpenDoorDSM@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 16 • Bryce Janey Band. Award-winning Chicago blues artist, presented by the Southeast Iowa Blues Society. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Fairfield Best Western, Fairfield. SoutheastIowaBluesSociety.org.

Saturday, November 16 • Anjelah Johnson: Technically Not Stalking Tour. Mexican and Native American comedian and actress Anjelah Johnson-Reyes has become a favorite on stage, online, and on film. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Saturday, November 16The Jungle Book. A theatrical reimagining of the classic stories through modern eyes. Family Series. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Saturday, November 16Christmas on the River. Enjoy hot cocoa and treats while you shop gifts and décor at this huge vendor blender. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Port of Burlington. Facebook.com/sayitsimplycreations.

Saturday, November 16 Prairiewoods Holiday Bazaar. Knitted and crocheted items, baked goods, jewelry, journals, art, pottery, ornaments, Prairiewoods Tree-Shirts, and more. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha. Prairiewoods.org.

Saturday, November 16 Iowa City Holiday Market. Handcrafted, homemade, and homegrown. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Robert A. Lee Rec. Center, Iowa City. (319) 356-5210.

Saturday, November 16 • Salsa Des Moines Masquerade Ball. 8 p.m., Mainframe Studios, Des Moines. SalsaDesMoines.org.

Saturday, November 16 • Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist. Legendary escape artist. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Saturday, November 16 • Kevin Burt. This explosive soul talent was crowned 2018 International Blues Challenge 1st Place Winner in Solo/Duo, Solo/Duo Guitar, and Harmonica categories. 7:15 p.m., Uptown Theatre, First Street Community Center, Mt. Vernon. Tickets at KevinBurt.bpt.me.

Saturday, November 16Lion Workshop. Learn how to stay safe while exploring the outdoors, followed by a group hike. 12:30 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664. 

Saturday, November 16Iowa City Holiday Market. Handcrafted, homemade, and homegrown items from Farmers Market vendors. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City. Also Dec. 14.

Saturday, November 16Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans. Country and western band from Canada. Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave., Des Moines. (515) 280-3778.

Sunday, November 17 • A Midsummer Night’s Dream. National Theatre Live. 2 p.m., FilmScene, The Chauncey, 404 E. College, Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org.

Sunday, November 17Vox Femina RiverChor Fall Concert. Choral music of women composers and arrangers, dating from the 12th century to contemporary. 3 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton. RiverChor.org.

Sunday, November 17Family Folk Machine: One Family. All-ages community chorus. 3 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Sunday, November 17 Timothy Chooi, Violin. First Prize Winner of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. 3 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Monday, November 18 • The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City. TheWritersRooms.org. No cover.

Tuesday, November 19 • Jirard the Completionist. “That One Video Gamer” shares stories from his childhood to the beginning of his career. All ages. 6 p.m., The Rust Belt, East Moline, IL. RustBeltIL.com. Eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, November 19 • The Rainbow Room: LGBTQ-themed Writing Group. First and third Tuesdays. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Tuesday, November 19 • U of I Jazz: Area 51. 7 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. ICMill.com.

Tuesday, November 19 • Backyard Chickens. Learn what you need to raise hens in urban and suburban areas. 6–7:30 p.m., Etzel Sugar Grove Farm, Marion. IndianCreekNatureCenter.org.

Tuesday, November 19One-Day Animation Camp. For new and returning campers. 8:30 a.m., FilmScene, Ped Mall, Iowa City. (319) 358-2555.

Wednesday, November 20 • Octopus Comedy Night. Featured and open-mic comics. 8 p.m., Octopus College Hill, Cedar Falls. Free.

Wednesday, November 20 • Educate, Engage, Empower Job Fair. Open to the public. 3:30–4:30 p.m., Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa. (641) 684-5401.

Wednesday, November 20 • Trumpet Blossom at Stanley Café. Enjoy a feast of plant-based comfort food that reflects the season and respects the land. 5–8 p.m., Hancher’s Stanley Cafe, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160.

Wednesday, November 20 • On a Winter’s Night. 25th anniversary concert with veteran singer-songwriters Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin (pictured), and Cliff Eberhardt. 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Wednesday, November 20 Mannheim Steamroller. Original classic hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas along with multimedia effects. 7 p.m., Burlington Memorial Auditorium. BMA-Live.com.

Wednesday, November 20 • Linda McCann: Civilian Conservation Core. Hear the stories of 16 Southeast Iowa men who served in the CCC. 7–8 p.m., Eldon Library Hall, IHCC, Ottumwa. (641) 652-7517.

Thursday, November 21Thursday Nights at Hancher. Enjoy great food and beverages for sale from the Stanley Café. 5–7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. Hancher.UIowa.edu.

Thursday, November 21 • Ballet Quad Cities at the Figge. A special art-inspired performance. 6:30 p.m., Figge, Davenport. FiggeArtMuseum.org.

Thursday, November 21IC Climate Expo at Big Grove. Complementary food, trivia, raffles. City staff and local business leaders and nonprofits give talks on what they are doing to combat climate change. 5:30–7:30 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City. BigGroveBrewery.com.

Thursday, November 21iHearIC. Monthly concert series of Iowa City musical acts, poetry, dance, and experimental art. 9 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. ICMill.com.

Thursday, November 21Contra-Tiempo & Las Cafeteras: joyUS, justUS. Urban Latin dance with live music that flips the script on the usual narratives about minority communities in the United States. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Thursday, November 21Jingle in the Junction. Free horse-drawn carriage and trolley rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling, and over 150,000 twinkling lights. 5–9 p.m., Historic Valley Junction. ValleyJunction.com. Thursdays through Dec. 19.

Thursday, November 21 • The Golden Attic: Poetry Writing Group. First and third Thursdays. 6–8 p.m., North Liberty Community Library. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Thursday, November 21Active Voice: Contemporary Art, Storytelling, and Advocacy. This program explores identity, activism, storytelling, and aesthetics in the work of contemporary indigenous creators. 7 p.m., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines. (515) 277-4405.

Thursday, November 21 Lauren Anderson. Classically trained vocalist goes pop and soul. With Matt Panek. 9 p.m., Iowa City Yacht Club. YachtClubIC.com.

Thursday, November 21First & Third Thursdays Jazz. The house band with vocalist Elly Hofmaier. 8 p.m., Clinton Street Social Club, Iowa City. (319) 351-1690.

Thursday, November 21 • Indigo Girls. One of the legendary folk-rock acts of this generation. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Thursday, November 21The Marcus King Band. At 23, Marcus King has been writing songs and performing onstage for half his lifetime, delivering a blistering-fried brand of Americana and blues. With Aaron Lee Tasjan. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Friday, November 22 • Christmas Magic Lantern Show. The American Magic Lantern Theater Company presents a free holiday show using authentic 1890s Victorian images projected onto a full-size screen. Live music and singing, appropriate for all ages. 7:30 p.m. Central Middle School Auditorium, Muscatine. (563) 263-8282.

Friday, November 22 • Jersey Boys. The music and inside story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Friday, November 22Aaron Kamm & The One Drops. Roots, reggae, blues, and soul jams. With Rude Punch. 9 p.m., RME, Davenport. RiverMusicExperience.org.

Friday, November 22 Cornell College Jazz Ensemble. Influenced by New Orleans jazz. 7:30 p.m., King Chapel, Mount Vernon. CornellCollege.edu.

Friday, November 22 • Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Tour. The music of the Styx. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Friday, November 22 • Holiday Pianos. Sing along and request your favorites. 9 p.m., Iowa City Yacht Club. YachtClubIC.com.

Friday, November 22 • Radoslav Lorkovic. Radoslav Lorkovic has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum of influences and refined it into his distinctive piano style. 8 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Fri-Sat, November 22–23 •  JF Harris. This comedy headliner and writer tours regularly in theaters and arenas with his good friends Joel McHale, Whitney Cummings, and the Impractical Jokers. With Alli Breen. 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat-Sun, November 22–24 • Minnesota Ballet: The Nutcracker. More than 100 dancers from across Northeast Iowa perform alongside the professional dancers of the Minnesota Ballet. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 3 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Saturday, November 23 • Whose Live Anyway? Cast members Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Dave Foley, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Saturday, November 23 • Pella Festival of Trees. Opening day for this annual multi-day event, featuring decorated trees for sale and a Christmas Boutique on the balcony. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. (641) 628-8625. Various times and dates through Dec. 7.

Saturday, November 23 Old-Time Music & Dance Jam Workshop. 4th Saturdays, presented by Flying Pig Fiddle & Banjo. 2–4 p.m., Java Joes’ 4th Street Theatre, Des Moines. FlyingPigFiddleandBanjo.com.

Saturday, November 23 • Halcyon House 12th Annual Craft & Vendor Fair. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Halcyon House, 1015 S. Iowa Ave., Washington. bpattyson@earthlink.net.

Saturday, November 23 • Hairball. Vocalists Joe, Kris, and Bobby lead the band in a mind-blowing, drop-dead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. 7:30 p.m., Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Saturday, November 23 • Rodrigo y Gabriela. Mexican acoustic-rock guitar duo embarks on the next chapter with the white-hot Mettavolution. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Saturday, November 23The Prince Experience. A loving tribute with Gabriel Sanchez. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Saturday, November 23 • Fresh Fighters. Foo Fighters tribute. 8 p.m., The Washington, 306 Washington St., Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Saturday, November 23 • GDP Music Festival. Featuring Closet Witch, the Host Country, DRUIDS, Ducharme-Jones, Greg Wheeler, and many more. 2–11:45 p.m., Vaudeville Mews & 4th Street Theatre, Des Moines. (515) 943-7170. DesMoinesMC.com.

Saturday, November 23 • Nalani Proctor. The “one-woman band.” 6–8 p.m., Firetruck Brewery, Ankeny. Firetrucker.com. Free.

Saturday, November 23Nic Arp & The Bernemann Brothers. High-energy folk-rock band. 9 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. ICMill.com.

Sat-Sun, November 23–24 • Quad City Arts Festival of Trees & Holiday Parade. Downtown parade Sat. at 10 a.m. The River Center becomes a winter wonderland with 150 designer displays. With holiday-themed socials, balls, teas, lunches, and events through Dec. 1. Various times, River Center, Davenport. QCFestivalofTrees.com.

Sat-Sun, November 23–24 • Rug Weaving Workshop. This two-day workshop covers the entire process of weaving on a loom. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Welcome Center, 809 1st St., Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Sunday, November 24 • Festival of Lights: Fun Run & Walk. The campgrounds are lit with displays through Dec 31. Enjoy opening-weekend walk and run-throughs. 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Midwest Old Threshers, Mt Pleasant. OldThreshers.org.

Sunday, November 24 • Fairfield Action Open Chess Tournament. All community members and ages welcome. Registration at 1 p.m., Argiro Student Center, M.U.M., Fairfield. (641) 451-7096.

Sunday, November 24 Chamber Singers of Iowa City: Music of the Spheres. Brahms, Gjeilo, Mendelssohn, Tchelli, and Thompson, highlighting the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. 3 p.m., Voxman School of Music, Concert Hall, U of I, Iowa City. info@icchambersingers.org.

Sunday, November 24 • Regional Pickleball Tournament FUN-Raiser. Sat. Nov. 23 private clinics by Dave “The Badger” Weinbach. Sun. tourney at 8 a.m. for 12+. To benefit youth Destination Imagination teams. 8 a.m., MUM Rec Center, Fairfield. (641) 919-0939, director@fairfieldpickleball.com.

Sun-Mon, November 24–25 • Iowa Organic Conference. Sunday 3 p.m. film and reception: Dreaming of a Vetter World. Monday, experts share tips for transitioning into organic and enhancing operations. Keynote by Alex Heilman, with exhibitors, break-outs, and lunch. 8 a.m., Memorial Union, U of I, Iowa City. Register.exten-sion.ia-state.edu/iowaorganic.

Monday, November 25 • The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City. TheWritersRooms.org. No cover.

Monday, November 25 • Martini & Movie Mondays. Vintage flicks from Turner Classic Movies, half-off your first martini, and free gourmet popcorn. 8 p.m., Clinton Street Social Club, Iowa City. (319) 351-1690.

Monday, November 25 • Pella’s De Kerstdagen Tour of Stores. Pella’s season starts with a lighting of the tree on the Tulip Toren, caroling children, Santa, lavishly decorated stores, treats, carriage rides, and a free hot cocoa bar. 5–8 p.m., down-   town Pella. Members.Pella.org.

Tuesday, November 26 • The Violet Realm: Sci-fi/Fantasy Writing Group. Second and fourth Tuesdays. 6–8 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Rm B. TheWritersRooms.org.

Tuesday, November 26 • Irish Christmas in America. 15th season of top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy. 7:30 p.m., Temple Theater, Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Wednesday, November 27 • Eric Pettit Lion. An Iowa folk-rock mainstay. 8 p.m., The Washington, Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Thursday, November 28 • Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 29Jim McDonough & His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande. International Steinway Artist tours with a dazzling all-new production, benefiting Camp Courageous of Iowa.  2:30 p.m., Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center, Anamosa. (800) 375-7095.

Friday, November 29 • Christmas Wonderland: Holiday Spectacular. Glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and a high-kicking chorus line from the North Pole. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Friday, November 29 • Irish Christmas in America. This hugely popular production in its 15th season is rich in history, humor, and energy, and includes some of Ireland’s top traditional performers. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Friday, November 29 Leaving Abbey. “The Beatles with a rock twist.” 8 p.m., The Washington, 306 Washington St., Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Fri-Sat, November 29–30Little Superheroes: Festival of Trees. Bid on creatively decorated trees and take home some cash-and carry-decor, gifts, and baked goods. With a Hawkeye tailgating area (Friday), kids’ treats, and holiday crafts. Proceeds benefit families overwhelmed by medical expenses. Friday 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday 10–3 p.m., Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. (515) 564-8000.

Fri-Sat, November 29–30 • John Roy. This national touring headliner is also a regular performer on acclaimed indie shows like Whiplash, Hot Tub, and Meltdown. 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat, November 29–30 Thanksgiving Feast of Funny. Presented by Comedy XPeriment improv troupe. 7:30 p.m., Stoner Theatre, Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Fri-Sat-Sun, November 29–December 1 • Pella Historical Village Christmas Walk. Tour grand Christmas displays throughout 22 historical buildings. With hot beverages and cookies at Village Dutch Bakery. Various times, Pella Historical Village, 507 Franklin St., Pella. Members.Pella.org. Through Dec. 30.

Saturday, November 30 • Breakfast with Santa at Bridge View. A fun family breakfast with Old Saint Nick to kick off the season. 7:30 a.m.– 10:30 a.m., Bridge View Center, Expo Hall, Ottumwa. BridgeViewCenter.com.

Saturday, November 30 • Burlington Lighted Holiday Parade. Sip hot cocoa, gather candy, and watch for Santa’s sleigh at this annual lighted holiday parade. 5 p.m., downtown Burlington. GreaterBurlington.com.

Saturday, November 30 • FrogTown Craft Beer Festival. Samples from 35+ breweries, entertainment from Lewis Knudsen, food truck grub, games, and more. 1–4 p.m., The Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave., East Moline. FrogTownBeerFest.com.

Saturday, November 30Celtic Yuletide. Michael Londra’s Irish Christmas celebration, with traditional song, dance, and festive stories. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 119 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Saturday, November 30 • Indie Author Book Expo. Holiday “shop-til-you-drop” from local authors and crafters, with an hourly raffle. Bring a pet food donation. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St., Des Moines. (515) 447-9989.

Saturday, November 30Jim McDonough & His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande. International Steinway Artist tours with a dazzling all-new production, benefiting Camp Courageous of Iowa. 2:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (800) 653-8000.

Saturday, November 30 Guest List: Davina & The Vagabonds. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band draws from the last 100 years of American music. With Mo Carter & Co. 7:30 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport. RiverMusicExperience.org. Free.

Sat-Sun, November 30–December 1 • Home Alone in Concert. John Williams’ charming score performed live to picture by the Des Moines Symphony. Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Sunday, December 1 • Davis Folkerts & Friends: Christmas at the Opera House. Folkerts on the Barton Theatre Organ along with vocalists and instrumentalists. 1 and 3 p.m., Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Sunday, December 1 • Film Series: Day With(out) Art. Day With(out) Art is an international day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Art Visual AIDS commemorates 30th years with seven newly commissioned videos. 1:30 p.m., Figge Art Museum, Davenport. FiggeArtMuseum.org.

Sunday, December 1Jim McDonough & His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande. International Steinway Artist tours with a dazzling all-new production, benefiting Camp Courageous of Iowa. 2:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport. (800) 653-8000.

Monday, December 2 • Larry the Cable Guy: Remain Seated Tour. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E. Walnut St. (515) 246-2300.

Monday, December 2 • FilmScene: Pride. UK gay activists work to help miners during their strike in the summer of 1984. 6 p.m., FilmScene, Ped Mall, Iowa City. (319) 358-2555.

Monday, December 2 • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, C.R. (319) 366-8203.

Tuesday, December 3 • Lindsey Stirling: Warmer in the Winter. Featuring the electronic music impresario, violinist, and dancer. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Tuesday, December 3 • Canadian Brass. 7:30 p.m., Stephens, ISU, Ames. (515) 294-3349.

Tuesday, December 3 • The Rainbow Room: LGBTQ-themed Writing Group. First and third Tuesdays. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Thursday, December 5 • Lorie Line: Celebrating Christmas. 30th Anniversary. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Thursday, December 5 Thursday Nights at Hancher. Enjoy great food and beverages for sale from the Stanley Café. 5–7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. Hancher.UIowa.edu.

Friday, December 6 • Christmas with The Celts. World-renowned Irish band and dancers. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Friday, December 6 • Fairfield First Fridays. Holiday cheer on the Fairfield square. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fairfield. (641) 233-8883.

Fri-Sat, December 6–7 • Coney Island Christmas. A merry play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Margulies. 7:30 p.m., St. John Auditorium, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

Fri-Sat, December 6–7 • Shop & Be Merry. A holiday shopping event with special festive activities, including music and holiday lights. Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Fairfield. (641) 472-2828.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 6–8 • Christkindlmarket Des Moines. German-inspired Christmas market. Various times, Principal Park. ChristkindlmarketDSM.com.

Saturday, December 7 • Norwegian Christmas. Scandinavian holiday traditions for the whole family. Food, hands-on crafts, folk-art demonstrations, holiday shopping. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah. Vesterheim.org.

Saturday, December 7 Nature’s Noel at Indian Creek Nature Center. Fresh green decor, artisan gifts, frozen prepared foods, and baked goods. Music, kids’ activities, and walks. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Indian Creek, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Saturday, December 7 • Secrets of the Sun. Since 1989, filmmaker Michael Barnard has followed the career of  LA artist Peter Erskine as he grappled with the dawning reality of worldwide climate change. The  esulting film documents Erskine’s attempt to create an artwork that would awaken people to the realities of climate change. 7:30 p.m. Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams, Fairfield. Free.

Sat-Sun, December 7–8 • Brunch with Santa. Santa will share a meal with kids and their families. Expect a few surprises! 11 a.m. Stanley Cafe, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Sat-Sun, December 7–8 • Old World Christmas Market. Local handcrafted items, delicious food and drink, entertainment, and activities. Inspired by traditional European markets. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. National Czech and Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids. ncsml.org.

Saturday, December 7 • Norwegian Christmas. Scandinavian holiday traditions for the whole family. Food, hands-on crafts, folk-art demonstrations, holiday shopping. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah. Vesterheim.org.

Sat-Sun, December 7–8 • Southeast Iowa Chamber Singers Holiday Concert. Ancient and modern choral works. 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Fairfield. (641) 919-1952.

Thursday, December 12  Thursday Nights at Hancher. Enjoy great food and beverages for sale from the Stanley Café. 5–7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. Hancher.UIowa.edu.

Saturday, December 14Iowa City Holiday Market. Handcrafted, homemade, and homegrown items from Farmers Market vendors. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City.