Jess' top events: Jan. 25-31
Jess' top events: Jan. 25-31
Here's a quick roundup of a few great events, happening this week. If you have an upcoming event you'd like to share, email me at jessica@dmJuice.com. Have a great week!
Thursday: Craig Ferguson, host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, will take a break from his nightly gig for a live performance at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Scottish actor and comic dropped out of high school to be the drummer in a band called Bastards of Hell — which went nowhere — then he drifted toward comedy and started writing for a British sketch comedy series in the ’80s. He’s come a long way since then — maybe we’ll hear the story, and many others, at the show. 7:30 p.m. $54-$64. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Go to hoytsherman.org.
Friday and Saturday: The 14th annual I’ll Make Me A World in Iowa will feature two days of culture, art, learning, entertainment and more. The event kicks off with Education Day on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and adults are encouraged to attend the day of workshops and learning activities on history, world cultures and government geared toward students. The Embracing Excellence Gala follows from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, in the Grand Ballroom of Veterans Memorial convention center. The gala will include dinner and the Heritage Legacy Awards. Tickets for the gala start at $50. Saturday is Celebration Day, and features culture, art and history displays, food, activities and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kenny Lattimore (above), an R&B singer, will headline the event. Education Day and Celebration Day will be held at the Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Ave. Go to worldiniowa.com.
Saturday: It may be chilly outside, but the music is hot at the annual Winter Blues Fest, which returns for another night of local music this Saturday. The fest will feature 10 bands on six stages, which will culminate with an after-hours jam. Rob Lumbard, Bryce Janey, Lil’ Slim Blues Band, The Candymakeers, Connie Hawkins and the BluesWreckers, Javier and the Innocent Sons, the Bob Pace Band, The Blue Band, Eddie Turner and Trouble Twins, and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials will each perform at the Downtown Marriott, 700 Grand Ave. Tickets are $12 in advance at cibs.org or $15 day of show (advance ticket sales end at 5 p.m. Friday). Bring your friends and stay all night — room rates for the event are $105. Music starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: One of country’s most popular acts will light up Wells Fargo Arena this weekend. Lady Antebellum, known for hits such as “I Run to You,” “Need You Now” and “Just a Kiss,” formed in 2006 and has won 11 Grammy’s since they debuted their self-titled album in 2008. Lady A’s crossover success has helped them reach a wide demographic of fans, particularly with “I Run to You.” Special guests Darius Rucker (who has also experienced crossover success with a transition from pop to country) and Thompson Square will open the show. 7 p.m. Tickets are $27-$49.50 at dahlstickets.com. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Go to iowaeventscenter.com.
Through Jan. 29: Stagewest’s production of "Parade," based on a book by Alfred Uhry with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, tells the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish pencil factory manager wrongly convicted of raping and murdering 14-year-old factory employee Mary Phagan in 1913. The cast is lead by Andrew Ryker as Leo, and Lauren Shun as his wife, Lucille, and both have already garnered rave reviews. The music score combines pop-rock, folk, R&B and gospel, and is part murder mystery, part courtroom drama, part love story and part social commentary about the rush to judgment leading to wrongful convictions that are still prevalent today. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $22 Wednesday and Thursday, $25 Friday through Sunday. Stoner Theater at the Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Go to stagewestiowa.com.