The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express smuggles arena legends Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent into the Mid-America Center with an inestimable cargo of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding frontman and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep On Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." Kicking off the show, "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.
Hy-Vee Hall rumbles with the sights and sounds of bone-rattling slams during MCC40, which will pit professional MMA fighters against each other during 10 bruise-filled bouts. Audible "oohs!" and "ahhs!" echo from the stands during the evening's main event, as contender Will Dicke exchanges jabs and pie recipes with defending lightweight champion Jesse Lund, who hasn't lost a fight since 2009. Representing one of the most anticipated rematches in MCC history, former champion Brian "BG" Green seeks redemption against Calley Kruger, just one year after Kruger kayoed him at MCC33. Also on the bill, speed specialist and Des Moines native Sekou Moore lines up nose-to-nose with Nick Dewitt, and former champion Mike "Mini Van" Van Meer returns to the octagon, opting to ditch retirement and any possibility of him becoming a soccer mom to chase another title.
While it is not possible to have a review for an upcoming event, the Englert Civic Theatre is an Editors' Pick on 10best.com for Iowa City attractions and was voted by Cityvoters as being the #2 Best Theater in 2010, and the #1 Best Theater in 2009.
The ebullient volunteer performers of the Iowa City Community Theatre have cultivated creativity and entertained audiences for more than half a century. Extracted from Colette's novel and the 1959 motion picture of the same name, Gigi shuttles theatergoers back to early-1900s Paris, when elegance oozed from city streets and an infamous apple seed sprouted into the Eiffel Tower. Patrons succumb to irrepressible toe tapping as the play's stars pirouette through classic tunes—including the solemn, inspirational hymn "Thank Heaven for Little Girls"—arranged by Lerner and Loewe, the masters of melody behind My Fair Lady and Camelot. While memories shared between two lovers unfurl on stage, the Englert Civic Theatre drapes each performance in a century-long history that has seen a disastrous fire, time spent as a movie house, and a modern renovation into today's gracefully curving display space for local and national talent.