Looking for Valentine's Day ideas? Here are some shows to see, crafts to do, foods to eat in Eastern Iowa

SHEN YUN

Shen Yun keeps alive the artistry of traditional Chinese culture, through a program combining dance, scenery effects and original orchestral works. the New York-based troupe is coming to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids on Tuesday (2/13) and Wednesday (2/14) evenings.
SHEN YUN Shen Yun keeps alive the artistry of traditional Chinese culture, through a program combining dance, scenery effects and original orchestral works. the New York-based troupe is coming to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids on Tuesday (2/13) and Wednesday (2/14) evenings.

Hearts, flowers, sweet nothings and sweet somethings will be flowing over two weekends, with Valentine’s Day falling in the middle of the week. (That’s Wednesday, for those of you who need prodding.)

 

We’ve scoured HooplaNow.com, calendars and websites to put together a list of options from sweet to tart. Do you like your music romantic or raucous? Dinners over candlelight or with a side of theatrical murder and mayhem? Are you a crafty couple who likes to make your own gifts? Go for whispering sweet nothings in a romantic weekend getaway or prefer a good belly laugh at a comedy club? Enjoy a wild party onstage or the dance floor? Consider this our gift to you.

 

Look for more events at HooplaNow.com, and rest assured that every restaurant from coast to coast is ready to wine and dine you two, too.

 

CRAFTS

Feb. 9: Gyrls Night Out: Sterling Heart Toggle, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Beadology Iowa, 220 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $98, for ages 15 and up. Use sterling wire to create both sides of a heart shaped toggle clasp; no experience necessary; Beadologyiowa.com/classes/

Feb. 10: “You Are Loved” nature photography, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids; $10 to $12, register by Feb. 9, Indiancreeknaturecenter.org; bring camera or device with a camera, look for heart-shaped forms in nature.

Feb. 13: Couples Cork N Canvas Iowa, 6 to 9 p.m., The Quarter Barrel, 616 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $60 couple, $30 single, http://bit.ly/QuarterBarrel. Create a 16-inch by 20-inch painting at 6 p.m. All supplies provided; food and drink available to buy; for ages 18 and over only.

 

COMEDY

Feb. 9 & 10: Heywood Banks, 8 p.m., Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $22 advance, $25 door, (319) 362-8133 or Penguinscomedyclub.com. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon.

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Feb. 10: Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour, 7 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids; tickets are scarce, $62 to $138, venue box office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Uscellularcenter.com

Feb. 16 & 17: Former “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore, with former NFL player “Goumba Johnny” Sialiano, 8 p.m., Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $23 advance, $26 door, (319) 362-8133 or Penguinscomedyclub.com

Feb. 16 & 17: The Second City, “Look Both Ways Before Talking,” 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $31.50 to $36.50, Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org

 

FOOD

Feb. 10: Hi-Crew Kiwanis Valentine’s Pancake and Omelet Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., Hiawatha; $5 or donation. Also, kids’ craft table and face painting.

Feb. 10: Kids’ Valentine’s Cooking Class for ages 6 to 14, 1 to 4 p.m., Cooking with Nina, 460 Hickory Ct., Robins; $45, Cookingwithnina.net/cooking-class-schedules/

Feb. 11: Valentine’s Tea Party Cooking Class, 1 to 4 p.m., Cooking with Nina, 460 Hickory Ct., Robins; $50, Cookingwithnina.net/cooking-class-schedules/

Feb. 13: Sweet Heart Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dash Coffee Roasters, 120 Third Ae. SW, Cedar Rapids; $60, ages 18 and up, Dashcoffeeroasters.com/product-page/sweetheart-night. Couple’s evening; make and decorate fresh doughnuts, learn how to pour latte art; BYOB optional.

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day 4-Course Dinner Class, 6 to 9 p.m., Cooking with Nina, 460 Hickory Ct., Robins; $60, Cookingwithnina.net/cooking-class-schedules/

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Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery’s Event Center, 1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher; $29.99, by reservation only, (319) 857-4300. Wine, beer and cocktails extra.

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m., Rapid Creek Cidery, 4823 Dingleberry Rd. NE, Iowa City; $70 or $100 with drink pairing; email Reservations@rapidcreekcidery.com

Feb. 14: Longbranch Valentine Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m., Longbranch Hotel, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; $5 to $30, Facebook.com/events/408166559615107/

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Tasting Event, with cheese, chocolate, wine, beer, 5:30 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing Co., 59 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; $25, Lionbridgebrewing.com/lbevents/

Feb. 16: Date Night: “Vin et Fromage” (wine and cheese), 6 to 8:30 p.m., NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $89, registration required, kirkwood.edu/ce or (319) 398-1022. Beginning with a brief lecture on the culture of consumption and why wine and cheese work so well together, this course will primarily involve a structured tasting of four to six wines and a wide selection of cheeses, including a discussion on how the flavors work well together.

Feb. 17: Taste of Love, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Garnett Place Retirement Community, 202 35th St. Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; free. Wine and dessert tasting with music by guitarist Scott Engledown.

 

MOVIES

Feb. 9: Friday Flick: “Cinderella,” 2015 live-action version, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City; free, all ages, bring snacks.

 

MUSIC

Feb. 9: Avenged Sevenfold with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet for My Valentine, 6:25 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids; $25 to $75, venue box office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Uscellularcenter.com

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Feb. 10: Eddie Piccard, Music in the MUD Valentine Party, 8 p.m., The Famous Mockingbird, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion; $20, Thefamousmockingbird.com/live-performances/

Feb. 14: Turnpike Troubadours, 7:30 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids; $26.50, Club 5 main floor standing-room only, venue box office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Uscellularcenter.com

 

PARTIES

Feb. 11: Fancy Nancy Tea, 2 p.m., Granger House Museum, 970 10th St., Marion; $5 under age 18, $10 adults, reservations required, Grangerhousemuseum.org/programs—events. Wear party clothes; food and drink served; Paul the Butler will teach guests how to behave at a traditional English tea.

Feb. 13: Z102.9 Galentine’s: A Ladies Night Out, 6 to 8 p.m., Linge Lounge, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Free admission to this yoga pants party, free snacks from La Cantina Bar & Grill, chair massages, cash bar with themed cocktails, paint your own wine glass, music and prize drawings. Kzia.com/galentines-a-ladies-night-out-2/

Feb. 13: Garnett Place Valentine’s Day Party with polka dancing demonstration, 2 to 3 p.m., Garnett Place Retirement Community, 202 35th St. Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; free.

Feb. 14: Teen Un-Valentine Party, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. middle schoolers only, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. high schoolers only, Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion; free. Think Cupid is stupid? Organizers invite teens to time to turn up the angst at this event.

 

SINGING VALENTINES

Feb. 14: Metro Mix Chorus women’s quartets, $10 by phone, $40 in person for two songs, flower, candy and card delivered Feb. 14 in Iowa City, North Liberty, Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas; advance orders at (319) 430-0169 or email SingingVal2018@gmail.com

Feb. 14: Harmony Hawks men’s quartets, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., $45 to $65, with floral gift and card for recipients; advance orders at (319) 329-1894 or Harmonyhawks.org.

 

THEATER

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Feb. 8 to 10: “The Wild Party,” musical, 7:30 p.m., Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE; $28 to $36, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org. Sign language interpreter Feb. 10. Queenie and Burrs are a hot-tempered couple always ready to push each other’s buttons. When they decide to throw a raucous party for their flamboyant friends, lust and jealousy get stirred into the mix, accusations and punches are thrown, and love is pushed to its breaking point. Rated R.

Feb. 9 to 11: “Significant Other,” Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $15 to $30, Giving Tree Box Office, (319) 213-7956 or Givingtreetheater.com. A new comedy about 20-something Jordan and his tight-knit circle of girlfriends as they navigate the ups and downs of friendship and courtship in New York City. Rated R for adult language.

Feb. 13 & 14: Shen Yun, 7:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $83 to $123, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com. A multidimensional journey through five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. The production immerses audiences in stories through classical Chinese dance, scenery effects and original orchestral works.

Feb. 16 & 17: V-Day Cedar Rapids: “The Vagina Monologues.” Feb. 16: Raygun second floor, 1028 Third St. SE, Suite 2, Cedar Rapids, bar open 6 to 6:45 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Feb. 17: Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist, 4980 Gordon Ave. NW, doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Both performances 90 minutes with no intermission, $20 to $25 at the venues.

To March 10: “Murdered By The Mob,” Old Creamery Theatre at the new Price Creek Event Center, 4709 220th Trail, Amana. Times: seating at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 17, 24, March 2, 3, 9, 10; seating at noon and dinner at 12:30 p.m. March 3, 10; $50, Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com. It’s the Roaring ’20s at Mr. D’Angelo’s speak-easy, where the mere mention of Prohibition is prohibited. Join Old Creamery Theatre actors for an Italian feast served with a heaping side of mob bosses, murder and merriment.

 

VARIOUS

Feb. 16 & 17: Romance Weekend in the Amana Colonies. With special events, food sampling, shopping, entertainment, dinners, dinner theater, four-course Wine & Dine Dinner, overnight stays and a three-day Couples Weekend titled “Getting the Love You Want.” Details: Amana Colonies Visitors Center, (319) 622-7622 or Amanacolonies.com

Feb. 17: CR Hearts Tour, 3 to 6 p.m., Lunak House, 213 13th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $10; Save CR Heritage is celebrating its fifth anniversary by hosting a behind-the-scenes tour of beloved buildings at the south end of New Bohemia. Start at the historic Lunak House, a 1915 Czech immigrant home at 213 13th Ave. SE, to pick up a map of the tour sites. Hosts will be available in each location to share the history of the building. Tour ends at the Ideal Social Hall with appetizers and a cash bar.

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