Eastern Iowans can find entertainment events nearly every day of the week. Here are 10 shows that rise to the top in the coming year.

1. Emanuel Ax residency with Orchestra Iowa

April @ Eastern Iowa

The world’s foremost pianist is giving Orchestra Iowa a gift of his time and artistry, waiving his fee for a weeklong residency filled with formal and informal concerts, master classes, student concerts and an Orchestra Iowa gala fundraiser. “I almost cried when I heard the news,” Maestro Timothy Hankewich said last summer. “The magnitude of this gift is unprecedented. We’re talking in the high five digits or low six figures that normally makes an artist of his magnitude unreachable for an orchestra our budget size.”The free residency is part of an initiative Ax has been conducting for several years with symphonies the size of Orchestra Iowa, Hankewich said. Orchestra Iowa concerts featuring Ax performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Solon Center for the Arts. For ticketing information, go to Artsiowa.com/tickets/concerts/emanuel-ax-plays-brahms/


2. “Hamilton”

June 27 to July 15 @ Des Moines Civic Center

Tickets for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical sold out in a flash for an extended run at the Des Moines Civic Center. But never fear. A lottery for 40 $10 tickets will be held for each performance. Details will be announced closer to show dates. Information: Desmoinesperformingarts.org/events/hamilton/


3. Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre: “Turandot”

Jan. 19 and 21 @ Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids

The opera theater is launching its 20th anniversary season with a grandiose production of Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot.”


4. Kevin Hart

Feb. 10 @ U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

One of the country’s hottest comedic actors is coming to the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, and just a few single seat tickets are left. After working in shoe sales, he switched from soles to soul-stirring laughs in such hit films as “Death at a Funeral,” “Meet the Fockers” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Details: Uscellularcenter.com


5. Edward Hopper exhibit

Feb. 3 to May 20 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

While a selection of Grant Wood paintings from Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Coe College and the Iowa Masonic Library & Museums in Cedar Rapids are on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, an exhibition of 13 works by Edward Hopper are coming to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  The local exhibition traces the trajectory of Hopper’s career in works from 1906 to 1960. Moody interiors, Parisian scenes and urban and rural images of America show Hopper’s interests through his long career. Solitary figures contemplate their lives in various locales, all highlighted with Hopper’s extraordinarily sensitive portrayal of light. Details: Crma.org/Exhibition/Exhibition_Upcoming.aspx


6. “Kinky Boots”

April 13 to 15 @ Hancher, Iowa City

Broadway’s high-heeled hit is strutting into Iowa City. With songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, “Kinky Boots” takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton, northwest of London, to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, Italy. Tickets have been zipping off the internet and out the door, so go to Hancher.uiowa.edu/2017-18/KinkyBoots to get in on the fun.


7. Cedar Rapids Comic Con

Feb. 3 @ DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex

Billing itself as “Iowa’s largest all-things-nerdy convention,” more than 10,000 fans flock each year to celebrate comic books and gaming. Special guest is “Gremlins” star Zach Galligan, who found out that very bad things happen when a cute little mogwai gets wet and eats after midnight. Admission: free for kids 12 and under, $10 to $25 for teens and adults. With vendors, games, speakers, artists and interactive opportunities. Details: Cedarrapidscomiccon.com


8. Brian Stokes Mitchell

March 28 @ Hancher, Iowa City

Audiences and students are in for a rare treat as Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell fills the Hancher stage with his trio, performing with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Star of “Man of La Mancha,” “Ragtime” and “Kiss Me Kate” on Broadway, as well as TV stints as Dr. Jackpot Jackson on “Trapper John, M.D.” and Scott Knowles on “Mr. Robot,” Mitchell charmed Hancher audiences in 2012 at the Riverside Casino Event Center. Hoopla was there, and said the artist “makes elegance look easy,” noting that he “was showered with multiple, immediate standing ovations.” Tickets: $10 to $45, Hancher.uiowa.edu/2017-18/BStokesMitchell


9. Revival Theatre: “Sunday in the Park with George”

Nov. 15 to 18 @ Coe College, Cedar Rapids

Art springs to life in Stephen Sondheim’s masterful musical, inspired by George Seurat’s 1884 pointillist painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. The show opened off-Broadway in 1983, starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, then moved to Broadway in 1984 and won numerous awards, including Tonys for scenic and lighting design. Revival Theatre Company is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama in Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College. Tickets are $40 at Artsiowa.com/tickets/concerts/sunday-in-the-park-with-george/ with $20 student rush tickets on show days. Details: Revivaltheatrecompany.com


10. CRY CRY CRY

March 15 @ Englert Theatre, Iowa City

The trifecta of cool — Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams — is nothing to cry about, unless it’s tears of joy. The three are reviving their folk-pop power play after 19 years. Separately, they’re fantastic. Together, they’re unstoppable. Tickets: $35 to $55, Englert.org/event/cry-cry-cry/