Thursday, May 14
Heavy metal takes over downtown Cedar Rapids Thursday night when Des Moines-natives Slipknot rolls into town for another attention-grabbing concert at the U.S. Cellular Center. The nine-member, mask-wearing, hard-metal-playing crew – including DJ Sid Wilson, drummer Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, percussionist Chris Fehn, Jim Root, sampler Craig “133″ Jones, percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, guitarist Mick Thomson and vocalist Corey Taylor – take the stage in Cedar Rapids as part of their “All Hope is Gone” World Tour (they head to Germany in just a few weeks). The group has been together since 1995 and, while each band member has worked on side projects (Taylor and Root also play with Stone Sour), they remain dedicated to their shock and rock shows. Jumpsuits and all.
7 p.m. Thursday (5/14) U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave., Cedar Rapids, Tickets are $39.50 to $45, www.uscellularcenter.com or www.slipknot1.com
Houby Days and Taste of Czech & Slovak
Friday to Sunday, May 15 to 17
Head on down to Czech Village this weekend for Houby Days. Houby means “mushroom” in Czech, and the festival celebrates the tasty fungi. Security and safety concerns by the city due to last years flood have curtailed events, which will end by 9 p.m., but business can maintain their normal operating hours. Parking will be tight, but attendees are encouraged to park by the Riverside Roundhouse and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library or on the other side of the Cedar River. To kick off the weekend festivities, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Guild are holding a Taste of Czech & Slovak from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids. The rest of the weekend includes a Egg and Houby Breakfast, a car show, a tractor expo, National Bohemian, Moravian, and Slovak Folk Dance Festival, a parade, the crowning of the 2009 Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Queen, carnival, musical entertainment and plenty of houby for all.
For a list of events, go here.
Saturday, May 16
Toast the start of summer at the 5th annual Benz Beerfest at Benz Beverage Depot. It The outdoor beer-tasting extravaganza features more than 75 delicious brews from all over the world, along with . Plus, they’ll have brewmasters on hand pouring their brews, live music and food. It’s an event so big they close down the street in front of the store. It’ll cost you $15 to get in, but you’ll not only get a souvenir tasting glass, you’ll be supporting the Cedar Rapids Downtown District (the organization the event benefits). We’ll drink to that! If you do go (which you should) come say hi to the Hoopla Crew!
1 to 5 p.m., Saturday (05/16), Benz Beverage Depot, 501 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, $15, RSVP at (319) 365-2556 or www.benzbeveragedepot.com
THREE OTHER THINGS
American Craft Beer Week
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday (5/16)
Millstream Brewing Co., 835 48th Avenue, Middle Amana, (319) 622-3672, www.millstreambrewing.com
2 to 5 p.m., Granite City, 4755 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 395-7500, www.gcfb.net
7 p.m. Friday (5/15)
Hamburger Mary’s, 222 Glenbrook Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, $3 cover charge after 8 p.m., www.hamburgermaryscr.com
8 p.m. Saturday (5/16)
Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino, 301 Bell St., Dubuque, $45, (563) 690-4800, www.diamondjo.com