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Mark your calendars for these top 2020 entertainment events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City area

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's first performance on the new Hancher stage March 10 will end with #x201c;Revelation
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first performance on the new Hancher stage March 10 will end with “Revelations,” the late founder’s 1960 masterwork. (Nan Melville)
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With so many wonderful entertainment offerings planned in the coming year, it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the top offerings. But here are the events I’m putting on my calendar.

1. Hancher: The Big Splash

• What: Celebrating 100 Years of the University of Iowa’s IIHR — Hydroscience & Engineering

Outdoor extravaganza of music, dance, circus arts, and spectacle

• When: Aug. 14 to 16

• Where: Iowa Riverbanks near Hancher, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City

• Featuring: The Flying Wallendas high-wire performances, aquatic high-diving demonstrations, brass bands, RUBBERBANDance Group, Architects of Air inflatable sculpture, art installation by Machine Dazzle, evening concerts, water parade on the river, science experiments and more

• Concerts: Aug. 14: Red Baraat, world music superstars, Hancher Green; Aug. 15: Dustboowl Revival, rootsy Americana, followed by Cajun sounds of Grammy-winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

• Cost: Free; bring seating and picnics

• Details: Hancher.uiowa.edu/BigSplash

2. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art: “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens”

• What: Traveling exhibition from the Reading (Pa.) Public Museum, exploring the path to Impressionism through the 19th century and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.

• When: Feb. 1 to April 26

• Where: Five main-floor galleries, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE

• Featuring: 75 paintings and works on paper, by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and other French and American artists who embraced the style

• Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday Friday, Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

• Admission: $7 adults; $6 ages 62 and over and college students; $3 ages 6 to 18; free ages 5 and under and Museum members

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• Details: Crma.org/Exhibition/Detail/Upcoming/Across-the-Atlantic-American-Impressionism-through-the-French-Lens.aspx

3. Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre: “Madama Butterfly”

• What: Puccini’s masterpiece. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, in the 1930s, it’s the heartbreaking tale of unrequited love between the shy, naive Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) and Pinkerton, a U.S. naval officer who leaves her shortly after their wedding. His return three years later sets in motion one of the most emotionally intense, tragic finales ever penned.

• When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 2 p.m. Jan. 19, with free pre-opera talks one hour before each performance in the Encore Lounge

• Where: Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

• Tickets: $19 to $69, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Artsiowa.com/tickets/concerts/madama-butterfly/

• Students: Half-price for ages 17 and under and college students, available only by phone or at the ticket office

• Details: Cropera.org/madama-butterfly

4. Orchestra Iowa: Mozart’s Requiem

• What: Orchestra Iowa teams up with the Chamber Singers of Iowa City and vocalists Jessica Pray Patel, Suzanne Lommler, Charles Blandy and Kevin Deas, to perform Mozart’s final masterpiece, the Requiem, which was unfinished at the time of his death. The piece played a major role in the film, “Amadeus.” The concert also features a continuation of the 250th celebration of Beethoven with a performance of his First Symphony.

• When: 7:30 p.m. April 4

• Where: Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

• Tickets: $16 to $56, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Artsiowa.com/tickets/concerts/mozarts-requiem/

• Students: Ages 17 and under free with paying adult; college students, $10; student tickets available only by phone or at the ticket office

• Details: Artsiowa.com/tickets/concerts/mozarts-requiem/

5. Revival Theatre: “Sunset Boulevard”

• What: With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show swept up seven 1995 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. Karla Goettel returns to the stage in the starring role. Other lead actors include Aaron Brewer as Joe Gillis, Cindy Shadrick as Betty Schaefer, Calvin Boman as Manfred/Myron, Steve Rezabek as Cecil B. DeMille and Joe Wetrich as Sheldrake/John.

• When: Nov. 19 to 21

• Where: Sinclair Auditorium, Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids

• Tickets: On sale soon

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• Details: Revivaltheatrecompany.com

More shows to add some splash to 2020:

• “Come From Away”: Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. The first national tour cast of the 2017 Tony-winning musical includes Cedar Rapids/Ottumwa native Harter Clingman. It’s based on the true story of 7,000 passengers stranded in the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Tickets: $40 to $195, Civic Center Box Office, (515) 246-2300 or Desmoinesperformingarts.org/events/come-from-away/

• Orchestra Iowa: Beethoven 250: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St., $18 to $38; and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, $16 to $56; Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Artsiowa.com/tickets/concerts/beethoven-250/ Award-winning Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova joins Orchestra Iowa on the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The orchestra also will begin celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a performance of his Symphony No. 7.

• “An American in Paris”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Broadway at the Paramount, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. In post-World War II Paris, romance is in the air in this musical that won four 2015 Tony Awards and was inspired by the 1951 film. Gershwin’s soaring melodies, including “I Got Rhythm” and “’S Wonderful,” are matched by gravity-defying dance. Hoping to start a new life, WWII veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. His life becomes complicated when he meets a young Parisian shop girl with a secret.

• Jake Owen: 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Down to the Tiki Tonk Acoustic Tour features this chart-topping country music star. Tickets: $37.50 to $65, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com

• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 7:30 p.m. March 10, Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. Artistic Director Robert Battle has remained true to the vision of his predecessors — the late Alvin Ailey and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison — while also expanding the company’s work with a wide array of choreographers. The ensemble’s first performance on the new Hancher stage will close with “Revelations,” Ailey’s masterwork that is as powerful today as it was when it debuted in 1960. Tickets: $10 to $75, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1- (800) HANCHER or Hancher.uiowa.edu/2019-20/AlvinAiley

• “A Doll’s House, Part 2”: April 10 to 26, Riverside Theatre, Iowa City. The Broadway debut of this new take on Ibsen’s classic garnered eight 2017 Tony nominations, picking up a win for leading actress Laurie Metcalf. Set 15 years after the conclusion of “A Doll’s House,” the biting comedy finds Nora returning home to wrestle with the damage left in the wake of progress. Tickets: Riverside Box Office, (319) 338-7672 or email boxoffice@riversidetheatre.org. Information: Riversidetheatre.org/season1920

• Riverdance: 7:30 p.m. April 30, Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. New 25th anniversary show, re-imagining the groundbreaking show. Tickets: $53 to $78, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com

• “Brinton Reprise”: 8 p.m. May 9, CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids, $25, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org; and 3 p.m. May 10, FilmScene, 100 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, $25, Icfilmscene.org. Red Cedar founders John Dowdall and Jan Boland are teaming up again with current Red Cedar core musicians Miera Kim and Carey Bostian to feature chamber music paired with magic lantern slides and early films from the Brinton collection. Details: Redcedar.org/current-concert-series/

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