Events Calendar for December 2019

The Pella Christmas Walk in the Historical Village runs through December 30.

Friday, December 6 • Fairfield First Fridays: Holiday Celebration. Stores and galleries are open late around the square for a town-wide holiday party. With drop-in art classes, tastings, and more. 6–10 p.m., downtown Fairfield. FairfieldFirstFridays.org.

Friday, December 6 • First Firkin’ Friday. Monthly special cask beer tapping, featuring “Mint Chocolate Disaster at Meux.” 3–10 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing Company, Cedar Rapids. LionBridgeBrewing.com.

Friday, December 6 Holidays at Hotel Manning. Enjoy carols, treats, a children’s art activity, and holiday cheer. 5:30–6:30 p.m., Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St., Keosuaqua. VillagesofVanBuren.com. Free.

Friday, December 6 Christmas with The Celts. An uplifting and spirited holiday celebration starring the world-renowned Irish music group, Irish dancers, theatrics, and humor. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Friday, December 6 • Cantus. Engaging men’s vocal ensemble. 7:30 p.m., Staplin Performing Arts Center, West Valley High School, Des Moines. CivicMusic.org.

Friday, December 6 Old Brick Holiday Dance. No lesson this month, just social dancing. 7:30–10:30 p.m., Old Brick, Iowa City. CorridorDance.org.

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, December 6–7 • Ottumwa Downtown Holiday Home Tours. A tour of holiday homes and downtown lofts, with a complimentary cocktail reception at Hotel Ottumwa. Friday 5–8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–noon, Hotel Ottumwa and various locations, Ottumwa. (641) 682-3465.

Fri-Sat, December 6–7Pella Christmas Tour of Homes. Tour four Pella homes decorated for the holidays, with Dutch coffee at Pella Opera House. Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tickets online or at Pella Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Pella. VisitPella.com.

Fri-Sat, December 6–7 • Joe Fernandez. This Cuban-Irish comedian has morphed his off-stage persona of intolerable presence into an on-stage persona of lovable jerk. 8 p.m., Penguin’s, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat, December 6–7U of Iowa Dept of Dance: If a tree falls. Interdisciplinary arts show. 8 p.m., Space Place Theater, UI, Iowa City. Arts.UIowa.edu. Also on Dec. 5.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 6–8 • Local Artisan Market. Shop local and find gifts for everyone on your list. Bloom and Bark Farm, Keosauqua. (641) 233-8210. Also Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 21.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 6–8 • Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas Carol. A musical adaptation of the Dickens classic, presented by Ottumwa Community Children’s Playhouse. Various times, Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. BridgeViewCenter.com.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 6–8 • Eastside Artists Annual Show and Sale. Original, affordable gifts by professional local artists. Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Masonic Building, 312 E. College St., Iowa City. Free.

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

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 6–8 • Prelude to Christmas. Enjoy candlelit streets, the beautiful Tannenbaum Forest, shopping, and food in the main village decorated for the Christmas holiday. Various times, Festhalle Barn, 4707 220th Trail, Amana. AmanaColonies.com.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 6–8The Nutcracker. Featuring Nolte Academy dancers and a live orchestra conducted by Carey Bostian. Various times, Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 6–8 • Villages of Van Buren County Festival of Trees. Bid on decorated trees, wreaths, and tabletop trees based on the theme “Farmhouse Christmas.” With cash & carry items, live music, and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Christmas for Kids. Various times, Roberts Memorial Center, Hwy 1 North, Keosauqua. VillagesofVanBuren.com.

Saturday, December 7 • Norwegian Christmas. Concerts by local groups, take-home crafts, folk-art demonstrations and sales, live goats, roaming “julebukker” characters in costume, Norwegian specialties for lunch, and a pop-up café. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Vesterheim Museum campus, Decorah. NCSML.org.

Saturday, December 7Albia Victorian Stroll. Live window displays, Festival of Trees, kids’ activities, music, luminary-lit square & more. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Albia. (641) 932-5108.

Saturday, December 7Breakfast on Main Street. A full hot breakfast for a freewill donation. 7–9 p.m., Bonaparte Opera House, Bonaparte. VillagesofVanBuren.com.

Saturday, December 7Farmington Holiday Gifts & Crafts. Unique gifts. Soup, sandwiches, and pie available for lunch. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Farmington Community Center, 201 S. 4th St. VillagesofVanBuren.com.

Saturday, December 7 Gingerbread House Decorating. Creative family fun. 1–4 p.m., American Gothic House & Center, Eldon. (641) 652-3352.

Saturday, December 7 • Market at the Mount. Shop 70 unique vendors. 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Hennessey Recreation Center, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids. (319) 363-1323.

Saturday, December 7 • Not Your Mother’s Craft Fair. Local makers, holiday drinks, and music. Proceeds from beverages benefit Grow Johnson County. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Merge, Ped Mall, Iowa City. MadeCommunity.com.

Saturday, December 7 Secrets of the Sun—Journey Into the Fire. Michael Barnard’s documentary follows light artist Peter Erskine in his attempt to awaken people to the realities of climate change. 7:30 p.m., Fairfield Public Library. (641) 472-6551. Free.

Saturday, December 7 Nutcracker Ballet. Ballet Quad Cities & Orchestra Iowa. 2:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. Para-mountTheatreCR.com.

Saturday, December 7 • Symphony Christmas Ball. Live music and appetizers, dinner, and dancing. 6 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 777-7788.

Saturday, December 7Touch of Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair. 40+ crafters & vendors. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Best Western Fairfield Inn. RhondaT52556@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 7Villages Folk School. Choose from Stained Glass Ornaments, Rug Weaving, Letterpress Holiday Coasters, or Crocheted Ornaments. Various times and location. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, December 7The Little Prince. Written by award-winning playwright and St. Ambrose alum Aaron Randolph III, this adaptation includes masks, puppets, and original music. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport. (563) 333-6251.

Saturday, December 7 • Jim McDonough & His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande 2019. International Steinway Artist, and “Iowa’s Own Pianist” tours the region with a dazzling new production, benefiting Camp Courageous. 2:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507 or (800) 653-8000.

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 • Saint Nick’s Stroll in 1800s Bentonsport 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa and his sidekick Jingles will welcome visitors. Christmas music and game cards. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Bentonsport.

Saturday, December 7 • Saturdays at the Stanley: Cat People Art. Curators lead visitors through a selection of works and an open discussion. 2 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union, Stanley Visual Classroom, Rm 376, Iowa City. (319) 335-1727.

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 resulting 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.

Saturday, December 7 • BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. A Cajun Christmas. Founded in 1975, the band plays originals rooted in Cajun and Creole folk traditions. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Saturday, December 7 • Flatfoot 56. Celtic punk. With Jenny Lynn Stacy & the Dirty Roosters. 8:30 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport. RiverMusicExperience.org.

Saturday, December 7 • Flying Pans Steel Band Caribbean Christmas. Christmas classics with a tropical twist, directed by Stan Dahl. 7:30 p.m., Central College, Graham Conference Ctr., Pella. (641) 628-5383.

Saturday, December 7 • The Blake Shaw Quintet Special Christmas Show. Jazz. 8 p.m., Cafe P, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Sat-Sun, December 7–8 • Drop-in Glass Blowing. Stop in and create your own glass-blown ornament for the holidays. Clothing requirements, for ages 12+. Visit the Local Artisan Market. Bloom and Bark Farm, Keosauqua. (641) 233-8210.

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.

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

Sat-Sun, December 7–8 • Iowa Dance Theatre: The Nutcracker. Sat. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.

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 & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids. NCSML.org.

Sat-Sun, December 7–8 • Burlington Holiday Craft Show. Various times, Burlington Memorial Auditorium. (319) 572-7945.

Sunday, December 8 • Jim McDonough & His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande 2019. International Steinway Artist, and “Iowa’s Own Pianist” tours the region with a dazzling new production, benefiting Camp Courageous. 2:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (800) 653-8000.

Sunday, December 8 • Southeast Iowa Chamber Ensemble Holiday Concert. In the historical setting of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Harper, Iowa, with its lovely acoustics, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents an afternoon of beautiful holiday music. 2 p.m. St. Peter and Paul Church, 30832 242nd St., Harper. (319) 461-3281. Free-will offerings accepted.

Sunday, December 8 • Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant: Christmas. Grammy winners reunite for their popular Christmas tour with a full symphony orchestra. With Marc Martel. 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

Sunday, December 8 • Coralville Aisle of Lights. Area businesses host a merry day of activities for all ages, then participating residents and businesses light luminarias to burn in the evening from 5–9 p.m., View on foot or by car along 5th Street, 12th Ave., along Holiday Road, and more. Coralville.org.

Sunday, December 8 • Iowa City Old Capitol Coin Club Show. Over 50 vendors and collectors and a raffle. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Clarion Hotel, Iowa City. (319) 594-4722. Free.

Sunday, December 8Old Fashioned Christmas Sing-A-Long. 5–8 p.m., Sts. Peter & Paul Community Center, Solon. VisitMVL.com. (319) 624-2223.

Sunday, December 8 • Family Museum Winterfest. Family activities, holiday entertainment, and more. Noon–5 p.m., Family Museum, Bettendorf. (563) 344-4106

Sunday, December 8Winter Wreath Workshop. Learn from Hydrangea Bloom. 2–5 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City. BigGroveBrewery.com.

Monday, December 9 Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City. TheWritersRooms.org. No cover.

Monday, December 9 • A Motown Christmas. A world-class vocal group assembled from past and present legendary Motown bands. 7:30 p.m., Adler, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Tuesday, December 10Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. See all of your favorite characters come to life on the stage. 7:30 p.m. Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Tuesday, December 10 • Cirque Dreams Holidaze. “A delicious confection … so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil.” —New York Daily News. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. ParamountTheatreCR.com.

Tuesday, December 10 • The Violet Realm: Sci-fi/Fantasy Writing Group. Second and fourth Tuesdays. 6–8 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B. TheWri-tersRooms.org. Free.

Tuesday, December 10 • New Horizons Band Concert. 2 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Iowa City. (319) 356-5220.

Wednesday, December 11A Motown Christmas. A world-class vocal group assembled from past and present members of legendary Motown bands. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. ParamountTheatreCR.com.

Wednesday, December 11 • The Cedar Room: All-Genre Writing Group. Second Wednesdays. 6–8 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library, Conference Room. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Wednesday, December 11 • Zen Write Nights. An evening of focused writing, optional prompts, a cozy space, and unlimited tea from the zen tea bar. Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m.–9 p.m., Iowa Writers’ House, 332 E. Davenport St., Iowa City. IowaWriters-House.org.

Wednesday, December 11 Café Paradiso Open Mic. 7:45 sign up, with featured regional performer each week. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Wednesday, December 11 • Straight No Chaser. This male a cappella group is an unforgettable live act. 7:30 p.m., DM Civic Center. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.

Wednesday, December 11 • Burlington Street Bluegrass Band. 7 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Wednesday, December 11 • Talk Art. Join the UI Writer’s Workshop as they present current works. 10:30 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Wednesday, December 11 • Weaving Decorative Willow Stars. Participants will learn about basket weaving alongside artist-in-residence Mary Kopecky, and will weave their own willow star to hang in their home or outdoors. 5–8 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. IndianCreekNatureCenter.org.

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.

Thursday, December 12 • A Charlie Brown Christmas Live. The Peanuts gang produces their own Christmas play and learns the true meaning of the season. 6:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. DesMoinesPerforming-Arts.org.

Thursday, December 12 • Indian Hills Holiday Concert: Holidays Around the World. 7:30 p.m., St. John Auditorium, Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

Thursday, December 12 • Fareed Haque and his Flat Earth Ensemble. Combines the dance and folk music of his Punjabi roots with the traditions of American jazz and funk. 8 p.m., The Washington, 306 Washington St., Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Thursday, December 12 • Kung Fu. New funk. With Ben Miller Band. 8 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport. RiverMusicExperience.org.

Friday, December 13 • Marcy Playground with Liz Moen. Alt-rockers known for their hit “Sex and Candy.” 9 p.m., Rust Belt, East Moline, IL. RustBeltIL.com.

Friday, December 13 • Due North. This new Quad Cities-based a cappella ensemble won the 2018 Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes Championship. 7 p.m., Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Friday, December 13 • Winterland: Cryptical Development. Music of the Grateful Dead ’65–’69. Co-presented with Gabe’s. 8 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Friday, December 13Revival Theatre’s Christmas, With Love. Enjoy an evening of Broadway tunes, Christmas favorites, and classic love songs. Fundraiser. 6:30 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids. (319) 270-6324. RevivalTheatreCompany.com.

Friday, December 13 • Amy Friedl Stoner’s Christmas Cabaret. This entertaining evening of storytelling and songs is accompanied by a top-notch band, led by music director Luke Viertel. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. Paramount-TheatreCR.com.

Fri-Sat, December 13–14 • Bandstand. Willis Broadway Series presents the Tony-winning new American musical that explodes with the infectious music and dance of the 1940s. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.

Fri-Sat, December 13–14Jonas Magram’s Annual Children’s Holiday Benefit Concert. Originals and jazz standards, benefiting local and international nonprofits for at-risk women and children. 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Fri-Sat, December 13–14 • Ben Gleib: Stand-Up for America. Ben Gleib is the host and head writer of the Emmy-nominated Idiotest on Netflix and Game Show Network, and was one of the stars of Chelsea Lately on E! 8 p.m., Penguin’s, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 13-15Local Artisan Market. Shop local and find gifts for everyone on your list. Bloom and Bark Farm, Keosauqua. (641) 233-8210. Also Dec. 21.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 13-15 • Ballet Des Moines: The Nutcracker. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 13-15 • Iowa 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.

Saturday, December 14 • Singing Cedars School: Winter Faire. Music, gifts, crafts, a puppet show, and wholesome food & treats. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Singing Cedars School, 2149 N. B St., Fairfield. SingingCedars.com.

Saturday, December 14 Iowa City Holiday Market. Handcrafted, homemade, and homegrown items. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City. (319) 356-5210.

Saturday, December 14Ugly Sweater Workout & Hubert’s Holiday Program. Storytime with Hubert at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., with games, hot cocoa, and crafts in between. Bring your yoga mat and ugly Xmas sweater for a 1:30 workout. NCSML, Cedar Rapids. NCSML.org.

Saturday, December 14 • Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale: Holiday Concert. Featuring Rutter’s “Magnificat.” 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids. (319) 409-5096.

Saturday, December 14Contra Dance. All welcome! Instruction provided. Live music by the Fairtown Ramblers. 7:30 p.m., Morning Star, 51½ N. Court, Fairfield. Fairfolk.org.

Saturday, December 14 • HollyDaze Holiday Concert. Presented by the Southeast Iowa Symphony. 3 p.m. Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel, Mount Pleasant. (319) 461-3281. Free!

Saturday, December 14 • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays. With featured vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Alexis Morrast. 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Saturday, December 14 • Family Workshop: Recycled Wreath. Create a wreath using plastic bags, cardboard tubes, paper, plastic caps, and fabric. All ages. 9:30–11:30 a.m., Des Moines Art Center. (515) 277-4405.

Sat-Sun, December 14–15 Carol Montag: A Carol Christmas. With Cameron Sullenberger, Matt Butler, and Jeremiah de la Pena. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Sat-Sun, December 14–15 • A David Kroll Country Christmas. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., BurlingtonCapitolTheater.com.

Sat-Sun, December 14–15 • Ballet Quad Cities & Orchestra Iowa: Nutcracker. Adler Theatre, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Sat-Sun, December 14–15 • Fairfield Holiday Trade Fair. Locally handmade plus world-market gifts, eats, and treats. Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 2–5 p.m., Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 233-8883.

Sat-Sun, December 14–15 Jim McDonough & His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande 2019. International Steinway Artist tours with a dazzling new production, benefiting Camp Courageous of Iowa. Sat. 2:30 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn PAC, Cedar Falls, (877) 549-7469; Sun. 2:30 p.m., Five Flags Theatre, Dubuque, (800) 653-8000.

Sunday, December 15 • Elf. Beloved film starring Will Ferrel. 10 a.m., FilmScene—Chauncey, 404 E. College St., Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org.

Sunday, December 15 • Wool Felt Ornament Craft Party. Make appliquéd ornaments using wool felt, embroidery floss, and buttons. 1–3 p.m., Home Ec., Iowa City. HomeEcWorkshop.com. (319) 337-4775.

Sunday, December 15 • Last Dash CommUnity Crisis Center Food Bank Fundraiser feat. Kevin BF Burt. Music by bluesman Kevin “B.F.” Burt, along with rockabilly-blues band HomeBrewed. Time TBA, The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Monday, December 16 • Bandstand. This Tony-winning musical explodes with the music and dance of the 1940s. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Tuesday, December 17 • 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, December 17Des Moines Storytellers Project: Holiday Spectacular. Des Moines Register journalists curate a night of true, first-person stories about family and faith. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Wednesday, December 18 • Open Mic Night at Penguin’s. Sign up for a stand-up spot at 6:30. Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Wednesday, December 18 • The Lightless Corridor: Horror and Mystery-Themed Writing Group. First & third Wednesdays. 6:30 p.m., Critical Hit Games, Iowa City. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Wednesday, December 18 • Festival of Carols. Carols, stories, cocoa, cookies, and Santa. Performances by Penny Peach Jr., the Quire, Acting Out! campers, the Dream Divas, Penny Peach Jazz Trio, and Old Capitol Chorus with Corridor 4. 6:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653. Free.

Wednesday, December 18 • Kenny G: The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour. World-famous saxophonist. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Wednesday, December 18 Café Paradiso Open Mic. 7:45 sign up, with featured regional performer each week. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Thursday, December 19 • Chad Elliott. Midwest singer-songwriter blends folk roots, swampy blues, and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Thursday, December 19 • Guest List: Arkansauce. A genre-hopping, four-piece string band. 7:30 p.m., RME, Davenport. RiverMusicExperience.org. Free.

Thursday, December 19 • First & Third Thursdays Jazz. House Band. No cover for paying customers. 8 p.m., Clinton Street Social Club, Iowa City. (319) 351-1690.

Thursday, December 19 • Writers’ Night in Mount Vernon. Regional writers share recent work. Hosted by Joe Jennison. 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Creates, Mount Vernon. Sign up at denise@mountvernoncreates.com.

Fri-Sat December 20–21 • Kevin McCaffrey. The former warm-up comedian for The Late Show with David Letterman currently appears weekly on truTV Presents World’s Dumbest. 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, the Vault, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat December 20–21Tonic Sol-fa: The Nights Before Christmas Tour. Groundbreaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Fri-Sat-Sun December 20–22 • Orchestra Iowa Pops II: Holiday Spectacular. With Maestro Timothy Hankewich and star blues guitarist Kevin “B.F.” Burt. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. ParamountTheatre-CR.com.

Saturday, December 21 • A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Dai Gwilliam will read Dylan Thomas’s evocative celebration of Christmas, glass of port in hand. 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Saturday, December 21Local Artisan Market. Shop local and find gifts for everyone on your list. Bloom and Bark Farm, Keosauqua. (641) 233-8210.

Sunday, December 22 • Celtic Woman. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble’s second Christmas album, Home For Christmas. 7 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn PAC, Cedar Falls. (877) 549-7469.

Monday, December 23 • Open Mic with J. Knight. An Iowa City institution. 7 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. Sign up in advance at (319) 338-6713.

Monday, December 23 • 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, December 23 • A Magical Cirque Christmas. A “must-see” holiday spectacular. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. BridgeViewCenter.com.

Thursday, December 26 • It’s a Wonderful Life on 35mm. Capra’s perennial holiday favorite is one of the most beloved American movies. 5:30 p.m., FilmScene—Chauncey, Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org.

Saturday, December 28 • English Country Dance. Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. 7–10 p.m., Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. (319) 338-5378.

Saturday, December 28 • Catfish Keith. Acclaimed blues singer, songwriter, and bottleneck slide guitarist. 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. ICMill.com.

Saturday, December 28 • Guest List: Still Shine. Acoustic roots and progressive bluegrass. With the Channel Cats and Super Happy Funthyme Trouble. 8 p.m., River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. RiverMusicExperience.org. Free concert series.

Saturday, December 28 • Mighty Victory. Indie folk-rock project of singer-songwriter Michael Dugan. 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-0856. CafeParadiso.net.

Saturday, December 28 Rockin’ in the Blue Year. Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon, with opening band the Jeff Co Blues Explosion, featuring Steve McLain, Kevin Riley, and Tim Carey. 7 p.m., Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. SoutheastIowaBlues-Society.org.

Sunday, December 29 • Wassail Service. This annual tradition features a story by Joseph Brisben accompanied by live music, followed by a challenge to the congregation to sing three songs.  If the singing meets the wassail makers’ standards, they will be invited to partake of wassail and snacks. Admission is free and open to the public. Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, 2355 Oakdale Ave., Coralville. (319) 321-2599.

Sunday, December 29 • Moulin Rouge—A Parisian New Year. The quixotic musical love story starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. 4 p.m., FilmScene—Chauncey, Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org.

Monday, December 30 • Comedy Mondays. Featuring local comics and open mic spots every week, with hosts Dan Frana and Spencer Loucks. 8:30 p.m., Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City. YachtClubIC.com.

Monday, December 30 • Winter Break Show: Little Red Riding Hood. Featuring miniature Bohemian marionettes created by puppeteer Monica Leo. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Eulenspiegel Puppets, Owl Glass Puppetry Center, West Liberty. PuppetPuppets.com.

Tuesday, December 31 • New Year’s Eve with Doug T, Hypnotist. Doug T takes comedy hypnosis to the next level. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, the Vault, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Tuesday, December 31 Des Moines Symphony NYE Pops: Cirque at the Symphony. Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and more present a spellbinding journey choreographed to thrilling live music and performed with the full orchestral power of the Des Moines Symphony. 8 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.

Tuesday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Sing. Gospel music and family togetherness. Bring a covered dish to share. Soups, drinks, and table service provided, with door prizes. 5 p.m., Roberts Memorial Building, Keosuaqua. VillagesofVanBuren.com. Free.

Tuesday, December 31 The Roaring (20)20s New Year’s Eve Party. Get out your flapper dresses and pinstripe suits and ring in the roaring ’20s with entertainment by Vandello. 9 p.m.–midnight, The History Center, 800 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. HistoryCenter.org.

Tuesday, December 31 Wylde Nept: Irish New Year’s Eve Party. Irish New Year’s show features traditional and original pub tunes comin’ at you like a Celtic freight train. 4–7 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. ICMill.com.

Tuesday, December 31  • Elizabeth Moen NYE. Based in Iowa City, Moen is an indie-rock songwriter “armed with a jaw-dropping singing voice, tasteful guitar playing, and songs that stay in your head for days.”—IPR. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.     (319) 364-1580. LegionArts.org.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Thursday, January 2 • Abominable. After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. 3:30 p.m., FilmScene—Chauncey, 404 E. College St., Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org. Also on Dec. 28.

Thursday, January 2Uptown Bill’s Live Open Mic. Weekly open mic. Thursdays, 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 339-0804.

Thursday, January 2Mike Dillon Band. High-energy New Orleans punk and jazz vibes. 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Friday, January 3 • Rodney Carrington. This comedian, actor, and writer has recorded eight major record label comedy albums, including Morning Wood. 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. ParamountTheatre-CR.com.

Saturday, January 4 • Bridge City Slam. Wrestling legends fan fest. 5 p.m., Bridge View, Ottumwa. BridgeViewCenter.com.

Saturday, January 4 • Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, gifts, and more. Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 209 S. Court, Fairfield. FairfieldFarmersMarket.com.

Sunday, January 5 • Irish Music Session. Regional musicians gather to play. Grab a latte, quiche, or a pint, and sit back for a taste of Ireland. Sundays, 3–5 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Tuesday, January 7 • G Love & Special Sauce. Recorded in Nashville with Robert Randolph, Marcus King, and Roosevelt Collier, G Love’s new electrifying collection The Juice is co-written with Keb’ Mo’. 8 p.m., Wooly’s, Des Moines. WoolysDM.com.