Pavlov’s dog would do anything for a carrot. Most of us would do the same for chocolate. Luckily, all you have to do Saturday is walk for your chocolate fix. Mount Vernon turns into a chocolate lover’s paradise along the town’s historic Main Street for the annual Chocolate Stroll. Begin your confectionary constitutional at either the First Street Community Center (221 First St. East), or at Memorial Park (311 First St. West), where both musicians and chocolate vendors will be located, and stroll down the street in either direction, sampling chocolates at businesses and storefronts along the way. More than 20 local and regional chocolate vendors include The Bakery, Barb’s Garden and Pantry, Chef Jenn’s Kitchen, Corridor Cake Bites, Divine Decadents, Kalona Chocolates, May’s 3rd Street Bakery, Mount Vernon Confections, Polar Blair’s Den, Sweet Lauretta’s Fine English Toffee, Sweetopia and The Wright Touch Bake Shoppe. Musicians scheduled to perform include The Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, Heart Consort Music, Heartstrings, the Iowa Goatsinger and Lincoln Highway.
Chocolate Stroll10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (6/4), Mount Vernon, www.visitmvl.com
Steve Shanley is the new leader of the band, so we’re expecting even bigger and better sounds as the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band launches into its 60th year of music by twilight, and sometimes broad daylight. This professional organization features many familiar faces from Orchestra Iowa rosters, as well as others selected to perform a vast array of repertoire, from marches and Broadway favorites to light classical fare. So grab a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic and head to the great outdoors for some great old-fashioned fun.
Cedar Rapids Municipal Band7:30 p.m. Wednesday (6/8), Greene Square Park, downtown Cedar Rapids. Various locations through Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. except the Fourth of July weekend; free; www.crmuniband.org
The ever suave John O’Hurley, versatile star of stage, television, films and the first “Dancing with the Stars” champion, is on the road as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” The jazzy Broadway musical about murder, mayhem, fame and fortune plays tonight through Sunday at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. O’Hurley will turn on the charm for some stylish “Razzle Dazzle” in Prohibition-era Chicago, where a bevy of lovely femme fatales perform a seductive “Cell Block Tango” as they spin their stories. It’s sexy, smooth and oh, so much fun. Plus, they had it coming.
‘Chicago’ in Des Moines
Today through Sunday (6/2 to 6/5), Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St.; various times; $20 to $63.50, www.civiccenter.org