Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11

Bucking broncs, bulls and the world’s toughest cowboys will be kicking up the dust this weekend at the U.S. Cellular Center. Competitions range from bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding to women’s barrel racing, as well as mutton bustin’ for the little buckaroos. Adding some wow punch is bull jumping — as in jumping over a charging bull. Emmanuel Lataste from Dex, France, is the pro taking that bull by the horns — or not — in a sport that dates back to the Minoan civilization around 1500 B.C. An hourlong preshow begins at 6 p.m., featuring pony rides, autographs, tours and the chance to sit on a tame bull.

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo: 7:30 p.m. Friday (2/10) and Saturday (2/11), U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids; $20 to $60, venue box office, (800) 745-3000 or

Ben Folds
Sunday, Feb. 12

After wowing the crowd with his mad improv and piano skills at the McGrath Amphitheatre in 2015, Ben Folds is heading indoors for his return to Cedar Rapids. The multiplatinum singer/songwriter/producer found mainstream success in the late ’90s leading his indie rocking Ben Folds Five trio. Lately, he’s been on the road with a tour reminiscent of his earliest solo days, where he defied skeptics by delivering a high-energy rock performance with just a piano.

Ben Folds: 8 p.m. Sunday (2/12), Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $35 to $282 VIP, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or

The Second City
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy troupe is returning to Iowa City with “We’re All in This Room Together.” This room with many views will be full of live and in-your-face entertainment, featuring audience interaction, of-the-moment sketches and songs. Celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues, the troupe has launched the careers of many of comedy’s best and brightest, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Harold Ramis and Jim and John Belushi.

The Second City: 8 p.m. Friday (2/10) and Saturday (2/11), Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $30 to $35, Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or