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January 20th, 2011 |
By Jared Curtis

Upcoming shows in January

Patton Oswalt presented by First Fleet Concerts

Hoyt Sherman Place

Thursday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.,

Funnyman Patton Oswalt invades Hoyt Sherman Place with his unique brand of comedy. Known for being a part of the “Comedians of Comedy,” with Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Zack Galifianakis, Oswalt pushes the boundaries of stand-up comedy on stage and with his three comedy albums (“Feelin’ Kinda Patton,” “Werewolves and Lollipops” and “My Weakness is Strong”). On Jan. 4, he became an author with the release of his first book, “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.” Don’t miss out on this laugh-out-loud performance. Tickets are $25 - $39.


‘Strega Nona The Musical’ presented by The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

Civic Center Main Stage, 221 Walnut St.

Saturday, Jan. 15

“Strega Nona” is the musical tale of a friendly magical witch who strives to cure the ills of her tiny Italian town of Calabria. The town faces real problems when a local lug named Big Anthony sneaks a peek at Strega Nona’s magic book and uses Strega Nona’s magical ways for selfish means. When Anthony fools with the magic pasta pot and can’t figure out how to turn it off, pasta threatens to engulf the whole town unless Strega Nona can save the day. With an energetic and tuneful score by Aron Accurso, this fantastical tale teaches that witches can be good, and that you can’t judge a pot by its pasta. Tickets are $10.


‘Again and Again, and Eventually’ presented by Tallgrass Theatre

Rex Mathis Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., West Des Moines

Jan. 21 – Feb. 5

“Again and Again and Eventually” by Erica Spiller is the winner of the 5th Annual Iowa Playwrights Workshop. The story follows Marshall, desperately grasping at the threads as he watches his family dynamics evolve. Marshall is a one-man army fighting against the drug abuse, medical conditions and deployment that terrorize and threaten his family. Despite the enormous battles, he is plagued by one grand war — the struggle to never surrender. Tickets are $10 and are available through Midwestix or at the door.


‘Pilobolus’ presented by The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

Civic Center Main Stage, 221 Walnut St.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Pilobolus is renowned the world over for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration practicing a unique kind of modern dance with highly acrobatic, fearless dancers, theatrical costumes, a great sense of play and collaboration. Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, Pilobolus has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadows, humor, and the human body. Tickets are $25 - $45.


‘Still Life’ presented by the Des Moines Playhouse

The Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St.

Jan. 28 – Feb. 13

“Still Life” follows photographer Carrie Ann, who inexplicably shuts down at the pinnacle of her career. Lost and afraid to even pick up a camera, her sudden descent is interrupted by a whirlwind romance with a trend analyst named Jeff. Jeff is determined to help Carrie Ann move on, even while facing his own uncertain future. “Still Life” is rated R for language. Tickets are $16 - $27.


‘Riverdance’ presented by The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

Civic Center Main Stage, 221 Walnut St.

Jan. 28-29

“Riverdance,” the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage, thrilling millions of people around the globe, is bringing its hypnotic dance to the Civic Center. Discover why nothing in the world compares to this international phenomenon. Whether it’s your first or fifth time, you won’t want to miss this limited engagement of “Riverdance.” Tickets are $20 - $63.50. CV


caption: “Strega Nona The Musical” invades the Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 15.