Today, July 13
George Lopez’s multifaceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Producing and starring in his comedy series, “Lopez on TV Land,” the show explores how he struggles between his two worlds and crises that are often of his own making. Now he’s on the road with his standup routine and coming to Penguins. The 7 p.m. show is sold out, but you might be able to snag a ticket to the late show at 9 p.m. We caught him in action there in 2014, and loved his hysterical riffs on his heritage; growing older (“Eat whatever you want, and let your pallbearers worry about it.”); and what’s wrong with kids today, thanks to helicopter parents and a whirling dust storm of allergies.
9 p.m. today (7/13), Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $50 door; Penguinscomedyclub.com
July 20 and 21
Fans come first for Penny Gilley. Whether she’s singing on a stage in Las Vegas or for thousands of GIs in Kuwait, she treats her audiences like a second family. Growing up on old-time gospel and classic country tunes, the Louisiana native vowed to keep singing and keep talking to people the way Ernest Tubb did when he came to town. “It really made an impression on me, and I promised myself that if I ever got a chance to perform, I’d do the same thing,” she said. She’ll have that chance in Amana real soon.
2 p.m. July 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 21, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana; $20 to $33, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com
Movies on the Riverbank: ‘Sing’
Saturday, July 15
The next free movie under the stars features dapper koala Buster Moon in “Sing.” Presiding over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times, he’ll do anything to preserve it. So he seizes upon the notion to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. Gates open at 7 p.m. with kids’ activities, and the movie begins at dusk. Bring seating and picnics in soft-sided coolers, but leave your pets at home. Food will be available on-site.
Movies on the Riverbank: “Sing”
7 p.m. Saturday (7/15), McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids; free; Crbt.bank/movies