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CONTENTS

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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ON THE COVER

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People You Should Meet

Beau Laughridge was introduced to mixed martial arts with a swift kick to the head.

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Don’t know him? You Should.

Curious about the cool kids behind Hoopla? Find out all about the crew and how to join us.

In Circle

photography by CLIFF JETTE

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I’m Just Sayin’

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Editor Carly Weber shares the full scoop on Hoopla, what’s in this issue and whatever else she wants.

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Twitterpated

All the news you didn’t know you needed to know, plus Greg Dietzenbach’s comic, “Little fish, big pond.”

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FaveFive

A few of Kari Cooling’s favorite things: wine from Benz Beverage Depot and a cozy corner at Java Creek Cafe.

What’s got the Corridor all aTwitter? Dripping with sarcasm.

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In the Know

Bar Guide

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Thirsty? Craving some live music or want to croon with karaoke? Here’s how you find out where and when.

Taste Buds

Hungry? From neighborhood watering holes to fancy schmancy dining, these places might do the trick.

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Clean Plate Club

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Flicks

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Music Notes

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Get Out

Andrea Dietzenbach likes the personality and the pico at Gringos.

Dead Larry has a unique sound that, well, you’d expect from a band called Dead Larry.

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What’s coming, what’s here and what you better hurry to the multiplex to see before it’s just another title in your Netflix queue.

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Five Minutes

We want to know: What’s your favorite locally owned business?

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3 Things

Not sure what to do this week? Help Andy Frasco on his mission to Save the Music at Cocktails and Co.

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BehindtheBar

The Chrome Horse is back in the saddle after taking on 13-feet of water last June.

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Book Talk

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Calendar

Natalie Ditmars has the cliff notes on “Wicked” and “Son of a Witch.”

Quit whining that there’s nothing to do around here. We did the hard work. Go enjoy yourself.

Contact us: Hoopla 500 Third Ave. SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 Phone: 319.398.5821 Email: hoopla@hooplanow.com


INcircle { Carly Weber Editor “Sometimes I only take two Advil for a headache. Usually though. I take four.”

Jamie Kelly Twitterpated, Page 06 “I once went 36 hours without seeing the Internet.”

Curious about the cool kids behind Hoopla? Find out all about the crew here.

Seth Smith Art Director

Michelle Wiese Designer

“Tougher than college algebra.”

“I wouldn’t put my money where my mouth is.”

Maggie Mills

“So tough that my 4-year-old nephew can beat me in any match. He’s a self-proclaimed expert at everything.”

5 Minutes, Page 06

Question of the week:

How tough are you?

Caitlin Slessor

Natalie Ditmars

Book Talk, Page 18

Book Talk, Page 18 “Yeah, don’t mess with me.”

“If I told you exactly how tough I am, I’d have to kill you. ”

Andrea Dietzenbach

Quinn Pettifer

Justin Braden

“I gave birth without drugs so in some circles I’m considered fairly tough.”

“Tough enough to say sometimes I’m not so tough.”

“Tough enough not to have cried when both Louisville and Syracuse lost, busting my bracket. That’s right, I didn’t cry. Alright, I may have teared up a little. Shut up.”

Clean Plate Club, Page 16

MusicNotes, Page 19

BehindTheBar, Page 15 MusicNotes, Page 19

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Every March my husband and I fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket. Anyone reading this who knows me is now pausing, and thinking “Really. Carly gives a hoot about NCAA basketball?” The answer. Not really. That’s why I fill out the brackets. It makes watching the basketball games more interesting. Do I care about any of the 64 teams that make it to the tournament? Eh. Not really. I’ve probably never even heard of most of them. But is it guaranteed to be on my television screen for most of the month? Yessiree. So, in the spirit of if-you-can’t-beat-emjoin-em I fill out the brackets. Voila! Instantly I am cheering for Morgan State or Stephen F. Austin College. Teams that minutes ago I didn’t even know existed. Of course my bracket generally performs poorly. As I write this, the only team I have still in the Big Dance is North Carolina, who I picked to go all the way. The rest of my Final Four teams — Arizona, Memphis and Pittsburgh – didn’t make it past the Elite Eight.

I’m still holding out for North Carolina though. I

have a good feeling about them. I picked them in honor of my best friend from high school who

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went to nursing school there.

That’s how I pick all my teams. Occasionally I’ll take into

consideration things like rankings or win and loss records. Generally though I make my decision based on whether I know anyone that has ever had anything to do with a school, city or state. I chose Pittsburgh instead of East Tennessee because both my parents are from Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is in Pennsylvania. Makes sense, right? I (wrongly) picked Portland over Xavier despite the fact that the former was ranked 13 and the latter was ranked four because that same friend who went to North Carolina now lives there and I feel like I need to give some West Coast pride. So. Maybe my system doesn’t pull through all the time. But in the case of Michigan versus Clemson, it did. Clemson had a lower rank, but I picked Michigan because it’s a Big 10 school. And, they won. Go me. And, I have faith that North Carolina is going to beat Villanova Friday night. At least I hope they do. My husband’s bracket did equally bad. His only team left standing is University of Connecticut who he chose to win the whole thing. So, we’re both down to one. And the winner gets to pick where we go to dinner in Chicago in a couple weeks. Go Tarheels!

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All the news you didn’t know you needed to know.

Merging of the minds

CEDAR RAPIDS — A new Cedar Rapids Area Chamber

of Commerce program will merge The Next Generation Commission and Access Iowa to create a new organization devoted to the attraction, retention and advancement of young talent in the community. A transition team has been put in place to guide the merger. The team also has the responsibility of creating a new name and brand. The chamber also is hiring a Director of Leadership Development to coordinate the new group as well as the existing Leadership for Five Seasons programs. For more information, go to

www.cedarrapids.org

Taking the plunge

Residents took an icy bath over the weekend in Palo and at the Coralville Lake to raise money for Special Olympics Iowa athletes. Fourteen plunges are held across the state throughout the year to raise money for Special Olympics. Supporters can donate funds to Special Olympics online at www.firstgiving. com/soiowa So far, Special Olympics Iowa has raised more than $61,000. For more information, go to

L iz Martin photo

Members of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office run into the water in the Polar Plunge at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Palo. Fourteen plunges are held across the state throughout the year to raise money for Special Olympics.

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10 projects competing for limited funds from the Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

A new look

CEDAR RAPIDS — Plans to spend an estimated

$50 million to modernize the U.S. Cellular Center and to add a 60,000-square-foot convention center and exhibition hall next to it were revealed last week at a city council meeting. The refurbishment would not enlarge the arena but would add luxury seating and new concession areas. This project is fifth on a list of

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Goodbye Dale and Thomas Popcorn

Field (and its prepackaged popcorn). Hello Perfect Game Field. The Kernels announced last week they have agreed to a naming rights contract with

Perfect Game USA, although no details were disclosed. Welcome to Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Perfect Game USA is a local baseball club and nationally renowned scouting service located across the street from Memorial Stadium and the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Rockford Road SW. These neighbors seem to be a perfect fit. Make that a Perfect fit. SOURCE: THE GAZETTE

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Twitter.com is taking the online world by storm. All you have to do is answer, in 140 characters or less, this question: What are you doing right now?

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TWITTERPATED minutes pythius: listening to Coldplay cover Hravity by Embrace at the bar. I’m in love with this music.

jenneumann: saw today story on CR flood

recovery today - good, accurate and painful to read. as midwstrner, i hate to admit struggling. but we are.

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The C eda r Ra pids Chamb er of C ommerce recently asked compa nies to shi ft some of their p u rchases f rom o u t-o f - area pro viders to local bu sinesses . In the spirit o f neig hb ors he lpin g neig hb ors, we checked in with a rea residents to hear a bo u t some o f the most be loved p laces in the Corridor. — M a g gie Mi l ls

What is your favorite locally-owned establishment?

dorydorydory: Put in Napolean Dynomite. It’s sure to make my brain rot a little bit.

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me to lead a conference call, invite me to the freaking meeting!! I can’t go if outlook doesn’t remind me.

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Jonathan Guerrero, 21

John Siemering, 24

Cedar Rapids “Taste of India. They make a mean malai kofta and they’ve got great mango lassis.”

Cedar Rapids “Christopher’s Fine Hair Cuts on Ellis Blvd.”

Jodie Wilhelm, 49

Wade Yappen, 32

Cedar Rapids “Dan’s Barber Shop. It’s my dad’s shop and we rebuilt it after the flood, so I’m very attached to it.”

Cedar Rapids “Brewed Awakenings.”

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Issaouane: Scotch would make the Office a little more cheery. Just a thought.

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Benz Beverage Depot

Black and Gold is where it is at! Whether it is attending football games, wrestling or basketball, we love it all. The energy and atmosphere at the Hawkeye athletic events is so much fun. Catch the Hawkeye Spirit!

Benz Beverage Depot allows you to experience a variety of different beers, wines and liquor that you may have never tried. In addition, they have an excellent selection of breads, meats, cheeses, appetizers, etc. They are a one-stop shop for your next party. In addition, this is a great place to go for an original gift. The staff at Benz will help you to make a great selection.

Benz Beverage Depot 501 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids www.benzbeverage depot.com

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Bever Park

Java Creek Cafe

Bever Park has to be the best park in Eastern Iowa. It is maintained and operated by the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department and is free to the public. This park has something for every age. A welcome addition to the Bever Park is Old MacDonald’s Farm, which was completed by Junior League of Cedar Rapids. It provides educational opportunities for children as well as the ability to see a wide variety of animals. Everyone should check out this fabulous park.

This is a dynamically cozy cafe! If you are looking for a place for breakfast or lunch that allows for great conversation, this place is it. If you want to just relax, read by the fireplace, this place is it. Or if you just want to do some work on your laptop, this place is it. The food is great and the atmosphere is perfect. At night, Java Creek changes and becomes a place that involves wine, beer and live music. It is a great way to spend your evening.

Bever Park 2700 Bever Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

Java Creek Cafe 588 Boyson Rd. NE, Ste. 112, Cedar Rapids www.javacreekcafe.com

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is for any outdoor enthusiast! The trail stretches almost 52 miles throughout Black Hawk, Buchanan, Benton and Linn counties. There are several conveniently located trail heads and the trail is mostly asphalt, but there are some stretches with crushed limestone. The trail is great for biking, running or walking!

Cedar Valley Nature Trail www.inhf.org/iowatrails/ cvnt-intro.htm

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The Refugees Friday, April 3

The Refugees 8 p.m. Friday (4/3); CSPS, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $17 advance, $20 day of show, (319) 364-1580; www.legionarts.org

Since coming together in 2007, Deborah Holland, Wendy Waldman and Cindy Bullens have been wowing audiences with their soaring harmonies, indelible musicianship and unforgettable stage presence. With 19 solo albums and multiple Grammy Award nominations among them, plus connections that run from Animal Logic to Vanessa Williams to “Grease,” The Refugees are a true folk supergroup. Blending country, rock, folk and Americana, these three women have created an entirely new sound. Their debut CD, ‘Unbound,’ was released this January and features the trio on guitars, dobro, bass, mandolin, harmonica, accordion and percussion. The song list includes a mix of innovative new co-writes and fresh arrangements of their previously recorded radio favorites, including “Save the Best for Last,” “Fishin’ in the Dark,” “Spy in the House of Love” and “Jellico Highway.”

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Fri - Bartenders Choice

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Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

Raising Medusa

Vh1 Save the Music artist, Andy Frasco

Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4

Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5

The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival showcases the work of filmmakers with connections to Iowa. Of the 70 films submitted, 31 were chosen. Among them are a documentary about the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a full-length feature by Max Allan Collins that has already done well on the festival circuit starring Tom Sizemore, of “Saving Private Ryan” fame. There are also seminars and a casting call for “Splatter,” which will be filmed around Iowa.

The Cedar Rapids Community Concert Association lost a favorite venue when the Paramount Theatre was flooded. So they’ve organized two concerts, with all proceeds from balcony ticket sales to be donated to the Paramount reopening fund. The first concert will feature the big band sound of Side Street Strutters, a Walt Disney World show band. The April concert will feature The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra’s greatest hits.

Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

Vh1 Save the Music artist, Andy Frasco

6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday (4/3), 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday (4/4); Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Rd., Marion; $10 each session or $35 all-event pass; Eddy Awards ceremony free with any other festival ticket purchase; www.crifm.org

fine dining

wine tastings

8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (4/4, 5); Cocktails & Co., 1625 Blairs Ferry Rd., Marion; $5 Saturday and FREE Sunday; www.myspace.com/ andyfrasco or www.andyfrascorocks.com

private rooms

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7:30 p.m. Thursday (4/2, 9, 16), Friday (4/3,10, 17) and Saturday (4/4, 11, 18), 2 p.m. Sunday (4/5 and 19) Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, $24 with discounts for seniors and youth, (319) 3387672, www.riversidetheatre.org

Harmony Hawks Revolutions In Song 7:30 p.m. Friday (4/3) and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (4/4)

Theatre Cedar Rapids Lindale, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, $17 for adults and $5 for kid (319) 366-8591, www.theatrecr.org

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NORTH CORRIDOR AREA BAR & LOCATION

Thursday 4.2

Friday 4.3

CEDAR RAPIDS WEST Cedar River Landing Happy Hour 3-7p.m., $6.95

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Wed 4.8

Closed

6-close-Bud Cup Refill $1, 8-close-All Bombs $3.50

$2.50 Double Bloodys & Vodka Lemonades All Day, $2.50 Tallboys

$2.50 Double Bloodys & Vodka Lemonades All Day, $2.50 Tallboys

Summer Fest 3-close: Red 9 p.m.-Jeff Bruner Door, 8 Seconds, Pretend Rockstar, Jeff Bruner

9 p.m.-Josh Kelly

Happy Hour, 8:30 p.m.-$3 Domestic Cups, $1 Refills, 9 p.m.-Karaoke w/ Bobby

4-8p.m.-Saturday Afternoon Party - Strangely Familiar, 9 p.m.-Karaoke

8-12 p.m.-Mike Flack, 9 p.m.-WildCard 6-close-$5 Domestic Pitchers, 11-close-Night Specials

The Red Frog

$2.50 Double Bloodys & Vodka Lemonades All Day, Happy Hr: Free Food

Jerseys Pub & Grub Rumors

400 F. Ave. NW 286-0806

Tuesday 4.7

9 p.m.-Jampact

Fifth Gear Bar & Grill

5761 C. St. SW 848-2210

Monday 4.6

Happy Hour 3-7p.m., 8 p.m.-Last Call, $6.95 Burger Basket

Shrimp Basket

88 16th Ave. SW 319-369-3940

Sunday 4.5

Happy Hour All Day, 1/2 Happy Hour 3-7p.m., 50¢ Price Pizza with Any Wings All Day Pitcher, 3-6p.m.-Open Mic

301 F. Ave. NW 364-1854 4617 J. St. SW 366-2177

Saturday 4.4

$2.50 Double Bloodys & Vodka Lemonades All Day, Happy Hr: Free Food

Happy Hour 3-6p.m., 9 p.m.- Smooth Maneuvers Band

$2.50 Double Bloodys & Vodka Lemonades All Day, Happy Hr: Free Food

Happy Hour 3-7 p.m., $6.95 Chicken Bacon Blue Sandwhich

$2.50 Double Bloodys & Vodka Lemonades All Day, Happy Hr: Free Food

$2.50 Double Bloodys & Vodka Lemonades All Day, Happy Hr: Free Food

Nascar Sundays $12 Beer- 4-11 p.m. 35¢ Wings buckets During the Race, $5 Burger Baskets

4-11 p.m.-$2.50 Margaritas, Mexican Imports, 50¢ Tacos

4pm-?-Rib Night

$3 Domestic Cups, $1 Refills, 11-2 p.m.-Bloody Mary Bar, 9 p.m.-Karaoke

Happy Hour, Free Pool, 9 p.m.-Karaoke with Bobby

Happy Hour, 9p.m.-Karaoke Happy Hour, 8:30-12:30 w/ Bobby a.m.-$3.50 Bombs, $5 Domestic Pitchers

CEDAR RAPIDS EAST/MARION $2 Tallboys, $2 Screw$2 Tallboys all day, Karaoke Pitcher's drivers

9-close - Karaoke

Happy Hr till 9 p.m. - $3 Domestic Cup Night, $1 Refills after 9 p.m.

$3 Captain & Cokes

$4 Bombs

620 Lindale Dr., Marion 319-447-6244

ChromeHorse Saloon

$2 Bottles & $2.50 Tallboys, $4 Pitchers

Happy Hour-$2 Bottles & $2.50 Tallboys, $1.50 Draws; 9p.m.- McPhisto

9 p.m.-FunkDaddies

Happy Hour 3-6p.m.-$2 Bottles & $2.50 Tallboys, $1.50 Draws

Happy Hour 3-6p.m.-$2 Bottles & $2.50 Tallboys, $1.50 Draws

Happy Hour 3-6p.m.-$2 Bottles & $2.50 Tallboys, $1.50 Draws

The Fire House

8:30-12:30 a.m.-Frank Zoharaik & Ron Dewitte Show

Steak Dinner 11-1:30 p.m.

4-8 p.m.-Jam Session

$1.50 Tallboys

Cup Night, Mr. Dumptruck Method

Mulligan's Pub

7 p.m.- $6 Domestic Beer Happy Hour 3-7 p.m. & Bombs, 9 p.m.-McMurrin & Johnson

9 p.m.-Adam Beck, $3 Bloody Marys

Happy Hour 3-7 p.m.

5 p.m.-Beat the Clock Pizza Special, Happy Hour 3-7 p.m.

Paddy O'Rourkes

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m., 7 p.m.- Thirsty Thursday, $5 Pitchers

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m., 10 p.m.-close -Cup Night $3 32oz Domestics

9-1 a.m.-DJ's Karaoke

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m., 7 8 p.m.-DJs Karaoke w/ Happy Hour 3-6 p.m., p.m.-$5 Burger Baskets, $5 David & Jeni, Cup Night $3 7-9:30 p.m.-$5 All-U-Can Pitchers, $5 Bombs 32oz Domestics Eat Wings

1202 1/2 3rd St. SE 366-0414 3321 1st Ave. SE 364-1137

1060 Old Marion Rd. NE 294-5778 608 16th St. NE 362-0554

DOWNTOWN CEDAR RAPIDS Happy Hr: 5-7 p.m.-$1.50 Daniel Arthur’s

$3 Bloody Marys, $3 Wing Baskets, 8 p.m.-CX2 Karaoke w/ Chad

Happy Hour 3-7 p.m., $5 Martinis

Domestic, $2 Wells - 8-11 p.m.-Kevin Burt

Happy Hr: 5-7 p.m.-$1.50 Domestic, $2 Wells - 8-11 p.m.-Craig Erickson

8-11 p.m.-Terry McCauley

821 3rd Ave. SE 362-9340

Happy Hr: 5-7 p.m.-$1.50 Happy Hr: 5-7 p.m.-$1.50 Domestic, $2 Wells, Acous- Domestic, $2 Wells - 8-11 tic Idol Round 2, 8 p.m. p.m.-Sara Cram

Happy Hr: 5-7 p.m. - 8-11 p.m.-Jason Brown, Ladies Night $3.50 Martinis

Piano Lounge

9:30 p.m.-Nassor Cooper, 1/2 Price Wine and Martinis All Night

9:30 p.m.-Dueling Pianos, $2.50 Domestic Beer

9:30 p.m.-Dueling Pianos, $2.50 Domestic Beer

Happy Hour: 1/2 Price Wine & Martinis / $2 Domestic Beer

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Domestic Big Girls $3, Well All Day $2.50 Mexican Drinks $2, White Russians Bottles, $2.50 Little Boys $3

Martini's

$2 U-Call-It, $2 Cosmos, Kir Royale, & Crushed Martinis

$3 UV Drinks, $3 Domestic Bottles, $4 Well Drinks

$1 Domestic Drafts, $2 Im- 1/2 off Martinis, $2 Doported Drafts, $3 Specialty mestic Bottles, $3 Bacardi Drafts, $3 Bombs & Three Olives

$1 Domestic Drafts, $2 Im- 1/2 price Martinis, $2 Doported Drafts, $3 Bombs, mestic Bottles, $3 Bacardi $2 Mixed Drinks & Three Olives

BoJames

$2 Wells, $2 Big Beers 9 p.m.-close

$3 Big Beers 9 p.m.-close

$3 Big Beers 9 p.m.-close

$2 Wells, $2 Big Beers 9 p.m.-close

$2 Wells, $2 Big Beers 9 p.m.-close

$2 Wells, $2 Big Beers 9 p.m.-close

Country Night, $2 Wells, $2 Big Beers 9 p.m.-close

The Airliner

Happy Hr: $2 Domestics, $2 Wells / 9 p.m.-Personal Pitchers

FAC (4-8)-$2 Domestics, $3 Wells, $2 Shots / 9 p.m.-$1 U-Call-It

9 p.m.-$2.50 3 Olive Vodka 9 p.m.-$2 U-Call-It drinks, $2 Domestics

Happy Hr: $2 Domestics, $2 Wells / 9 p.m.-$2 U-Call-It

Happy Hr: $2 Domestics, $2 Wells / 9 p.m.-$2 U-Call-It

Happy Hr: $2 Domestic Draws, Wells, 9 p.m.-$1 U-Call-It

Graze

$5 Martinis (Select List) $2 Lemoncello Shots 10 p.m.-close

Martini Hour 2-5 p.m./$2 $2 Domestic Bottles, $2 Domestic Bottles, $2 Lem- Lemoncello Shots oncello Shots 10 p.m.

Martini Hour 2-5 p.m.

Martini Hour 2-5 p.m.

Martini Hour 2-5 p.m.

115 East College St. 319-887-LIPS(5477)

Formosa

$4 Martinis

$3 Stoli & Bacardi Drinks $2 Sake Bombs after 10 p.m.

$3 Asian Beers and Sake Cocktails

$4 Martinis

Half Price Bottles of Wine and Sake

Vito's

118 College St. 319-338-1393

$3 3 Olive Vodka Drinks, $1.50 Draughts, Wells, Calls & Shots

Dueling Pianos, $3 3 Olives $3 3 Olives Vodka Drinks, Vodka Drinks, Pimp Bombs, Electric Sex Shots, $2 $2 Bottles Miller/Coors /MGD

$3 3 Olives Vodka Drinks, $2 Wells, Calls & Shots, Euchre Tournament

$3 3 Olive Vodka Drinks, $2 Domestic Bottles & Draughts

Country Night, $5 Pitchers, $2 Whiskeys, $3 3 Olives Vodka Drinks

Old Capitol Brew Works

$2 U-Call-It 8 p.m.-close

$3.50 3 Olives Bombs, $3 House Beer, $3 3 Olives Vodka Drinks 8 p.m.-close

$5 Belgian Beers, $3 Cpt $3.25 House Beer, House Morgan Drinks, $3.50 Jager Wine, Wells, $8 House Bombs 8-close Pitchers

$3 Jose Cuervo, $6 House Pitchers, 8 p.m.-close

$4.95 Pint Glass - House Beers $2.50, $2 wells, $3 Ice 101 Shots 8-close

$6 House Pitcher, $2.50 Wells, $3.50 3 Olives Bombs 8 p.m.-close

Sam's Pizza

$1.50 Domestic Bottles, $2.50 Import Bottles, 8-close

$4 Domestic Pitchers, 8-close

$4 Jager Bombs, $2 Do$3 Bloody Mary, $3 24oz. mestic Bottles, 8 o.m.-close Bud/Bud Light Cans, 8 p.m.-close

$1 Domestic Pints, 8 p.m.-close

$2 Wells, 8 p.m.-close

Cup Night. 22oz Cup w/ Domestic Beer $5, $2 Refills, $2.50 Premium Drafts

The Yacht Club

9 p.m.-Mission Creek Festival, $6, $1 Cocktails

9 p.m.- Mission Creek Festival, $6

8 p.m.-Mission Creek Festival, $8

Free Pool, Bloody Mary Bar Blues Jam, 9-1 a.m.-$2 All Day Pints

Free Dance Party , 21+, $2 10 p.m.-The Jam, 9-1 a.m.Cocktails $2 Cocktails

CORALVILLE/NORTH LIBERTY Charlie's Bar and Grill Karaoke 9:30 p.m., $3.25 Selected Drinks, Happy Hour 2-7 p.m.

Happy Hour 2-7 p.m.

450 First Ave. 319-356-6914

$3.25 Mimosa & Bloody Mary, $2.50 Screwdrivers 2-4 p.m.

$2.50 Domestic Pints, $2.25 Well Drinks

$3.25 Selected Drinks, Happy Hour 2-7 p.m.

$3.50 Selected Mexican Drinks

$4.25 Selected Mixed Drinks

The Vine

$3 Domestic Steins, $5 Import Steins

Seasonal Pour

$2.50 Domestic Pints

$2.50 Domestic Pints

$2.50 Domestic Pints

$3 Domestic Pints

$2.50 Domestic Pints

Gus' Food & Spirits

7 p.m.- $1.75 Domestic Pints, Captain Drinks, 9 p.m.- Karaoke

10 p.m.-close $2.50 Domestic Pints

9 p.m. - Live Music, 10 p.m.-close - $2 UV Drinks

11-5 p.m.-$2 Bloody Mary, 7 p.m.-close - $4 Domestic 7 p.m.-close - $2.50 5-close - Happy Hr Pitchers Domestic Bottles

127 1/2 E. College St. 351-5536 118 E. Washington 319-337-4703 22 South Clinton St. 319-351-9259

221 E. College St. Suite 241 319-338-8880

525 S Gilbert St. 319-337-3422

441 S. Gilbert St. 319-337-8200 13 S. Linn 319-337-6464

39 2nd St. 319-338-7770 2421 Coral Ct. 319-545-4290

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YOU SHOULD MEET

Beau Laughridge, 28, Cedar Rapids Customer Care Supervisor @ AEGON by day, Mixed Martial Arts fighter by night

While Beau Laughridge is no stranger to competition — he played both football and basketball at VintonShellsburg High School — he started out in mixed martial arts without a typical fighter’s history. It was Keoni Koch, a co-worker at AEGON and a fellow competitor, who changed all of that. “The first day I came, I got kicked in the head by a 16-year-old kid (Keoni’s brother, Erik, the Mainstream MMA champion),” Beau says. “I’ve been hooked ever since.” That was four years of training, three wins and one loss ago. But there’s no going back. “Recently, I made a full commitment to seeing how far fighting can take me. Partying and all that stuff is counterproductive,” he says. “It’s like a writer working on a book, doing five chapters over the course of a week and then scribbling out a chapter over the weekend for the fun of it. I guess the only difference is that in fighting the punishment is getting bludgeoned into submission.” Laughridge has a local inspiration to keep his dream going.

signed to a contract with the WEC — a sort of minor league organization for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the most popular and prominent of all MMA organizations — after knocking out his opponent in 41 seconds in the second round of a fight in San Diego. Occasionally, Jesse drops in to the Valhalla Combat Club, a former boxing gym in downtown Cedar Rapids, where Beau trains with the rest of the Valhalla team. Depending on the night, Beau’s workouts consist of 10 to 15 five-minute rounds of grappling and ground and pound — a series of punches, delivered by elbows and knees while both men are on the mat — as well as eight to 10 three-to-five-minute rounds of striking. He runs and lifts over his lunch hour at the Yellowbook Sweat Shop, connected to the AEGON building. To fuel all this exercise, Beau’s diet is heavy on protein, mostly eggs and chicken. While fighting is a solitary sport, the idea of team is central. Each member brings something different to the gym.

J ustin Braden is a graduate of Coe College and I owa State University, a writer, d ire ctor, a c tor and music ian who currently sells his soul for a living. Also, he l oves Oyama Japanese S teak House. And no, they didn’t pay him (or us) to say that.

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Beau can change your view on mixed martial arts. Think not? Check him out Saturday, April 25, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque.

“I have such a great respect for my team that I blindly follow a lot of the tips and techniques they give me,” he says. “Any of these guys would drop everything to help you out with training or anything else.”

Jesse Lennox, a native of Coggon, was recently

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CLIFF JETTE PHOTOS

Most mixed martial artists get into the sport the same way. They have a background in wrestling, taekwondo or karate.

DID YOU KNOW:

Beau works out seven days a week, for at least two hours at a time.

“The first day I (fought) I got

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Hungry? From neighborhood watering holes to fancy schmancy dining, these places might do the trick.

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Jiamen Innovative Asian Cuisine’s menu is Asian fusion. Head chef Wan and his sous chefs (who all came here from a five-star hotel in Hong Kong) whip up dishes like The Rock Bowl, thinly sliced and marinated rib-eye cooked at your table atop a rock bowl heated to more than 600 degrees. The menu offers land, sea (flown in daily from Hawaii) and vegetarian and vegan options. Fill-up fee: Lunch $9 to $14, dinner $12 to $28 Details: 5400 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; eat-in; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday; (319) 294-5889 or www.jiamencuisine.com

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City Beat Bar & Grill is all-new after last summer’s

flood nearly covered the building with water. A big Ushaped bar in the middle of the open dining room is the focal point. Expect the typical bar food (breaded broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms and cheddar balls), with unexpected items like homemade soup and from-scratch spaghetti and loaded salads. Fill-up fee: Less than $10 Details: 304 Third Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; eat-in; 11 a.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; call (319) 364-9805

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Swing into Spring with Hoopla! Luau & Limbo Contest How low can YOU go? First place winner will receive bottle service at Kamodo Klub!

A slice of pie

Leo’s Pizzeria has more than just pizza. There’s pasta,

like spaghetti and Alfredo or mostaccioli and sandwiches, like the Italian Beef Philly or Sicilian meatball. As for the pizza, get it on a Sicilian thin crust or a Chicago deep dish. Fill-up fee: $7 to $10 pasta and sandwiches, $6 to $15 for Sicilian-style and $17 to $19 for Chicago-style Details: 588 Boyson Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; eat-in or carry out; 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday; call (319) 393-4161

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Hoopla Hunt Hunt for eggs [our way] to win prizes Thursday, April 9 9-11pm

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Assistant Manager @ Chrome Horse Saloon What’s your story behind the bar?

I was working at my hometown bar when I was about 15. I did everything from cooking, serving, to helping out behind the bar. I started at Chrome five years ago, and have been there ever since.

What’s Chrome Horse’s secret?

The Chrome Horse is a family and businessfriendly spot during the day, then turns into a saloon-style hangout at night. People love the unique décor complete with Harley theme and great live music. It’s never the same crowd twice. I think that’s what sets us apart. You see such a variety of people who love the place, from businessmen with modern bikes to the die-hard bikers with classic rides.

Tell us about rebuilding after the flood?

There were five or six of us that would come in every day mucking, hauling out pieces we had set up on the second level thinking that would be a safe height. I really got to know my co-workers and it made me really appreciate the people I work with.

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Your regulars helped too, right?

They were great. We’d be working all day, and our regulars would come in with food, water, help out for a little while, whatever we needed. At the end of the day we’d just hang out like we would when we were all at the bar. It made all the difference.

Now you’re back. What’s new?

It’s much more of a saloon style, a lot more woodwork, rustic feel. We have an 84-foot horseshoe-style bar which seats 45. It’s still the Chrome Horse, just some fun additions.

It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

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1.5 oz. Vodka 1.5 oz. Southern Comfort 1.5 oz. Amaretto 1.5 oz. Peach Schnapps 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice A pinch of grenadine

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Dine In or Carryout Special

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Details: 1202 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; eat-in or carry out; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday;

can buy pizza for cheap price Extra Large 2-Toppings .....$14.99 Large 2-Toppings ..............$12.99 Medium 2-Toppings.............$9.99 Small 2-Toppings ................ $7.99

call (319) 365-1234 or online at www.chromehorsesaloon.net

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Sampling the Corridor one plate at a time with Andrea Dietzenbach.

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I love when my downtown friends invite me to lunch. The idea of downtown Cedar Rapids still gives me that 8th-grade-field-trip sense of awe. It could be the towering buildings or the permeating mustiness of the skywalk. Either way it’s exciting.

GEICO

Half the fun of eating at Gringo’s is getting there. Those in-the-know sneak in the back entrance through the hallways of the downtown office circuit. I felt important walking past and nodding to fancy business people dressed in their fancy downtown business suits. My own office is located on a far less glamorous side of town and requires little more than the fact that I actually wear clothes. Even shoes are optional some days.

Kicks-4-Kids Tournament April 18, 2009

Napoleon Park,

S. Gilbert St, Iowa City

Check-in starts at 9 a.m. / Games start at 9:45 a.m. Registration fee: $300 per team by April 10 $350 after April 10

Ages 5-95 can play!

Proceeds to support JA’s financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programming for 31,750 Eastern Iowa students! For more info call the Junior Achievement office at (319) 862-1100.

Register online: www.jaeasterniowa.org/events_ic_kicks_for_kids.asp

Gringo’s has a wonderful interior. It’s been well documented that they rebuilt after the flood and came back stronger than ever. I don’t know how they managed to salvage the beautiful woodwork and vintage tables but everything was intact and pristine. The menu is diverse and authentic. Ranging from nachos piled high to their famous fajitas and even vegetarian options. Meals are preceded with the obligatory basket of crispy chips and zesty salsa. My Twice Grilled Burrito was filled with tender chicken, fresh pico de gallo, rice and gooey queso cheese sauce. The final press on the grill created a golden brown, crispy crust. After such a satisfying lunch I could really use a siesta! I look forward to meeting my friends for lunch again. Hopefully I’m wearing shoes that day. — ANDREA

Details: Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant, 207 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; eat-in or carry out; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; call (319) 363-1000; online at www.gringoscr.com PA G E 1 6

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What’s coming, what’s here and what you’d better hurry to the multiplex to see before it’s just another title on your Netflix queue.

COMING

12 Rounds Wrestler John Cena plays Detective Danny Fisher, whose girlfriend is kidnapped by an ex-con from his past. He has to successfully complete 12 challenges to secure her safe release.

April 3 Adventureland No it wasn’t filmed in Altoona. But anyone who has ever been to, or better yet, worked at Iowa’s own Adventureland may want to see this movie about a recent college grad who takes what he thinks is a going-nowhere job at his local amusement park during the summer of 1987. Starring “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart.

GOING Knowing Ted Myles (Nicolas Cage) suspects that his son has discovered an artifact that predicts natural disasters and other catastrophes.

Fast & Furious Nearly the same name. All the same cast. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez are all back in Los Angeles, where Diesel and Walker’s characters are pitted against each other again. And again see the benefit of fighting together to stick it to their foe.

I Love You, Man Paul Rudd plays friendless Peter Klaven, who goes on a series of mandates to find a Best Man for his wedding. He finds a new B.F.F. (Jason Segel), but the relationship puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancee.

Duplicity

ALREADY HERE

A pair of corporate spies (Clive Owen and Julia Roberts) who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses.

Monsters vs. Aliens DreamWorks lined up an all-star cast of voices (Reese Witherspoon and Stephen Colbert, for example) for their animated story of a woman who is transformed into a monster when she is hit by a meteorite on her wedding day. She’s whisked away to a government compound, but, along with other monsters, is there to save the day when the Earth is attacked by aliens.

The Last House on the Left After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims, who devise a gruesome revenge.

Watchmen

The Haunting in Connecticut

“Watchmen” takes place in an alternate version of 1985. A ex-superhero and vigilante is reunited with other former superheroes and unveils a conspiracy as he investigates the murder of another ex-superhero.

For reasons related to their son’s health, Peter and Sara Campbell (Martin Donovan and Virginia Madsen) relocate their family to northern Connecticut. As they settle into their new Victorian home, however, they come face to face with their abode’s unsettling history and the supernatural forces who share the space.

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Knights of Columbus

#5544 hosting fish fries at St. Jude Parish (Corner of 1st. Ave and Edgewood Rd. NW)

FRIDAYS

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Maguire: Wizard of words L. Frank Baum was a little one-sided when he first wrote “The Wizard of Oz” in 1900, which as you all know, is the tale of an innocent young girl named Dorothy, who is tormented by the evil Wicked Witch of the West in the Land of Oz.

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Gregory Maguire took on the amazing task of exploring the other side of the story in “Wicked: The life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West.” “Wicked” offers another perspective on the story of Oz we all grew up with. Maguire takes events, characters and plot points from the original Wizard of Oz and presents them through a different lens. No longer is Dorothy an innocent young girl. And the Wicked Witch, whose name is Elphaba, is not that horrible evil villain you always thought. She’s simply misunderstood. (An interesting side note, Maguire came up with the name “Elphaba” from the initials of L. Frank Baum, L.F.B.).

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Reach For Your Potential is a nonprofit agency that provides residential and day services to adults with disabilities. We are now accepting resumes for a FT RN for our Adult Day Program. Responsibilities for this position include direct contact with consumers, coord. & maintenance of medical services. Experience with DIA regulations is a plus. Must have experience in working with adults with disabilities and a good driving record. Benefits include: Health, Dental, Vison, Life & 401k. Resume and cover letter are due April 9, 2009. Come join team Reach!

After reading “Wicked,” I was a slightly uncertain as to whether I should read the sequel “Son of a Witch” for fear that I would be disappointed. But I was pleasantly surprised. “Son of a Witch” takes us back to the Land of Oz and tells the tale of Liir, the little boy hiding in the shadows when Dorothy brutally murders the Wicked Witch (Elphaba). Don’t let the title “Son of a Witch” mislead you. It is more of a question than a statement. Liir spends the majority of the book searching for who he is. This search includes trying to determine who his parents are.

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“Wicked” takes the reader from the time before Elphaba’s birth through her murder. We meet wonderful characters, including Elphaba’s parents and Elphaba’s sister, Nessarose, who was squished by Dorothy’s house. We learn more about the Land of Oz and all of its political, social and ethical problems. And who knew that at one point Elphaba and Glinda were actually friends who were “changed for the better” because they knew one another. “Wicked” is completely entertaining and is not the easy, simple read you would expect. I had no idea the Land of Oz was fraught with so much drama.

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Natalie Ditmars and Caitlin Slessor give you the Cliffs Notes. What are they reading right now and which books can’t they wait to crack open.

What I found especially interesting about “Wicked” and “Son of a Witch” is how Maguire used this fantasy world to put some of what we see every day (war, famine, power struggles, sexual confusion) in a different light and offer a new perspective. These books are not meant for kids; they have adult language, adult relationships and adult issues. I highly recommend both of these books. And once you are done reading, you can go see the Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked,” which is absolutely amazing! U p n e xt f o r me i s “A L i o n Amo n g M e n , ” t h e third book in the “Wicked” series. — Natalie

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vocals), Ned Barclay (lead guitar), Josh “Shua” Felling (drums) The Sound: Psychadelic/funk/rock The Gigs: April 4 @ The Mill, Iowa City, as part of the Mission Creek Festival The Rest of the Story: www.myspace.com/deadlarry

Inspired by a variety of musical tastes ranging from funk pop to Irish ballads, Dead Larry delivers a niche-sound impossible to compare. Born and raised in Iowa City, the four-piece band stimulates the ears with original lyrics and a varied sound fans can identify with. The band combines their individual passion and musical talents into a melting pot of sound and lyrics inspired by their own life lessons learned. “When every song sounds the same, it’s disappointing to listeners,” says bassist and singer Joe Scarpellino. “Songs need to have genuine feel. We’ve gone through both ugly and euphoric experiences that can be expressed in song.” One of the bands proudest accomplishments included a spot at the 10,000 Lakes

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We’re all guilty of it. The only time you take a minute to enjoy the attractions and activities the community has to offer is when you have out-of-town guests. So here’s a few opportunities to see the area from a new resident’s perspective. Perhaps you’ll discover something new. Learn about area organizations focused on making this community the best it can be at the Corridor Welcome Reception on Monday. And go explore some of the places and people that make this area unique.

Get acquainted

Corridor Welcome Reception Information: www.eihra.org

New community members and established residents who want to get reintroduced to the Corridor, check out The Corridor Welcome Reception. Sponsoring organizations — Access Iowa, Diversity Focus, the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association, the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance, Professional and Technical Diversity Network, Cedar Rapids Downtown District and the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau — will have information booths and the Professional and Technological Diversity Network will make a special announcement. The event is Monday (4/6) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CSPS, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Complimentary appetizers, beer and wine will be served. RSVP at www.eihra.org

Get inspired

Abby Jones Art Gallery Opening Information: www.myspace.com/abbyjonesart and at http://abbyjonesart.mosaicglobe.com

Abstract expressionist painter Abby Jones will showcase her latest works at a gallery opening at the Paul Engle Center for Neighborhood Arts. Jones, who studied under artist Hugh Lifson at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, is inspired by abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock and Steve Joy. Abby says: “I am fascinated with the basic scientific principle that energy is neither created nor destroyed. Energy changes form, from potential energy to kinetic energy and back. I explore the threshold of change — when potential energy becomes kinetic energy. That energy exists in the creative process of art making as well as life.” Hear more from Abby at the opening. The gallery opening is at the Paul Engle Center for Neighborhood Arts, 1600 Fourth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Saturday, April 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Get moving

Tango Nuevo and Body Awareness Information: Elie @ (319) 363-1818

Learn to Tango and move your body in one (or both) of two classes at CSPS in Cedar Rapids and the Wesley Center in Iowa City. The first introduces Tango Nuevo, traditional tango with improvisation and freedom of movement. This foundation class is for dancers of all styles and levels. No partner necessary. The second class, Body Awareness, teaches a variety of body awareness techniques and low impact exercises to achieve a proper body alignment, balance, flexibility and strength. All ages and abilities. The classes are each six consecutive weeks. Cost is $42 or $30 for students. Tango Nuevo in Iowa City is Fridays (started March 27) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and in Cedar Rapids Sundays (started 3/29) from 2 to 3 p.m. Body Awareness in Iowa City is Fridays (started 3/27) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Cedar Rapids on Sundays (started 3/29) from 1 to 2 p.m. PAGE 20

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Thursday April 02

Dance Sadie Hawkins Dance

8 p.m. Space/Place Theater, University of Iowa, Iowa City. A thesis concert by Elizabeth Bergman, Lynn Bowman and Sydnie Mosley. All the works on the program are exploration of what the artists call “female agency,” or the ability of women to take charge, to take action and exert influence. $12, $6 youth

Country Dance

7 p.m. Iowa City Eagles Club, 225 Highway 1 W., Iowa City. Lessons at 7:30. $5. (319) 624-2687

Country Friends Dance Club

(319) 393-8174

Karaoke by MK Productions

8 p.m. Best Western Longbranch Hotel, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. No cover. (319) 377-6386

Pub Quiz Nigh and Karaoke

7:30 p.m. Longbranch Restaurant and Convention Center, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids

Singin’ and Swingin’ Karaoke 8 p.m. Sip-N-Stir, 1119 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 365-9067

Karaoke with Mike Flack

6 p.m. 5th Gear, 4617 J St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Free. (319) 213-1108, flackman626@ hotmail.com, www.8secondsband.com

Opening

5 p.m. African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Spring Art Gallery Tour

5 p.m. Citywide. Self-guided spring art gallery tour. Campbell Steele Gallery, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion; Wiederspan Gallery, 3413 Mount Vernon Rd. SE; Apple Creek Custom Frame and Gallery, 5515 Council St. NE; ARA Gallery & Interiors, 4850 Armar Dr. SE; Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE; CornerHouse Gallery and Frame, 2753 First Ave. SE. Free. (319) 373-6681

Comedy Heywood Banks

8 p.m. Penguins Comedy Club, 525 33rd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. $18 in advance, $20 day of show

7 p.m. Moose Lodge, 1820 West Post Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 861-2670, www.countryfriendsdanceclub.net

Showtime Karaoke

9 p.m. Viking Lounge, 1971 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. No cover, (319) 364-1441

Dance

Out & About

Networking Events

Hawkeye Downs Bingo

Tanager Place Career Fair

7 p.m. Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Workshop runs from Friday night through Sunday afternoon with 1 class on Friday night, 2 classes on Saturday and Sunday with a social dance and performance Saturday night. $25, (319) 360-1249, kljedgewood@msn.com

6:30 p.m. Hawkeye Downs Bingo, 4400 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Special package, $14, $6. (319) 365-8656, www.hawkeye downsspeedway.com

Tiny Gardens, Lots of Food

7 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. Suggestions and encouragement for growing some of your own food even with limited garden space, time, money and experience. $5 members, $8 non-members. (319) 3620664. www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org

Food & Wine Cookin’ with Candie & Company

10:30 a.m. The Salvation Army, Cedar Rapids. Learn cooking tips and recipes to save time and money; plus important nutrition information. Free, but you must be pregnant or have children present in your household to participate. ADULTS ONLY AT CLASS TIMES PLEASE. Free groceries and food box provided each week, but must be registered to attend. (319) 364-9131, Ext. 109. candie_ edmonds@usc.salvationarmy.org

Literary Swept Away — Brought Together Writing Group

7 p.m. Johnson County Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Ct., Iowa City. University of Iowa faculty, staff and students affected by the flood of 2008 are invited to share their stories of the disaster and its aftermath through written expression or journaling in a safe, supportive community. (319) 351-0140

Music — Karaoke Brian Holmes Karaoke

6 p.m. Sammy’s Lounge, 5519 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, with Amanda.

2 p.m. Tanager Place, 2309 C St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Looking for employment in human services, psychology, social work or any other field that is concerned about children? Free. (319) 365-9164, www.tanagerplace.org

Night life Nick Stika

7 p.m. Checkers Tavern, 3120 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids

Tom T-Bone Giblin

9 p.m. J.M. O’Malley’s Pub and Eatery, 1502 H Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Performing with guests. (319) 369-9433

Performances Shannon Janssen Piano

5 p.m. Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 393-6600, www.shannonjanssen.com

Kirkwood, New Horizons bands 8 p.m. Coe College, Sinclair Auditorium, Cedar Rapids. Free.

Theater

Argentine Tango Dance

Body Awareness — Iowa City

6:30 p.m. Wesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. The class will focus on practice of a variety of Western and Eastern body awareness techniques and low impact exercises to achieve a proper body alignment, balance, flexibility and strength. Six weeks. $42, students $30, (319) 363-1818, epsa@aol.com

Rapid Eights Square Dance

7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Marion 12th Avenue and 28th Street, Marion. $4 person, $8 couple, (319) 360-6868.

Tango Nuevo — Iowa City

7:30 p.m. Wesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. It will introduce the concepts of the most recent and modern style of tango. Tango Nuevo is a tango of the new millennium — fun, agile and addictive. No partner necessary. Six weeks. $42, students $30, (319) 363-1818, epsa@ aol.com

Out & About 100 Hours of Astronomy

‘Raising Medusa’ 7:30 p.m. Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City. World premiere of a new play by Mount Vernon playwright Barbara Lau. The story of a tumultuous relationship between a mother and her adolescent daughter. $24. (319) 3387672 or www.riversidetheatre.org

9 p.m. Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center, 1365 Ivanhoe Rd., Mount Vernon. One of the key goals of 100 Hours of Astronomy is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago.

Friday

10 a.m. Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Free. (319) 961-4511 or wmlevis@yahoo.com

April 03 Art Events Spirits and Sequins Exhibit

Antiques and Collectibles Show

Film

Cedar Rapids Independent Film

Festival

V.F.W. Post 3949, 609 Highway 6 E., Iowa City. Free. (319) 213-8367.

6 p.m. Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Rd., Marion. Advance: $8 session/ $25 all. Day of: $10/$35. (319) 431-1320, www.crifm.org

Night life Beaker Brothers Band

9 p.m. Checkers Tavern, 3120 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

‘Becoming Jane’

7 p.m. Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City.

Drag Show

9 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s, 222 Glenbrook Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 378-4627.

Literary Magic of Reading

Jazz with Eddie Piccard

6:30 p.m. Cedar Rapids Public Library, Westdale Mall, Cedar Rapids.

Reading from D’Ambrosio and Brockmeier

7 p.m. Lighthouse Inn, 6905 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. No cover, (319) 362-3467.

8 p.m. Tippie Auditorium, University of Iowa, Iowa City. University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop visiting faculty members Charles D’Ambrosio and Kevin Brockmeier will read from their fiction. Free.

Music — Karaoke Brian Holmes Karaoke

6 p.m. Sammy’s Lounge, 5519 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 393-8174

Eclypse Karaoke

9 p.m. VIP Lounge, 648 Eighth St., Marion. (319) 377-9082

Terry McAuley

7 p.m. Deanoz, 3707 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. No Cover.

The Watson-Adamson Duo

1 p.m. Carl and Ernie’s Good Time Pub and Grub, 161 Highway 1 W., Iowa City. (319) 337-4422.

Copper Moon

9 p.m. Volume, 329 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Variety rock/country/classic rock band. www.myspace.com/coppermoon band

Jake McVey

Karaoke

6 p.m. The Wheel’er Inn, 895 Blairs Ferry Rd., Marion. (319) 373-4212

Karaoke by Rock and Thunder 9 p.m. Best Western Longbranch Hotel, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. No cover, (319) 377-6386

Singin’ and Swingin’ Karaoke 9 p.m. Sip-N-Stir, 1119 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 365-9067

9 p.m. Up by One, 1401 S. Main St, Fairfield. $7, www.myspace.com/mcveyjake

Nick Stika

9 p.m. Beckett’s Public House, 5300 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. No cover.

Refuge Rock-Live music

9:30 p.m. Refuge Rock, 1810 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. Live rock/blues. Free. (319) 436-2520, www.myspace.com/ crrefugerock

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9 p.m. Scooter’s Bar & Grill, 10537 Shaw Rd.,

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Nassor Acoustic Guitar • 8pm-12am Saturday, April 4

Live Music Monday’s

Service Industry Night • $2 Wells ~ $4 Bombs Tuesday’s

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CALENDAR Anamosa. No cover. (319) 462-3663, www.scootersanamosa.com

Performances Iowa Public Radio’s Java Blend — Public Property

Noon Java House, 211 1/2 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Public Property is a 7-piece reggae band based in Iowa City. Free. (319) 273-3497, www.iowapublicradio. org

Circle’s Edge Repertory Festival

7:30 p.m. Iowa Realty, Wells Fargo Building, 327 Second St., Coralville. Three different, yet dynamic plays will be presented over three consecutive weekends in April: “Picasso at Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin, “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire and “Sarah Shattered” by UI Department of Theatre Arts faculty member John Cameron. For all three productions $18 for adults and $15 for youths, students and seniors. “Rabbit Hole” and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” tickets $12 for adults and $10 for youth, students and seniors. Any ticket to either show includes admission to the staged reading of “Sarah Shattered.” ”Sarah Shattered” tickets $2. Tickets: (319) 248-1750, producer@ citycircle.org, call (319) 541-2980 or www.citycircle.org

Salute to Benny Goodman

7:30 p.m. Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. $15 to $35. 1-(800) 4262437, hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu, www.hancher.uiowa.edu/events/ stoltzman.html

‘The Just’

7:30 p.m. Ballantyne Auditorium, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids. What is justified in bringing about political change? Are some lives worth more than others? In seeking change, is killing ever justified? Those are some of the questions explored in “The Just.” $8 adults and $5 seniors and students with current school I.D. Free for Kirkwood faculty, staff and students. (319) 3985578

Harmony Hawks Spring Show

7:30 p.m. Theatre Cedar Rapids—Lindale location, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. $17 adults, $5 students.

Theater ‘Raising Medusa’

7:30 p.m. Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City. $24, with discounts for seniors and youths, (319) 338-7672, www.riversidetheatre.org

‘A Number’

7:30 p.m. Coe College, Mills Experimental Theatre in the Dows Performing Arts Center, Cedar Rapids. $8 adults, $5 students and seniors. Informal talkback sessions with the director and the cast will be held directly after each performance. (319) 329-6612, jkbeadle@yahoo.com

‘Enemy of the People’

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‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ 6 p.m. Cedar Valley Christian School, 3636 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Dinner Theatre. $15. Contact the school for tickets.

Saturday April 04

Art Events Abby Jones Gallery Opening

2 p.m. Paul Engle Center for Neighborhood Arts, 1600 Fourth St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Abstract expressionist painter Abby Jones will showcase her latest works. Free. (319) 366-1836.

Creative Connection Series

10:30 a.m. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Karen KurkaJensen is the next artist in the Creative Connections.

Grant Wood Studio Re-Opens

Noon Grant Wood Studio, 810 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Take a guided tour of the original studio where Grant Wood lived and worked from 1924 through 1934. (319) 366-7503, www.crma.org

Auditions Auditions for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ 10 a.m. Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center, Wartburg College, Waverly. This will be the sole Iowa site to have auditions. Download application at www.cbs.com/casting/ Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Children’s Events Shoot for the Stars

10:30 a.m. Cedar Rapids Public Library, Westdale Mall, Cedar Rapids. Miss Linn County Amber Ferry will present the program.

Activity Registration Day

8 a.m. Hiawatha City Hall, 80 Emmons St., Hiawatha. (319) 393-1515, parkdirect@ hiawatha-iowa.com, www.hiawatha -iowa.com

Easter Bunny Visits the Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee 11 a.m. Johnson Ave. Hy-Vee, 1843 Johnson Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids. Free 4x6 along with a special prize. (319) 365-0477

grade are welcome. Some eggs will have money hidden inside. (319) 721-4907

Comedy Heywood Banks

7:30 p.m. Penguins Comedy Club, 525, Cedar Rapids. $18 advance, $20 day of show

Dance Learn Haitian Dancing

1 p.m. African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 862-2101, Ext. 22.

Twist and Shout

9 p.m. Drink’s Neighborhood Pub, 245 Beaver Kreek Cntr., North Liberty. (319) 6263388

Farmers Markets Mount Vernon Winter Farmers’ Market

11 a.m. Mount Vernon City Hall, 213 First St. W., Mount Vernon. Pastured beef, pork and lamb; natural honey; gourmet candies, baked goods; jams and jellies, handcrafted jewelry, woodcrafts and more. (319) 310-6399

Film Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

10 a.m. Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Rd., Marion. Advance: $8 session/ $25 all. Day of: $10/$35. (319) 431-1320, www.crifm.org

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors BIC Ride

10 a.m. Napoleon Park, Iowa City. (319) 4307169.

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Hiawatha Activity Registration 8 a.m. Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., Hiawatha. www.hiawatha -iowa.com

WBCC Spring Concert ‘Rivers to the Sea’ 7 p.m. West Branch United Methodist Church, Downey Street, West Branch. Free, but donations are accepted.

Antiques and Collectibles Show 10 a.m. Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Free. (319) 961-4511 or wmlevis@yahoo.com

Literary Book and Bake Sale

8 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave., Iowa City. Also a variety of freshly baked goods, DVDs, CDs, videos, games, records, puzzles and pictures.

Music — Karaoke Brian Holmes Karaoke

6 p.m. Sammy’s Lounge, 5519 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 393-8174.

Checkers Karaoke

9 p.m. Checkers Tavern, 3120 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Terry McAuley

Nassor Cooper

9 p.m. Beckett’s Public House, 5300 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. No cover.

One-Man Band J.R. Brown

8 p.m. Bobbers Grill, 1850 Scales Bend Rd., North Liberty. mumbojumbomusic@ aim.com

Performances Celebrating Victorian Women’s Lives: An Evening of Music and Recitations 7 p.m. Old Capitol Senate Chamber, Iowa City. British and American schoolchildren recited in front of classmates. Women held ‘recitals’ with recitation and music in home parlors; a liberating opportunity, considering they were often prohibited from the public stage. The program will echo this historic format. Free. www.uiowa.edu/~oldcap

Festival of Bands Grand Finale Concert

8 p.m. Coe College, Sinclair Auditorium, Cedar Rapids. $5, $3 students and senior citizens.

Music in the M.U.D.

6 p.m. Campbell Steele Gallery, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion. The John Shultz Trio performs. Free.

Festival 2009: American Theatre Between the World Wars

NIA The Joy of Movement

Crown Karaoke

Harmony Hawks Spring Show

9 a.m. Prairiewoods Spirituality Center, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha. Participants will be introduced to NIA, a fusion fitness program that blends the dance arts, the power of the martial arts and the awareness of the healing arts. Dress comfortably and bring water. (319) 3956700, sdsmith@prairiewoods.org, www.prairiewoods.org

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1 p.m. Vernon Middle School, 1301 Fifth Ave., Marion. A free-throw shooting event for all ages and abilities to benefit medical research for Huntington’s disease. You can win an iPod Shuffle. (319) 7212881, tohnesorge1@mchsi.com, www.hdsaiowa.org/

2:30 p.m. Diamond Dreams, Iowa City. (319) 3580707, www.diamond-dreams.org

10 a.m. Usher’s Ferry Historical Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trl. NE, Cedar Rapids. Program #414706-01. $12 residents and $14 non-residents. (319) 286-5731, www.crrec.org

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HDSA Hoop-A-Thon

12:30 p.m. 3-Finger Saloon, Lisbon. (319) 455-5039

9 p.m. Checkers Tavern and Eatery, 3120 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids. No cover, (319) 364 9927, www.checkerstavern. com

Diamond Dreams Spring Training

Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m. Oakridge School, Alburnett Road, Marion. Free. Kids preschool to third

Shima’s Country Sounds

7:30 p.m. Barnum Theatre at Blank Performing Arts Center, 513 N. D St., Indianola. Plays by Eugene O’Neill, Susan Glaspell and Thoron Wilder Directed by Kayla Dvorak, Jacob Kaufman and Melissa Markus. $10, (515) 961-1601, www.simpson. edu/theatre

Out & About

10 a.m. Peck’s Flower and Garden Shop, 3990 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. Free. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. (319) 393-5565

Hawkeye Downs Bingo, 4400 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Special package, $14, $6. (319) 365-8656. www.hawkeye downsspeedway.com

A Visit with Beatrix Potter

Hawkeye Downs Bingo 6:30 p.m.

Checkers Karaoke

8 p.m. Sip-N-Stir, 1119 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 365-9067.

Karaoke with Rock & Thunder

9 p.m. Longbranch Restaurant and Convention Center, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids

Singin’ and Swingin’ Karaoke 9 p.m. Red Lion, 3970 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 393-9858.

Night life Southern Comfort

9 p.m. Scooter’s Bar & Grill, 10537 Shaw Rd., Anamosa. No cover. (319) 462-3663, www.scootersanamosa.com

2:30 p.m. Theatre Cedar Rapids — Lindale location, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. “Revolutions in Song.” $17 for adults, $5 for ages 18 and under. www.theatrecr.org or (319) 366-8591. www.harmonyhawks. org Also at 7:30 p.m.

Theater ‘A Number’

7:30 p.m. Coe College, Mills Experimental Theatre in the Dows Performing Arts Center, Cedar Rapids. $8 adults, $5 students and seniors. Informal talkback sessions with the director and the cast will be held directly after each performance. (319) 329-6612, jkbeadle@yahoo.com

‘Raising Medusa’

7:30 p.m. Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.,


CALENDAR Iowa City. $24, with discounts for seniors and youths. (319) 338-7672, www.riversidetheatre.org

Third Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 3635799, www.ccgamers.org

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

2 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. Before the advent of industrial agriculture and long distance food shipping, many families kept small flocks of chickens in backyards, even in the city. .Join Indian Creek Nature Center Director Rich Patterson to learn how you can do the same. Discover how to convert table scraps and garden weeds into delicious eggs. Learn the ins and outs of keeping a few chickens for fun and food. $5 members, $8 non-members. (319) 362-0664, rpatterson@indiancreeknaturecenter. org, www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org

6 p.m. Cedar Valley Christian School, 3636 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Dinner Theatre. $15. Contact the school for tickets.

Sunday April 05

Art Events Midwest Antique and Art Show 10 a.m. Hawkeye Downs, Cedar Rapids. Free parking. $6.

Auditions ‘Wizard of Oz’

2 p.m. Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Auditions will be for Dorothy and adult chorus members, although nothing has been cast as yet and everyone is welcome to audition. (319) 622-6034 or dkilpatrick@ oldcreamery.com

Children’s Events Easter Egg Hunt

1 p.m. Veterans Sport Complex, south Highway 150, Oelwein. Free, (319) 238-4048. For ages pre-k though fifth grade. Rain date is April 11th.

Sunday Family Movie

2:15 p.m. Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion. Families are welcome to bring their own snacks. Children under age 9 must be supervised by an adult while in the library. Free. (319) 377-3412, www.marionpubliclibrary.org

Chickens in the Yard

2 p.m. CSPS / Legion Arts, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. No partner necessary. Six weeks, $42, students $30. (319) 363-1818

Out & About Central Corridor Gamers — Open Gaming, Tournaments 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 400

6 p.m. Mahoney’s Irish Pub, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. No cover. (319) 364-7454

Performances ‘More Than Just A Man’

Coe College Junior and Senior Honor Bands Concert

12 p.m. — 5 p.m. Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo, Free

Film ‘America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie’

3 p.m. Macbride Hall Auditouium, Iowa City. Free.

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors BIC Ride

10 a.m. Weber School, Iowa City. There are hills right from the start, then it’s a mostly flat cruise toward the Black Diamond Roadhouse in Windham.

Remote Control Car Racing

9 a.m. West Branch City Hall, West Branch. Free.

Spring Breakfast

Tango Nuevo — Cedar Rapids

8 p.m. — 6 p.m. The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City, (319) 338-6713, www.icmill.com

Black Hawk Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Iowa City Eagles REAC Dance

1 p.m. CSPS / Legion Arts, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. The class will focus on practice of a variety of Western and Eastern body awareness techniques and low impact exercises to achieve a proper body alignment, balance, flexibility and strength. Six weeks, $42, students $30. (319) 363-1818.

Daddy O’s Funky Posse at Mahoney’s!

Festivals

Food & Wine

Body Awareness — Cedar Rapids

City, (319) 337-6464, www.iowacity yachtclub.org

10 a.m. Fayette Community Church, 207 W. State St., Fayette. Take a glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea and Caiaphas the High Priest in this powerful and dramatic Easter musical. Free. (319) 2696891 or www.fayettechurch.net

Dance 6 p.m. Eagles Club 695, 225 Highway 1 W., Iowa City. $5. (319) 351-3193

9 p.m. The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. $1. (319) 351-9529, www.icmill.com

8 a.m. Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, North Buena Vista. $6.50, ages 6 to12 $3.50, preschool free. bjhefel@ alpinecom.net

Literary Putt Fore the Library

11 a.m. Coralville Public Library, Coralville. Library stacks will be transformed into ‘caddystacks’ for an 18-hole mini-golf course inside the library. $5, free for children 5 and under. Adult and teen high scorers will be invited back toward the end of the day for tournaments, with the teen winner receiving a scholarship.

Night life Grateful Dead Night

6 p.m. Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City. No cover, (319) 337-6464, www.iowacityyachtclub.org

Sunday Night Pub Quiz

4 a.m. Coe College, Sinclair Auditorium, Cedar Rapids. $6 adults, $4 students and seniors, available at the door.

Palm Sunday Concert

2 p.m. Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Free.

The Just

2:30 p.m. Ballantyne Auditorium, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids. $8 adults and $5 seniors and students with current school I.D. Kirkwood faculty, staff and students are admitted free. (319) 398-5578.

Theater The House of Grateful by Sheela Kengal

2 p.m. University Theatres Gallery, Iowa City. $6, $4 UI students

‘Raising Medusa’

2 p.m. Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, $24, with discounts for seniors and youth, (319) 338-7672, www.riversidetheatre.org

Cedar Rapids.

Music — Karaoke

Open Mike with J. Knight

Out & About 6 p.m. Polishville Center, Brighton. Food on sale at 4:45 p.m.

Vito’s on the Plaza Euchre Mondays

Wednesday

Tuesday

April 08

April 07

Out & About

Dance Argentine Tango Dance Practica (Practice) 7:30 p.m. Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Come join an eclectic group of people who like to share their love, passion and knowledge of Argentine Tango. It is an informal gathering — beginners are encouraged to come and no partner is necessary. You will be introduced to other Argentine Tango workshops that are available in the area throughout the year — as well as events you can attend around the world. Free. (319) 360-1249, kljedgewood@msn. com

Events Cooking Classes at the Farmer’s Daughter’s Market 6 p.m. Farmer’s Daughter’s Market, 495 Miller Rd., Hiawatha. $30. (319) 294-7069, www.fdmarket.com

‘More Than Just A Man’

Literary

Literary Poetry Reading

7:30 p.m. Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Oni Buchanan and Donna Stonecipher. Free. (319) 337-2681.

Night life Blues Jam

6 p.m. Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St., Iowa

Fiction Reading

7:30 p.m. Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. V.V. Ganeshananthan. (319) 337-2681.

Open Studio: Art for Grown-ups

Religious Book Club

1 p.m. Jane Boyd Community House, ■ ■

Central Corridor Gamers — Open Gaming, Tournaments

6 p.m. . Trinity United Methodist Church, 400 Third Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 3635799, www.ccgamers.org

Diversity Focus Spanish Conversation Circle

1:30 p.m. Coe College, 1220 First Ave SE, Cedar Rapids. Free. (319) 363-3707 or www.diversityfocus.org

Literary It’s A Mystery Book Group

10 a.m. Coralville Public Library, Coralville. Free, (319) 248-1850.

Question and Answer Session

3:30 p.m. Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall, Mount Mercy College, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids. With Alan Michael Parker, author of five collections of poems.

Reading from Alan Michael Parker

7:30 p.m. Mount Mercy College, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids. Parker is the author of five collections of poems. He directs the Creative Writing program at Davidson College in North Carolina and serves as a Core Faculty member at Queens University. In Flaherty Community Rool Basile Hall.

Night-life The Academy Is

8 p.m. The Picador, Iowa City.

6:30 p.m. Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids. We provide decorating supplies and birdhouses; you provide creative energy. Registration required. (319) 398-5123, www.crlibrary.org

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7 p.m. Stars Guitars, Town and Country Center, Cedar Rapids. No cover, (319) 362-1881 9 p.m. The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. Free. (319) 351-9529, www.icmill.com

‘Hello Dolly!’

7 p.m. Community of Christ Church, 2121 South Ridge Dr., Coralville. Roles are available for ages 16 through adult. Call backs, if needed, on Wednesday.

Acoustic Jam

Tuesday Night Social Club

9 p.m. Vito’s on the Plaza, 118 E College St., Iowa City. $10 per team. (319) 3381393, www.vitosic.com

Auditions

April 06

9 p.m. Paddy O’Rourke’s, 608 16th St. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0554

Night life

Bingo

7:30 p.m. Fayette Community Church, 207 W. State St., Fayette. Take a glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea and Caiaphas the High Priest in this powerful and dramatic Easter musical. Free. (319) 2696891 or www.fayettechurch.net

Monday

Karaoke

Performances Easter Pageant: ‘A Living Hope’ 7 p.m. Antioch Christian Church presents an Easter Pageant ‘A Living Hope,’ an inspiring 90-minute musical theatre presentation retelling the Life of Christ. Free tickets by calling (319) 377-3410. www.lifeisforliving.org

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