Events Calendar for January 2018

The Amazing Adventures of Willy the Woolly, Jan. 20 at Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater in West Liberty is a “pay what you can” show. (photo by Michael Kreiser)

Thursday 18th • Pokey LaFarge. Street performer turned revered old-time country-swing favorite plays his album Manic Revelations. “I got to the point in writing these songs where I felt like a house on fire that just kept burning.” 8 p.m., River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Friday, January 19th • Vocal Trash. An energetic concert of uniquely recycled musical instruments. This feel-good show for all ages inspires dancing, imagination, and eco-conscious ideas. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Friday, January 19th • Bo Ramsey & the Third Floor. The 2016 release Wildwood Calling marks Ramsey’s first all-instrumental album in a 30-year career as iconic guitar player. 8 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Friday & Sunday 19th & 21st • Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre & Orchestra Iowa: Turandot. Cold-hearted Princess Turandot has many suitors, and they must solve three riddles correctly to win her hand—but failure leads to death. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Fri-Sat, January 19th–20th • DSO: Ultimate Rock Hits. Dubuque Symphony joins with local rockers to present an amazing symphonic rock experience. 21+. 8 p.m., Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Saturday 20th • The Amazing Adventures of Willy the Woolly. Eulenspiegel Puppets performs a tale of the lovable mammoths who roamed the Iowa prairies 10,000 years ago. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Eulenspiegel Puppets, Owl Glass Puppetry Center, West Liberty. (319) 627-2487.

Saturday, January 20th • Aaron Kamm & the One Drops. 30th Anniversary Party. 6 p.m., Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City. (319) 337-6464.

Saturday, January 20th • The Ice Breakers. Blues, classic rock, and soul. 8 p.m., Parlor City Pub, Cedar Rapids. (319) 247-0000.

Sat-Sun, January 20th–21st • Artisan Breadmaking Made Easy. Get original recipes for sourdoughs, whole grains, no-kneads—and lots of tips for bread making from baker Betty Printy. Sat. or Sun. 1–5 p.m., Marion Street Studios, Bentonsport. VillagesFolkSchool.com. Also on Jan. 27th.

Tuesday, January 23rd • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Their album The Nashville debuted at #1 on the rock, folk, country, and independent charts. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Wednesday, January 24th • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Among the most original forces in contemporary dance. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Thursday, January 25th • The Cantafios. Jazz standards. 6–8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Thursday, January 25th • Stomp. In this all-new show, the eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. 7:30 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787. FairfieldACC.com.

Friday, January 26th • Dubuque Live Music Crawl. 7 Hills Brewery, Blu Room @ Breezers Pub, Inspire Café, Riverboat Lounge, Smokestack, and the Lift host live music from 6–11 p.m., downtown Dubuque. DowntownDubuque.org.

Friday, January 26th • Dubuque Live Music Crawl. 7 Hills Brewery, Blu Room @ Breezers Pub, Inspire Café, Riverboat Lounge, Smokestack, and the Lift host live music from 6–11 p.m., downtown Dubuque. DowntownDubuque.org.

Fri-Sat-Sun, January 26th–28th • Stomp. Friday 7:30 p.m., Sat. 5and 9 p.m., Sun. The 8-member international percussion sensation creates magnificent rhythms with everything but conventional instruments. 1 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Fri-Sat-Sun, January 26th–28th • Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Festival. A weekend of world-class ragtime, boogie-woogie, traditional jazz with some live bald eagle watching. Muscatine. Find full schedule at Eagles & Ivories.

Fri-Sat-Sun, January 26th–28th • UNI Opera: Hansel & Gretel. UNI Opera and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra present Engelbert Humperdink’s operatic version of the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale. Various times, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Saturday, January 27th • BrrrFest. Sample and purchase craft beers showcased by breweries from across the Midwest. Enjoy live music and food available for purchase. 12–4 p.m., Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Coralville.org/604/BrrrFest.

Saturday, January 27th • Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Her new work, ink, seeks to reclaim African American narratives and culture from appropriation and silence. 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160 or (800) 426-2437.

Saturday, January 27th • Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show. The award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show. 6 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids. (866) 496.0535.

Saturday, January 27th • The Wizard of Oz. A spectacular new national touring production. 8 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Saturday, January 27th • Winterfest Amana. The annual 5k run-walk, winter wreath toss, best beard competition, ham-put, log sawing competition, ice rink, eagle watch, mini-golf, open fire chili, wine walk, entertainment, demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., downtown Amana. FestivalsInAmana.com.

Saturday, January 27thEagle Watch. Learn about bald eagles during a short program at the Port of Burlington Welcome Center, then head to Lock and Dam 18 to help count eagles. Dress warmly. Various locations, Burlington. (319) 753-8260. GreaterBurlington.com.

Saturday, January 27th • Yaro Dance Winter Showcase. Youth Ballet. 6:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Saturday, January 27th • Letterpress Valentines. Find the perfect design and wooden type for your valentine. No experience necessary. 9 a.m.–noon, The Calico Press, 23096 Route J16, Birmingham. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, January 27th • Letterpress Valentines. Find the perfect design and wooden type for your valentine. No experience necessary. 9 a.m.–noon, The Calico Press, 23096 Route J16, Birmingham. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, January 27th • The Wizard of Oz. A spectacular new national touring production. 8 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Saturday, January 27th • Winterfest Amana. The annual 5k run-walk, winter wreath toss, best beard competition, ham-put, log sawing competition, ice rink, eagle watch, mini-golf, open fire chili, wine walk, entertainment, demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., downtown Amana. FestivalsInAmana.com.

Saturday, January 27th • Eagle Watch. Learn about bald eagles during a short program at the Port of Burlington Welcome Center, then head to Lock and Dam 18 to help count eagles. Dress warmly. Various locations, Burlington. (319) 753-8260. GreaterBurlington.com.

Saturday, January 27th • Yaro Dance Winter Showcase. Youth Ballet. 6:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Sunday, January 28th • Beat the Bitter. North Liberty presents a full week of activities to get you out of the house for outdoor winter games and good cheer. BeatTheBitter.com.

Sunday, January 28th • Folk Songs & Horn Calls. Orchestra Iowa Showcase Series. Mozart, Bartok, and Brahms. 2:30 p.m., Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St., Coralville. (319) 366-8203.

Tuesday, January 30th • Dena Blizzard: One Funny Mother. Comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three in a hilarious solo comedy show. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300. Through Feb. 4.

Tuesday, January 30th • The Wizard of Oz. A spectacular new national touring production. 7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Univ., Ames. (515) 294-3349.

Wednesday, January 31st • A Night with Janis Joplin. A Broadway hit musical that rocks the house. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Thursday, February 1st • The Price is Right LIVE. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 8201 Dakota St., Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Friday, February 2nd • Old Brick Dance. 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. social dancing. No partner required. Iowa Corridor, Old Brick, Iowa City. CorridorDance.org.

Friday, February 2nd • Fairfield First Fridays. A Taste of Fairfield. Local food, food films, extended shopping hours and gallery openings. 6–9 p.m., downtown Fairfield. FairfieldFirstFridays.org.

Friday, February 2nd • Fire and Ice Friday. Ice carving, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, food trucks, ice skating, community bonfire, curling lesson, tug of war, and fireworks! 3-8 p.m. Penn Meadows Park, North Liberty. BeatTheBitter.com.

Saturday, February 3rd • Nate Staniforth. This magician abandons the ubiquitous style-without-substance bravado so often associated with magic and appeals instead to the imagination and intellect of his audience. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Fri-Sat, February 2nd–3rd • Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert. Relive the magic of the film with a live the score. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Fri-Sat, February 2nd–3rd • Billy Childs Quartet. Jazz quartet returns to Hancher for a run of four performances. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Strauss Hall, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160.

Fri-Sat, February 2nd–3rd • Switchback. Award-winning duo Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack draw on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Starr’s Cave Nature Center, Burlington. (319) 753-8260; Sat. 8 p.m., Music Under the Water Tower, American Legion Hall, 419 N. Oak St., Donnellson. MusicUndertheWaterTower.wordpress.com.

Saturday, February 3rd • Gobsmacked. Next-generation a cappella show from the UK. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849. Also on Mon. 5th at Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Tuesday, February 6th • Great Taste Live. Join host Steve Boss for a taping of the live KRUU radio show on food. With special guests and tastings. Green Building Supply, corner of Burlington & 2nd St., Fairfield.