Weekend planner: Terry Bradshaw, Mixology Night and more
Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by Ameena Rasheed
Break out your tennis rackets
Friday: Learn how to snowshoe hike from 1-3 p.m. at the Annett Nature Center, 15565 118th Ave., Indianola. Free.
Friday: Football icon Terry Bradshaw brings his “Life in Four Quarters” show to Prairie Meadows, One Prairie Meadows Drive, at 8 p.m. During the show Bradshaw talks about winning four Super Bowl rings, his failed marriages, his acting career and more, all while being accompanied by the singing/dancing I-Qties. It’s going to be surreal. $20-$45 through Ticketmaster.
Friday: Music, science and drinks combine to create the perfect evening during Mixology Night at 5:30 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Performing this month is the rock cover band The Cues. $5. Go to sciowa.org.
Dan Mariska and The Choir Boys
Friday: The Chicago band Dan Mariska and The Choir Boys headline an evening of music starting at 8 p.m. at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. The show is also the record release party for Jordan Mayland (pictured) and The Thermal Detonators’ “I Wrote It All Down.” Wrestling With Wolves, Bad Friends and Through Dresses also perform. $5. Go to vaudevillemews.com.
Friday-Saturday: Twelve-foot-tall, 10,000-pound monster trucks will smash everything in their path at Monster Jam 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Featured trucks include Max-D, Bounty Hunter, Heavy Hitter, River Rat and Raminator. The event also features Quad Wars and Freestyle Motocross. $9-$47 through dalhstickets.com.
Saturday: Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St., hosts a Dubstep Invasion party at 8 p.m. Performing is the Des Moines/Iowa City collaborative group Gorilla Stomp Squad and the Cedar Rapids DJ Jordan Graham who performs as Killog. $10 through ticketfly.com.
Bryon and Rachel Dudley 20th Anniversary Party
Saturday: The Ames music scene unites to mark the 20th anniversary of Bryon and Rachel Dudley of the band Strong Like Bear at 9 p.m. at DG’s Tap House, 125 Main St., Ames. Mumford’s will perform in their honor, as well as BeJae Fleming, who is returning to Ames for the show. Free. Go to dgstaphouse.com.
Shirt off their backs
Saturday: The Des Moines Buccaneers take on the Fargo Force at 7 p.m. at Buccaneers Arena, 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale. The Bucs will wear special jerseys and after the game will auction them off to raise money for the John Stoddard Cancer Center. $14-$20.
Sunday: The eighth annual Botanical Blues season kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. Matt Woods (pictured) performs the first show of the season. Woods has won multiple Iowa Blues Challenge competitions on his own and with his groups The Thunderbolts and Bad Luck City. Food and beverages will be available at Trellis Cafe. $5. Go to dmbotanicalgarden.com.
The island of diecast toys
Sunday: Relive your youth at the Iowa Diecast Toy Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Elwell Family Food Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $4.