Events Calendar for April and May 2019

Hear world-renowned baritone (and Iowa native) Simon Estes perform selections from Porgy & Bess on April 27-28.

Tuesday, April 23 Des Moines Storytellers Project: My Great Adventure. Des Moines Register journalists curate and host a night of true, first-person stories from neighbors and notables. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Tuesday, April 23Britbeat Beatles Tribute. Multimedia tribute through Beatles history. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. CRCommunityConcert.org.

Tuesday, April 23 Linda Bryant, Organist. Demonstrating the many voices of the Barhydt Organ. 7:30 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Tuesday, April 23Yekwon Sunwoo. Gold medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Tuesday, April 23 • The Violet Realm. Sci-fi/fantasy writing group, second and fourth Tuesdays at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B, 6-8 p.m. Free. TheWritersRooms.org.

Wednesday, April 24 • The Scarlet Boudoir. Romance writing group, fourth Wednesday at the Coralville Public Library, Room B, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. TheWritersRooms.org.

Wednesday, April 24 • Hancher’s Culinary Arts: Trumpet Blossom Café. Organic, plant-based comfort food that reflects the season and respects the land. RSVP. 5–8 p.m., Stanley Café, Hancher, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160.

Thursday, April 25 • Riders in the Sky. Keepers of the flame for Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers—with wacky, way-out Western wit. 2 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300.

Thursday, April 25 • Bad Bad Hats. Indie-rock band honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to nineties-rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Thursday, April 25 • Todd Snider. This cosmic rambler’s routine is “one-part stand-up and one-part juke-joint or coffeehouse” (Hartford Courant). With Will Kimbrough. Fairfest at the Sondheim Series. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Friday, April 26 • Dead Coast Presents: Ohmme with Karen Meat. Smooth voices float over pulsing guitar. 8:30 p.m., Trumpet Blossom Café, 310 E. Prentiss St., Iowa City. (319) 248-0077.

Friday, April 26 • Jazz After Five: Bob Washut Trio. 5 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Friday, April 26 • OK Go. The rock band brings their unique magic to the stage, performing in sync with their wildly   creative, iconic videos. 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts, 8201 Dakota St., Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Friday, April 26 • Theresa Rosetta. Jazz. 7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, Maquoketa. MacsWineCellar.com.

Friday, April 26 • Burlington Spring Sip, Taste & Stroll. Try some new tastes and browse the great shops. 5 p.m., downtown Burlington. GreaterBurlington.com.

Fri-Sat April 26-27 • Marilyn Maye. Grammy-nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Fri-Sat April 26-27 • Indian Hills Theatre: Mamma Mia! A young woman brings three men from her mother’s past to the Greek island paradise to find out which one is her father. 7:30 p.m., St. John Auditorium, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144. Also on Thurs. 25th.

Fri-Sat-Sun April 26-28 • One Slight Hitch. Find out what’s holding up the nuptials in this hilarious play by Lewis Black. Players Workshop Theater, Burlington. PlayersWorkshopTheater.com.

Fri-Sat-Sun April 26-28 • Blue Suede Memories. 3-day showcase honoring Elvis Presley. Various times, Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo. (319) 233-3050.

Fri-Sat-Sun April 26-28 • Julien Dubuque International Film Fest. Five days of independent film screenings. Various times, Hotel Julien and Five Flags Center, downtown Dubuque. JulienFilmFest.com. Also on April 24 & 25.

Saturday, April 27 • Women in Nature. Connect with earth, water, air, fire, and spirit in this day-long wellness retreat—in its 26th year. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Sat-Sun April 27-28 • Beginning Blacksmithing. In this two-day workshop, Bill Printy and Mark Heisdorffer will teach workshops with five forges for learning the fine art of taking a piece of iron, heating it up, and making a beautiful and useful item for the home. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Blacksmith Academy, Walnut Street, Bentonsport.     VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, April 27 • Goat Milk Soap Making. Bring an apron, and take home your own soap, made fresh from the goat. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Villages Folk School Welcome Center, 809 1st St., Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, April 27 • The Illusionists. Showcases five magicians. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849.

Saturday, April 27 • Adam Beck & Amber Dawn. Country and rock. 7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, Maquoketa. MacsWineCellar.com.

Saturday, April 27 Ellis Paul. “Wise, tender, brilliant, and biting” Austin songwriter. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Saturday, April 27 • Percussion Extravaganza. 7:30 p.m., Douwstra Auditorium, Central College, Pella. Events.Central.edu.

Saturday, April 27 The Keri Johnsrud & Kevin Bales Quartet. Acclaimed jazz vocalist and Grammy-winning pianist. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Sat-Sun April 27-28 • Des Moines Symphony: Simon Sings Porgy & Bess. Iowa native and internationally renowned singer Simon Estes performs selections from Gershwin’s beloved Porgy & Bess. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

Sat-Sun April 27-28 • Food & Farm Festival. Featuring local producers, brewers, makers, artists, and the area’s favorite food trucks. RSVP for farming and livestock classes or for a VIP tasting event. Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd., Urbandale. (515) 278-5286.

Sunday, April 28 • David Sedaris. One of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. 7 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Sunday, April 28 • Annual Walk for Dignity. Join family, friends, and the community on 1- or 3-mile routes to support Iowa City Hospice. Leashed pets, strollers, and wagons are welcome. 1 p.m., Willow Creek Park, Iowa City. IowaCityHospice.org.

David Huckfelt (of The Pines) plays at Cider House 1949 on Sunday, April 28th.

Sunday, April 28 • David Huckfelt (of The Pines). Performing his new album, Stranger Angels, with special guests. 8 p.m., Cider House 1949, Fairfield. Tickets at CafeParadiso.net.

Sunday, April 28 • George Thorogood and The Destroyers. Good To Be Bad Tour—45 Years of Rock. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Sunday, April 28 • Mason Jennings. This Minnesota songwriter has released a dozen albums since his self-titled debut in 1997 and brings to mind artists like Leonard Cohen and John Lennon. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580. LegionArts.org.

Sunday, April 28 • Illusionist Rick Thomas. World-class magician. 7 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (800) 745-3000.

Monday, April 29 Neko Case. A force of nature, Hell-On is a record sealed by fire, filled with love and rage. With Shannon Shaw of Shannon and The Clams. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Monday, April 29The Parchment Lounge Writing Group. For all genres. Mondays at the Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. TheWritersRooms.org.

Tuesday, April 30 • Food Tour of Historic Czech Village. 6–8:30 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum Clock Tower, Cedar Rapids. Ncsml.org.

Tuesday, April 30 • The Allman Betts Band. The sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to play new music and classic Allman Brothers tunes. 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Wednesday, May 1 Alastair Moock with Frances Luke Accord. Early Nashville and country blues to Western swing. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580. LegionArts.org.

Wednesday, May 1 • Chad Abushanab & Kam Hilliard. Iowa City poets. 7 p.m., p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 337-2681

Weds-Thurs-Fri May 1-3 • Cirque du Soleil Corteo. U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729 or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Thursday, May 2 • Chris D’Elia: Follow The Leader Tour. His latest standup special, Man on Fire, is now on Netflix. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Thursday, May 2The Golden Attic: Poetry Writing Group. First and third Thursdays. 6–8 p.m., North Liberty Community Library, North Liberty. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.

Thursday, May 2 • Tombstone Trials Radio Play. Iowa-connected history show based on the courtroom aftermath of the O.K. Corral Shootout. 11 a.m., Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Thursday, May 2 • Australia’s Thunder From Down Under. This intimate Vegas show is the perfect “Girls’ Night Outback.” 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, the Vault, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Thursday, May 2 • Farmer’s Market & Music in the Junction. 5:30–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Thursday, May 2 • The Tallest Man on Earth. Swedish folk singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson commands the stage in support of his five-part series, When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground. 8:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Thursday, May 2 • Leslie Carol Roberts. The author reads from her new essay collection, Here is Where I Walk: Episodes From a Life in the Forest, “A series of absorbing, funny, tragic, and deeply present ruminations…” —John D’Agata. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.

Friday, May 352nd Street: The Music of Billy Joel. 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Friday, May 3 • Preacher Lawson. Winner of the 2015 Funniest Comedian in Florida, winner of the 2016 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and a finalist on America’s Got Talent. 7 p.m., Five Flags Theater, Dubuque. (319) 589-4258.

Friday, May 3 Fairfield First Fridays: Gallery Hop. Gallery openings, pop-up art, and extended shopping hours. 6–9 p.m., Fairfield Square. FairfieldFirstFri-days.org.

Friday, May 3Old Brick Dance. Foxtrot lesson by Christina Coveyou at 7:30 p.m., social dancing from 8:30–10:45 p.m., Old Brick, Iowa City. CorridorDance.org.

Friday, May 3 • Run of the Mill Variety Show Fundraiser. Entertainment includes music, poi, rap, burlesque, and a theatrical play reading. With door prizes. 7 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Friday, May 3Sybarite 5: Everything in it’s Right Place. This adventurous string quintet bridges genre gaps and brings unlikely musical combinations together, changing the perception of chamber music. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Friday, May 3 Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show. A throwback to the days of highballs, hi-jinks, and happy hour with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Friday, May 3 • Putzin’ Around Downtown. Dubuque’s annual downtown mini golf contest and 19th hole party. Bring your putter. RSVP. Noon start, 4:30 party. DowntownDubuque.org.

Friday, May 3 • Cardi B. Fierce new rap celebrity. 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

Friday, May 3 • Mile Twelve. Although rooted in traditional bluegrass, this Boston band surveys a more contemporary landscape on their new album, City on a Hill. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Friday, May 3 • Road to Camp Euforia. Natty Nation, Winterland, Nikki Lunden, and DJ Buddha. 7:30 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport. (563) 326-1333, ext. 102.

Friday, May 3 • Chicago Farmer. Music for hardworking folks. 8 p.m., The Famous Mockingbird, Marion. TheFamousMockingbird.com.

Friday, May 3 • The Nadas. Alt-Americana quintet. 8 p.m., The Washington, 306 Washington St., Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Fri-Sat May 3-4 • Pella Tulip Time Festival. Featuring parades, Dutch costumes and demonstrations, performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows, and beautiful tulip gardens. Various times and locations, Pella. Pella.org. PellaHistorical.org. Also on May 2nd.

Fri-Sat-Sun May 3-5 • Iowa Ornithologists’ Union Spring Meeting. Birding field trips, with speaker presentations and banquet, featuring Nathan Pieplow from Colorado, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America. Various times, Lacey-Keosauqua S.P, RSVP at: IowaBirds.org/IOU/Meetings.aspx.

Fri-Sat, May 3-4 • Auto Part Swap Meet. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines. DesMoinesAutoParts-SwapMeet.com.

Fri-Sat, May 3-4 • Iowa New Play Festival. A week of roundtable discussions, readings, and theater productions. Various times and locations, UI Theatre Building, Iowa City. Also on May 1st–2nd. Theatre.uiowa.edu. Free.

Fri-Sat-Sun May 3-5 • Saddle Up for Saint Jude. Trail rides, an auction, a dance, poker run, food, and more. Bring an item for the silent auction. River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington. (319) 878-3888.

Fri-Sat-Sun 3rd–5th • Cirque du Soleil: Corteo. U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729 or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Fri-Sat-Sun May 3-5 • What Cheer Flea Market. Antiques, military memorabilia, collectibles, tools, glassware, jewelry, stamps, and much more. Sunday admission is free. 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Keokuk County Fairgrounds, 13061 170th St., What Cheer. WhatCheerFleaMarket.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Bo Ramsey. Grammy-Award-winning guitar player, Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Saturday, May 4 • Cinco de Mayo Festival. Mexican foods, artwork, live music, dancing, and family activities. Noon–10 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Saturday, May 4 • Waverly Art Walk. Annual juried fine arts and crafts show featuring tri-state area artists. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Kohlmann Park, 1st NW Street, Waverly.

Saturday, May 4 • Coffee & Donut Festival. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Capital Square Atrium & Cowles Commons, Des Moines. CatchDes-Moines.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Cantril’s Cinco de Mayo at the Fire Station. A taco bar with all the fixings. Free-will offering proceeds benefit Cantril Dayz. 5–7 p.m., Cantril Fire Station, 104 W. 3rd St., Cantril. (641) 777-1184.

Saturday, May 4 • Des Moines Farmer’s Market. Opening day of the market, supporting nearly 300 vendors from across the state. Saturdays. 8 a.m.–noon, Historic Court District, Des Moines. DSMPartnership.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Compagnia Tpo: Panda’s Home. An interactive performance for children and adults—with fluid dance, silent storytelling, traditional instruments, and mesmerizing imagery. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 273-4849. GBPAC.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt. Based on the book by Megan McDonald. 1 p.m., Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. OldCreamery.com. Also on May 11.

Saturday, May 4 • Tour de Brew QC. Scenic 40+ mile bicycle ride along the Mississippi River with stops at Quad Cities breweries. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Mississippi River Trails, Davenport. QCTourdeBrew.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Heirloom Plants Sale. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, Decorah. (563) 382-5990.

Saturday, May 4 • Keosauqua Spring Open House. Deals, specials, and giveaways at local chamber businesses. All day, downtown Keosauqua. (319) 293-6468.

Saturday, May 4 • Iowa Farm Sanctuary Spring Pig-Nic. With guest speaker Travis Strong, VDM, @vegan-veterinarian. 1-4 p.m. Iowa Farm Sanctuary, 2486 Highway 6 Trail, Marengo.

Saturday, May 4 • Camp Euforia Battle of the Bands. 7:30 p.m., Gabes, Iowa City. ICGabes.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Central College Plying Pans. Steel drum band. 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Saturday, May 4 • Springtime in Paris. Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and Lorraine Min, piano. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Saturday, May 4 • Rejuvenating Spring Edibles. Learn to harvest spring greens from the wild, then prepare your finds. With Pat Crawford. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., VFS Welcome

Saturday, May 4 • Cinco de Mayo Festival. Mexican foods, artwork, live music, dancing, and family activities. Noon–10 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Saturday, May 4 • Tour de Brew QC. Scenic 40+ mile bicycle ride along the Mississippi River with stops at Quad Cities breweries. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Mississippi River Trails, 421 W. River Dr., Davenport. QCTourdeBrew.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Heirloom Plants Sale. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, 3074 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. (563) 382-5990.

Saturday, May 4 • German Requiem. Featuring Faure and Brahms, with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme and baritone Richard Zeller. 7:30 p.m., Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203 or (800) 369-8863.

Saturday, May 4 • Laura McDonald. Country and rock. 7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, 144 S. Main St., Maquoketa. MacsWineCellar.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Natty Nation. Rock and reggae. 8 p.m., The Washington, 306 Washington St., Burlington. (319) 758-9553.

Saturday, May 4 • Ray Bonneville. Blues with “resonant harmonic fills, jagged-edged fingerpicking and gravel road vocals” (Living Blues). 8 p.m., Jefferson County Ciderworks, 1839 200th St., Fairfield. (641) 451-4323.

Saturday, May 4 • Iowa Chapbook Prize. A select group of winning submissions. 5 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.

Saturday, May 4 • Villages Folk School Workshops. Choose from Raku Pottery, Rejuvenating Spring Edibles, or Glass Blowing Basics. Various times and locations, Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Shovels & Rope and Frank Turner. Indie-rock duo co-headlines with one of the UK’s most successful punk-folk troubadours. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Saturday, May 4 • Camp Euforia Battle of the Bands. 7:30 p.m., Gabes, Iowa City. ICGabes.com.

Saturday, May 4 • Central College Flying Pans. Steel drum band. 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St., Pella. (641) 628-8625.

Saturday, May 4 Springtime in Paris. Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and Lorraine Min, piano. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Sat-Sun May 4-5 • Maifest in the Amana Colonies. World on Wheels Food Truck Fair, live music, Maipole Dancers, parade, Wine/Beer, Chocolate Walk. Amana Colonies. festivalsinamana.com (319) 622-7622.

Sat-Sun May 4-5 • Cirque du Soleil Corteo. U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729 or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Sunday, May 5 • Spring Plants & Art Sale. Native prairie and woodland wildflowers, traditional garden flowers, hostas, and more. Vendors offer vegetable and herb seedlings, artwork, garden yard art, and willow trellises, and more. Come early! Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Sunday, May 5 • Downtown Show & Shine. Car show—from classics to today’s models. Noon–4 p.m., Main St., Cedar Falls. CommunityMainStreet.org. Free.

Sunday, May 5The Madness of George III. National Theater live on the big screen. 2 p.m., FilmScene, Iowa City. Englert.org.

Sunday, May 5 • West Burlington Flea Market. 6 a.m.–2 p.m., 1500 West Agency Rd., West Burlington. (309) 252-2866.

Sunday, May 5 • Jordan Feliz. Folk-rock and soul-based Christian pop. 7 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Sunday, May 5 • Sarah Prineas & Jennifer Black Reinhardt. Celebrating the launch of two new dragon books by local children’s book stars: Gondra’s Treasure and Dragonfell. 3 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.

Monday, May 6The Parchment Lounge Writing Group. For all genres. Mondays at the Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. TheWritersRooms.org.

Tuesday, May 7 • Big Grove for Good: Friends of Hickory Hill Park Plant Sale. Milkweeds and other native plants. Proceeds will support park upkeep and maintenance, including equipment purchases, trail work, prairie restoration, and bridge repair. 5–8 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City. BigGroveBrewery.com.

Tuesday, May 7 • Gridshock. This riveting documentary exposes the hidden and disturbing reality behind the sex trafficking demand in Iowa. Post-screening dialogue with director Vanessa McNeal. 6 p.m., FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org.

Tuesday, May 7 • The Rainbow Room. LGBTQ-themed writing group. First and third Tuesdays at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. TheWritersRooms.org.

Tuesday, May 7 • Shen Yun. Through the universal language of dance and music, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of celestial paradises, ancient legends, and modern Chinese tales. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. (515) 246-2300. Also on Wednesday 8th.

Tuesday, May 7 • Finding Neverland. This musical tells the incredible story behind Peter Pan. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Tuesday, May 7 • Cellar Peanut Pub: Trivia Tuesday. 7–9 p.m., The Cellar Peanut Pub, 629 Franklin St., Pella. TheCellarPea-nutPub.com.

Wednesday, May 8 • Zen Write Nights. An evening of focused writing, optional prompts, a cozy space, and unlimited tea. Second Wednesdays. 7 p.m.–9 p.m., Iowa Writers’ House, 332 E. Davenport St., Iowa City. IowaWritersHouse.org.

Wednesday, May 8 • Jeffrey Foucault. “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker). 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580. LegionArts.org.

Wednesday, May 8 • The Cedar Room. All-genre writing group, meets second Wednesdays. Cedar Rapids Public Library, Conference Room, 6-8 p.m. Free. TheWritersRooms.org.

Wednesday, May 8 The Beach Boys. Rock ’n’ roll game changers. 7:30 p.m., Stephens Audit., Ames. (515) 294-3349.

Thursday, May 9 • Farmer’s Market & Music in the Junction. Blues music by Bob Door. 4–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Thursday, May 9 • Halestorm & In This Moment. Grammy-winning metal. 6 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729 or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Thursday, May 9 Young the Lion. Summer concert series in the beer garden. 6–8 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing Company, Cedar Rapids. LionBridgeBrewing.com. Free.

Thursday, May 9 • The Steel Wheels. String band with a sense of forward motion. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580. LegionsArts.org.

Thursday, May 9 • Marianne Maili. The local author will read from her novel, Lucy go see, an “intriguing tale of sexual revelation” (Kirkus Reviews). 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.

Friday, May 10 • Friday’Loo. Free summer concert series with food, beverages, and live music. 5:30–9:30 p.m., Lincoln Park, Waterloo. MainStreetWaterloo.org.

Fri-Sat-Sun May 10-12 • Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week. Weeklong festivities include the annual Brewers Olympics, Benz Beer festival, a shrimp boil, and daily events at six local breweries. Various times and locations through Sun. 19th. LionBridgeBrewing.com.

Fri-Sat-Sun May 10-12 • Spring Garden Festival. Various times, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines. DMBotanicalGarden.com.

Saturday, May 11 • 25th Annual NANBF Natural Iowa. One of the longest-running, drug-free physique competitions in the country. 8:30 a.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Saturday, May 11 • Green Scene & Cedar Valley Arboretum Plant Sale. Native plants and grasses, perennials, wildflowers, herbs, hosta, ground covers, daylilies, trees and shrubs, roots and tubers, vines, houseplants, and annuals. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., National Cattle Congress, Ag Building, Waterloo. GreenSceneInc.org.

Saturday, May 11 Komen Ottumwa Race for the Cure. 8 a.m.–12 p.m., Greater Ottumwa Park, Hwy 63 and 34, Ottumwa. (641) 777-5980.

Saturday, May 11 • House of DSM Fashion Show of Support. A charity event for survivors of sex trafficking. 6:30 p.m., Forte Banquet and Conference Center, 615 3rd St., Des Moines. DorothysHouse.org.

Saturday, May 11 • Matthew 25 Spring Plant Sale. 9:30–noon, Cultivate Hope Urban Farm, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-2214.

Saturday, May 11 • Wild Edibles Hike. Naturalist Kathy Dice leads a leisurely hike as she points out wild edibles, how to prepare them, and medicinal values. 10 a.m., Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Beachhouse Lodge. JeffersonCountyConservation.com.

Saturday, May 11 • Mother’s Tea Party. Celebrate Mom a day early the Victorian way. After enjoying a low tea at the Snowden House, take a tour of the Rensselaer Russell House Museum. 10 a.m.–noon, Snowden House, Waterloo. GroutMuseumDistrict.org.

Saturday, May 11Mayfaire 2019. Dancing, music, maypole, pony rides, raffle, crafts, and face painting. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Singing Cedars School, Fairfield. SingingCedars.com.

Saturday, May 11 • Blacksmithing: Tong Making. With Bill Printy and Mark Heisdirffer. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Blacksmith Academy, Bentonsport. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Saturday, May 11 • Mother’s Day Orchid Brunch. Orchid class, brunch, and orchid to take home. 11 a.m. Jefferson County Extension Office, Fairfield. Register at (641) 472-4166.

Saturday, May 11 Herringbone Cuff Bracelet. Learn herringbone, or Ndeble stitch, to make a fun and fast beaded cuff bracelet. 1 p.m., Beadology, 220 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 338-1566.

Sat-Sun, May 11-12 • Beaux Arts Fair. Voted one of the top 200 art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist. Artist and craftsmen vendors, spin-art activities, and more. 10 a.m., Figge Art Museum, Davenport. FiggeArtMuseum.org.

Sunday, May 12 • Des Moines Art Center: Mother’s Day Brunch at Tangerine. RSVP for a delicious prix fixe menu with specialty cocktails. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines. (515) 277-4405.

Thursday, May 16The Golden Attic: Poetry Writing Group. First and third Thursdays. 6–8 p.m., North Liberty Community Library, North Liberty. TheWritersRooms.org. Free.