Festival of Trees & Holiday Market
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hawkeye Downs, unveiling the Festival of Trees & Holiday Market this weekend. Stroll through the Hall of Trees and vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice Award, and if you place a bid in the silent auction, one of the festive firs could spice up your home decor. Bidding starts at $50, and proceeds will benefit local nonprofits. In the spirit of giving, Toys for Tots and canned food donations will be accepted. Santa will be on hand, too, and musical entertainment will add some jingle to your jam. Then hop over to the Holiday Market to get a jump on the shopping season.
Festival of Trees & Holiday Market -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (11/18) and Sunday (11/19), Hawkeye Downs, 4400 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids; free; Thegazette.com/2017FestivalofTrees
Ronstadt Brothers y Los Tucsonenses
Sunday, Nov. 19
Representing five generations of North American music, the Ronstadt Brothers hail from one of Arizona’s best-known musical families. Founded by Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of pop singer Linda, the award-winning ensemble is carried on by his sons Michael G. and Petie Ronstadt. Multi-instrumentalists, their repertoire preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage, while adding original material. The new works stretch the blended boundaries of folk, blues and jazz, with a jazzy strut here, a western flare there. Harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by cello, sax and multiple guitars.
Ronstadt Brothers y Los Tucsonenses -- 7 p.m. Sunday (11/19), CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $16 advance, $19 door, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org
A Far Cry: ‘The Blue Hour’
Thursday, Nov. 16
Grammy-winning Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza is joining Boston’s A Far Cry chamber orchestra in a Hancher performance of “The Blue Hour.” The ensemble, formed in 2007 by 17 young professional musicians, commissioned the work, created collaboratively by five female composers. The libretto for the song-cycle is the poem “On Earth” by Carolyn Forche, from her book “Blue Hour.” Souza, born in Sao Paulo in the late 1960s, grew up in a family of bossa nova innovators.
A Far Cry: “The Blue Hour” -- 7:30 p.m. today (11/16), Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City; $10 to $35, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or Hancher.uiowa.edu