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May 26, 2011 |

Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide


Music Film Theater Art Outdoors




By Michael Swanger


Live music is so much a part of everyday summer life around here that we often take it for granted. Don't believe me? When was the last time you went to a farmers' market, an art show, a neighborhood festival, a food or beer event, a biker rally, a winery or a fair and didn't hear a band? Not often, I'm guessing. It's the one art form that organizers insist on using to not only help draw a crowd, but to add some culture and flavor to their event.

With that said, however, if you don't support live music it will go away. The proof is in the absence of a few venues and longtime concert series that are missing from this summer's calendar. So be sure to support live music when you can. It's good for the soul and the community.

The following is a sampling of shows, organized by venue or event that can be found throughout central Iowa through the end of August. It is not an inclusive list, as many shows have yet to be announced. But it's a good start. Read Cityview each week for breaking music news, artist interviews (local and national) and concert photos/reviews. Also, be sure to check out Cityview's calendar for the most comprehensive listing of concerts in central Iowa.


All Play

615 3rd St., Des Moines



June 2 — Crooked Still

June 4 — Mingo Fishtrap

June 10 — Terry Quiett Band

June 17 — Kelley Hunt

June 21 — Blues Caravan - Girls With Guitars

June 25 — Killborn Alley Blues Band

July 3 — Albert Castiglia

July 23 — Trampled Under Foot

July 29 — Lionel Young Band

July 31 — Tinsley Ellis


The Ames Progressive

118 Hayward Ave. Suite 3, Ames


June 9 — The Lonelyhearts

June 22 — Tyson Ballew, The Scribblers

June 24 — The Bassturd, Coolzey, Todd on Acid, MRPF3

June 25 — The Wire Frames, Dr. Murdock

July 8 — Sam Vicari

July 14 — Little Bobby

July 26 — Insomniac Folklore


Ankeny Summerfest

Northview Middle School/Prairie Ridge Sports Complex


July 7 — The Rumbles

July 8 — The Nadas


Ankeny Unplugged Concert Series

Wagner Park Bandshell

4-9 p.m. $3


June 4 — Brother Trucker, Thankful Dirt

June 11 — Dick Prall, Andy Elwell, Mary McAdams

June 18 — The River Monks, Seedlings, Wolfgang

June 25 — Jefferson County Green Band, Jim Seem


Behind the Barn

Living History Farms, Urbandale

6:30-8:30 p.m.



July 20 — High Society Big Band

Belin String Quartet

Fridays, 12:15 p.m. Free


Nollen Plaza or Downtown Des Moines Library Lawn



June 3, 10, 24 and July 1, 8, 15 and 22 — Nollen Plaza

June 17 — Downtown Library

July 29 — Children's concert, Downtown Library


Big Country Bash

Water Works Park, Des Moines

331-9200. $32.50


June 26 — Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, Steel Magnolia, Jason Brown, JB and the Moonshine Band


Bike Down to I-Town

Downtown Indianola

6-10 p.m. Free


June 17 — Toaster

July 15 — Standing Hampton

Aug. 19 — Boomerang


Blank Park Zoo Brew

7401 S.W. 9th St.

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.


June 1 — Dueling Guitars

June 8 — Out of the Blue

June 15 — Damon Dotson

June 22 — Toaster

June 29 — Rudy York

July 6 — Decoy

July 13 — Standing Hampton

July 20 — Monkey, Monkey, Monkey

July 27 — Pianopalooza


Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant

5485 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines



May 28 — Todd Cutshaw, Jeremie Malotke, Brad Herron

June 2-4 — Todd Cutshaw, Tim Buie, Marcus Toner

June 9-11 — Papi Sorrelis, Dave Hawke, Brandon Kent

June 16-18 — Mike Brasky, Don Peters, Wiz

June 23-25 — Dean Madonia, CD Thomas, Adam Browne

June 30-July 2 — Todd Cutshaw, Spencer Bates, Jeremie Malotke

July 7-9 — Marcus Toner, Andy Paczak, CD Thomas

July 14-16 — Dave Hawke, Todd Cutshaw, Dean Madonia

July 21-23 — Brad Herron, Todd Cutshaw, Dean Madonia

July 28-30 — Michael John, Matt Black, John Sacket


Bluegrass Tuesdays

Warren County Courthouse Lawn, Indianola

6:30 p.m. Free


May 31 — The Grascals, Mr. Baber's Neighbors

June 7 — Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeeper, Highway Home

June 14 — Dry Branch Fire Squad, County Line

June 21 — Punches Family Bluegrass, Youth in Bluegrass

June 28 — Monroe Crossing, Sammy and Amy Greer

July 5 — Rhonda Vincent, Spring Hill Bluegrass

July 12 — Daily and Vincent, Southern Reign

July 19 — Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen, Rob Lumbard


Blues Before Sunset

State Historical Building Grand Terrace

Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free



June 3 — Hot Tamale & The Red Hots

July 8 — Bella Soul

Aug. 5 — Fat Tuesday & The Greasefire Horns


Bombay Bicycle Club

8410 Hickman Road, Clive


June 15 — Scott H. Biram, The Dirt Daubers

Aug. 20 — Eric Sardinas and Big Motor


Caspe Terrace

33158 Ute Ave., Waukee


June 4 — Dave Liebman


Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

221 Walnut St.



June 17 — John Prine and Iris DeMent

July 22-31 — Max Wellman and Roxi Copland (The Temple Theater)


Clive Festival

Clive Aquatics Center, 1801 N.W. 114th St.



July 15-16 — Bands TBD


Club 504

504 E. Locust St., Des Moines


May 30 — Living with Lions

June 1 — Everyday Every Night

June 12 — Rich the Factor

June 17 — Juneteenth Celebration with Juvenile

June 19 — Warhellride, The Estate, By Its Right Name

June 23 — Authority Zero

June 24 — Assembly Line of Gods, Barrelbright

July 18 — Armor for the Broken

Aug. 6 — Cirrus Minor


DG's Taphouse

127 Main St., Ames



June 3 — Andre & The Giants

June 4 — Dead Larry

June 7 — Mary and the Giant

June 11 — Obsidians Dream

June 17 — The Ramblers

June 18 — Kris Lager Band & Funk Trek

June 21 — The Infamous Stringdusters

June 25 — The Uniphonics & PB and The Jam

July 8 — David Zollo

July 22 — SOAP

July 23 — Useful Jenkins

July 30 — Heatbox & Jon Wayne and the Pain

Aug. 25 — Elephant Revival


Dale Valley Vineyard and Winery

3097 285th St., Stuart



May 28 — Trouble No More

June 4 — Backstage Boogie Band

June 18 — Mason Jar Marnin

July 9 — "Winestock" with Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

July 23 — Chad Elliott

July 30 — Gabrielle Louise

Aug. 6 — Mason Jar Marnin

Aug. 20 — El Dorados

Aug. 27 — Backstage Boogie Band


Des Moines Arts Festival

Western Gateway Park, downtown Des Moines

Free. June 24-26



GuideOne Performing Arts Stage

June 24 — Java Jews, The Beggarmen, Salsa Vibe

June 25 — Creative Fusion, Clearly

June 26 — Flying Pig Fiddle and Banjo, Poetic Rebound


Jazz & Wine Pavilion

June 24 — Onyx 2, Dan Bliss, Rob Lumbard, Hot Club of Des Moines, Claire Norman, Bella Soul Jazz Trio

June 25 — East Side Jazz Team, Happy Go Lovely, James Kennedy and Friends, Dirty Grampa, Max Wellman

June 26 — River Monks, Workshop Trio


Main Stage

June 24 — Rebel Creek, Pictures of Them, Scars on 45, The Smithereens

June 25 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts, Richard Webster, Modoc, The Envy Corps

June 26 — Bonne Finken, Central Iowa Music Lab, Decoy


Des Moines Social Club

Kirkwood Hotel, 400 Walnut St.



June 6 — Chris Madsen Trio

June 11-12 — Fourth Annual Subjective Circus


80/35 Festival

Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines

244-2771. $25-$150


July 2 — Girl Talk, Galactic, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Titus Andronicus, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Thankful Dirt, The Poison Control Center, Grining Match, Wolves in the Attic, La Strange, Christopher the Conquered

July 3 — Of Montreal, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Parlours, Bitch, The Giving Tree Band, Bear Hands, Okkervil River, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Handsome Furs, Civil Twilight, The River Monks, Land of Blood and Sunshine, The Workshy, The Uniphonics


El Bait Shop

200 SW 2nd St., Des Moines



May 29 — Infuzion

June 1 — Brother Trucker

July 6 — Brother Trucker


Flying Mango

4345 Hickman Road, Des Moines


May 29 — Romi Mayes

June 12-13 — Lipbone Redding & the Lipbone Orchestra

July 17 — Sharon Little Trio

July 18 — Carrie Rodriguez


Friday Fest

Walker Johnston Sports Complex

9000 Douglas Ave., Urbandale.

4:45-8 p.m. $7.



May 27 — Faculty Lounge

June 3 — Throwing Toast

June 10 — Flipside

June 17 — Gimikk

June 24 — The Blue Band

July 1 — Toaster

July 8 — Stone Thro

July 15 — Driveway Rockers

July 22 — Final Mix

July 29 — The Heartbeats


Friday Fest

Pattee Park, Perry

6:30 p.m. Free

(515) 465-4601


June 24 — David Zollo, Brother Trucker

Aug. 19 — The Nadas


The Gas Lamp

Lost Highway Roots Revival with DJ Eight Ten every Tuesday

Open Jam every Thursday with Janey Hooper

After Work Release party every Friday with Sumpin' Doo

May 28 — Rudy York

May 31 — Lost Highway

June 1 — Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers

June 4 — Randy Burk and the Prisoners

June 5 — Chatham County Line

June 12 — Kevin Gordon

June 29 — Sean Chambers

July 2 — Bright Giant

July 8 — Real Old Airplanes

July 13 — Laurie Morvan

July 14 — Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers


Hessen Haus

101 Fourth St.



May 28 — Bob Malek & His Fisherman

June 4 — Bill Koncar

June 11 — Barefoot Becky & Her Ivanhoe Dutchmen

June 18 — Jerry Beauchamp Band

July 2 — Bob Malek & His Fisherman

July 9 — Barry Boyce Band

July 23 — Barefoot Becky & Her Ivanhoe Dutchmen

Aug. 27 — Barry Boyce Band


House of Bricks

525 E. Grand Ave.



May 27 — Dirty Grampa

May 28 — Index Case, JonnyRock, The War I Survived

May 28 — Diamond For Eyes, Wrestling with Wolves

May 29 — I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business

May 31 — ByltsRightname, Jailbox

June 2 — Gemini Syndrome

June 4 — Cirrus Minor, Calous, Goat Hill

June 10 — Throw the Fight

June 11 — Seven Day Sonnet, September

June 11 — Only, Mars on Fire

June 12 — Bang Tango, The Knobs

June 16 — Soulmotor, The Texas Hippie Coalition

June 17 — Primer 55, El Diablo

June 17 — Longbottom Leaf, Nebula Was

June 18 — The Manicas

June 18 — Emperical

June 26 — Beatallica, D.D.E.P.

July 6 — Ryan Cabrera

July 8 — Everett Smithson Band

July 9 — Smoking Blindfolded, Scarlett Suicide

July 13 — The Convalescene, Engage the Nightmar

Aug. 20 — Alien Ant Farm

Aug. 24 — Nashville Pussy, Superchief


Hoyt Sherman Theater

1501 Woodland Ave.



July 14 — Little Feat


Hull Avenue Tavern

834 Hull Ave.



May 27 — Hangover (DJ mikes Bday party)

May 28 — Steve Robinson and the Foundation

June 3 — Driveway Rockers

June 4 — Izzy StarChild

June 10 — Mars on Fire, tba

June 11 — Alchemist

June 16 — Modern Superstar (Featuring Former Members of Britny Foxx & BulletBoys) & Gypsy Pistolero (Former Members of LA Guns, BulletBoys, and Britny Fox), and the Knobs

June 17 — Humbled Soul

June 18 — Union Pulse

June 24 — The Knobs, tba

June 25 — Absolute Power, tba

July 1 — Kurt Kiefer (Accoustic),tba

July 2 — Section Hate, tba

July 8 — Rebel Creek

July 9 — Odium, tba

July 15 — Aqua Marine Dream Machine

July 16 — Richard Ardnt (Accoustic)

July 22 — Two Happy Cats

July 23 — Shatter

July 29 — The Maw, tba

July 30 — Whippen Jr


Iowa Speedway


(866) 787-8946


June 24-25 — Never Shout Never, We the Kings

July 15-16 — The Dirt Drifters, Green River Ordinance
Aug. 5-6 — Jamey Johnson, Tyler Hilton


Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fairgrounds

(800) 545-FAIR



Aug. 11 — Casting Crowns, Sanctus Real, $30

Aug. 12 — Jason Aldean, Chris Young and Thompson Square, $45

Aug. 13 — Def Leppard, Heart, $49

Aug. 14 — Sugarland, Sara Bareilles, $46

Aug. 16 — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers, $46

Aug. 18 — Ronnie Dunn, $35

Aug. 19 — Train, Maroon 5, $47

Aug. 20 — Reba, Jerrod Niemann, $45

Aug. 21 — Janet Jackson, $55

Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage

Aug. 11-13 — The Nadas, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 14 — Martin Sexton, 8 p.m.

Aug. 15 — Josh Kelley, 8 p.m.

Aug. 16 — Sarah Darling, 8 p.m.

Aug. 17 — Ying Yang Twins, 8 p.m.

Aug. 18 — Brother Trucker, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 19-20 — The Blue Band, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Here Come the Mummies, 7:30 p.m.


Anne and Bill Riley Stage

Aug. 11-12 — Tonic Sol-fa, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 14 — The Johnny Holm Band, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 15 — All Star Weekend, 8 p.m.

Aug. 16-20 — Ron Diamond, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Tenth Avenue North, 8 p.m.


Budweiser Stage

Aug. 11-13 — Jay and the Americans, 8 p.m.

Aug. 14-15 — Confederate Railroad, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 16-17 — Georgia Satellites, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 18-19 — Lovin' Spoonful, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 20-21 — Paul Revere and the Raiders, 8 p.m.


Susan Knapp Amphitheater

Aug. 11 — The Oak Ridge Boys, 8 p.m.

Aug. 12-13 — Jason Brown, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 14 — Jason Michael Carroll, 8 p.m.

Aug. 15-16 — Hairball, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 — The Band Perry, 8 p.m.

Aug. 18 — Stealing Angels, 8 p.m.

Aug. 19 — Country Gold featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Jeannie Kendall, Eddy Raven, T. Graham Brown, 6 &
8:30 p.m.

Aug. 20 — Blaine Larsen, 8 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Lee Brice, 7 p.m.


Jasper Winery

2400 George Flagg Parkway



Thursdays 6-9 p.m.

May 26 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

June 2 — The Nadas

June 9 — Brother Trucker

June 16 — Pianopalooza

June 23 — Final Mix

June 30 — Tony Valdez & the Retro Rockets

July 7 — Brian Congdon and Brad Seidenfeld

July 14 — Decoy

July 21 — Flipside

July 28 — David Zollo

Aug. 4 — Salsa Vibe

Aug. 11 — Brian Congdon and Brad Seidenfeld

Aug. 18 — Boomerang

Aug. 25 — Bob Pace Band


Java Joes Coffeehouse

214 Fourth St. Free



May 28 — Austin Schreck

June 4 — Fourth Street Swing

June 5 — CJC Combo

June 14 — Irish Jam

June 19 — CJC Combo

June 23 — Dan Bliss

June 24-25 — Austin Schreck

June 26 — Johnston Station Jazz Band

July 2 — Fourth Street Swing

July 3 — CJC Combo

July 9 — Student Jazz Band

July 12 — Irish Jam

July 16 — RBJ Trio

July 17 — CJC Combo

July 24 — Johnston Station Jazz Band

Aug. 6 — Fourth Street Swing

Aug. 7 — CJC Combo

Aug. 9 — Irish Jam

Aug. 13 — Austin Schreck

Aug. 20 — Austin Schreck

Aug. 21 — CJC Combo

Aug. 28 — Johnston Station Jazz Band


Jazz in July

Various metro locations. Free


July 1 — Orquestra Alto Maiz opening for Des Moines Symphony's Yankee Doodle Pops, State Capitol Grounds, West Terrace

July 2 — Whitney Marchelle Jackson, 1600 6th Ave.

July 3 — Java Jews, Music Under the Stars, State Capitol Grounds

July 4 — Glenn Miller Orchestra, Urbandale Lions Park

July 7 — The Jazz Page, Waukee Downtown Triangle

July 8 — World Port, Aviva campus, West Des Moines

July 9 — Jim Oatts Quintet, Roosevelt High School front lawn

July 10 — Workshop, Union Park

July 12 — John Krantz Quartet, Colby Park, Windsor Heights

July 13 — Big Band Sound, Sylvan Theater, Greenwood Park

July 14 — Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra, Wesley Acres front lawn

July 15 — Scott Davis Quartet, Beaverdale Park

July 16 — Ashanti, Clive Aquatics Center

July 17 — Des Moines Big Band, Johnston Public Library

July 18 — Dave Rezek's Alpha State Agents, Shops at Roosevelt parking lot

July 19 — The Belin String Quartet, West Des Moines City Hall patio

July 20 — High Society Big Band, Living History Farms

July 21 — Drake Faculty Band, Harmon Fine Arts Building, Drake

July 22 — The Fred Gazzo Band, Casady Building lawn

July 23 — Susie Miget, Historic East Village

July 26 — Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra, Terrace Hill

July 27 — Salsa Vibe, 828 Scott Ave.

July 29 — Betsy Hickok Ensemble, Thomas Mitchell Park

July 30 — Bella Soul, location TBA


KGGO Summer Jam

Water Works Park

418-9381. $32.50


June 25 — Kenny Wayne Shepherd, .38 Special, Jackyl, Frank Hannon, Cold Filtered, Bachman & Turner, Ace Frehley, FireHouse, John Waite


The Lighthouse Concert Series


West Des Moines Christian Church

4501 Mills Civic Parkway, 223-1639


June 10 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

July 15 — Max Jury

Aug. 12 — Dennis Warner


The Longest Yard

122 5th St., West Des Moines


May 26 — Spam

June 2 — Mike Aceto

June 9 — Dustin Baird

June 16 — Spam

July 7 — Spam

July 14 — Mike Aceto

July 28 — Spam

Aug. 4 — Mike Aceto

Aug. 18 — Spam


Main Street Concerts


Tom Evans Plaza, Ames

Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free

(515) 233-3472


June 2 — Trouble No More

June 9 — Good Guys

June 16 — Green Oaks

June 23 — Dan Grause

June 30 — Onion Creek Band

July 7 — Blue Moon Players

July 14 — Brewer Project

July 21 — Flying Pig, Fiddle and Banjo

July 28 — Keith McCaulley


Mars Café

2318 University Ave.,



May 27 — Madison Ray

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Max Wellman Trio

June 3 — Scot Schwestka and Richard Webb

June 25 — Bearkat

July 1 — Scot Schwestka and Richard Webb

July 7, 14, 21, 28 — Max Wellman Trio

July 8 — Melissa Ludwig Band

Aug. 1 — Fly Paper

Aug. 5 — Scot Schwestka and Richard Webb


Mother's Pub

2900 West St., Ames

(515) 292-2301


June 3 — T.U.G.G.

June 8 — Red Wanting Blue

Aug. 26 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts


Music in the Junction

Railroad Park, Valley Junction

West Des Moines

Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Free



May 26 — Comfort Zone

June 2 — Jonny & the Rectifiers

June 9 — Lavender Lace

June 16 — Boggy Depot

June 23 — Salsa Vibe

June 30 — Brother Trucker

July 7 — Tony Valdez Large Band

July 14 — Melodie Proffitt Band

July 21 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

July 28 — Boomerang

Aug. 4 — The Sons of Gladys Kravitz

Aug. 11 — The Heartbeats

Aug. 18 — Vince Cline Trio

Aug. 25 — El Dorados


Music in the Park

Colby Park St., Windsor Heights

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Free

June 7 — Java Jews

June 14 — Tijuana Brass

June 21 — Sacred Heart Sax and Brass

July 5 — Urbandale Adult Community Band

July 12 — John Krantz Quartet

July 19 — Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra

July 26 — Hold On

Aug. 2 — Greater Des Moines Community Band

Aug. 9 — Hot Club of Des Moines


Music on the Plaza

Prairie Heritage Civic Plaza, Altoona

Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Free

May 27 — Bonne Finken

June 3 — Out of the Blue

June 10 — Bella Soul

June 17 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

June 24 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots


Music Under the Stars

State Capitol's West Terrace

Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Free

June 12 — Veterans Jazz Band, Iowa Military Band

June 19 — The Charlson Trio with Heather MacLennan, Des Moines Metro Concert Band

June 26 — The Rhythm Majors, 34th Army Band

July 3 — The Java Jews, Rob Lumbard

July 10 — Bruce Martin and Friends, Des Moines Metro Concert Band

July 17 — Janey Hooper Trio, Des Moines Metro Concert Band

July 24 — Fred Gazzo, Des Moines Metro Jazz Band


Nitefall on the River

Simon Estes Amphitheater, downtown Des Moines

June 3 — Hairball

June 9 — Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Toots & The Maytals

June 12 — Warren Haynes Band

June 20 — Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele, Andy Grammer

June 23 — Christina Perri

June 24 — The Nadas

June 30 — Toad the Wet Sprocket

July 1 — Umphrey's McGee

July 6 — Matisyahu, The Wailers

July 7 — Gin Blossoms

July 8 — Yonder Mountain String Band

July 21 — Lee DeWyze

July 28 — Keller Williams


Penoach Winery

26759 N. Avenue, Adel

7-10 p.m. Free. 993-4374


June 10 — Brother Trucker

July 1 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

July 22 — Meloddie Proffitt

Aug. 5 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

Aug. 26 — Chad Elliott


People's Court

216 Court Ave.



May 29 — Freak Week Revival

June 2 — Bonne Finken

June 9 — Iron and Wine

June 15 — Paul Thorn

June 17 — Fastball

June 18 — Junk Poet

June 19 — Fitz & the Tantrums

June 22 — Jack's Mannequin

Aug. 4 — Marc Broussard


Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino

Altoona, Interstate 80, Exit 142

(800) 325-9015


June 23 — KC and the Sunshine Band


Rendezvous on Riverview Concerts

Corner of 6th and Boston, Highland Park

Fridays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free


June 3 — Flipside

June 17 — Brother Trucker

June 24 — Ben 2K

July 1 — Spam

July 8 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

July 15 — Out of the Blue

July 22 — Route 66

July 29 — Lavender Lace Band


Ritual Café

13th Street between Grand and Locust



June 3 — Maren Christensen

June 4 — Sink Company

June 9 — Open mic

June 17 — Kristie Stremel

June 18 — Rebel Creek

July 1 — Julie Schurr

July 8 — Strong Like Bear

July 14 — Open mic

Aug. 11 — Open mic


The Royal Mile

210 4th St.



Mondays - Singer/Songwriter Night at the Mile


7 Flags Events Center

2100 NW 100th St., Clive



May 27 — Cheap Trick

July 15 — Cinderella


Smokin' in the Junction

Valley Junction, West Des Moines



May 28 — Mickel Williams, The Blue Band, Comfort Zone, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

May 29 — Vince Cline Trio, El Dorados, Brother Trucker


Snus Hill Winery

2183 320th St., Madrid

Free. (515) 795-3535


May 27 — Cross Roads

May 29 — Fat Tuesday with Janey Hooper

June 3 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

June 5 — ProMusica

June 10 — Billy Club

June 12 — Scott Davis Group

June 17 — Hot Tamale & The Red Hots

June 19 — El Dorados

June 24 — Boomerang

June 26 — Ashanti

July 1 — Fat Tuesday with Janey Hooper

July 3 — Barn Owls

July 8 — Midlife Crisis

July 10 — Burning Sensations

July 15 — Hold On

July 17 — Bill Martin

July 22 — Cross Roads

July 24 — ProMusica

July 29 — Trouble No More

July 31 — World Port

Aug. 5 — Bill Martin

Aug. 6 — Cornstock X

Aug. 12 — Piranha Brothers

Aug. 13 — Pave the Jungle Raiser

Aug. 14 — Steel Drums Band

Aug. 19 — Planet Passengers

Aug. 21 — Ashanti


Spirit Midwest Christian Music Festival

Jordan Park, West Des Moines



Aug. 5-6 — Sidewalk Prophets, Manafest, Willet, Lightswitch, Vance Lambert, Fades Away, KJ, Corey Brooks Band, Broken Point of View, Tonia Hughes, Ted Yoder, Kelsey Skaggs, Tru-Serva, Worldview Warriors, Leo, Risen, Sean Covington, Madison Lorentzen, Lee Roessller


Summerset Winery & Inn

15101 Fairfax, Indianola

Sundays, 3-6 p.m. $3.


May 29 — Cross Roads

June 5 — El Dorados

June 12 — Tony Valdez & the Retro Rockets

June 19 — The Blue Band

June 26 — Malcolm Wells and The Two Timers

July 3 — Tony Valdez & the Retro Rockets

July 10 — Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Horns

July 17 — Bob Pace Band

July 24 — Erick Hovey Band

July 31 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

Aug. 7 — El Dorados

Aug. 14 — Ashanti

Aug. 21 — Freestyle

Aug. 28 — Tony Valdez Large Band


Terrible's Lakeside Casino

777 Casino Drive, Osceola



June 10-11 — David Sanborn

June 24-25 — Jeff Bates


Thursday in the Park

Central Park, Grinnell

7:30 p.m. Free



June 3 — Mojo Machine

July 1 — Whiplash

Aug. 5 — Rude Dog & the Canine Unit

Aug. 26 — Fatal Attraction


Val Air Ballroom

301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines



May 27 — Hollywood Undead

June 4 — Big Band Celebration

June 10 — Little River Band

June 15 — Wiz Khalifa

June 16 — Quiet Riot

July 26 — O.A.R.

Aug. 8 — Bright Eyes

Aug. 22 — All Time Low


Vaudeville Mews

212 Fourth St.



May 26 — Hester Prynne

May 27 — Cowboy Indian Bear

May 27 — Why Make Clocks

May 28 — Joy Island

May 28 — The Stage Door Johnnies

May 29 — Truth & Salvage Co.

May 31 — Yarn

May 31 — The Growlers

June 1 — The Half Hearts

June 2 — Dayglo Abortions

June 3 — The Poison Control Center

June 4 — ByltsRightName

June 4 — Little Brazil

June 6 — Lydia Loveless

June 9 — Ryan Montibleau Band

June 10 — Rebel Creek

June 10 — Jefferson County Green Band

June 11 — K-Sno

June 11 — Mercies May

June 12 — Parachute

June 16 — Quintron and Miss Pussycat

June 17 — Going to Grandmas

June 17 — Nash Smith & Ganges

June 18 — Lovers

June 18 — Joe Jack Talcum

June 20 — We are the Willows

June 20 — Dark Mirror

June 21 — Waxeater

June 23 — Matt Duke

June 24 — Metal Up Your Tap with Deadnight

June 25 — Catfish Keith

July 5 — The Strange Boys

July 7 — Jon Dee Graham

July 22 — Exhumed

July 27 — Colourmusic

July 30 — I Call Fives


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May 29 — Taylor Swift, Needtobreathe

June 23 — Michael Buble

Aug. 10 — Josh Groban CV




By Jared Curtis


Once again the summer is upon us, which means it's the perfect time for cinephiles to overindulge in their favorite past time. The summer movie schedule is designed to get everyone to the theaters on a weekly basis by throwing out all genres, from romances and comedy to drama and over-the-top action.

" Thor" officially started the summer season with a mediocre tale that only increased the audiences' appetites for July's "Captain America: The First Avenger" as well as next summer's ensemble, "The Avengers." Rutger Hauer returned to the big screen to mess some people up in the ridiculously gory and great "Hobo With A Shotgun." "Bridesmaids" proved that women can be funny. Although a few sequels have already debuted ("Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Hangover Part II"), look out for new chapters in the "Transformers," "Final Destination" and "Spy Kids" series. But the biggest sequel and possibly biggest movie of the summer is the final chapter of the beloved "Harry Potter" films.

Other big films to look out for include director Jon Favreau's ("Iron Man") "Cowboy's and Aliens" and Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne." But just remember Jason Momoa, there is only one "Conan The Barbarian" and you're not him.

Overall it seems like a great summer of films, but don't take my word for it. Get out and see some movies this summer. Just remember to get a little sun every now and again. Here are 10 films to see this summer, followed by a complete list of releases.


"X-men: First Class"

June 3

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones and Jennifer Lawrence


Let's face it, the third chapter of the "X-Men" series, "X-Men: The Last Stand," was weak, and the follow-up, the "Wolverine" spin-off, was even worse, so it appeared all was over for the team of mutants. But director Matthew Vaughan ("Layer Cake," "Kick Ass") jumped on board and created a prequel to the original trio, showing viewers the beginning of the end between Charles "Professor X" Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr (Fassbender). The film takes place in the 1960s, as the U.S. must join forces with the mutants to help stop the Cuban Missile Crisis. But as they say, with great power comes great responsibility, and the rift on how to continue on between Professor X and Magneto creates the tension and hatred that will eventually become a mutant war. Don't fret Marvel fans, it's not just Charles and Erik; plenty of the other beloved characters are introduced including Emma Frost (Jones), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havok (Lucas Till), Azazel (Jason Flemyng) and Mystique (Lawrence). With a strong cast and interesting story, I'm willing to take another chance on the "X-Men."


"Super 8"

June 10

Directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths and Kyle Chandler
One of the best things about director J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek") is that he knows how to make a teaser trailer.


When he produced "Cloverfield" and helped create "Lost," nobody knew what was going on. Now he releases "Super 8," and, surprise, nobody knows what is going on. The film is getting a lot of buzz and being compared to the classic Steven Spielberg (who produced) films of the '70s and '80s. The story follows a group of young teenagers (Courtney, Fanning, Griffiths) who are shooting their own movie. But when a train crashes with a truck and becomes derailed, something inside one of the cars escapes. Soon, all hell breaks loose, and the movie these kids are shooting becomes a terrifying reality. Luckily, town sheriff (Chandler) is there to help, and together they must figure out a way to survive. "Super 8" is being called a coming-of-age story with monsters, but no matter what it is, consider me hyped.


"Troll Hunter"

June 10

Directed by Andre Overedal, starring Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Hans Morten Hansen and Tomas Alf Larsen


I like to take a chance on a few of my summer picks, and "Troll Hunter" is one of those gambles. I'd never even heard about this film until a couple of weeks ago, but after creating some buzz at film festivals, the story was on my radar. And even though it'll probably not even make it to the metro (Des Moines is independent film repellent), I wanted to bring it to readers' attention. Once I watched the trailer, I was sold on the concept of some college students who head out into the woods to investigate a series of bear attacks. But once there, they discover the guide they are with is not hunting bears, but rather giant trolls that roam the countryside. After seeing the truth for themselves, they join forces to stop the trolls from leaving their secluded woods and terrorizing the world. Yes, "Troll Hunter" sounds ridiculous, but I think it's got midnight movie written all over it.


"Green Lantern"

June 17

Directed by Martin Campbell, starring Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively and Mark Strong


Originally, I wasn't sold on the "Green Lantern." I was never a fan of the comic book, and Ryan Reynolds isn't an actor I keep on my radar. Plus, with all the other superhero films this summer, there were plenty of other choices. But then the trailers started popping up, the sci-fi angle of the film became more prevalent, and I suddenly found myself interested. If there is a strong story and if we get plenty of training time with some crazy looking aliens on the planet Oa, I think "Green Lantern" could be the surprise hit of the summer. Sure, "Captain America" looks tougher in the trailers, but when Peter Sarsgaard is cast as the telekinetic villain Hector Hammond, you know director Martin Campbell ("GoldenEye," "Casino Royale") has created something special. If you don't believe me, just try reciting the code without getting chills, "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, Green Lantern's light!"


"Horrible Bosses"

July 8

Directed by Seth Gordon, starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston


Last year, Drew Barrymore put out a mediocre love story called "Going The Distance." The story was a bland re-telling of long-distance relationships, but there was a reason to watch the film — the scenes with Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live"). This is why "Horrible Bosses" could be the funniest film of the summer, as those two, along with Jason Bateman, try to kill each other's terrible bosses. Nick (Bateman) works hard but is continually put down by his boss Dave (Kevin Spacey). Dale (Day) is a dental assistant who likes his job but hates that his boss (Anniston) sexually harasses him on a daily basis. And Kurt (Sudeikis) works as a car salesman for the slimy Bobby (Colin Farrell in complete creepy, slob mode). After receiving advice from con man Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx), the three decide to kill their bosses. But, of course, things go horribly and hilariously wrong in this black comedy directed by Seth Gordon ("The King of Kong").


"Captain America: The First Avenger"

July 22

Directed by Joe Johnston, starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones and Dominic Cooper


"Captain America: The First Avenger" is the film I'm most excited to see this summer, as it looks like all kinds of badass. First, you have the weakling Steve Rogers being picked by Col. Chester Phillips (Jones) for a special project to create a super solider. Then we see his transformation from puny runt to an Adonis, which is an amazing work of camera trickery. He is stronger, can run faster and is the perfect weapon to fight the Nazis. Along with the Howling Commandoes and his indestructible shield, Captain America brings terror and fear to the Nazi regime. At least until he crosses paths with the Red Skull (Weaving), a Nazi weapons genius who goes rogue while trying to pursue a weapon of great power to propel his plans of world domination. If you're only going to see one film this summer, superhero or not, "Captain America: The First Avenger" is that film. Plus, it will only continue to build the hype for next summer's "The Avengers" film.



Aug. 5

Directed by Evan Glodell, starring Tyler Dawson, Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman and Rebekah Brandes


The second under-the-radar film on the list, "Bellflower," has been getting plenty of buzz from numerous film festivals. But even without the hype, I'd be all over "Bellflower" due to its plot: Two friends (Dawson and Glodell) spend all of their time building crazy weapons and flame-throwing cars, preparing for a "Road Warrior"-type apocalypse, so their gang, "Mother Medusa," will be the toughest gang in the wasteland. No, the film isn't an apocalyptic tale; it's set current day, but the dedication these two friends have in creating these monstrosities is inspiring. Everything is going according to their plan, until one of them falls in love with a charismatic young woman (Wiseman) and the two are introduced into an entirely new group of friends. Soon, their journey of ruling the apocalypse turns into a journey of love, hate, infidelity, betrayal and extreme violence more devastating than they could have ever imagined it. Any movie that starts with a Lord Humungus quote from the "Road Warrior" is aces in my book.


"30 Minutes or Less"

Aug. 12

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson


If you're hunting for plenty of laughs and some crazy, rambunctious action this summer, look no further than "30 Minutes or Less." Directed by Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland"), the film follows Nick (Eisenberg), a pizza delivery guy who ends up being at the wrong place at the wrong time. When Nick delivers a pizza, he crosses paths with Dwayne (McBride) and Travis (Swardson), two low-level criminals trying to figure out a way to raise cash to pay a hit man (Michael Pena) to kill Dwayne's lottery-winning father (Fred Ward). With no other options, Dwayne straps a bomb to Nick's chest and forces him to rob a bank. To complete the job, Nick is forced to make his roommate, Chet (Ansari), help him pull off the heist. With such a crazy premise and an extremely funny cast, "30 Minutes or Less" will have audiences laughing a lot longer than a half hour.


"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

Aug. 12

Directed by Troy Nixey, starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pierce, Baliee Madison and Alan Dale


As the only truly scary movie on the list, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" was chosen because the sole involvement of Guillermo del Toro ("The Devil's Backbone," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy"), who co-wrote and produced the R-rated film. Although it's a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV-movie, del Toro brings a creepy, scare factor to all of his projects. The story follows a young girl named Sally (Madison), who after her mother abandons her, goes to live with her father, Alex (Pierce), and his girlfriend, Kim (Holmes). Alex is renovating the house they are staying at in hopes of flipping it for a profit. One day Sally comes across a hidden basement with a sealed up fireplace. Sally is drawn to the fireplace and begins to unseal it before her father stops her. But a small creature escapes and begins tormenting Sally, and as her demeanor changes, Kim begins to discover that the dream home they bought is full of nightmares.


"Our Idiot Brother"

Aug. 26

Directed by Jesse Peretz, starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer


Normally, I like to end the summer with a bang, but there isn't a whole lot including the unnecessary remake of "Fright Night" and the unnecessary re-imagining of "Conan The Barbarian." So I chose a small, independent film that received plenty of Sundance Film Festival praise, "Our Idiot Brother." The story follows the trials and tribulations of a family with three sisters (Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer) and, as the title suggests, their idiot brother Ned (Rudd). After Ned unknowingly gives some weed to an undercover cop, he is arrested and loses his job and his girlfriend. With nowhere to go, the laid back and idealistic Ned, along with his dog named Willie Nelson, infiltrates the lives and couches of his three completely different sisters, shifting and upsetting their daily routines. Rudd is such an easy going, laid back guy to begin with, it's hard not to assume that his stoner character will join the ranks of idealistic movie burnouts like The Dude.


(All dates are subject to change)


May 26

"The Hangover Part II" (d. Todd Phillips; with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis)

"Kung Fu Panda 2" (d. Jennifer Yuh Nelson; with the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Gary Oldman)


May 27

"The Tree of Life" (d. Terrence Malick; with Brad Pitt, Sean Peen and Jessica Chastain)


June 3

"X-Men: First Class" (d. Matthew Vaughn; with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence)

"Beginners" (d. Mike Mills; with Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent)

"Submarine" (d. Richard Ayoade; with Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine)


June 10

"Super 8" (d. J.J. Abrams; with Riley Griffiths, Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler)

"Troll Hunter" (d. Andre Ovredal; with Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen and Tomas Alf Larsen)

"Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer" (d. John Schultz; with Jordana Betty, heather Graham and Jaleel White)


June 17
" Green Lantern" (d. Martin Campbell; with Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Blake Lively)

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" (d. Mark Waters; with Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury)

"The Art of Getting By" (d. Gavin Wiesen; with Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano)


June 24

"Bad Teacher" (d. Jake Kasden; with Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel)

"A Better Life" (d. Chris Weitz; with Demian Bichir, Nancy Lenehan and Isabella Rae Thomas)

"Cars 2" (d. John Lasseter; with the voices of Owen Wilson, Michael Caine and Larry the Cable Guy)


July 1

"Larry Crowne" (d. Tom Hanks; with Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Bryan Cranston)

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (d. Michael Bay; with Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson)

"Monte Carlo" (d. Thomas Bezucha; with Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy)


July 8

"Horrible Bosses" (d. Seth Gordon, with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day)

"Project Nim" (d. James Marsh; with Bob Angelini, Bern Cohen and Reagan Leonard)

"Zookeeper" (d. Frank Coraci; with Kevin James, Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb)


July 15

"Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (d. David Yates; with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint)

"Winnie The Pooh" (d. Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall; with Jim Cummings, John Cleese and Craig Ferguson)

"Snow Flower and The Secret Fan" (d. Wayne Wang; with Li Bingbing, Gianna Jun and Vivian Wu)


July 22

"Captain America: The First Avenger" (d. Joe Johnson; with Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones)

"Another Earth" (d. Mike Cahill; with Brit Marling, William Mapother and Jordan Baker)

"Friends With Benefits" (d. Will Gluck; with Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis and Emma Stone)


July 29

"Cowboys & Aliens" (d. Jon Favreau; with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde)

"Crazy, Stupid, Love." (d. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa; with Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Ryan Gosling)

"The Smurfs" (d. Raja Gosnell; with Neil Patrick Harris and the voices of Hank Azaria and Katy Perry)

"The Devil's Double" (d. Lee Tamahori; with Dominic Cooper, Ludvine Sagnier and Raad Rawi)


Aug. 5

"Bellflower" (d. Evan Glodell, with Tyler Dawson, Evan Glodell and Jessie Wiseman)

"The Change-Up" (d. David Dobkin; with Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde)

"Rise of the Plant of the Apes" (d. Rupert Wyatt; with James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis)


Aug. 12

"30 Minutes or Less" (d. Ruben Fleischer; with Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari)

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (d. Troy Nixey; with Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison)

"Higher Ground" (d. Vera Farmiga; with John Hawkes, Vera Farmiga and Dagmara Dominczyk)

"Final Destination 5" (d. Steven Quale; with Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto and Tony Todd)

"The Help" (d. Tate Taylor; with Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer)


Aug. 19

"Conan The Barbarian" (d. Marcus Nispel; with Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan and Ron Perlman)

"Fright Night" (d. Craig Gillespie; with Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse)

"Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World" (d. Robert Rodriguez; with Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven and Danny Trejo)

"One Day" (d. Lone Scherfig; with Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and Patricia Clarkson)


Aug. 26

"Our Idiot Brother" (d. Jesse Peretz; with Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel)

"The Debt" (d. John Madden; with Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain) CV




By Jared Curtis


No longer is the summertime desolate for theater. In years past, there would only be a handful of shows existed to keep audiences entertained until the fall season starts. But that is no longer the case. As more and more companies hold shows during the summer, acting is alive and well with plenty of options to suit all tastes.

The Civic Center brings "Chicago" to town, with plenty of songs and J. Peterman himself, John O'Hurly, starring as Billy Flynn. The Des Moines Playhouse will take its audience back through time with a stop in the 1980s for "The Wedding Singer" and a trip to the 1960s with "Hairspray." StageWest once again sets the bar for local theater with Neil LaBute's "Beauty Plays," three different shows ("Reasons to be Pretty," "The Shape of Things" and "Fat Pig") all tied together by common themes and commentary on contemporary society and our obsession with physical beauty/appearances. Aside from the indoor performances, plenty of outdoor shows are scheduled as well, thanks to The Iowa Shakespeare Experience/Shakesperience Festival and Repertory Theater of Iowa's "Shakespeare on the Lawn." Although a performance isn't scheduled every weekend, theatergoers will stay entertained and enlightened this summer.


Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

221 Walnut St.


(515) 246-2300


June 2-5 — "Chicago The Musical" Broadway's razzle-dazzle smash "Chicago" takes over the Civic Center for four days, with John O'Hurley ("Seinfield," "Dancing With The Stars") starring as Billy Flynn. "Chicago" is the fifth-longest running production in Broadway history and is the winner of six Tony Awards and a Grammy. The show has everything you could want in a great theater-going experience including knockout dancing, an edge-of-your-seat story and one show stopping-song after another. Tickets are $20-$63.50.


Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd St.
277-6261 (ticket office)
974-5356 (register for classes)


June 3-26 — 'The Wedding Singer' based on the 1998 Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore film, "The Wedding Singer," follows Robbie Hart, who lives in his grandmother's basement in New Jersey and sings in a wedding band circa 1985. His dreams of being a singer/songwriter are long gone, replaced now by a burning desire to find the right girl and settle down. When his fiancée leaves him standing at the altar, he becomes a wedding planner's worst nightmare, taking out his bitterness on stage until his eye and heart turn to a new friend, Julia. But she's engaged to a wealthy Wall Street broker, and Robbie must decide if music is the right path to follow if he wants to win Julia's heart. Tickets are $17 to $35.


July 15 – Aug. 7 — 'Hairspray' Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show." Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program's reigning princess, integrate the television show and find true love while singing and dancing all without messing up her hair? Tickets are $20-$35.


The Des Moines Playhouse also has a number of summer theater classes available. For more information, visit http://www.dmplayhouse.com.


Civic Center's Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St.


StageWest is one of the first theatres in the country to present Neil LaBute's "Beauty Plays" presented on various days during a four-week period. Three plays, three separate stories that are all tied together by common themes and commentary on contemporary society and our obsession with physical beauty/appearance and the search for human connections.

"All three plays are award-winning, stand-alone productions, and we're putting them all together (different directors, different casts) for an exciting series of Neil LaBute's best works," said Ron Lambert, Producing Artistic Director.


June 23-26, July 7, 9 — 'Reasons to be Pretty' A love story about the impossibility of love, "Reasons to be Pretty" confronts America's obsession with physical beauty headlong when Greg, a working-class guy in a long-term relationship, inadvertently remarks to a friend that, compared to a pretty coworker, his girlfriend is "regular." This off-hand statement, a slip of the tongue, begins a downward spiral as the characters begin to experience insecurities in their own lives. Is anyone ever totally comfortable in his or her own skin?


July 6, 9, 14, 16-17 — 'The Shape of Things' The first of LaBute's "Beauty Plays," "The Shape of Things" is an exploration of art and intimacy, and people's willingness to do things for love. It is set in a small, midwestern university town and centers on the lives of four young students who become emotionally and romantically entangled as they try to cram academics, jobs, love and meaning into hectic lives.


July 8, 10, 13, 15-16 — 'Fat Pig' Size does matter. In "Fat Pig," conventionally good-looking Tom falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy woman, who happens to be plus-sized. Forced to explain his new relationship to his perplexed friends, Tom must come to terms with his own preconceived notions of love and attraction. This alternately funny and poignant play not only critiques Hollywood's standards of beauty, but questions the ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.


Tickets are $22-$25 or $60 for all three plays (any performance), available at The Civic Center Ticket Office, through Ticketmaster or online at http://www.civiccenter.org.

StageWest's free, monthly play reading series, "Scriptease" continues on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave.


June 28 — 'In The Sawtooths' Winner of the Kennedy Center's 2007 National Student Playwriting Award, "In The Sawtooths" follows Oby, Nellie and Darin, who have been friends since high school. Now in their 30s, they have become busier in their lives, but one thing remains constant — their annual backpacking adventure in the mountains of Idaho. As their trip nears and all of the necessary preparations are made, their lives are suddenly shattered by tragedy. What ensues is a true test of an old friendship. Can Oby, Nellie and Darin remain friends as they desperately try to navigate through an immense and unexpected wilderness? The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free.


The Iowa Shakespeare Experience/Shakesperience Festival




The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents Shakesperience Fest 2011 featuring two full-length plays:

"Shakespeare-Under-The-Stars The Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare" Macbeth's witches conjure Queen Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth right into our midst to share wit, wisdom and the war between the sexes in a fun-filled romantic comedy with mysterious twists and turns.
" Classics-Along-The-Cityscape: Mark TWAINment Tonight!" America's own Bard makes an appearance on our Riverside as you've never seen him before, with fresh twists on old favorites plus rare Twain romantic works — stories for the intelligentsia and for families alike are portrayed by Twain plus his wife, daughters and a terrific musical entourage. Featuring the music of Rob Lumbard.


2011 Shakesperience Festival and concert line-up (Additional information at http://www.IowaShakespeare.org)


July 22 — Date Night at Shakesperience Fest

The grounds open at 6 p.m. for picnics, wine tasting, homemade gelato by Chocolaterie Stams and European/English delicacies by Ames British Foods. Date night specials include private picnic "romantic pasha" tents and VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix. At 7 p.m., the Picnic-with-Panache informal contest begins — bring a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance attire and you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade. Music by Kings of Croon with special guest Fred Gazzo. At 8:15 p.m., The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents "Classics-Along-the-Cityscape: Mark TWAINment Tonight."


July 23 — Young Professionals Night and Art Market Fair at Shakesperience Fest

Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnics, wine tasting, homemade gelato by Chocolaterie Stams and European/English delicacies by Ames British Foods. At 6:30 p.m., enjoy the "Up and Comers" Art Fair and mini-Grey Market, showcasing the works of the Metro's most exciting young artists and designers. Private picnic "romantic pasha" tents and VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix. At 7 p.m., enjoy the "Play Outside Stage Party" with the cast, featuring music and select beers, wines and appetizers; $10 per person. Tickets available at the Stage Steps. Includes complimentary VIP section seating during the show. Also at 7 p.m., the Picnic-with-Panache informal contest begins — bring a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal, or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance attire and you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade. Live music from Tina Haase Findley and special guests. At 8:15 p.m., The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents "Shakespeare-Under-the-Stars: The Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare," featuring live music and dance.


July 24 — VIP Night and Interactive Family Night at Shakesperience Fest, featuring Des Moines Civic Music and The Belin String Quartet. The party starts at 6 p.m. for picnics, wine tasting, homemade gelato by Chocolaterie Stams and European/English delicacies by Ames British Foods. At 7 p.m., the Picnic-with-Panache informal contest begins — bring a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal, or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance attire and you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade. Live music from the Social Groove Community Drummers with a special interactive performance by the Belin String Quartet and surprise guest appearances. Also at 7 p.m. is "The King Doth Keep His Revels Here Tonight" Tented VIP Wine Party hosted by some of the metro's most prominent community leaders (for tickets, see http://www.IowaShakespeare.org). At 8 p.m., families with young children are encouraged to move into the front area seating sections (see ushers for more information). At 8:15 p.m., The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents "Classics-Along-the-CityScape: Mark TWAINment Tonight," featuring music by Rob Lumbard. After the show, meet the Festival Director at the stage steps who will let the kids take the stage and backstage areas to explore sets, costume areas and more, as well as an opportunity to meet the cast and get autographs.


July 25 — Rain Date Performance (all Shakesperience shows offer a terrific rain date location for picnicking indoors, downtown at the "Secret Castle." The website has more details. If any show is cancelled for rain, an extra outdoor performance in the Amphitheater may be held on this date.)


July 29 — Date Night at Shakesperience Fest

The grounds open at 6 p.m. for picnics, wine tasting, homemade gelato by Chocolaterie Stams. Date night specials include private picnic "romantic pasha" tents and VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix. At 7 p.m., the Picnic-with-Panache informal contest begins — bring a picnic feast with all the accoutrements such as Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal, or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance attire and you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade. Also at 7 p.m. is a romantic version of The Regina Melodies Concert featuring Tina Haase Findlay and special guests. At 8:15 p.m., The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents "Shakespeare-Under-the-Stars: The Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare," featuring live music and dance.


July 30 — Saturday Sizzles at Shakesperience Fest

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics, wine tasting, homemade gelato by Chocolaterie Stams and European/English delicacies by Ames British Foods. Sizzling Saturday specials include private picnic "romantic pasha" tents and VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix. At 7 p.m., the Picnic-with-Panache informal contest begins — bring a picnic feast with all the accoutrements such as Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal, or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance attire and you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade. Also at 7 p.m. is a pre-show concert featuring romantic tunes sung by Kings of Croon with special guests Fred Gazzo. At 8:15 p.m., The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents "Classics-Along-the-CityScape: Mark TWAINment Tonight," featuring music by Rob Lumbard.


July 31 — "Friends and Family" Night at Shakesperience Fest

Open at 6 p.m., attendees can enjoy picnics, wine tasting, homemade gelato by Chocolaterie Stams and European/English delicacies by Ames British Foods. Friends and Family night specials include private picnic tables and VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix. At 7 p.m., the Picnic-with-Panache informal contest begins — bring a picnic feast with all the accoutrements such as Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal, or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance attire and might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade. Also at 7 p.m. is a special interactive version of The Regina Melodies Concert featuring Tina Haase Findlay and special guests. At 8:15 p.m., The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents "Shakespeare-Under-the-Stars: The Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare," featuring live music and dance.


Aug. 1 — Rain Date Performance (all Shakesperience shows offer a terrific rain date location for picnicking indoors, downtown at the "Secret Castle." The website has more details. If any show is cancelled due to rain, an extra outdoor performance in the Amphitheater may be held on this date.)


711 Theatre Project
Grand View University Viking Theatre, 2811 E 14th St.


June 10-11 — The 711 Theatre Project. On June 3, 18 troupes will be shown the set, given their required elements and then have seven days to produce their original short plays. Then, on June 10-11, starting at 8 p.m., nine troupes each night will perform the new works. They are vying for more than $4,000 in cash, prizes and gifts including the coveted "Best of Show" award, which includes a trophy and a prize package worth more than $1,000, including $250 in cash. Some of the other prizes awarded include: "Audience Choice," "Best Playwright" and "Best Ensemble." Tickets are $10 and are on sale now through http://www.midwestix.com. Tickets will also be available an hour prior to show time for $12. For more information, visit http://www.711theatre.com or http://www.facebook.com/711theatre.


48 Hour Film Project Events


The 48 Hour Film Project will once again take over the cinematic landscapes of Des Moines. On July 29, participating teams will gather at the Des Moines Art Center and be given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that they must work into their film. They must turn in their films 48 hours later to be eligible for the competition. Submitted films will be screened for the public at the Fleur Cinema Aug. 3-4, with the best films screening again on Aug. 18 at the Fleur. Registration begins May 31 online at http://www.48hourfilm.com/desmoines, and all spaces are first come, first serve.


The Repertory Theater of Iowa



June 3-4, 10-11 — 'Victorian Voices: Sense & Sensibility' Written by actress and Repertory Theater of Iowa company member Kerry Skram, this new adaptation seeks to transfer to the stage Austen's wry wit and the complex, enduring characters of her 19th century world, a world fraught with the struggle between romantic emotionalism and common sense. Performances are scheduled for June 3-4 and 10-11. Each evening will include a light pre-show supper before the performance and a dessert discussion afterward. Tickets are $55 with proceeds to benefit the Terrace Hill Foundation. Seating will be limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be made by phoning (515) 280-3450 or (515) 280-3980.


July 21-24 — 'Shakespeare on the Lawn: As You Like It' Repertory Theater of Iowa returns to Salisbury House & Gardens July 21-24 for "Shakespeare on the Lawn." This summer's event will feature "As You Like It." Guest artist Karla Kash will direct the show.


The Des Moines Social Club
400 Kirkwood St.


May 27 — 'The Maria Project'

The Des Moines Social Club and The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence present "The Maria Project," a compelling family story that begins in 1906 and tells a riveting tale of the impact of a family secret over three generations. Using documentary footage, text and percussion, this groundbreaking solo piece uplifts and gives voice to the family stories in all of us. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $20 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.themariaproject.com.


July 28-30 — DMSC All-Metro Student Production of Kurt Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse-Five'


Based on Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel, "Slaughterhouse-Five" follows Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, the audiences follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all the phases of his life. Directed by Yvette Zarod Hermann, the cast of 18 talented students (ages 8-19) plays more than 40 different roles. Admission is $8.



Ames Community Theater, 120 Abraham Drive



June 10-26 — 'Art' Set in Paris, "Art" revolves around three friends — Serge, Marc and Yvan — who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting. Serge is proud of his acquisition fully expecting the approval of his friends. Marc is open about his distaste for the painting, but are there other factors clouding his judgment? Yvan, who is getting married soon, tells Serge he likes the painting, but laughs about it with Marc behind Serge's back. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendship. The show contains some adult language. Admission is $15 and can be purchised at Gallery 319, 310 Main St., Ames. (515) 232-2354 or http://www.gallery319ames.com.


Story Theater Company
Ames City Auditorium, 520 6th St.


June 24-26 — 'Annie, Jr.' One of the most beloved musicals in history, "Annie, Jr." tells the story of a Depression-era orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago at a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In this fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Tickets are $8 (kids $5) available at the door.

ACTORS, Inc also has a number of summer theater camps available. For more information, pricing and class description, visit http://www.storytheatercompnay.org. CV


Caption: theater1: "Chicago" brings "All That Jazz" to the Civic Center June 2-5.


Caption: theater2: StageWest presents "Beauty Plays" three Neil LaBute plays ("Reasons to be Pretty," "The Shape of Things" and "Fat Pig"), presented on various days during a four-week period.


Caption: theater3: Matt Wiggins and Jami Bassman star in a sexy 2011 summer of "Theatre Under the Stars" classics on the Riverwalk at the Metro's 3rd annual Shakesperience Festival.


Caption: theater4: Repertory Theater of Iowa returns to Salisbury House & Gardens July 21-24 for "Shakespeare on the Lawn."



Sing and dance your way back in time as The Playhouse presents 'The Wedding Singer'


In 1998, "The Wedding Singer" rocked its way in to theaters and became not only one of the most popular films of the year, but also one of the best films of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's careers. And with all good films, the stage version wasn't far behind. In 2006 it debuted on Broadway eventually being nominated for five Tony Awards. Although the stage varies a bit from the film, "The Wedding Singer" proves to be plenty of fun as The Des Moines Playhouse brings the excess of the '80s to town for most of the month of June.

" I'm a big fan of the film, and I really enjoyed the music when I heard the soundtrack to the musical," said Craig Peterson, who plays wedding singer Robbie Hart. "I really liked the story. It's a flash back to the style and fun of the 1980s including big hair, flashy clothes and plenty of fun."

Set in 1985, "The Wedding Singer" follows rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart, who lives in his grandmother's basement in New Jersey. His dreams of being a singer/songwriter are long gone, replaced now by a burning desire to find the right girl and settle down. When his fiancée leaves him standing at the altar, he becomes a wedding planner's worst nightmare, taking out his bitterness on stage until his eye and heart turn to a new friend, Julia.

" The show is an absolute blast. It's fun and upbeat, and the music is very catchy," said Bridget Roepke, who plays Julia. "Julia is a very sweet and understanding girl, but fairly naïve. She's that girl that everyone loved and respected in high school."

Although Robbie is madly in love with her, Julia is engaged to a wealthy Wall Street broker named Glen (Brandon Lee).

" She wants to get married but soon discovers that maybe her fiancée, Glen, isn't quite the catch she thought he was," Roepke said.

The storyline is similar to the film but does make a few changes.

" The film and the stage musical are actually quite similar," Roepke said. "Some of the major differences are that instead of Julia and Glen having been engaged for a long time, Glen proposes to Julia on stage in the number called 'Pop!' And the character of Rosie (Janet Habick) is actually Robbie's grandmother in the musical, rather than just an older friend of his."

Along with a few story changes, more musical numbers make their way into the show (the wedding band is hilariously named "Simply Wed"), creating a theater-going experience like no other.

" There is a lot more music and dancing, and since it's on the stage, you're going to see bigger and brighter characters," Peterson said. "My favorite scene is where Robbie is in the bar, and the guys are discussing the beauty of being single. It's a fun, manly scene."

As with most musicals, the songs help bring the scenes to life, conveying a wide range of fun and emotions.

" My favorite scene is definitely 'Casualty of Love.' Robbie is singing at a wedding after having his heart broken and explains to the guests why certain people, including himself, will never find true love," Roepke said. "The song is so bitter yet hilarious that it makes me laugh every time."

With so many great songs and plenty of laughs, "The Wedding Singer" should please audiences from 18 to 80.

" This show is so much fun. The story is a classic, and it's one that everyone can relate to," Roepke said. "The script is hilarious, and the songs are super catchy and fun to listen to. The show is going to be enjoyable for everyone." CV




By Jim Duncan


Art is big business, yet no one ever talks about "the art industry." That's probably because artists like to believe their calling is anti-industrial, that they are the caretakers of beauty and nature in the postmodern world. Plus, industrialists often write artists off as mere children who never grow up — even Picasso agreed with them. Both sides make their points in summer. Like school kids, the art world closes shop and heads to the hills or the beaches during the hot season. Except in Des Moines.

Alison Elizabeth Taylor (American, born 1974)The Breeder, 2009-10Wood veneer and shellac56 x 45 inchesImage and work courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai

Summer here is prime time for the fine arts. In Des Moines, national reputations have been built against the winds of tradition. With little more than the sheer force of their personalities, retired Maestro Robert Larsen and the late Mo Dana created two summer festivals of national repute in central Iowa's unlikely soil. Like corn, Larsen's Des Moines Metro Opera thrived in heat and humidity; drawing the tassel of star singers, on summer break from the cultural capitols of the world, to the silk womb of Indianola. Dana's Des Moines Arts Festival now fills the city's hotels and restaurants with eager art shoppers from near and far.

Both festivals have persuaded itinerant artists to pitch their tents in the farm belt summer. Both convinced locals to support those artists with endearing enthusiasm. In doing so, they transformed the image of summer in Des Moines while inspiring other notable festivals. ArtFest Midwest and Iowa Sculptural Festival now have big followings of their own.

Summer festivals have even inspired brick and mortar arts institutions to bump up their summer programs. As the following calendar shows, Des Moines' gallery scene has grown exponentially since Art Fest began. Only Kavanaugh and Olson-Larsen galleries are still around from those days.




(*APT* indicates a special Art Pimp tout)


Recurring Events and Family Attractions


Thursday Night Art Walks in downtown Newton

First Friday Art Walks, Fairfield Town Square

Third Wednesdays of the month, Art Walks on Iowa State University campus.

Third Friday open houses at 304 15th St., Studio 100, (the former Fitch Gallery).

Sculptor James Ellwanger, whose large works dot the city like steely icons, opens his studio and displays his paintings.


Special Events



Des Moines Metro Opera 39th Summer Festival (Simpson College, Indianola, http://www.desmoinesmetroopera.org)

May 28 — "Death by Aria"

DMMO's James Collier Apprentice Artist Program kicks the season off in the lobby of the Blank Performing Arts Center with this free evening of introductions and arias.

June 2 — "Singing On Tap" at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar, 6 p.m.

June 10 — Cabernet Night Live, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

American Slice #15 Thomas Jackson

An evening of standards and show tunes mixed with opera presented by DMMO's Apprentice Artists and hosted by Wicker Van Orsdel at the Des Moines Social Club at 400 Walnut, Downtown. $40 ($50 after May 31).

June 25 — Opening night gala dinner, 5 p.m. $100.

June 4, 8, 16, 18, 29 and July 2, 9 — Apprentice Artists Program

Lekberg Hall at Simpson hosts this series of free scene presentations from the repertoire.

June 9 — "Threads & Trills" luncheon, noon Holiday Inn Jordan Creek.

June 16 (twice) and 18 — "Peanut Butter & Puccini Family Opera Adventure," *APT*

9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Blank Center. Kids and adults take backstage tour of the opera. Learn about wig and makeup application, lighting, etc. $10 includes lunch.

June 19 - Ju1y 12 — The 2011 Season *APT*

"La Boheme" by Puccini, June 24, 26 and July 1, 5, 9 and 17
The world's most popular opera, and the original "Rent," Henry Murger's story of his youth in 1830's Paris became Puccini's ticket to immortality. DMMO's performance, with conductor David Neely, will bring back two audience favorites — Jan Cornelius and Harold Meers lead the cast.

"Don Pasquale" by Donizetti, performances June 25 and July 3, 6, 8, 12 and 16
DMMO continues its impressive run of Donizetti covers with this classic buffa in which young love strives to prevail over lecherous old men and moronic scholars. Zulimar López-Hernández makes her DMMO debut as the vivacious Norina with Rod Nelman, Taylor Stayton and John Moore vying for her attention.

"Dialogues of the Carmelites" by Francis Poulenc, performances July 2, 10, 13 and 15, plus July 7 at Des Moines Social Club
A nun's crisis of faith is set amidst the horrors of the French Revolution in one of the 20th century's top operas. Audience darling Jane Redding returns to sing the role of Sister Blanche of the Agony of Christ.

July 12 — Samuel Ramey master class

The world-renowned bass presents a master class ($10) at Lekberg Hall.

July 14 — "Stars of Tomorrow" Concert, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, $10 - $20. *APT*

DMMO's Apprentice Artists perform arias and ensembles at Sheslow Auditorium. $10-$20.

May 31, June 6, 9, 12, 17, 19, 26, 30 July 3, 7, 10, 15, 17 — "Apprentice Artist Program Performances," (times vary) at Lekberg Hall, Des Moines Social Club, and Sheslow Auditorium.

The troupe performs scenes and entire acts from both popular operas and rarely seen works. Most performances are free.

Iowa Sculpture Festival, Maytag Park, Newton, iowasculpturefestival.org. $2

June 10-12 — The 9th annual event brings big bronze and steel art to Maytag Park and its new indoor venue at DMACC Newton campus for a hands-on experience of meeting artists, picnicking, swimming and watching comedians, magicians, balloon animal makers, etc.

Des Moines Arts Festival, Gateway West, http://www.desmoinesartsfestival.org. Free.

June 24- 26 — A festival grand enough to inspire copycats, critics and loyalists, plus national rankings. (A top 10 festival by American Style) The three-day, free events bring 185 national artists of all media, and 24 emerging local artists, to the riverbanks of downtown Des Moines. Plus, there's enough food and music to turn shopping into a mega-event and source of civic pride.

ArtFest Midwest, Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, http://www.stookeyshows.com/afmw/index.html. Free.

June 25 – 26 — Piggybacking on the big shoulders of DMAF, the "Other Art Show," boasts lots of demonstrations (glassblowing, pastel portraits, lampwork jewelry, pottery etc.) plus free parking and regional chauvinism. More than 210 artists will be showing, with approximately 40 percent from Iowa and 90 percent from the Midwest. The fest is now calling itself the "largest fine art show in Iowa."

Art Stop — Sept. 23-24

The annual shuttle bus tour of central Iowa's art galleries, studios and museums.






Art Dive, 1417 Walnut St., http://www.artdive.com

Des Moines' alternative gallery plans alternative exhibitions. Be surprised.

2AU, 200 Fifth, West Des Moines

Alison Elizabeth Taylor (American, born 1974)Roadside, 2006Wood veneer and shellac47 x 56 inchesImage and work courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai

Beach boys of Ipanema and mermaids of Tahiti mix it up with Tanzanian gems this summer.

Kavanaugh Gallery, 131 5th Street West Des Moines, 279-8682, http://www.kavanaughgallery.com

Specializing in purchase estate collections, there's no telling what you might find here.

Susan Noland Studio Gallery, 902 42nd St.

The psychological properties of gems are front and center in this master goldsmith's repertoire.

Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Avenue, Ames http://www.octagonarts.org


Limited Engagements


Steven Vail Gallery, 500 E Locust St., http://www.stevenvailfinearts.com

Through July 8 — "Chuck Close - Self Portraits"

Ranging from woodcuts and silk screens to a handmade cotton and linen paper prints, this show demonstrate how a single subject can be represented in radically different approaches. This is pretty much the same survey of Close that played to great applause at the Walker Art Center in Minnesota, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art in Georgia, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in New York.

Olson-Larsen Galleries, 203 Fifth, West Des Moines, http://www.olsonlarsen.com

June 3 - July 16 — "Landscape Show" *APT*

New works by the gallery's "summer epic" stars Gary Bowling, Dave Gordinier, Rod Massey, Betsy Margolius and Roger Towndrow.

July 22 – Sept. 3 — "Three Takes on Photography"

New works by David Ottenstein, Dan Powell and Peter Feldstein.

Sept. 9 – Oct. 8 — "New Work" APT*

Gallery stalwarts Scott Charles Ross and John Preston.

Moberg Art Gallery, 2921 Ingersoll Ave., http://www.moberggallery.com

Through July 9 — "John Phillip Davis" *APT*

New works by a thought-provoking painter/sculptor.

July 15 – Aug. 20 — "Travis Rice" *APT*

Installation master brings multi media to a massive debut show at the gallery.

Aug. 26 – Oct. 1— "Thomas Jackson" *APT*

Eye-popping illusions from a master.

Finder's Creepers, 515 18th St., http://www.finderscreepers.com

Alternative to alternative, plus a little black magic.

June 10 — "Back from the Cosmos"

Matt Welbourn, Van Holmgren and Brent Houzenga bring psychedelic visions.

July 15 — "The Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainry"

An art show with a villain theme.

August — "Clowns"

Don't joke about it.

Heritage Art Gallery, 111 Court Ave., http://www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org

Through June 2 — "Lovers, Mothers, and Their Dreams"

The disturbingly whimsical art of Annick Ibsen and Linda Lewis.
June 6 -Aug. 25 — "Iowa Exhibited 26"

The annual exhibition of work by artists across the state, professional and amateur.

Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org

Through Sept. 4 — "Surface Value" *APT*

James Gobel, Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Mickalene Thomas present unique visions of American life and lifestyle, exploring pop culture influences from the dark outer rims. So called "painters," each one uses media in an innovative way, incorporating fabric, wood, and rhinestones into the two-dimensional space of the canvas.

Through July 31 — "Kalup Linzy's Keys To Our Heart"

Chuck Close, Untitled (Self Portrait), 2007, 42 color woodcut

Inspired by the history of black filmmaking, "race movies," 1940s musicals starring Lena Horne, and the Hollywood 1950s melodramas of the Danish-German director Douglas Sirk.

May 28 – Sept. 18 — "The Fashion Show"

Works on paper in which clothing plays a central role in the image. Ranges from dresses, kimonos, coats, ruffs, lace, jewels, gloves, hairstyles, powdered wigs, hats, denim, leather and body piercing.

June 3 – Oct. 2 — "Iowa Artists"

Works of Stephanie Brunia, Matthew Kluber and Matt Corones.

Summer classes. Day camps and family workshops. Call 271-0306.

Ankeny Art Center, 1520 S.W. Ordnance Road, http://www.ankenyartcenter.com

June 1- 29

"They Said, He Saw: A Window / A Window: They Said, He Saw." Nathan Chandler and Luke Hubbard.

"Painter of Life" Rich Hoffmann.


"A Tinsel Town Event" Lorely Burgduff, Kevin Mutchler and Steve Deniston

"Works by Don Raker"


"Works by Donna McConkey"

"Works by Joyce O'Brien"

Brunnier Museum of Art, University Museums, 290 Scheman Bldg., Ames, http://www.museums.iastate.edu

Through Aug. 6

"Constructed Color: Quilts and Coverlets from the Farm House Museum Collection"

"A Fragile Thread of Glass"

"Priscilla Sage: Contemporary Sculpture"

"Play With Me: Dolls from the Ann Brunnier Collection"

"Ulfert Wilke: Words To Be Seen"

"The Jeweled Past: Russian Enamels"

"Brilliant Cut Glass"

The Vesterheim, 523 W. Water St., Decorah, http://www.vesterheim.org

Through April, 2012

"Polar Exploration" Featuring Roald Amundsen, Richard Byrd and Bernt Balchen.

June 2 - July 2, 2011

"The Hjelles of Siewers Springs" A photo exhibit documenting a Norwegian immigrant family and their Decorah legacy.

July 23 - 30

"National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition" Rosemaling, weaving, woodworking and knife making by contemporary artists.

Sept. 1, 2011-Sept. 3, 2012

"Sigvald Asbjørnsen, Sculptor" Works by the renowned artist, including portrait busts of famous Norwegians and Americans.

Sept. 22 - April 30

"Peale Furniture Collection" More than 20 exceptional pieces of Norwegian furniture from the estate of Ruth Stafford Peale, wife of Norman Vincent Peale.
Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, http://www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery

David Ottenstein, Chicken Coop, Page County #2, Pigment ink print.

Through June 5 —"Photos of John Philips"

Civil Rights historian.

"Ar(t)chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990 "

Through Aug. 11 — "Women in Conflict"

Appraises the status and value.

June 24 – Sept. 4 — "Liz Steketee - Family Albums"

Reconstructed memories offer creative insight into the act and the art of taking family photos.

MacNider Art Museum, 303 Second Street SE, Mason City, http://www.macniderart.org

Through July 18 — "Art of Africa"

Works from Smithsonian collections focus on Sub-Saharan cultures.

Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St., Davenport, http://www.art-dma.org

Through Aug. 21 — "Water Views from the Figge Collection"

June 11 – Sept. 4 — "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design" CV




By Amber Williams


After the blustery winds let up and the grey skies turn blue, Iowans all agree that it's time to go outside — outside to play, walk, bike, dance, drink and think. And work? Nah, forget about work. This is about play. Whether you're a meticulous planner or a whimsical wanderer, scan this list of hot happenings around the metro and decide which of these summer events are right for you.

Outdoor events and festivals


May 28-June 14 — Bad Boyz Mustang Club of Greater Des Moines will be cruising around the metro all summer long for Cruise Nights and car shows at various locations. Their next stop is at the Hot Rod's 2nd Annual Spring Car Show in Altoona on May 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. Then on to Cruise Night at the 5 & Diner in Pleasant Hill on May 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. Check out the website for an entire list of Bad Boyz events at http://www.badboyzmustangclub.com.


Check out Labowski look-a-likes at Dude-A-Rama.

June 4 — The 5th annual SWINE Festival, featuring Iowa's proudest pork products paired with some of the state's finest wines, will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Des Moines Area Community College, 2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard, in Ankeny. Ten of Iowa's top chefs will serve gourmet pork creations and suggest wine pairings, which will be available for sampling. Admission is $35 ($20 for designated drivers and minors ages 7-20), and prices include one free bottle of wine of your choosing and a commemorative wine glass.


June 4-5 — "Get to the Greek" — Orthodox Church of St. George, that is, at 1110 35th St., for the Greek Food Festival, and you don't have to be Greek to eat, drink and dance like one. This family affair includes traditional Greek foods and drinks, a tour of the archaic church and music and dancing from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 5. Admission is free, but tickets for the meal are $12 in advance at Dahl's Food Stores or by calling (515) 277-0780, or $14 at the door. Visit http://www.stgeorge.ia.goarch.org to learn more.


June 9-11 — Grimes' "Funtastic Event" has a new name this year: Governors Days, but it features all the traditional funtastic elements. The weekend kicks off on Thursday, June 9, with a carnival in the park and the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corp. On Friday, June 10, the carnival continues including craft and food vendors, a beer garden and Toaster performing live from 7:45 to 10:45 p.m. A Lions Club breakfast starts Saturday off right, along with a 5K run/walk, a one-mile run and a parade. The Nadas conclude the night in the beer garden performing from 7:45 to 10:45 p.m. with a fireworks finale to follow. All this and so much more comprise Grimes' annual community celebration.


June 10-13 — Celebrating diversity is a year-round affair with Capital City Pride Des Moines, but every year Pride Fest throws that celebration into high gear promoting acceptance and tolerance of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community with a parade. Join the fun at any of Pride's many scheduled events. Learn more online at http://www.capitalcitypride.org.


June 11-Oct. 2 — Here's an idea for the summer: leap out of a perfectly good airplane with the Des Moines Skydivers, a nationally known skydiving destination near Winterset, overlooking the famous covered bridges and lush landscape of Madison County. Book a tandem experience for any of the following dates: June 11, 12, 25 and 26; July 23 and 24; Aug. 6, 7, 20 and 21; the annual Skydiving Boogie Sept. 2-5; and Oct. 1 and 2. Call (515) 243-1711 or visit http://www.desmoinesskydivers.com for more information.


June 16-19 — Johnston's annual community Green Days festival is in its 15th year. Held near the Johnston Public Library, historically the event is a celebration of agriculture and horticulture involving many local garden clubs, nurseries and greenhouses. Today that celebration also includes a parade, a carnival, children's activities, a live DJ, Danzing the Night Away, local bands Flipside and Standing Hampton in the beverage garden, a rib cook-off contest, a Bill Riley talent search, a classic car show, a 5K run/walk and more. Admission is free.


June 16-18 — Sit, sip and mingle at Winefest Des Moines, featuring wine events for all tastes, from the elegant cocktail atmosphere of Prima Dinners on Thursday night to the more casual tastings of Sip & the City on Friday and a Grand Tasting on Saturday night. Ticket prices for each event vary. Check out http://www.winefestdesmoines.com to learn more.


June 18 — The 27th annual Mid-Iowa Brit/Euro Car Classic in Johnston, featuring some of the state's best British, European and American classic automobiles, will be held in conjunction with Johnston Green Days this year, the city's annual community celebration, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be located along Merle Hay Road north of Northglenn Drive.


June 18 — A new scenic course brings a few more challenges to the Clive Running Festival event this year, winding through several Clive neighborhoods along the Greenbelt trail, which was enhanced with two new water fountains paid for by last year's proceeds. This non-profit event uses its proceeds for the betterment of the Clive community. The course starts at the Clive Aquatics Center, at 1801 N.W. 114th St., and ends at Living History Farms. Entry fees vary depending on the race and the number of people per team. Registration runs up until the Saturday before the race, but additional fees apply after June 15. Check out http://www.fitnesssports.com/juneraces/Clive_Fest/Cliveinfo.html for more details.


June 24-26 — Winner of the Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events, the Des Moines Art Festival features astounding artists and their work from all over the country, as well as art-related activities for guests, live music and performing arts. This year the event will appropriately take over the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park downtown. Organizers are always in need of volunteers at this massive, crowd-gathering event. Learn more online at http://desmoinesartsfestival.org.


The annual Wing Ding for chicken wings at Jethro's BBQ.

June 25-26 — Stookey Companies presents Artfest Midwest, "the other art show" complementing the Des Moines Art Festival. A bus will be available to shuttle art lovers from downtown to the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds where central Iowa high school and college student artists will show and sell their work. Other kids activities are planned, as well. Admission and parking is free. Find out more details online at http://www.stookeysshows.com.


July 1 — The Des Moines Symphony celebrates our nation's birthday in style with a free outdoor concert at the Iowa State Capitol West Terrace. Maestro Joseph Giunta and the orchestra take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The patriotic ambiance abounds with a blaze of glorious fireworks to end the evening and segue Des Moines into Independence Day. (Also, learn about the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger at http://www.dmsymphony.org.)


July 7-10 — "Get Your Game On" at the Ankeny Summerfest this year, which is the theme of the grand parade that is scheduled to run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. The carnival sets up on day one of the festival and a host of kids' games and activities will follow. Entertainment includes a Bill Riley State Fair Talent Show, fireworks on Sunday night and the Nadas play live from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m. on Friday to kick things off. Find out more at http://www.ankenysummerfest.org online.


July 9 — For many of us, summer is a time for some serious outdoor drinking. That's why Cityview will be bringing Brewfest back for its fifth year at Principal Park — four surly hours of sipping, swigging and chugging some of the world's most beloved beers from 3 to 7 p.m. Almost 400 beer varieties make an appearance year after year. For $23 (in advance, $28 at the door and $10 for designated drivers) beer lovers get unlimited samples of craft, domestic and imported beers. Tickets are available at Des Moines area Hy-Vee Food stores and Principal Park. Learn more at http://www.dmcityview.com/brewfest or http://www.dmbrewfest.com. Join us for a toast!


July 13-17 — Get a little country groove going in nearby Adel for the Dallas County Fair. Where else in the metro can you find a carnival, a rodeo, a tractor pull and mudslinging figure-8 races, plus an array of children's activities and not to mention a beer garden, a community dance, a hypnotist and live music? Take Hickman Road west through Waukee. The fairgrounds are located at 28057 Fairgrounds Road on Adel's north side.


July 21-24 — The Salisbury House and Gardens bring so much culture to Des Moines' summer with outdoor events like Shakespeare on the Lawn. The eighth annual event will bring the esteemed talents of Repertory Theater of Iowa with "As You Like It… as Will Wrote It!" from 7:30 to 10 p.m. atop the manicured English gardens. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and prepare to be awed. Tickets are $20 and $18 for members.


July 23 — Get wing-dingy at the third annual Wing Ding event, mixing Des Moines' best chicken wings and frosty adult drinks with local music all in support of Artists With Disabilities. Live music performances by The Snacks, Dead Yellow Canaries, Soulful Security and Truth Be Told will provide entertainment for more than 1,000 expected attendees. Ten central Iowa restaurants will serve wing recipes samples including Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, Court Ave. Brewing Co., El Bait Shop, Gerri's, Jethro's, Mo' Rub Spice Wings, Quinton's and West End Diner, among others. Sign up for a wing-eating contest the day of the event, which will run from 4 to 11 p.m. at Jethro's BBQ, 3100 Forest Ave. Tickets in advance are $15, or pay $20 at the door. Tickets go on sale on June 8 and can be purchased at Hy-Vee stores or online at http://www.eventbrite.com. Admission includes wings, drinks, activities and live music. All proceeds go to help VSA Iowa provide experiences in art, drama, dance, music, visual arts and creative writing to more than 30,000 Iowa children and adults with disabilities this year.


July 29-30 — Viva L'Italia! It means, "Long live Italy," and in Des Moines, Italy is alive and well. Perhaps no one does music, dancing and food better than our Italian brothers and sisters at the Italian-American Heritage Festival. More than 10 Italian bands and performers will be there along with a party of vendors drawing crowds to the Court Avenue bridge. Gates open from 11 to 2 a.m. on Friday, July 29, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. Admission is free before 4 p.m. on both days, and $5 after that. Visit http://italianfestivalofiowa.com to find out how this event benefits the Food Bank of Iowa and Gigi's Playhouse in Urbandale.


July 29-Aug. 6 — Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring, photogenic events in the metro, the National Balloon Classic at the Indianola Air Field is featuring new balloon shapes, such as the American bald eagle and other animal figures, this year. The 5K race will be returning, and the classic parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 at the Irving Elementary School. Find out more about the scheduled events and balloon rides online at http://www.nationalballoonclassic.com.


July 30 — Urbandale's 2nd Annual Amazing Race will start at 9 a.m. at the Lions Park Gazebo in Urbandale. Teams of two will test their physical fitness and clue-solving skills as they compete in a foot/bike race across Urbandale to earn prizes and bragging rights. Participants must be 21 years old. The cost is $5 per team. Visit http://www.urbandaleparksandrec.org to register, or for more information call (515) 278-3963.


July 30 — The annual Pleasant Hill Summerfest kicks off with a parade, car show, pet show, inflatables and finales with a fireworks display. Toaster will provide live entertainment at 7 p.m. This event is fun for the whole family.


July 30 — The Dude indeed abides. Come and enjoy a white Russian along with other "The Big Lebowski" movie lovers at the third annual Dude-a-Rama at AMF Lanes, 3839 N.E. 14th St. Tickets go on sale June 1 and will be available at http://www.eventbrite.com. The party starts at 7 p.m. and lasts till they kick you out. Come dressed as your favorite Lebowski character for a chance to win awesome prizes, and enjoy White Russian specials, a mixing seminar, live music from The Snacks and Floodplane, Lebowski trivia and, of course, bowling. Tickets run between $25 and $40 depending on the package. Check out http://www.dude-a-rama.com for more information.


Tandem skydiving takes place all summer long at the Des Moines Skydivers near Winterset.

Aug. 11-21 — Long considered the country's largest state fair and one of the state's biggest tourism draws, the Iowa State Fair never disappoints, and "nothing compares," as goes this year's theme. The state fair literally has something to appeal to all tastes. Speaking of tastes, for many fair-goers, it's all about the food! Whether you're there for livestock and agriculture exhibits, grandstand bands, beer, meats on sticks, the carnival or simply to people watch, it's true: nothing else compares to the Iowa State Fair. Grounds hours are from 7 to 1 a.m. Go to http://www.iowastatefair.com to learn the different ways you can purchase tickets and receive discounts and to get more details on the numerous events and concert line-ups.


Aug. 12-13 — Only folk singer James Taylor could say it best when describing the Adel Sweet Corn Festival, and "how sweet it is," which is why that's this year's theme. This annual community celebration showcases a historic, small town charm with a classic parade, food and craft vendors lining the brick streets, a classic car show and all the FREE sweet corn you can eat provided by local growers. A teen dance is scheduled for Friday night with a live DJ, and Brother Trucker will play the street dance Friday night at the pavilion, just off the square. Visit http://www.adelpartners.org to learn more.


Aug. 27 — Most towns celebrate on the square, but Waukee's "festival on the triangle" known as Waukee Fest, isn't the only thing that makes the city and its annual celebration unique. It's definitely worth the short drive with a feet-stomping parade kicking off the day followed by a community breakfast, art and craft vendors, tons of kids' activities, local entertainment with a beverage garden and a band as well as a steak fry dinner… to name a few. For more information contact McKinlee Gibson at mgibson@wakee.org by email, or call (515) 987-4522.


Sept. 4 — One of Iowa's biggest athletic beacons, the Hy-Vee Triathlon, has joined the World Triathlon Corporation as an U.S. Championship event, making it part of the prestigious U.S. 5150 Triathlon Series where local, amateur athletes will compete on the same platform as professionals from around the world right in downtown Des Moines. Teams and individuals have until July 31 to register. Individual fees are $150 ($175 after Aug.1), and teams pay $225. Register online at http://www.hy-veetriathlon.com.


Sept. 17 — The 2011 Hy-Vee IronKids event for athletes ages 6 to 15, depending on age, includes a two- to eight-mile bike ride and 500-yard to two-mile run at the West Des Moines City/School Campus, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway. Athletes are divided into three categories: Junior, Intermediate and Senior. The cost is $30, but additional family members can register for $20, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Register online at http://www.ironkids.com.


Participatory sports


May 26-Sept. 1 — Ohm… ready to relax? Yoga in the Gardens at the Salisbury House starts at 6 p.m. It's two hours of calm, quiet stress relief among the beautifully manicured gardens and with Shakti Yoga House instructors who gear the class toward all ability levels. Classes are $25 at the door, and they run all summer long including May 26, June 30, July 28 and Sept. 1. A reception will follow each session.


June 3-18 — There's still time to register for the Iowa Senior Games online for $40. This event is for the seasoned athlete (age 50 and older). Games kick off with a softball tournament at Raccoon River Park at 5 p.m. Other events such as cycling, golf, shuffleboard, tennis, basketball, table tennis and numerous others will follow throughout this competitive event spanning June 3-4 and June 16-19. Online registration is open until June 11 at http://www.iowaseniorolympics.com.


June 4 — This run is not for the faint. Dam To Dam, Iowa's Distance Classic, is the largest 20K race in the nation. It's also one of Des Moines' most popular running events, which is why all 8,000 spots have already been filled. Still, there's room for about 624 people in the 5K option, which now ranks as the largest race of its size in the state. Also, youth runs include Olympic distances of 100, 200 and 800 meters. Everyone winds down after the race at Nollen Plaza where food, drinks and live music will welcome the crowd as they stagger in. The Atudes will perform some original songs as well as '70s classics to fit this year's tye-dye theme. Learn more at http://www.damtodam.com online.


June 25 — The Des Moines Botanical and Environmental Center's annual Flower Power 5K and one-mile walk is slated for 8 a.m. Registration runs through June 11 and can be done online at http://www.getmeregistered.com for $20 for the 5K and $18 for the walk.


July 2 — The Urbandale Parks & Recreation Department and Urbandale Sports Association will have its 5th Annual Co-ed Kickball Tournament at the Walker Johnston Softball Complex in Urbandale. The "good old after-school days" sport returns with 10-person teams to compete in two guaranteed games. The cost is $100 per team. For registration or more information go to http://www.urbandaleparksandrec.org or call (515) 278-3963.


July 2-4 — Urbandale is famous around the metro for its 4th of July fireworks, which are delivered from the west side of Walker Johnston Park at 10 p.m. But that's not all the community's annual festival has to offer. This three-day celebration of independence starts with a Trash to Treasures sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, a carnival in Lions Park opening at noon and a teen street dance with DJ Dreams Unlimited from 8 to 11 p.m. on the corner of 71st Street and Aurora Avenue on July 2. The following day events include live music by the Lavender Lace Band, Deja Voo and Boomerang Band throughout the day and a Hometown Heroes amateur skateboarding completion, among other things. A July 4th parade starts at 10 a.m. at the old City Hall. Check out http://uniquelyurbandale.com/4th_of_July online to see an entire listing of events.


July 9-24 — This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Iowa Games, slated to begin with an opening ceremony at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on July 15. All of Iowa's 99 counties are represented by outstanding athletes who come together to compete at this annual tradition, which is powered by the Iowa Food and Family Project. This year local star athletes Shawn Johnson and Tim Dwight will compete among their peers. Check out http://www.iowagames.org to learn more.


The famous Des Moines Art Festival takes place at the Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park downtown in June.

June 11-12 — The Des Moines Cycle Club invites anyone who loves riding bikes through small town Iowa and the scenic countryside to participate in Tour the Raccoon, a two-day ride for cyclists of all levels. The entire 60-mile ride can be accomplished via the safe and smooth paved central Iowa trail system, which makes it perfect for families who like to stay fit together. It's also an ideal local tourism event that takes riders through several small towns, including overnight host, Jefferson, which will be celebrating its famous Bell Tower Festival that weekend. So there will be plenty of food and things to do and see. Online registration at http://www.dmcycleclub.com/tour_raccon/ ends on June 6, and a $30 fee applies. Day-of registration takes place from 8 to 10 a.m. at Eason Elementary School in Waukee for $35.


July 15-16 — This year's Clive Festival is graced with two awesome local recording artists, Roxi Copeland, who performs at 5:30 on July 15, followed by Bonne Finken & the Collective at 8 p.m. Saturday brings three more jazz artists performing from 5:30 to 10:15 p.m. Other activities include a bean bag tournament, a beer and wine tent, a Kids For Clive art contest and more. Check out http://clivefestival.com/event-and-activities for more details.


July 24-30 — Get on your bikes and ride the 39th Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), 454 miles spanning from Glenwood to Davenport this year. The windstorm of wheelers — some of whom are avid cyclists, others who are there just for the party — will bring bus loads of out-of-town and out-of-county sales revenue to multiple small town and cities in its path. It's a great way to mingle with new people, see Iowa's beautiful countryside and promote wellness. This year, Altoona will be one of the many overnight stops for the caravan. Register online at http://www.ragbrai.com.


Aug. 13 — Skaters have their day with no restrictive signs posted at the Skateboard Xtreme Challenge, which will take place at 11 a.m. in the Urbandale Sake Park. Skateboarders can show off their stuff and win cool prizes. The competition is divided according to age. Go to http://www.urbandaleparksandrec.org or call (515) 278-3963 for more information.


Aug. 13 — Urbandale Parks and Recreation is also sponsoring the new Spike & Splash Water Volleyball Tournament event this year. It starts at 10 a.m. at the Urbandale Public Swimming Pool. Four-person teams will compete in men's, women's or co-ed divisions. It costs $50 per team. For registration or for more information go to http://www.urbandaleparksandrec.org or call (515) 278-3963.


Spectator Sports


Iowa Cubs

Principal Park


(515) 243-6111


All games start at 7:05 p.m., except Sundays, which are at 1:05 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and Friday night games finish with a brilliant fireworks display.

May 26 — vs. Las Vegas at 6:35 p.m.

June 4-7 — vs. Omaha

June 9-12 — vs. Round Rock

June 21-24 — vs. Memphis

June 25-28 — vs. Albuquerque

June 30-July 3 — vs. New Orleans

July 13 — Triple All-Star Game

July 14-17 — vs. Oklahoma City

July 18-21 — vs. Nashville

Aug. 3-6 — vs. Fresno

Aug. 7 — vs. Sacramento at 3:05 p.m.

Aug. 8-9 — vs. Sacramento

Aug. 10 — vs. Sacramento at 12:05 p.m.

Aug. 20-23 — vs. Oklahoma City

Aug. 29-Sept. 1 — vs. Nashville at 6:35 p.m.

Sept. 2-4 — vs. Omaha

Sept. 5 — vs. Omaha at 1:05 p.m.


The Iowa Barnstormers

Wells Fargo Arena


(515) 633-BALL (2255)


Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

May 27 — vs. Utah

June 4 — vs. Orlando, Fla.

June 18 — vs. Dallas, Texas

July 1 — vs. Tulsa, Okla.

July 9 — vs. Kansas City, Mo.

July 23 — vs. Georgia


Des Moines Menace

West Des Moines Valley Stadium


All games start at 7:30 p.m.

(515) 226-9890


June 4 — vs. Des Moines International

June 18 — vs. Kansas City

June 25 — vs. Winnipeg

July 1-2 — vs. WSA Winnipeg

July 8-9 — vs. Thunder Bay

July 16 — vs. Menace Alumni

July 23 — vs. Kansas City

Des Moines Derby Dames


7 Flags Event Center


June 25 — vs. Twin City Derby Girls (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.)

July 16 — vs. Kansas City Rollergirls Plan B


Crash Test Dolls

7 Flags Event Center


Bouts start at 7 p.m.


May 28 — vs. Cedar Valley Push-Up Brawlers (Waterloo)


Mid Iowa Rollers

Iowa Events Center

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bout starts at 7 p.m.


July 16 — vs. Eastern Iowa Outlaws

July 30 — vs. Cedar Rapids Roller Girls

Aug. 13 — vs. Old Capitol City Roller Girls

Aug. 27 — vs. Muddy River Nightmares


Iowa Crush

West Des Moines Valley Stadium


(515) 783-6229.


May 28 — vs. Wisconsin at 7 p.m.

June 4 — vs. Minnesota at 3 p.m.


June 1-5 — With 71-par potential on 7,000 yards, the Principal Charity Classic, held at the Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, is a 54-hole stroke-play competition featuring more than 78 champion tour players, including defending champion Nick Price all vying for a $1.725 million purse. This year, Envy Corps will be performing live on xx. One-day tickets are $15, good for any day of the tournament. Weeklong and round tickets are $175 and Champions Club Single Day tickets are $200, which includes a luncheon buffet, beer, wine and soda and the opportunity to watch the players from three different premier locations. Visit http://www.principalcharityclassic.com to learn more.


June 3 — It's a Showdown at Sundown, y'all, and these youth wrestlers are the sport's future greats. Check them out at the metro's only outdoor youth wrestling event starting at 7 p.m. at the Waukee High School Football Field under the lights. This third annual event showcases youths from kindergarten to high school seniors competing in 4-man round robin brackets. Come out and see who will earn the coveted "Most Takedowns" trophy.


July 25-30 — The Iowa High School Association baseball tournaments for Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A take the field at Principal Park to see who's this year's best. Check out http://www.iahsaa.org/baseball to find out the details.


Farmers' Market


Adel — This year the Adel Farmers' Market has moved to Harvey's Floral Company located on Adel's south side along Iowa Highway 169 featuring products from the new community garden, as well as other vendors every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. June 7 through Sept. 30.


Altoona — Celebrating its 25th year, the Altoona Farmers' Market returns to the corner of 11th Avenue and 14th Street downtown from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday throughout the summer.


Ames — The Ames Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Cultural District are introducing a new weekly farmers' market event every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 25 to Sept. 24, at the 400 block of Main Street. Find out more at http://www.amesmainstreetfarmersmarket.com.


Downtown — The Downtown Community Alliance is heading the downtown farmers' market, from 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 29 in the historic Court Avenue district of Des Moines. Find out more at http://www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com or call (515) 286-4928.


Drake Neighborhood — Located at 25th Street and University Avenue (in the parking lot of the First Christian Church), the Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market runs from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday from June to September. Visit http://www.drakefarmersmarket.com to learn more.


Des Moines Highland Park — Located along the sidewalk at the corner of 6th Avenue and Euclid Avenue, the Highland Park Farmers' Market starts on June 2 and runs till Oct. 9 every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Contact Norm Gilbert at (515) 288-1735 or (515) 991-5267 for more information.


4-Mile — On Des Moines' east side, at 3711 Easton Boulevard, the 4-Mile Farmers' Market takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday, running from July 1 to Sept. 16 featuring events such as Jazz in July, hot air balloon rides, cool cars and sky diving demonstrations.


Johnston — Every Tuesday all summer long, the Johnston Farmers' Market will take place at the City Hall parking lot, at the corner of N.W. 62nd Avenue and Merle Hay Road, from 3 to 7 p.m. Visit http://www.cityofjohnston.com for more details.


Uptown Ankeny — The Uptown Ankeny Association has a farmers' market planned for May 28 and June 2, 4 and 11 from 8 a.m. to noon, with a Farmers' Market Jubilee scheduled for June 25. Go to http://www.uptownankeny.org for more information.


Valley Junction — Another favorite historic spot in the metro, Valley Junction, at the corner of 5th Street and Railroad Avenue, offers a farmers' market celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. including the Music in the Junction concert series to accompany the vendors and entertain the guests from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday throughout the summer until Sept. 29. See an entire listing of the concert lineup at http://www.valleyjunction.com.


Waukee — Every Wednesday from June 1 to Sept. 28, the Waukee Farmers' Market will gather guests and vendors at the triangle in the heart of the business district. For more information contact Lyn Schafer with Classic Floral at (515) 987-1552.


West Glen — The West Glen Town Center and merchants host a farmers' market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until Aug. 6 staged on the Avenue of the Arts. For more information contact Jodi Runge at (515) 564-7508. CV


A Dam fine tradition


Des Moines' Dam To Dam 20K race maxes out again this year

By Amber Williams

For 32 years people have been lining up to run one of the country's favorite long distance races and the largest 20K in the nation, Des Moines' Dam To Dam. On June 4, 16,000 pairs of jogging shoes will hit the pavement stretching from the Saylorville Dam to Nollen Plaza in Des Moines.

Standing atop the Saylorville Dam, where the race begins, the downtown Des Moines finish line is a dot in the horizon marked by the peak of the 801 Grand building. A vast countryside, a sea of rooftops and riverside run make up the course map, which is a big part of the draw, according to race director Kurt Schaeffer.

" It's a real fun course, because you start on Saylorville Dam, and it's fun to look south toward downtown and you can see the roof of 801 Grand," he said. "On a sunny day you can see the glow of the gold dome off the capitol, too.

" The course is great," he continued. "The first seven miles are either level or downhill, which lets the runners get warmed up till they face a few small hills toward the end of the run. I think people like it because it's a fun course to run. It's a point-to-point race, and there's not too many of them. Most start and finish in same area

The scenery makes it an interesting race, as well, Schaeffer said. The first half of the race is out in the country and the second half is in the Des Moines city limits. And it ends with a leisurely stroll along Robert Ray Drive aside the Des Moines River with a picturesque view of the city as they reach the finish line at Nollen plaza

" It's a fun time. It's something different, and it's fairly easy," Schaeffer said.

The average runner completes the course in about two hours (plus or minus 15 minutes), and the fastest time hasn't been touched in 22 years. Phil Coppess won the 1989 Dam To Dam with a time of 59 minutes and 23 seconds, Schaeffer said.

" That year he was the fastest marathoner in the U.S.," he said. "So he was in really good shape."

Perhaps one of the 8,000 participants will take home the record this year. Regardless, the first place winner earns $1,000, and varying cash prizes go to the top seven runners. However, all slots in the 20K are full, and there are only 624 spots left in the 5K option, which starts and finishes at Nollen Plaza.

" In that last mile, we really load up on music and photography," Schaeffer said. "It makes it a very fun time for the 5k runners. And it makes it an easy run when you've got a lot entertainment."

At the finish line, everyone can relax with food, drinks and live music from The Atudes, which will perform original songs as well as some '70s classics in honor of the tye-dye T-shirt theme this year. CV


Caption: Eight-thousand runners participate in the Dam To Dam race every year, 20 kilometers from Saylorville Dam to Nollen Plaza.