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Book Talk

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Music Notes

Mr. B and the Cronnies are the new kids in town. Sort of.

Before it was a movie, “The Soloist” was a book. Natalie Ditmars gives you the Cliffs Notes.

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with Maifest in the Amana Colonies and Chalk the Walk in Mount Vernon. See pages 8 and 20 for more information on both of these must-check-out events. If you’ve never been to either: Mend your ways this time. You won’t regret it. I’m particularly excited about Chalk the Walk because the art being reproduced much larger than life on the streets of Mount Vernon is Maurice Sendack’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” One of my all-time favorite books from my childhood. Plus, having the Wild Things brought to life through chalk drawings makes an already family-friendly event even more appealing to my 5-year-old.

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Of course there’s plenty more to do this weekend and into next week. Check out Three Things on pages 8 and 9 and Get Out on page 20 for a few of our favorites. There’s tons more at our calendar at HooplaNow. com too! One that you shouldn’t miss is the 17th annual Marion Arts Festival on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Square Park in Marion. The festival features 50 artists hailing from coast-to-coast, live music, food, a 5K race and a range of hands-on art experiences and demonstrations. Check it out at www.marionartsfestival.com Of course I’m also really looking forward to RIVERen-

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naissance: A Flood Anniversary June 11 to 13. There will be a flood documentary and time capsule presentation, rebuild reunion for all the businesses that have returned since the flood and the return of Floodstock, the musical event and fundraiser. Another anniversary event planned for this same weekend is the Run the Flood at 9 a.m. June 13. The runs wind through neighborhoods affected by the flooding. The 2.5-mile route goes from downtown, across the river and through the Czech Village and back across the river to downtown. The 7-mile run goes through Oakhill Jackson, across the river to the Czech Village and north to the Time Check area before crossing back over to downtown. The rest of the summer is jam-packed with events. In May, there’s Blues & BBQ in North Liberty and the Iowa Renaissance Festival in Amana. Plus both Uptown Friday Nights in Cedar Rapids and the Friday Night Concert series in Iowa City kick off at the end of the month.

In June: Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City; America’s River Fes-

tival, Dubuque; Grant Wood Festival, Anamosa; Shakespeare Festival, Iowa City; and Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Burr Oak. In July, of course there’s the Freedom Festival in Cedar Rapids, Coralville’s Fourth Fest and the Jazz Festival in Iowa City. There’s also: Classics at Brucemore, Cedar Rapids; Eastern Iowa Wine Festival, Amana; Solon Beef Days, Solon; Backbone Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Point; Mississippi Blues Festival, Davenport; Bix Beiderbecke Festival, Davenport; and Nordic Fest, Decorah. The summer wraps up with St. Jude’s Sweet Corn Festival, Cedar Rapids; Bluesmore, Cedar Rapids; Jazz Under the Stars, Cedar Rapids; and Atkins Watermelon Days, Atkins. Whew! That’s a lot. And I’m not even naming them all. So get out and enjoy!

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I’m just a bill CEDAR RAPIDS — Theatre Cedar Rapids is holding auditions for ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live’ on Sunday and Monday. Memorize the words to ‘Conjunction Junction’ and function on down to the lobby of TCR Lindale, 4444 First Ave. NE at 7 p.m. on either night to audition. Expect to dance, sing and read from the script during the audition. For more information, go to www.theatercr.org

Get your grub locally Be a localvore and get your veggies, pastries, flowers and crafts from local vendors starting this weekend. Both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids host their first Farmers Markets of the season Saturday. Iowa City’s Downtown market is held every Saturday through October 31 from 7:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chauncey Swan Ramp, 410 E. Washington St. Cedar Rapid’s downtown Farmers Market doesn’t get going until June 6, but the Eighth Avenue Farmer’s Market is this Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and Tuesday, May 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Eighth Avenue Parking lot off Second St. SE. For more information on the Iowa City market, go to www.icgov.org/ default/?id=1108 and for the Cedar Rapids Farmers’ market visit www.cedar-rapids.org/Recreation/

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Get Figge with Pollock IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa Museum of Art may have been washed out by the June 2008 floods, but that isn’t stopping them from showing “A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock’s ‘Mural’ and Modern Masterworks” at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St., Davenport from now until Aug. 2. Art work from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse are on display. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 3-12. Admission is free for UI students, faculty and staff. Call 563) 326-7804 or go online at www.art-dma.org

Same-sex couples file for marriage licenses

This past Monday, for the first time same-sex couples could plunk down $35 and apply for a marriage license all across Iowa. Couples have to wait three days to marry, unless a judge waives the waiting period. By midafternoon on Monday, 36 couples had applied in Linn County and 42 in Johnson County. On April 3, The Supreme Court of Iowa struck down a legislative ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was brought by couples from Cedar Rapids and Johnson County.

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Bushwood Sports Bar & Grill 350 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids

Chrome Horse Saloon 1202 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids www.chromehorse saloon.net

Bloomsbury Farm 3260 69th St., Atkins www.bloomsbury farm.com

Leonardo’s 2228 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids

Whether you’re looking to catch a game or simply catch up with friends, Bushwood Sports Bar & Grill is a fun place to spend an evening. Bushwood caters to sports fans with several large-screen TVs and a pool table. They also have local talent like Jeff Bruner providing entertainment on select evenings. With a new outdoor patio, I am sure Bushwood will continue to be a hit this summer. Check them out on Facebook!

In addition to live music and the nostalgia of a Harley-themed saloon, the Chrome Horse is also wellknown for its motorcyclethemed menu. My favorite: the spark plugs! The Chrome Horse was a victim of the June 2008 flood and has recently reopened with an even better-looking bar and restaurant. From live music to great food, the Chrome Horse is an all-around favorite. Whether your bike has pedals or a motor, all bikers are welcome.

Anyone who has ever experienced the joy of getting lost in a corn maze certainly understands why Bloomsbury Farm is one of my Fave Fives. Each year the team at Bloomsbury amazes us with a new, exciting themed corn maze, hayrack rides, petting zoo, gift shop and many other activities. I highly recommend the corn cannon as a great stress reliever. I have conducted several company team-building events where everyone had an amazing time. Whether it’s for a work event, to check out a haunted hayrack ride or a place to take the young children to pick out pumpkins, Bloomsbury Farm is a must-visit every fall.

Pizza, sandwiches and great spirits! Leonardo’s has been a trademark restaurant on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids for decades. From its dim lighting to red leather walls, there is no other place around like it. My wife and I are especially fond of their Saturday hamburger specials, and don’t forget those waffle fries! You may want to check your diet at the door.

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Comedian Finesse Mitchell Friday, May 1

Catch a few late-night laughs as comedian, actor and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Finesse Mitchell rolls into Hawkeye territory Friday night. Mitchell, who now performs regularly at some of America’s hottest comedy clubs — including The Miami Improv, The Atlanta Punchline, ACME Comedy Club in Minneapolis, and at The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory in L.A. — is also a hot commodity on college campuses across the country. He mixes wit, no-holdsbarred humor and southern charm to keep audiences laughing. His show at the IMU is open to the public.

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On Mother’s Day, May 10th, we will be randomly drawing $1000 worth of gift certificates ranging from $10-$100. 5001 1st Ave SE • Cedar Rapids • 319.377.2237 Lunch M-F/11-2 • Sat/Sun/12-3 Dinner M-Th/5-9:00 • Fri/Sat/5-10:00 • Sun/5-8:30

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Various days starting Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2

If you don’t plan on making it to Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City anytime soon to catch the revival of the hit musical “Hair,” never fear! Theatre Cedar Rapids is bringing this blast from the past (literally) show to the TCR Lindale stage, right here in the Corridor, starting this weekend. You’ll be transported to the age of Nixon, Vietnam and Aquarius, of course, when “Hair” makes its TCR debut. It’s chock full of hippie-inspired messages, addressing the social, political, racial and sexual revolutions of the 1960s. So get out and join the “tribe.”

Spiderman, Batman, Wolverine, oh my! Stop by Daydreams Comics in Iowa City for Free Comic Book Day. That’s right. Daydreams Comics is giving away free comics as part of a nationwide event. You’ll also have a chance to meet Jason Aaron, the writer of Marvel Comics’ new Wolverine ongoing comic, and Jesse Delperdang, an inker on various Marvel and DC projects. The two will be appearing between noon and 7 p.m. Free Comic Book Day coincides with the release of the new “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” movie (which opens Saturday).

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Various times starting Friday (5/1 — 5/16), TCR Lindale, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, $10 to $25, www.theatrecr.org

fine dining

Taste of Jazz Under The Stars 5:30 p.m. Friday (5/1) Class Act, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, $45, www.kcck.org

Maifest Friday, Saturday and Sunday (5/1 - 3) Amana Colonies, www.festivalsinamana.com

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (5/2), Daydreams Comics, 21 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, (319) 354-6632

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Happy Hour, 9 p.m.Karaoke, $3.50 Bombs, $5 Domestic Pitchers

Bloody Mary Bar 11 a.m.-3 Bloody Mary Bar 11 a.m.-3 Happy Hour until 10 p.m. p.m., Happy Hour 3-7 p.m. p.m., Happy Hour 3-6 p.m.

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5 p.m.-8 Seconds; 9 p.m. Super Size Seven

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

Cocktails & Company

9-1 a.m.-Josh Misener

9-1 a.m.-Fighting Blind, $1.75 Coors Light Bottles for Games

The Fire House

Steak Dinner 11-1:30 p.m.

4-8 p.m.-Jam Session

$1.50 Tallboys

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m., 10 p.m.-close -Cup Night

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

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

Happy Hr: 5-7 p.m.-$1.50 $2 Wells - 8-11 p.m.-Kevin Domestic, $2 Wells - 8-11 Burt p.m.-Mark Moss

8-11 p.m.-Matt Volkman

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, 8 p.m. p.m.-Sara Cram

Happy Hr: 5-7 p.m. - Ladies Night $3.50 Martinis

1/2 Price Wine and Martinis All Night

9:30 p.m.-Dueling pianos, $2.50 Domestics

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

Happy Hour: 1/2 Price Wine & Martinis / 8-close: $2 Domestic Beer

400 F Ave. NW 319-286-0806

Happy Hour 3-6p.m. 9 p.m. 4-8p.m.-Saturday After11-2 p.m.-Bloody Mary Bar, Happy Hour, Free Pool, 9 5 of Hearts noon Party - Me & Rosie B, 9 p.m.-Karaoke, $3 Domes- p.m.-Karaoke with Bobby 9 p.m.-Karaoke tic Cups, $1 Refills

CEDAR RAPIDS EAST/MARION Happy Hour 3-7 p.m., $4 Happy Hour 3-7 p.m. Parlor City Pub 1125 3rd St. SE 319-247-0000

Imports, $2.50 Domestic Steins Until Midnight

ChromeHorse Saloon

$2 Bottles & $2.50 Tallboys, $4 Pitchers

1202 1/2 3rd St. SE 319-366-0414 1625 Blairs Ferry Rd., Marion 319-377-1140

Happy Hour 3-6p.m.-$2 Bottles & $2.50 Tallboys, $1.50 Draws Open at 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Pool Tournament

Acoustic Night

Cup Night, Dumb Dumb

Stoli, Mrs. Jabar

3321 1st Ave. SE 319-364-1137

Paddy O'Rourkes 608 16th St. NE 319-362-0554

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

DOWNTOWN CEDAR RAPIDS Happy Hr: $1.50 Domestic, Daniel Arthur’s 821 3rd Ave. SE 319-362-9340

Piano Lounge 208 2nd Ave. SE 319-363-0606

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The Vine

Happy Hour 3-7 p.m. $3 Domestic Steins & $5 Import Steins

Happy Hour 3-7 p.m., Seasonal Pour

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The Airliner

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

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Graze

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

$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.

Formosa

$4 Martinis

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

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

The Union Bar

$2 U-Call-It

$3 Keystone Pitchers, $1 Draws

$4 Patron Shots - $10 Bottles of Champagne - $5 Pitchers

Vito's

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

$3 3 Olives Vodka Drinks, Pimp Bombs, $2.50 Bud Family Bottles

$3 3 Olives Vodka Drinks, Vegas Bombs, $2.50 Miller/ Coors /MGD

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

Happy Hour 2-7 p.m.

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

$2.50 Domestic Pints, $2.25 Well Drinks

Eggy's On 965

11 a.m.-close - Half price drinks

10 p.m.-close - DJ

10 p.m.-close -Karaoke

11 a.m.-close -$5 Domestic 7 p.m.-close - $10 Beer Pitchers Buckets

7 p.m.-close - $5 Domestic 7 p.m.-close - Pint Night, Pitchers, $4 Martinis $2 Domestics, $3 Imports

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

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 Marys, 5-close - Happy Hour

7 p.m.-close - $4 Domestic 7 p.m.-close - $2.50 Pitchers Domestic Bottles

22 South Clinton St. 319-351-9259

221 E. College St. Suite 241 319-338-8880 121 E. College St. 319-339-4646 118 College St. 319-338-1393

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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

Martini Hour 2-5 p.m.

Martini Hour 2-5 p.m.

Martini Hour 2-5 p.m.

$3 Asian Beers and Sake Cocktails

$4 Martinis

Half Price Bottles of Wine and Sake

$2 U-Call-It

$2 U-Call-It

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

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

Country Night, $5 jumbo pitchers, $2 Whiskeys, $3 3 Olives Vodka Drinks

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

$3.50 Selected Mexican Drinks

$4.25 Selected Mixed Drinks

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Monica is really excited about May Day (she and her husband Kristofer exchange May Day gifts) but her favorite holiday is Sweetest Day. (Mark your calendar for October 17th!)

WHAT SHE CAN DO FOR YOU:

She’s involved in planning a whole slew of great events for young professionals. Check out the Red Cross Big B*A*S*H on Friday, GOT on Boards on Tuesday and the Leadership for Five Seasons Dinner on Friday.

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different neighborhoods to me.”

Coordinator of the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy @ Cornell College

Not just because she lives in Monticello, works in Mount Vernon and plays — oh, and volunteers — in Cedar Rapids, either. Sure, she’s as good at the half-hour commute as any big city dweller, but Monica Lyons is also making an impact — and a pretty positive one at that — in each of those Corridor communities.

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Monica Lyons, 29, Monticello

Monica Lyons could be the poster woman for living, working and playing in the Corridor.

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But if you ask Monica, “community” is not the right approach. “I don’t think of them as three different communities. They are just like three different neighborhoods to me,” she says. And she’s certainly made herself right at home in those neighborhoods since coming to the Corridor from Keokuk 10 years ago as a freshman at Cornell. After graduation in 2002, Monica worked with the Iowa Democratic Party and for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa — who she considers a personal political hero — before being hired on by Cornell, first in the alumni office to help strengthen relationships with young alumni and then in her current position. As coordinator at the Berry Center, she runs a variety of programs to help expose the college to economics, business and public policy through bringing in speakers, working with faculty to develop new courses, arranging for off-campus opportunities, and advising students (just a couple hundred) on internships and workshops. “It’s like figuring out an academic game plan for students to help prepare them for a career or graduate school,” she says. When she’s not busy with other Cornell activities — outside of work,

she advises four different groups on campus and is involved with Cornell’s Relay for Life — and making an impact on students, she’s using her spare time to make an impact in other areas of her “neighborhoods.” Volunteer efforts take Monica to her Cedar Rapids “neighborhood” most often. For the last five years she has served on the board for the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Red Cross. She also happens to be the 2009 president of Access Iowa and will serve as co-chair of the soon-to-be-launched AI/Next Generation merger. Monica figures she has an average of three to four meetings a week in Cedar Rapids. Last week, for example, it was a Red Cross meeting on Tuesday, Access Iowa events on Wednesday and Thursday and Leadership for Five Seasons (she’s in the 2009 class) on Friday. And next week doesn’t slow down either. It gets busier actually. (See left for all the upcoming events filling her calendar. You can join her!) But Monica wouldn’t have it any other way and thinks she and other young professionals in the Corridor are lucky. “In other areas, the access to these opportunities isn’t as easily identifiable,” Monica says. “Here, you can make meaningful connections and your work makes a positive impact on the community.” Neighborhoods, rather. — KATIE

katie mills -gio rgio is a freelance writer living in cedar rapids who enjoys the balancing act o f being a writer, wife , mo m and hip yo u ng pr ofessi o nal in the co rrido r . CLIFF JETTE

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Carmen Legaspi, 53, Columbus Junction You and your husband Carlos moved La Reyna to Iowa City from Columbus Junction about three years ago. Why did you want to come to Iowa City?

I just come here because it’s a bigger market, it’s a bigger place. We bring something different than the rest of the restaurants here: more authentic food, not commercial, more close to the authentic taste of Mexico than any other restaurant. People value the food. They look for more authentic things. This is why I come. I’m so happy to be here in Iowa City.

What’s the difference between authentic Mexican food and Americanized Tex-Mex food some of us might be used to?

My recipes are originally from Mexico. I don’t want to put in extra things for American people. I cook like my home style, my family style. At other restaurants you don’t find things like mole poblano. That’s something from Mexico. Rajas poblanas, this is from Puebla, Mexico. Chiles rellenos, those are from Puebla, too. Enchiladas, my enchiladas come from my home recipe.

Owner @ La Reyna, Iowa City What’s your favorite ingredient?

Garlic. Garlic gives a whole flavor to everything. I use a lot of garlic in my dishes, to flavor it. We use a lot of dried peppers, too.

Are you going to bring out any special dishes for Cinco de Mayo?

I will have complete authentic Mexican buffet all day long. The items that people requested are enchiladas, carne asada, carnitas, tamales. It’s going to be a lot. And this is the first year that we are serving margaritas. I’ll be open late — until 10 p.m.

Where did you learn to cook?

In my house. My mama cooked. My family. In our culture, every day we cook. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s not very often that we go out to eat. Every day, at home, we’re always together for meals. That’s where I learned how to cook. I didn’t take classes.

What kinds of things do you cook at home now?

Details: La Reyna, 1937 Keokuk St., Iowa City, eat-in or carry out, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, (319) 358-8182

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Right now I’m not cooking at home because I’m here all the time. I’m home only for rest. When I have the opportunity to cook in my house, I do, but I cook something completely different. When I cook at home it’s something like hamburgers.

You also own a grocery store that’s right next door to the restaurant. What kind of things can people find there?

You can find everything fresh, like, I make guacamole, lots of guacamole, so we have good avocados. I have a meat department. I have fresh tortillas and cheeses, a lot of different cheeses. I have a lot of items from Mexico and South and Central America.

What does your name — La Reyna — mean?

The name is The Queen. I pick this name because it’s easy and people keep it in mind. — ANNE

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Motley Cow tries to buy its food from local farmers and growers, even touting on its Web site that 85 percent of its menu during the summer months comes from Johnson County growers. Expect menu changes through the year to reflect the seasons. Try the cardamom funnel cake topped with root beer ice cream and cherry cordial for something different.

Go searching for some good Italian food hidden in the Town and Country Strip Mall for an intimate atmosphere with crisp table linens and music to set the mood at Vino’s Italian Restaurant. Try the salad with Primo house Italian dressing and don’t forget the garlic bread. The Tiger shrimp and Italian sausage dish of Spicy Penne A La Vodka is smooth yet has a kick. Be sure to end your evening with a nightcap next door at R.G. Books Lounge.

For some worldly fare, La Ziz, which means “delicious” in Arabic, offers Mediterranean dishes that are delicious and nutritious. Staff will answer any questions you have. If you’re new to Mediterranean food, try the cabbage rolls, which are filled with rice and beef and cooked in a tomato-lemon broth. La Ziz also good place to take any vegetarians you might know.

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One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is this: There is nothing better than really good barbecue. And good barbecue is hard to find. There are a few honest efforts here and there, but the Corridor area hasn’t exactly thrived when it comes to the all-important category of pulled pork. Every summer I eagerly look forward to the annual BBQ Roundup held in downtown Cedar Rapids. The promise of wafting scents of smoked meat and sauce are enough to send me into a near frenzy of anticipation. But ruefully, like Christmas, it only comes once a year. Fortunately, BBQ This! is here to fill the void. They have figured out the magical combination of science and nature to craft an excellent pulled pork sandwich. Great pulled pork should:

no. 1 be pulled and shredded — none of this chopped business; no. 2 have a smoky full-bodied hickory flavor; and no. 3 be tender and moist — dry meat can be spotted a mile away. They also offer a full menu of ribs, smoked meats (the beef brisket is to die for) and sides. In order to have an authentic barbecue dinner, there has to be a pile of baked beans and cornbread accompanying the meat. I also highly recommend the apple crisp, a sweet down-home treat that completes the meal. BBQ This! looks like a franchise, but it’s locally owned and operated. I anticipate this restaurant will do great things. In the meantime, I’ll be having another sandwich. — ANDREA

Details: BBQ This!; 560 Boyson Rd., Suite A, Cedar Rapids; eat-in, carry out or catering; 11 a.m. to

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regrets. Suddenly, he reverts back to his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron), who looks to navigate high school and create a path that leads to a better adult existence.

May 1

Fighting

In New York City, a young counterfeiter (Channing Tatum) is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist (Terrence Howard), who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckle brawling circuit.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The movie chronicles the life of James Howlett, also known as Logan, ultimately known as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), from his younger years as a mutant into his entry of the government Weapons X project.

The Soloist

Based on the real-life relationship of Los Angeles reporter Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers, a brilliant but troubled musician and one-time Julliard student who currently lives on Skid Row. Starring Jamie Foxx and Robery Downey Jr.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Bachelor and womanizer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) receives Scrooge-like visits from ghosts showing him the error of his ways and that he’s in love with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner).

Earth

A documentary narrated by James Earl Jones that follows the migration of four animal families. The movie was adapted from the 2006 television series.

May 7 Star Trek

Obsessed

The movie traces the origins of Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his fellow crew, such as Spock (Zachary Quinto, Sylar from “Heros”) and Sulu (John Cho, Harold from “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), as they go through the Starfleet Academy and save the galaxy from Romulans.

A Beyonce movie that isn’t a musical. No duets with Ali Larter. Instead, it’s the story of a successful businessman with a beautiful wife (Beyonce) who becomes the target of a female stalker (Larter).

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Hannah Montana: The Movie

Picture-perfect U.S. congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) seems to be the rising star in the world of politics — until his research assistant, who was also his mistress, is murdered. It’s up to star reporter Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) and his cohort Della (Rachel McAdams) to uncover the truth.

Superstar singer Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) must visit home in Tennessee to gain perspective about what is important in her life.

Crank: High Voltage

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) had his heart stolen by a Chinese mobster and replaced it with a battery-powered heart that requires occasional shocks of electricity to keep it working and to perform great feats of movie martial arts.

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Giving back gift of music “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez started

with headlines in the Los Angeles Times such as “Violinist has the World on Two Strings,” “A Twilight Concerto for Rat and Cello” and “From Skid Row to Disney Hall.” These headlines may not seem all that striking until you discover the “violinist” is a Juilliardtrained homeless man living on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Maybe I should back up just a tad: “The Soloist” actually started when Steve Lopez, a columnist for the LA Times, encountered a homeless man playing a beat-up violin with only two strings on a street corner near his office. The homeless man, Lopez comes to find out, is named Nathaniel Anthony Ayers. Nathaniel, originally from Cleveland, is an extremely gifted musician. So gifted, in fact, that he received a scholarship to Juilliard, where he studied the double-bass. After his second year, Nathaniel flunked out as a result of his worsening paranoid schizophrenia. When years of unsuccessful treatment finally took their toll, Nathaniel left Cleveland and ended up in Los Angeles, where he made his home on the infamous Skid Row. It’s on the streets where he eventually meets Lopez. Throughout Nathaniel’s struggles with mental illness and his daily struggles to survive, he never lost his passion for the music he so adored.

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After meeting Nathaniel and confirming that he was in fact a student at Juilliard, Lopez, a seasoned columnist, recognized the potential for a story. His first column drew an overwhelming response including donations of instruments for Nathaniel’s use. Due in part to the amazing response, and in part to his desire to learn more about Nathaniel, N AT HA N IE L Lopez continues to meet AY E R S with and visit Nathaniel. The more Lopez learns about Nathaniel, the more he wants to help. Seeing Nathaniel’s clear passion for music, Lopez arranges for Nathaniel to attend Los Angeles S T E V E LOP E Z Philharmonic rehearsals at Disney Hall and convinces officials at a local charity that works with mentally ill homeless people to set a room aside that Nathaniel can use as a music studio. Lopez gets more and more emotionally involved with Nathaniel and even invites Nathaniel into his home for Easter brunch with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Lopez also does what he can to help Nathaniel reconnect with his family. But try as he might, Lopez cannot grasp the depth and complexities of the mental illness plaguing Nathaniel. “The Soloist” is not only Nathaniel’s story, it is also the story of Lopez and his personal struggles as he becomes more and more involved in Nathaniel’s life. Lopez desperately wants to help Nathaniel — to get him treatment, to

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get him off the streets, to, in effect, cure him of schizophrenia — but Lopez finds out rather quickly that helping Nathaniel is no simple task. Despite repeated setbacks, Lopez keeps on trying and eventually accepts the reality that maybe the best help he can provide Nathaniel is simply his friendship. Some people have accused Lopez of exploiting Nathaniel and his story for personal financial benefit. Lopez is completely honest in his writing and it is impossible, after reading about Lopez’s struggles and desire to help Nathaniel, to impute any impure motive to Lopez. At first glance, “The Soloist” may seem like so many other books. But it’s not. It explores a man’s passion for music and how that passion is affected by his mental illness. It explores the complexity of treating people with mental illnesses and the moral issues involved. It explores one man’s struggle to help another man who doesn’t want to be helped. Grab “The Soloist” while you can. Now that it has been made into a movie starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., “The Soloist” will fly off the shelves.

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“The Soloist” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Steve Lopez (left) and Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel Ayers. — Natal i e


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Get board savvy GOT on Boards

Information: www.access-iowa.org or leadership@access-iowa.org Whether you’ve joined a local non-profit board of directors or you’d like to, this is the event for you. This training event will teach you more about serving on a nonprofit board including dealing with board stress, roles and responsibilities of board members, finance and cash flow, public relations skills for board members and time management. Plus, they’ll be networking and appetizers by blend. GOT on Boards will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (5/5) at the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, 424 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members and $5 for full-time students. Register at www.access-iowa.org.

Get artistic Chalk the Walk

Information: www.cityofmtvernon.com It’s going to be wild in Mount Vernon this weekend. Chalk the Walk, Iowa’s largestever Madonnari festival, will pay tribute to beloved children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Madonnari is a form of public art originally done by street artists. Go color one of the 2-foot-by-2-foot squares. Hang out to see the more than 2,750-square-foot drawing take shape and watch professional Madonnari artists create their own 8-by-10-foot works on the sidewalk. In addition to the artwork, there will be strolling musicians and vendors. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (5/2,3) in Mount Vernon.

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New Strand Film Festival

Information: www.newstrandfilmfestival.org The historic New Strand Theatre in West Liberty is the place to be to catch a whole slew of indie flicks this weekend. The New Strand Film Festival features more than 20 films, including “Eastern College” by Chicago-based filmmaker James Francis Flynn and “A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story,” which received the Iowa Filmmaker Award and Audience Favorite Award at the recent Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. Please pass the popcorn! The film festival kicks off Friday (5/1) at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday (5/3) at the New Strand Theatre, 111 E. Third St., West Liberty. Tickets are $5 per day.

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CALENDAR

Thursday April 30

Comedy Amateur Night

8 p.m. Penguins Comedy Club, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133

Dance UI Department of Dance undergraduate concert

8 p.m. Space/Place Theatre, UI North Hall. (319) 384-0073

Out & About Poker Tournament to Support Bicycling Safety

7 p.m. Iowa City American Legion Post No. 17, 3016 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City. $30 buys you 800 chips. There will be one optional re-buy OR add-on for $20, which will get you 500 more chips. If you ride your bicycle to the event, you will get an extra 100 chips. (319) 330-5587

Exhibits “Passages”

9 a.m. MidwestOne Bank, Washington and Clinton streets, Iowa City

1 p.m. Marion Heritage Center, 590 10th St., Marion, (319) 447-6376

Literary Xu Xi Non-Fiction Reading

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

Stage on the Page Drama Discussion Group

10 a.m. Coralville Library, 1401 Fifth St., Coralville. Discussion of “Spring Awakening,” a musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. (319) 248-1850

Swept Away — Brought Together Writing Group

7 p.m. Johnson County Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Ct., Iowa City. (319) 351-0140

Music Tim Lowly and Matthew Ganong

8 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St., Iowa City. Free. (319) 384-0072

Karaoke Pub Quiz Night and Karaoke

Film “Diary of a Superhero”

Karaoke by MK Productions

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors GWE Academy sports classes

6 p.m. GWE Academy, Marion, (319) 373-0892

8 p.m. Best Western Longbranch Hotel, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 377-6386

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

Brian Holmes Karaoke

Food & Wine

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

Cooking in the Kitchen with Nina Cooking Classes

Performances

9 a.m. Yeast Breads. On the menu: Basic White and Whole Wheat Bread, Crescent Rolls, Dinner Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls, ApricotAlmond Braid and more. $75, includes a light lunch. (319) 393-7675

A Taste of Iowa Wine Event

6 p.m. Hy-Vee Edgewood Food Store. $10. (319) 378-0762

Lectures/Discussions Thursday Forum

9:15 a.m. Coe College, Cedar Rapids. Alma A. Turechek Professor of Music Richard Hoffman, Coe College’s own “Mr. Broadway,” closes out the Thursday Forum academic year in April by examining four relatively

May 1

Old Uptown Marion

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

7:30 p.m. UI, 101 Becker Communications Building, Iowa City. $5, with $1 going to Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life

Friday

new shows that have helped “save” Broadway. $10. (319) 399-8561

“Les Miserables”

7:30 p.m. Linn-Mar High School Auditorium, 3111 N. 10th St., Marion. $10, (319) 447-3069

Theater “The Lady with All the Answers”

1:30 p.m. Iowa Theatre Artists Company, 4709 220th Trl., Amana. (319) 622-3222, www.iowatheatreartists.org Also at 7:30 p.m.

“Always Patsy Cline”

3 p.m. Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. 1-(800) 35-AMANA, www.oldcreamery.com

Art Events Art Night in the Amana Colonies

4 p.m. Amana Colonies, throughout the Amana Colonies. (319) 622-3854

Comedy Dr. Jim Wand

8 p.m. Penguins Comedy Club, Clarion Hotel, Cedar Rapids

Finesse Mitchell

10 p.m. Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge, Madison & Market streets, Iowa City. $3 with UI student I.D., $7 for public. At the door: $5 with UI student I.D., $10 for public

Dance UI Department of Dance undergraduate concert

8 p.m. Space/Place Theatre, North Hall, Iowa City. (319) 384-0073

Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner 6 p.m. Central Park Presbyterian Church, 1700 B Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. $20; $160 for table of eight. (319) 398-5822, www. cedarrapids.younglife.org

Spirits of Spring

7 p.m. Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. Benefits Variety — The Children’s Charity. $40 in advance, $50 at the door. (319) 369-7806, www. varietyiowa.com

Literary 7 p.m. Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha. Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur for a number of special events as a part of his promotional book tour.

Author Talk

8 p.m. Frank Conroy Reading Room, Dey House, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Fiction writer Z.Z. Packer will read.

Eclypse Karaoke

4 p.m. Noelridge Park, Greenhouse Parking Lot, Cedar Rapids. (319) 286-5699

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

Film

Singin’ and Swingin’ Karaoke

Corn Belt Walking Horse Show 7 p.m. Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Free. (319) 398-7107, www.iowaequestrian. com

Brian Holmes Karaoke

6 p.m. Sammy’s Lounge, 5519 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 393-8174 6 p.m. The Wheel’er Inn, 895 Blairs Ferry Rd., Marion. (319) 373-4212

Out & About

Parrot over 50

6 p.m. The Refuge, 1810 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. House band Yeshua Fire. (319) 550-2313

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The Watson-Adamson Duo

Jazz with Eddie Piccard

Ignite Christian Radio

7 p.m. Coggon Opera House, 209 E. Main St., Coggon. $10. (319) 286-2460

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Night life

Taste of Jazz Under The Stars

10 a.m. Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-7375, www. brucemore.org

“Death and Taxes”

Karaoke

Food & Wine

Free Brucemore Mansion Tours

7:30 p.m. Ara Gallery & Interiors, 4850 Armar Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: (319) 366-2520

Friday, May 1 Concrete Blanket!!!

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

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

5:30 p.m. Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids. (319) 398-5446

Lynne Rothrock — ‘I Love Being Here’ Concert

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Karaoke by Rock and Thunder

Noelridge Farmers Market

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors

7:30 p.m. Linn-Mar High School Auditorium, 3111 N. 10th St., Marion. $10. (319) 447-3069.

GIRLS PARTY NIGHTS

Karaoke

Farmers Markets

7:30 p.m. UI, 101 Becker Communications Building. Iowa City. $5, with $1 going to Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life

“Les Miserables”

Theater

David’s Place Q & A

9 p.m. Best Western Longbranch Hotel, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 377-6386

“Diary of a Superhero”

The Java House, 211 1/2 E. Washington St., Iowa City.

KARAOKE: Wednesday & Saturday

7 p.m. Lighthouse Inn, 6905 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-3467 7 p.m. Bobbers Grill, 1850 Scales Bend Rd., North Liberty. (319) 365-3474

Drag Show

Wrigleyville Golf Outing

May 17 • 4 Man Best Shot at St. Andrews Inquire with bartender for sign up

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

$2 Tall Boys • $1.50 Bottles • During Cubs Games

Performances

Tuesday Special 7pm - 2 am

Java Blend

Nightly Specials

$10 Dollar All You Can Drink Wells

Noon

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CALENDAR “Always Patsy Cline”

7:30 p.m. Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. 1-(800) 35-AMANA, www.oldcreamery.com

“The Lady with All the Answers”

7:30 p.m. Iowa Theatre Artists Company, 4709 220th Trl., Amana. (319) 622-3222, www.iowatheatreartists.org

“The Baker’s Wife”

7:30 p.m. Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City. (319) 338-0443

“Orpheus in the Underworld”

8 p.m. Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Saturday May 2

Comedy Dr. Jim Wand

7:30 p.m. Penguins Comedy Club, Clarion Hotel, Cedar Rapids

Dance Iowa Dance Fest

1 p.m. Iowa Children’s Museum, Coral Ridge Mall, Coralville

Barn Dance

7 p.m. Festhalle Barn, Amana. (319) 622-3567, www.festivalsinamana.com

UI Department of Dance undergraduate concert 8 p.m. Space/Place Theatre, North Hall, Iowa City. (319) 384-0073

Out & About MIWalks for the Mind of America

Art Events Chalk the Walk

10 a.m. First Street, Mount Vernon. Work of more than 250 artists utilizing a downtown city street as a canvas and more than a half-ton of chalk.

Maifest Sound and Moving Image Art Show

9 a.m. Iowa City Lower City Park, 200 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. (319) 337-5400, www. nami.org/namiwalks

Plastic Model Kit Show and Contest

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors QUASH Scavenger Hunt

9 a.m. College Green Park, 600 E. College St. A competition akin to “The Amazing Race” reality show to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

BIC Ride

Performances

Chalk the Walk

10 a.m. Herky Street, North Liberty. 31 miles. (319) 338 2396

Food & Wine Cooking in the Kitchen with Nina

11 a.m. 460 Hickory Ct., Robins. Mother-Daughter Tea Party. (This is not a cooking class.) On the menu: Scones with Devonshire Cream (with assorted jams), Fruited Chicken Salad in Bibb Lettuce Cups, Fancy Cucumber Sandwiches, Almond Palmiers, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Assorted Teas. $20 (319) 393-7675

Children’s Events

Farmers Markets

Book Signing—Kolony Kinder Stories

Eighth Avenue City Farmers Market

TAKO — Fly Fishing Event

10 a.m. Houg Educational Farm, Hornet and Hazel Road, Elgin. Free. (319) 330-3833

Cedar Rapids Ice Arena open house

1 p.m. Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Free

Free Open Studio

1 p.m. TriYoga of Cedar Rapids, 5250 North Park Pl. NE, Cedar Rapids, Free 20-minute classes at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and a kids and parents yoga class at 3 p.m. (319) 377-5300, www.triyogacr.org 

The Fossil Guy: “Three-toed Horses & Other Strange Mammals of the Past” 2 p.m. Bijou Theater, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City. Free. (319) 335-0606 PAGE 22

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10 a.m. Amana Colonies, village of Amana. (319) 622-7010

6:30 p.m. Carl and Mary Koehler History Center, 615 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Concert, appetizers, wine and an evening of music representing the 19th century. $25.

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Recital—Scott Kelly and Isaac Behrens

2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 310 Fifth St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Freewill offering.

Crown Karaoke

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

10 a.m. Hubbard Park, Iowa City. Free. Rain location is the Main Lounge of the IMU. www.uiowa.edu/~finearts/index.shtml 6 p.m. First Street, Mount Vernon. Work of more than 250 artists utilizing a downtown city street as a canvas and more than a half-ton of chalk.

Auditions “Schoolhouse Rock”

7 p.m. Theatre Cedar Rapids, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. www.theatrecr.org

“Les Miserables”

Dance

Lynne Rothrock — “I Love Being Here” Concert

1 p.m. U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. $10. www.ticketmaster. com, 1-(800) 745-3000, (319) 398-5211 Also at 6 p.m.

7:30 p.m. Linn-Mar High School Auditorium, 3111 N. 10th St., Marion. $10. (319) 447-3069

7:30 p.m. Ara Gallery & Interiors, 4850 Armar Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: (319) 366-2520

Krikwood Concert Band Spring Concert

Masterworks VII: Bohemian Rhapsody

8 p.m. Sinclair Auditorium, Coe College Campus, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203

National Dance Academy recital

Public Dance

1 p.m. Community Center, Dysart

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

Julie Lee and Her White Rose Band

6 p.m. Legionnaire Ballroom, Oxford Junction

Out & About

UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble

Free Brucemore Mansion Tours

Checkers Karaoke

8 p.m. University of Iowa Pentacrest, 21 Old Capitol, Iowa City. www.uiowa. edu/~music/bios/JAZZsandy.htm

noon Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-7375, www. brucemore.org

Singin’ and Swingin’ Karaoke

Theater

Afternoon of Dutch Oven Cooking and Music

9 p.m. Checkers Tavern and Eatery, 3120 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-9927

Karaoke with Rock & Thunder

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7:30 p.m. Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City. $30, and a champagne and truffle reception will be held in the lobby following the concert. (319) 338-7672

Karaoke

Palestinian Film Festival

7:30 p.m. UI, 101 Becker Communications Building, Iowa City. $5, with $1 going to Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life.

Dan Knight

10 a.m. Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman, Hiawatha

Film

“Diary of a Superhero”

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

7:30 p.m. Kirkwood Community College, Ballantyne Auditorium, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 398-5573

Book Sale

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

9:30 a.m. Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall, Mount Mercy College. Seven films will be shown about Palestinian life under Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, ending with the search for peace between Israel and Palestine. Question and answer session.

May 3

Riverbank Art Fair

Literary

7:30 a.m. Eighth Avenue Parking Lot, Eighth Avenue and Second Street SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 286-5699

Sunday

Do’s & Dont’s

Drag Show

Sing with a Youthful Voice

10 a.m. Catiri’s Art Oasis, 4516 220th Trl., Amana. (319) 622-3969

8 p.m. Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City

10 a.m. Iowa City Upper City Park Shelter No. 1, Park Road, Iowa City. 5K or 10K held rain or shine. Free. www.ava.org, (319) 338-2071.

10 a.m. Hubbard Park, Iowa City. Free. The rain location for the fair is the Main Lounge of the IMU. www.uiowa.edu/~finearts/ index.shtml

7 p.m. St. John’s Catholic Church, 209 Fifth Ave. NE, Independence. Freewill offerings. (319) 361-3126

7 p.m. Lighthouse Inn, 6905 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-3467

“Orpheus in the Underworld”

Art Events

Hawkeye Hikers Walk

Songs from Lincoln’s Time

Riverbank Art Fair

Jazz with Eddie Piccard

7 p.m. Bobbers Grill, 1850 Scales Bend Rd., North Liberty. (319) 665-3474

9 a.m. Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., Hiawatha. Free. Entries are $1/ model up to 10 entries. Junior entries are free. (319) 389-0877, www.IPMSUSA-Lippisch-Chapter.org

10 a.m. Amana Colonies, throughout the Amana Colonies. (319) 622-7017

3-Finger Saloon, Lisbon. (319) 455-5039

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

Brian Holmes Karaoke

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

Night life Shima’s Country Sounds 12:30 p.m.

“The Lady with All the Answers”

7:30 p.m. Iowa Theatre Artists Company, 4709 220th Trl., Amana. (319) 622-3222, www.iowatheatreartists.org

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit”

1 p.m. Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. $7. 1-(800) 35-AMANA

“Always Patsy Cline”

7:30 p.m. Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. $26.50; under 30 discount. 1-(800) 35-AMANA, www.oldcreamery.com

1 p.m. Hurstville Interpretive Center, Maquoketa

Celebrating Land and People

2 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664

Spring Grecian Dinner

11 a.m. Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. $12 adults, $7 children. (319) 364-5460, www.stjohncr.org

Antarctica’s Ice on The Move 2 p.m. Science Station, Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids. Free


CALENDAR

Farmers Markets Farmers Market

11 a.m. Guthridge Park, Hiawatha. (319) 3931515

Film “Kilowatt Ours”

3 p.m. University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 10 Macbride Hall, Iowa City. 40minute documentary. (319) 335-0606

“The Future of Food”

2 p.m. Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Following the screening, a community seed swap will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Free

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors Ronald McDonald House 5K/10 Mile Run/Walk

9 a.m. Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City, 730 Hawkins Dr., Iowa City. (319) 3845852, www.firstgiving.com/iowacityrmh

BIC Ride

10 a.m. Solon BP, Solon. 28 miles.

Anthony Kearns Concert

3 p.m. St. Michael’s Church, Holbrook. (319) 936-8674

Soaring Praise handbell concert

4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, corner of Eighth Avenue and 12th Street, Marion. Free. Bring a canned food item to benefit Mission of Hope. (319) 294-9426

Theater “Always Patsy Cline”

3 p.m. Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. $26.50; under 30 discount. 1-(800) 35-AMANA, www.oldcreamery.com

“Death and Taxes”

2 p.m. Coggon Opera House, 209 E. Main St., Coggon. $10. (319) 286-2460

“The Baker’s Wife”

2 p.m. Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City. (319) 338-8823

“Orpheus in the Underworld”

2 p.m. Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City

Monday May 4

GWE Academy sports classes

6 p.m. GWE Academy, Marion. (319) 373-0892

Literary Book Sale

1 p.m. Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman, Hiawatha

Night life Uniphonics at Mahoney’s!

Auditions “Schoolhouse Rock”

7 p.m. Theatre Cedar Rapids, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. www.theatrecr.org

Out & About Artists and Urban Transformation

6 p.m. Mahoney’s Irish Pub, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-5754

5:30 p.m. CSPS / Legion Arts, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Free. www.legionarts.org/

Sunday Night Pub Quiz

Starting a Business — Recipe for Success

9 p.m. The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529

Grateful Dead Night

6 p.m. Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St.., Iowa City. (319) 337-6464

Performances From Bach to Green Day

7 p.m. Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion. Free. (319) 377-3412

Farmers Markets Noelridge Farmers Market

4 p.m. Noelridge Park, Greenhouse Parking Lot, Cedar Rapids. (319) 286-5699

2:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson St., Iowa City. Free. (319) 337-2857

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors

Handel’s Messiah

6:30 a.m. Iowa City Bird Club, 200 Holiday Rd., Coralville. (319) 339-1017

10 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave., Iowa City. (319) 351-2660

Masterworks VII: Bohemian Rhapsody

2 p.m. West High School Auditorium, 2901 Melrose Ave., Iowa City. (319) 366-8203

Bird walks

Aquatherapy

10 a.m. Bender Pool, 940 14th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 286-5731

GWE Academy sports classes 6 p.m.

GWE Academy, Marion. (319) 373-0892

Food & Wine Cooking in the Kitchen with Nina Cooking Classes

6 p.m. 460 Hickory Ct., Robins. Cinco de Mayo. On the menu: Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas, Tex-Mex Rubbed and Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, Creamy Sangria Grapes. $35. (319) 393-7675

Literary Author Talk

7:30 p.m. Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Austin Ratner will read from “The Jump Artist.”

Night life Open Mike with J. Knight

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors

Fitness/Recreation/ Outdoors

Outdoor Exercise Group

We Dig Your District Planting

9 a.m. Sac & Fox Trailhead, 4400 Cottage Grove Pkwy. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 929-6112

Food & Wine

BIC Ride

Hy-Vee Cooking & Lifestyle School

6 p.m. Hy-Vee Club Room, 5050 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. Learn how to make fresh-filled pastas at home. (319) 378-0762

Karaoke Karaoke

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

Night life

Blues Jam

7 p.m. Stars Guitars, Town and Country Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1881

Performances Symphonic Rock Concert

7 p.m. Kennedy High School, 4545 Wenig Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. $5 adults, free for seniors over 62 and preschool/younger, $4 Kennedy students with I.D. and $3 students in grades K-8. (319) 378-9058

Theater Iowa New Play Festival

5:30 p.m. University of Iowa Theater Building, Iowa City. “La Lechera.” (319) 384-0073 Also at 9 p.m.

Tuesday May 5

Out & About Family History Classes

11 a.m. Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha. (319) 393-1414, www. hiawathalibrary.com

Exhibits Honoring our Mothers and Grandmothers: Needlework from the Dresser Drawers of Daughters

6 p.m. Johnson County Historical Museum, 860 Quarry Rd., Coralville. (319) 351-5738

Farmers Markets Eighth Avenue City Farmers Market

4 p.m. Eighth Avenue Parking Lot, Eighth Avenue and Second Street SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 286-5699

6 p.m. West Branch Park Square, West Branch. 27 miles. (319) 530-2396

Food & Wine Light & Tasty Desserts

6 p.m. 5050 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. Angel Food Cake with Mangoes, Carrot Cupcakes and an Easy Fresh Fruit Tart. (319) 378-0762

Literary

8 p.m. The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 338-6713 6 p.m. Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City. (319) 337-6464

2 p.m. Kirkwood Campus, Cedar Rapids. Come help us plant trees around the Kirkwood Campus. Rain date: May 11. (319) 3730650, Ext. 14

Acoustic Jam

Tuesday Night Social Club

9 p.m. The Mill, 120 E Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529

Wednesday

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series

7 p.m. Theatre Cedar Rapids, Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids. Lan Samantha Chang will read from new work, take questions and sign books

Night life Name That Tune Night with Matt

May 6

Children’s Events

7 p.m. Best Western Longbranch Hotel, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 377-6386

Tot Time

Delicious Vinyl

10 a.m. North Liberty Community Library, North Liberty. (319) 626-5701

PJ Story Time

6 p.m. North Liberty Community Library, North Liberty. (319) 626-5701

Preschool Storytime

8 p.m. Mahoney’s Irish Pub, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-5754

Love Comedy Show

9:30 p.m. The Summit Restaurant and Bar, 10 S. Clinton St., Iowa City. (319) 354-7482

The Jam

6:30 p.m. Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion. Theme is Mother May. (319) 377-3412

10 p.m. Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St.., Iowa City. (319) 337-6464

Out & About

Performances

Generation Next

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Dance

Theater

Rapid Eights Square Dance Club

Iowa New Play Festival

8:30 a.m. Management Resource Group, 1450 Boyson Rd., Suite B-5, Hiawatha. Evaluating Green in the Workplace. Free. (319) 294-9499

7 p.m. 3405 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Free. (319) 365-1895

Farmers Markets

5:30 p.m. University of Iowa Theater Building, Iowa City. “Akarui.” (319) 384-0073 Also at 9 p.m.

“Always Patsy Cline”

Noelridge Farmers Market

4 p.m. Noelridge Park, Greenhouse Parking Lot, Cedar Rapids. (319) 286-5699 { WWW. H O O P L A NOW .COM }

8 p.m. CSPS / Legion Arts, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. $19 advance, $22 day of show. www.legionarts.org/

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