Enjoy this regular compilation of progressive events happening throughout Iowa. You’ll find music, art, healing, self-improvement, community-building, and more.


Sun., Nov. 24, Chakra Light Healing. Guided meditation through each energy center. 2-4:30 pm, $25, 313 N. 8th St., Clear Lake.

Wed., Nov. 27, Live Music: Thanksgiving Eve with MJM Acoustics! Covers of favorite hits from artists like Tracy Chapman, Matchbox 20 and Johnny Cash, courtesy of Janell and Michael. 7-9 pm, Brix Wine & Whiskey, 107 S. Delaware Ave., Mason City.

Wed., Nov. 27, Trivia Night with Geeks Who Drink. Weekly Pub Quiz hosted by Denver’s Geeks Who Drink. Free admission, food and beverage available for purchase, limited space. 7-9 pm through Dec. 18, SingleSpeed Brewing, 325 Commercial, Waterloo.


Sun., Nov. 24, Loving Your Empathic Self. Join Mary Thompson, psychic medium, reflexologist and Reiki master for 17+ years. 12:30-5:30pm, $65,   Illuminations, 329 10th Ave SE #115, Cedar Rapids.  

Sun., Nov. 24, Drag Race All Stars 3. Local drag personalities compete in tasks. All-ages show, under 18 must be with a guardian. $10 admission, $5 under 21. 8-10 pm, Studio 13, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City.

Mon., Nov. 25, Enough is Enough Youth Forum. Community gathering to discuss how to keep our youth safe from violence. Free, 6-8 pm, Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Tues., Nov. 26, LGBTQ+ Adult Support Group — Co. Social support for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, or any other identity under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave, Dubuque.

Tues., Nov. 26, Open Mic Night, Comedy, Music, Poetry & Spoken Word – the microphone is yours for 5 minutes. 7-10 pm, Iowa Brewing Company, 708 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids.  


Tues., Nov. 26, NANOWRIMO WRITE-IN. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a nonprofit event that encourages teens and adults to tackle the challenge: write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Avenue, Ames

Tues., Nov. 26, Issues: the Beautiful Oblivion Tour.  Critically-acclaimed Atlanta quartet melds nu metal, pop and contemporary R&B. $25, Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St., Des Moines.


Mon., Nov. 25, Meet Mayor Pete in Council Bluffs. Town hall to meet presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. 6:30 pm, Lincoln High School, 1205 Bonham St., Council Bluffs.

Tues., Nov. 26, Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Union. Annual observance to honor transgender people lost to violence. Includes viewing of the art exhibit, sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies. By Vanessa German. 5:30-8:30 pm, The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St., Omaha.


Starting Mon., Nov. 25, Quad Cities Festival of the Trees. Support the arts in the Quad Cities by enjoying 150 decorated trees on display at the 30,000-square foot River Center Complex. Daily through Dec. 1 except for Thanksgiving Day. Hours vary. 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport.

Tues., Nov. 26, Paint Nite – Give Thanks II.  Open to all artists ages 6 and older. All paint and supplies provided. 20% off food order if you mention Paint Nite. 6:30-8:30 pm, Quad City Pizza Company, 3408 State St., Bettendorf, 

Tues., Nov. 26, Midday Divine Mother Healing teleconference.  Mid-week non-denominational pick-me-up session to encourage self-empowerment. $10, 12:15-1:30 pm. Participate by phone, Zoom or in person at Divine Mother Church, 51 N. Court, Fairfield.

Wed., Nov. 27, Chicago Blues Angels perform rock, blues, soul, rockabilly and more. 8 p.m., The Som, 863 Jefferson St.,  Burlington.