Theatre Cedar Rapids: ‘Assassins’
Friday, Feb. 17, to March 4

Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” lays bare the lives of nine people who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. The one-act historical “revisal” explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the musical bends the rules of time and space, taking audience members on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American dream. The show opened off-Broadway in 1990 and made the leap to Broadway in 2004, garnering five Tony Awards, including “best revival of a musical.”

“Assassins”: Friday (2/17) to March 4, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays; $24 to $33, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org


C.R. Rollergirls Season Opener
Saturday, Feb. 18

The Cedar Rapids Rollergirls are kicking off its season Saturday night with a bout against the Quad City Rollers. The Cedar Rapids group is an athletic, action-packed, hard-hitting roller derby league formed in 2008 and owned and operated by its members. New to roller derby? The Rollergirls describe the experience as a competition full of “fast-paced action, skates thundering on the track, bodies thrown up like walls and tumbling to the ground — only to get back up again and keep skating.” Home bouts are held in Veterans Memorial Coliseum downtown. 

Cedar Rapids Rollergirls Season Opener: 7 p.m. Saturday (2/18), Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 Second Ave. Bridge, Cedar Rapids; $5 to $10, door or Crrollergirls.com


Son of Town Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 21

Legion Arts is launching a new collaboration with Groundswell Youth Arts Space, by welcoming back Santa Fe’s David Berkeley. The cult songwriter and author recently teamed up with London’s Ben Parker to form Son of Town Hall. With offbeat humor and a little theatrical magic, the two musicians present themselves as a duo born of the high seas, where they traveled together on a raft, crafting harmonies and writing songs about wonder and woe. The concert will be at Groundswell, a recently renovated venue operated by Matthew 25.

Son of Town Hall: 7 p.m. Tuesday (2/21), Groundswell, 201 Third Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; $7 advance, $10 door, CSPS Box Office, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org