Jay Owenhouse: Family Magic
Friday, Jan. 5
Presto change-o. Jay Owenhouse has conjured up a new date for his Cedar Rapids appearance, after transportation problems throttled his previous Paramount date. If you bought a ticket for the Dec. 22 date, it will be honored Friday. Owenhouse, an escape artist and master illusionist, is bringing his Family Magic show to town, featuring grand Illusions, Bengal tigers and storytelling. Bitten by the magic bug at age 4 when his parents hired a magician for his birthday party, he spent his free time perfecting his skills and debuted during his freshman year in high school. Since then, he’s invented magic effects not only for his show, but also for other magicians of world renown.
Jay Owenhouse: Family Magic -- 7:30 p.m. Friday (1/5), Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $28 to $78 VIP, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com
‘Tales of the Sea’
Through Sunday, Jan. 7
It’s your final weekend to take the plunge and see the “Tales of the Sea Christmas” display at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. In honor of Hoover’s love of the sea, the exhibit will take visitors to the watery depths through Christmas trees decorated with nautical themes, from Myths & Legends, Lighthouses, Maritime Force and Shipwrecks to Pirates, Sea Monsters, Mermaids, Biblical Stories and the Titanic. The galleries also feature Hoover family movies from 1928 and include an area of children’s games. For weather-related closures, call (319) 643-5301.
“Tales of the Sea” -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday (1/7), Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum, 210 Parkside Dr., West Branch; free to $10; Hoover.archives.gov/visit
Opera Theatre: Preview Concert
Saturday, Jan. 6
The public is invited for a free concert featuring vocalists from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of “Turandot.” Soprano Rebecca Nash, who will sing the title role, and tenor Ta’u Pupu’a, who will portray Prince Calaf, will participate. The preview will feature excerpts from the opera, as well as other repertoire. “Turandot,” Puccini’s final opera, will be performed Jan. 19 and 21 at the Paramount Theatre. Set in China, it’s the tale of the coldhearted Princess Turandot, whose suitors must solve three riddles to win her hand — and failure leads to death.
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre: Preview Concert -- 7 p.m. Saturday (1/6), Temple Judah, 3221 Lindsay Lane SE, Cedar Rapids; free, no reservations needed; Cr-opera.org/Content/Season/Special-Events-2017-18.aspx