Virtual (and Some Live) Events Calendar

The Writers’ Rooms, which used to meet every week at libraries, pubs, and cafes, now gathers online. Get info at TheWritersRooms.org.

DEAR READERS: Most of these events take place in virtual space, but for those scheduled to take place outdoors or in person, please check online first or call the venue for last-minute cancellations. Send your events to sourceoffice@lisco.com.

Saturday-Sunday, June 6–7 • Nana Does Vegas. Old Creamery Theatre presents a live reading via Zoom. Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. OldCreamery.com.

Sunday, June 7Mustang Car Show. Ford-powered vehicles, prizes, food, and more. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, 5th St., West Des Moines. ValleyJunction.com.

Sunday, June 7Online: Iowa Motion Picture Awards Showcase. Watch nominated films every Sunday through July 26 at 12:30 p.m. 100 spots available per event. To register for a free Zoom screening, visit IMPA.tv/showcase.html.

Sunday, June 7 • Writers’ Open Mic Online. Hosted by Iowa City Poetry. Share 3–4 minutes of original writing with an appreciative Zoom audience. Email lafelleman@gmail .com to sign up and to get the invite. 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 7 • Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at Home. Join the DMSO on Facebook every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for a series of livestreamed recitals by symphony musicians. DMSymphony.org.

Monday, June 8Local Music Monday. Mondays at 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena features performances from area musicians on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Monday, June 8The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays on Facebook, 6:30 p.m. TheWri-tersRooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Tuesday, June 9Iowa City Farmers Market Online. Carts open Tuesday at noon for online ordering and remain open until pick-up slots are full or Wednesday at noon, whichever comes first. Pick-ups at Chauncey Swan Parking Garage, Iowa City. https://orders.fieldtofamily.org/Products.

Tuesday, June 9Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Celebrating the music of Jason’s father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. 8 p.m., Adler Theater, Davenport. AdlerTheatre.com.

Tuesday, June 9The Violet Realm. Sci-fi/fantasy writing group, second and fourth Tuesdays on Facebook, 6-8 p.m. https://www.thewritersrooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Wednesday, June 10Fairfield Farmers Market. 3–6 p.m., Howard Park, E. Grimes and S. Court St., Fairfield. (641) 356-5100.

Wednesday, June 10 • Coffee with Katie. Theater Cedar Rapids Executive Director Katie Hallman chats with leaders and creators from all over the country about theater, community impact, and more. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Facebook.com/theatrecedarrapids/.

Wednesday, June 10The Cedar Room. All-genre writing group, second Wednesday on Facebook, 6-8 p.m. https://www.thewritersrooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Thursday, June 11 • Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers. Dwayne has developed his own high-energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st-century zydeco music. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Thursday, June 11 LIVE from the Sondheim. Weekly livestreaming concert series featuring Iowa talent. Thursdays, 7 p.m., Facebook.com/FairfieldIACenter/

 

 

Friday, June 12 Pride Mic. To help celebrate Pride remotely, Pride Poets is hosting open mics every Friday in June, 8 p.m. CST, for queer poets, storytellers, and artists. Pride Poets is a RENT Poet Project, made possible by a One City One Pride grant from the City of West Hollywood. RSVP here. Free.

Friday, June 12 Out of the Box Weekly Reading Series. Readings of fresh contemporary plays, streamed live to a limited audience. Fridays, 8 p.m. RSVP. MirrorboxTheatre.com/out-the-box/. Free.

Friday, June 12 Friday at the Farm: Sarah Routh. Live music with a farmers market, food truck, and wine wagon. Fridays, 4–7 p.m., Middlebrook Farms, Cummings. (641) 780-6169. Free.

Friday-Sunday, June 12-14 • Party & Paint. Beginners and experienced artists alike are invited to join this Zoom session in which ICON Director Bill Teeple takes participants step by step through creating a simple painting. This month’s featured artist is Matisse. Email Bill to sign up: icon-billteeple@gmail.com, or call (641) 919-6252.

Saturday, June 13Fairfield Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon. Produce, plants, and prepared foods. Playground closed. Howard Park, Fairfield. (641) 356-5100.

Saturday, June 13 • Freight House Farmers Market. Shop outdoors or online. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., 421 W. River Dr., Davenport. FreightHouseFarmersMarket.com.

Saturday, June 13 • Summer Craft & Vendor Show. 50+ vendors. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. FairfieldACC.com.

Saturday, June 13 • Free Movie Series: Captain Marvel. 8:15 p.m., University of Iowa Pentacrest lawn, Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org.

Saturday-Sunday, June 13–14Soda Shop Pop at Old Creamery. A high-energy drive-in concert featuring jukebox favorites from the ’50s and ’60s including Elvis Presley, the Temptations, Bobby Darin, Lesley Gore, and more. Alicia Strong and Tim Arnold lend their powerhouse vocal talents supported by local favorites Gerard Estella (Guitar/Synth), John Hall (Bass), Greg Kanz (Drums), and Alex Shields (Music Director/Piano). Also on June 20-21.

Sunday, June 14 Valley Junction Arts Festival. Juried fine art show includes paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and more. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, 5th St., West Des Moines. ValleyJunction.com.

Sunday, June 14 • Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at Home. Join the DMSO on Facebook every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for a series of livestreamed recitals by symphony musicians. DMSymphony.org.

Monday, June 15The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays on Facebook, 6:30 p.m. TheWri-tersRooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Tuesday, June 16R.A.P. Ferreira. In his latest album, Purple Moonlight Pages, “R.A.P. Ferreira (formerly milo) makes his most free-spirited project yet, rapping gleefully over lively and wayward production.” –Pitchfork. 7 p.m., Gabe’s, Iowa City. ICGabes.com.

Tuesday, June 16 • The Rainbow Room: LGBTQ-Themed Writing Group. First and third Tuesdays on Facebook, 6:30–8:30 p.m. TheWritersRooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Wednesday, June  17 • Prairiewoods Online: Earth Prayer Group. Mary Kirkpatrick and Blair Frank will facilitate prayers for healing the Earth elements—earth, air, fire and water. Third Wednesdays through August. 4–5 p.m., Zoom video conferencing. Prairiewoods.org. (319) 395-6700.

Wednesday, June  17Fairfield Farmers Market. Wed. 3–6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–noon. Shop prodice, plants, and prepared food. Playground closed. Howard Park, Fairfield. (641) 356-5100.

Wednesday, June  17Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Wed. 4–6 p.m., Sat. 8:30–11 a.m., McMillan Park.

Wednesday, June  17 • Open Mic Online at Cafe Paradiso. Tune in weekly at 8 p.m., Facebook.com/OpenMicAtCafeParadiso/. Leave a virtual tip at FairfieldMuse.org.

Wednesday, June 17The Lightless Corridor: Horror & Mystery-Themed Writing Group. First and third Wednesdays on Facebook, 6:30–8:30 p.m. TheWriters-rooms.org/the-rooms-1.

Thursday, July 18 • Pella Farmers Market. 3–6 p.m., First Reformed Church, 605 Broadway St., Pella. (641) 628-4581.
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Thursday, July 18Guest List: Avey/Grouws Band. Blues. 7:30 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport. RiverMusicExperience.org. Free.

Thursday, July 18LIVE from the Sondheim. Weekly livestreaming concert series featuring Iowa talent. Thursdays, 7 p.m., Facebook.com/FairfieldIACenter/.

Thursday, June 18The Golden Attic. Poetry writing group, first and third Thursdays on Facebook, 6-8 p.m. https://www.thewritersrooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Friday, June 19Music on Main Street: Bonerama. This 20-year-old powerhouse band from New Orleans put the “bone” back in “trombone.” Food and drink for purchase. 5 p.m., Main St., Dubuque. (563) 588-4400.

Friday, June 19Get Music, Get Happy Hour. Tune into the Civic Music Association’s Facebook page for a weekly music livestream. Fridays, 6 p.m.

Friday, June 19 Out of the Box Weekly Reading Series. Mirrorbox Theatre’s online performance series. Fresh contemporary plays, streamed live to a limited audience. RSVP. 8 p.m. MirrorboxTheatre.com /out-the-box/. Free.

Friday, June 19Garden Guru Edible Classroom: Wellness in the Garden. Socially distanced garden education focusing on health and wellness. 10:30 a.m., Facebook.com/BackyardAbundance/.

Friday, June 19 Friday at the Farm: Ducharme-Jones. Live roots-rock and Americana covers, with a farmers market, food truck, and wine wagon. 4–7 p.m., Middlebrook Farms, Cummings. (641) 780-6169. Free.

Friday, June 19Pride Mic. To help celebrate Pride remotely, Pride Poets is hosting open mics every Friday in June, 8 p.m. CST, for queer poets, storytellers, and artists. Pride Poets is a RENT Poet Project, made possible by a One City One Pride grant from the City of West Hollywood. RSVP here. Free.

Fri-Sat-Sun June 19–21Julien Dubuque International Film Festival—Virtual. Film fest out of Davenport features panels, screenings, and more. With extended dates TBA. Stay tuned for details online at JulienFilmfest.com.

Saturday, June 20Fairfield Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon. Produce, plants, and prepared foods. Playground closed. Howard Park, Fairfield. (641) 356-5100.

Saturday, June 20Douds Field Day. Parade, kids’ games, pedal pull, farm horse obstacle, tractor pulling contest and more. 7 a.m., Yates Park, Douds. (641) 799-7953.

Saturday, June 20Free Movie Series: The Monuments Men. 8:15 p.m., University of Iowa Pentacrest lawn, Iowa City. Summerof-theArts.org.

Saturday, June 20The Amana Colonies Spring Volksmarch. Enjoy a walk in the countryside along a 4-mile Amana Colonies trail, beginning near Millstream Brewing in the village, circling Lily Lake, running to Middle Amana, then back to Amana. Maps available at Amana Visitor Center. Walkers are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Amana. (319) 622-7624. Free.
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Saturday, June 20Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Alt-country, southern rock. With Strand of Oak. 8 p.m., Rust Belt, Moline, IL. TheRustBeltQC.com.

Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21 29th Annual Allis Chalmers Tractor Show. Vendors, exhibits, demonstrations in the park. Tractor parade at 1 p.m. Saturday. Middle Amana Park. AmanaColonies.com.

Saturday-Sunday, June 20–21Soda Shop Pop at Old Creamery. A high-energy drive-in concert featuring jukebox favorites from the ’50s and ’60s including Elvis Presley, the Temptations, Bobby Darin, Lesley Gore, and more. Alicia Strong and Tim Arnold lend their powerhouse vocal talents supported by local favorites Gerard Estella (Guitar/Synth), John Hall (Bass), Greg Kanz (Drums), and Alex Shields (Music Director/Piano).

Sunday, June 21 • Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at Home. Join the DMSO on Facebook every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for a series of livestreamed recitals by symphony musicians. DMSymphony.org.

Sunday, June 21Bad Bad Hats. Indie-rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, presented by the Mission Creek Festival. 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. Englert.org.

Monday, June 22The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays on Facebook, 6:30 p.m. TheWri-tersRooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Tuesday, June 9The Violet Realm. Sci-fi/fantasy writing group, second and fourth Tuesdays on Facebook, 6-8 p.m. https://www.thewritersrooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Wednesday, June 24 • TV Cop, Dog Dave, and Lucy Furr. Three-piece power pop group from Ottumwa. 9 p.m., Gabe’s, Iowa City. ICGabes.com. Free.

Thursday, June 25 • LIVE from the Sondheim. Weekly livestreaming concert series featuring Iowa talent. Thursdays, 7 p.m., Facebook.com/FairfieldIACenter/.

Thursday, June 25Writers’ Night at Mount Vernon Creates. Monthly reading encouraging local and regional writing talent sharing new work. Hosted by Mt. Vernon Creates, Mount Vernon.10-minute spots via Skype, 7–8:30 p.m. Sign up at denise@mountvernoncreates.com.

Friday, June 26Pride Mic. To help celebrate Pride remotely, Pride Poets is hosting open mics every Friday in June, 8 p.m. CST, for queer poets, storytellers, and artists. Pride Poets is a RENT Poet Project, made possible by a One City One Pride grant from the City of West Hollywood. RSVP here. Free.

Fri-Sat June 26–27Roundup Music & BBQ Festival. Music from Pure Prairie League (pictured), Orleans, Surf Zombies, Men without Hats, and A Flock of Seagulls. Various times, McGrath Music Park, Cedar Rapids. CREventsLive.com. Also on Thurs. 25th.

Fri-Sat June 26–27 Bentonsport Rendezvous. Step back in time to the early American frontier pre-1840s. Demonstrators show crafts and skills from the early American frontier, with vendors selling period items. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Bentonsport Riverfront. froglegtrinity@outlook.com. Free.

Fri-Sat-Sun June 26–27-28Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races. Great bands, carnival rides, activities, and competitions of the Annual Elks Charity Fundraiser, with spectacular hot air balloon races. Various times, Greater Ottumwa Park, Ottumwa. OttumwaProBalloonRaces.com.

Fri-Sat-Sun June 26–27-28Snake Alley Festival of Film. Short films from around the world. Stay tuned for updates. Capitol Theater, Burlington. BurlingtonCapitolTheater.com. (319) 237-1099. Also on June 24–25.

Saturday, June 27Fairfield Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon. Produce, plants, and prepared foods. Playground closed. Howard Park, Fairfield. (641) 356-5100.

Saturday, June 27 • Isolation Improv LIVE. Livestreamed interactive show in support of the HACAP food reservoir. Saturdays, 7 p.m., Facebook.com/isolationimprov/live.

Saturday, June 27Free Movie Series: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. 8:15 p.m., University of Iowa Pentacrest lawn, Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org.

Saturday, June 27 • The Big Rove 2. A bicycle ride along the Iowa River Trail and paved shoulders, with stops in the communities along the way. A great ride, food, and music. 7 a.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City. (319) 354-2687.

Sat-Sun June 27–28 • Annual Maple Syrup Festival. Syrup-making demonstrations, a look at the action inside the Maple Sugar House, live music, and a pancake and sausage breakfast. 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. IndianCreekNatureCenter.org.

Sunday, June 28Des Moines Metro Opera Virtual Festival: Manon and Bon Appétit! An Iowa PBS broadcast features Jules Massenet’s tale of the young love and the allure of life’s temptations, followed by the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle as Julia Childs. Manon at 2 p.m., Bon Appétit! at 4:30 p.m., online at IowaPBS.org or on television for Iowa audiences. Free.

Sunday, June 28DSO: Summer Melodies. Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s free concert. Bring a picnic and listen to light classics, movie music, and patriotic pieces. 6:30 p.m., Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical gardens. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Sunday, June 28Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at Home. Join the DMSO on Facebook every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for a series of livestreamed recitals by symphony musicians. DMSymphony.org.

Sunday, June 28Des Moines Metro Opera Virtual Festival: Manon and Bon Appétit! An Iowa PBS broadcast features Jules Massenet’s tale of young love and the allure of life’s temptations, followed by the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle as Julia Childs. Manon at 2 p.m., Bon Appétit at 4:30 p.m., online at IowaPBS.org, or on television for Iowa audiences. Free.

Sunday, June 28Zoom Against the Machine Video Screening. Public Space One’s Media Arts Co-op has collected short videos incorporating, referencing, or made in spite of our new video-call-saturated social reality. Screening at 7 p.m. Publicspaceone.com/events/zoom

Monday, June 29 • Local Music Monday. Each Monday, Wells Fargo Arena is featuring performances from Des Moines area musicians on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Tune in at 7 p.m.

Monday, June 29The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays on Facebook, 6:30 p.m. TheWri-tersRooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Wednesday, July 1 • The Everly Set. Everly Brothers tribute rescheduled from May 4, presented by Cedar Rapids Community Concert Association. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theater, Cedar Rapids. CREventsLive.com.

Friday, July 3 • Garden Guru: Pruning for the Perfect Tomato. Socially distanced garden education focusing on health and wellness. Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Facebook.com/BackyardAbundance/.

Saturday, July 4 Fairfield Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon. Produce, plants, and prepared foods. Playground closed. Howard Park, Fairfield. (641) 356-5100.

Sunday, July 5 • Des Moines Metro Opera Virtual Festival: Rusalka. An Iowa PBS broadcast tells a familiar fairy tale about a water nymph, tinged with seductive pastoral beauty and evocations of the supernatural. 2 p.m., online at IowaPBS.org or on television for Iowa audiences. Free.

Sunday, July 5Online: Iowa Motion Picture Awards Showcase. Watch nominated films every Sunday through July 26 at 12:30 p.m. 100 spots available per event. Register at IMPA.tv/showcase.html.

Tuesday, July 7 • The Rainbow Room: LGBTQ-Themed Writing Group. First and third Tuesdays on Facebook, 6:30–8:30 p.m. TheWritersRooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

Wednesday, July 8The Cedar Room. All-genre writing group, second Wednesday on Facebook, 6-8 p.m. https://www.thewritersrooms.org/the-rooms-1 (scroll down).

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Watch Anytime!

NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. Watch entries for the contest to win a concert behind the Tiny Desk. You just might discover your new favorite artist.  TinyDeskContest.npr.org.

Eulenspiegel Puppets Virtual Shows & Workshops. Choose from Freedom Star: Gertie’s Journey on the Underground Railroad, Uncle Rabbit’s Adventures, The Big Election, and many more on the Eulenspeigel website.

A scene from Uncle Rabbit’s Adventures (Las Aventuras de Tio Conejo), a bilingual show featuring Eli Portugal, Eulenspiegel’s late partner puppeteer from Mexico.

DSMTV Live. This online streaming platform is connecting Central Iowa bands and musicians with their fans. Visit their Facebook page for upcoming performances and more.

DMSO Symphony at Home. Videos and streaming content. Join the DMSO on Facebook every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for a series of live-streamed recitals by Des Moines Symphony musicians. Dmsymphony.org/dmso-at-home/

15th Annual (Virtual!) Chalk the Walk. See the submissions for the annual madonnari competition at Facebook.com/chalkthewalk/. Hosted by Mount Vernon & Lisbon Community Development Group. VisitMVL.com.

Social Distancing Festival. Stream live video, hear and watch recordings, view artist photos, read original literary works, and much more—with a focus on arts events worldwide that were cancelled due to Covid-19. A curated collection. https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/

Mission Creek 2020 Underground. View six performers recorded solo onstage at the Englert Theater who were scheduled to perform at Iowa City’s Mission Creek Festival this year: Elizabeth Moen, Spectral Snake, Brian Barr, Penny Peach Jr., Caleb Rainey, and Garth Greenwell. MissionCreekFestival.com. Englert.org/friends.

#projectjoy. Des Moines Center for the Performing Arts is sharing arts and cultural content on their social media channels. The DMPA invites you to Watch, Learn, and Read, and Challenges you to share your own talents on social media. Listen to author Eric Carl read The Very Hungry Caterpillar; view Masterclasses by Black Violin on YouTube; join Maestro Giunta in the Listening Room weekly as he explores the works of a different composer; and much more. DMPA.org. #projectjoy, Facebook.com/DesMoinesPerformingArts/

Vulture.com Quaratuning: Streaming Live Concerts. Check this schedule of artists hosting recurring livestreams, updated daily. Vulture.com/2020/04/all-musicians-streaming-live-concerts.html

#TogetherAtHome. Series of live concerts by popular artists via Instagram; a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen. GlobalCitizen.org/togetherathome/.