Central Iowa's definitive source
for the season's music, theater, outdoor and
Dickerson plays the Bombay Bicycle Club
on Sept. 2. Special to Cityview
By Jared Curtis, Amber
Williams, Michael Swanger and Jim Duncan
By Michael Swanger
With the sounds of summer tucked away in our
memories, we fall back again on a stable of
brick-and-mortar venues for our live music offerings
in the coming months. Summer can be a tough
time for indoor venues that host live music
when competing with the multitude of outdoor
offerings, so the next few months are crucial
for those businesses as they close out the year.
With that said, a number of shows featuring
big name acts and lesser known, but equally
compelling ones, are slated to play the Des
Moines metro this fall. From clubs, bars and
restaurants, to ballrooms, theaters and an arena,
there seemingly is something for everyone.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood plays People's
Court on Oct. 7. Special to Cityview
Not to be forgotten, of course, is the wealth
of local talent, which on any given night can
be appreciated by live music fans at a nominal
cost. What's more, music fans will find shows
of note not only in the usual places, but at
some venues that often go unnoticed by mainstream
fans and media, including churches, businesses
and wineries. Regardless of where you find it,
support live music when and where you can.
The following is a sampling of shows, organized
by venue or event that can be found throughout
central Iowa through the end of 2011. 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 and
artist interviews (local and national) as well
as to see concert photos. Also, be sure to visit
Cityview's calendar for the most comprehensive
listing of concerts in central Iowa.
615 3rd St., Des Moines
Sept. 4 — Walter Trout
Sept. 9 — Ronnie Baker Brooks
Sept. 16 — Candye Kane
Sept. 24 — Jimmy Thackery
Oct. 7 — Dr. Duke Tomatoe
Nov. 11 — Damon Fowler
Anchor Coffee House
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Ave.
Sept. 10 — Carol Montag
Oct. 15 — Strangebyrds
Dec. 3 — Garrison Doles
182 plays Wells Fargo Arena on Sept. 8.
Special to Cityview
Behind the Barn
Living History Farms, Urbandale
278-5286. 6-9 p.m.
Sept. 21 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Bike Down to I-Town
6-10 p.m. Free
Sept. 21 — Cruise Control
Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant
5485 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines
Sept. 1-3 — Andy Paczak, PJ Gartrell, Todd Cutshaw
Sept. 8-10 — Adam Pringle, Dave Hawke, Steve
Sept. 14 — Decoy
Sept. 15-17 — CD Thomas, Don Peters, Papi Sorrelis
Sept. 21 — Papi Sorrelis
Sept. 22-24 — Dean Madonia, Papi Sorrelis, Spencer
Sept. 28 — 17 Candle
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 — Chris Hatfield, Todd Cutshaw,
Blues Before Sunset
East Locust Street in front of State Historical
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free
Sept. 2 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Bombay Bicycle Club
8410 Hickman Road, Clive
Sept. 2 — Deke Dickerson
Sept. 9 — Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real
Sept. 27 — Sara & the Tallboys
Oct. 21 — Bible of the Devil
Oct. 29 — BBC 2nd Annual Halloween Tribute Show
Nov. 2 — The Toasters
Nov. 13 — Deals Gone Bad
Lobos performs Sept. 8 at Prairie Meadows.Special
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
221 Walnut St.
Sept. 17-18 — Des Moines Symphony
Oct. 22-23 — Des Moines Symphony
Oct. 25 — Straight No Chaser
Oct. 28 — Frankie Valli
Nov. 5-6 — Des Moines Symphony
Dec. 31 — Des Moines Symphony New Year's Eve
Civic Music Association
Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University
Sept. 23 — Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Oct. 14 — Emerson String Quartet
Nov. 12 — Oasis Quartet
DG's Tap House
127 Main St., Ames
Aug. 25 — Elephant Revival
Aug. 26 — Leaving TX
Aug. 27 — Mumfords
Sept. 2 — J Trey & Lady Soal
Sept. 8 — Great American Taxi
Sept. 9 — Whitewater Ramble
Sept. 10 — Dead Horse Trauma
Sept. 15 — Mary & The Giant
Sept. 16 — Hyentyte
Sept. 17 — Lick It Ticket, Sun Company, Poe
Sept. 22 — Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Sept. 23 — The Nadas
Sept. 24 — The Mountain Goats
Sept. 25 — Xiu Xiu
Sept. 29 — Rebel Creek
Sept. 30 — KTop
Oct. 1 — Rumble Seat Riot
Oct. 6 — Jet Edison
Oct. 15 — Bright Giant
Oct. 27 — The Workshy, Sun Company
Nov. 10 — St. Anyway
Nov. 15 — Split Lip Rayfield
Nov. 18 — Pert Near Sandstone
Dale Valley Vineyard and Winery
Aug. 27 — Backstage Boogie Band
Sept. 3 — Trouble No More
Sept. 17 — Hold On Band
Oct. 1 — Mason Jar Marnin
Des Moines City Hall
400 Robert D Ray Drive
Sept. 2 — Gin Blossoms
Nov. 12 — Oasis Quartet
Nov. 18 — Hana Pestle
El Bait Shop
200 S.W. 2nd St.
Aug. 28 — Omega Dog
Aug. 31 — David Zollo
Sept. 7 — Brother Trucker
Oct. 5 — Brother Trucker
Nov. 2 — Brother Trucker
Dec. 7 — Brother Trucker
Welch performs Oct. 14 at Hoyt Sherman Theater.
Special to Cityview
4345 Hickman Road
Nov. 7 — Sharon Little
The Gas Lamp
1501 Grand Ave.
Lost Highway Roots Revival with DJ Eight Ten
Open Jam every Thursday
Aug. 26 — The Jitz, Rumble Seat Riot
Aug. 27-28 — Unknown Component
Sept. 2 — HotDog Skeletons, Sons of Great Dane
Sept. 3 — Randy Burk and the Prisoners
Sept. 7 — LZ Love and Lightning Red
Sept. 8 — Fall Down Drunks
Sept. 9 — Viva Montesa
Sept. 10 — Four on the Floor
Sept. 16 — Beatles Trio, Zachary Harper
Sept. 17 — The Annadale Cardinals
Sept. 23 — Jesse Harris and the Gypsy Sparrows
Sept. 24 — John D. Hale band
Sept. 27 — Hymn For Her
Sept. 30 — Chris Beard
Oct. 1 — Crooked Mile
Oct. 7 — Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Oct. 8 — Cash Tribute
Oct. 13 — Chad Elliot
Oct. 14 — Larry Bridgette
Oct. 15 — The Sequels, The Host Country
Oct. 21 — The Jesters, Jon Defoor
Oct. 22 — Love Songs For Lonely Monsters
Oct. 28 — Vera Black
Nov. 4 — Kelly Steward
Nov. 5 — Kevin Gordon
Nov. 10 — Matt Stell & the Crashers
Nov. 11 — J.C. Anderson Band
Nov. 12 — Davina and the Vagabonds
Nov. 18 — Brother Trucker
Nov. 19 — Pre-apocalyptic Junkyard Orchestra
Nov. 25 — Harper
Dec. 3 — Dazy Head Mazy
Dec. 10 — Sena Ehrhardt
Dec. 16 — North of Grand
Dec. 17 — Whiskey and Woe
3707 Ingersoll Ave.
Aug. 25 — The Soul Searchers
Aug. 26 — Kevin Best
Aug. 27 — High Crest
Aug. 30 — Dan Jones
Aug. 31 — Kevin Lindgren
Sept. 1 — The Soul Searchers
Sept. 2 — Rick Burke
Sept. 3 — Can of Worms
Sept. 6 — Kevin Lindgren
Sept. 7 — Bill Maytowski
Sept. 8 — The Soul Searchers
Sept. 9 — Justin Appel and Heath Alan
Sept. 10 — Stu Ramsey
Sept. 15 — The Soul Searchers
Sept. 16 — Joey Libido
Sept. 17 — Kevin Lindgren
Sept. 21 — Bill Maytowski
Sept. 22 — The Soul Searchers
Sept. 23 — Thankful Dirt
Sept. 24 — Rick Burke
Sept. 28 — Stu Ramsey
Sept. 29 — The Soul Searchers
Sept. 30 — Justin Appel and Heath Alan
Oct. 1 — Brian Holtz Band
Oct. 6 — The Soul Searchers
Oct. 7 — Blues From the Heartland
Oct. 13 — The Soul Searchers
Oct. 14 — Rick Burke
Oct. 15 — Justin Appel and Heath Alan
Oct. 19 — John Burns
Oct. 20 — The Soul Searchers
Oct. 21 — Soul Pleasin'
Oct. 22 — Scott Eggleston
Oct. 27 — The Soul Searchers
Oct. 28 — Scott Eggleston
Nov. 11 — Rick Burke
Nov. 16 — John Burns
Dec. 9 — Rick Burke
Dec. 14 — John Burns
101 Fourth St.
Aug. 27 — Barry Boyce Band
Sept. 10 — Bob Malek & His Fisherman
Oct. 15 — Barefoot Becky & Her Ivanhoe Dutchmen
Oct. 22 — Bob Malek & His Fisherman
Oct. 29 — Bill Koncar
Nov. 12 — Bill Koncar
Nov. 19 — Bob Malek & His Fisherman
Dec. 3 — Bob Malek & His Fisherman
Dec. 10 — Barefoot Becky & Her Ivanhoe Dutchmen
Dec. 17 — Bill Koncar
Miller plays the Val Air Ballroom on Oct.
19. Special to Cityview
House of Bricks
525 E. Grand Ave.
Aug. 25 — The After Party, Trenton Stafford
Aug. 26 — Ventana, Caustic Vision, September
Aug. 26 — Hillside Charge, September
Aug. 27 — Samsahra, Smiling Politely
Aug. 27 — S.E.R.F., Steve Robinson
Aug. 28 — Zombie Marmalade, Saved on Sunday
Sept. 1 — Gemini Syndrome, Evolve
Sept. 2 — The Green Vote
Sept. 5 — Psychostick, Freudian Slips
Sept. 9 — Harper Lee Harvey
Sept. 10 — Isaac James
Sept. 11 — Melvin Coleman
Sept. 14 — Dead Superstar, Censored
Sept. 17 — Mad Monks
Sept. 25 — Nekromantix, Rumble Seat Riot
Oct. 9 — Bang Tango, The Knobs
Oct. 15 — MC Wrenn and the White Chocolates
Oct. 23 — Polkadot Cadaver, September
Oct. 23 — Wednesday 13, Vampires Everywhere!
Oct. 26 — Allele, The Chaos Agent
Nov. 2 — Kill Devil Hill, Calous
Hoyt Sherman Theater
1501 Woodland Ave.
Sept. 8 — Tommy Emmanuel
Sept. 15 — Little Big Town
Sept. 23 — Demetri Martin
Sept. 28 — Blue October
Oct. 3 — Brandi Carlile
Oct. 6 — Trailer Park Boys
Oct. 14 — Gillian Welch
Oct. 16 — The Laurie Berkner Band
Nov. 27 — Oak Ridge Boys
Dec. 16-17 — Tonic Sol-fa
Iowa State Center
Iowa State University, Ames
Sept. 16 — Hot Club of San Francisco
Oct. 6 — Narek Hakhanzaryan
Oct. 26 — Irish Chamber Orchestra
2400 George Flagg Parkway
Aug. 25 — Bob Pace Band
Java Joes Coffeehouse
214 Fourth St. Free
Aug. 27 — 4th Street Swing Band
Aug. 28 — Johnston Station Jazz Band
Sept. 4 — Jazz Jam
Sept. 13 — Irish Jam
Sept. 18 — CJC Big Band
The Lighthouse Concert Series
West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 Mills Civic Parkway, 223-1639
Sept. 11 — Roots Rock Society
Oct. 14 — Bill Riley Jr. Talent Competition
Oct. 21 — Kim Richey
Nov. 11 — Tom Kimmel
Dec. 9 — Lighthouse Christmas Show
The Longest Yard
122 5th St., West Des Moines
Sept. 1 — Dustin Baird
Sept. 8 — Spam
Sept. 15 — Mike Sceto
Sept. 22 — Dustin Baird
Sept. 24 — Misfit Toys
Sept. 29 — Spam
Sept. 30 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Oct. 28 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Nov. 18 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Dec. 3 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
The Maintenance Shop
Iowa State University Memorial Union
2229 Lincoln Way, Ames
Sept. 1 — Former Thieves
Sept. 8 — Uncle Lucius, Dave Beck
Sept. 9 — Larkin Poe
Sept. 14 — Briads, pepper Rabbit
Sept. 15 — Milk Carton Kids
Sept. 16 — Empires, Love Songs for Lonely Monsters
Sept. 17 — Skypiper, Cashes Rivers
Sept. 19 — Blitz the Ambassador
Sept. 20 — Gardens and Villa, Youth Lagoon
Sept. 21 — George Watsky
Sept. 27 — Deas Vail
Sept. 30 — Elenowen
Oct. 7 — Will Hoge
Oct. 8 — Those Darlins, Peelander-Z
Oct. 9 — Passafire, Tatanka
Oct. 15 — Lake Street Drive
Oct. 18 — Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray for Earth
Oct. 19 — ISU Jazz Combo
Oct. 21 — Joe Jack Talcum & The Powders,
Samuel Locke Ward Lo-Fi Spectacular
Oct. 24 — Hawthorne Heights, ViFolly
Oct. 28 — Gregory Alan Isakov
Nov. 3 — MURS, Tabi Bonney
Nov. 9 — ISU Jazz Combo
Nov. 15 — Peter Wolf Crier, Birds and Batteries
Nov. 17 — The Greencards
Nov. 18 — David Zollo
Dec. 1 — The Fling and Yukon Blonde
Dec. 3 — S. Carey, The River Monks
2900 West Street, Ames
Aug. 26 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Sept. 1 — Damon Dotson
Sept. 8 — Brian Congdon
Sept. 9 — Damon Dotson
Sept. 10 — Decoy
Sept. 22 — Brian Congdon
Sept. 24 — Vivace
Sept. 28 — Honor By August
Sept. 29 — Tony Bohnenkamp
Oct. 5 — Red Wanting Blue
Oct. 6 — Damon Dotson
Oct. 13 — Brian Congdon
Oct. 14 — Smile Big
Oct. 20 — Tony Bohnenkamp
Oct. 21 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Oct. 22 — Burnin' Sensations
Oct. 28 — Joe and Vicki Price
Nov. 3 — Damon Dotson
Nov. 10 — Brian Congdon
Dec. 1 — Damon Dotson
Dec. 8 — Brian Congdon
Dec. 15 — Tony Bohnenkamp
Dec. 16 — Burnin' Sensations
Dec. 17 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Music in the Junction
Railroad Park, Valley Junction
West Des Moines
Thursdays, 6 p.m. Free
Aug. 25 — The El Dorados
Sept. 1 — Throwing Toast
Sept. 8 — Malcolm Wells and The Two-Timers
Sept. 15 — Final Mix
Sept. 22 — Melodie Proffitt Band
Sept. 29 — Brother Trucker
Music on Stage at the Art Center
Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave.
Nov. 19 — American String Quartet
26759 N. Avenue, Adel
Aug. 26 — Chad Elliot
Sept. 16 — The El Dorados
Sept. 17 — Apple Festival: Shade Jones, Ortonville
Pella Opera House
611 Franklin, Pella
Sept. 16 — Pieta Brown
216 Court Ave.
Aug. 27 — On the Run
Aug. 30 — Pacific Dub, T.U.G.G.
Sept. 2 — Bob Tyler & The Reckless Hearts,
Jason & the Haymakers, Douglas Acres
Sept. 3 — Euforquestra, Jon Wayne and the Pain
Sept. 6 — Hot Buttered Rum
Sept. 9 — Psychedelic Furs, The Tom Tom Club
Sept. 15 — Down, In Solitude, Pony Killer
Sept. 16 — The Sundogs
Sept. 21 — Cody Canada & the Departed
Sept. 23 — G.B. Leighton
Sept. 24 — 40 oz. To Freedom - Tribute to Sublime
Sept. 30 — The Fez
Oct. 1 — Mat Kearney
Oct. 5 — American Headcharge, Spineshank
Oct. 6 — Sister Soleil
Oct. 7 — Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Oct. 9 — We Came as Romans, Miss May I
Oct. 13 — Brett Dennen, Blind Pilot
Oct. 16 — Club Belly
Oct. 17 — Yellowcard
Oct. 18 — Yelawolf
Oct. 21 — The Nadas
Nov. 2 — William Elliott Whitmore
Nov. 9 — Panic at the Disco, Foxy Shazam
Nov. 18 — Jon Wayne and the Pain
Nov. 26 — High & Lonesome
Dec. 10 — Heatbox
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
Altoona, Interstate 80, Exit 142
Aug. 28 — The Turtles, The Association, The
Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, Mark Lindsay
Sept. 8 — Los Lobos, The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Oct. 29 — KGGO Halloween Bash
Nov. 4 — Johnny Mathis
13th Street between Grand and Locust
Aug. 26 — Rosie Burgess Trio
Sept. 2 — Kate Kennedy
Sept. 8 — Open Mic with Mary McAdams
Sept. 9 — Mare Wakefield, Mary McAdams
Sept. 10 — Gatehouse Saints (Jen McClung &
Sept. 16 — Heidi Barton Sink
Sept. 17 — Dustin Smith
Sept. 23 — David G. Smith
Sept. 24 — BeJae Fleming
Sept. 30 — Kristie Stremel
Oct. 1 — Ashton Powers
Oct. 7 — Innah
Oct. 8 — Big John Burns
Oct. 13 — Open Mic with Mary McAdams
Nov. 10 — Open Mic with Mary McAdams
Nov. 12 — Namoli Brennet
Dec. 8 — Open Mic with Mary McAdams
Dec. 15 — Independent Lens
The Royal Mile
210 4th St.
Mondays - Singer/Songwriter Night at the Mile
Snus Hill Winery
2183 320th St., Madrid
Aug. 26 — Billy Club
Aug. 28 — Hold On
Sept. 2 — Infusion
Sept. 3 — Backstage Boogie Band
Sept. 4 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Sept. 11 — Cross Roads
Sept. 16 — Fat Tuesday and Jany Hooper
Sept. 18 — ProMusica
Sept. 23 — Tony Valdez
Sept. 25 — Ashanti
Sept. 30 — Blues Bureau
Iowa State Center, Ames
Oct. 9 — The Miles Davis Experience
Oct. 27 — Widespread Panic
Nov. 4 — Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith
Nov. 20 — Lorie Line
Dec. 1 — Mercy Me Christmas Show
Dec. 15 — Osmond Family Holiday Celebration
Dec. 20 — Mannheim Steamroller
Summerset Winery & Inn
15101 Fairfax, Indianola
Aug. 28 — Tony Valdez Large Band
Sept. 4 — Cros Roads
Sept. 11 — Malcolm Wells and The Two-Timers
Sept. 18 — Ashanti
Sept. 25 — Tony Valdez Duo
Oct. 2 — Bob Pace Band with Steve George
Oct. 9 — Sons of Gladys Kravitz
Terrible's Lakeside Casino
777 Casino Drive, Osceola
Sept. 8-9 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Sept. 23-24 — Gordon Lightfoot
Two Saints Winery
15170 20th Ave., St. Charles
Aug. 28 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Sept. 4 — Tony Valdez Duo
Sept. 11 — The El Dorados
Sept. 18 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots
Sept. 25 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
5:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
Sept. 9 — Brother Trucker
Sept. 16 — Tony Williams
Sept. 23 — Brian Congdon and Brad Seidenfeld
Sept. 30 — Boomerang
U.S. Cellular World Food Festival
Downtown Des Moines
Oct. 7-9 — Bands TBA
Val Air Ballroom
301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
Sept. 17 — Dic Youngs' Rock 'n' Roll Revival
Sept. 28 — Bassnectar
Oct. 9 — Pretty Lights
Oct. 11 — Wye Oak, Explosions in the Sky
Oct. 15 — Primus
Oct. 19 — Mac Miller
212 Fourth St.
Aug. 25 — Vanna
Aug. 26 — Nachtmystium, Nethervoid
Aug. 26 — Purity Ring, Love Songs for Lonely
Aug. 27 — The Usual Things, The Widow
Aug. 27 — Pretty Girl Hate Machine, Mercies
Aug. 28 — Krum Bums, Eastern Turkish
Aug. 29 — Downglory, Lake of Fat Kids
Aug. 29 — The Floorwalkers, Dustin Smith
Aug. 30 — Fishboy, Christopher the Conquered
Sept. 2 — Louis Logic, D.O.P.E. Clique
Sept. 3 — The Curse of Hail, Shadow of Indra
Sept. 3 — Psalm One, MC Longshot
Sept. 7 — Dave Beck, Dustin Smith
Sept. 9 — Child Bite, Death by Steamship
Sept. 10 — The Seed of Something
Sept. 11 — Natalia Zukerman, Garrison Star
Sept. 16 — In Difference, Rat Storm
Sept. 17 — Sheltering Sky
Sept. 19 — Potluck, Glasses Malone
Sept. 21 — Ha Ha Tonka, Alana Amram & the
Sept. 23 — Electric Six, Kitten
Sept. 24 — Wolfgang, Canby
Sept. 26 — The Vibrators, Die Mutts
Sept. 26 — Brass Bed, New Member Charles
Sept. 27 — Jaron & the Cordovas
Sept. 28 — TFD!
Sept. 29 — Qwazaar, Batsause
Oct. 1 — Mutemath
Oct. 4 — The Pack A.D.
Oct. 6 — The Drums
Oct. 24 — Comeback Kid
Oct. 25 — Warbringer, Lazarus A.D.
Oct. 27 — Blood on the Dance Floor, Angel Spit
Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third St.
Sept. 8 — Blink 182, My Chemical Romance
Sept. 17 — Andre Rieu
West Towne Pub
4518 Mortensen Road, Ames
Sept. 16 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Sept. 23 — Damon Dotson
Oct. 7 — Salty View's Acoustic Review
Oct. 28 — Burnin' Sensations
Nov. 11 — David Zollo
Nov. 18 — Brian Congdon and Brad Seidenfeld
Dec. 2 — Out of the Blue
Zimm's Food & Spirits
3124 Ingersoll Ave.
Every Wednesday — Bob Pace Band CV
Take one last road trip
By Michael Swanger
Before the snow flies, and after you've exhausted
almost all of your music dollars locally, you
might consider one of the following shows worthy
of a road trip in Iowa. Safe travels and don't
forget to encourage your friends out of town
to come to Greater Des Moines to catch a show
Aug. 27 — Peter Frampton, Riverside Casino,
Aug. 27 — Foghat and Slaughter, Meskwaki Bingo,
Aug. 27 — "Carnival of Madness," McElroy
Sept. 2 — Three Dog Night, Surf Ballroom, Clear
Sept. 4 — Marty Stuart, Old Threshers Grounds,
Sept. 10 — Iowa Women's Music Festival, Upper
City Park, Iowa City
Sept. 16 — David Allan Coe, Mobius Club, Algona
Sept. 19 — Steve Earle, The Englert Theatre,
Sept. 27 — Plain White T's, Blue Moose Tap House,
Oct. 4 — James McMurtry, The Mill, Iowa City
Oct. 4 — The Damnwells, Gabe's, Iowa City
Oct. 7 — Iris DeMent, The Englert Theatre, Iowa
Oct. 15 — Robert Randolph & the Family Band,
The Englert Theatre, Iowa City
Oct. 27 — Reba, Tyson Events Center, Sioux City
Oct. 27 — Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real,
Gallagher-Bluedorn, Cedar Falls
Oct. 30 — They Might Be Giants, Englert Theatre,
Nov. 18 — LeAnn Rimes, North Iowa Community
Auditorium, Mason City
Nov. 26 — Confederate Railroad, Riverside Casino,
Dec. 10 — Eddie Money, Lou Gramm and Mickey
Thomas, Riverside Casino, Riverside
By Jim Duncan
Fischl "Untitled, 2," at Steven Vail Fine
For Des Moines' fine art scene, autumn is the
sobering, back-to-work season that follows carefree
summers filled with big festivals and light
entertainments. This year's fall calendar supports
such sobriety with a preponderance of deadly
serious exhibitions. "Survival Does Not
Lie In The Heavens," a major show of Texas
conceptual artist Dario Robleto at the Des Moines
Art Center (DMAC), explores longevity and extinction.
Another DMAC exhibition, "Black White Gray
Blue," revisits the horrors of American
slavery. A third DMAC show studies the psychology
of portraiture with a title nod to dementia
a la Vincent Van Gogh.
"Mingled Visions: Selections from Edward
S. Curtis' 'The North American Indian'"
revisits the extinction of the Plains Indian
way of life at the MacNidar while The Cedar
Rapids Museum of Art (CMA) goes to THE founding
father for gravity, showing "An American
Masterpiece: Charles Willson Peale's George
Washington." CMA also studies photography's
effect on grave social conditions in "Shout
Freedom! Photo League Selections from the Columbus
Museum of Art."
The gallery scene is also filled with deep stuff.
Mary Kline-Misol's long awaited series of portraits
of homeless Iowans comes to Moberg, as do Thomas
Jackson's ironic reflections on serious matters.
William Barnes will show his latest meditations
on ephemerality and wistfulness at Olson-Larsen
while Steven Vail Fine Arts will continue to
show "Selective Color," a nationally
acclaimed exhibition that demonstrates how subtle
uses of color can make dramatic statements.
by Mary Kline Misol acrylic on canvas at
For levity, fall also brings annual celebrations
with Art Stop, Quilt Walk and the fall studio
tours of arty Winneshiek County highlighting
(*APT* indicates a special Art Pimp tout)
Recurring Events & Family Attractions
Thursday Night Art Walks in downtown Newton
First Friday Art Walks, Fairfield Town Square
Open houses at Studio 100 (304 Fifth St., 778-8768,
James Elwanger plans on monthly open houses,
mostly on the last Thursday of each month, but
subject to change. Check website for latest
Robleto, "The Common Denominator of Existence
Is Loss," at the Des Moines Art Center
Sept. 8. Pecha Kucha VI. The international
anti-Power Point movement takes on the arts
and creativity this year, in the Des Moines
Art Center courtyard.
Sept. 23-24. Art Stop (http://www.myspace.com/artstop,
A two-day visual and performing arts event,
with shuttle busses to Valley Junction, East
Village, Ingersoll Avenue, Gateway West and
Roosevelt, but not Drake.
Oct. 7-9. Northeast Iowa Artists Studio Tour
(Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Iowa's original art studio tour takes places
around Decorah's autumn majesty. APT
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. "Quilt Walk" Nine
Historic Valley Junction merchants feature quilt-related
exhibitions and demonstrations, and hosting
opening receptions with artists. Special open
house events on Sept. 29.
Barnes "Humility Accrues," at Olson-Larsen
Anderson Gallery (Drake campus, 271-1994, artsci.drake.edu/andersongallery)
Through Sept. 23 "Immaterial Material"
Small sculptures of Jim Shrosbree mix with large
post-consumer constructions of David Hamlow
demanding viewer interaction.
Oct. 1 – Oct. 30 "AIGA" Graphic design
Nov. 11 – Dec. 16 "William Kentridge Prints"
Art Dive (1417 Walnut St., http://www.artdive.com)
Des Moines' original alternative gallery plans
alternative exhibitions. Be surprised.
2AU (200 Fifth, West Des Moines) Pearls reign
this fall in Au's effort to provide Art Deco
comforts in a troubled year.
Finder's Creepers (515 18th St. http://www.finderscreepers.com)
The alternative to alternative.
Kavanaugh Gallery (131 5th Street West Des
Moines, 279-8682, http://www.kavanaughgallery.com)
Specializing in purchased 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.
Teeple Hansen Gallery (108 W. Broadway, Suite
University Museum (3219 Hudson Road, Cedar
Olson-Larsen Galleries (203 Fifth, West Des
Through Sept. 3 "Three Takes on Photography"
Peter Feldstein, David Ottenstein, Dan Powell.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 8 "New Works by John Preston,
Scott Charles Ross, William Barnes" APT
Oct. 14 – Nov. 26 "New Works: Sarah Grant,
Thomas Jewell-Vitale, Paula Schuette-Kraemer"
Dec. 2 – Jan. 7, 2011 "Debra Smith, Tilly
Moberg Art Gallery (2921 Ingersoll Ave., http://www.moberggallery.com)
Aug. 26 – Oct. 1 "Thomas Jackson"
Oct. 7 – Nov. 26 "Mary Kline-Misol"
Historical realist Kline-Misol reveals her long
awaited series of homeless portraits. Coincidentally,
her portraits of George Washington Carver and
Mohandas K. Gandhi will also be unveiled at
the World Food Prize headquarters. APT
Dec. 2 – Feb. 2011 "New Works by Bill
Luchsinger & Karen Strohbeen" Creating
their first prints in 1970, Karen and Bill were
among the nation's digital print making pioneers,
even before David Hockney made it cool. The
exhibit will showcase new work on paper, canvas
and ceramic tile. APT
Heritage Art Gallery (111 Court Ave., http://www.heritagegallery.org)
Oct. 17 – Dec. 1 "Ten Year Exhibition"
Featuring 31 current and alumni artists of Paintpushers,
a Des Moines artists collective. The reception
is Saturday, Nov. 12 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Dec. 5 - 2011 "Des Moines Exhibited"
Steven Vail Fine Arts (2880 Grand Ave., 309-2763,
Through December "Selective Color"
Works by Rita Ackermann, Kamrooz Aram, Carlos
Amorales, Donald Baechler, José Bedia, Ross
Bleckner, Robert Cottingham, Eric Fischl, Wayne
Gonzales, Antony Gormley, Beverly Semmes, Josh
Smith, Pat Steir and Donald Sultan demonstrate
how minimal color in reductive art can have
a dramatic impact. APT
Des Moines Art Center (4700 Grand Ave., http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org)
Through Sept. 4 "Surface Value" James
Gobel, Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Mickalene
Thomas present visions of American life and
lifestyle, exploring pop culture influences,
issues of racial and sexual identity and the
varying subcultures that make up our diverse
Through Oct. 30 "Single Channel Two Melodrama"
Split screen high definition video features
Christopher K. Ho's Lesbian Mountains in Love.
Through Sept. 18 "The Fashion Show"
An examination of how clothing communicates
who we are and who we wish to be through the
Through Oct. 2 "Iowa Artists 2011: Matt
Corones" Corones created two large-scale
"stained glass" windows in the museum's
lobby and Pei wing, each with three patterns,
based on photographs of flowers, digitally-created
patterns influenced by Middle Eastern decoration
and "Matisse Camouflage," a brightly-colored
riff on the master's cut-paper collages. APT
"Iowa Artists 2011: Matthew Kluber"
Kluber projects an ever-changing computer generated
image onto a field of multi-colored stripes,
resulting in a work that constantly changes
form over time. You have to see this to believe
Sept. 23 — Jan. 15 "Survival Does Not
Lie In The Heavens" Dario Robleto's recent
exploration of longevity and extinction through
his incorporation of 19th-century folk traditions
used to create visually arresting objects. This
is a major national art event. APT
Sept. 23 — Jan. 29 "Black White Gray Blue"
Revisiting the horrors of slavery in the U.S.
Oct. 7 – Jan. 25 "Vincent van Gogh and
the Psychology of Portraiture" Portraits
from the Des Moines Art Center's Permanent Collection,
including the recent Vincent van Gogh acquisition.
Ankeny Art Center (1520 SW Ordnance Rd., http://www.ankenyartcenter.com)
September "Jacklin Stoken and group"
October "Works by Ben Schuh"
"Works by Marry Rork-Watson"
November "Works by Heather and Nicole
Octagon Center for the Arts (427 Douglas Avenue,
Through Oct. 15 "Linda Lewis & Annick
Ibsen" Sculptures of irony and human nature.
Through Oct. 23 "Iowa Watercolor Society
Brunnier Museum of Art (University Museums,
290 Scheman Bldg., Ames, 515.294.3342, http://www.museums.iastate.edu)
Through Dec. 30 "French Art Nouveau"
Decorative arts, particularly glass and tapestry,
are featured in this exhibition.
"The Age of Brilliance" Twenty-nine
cut glass pieces from the Brilliant Era of American
glass, circa 1876.
"Relationships: Interstitial Connections"
Studio faculty make connections to other disciplines.
"Fragile Thread of Glass" Thirty
centuries of glass as aesthetic objects for
"Priscilla Sage: Contemporary Sculptures"
"Iowa City and Keota Glass" Works
from two 19th century Iowa glass companies that
were directed by J. Harvey Leighton.
"NC Wyeth: America in the Making"
Saturday Evening Post illustrator's works chronicle
"Ulfert Wilke: Words to Be Seen"
German immigrant to Iowa, Wilke's art was heavily
influenced by Asian calligraphy.
Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall,
Iowa State Campus
Through Dec. 16 "Subject to Change: Art
& Design in the 20th Century" Rotating
show from the permanent collection.
"Commissioning a Collection: 75 Years
of Public Art"
Anderson Sculpture Garden, around Morrill Hall,
Through Aug. 2012 "Realities: the Lyric
Sculpture of William King" Pop Artist's
work commissioned for ISU. APTThe Vesterheim
(523 W. Water St., Decorah, http://www.vesterheim.org)
Sept. 1 – Sept. 3, 2012 "Sigvald Asbjørnsen,
Sculptor" Works by the renowned artist,
including portrait busts of famous Norwegians
Through April 2012 "Polar Exploration"
Featuring Roald Amundsen, Richard Byrd and Bernt
Through April 7, 2012 "Norwegian-American
Lutheran Colleges" Institutions of higher
education shaped by religious and ethnic identity.
Faulconer Gallery (Grinnell College, http://www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery)
Through Sept. 4 "Liz Steketee - Family
Albums" "Reconstructed memories"
offer creative insight into the act and the
art of taking family photos. APT
Sept. 7 – Nov. 30 "Chinese Propaganda
Posters" Exhibition of posters will open
on Sept. 7 with a gallery talk by Yang Pei Ming
of the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center.
We don't make this up.
Sept. 23 – Dec. 11 "Walter Burley Griffin
and Marion Mahony Griffin in Iowa" Renderings
and models of Griffin works, focusing on those
in Iowa, will put the College's Griffin-designed
house, Ricker House, in regional context on
the centenary of its construction
Sept. 23 – Dec. 11 "From the Book Forest:
Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China"
Commercial printing during the Ming and Qing
dynasties (15th - 19th centuries), this exhibition
will feature visiting artists from China who
will demonstrate traditional woodblock printing
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (410 Third Avenue
SE, Cedar Rapids), http://www.crma.org
Through Sept. 4 "Shout Freedom! Photo League
Selections from the Columbus Museum of Art"
Non-profit organization of photographers committed
to the transformative power of photography to
effect social change. Its members included Berenice
Abbott, Lewis Hine, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind,
W. Eugene Smith, Paul Strand and Weegee.
Through Oct. 9 "A Show of Hands: Ceramics
from the Collection" Studio ceramics from
the 1970s and '80s.
Sept. 3 – Dec. 31 "An American Masterpiece:
Charles Wilson Peale's George Washington"
Commissioned in 1776 by John Hancock, president
of the Continental Congress, this was Peale's
second full-scale life portrait of Washington,
and the first to portray him as commander in
chief of the Continental Army.
Sept. 24 – Jan. 15, 2012 "Seeing and Remembering:
Portraits and Their Stories" Exhibition
looks at the different types and situations
Blanden Art Museum
(920 Third Avenue South Fort Dodge, 515-573-2316,
Through Oct. 29 "Don Heggen: Master of
Through Jan. 21 "Joyce Blunck: Assemblages
& Paintings" Venerable found object
MacNider Art Museum (303 2nd Street Southeast,
Mason City, 641- 421-3666, http://www.macniderart.org)
Through Sept. 10 "A Series in Progress
by Larry Gregson" Winner of Area Show:
42 exhibition gets a solo show.
Through Oct. 29 "Mingled Visions: Selections
from Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American
Indian'" Photogravures include famous images
like "Geronimo" and "Cañon de
Chelly – Navaho" and less well-known images
like "Bear Bull – Blackfoot" and "Wichita
Nov. 10 - January "Iowa Crafts 40"
By Jared Curtis
After a mediocre summer (except for "X-Men:
First Class," "Super 8," "30
minutes or Less" and "Captain America"),
filmgoers are going to be hungry for quality
Luckily, the fall release schedule offers a
few gems including the George Clooney directed
"The Ides of March," the return of
the Muppets in "The Muppets," David
Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen teaming up again
in "A Dangerous Method," Jason Reitman's
new film, "Young Adult," Johnny Depp
returning to Hunter S. Thompson territory with
"The Rum Diary" and David Fincher's
remake of the "The Girl with the Dragon
But with the good comes the bad, and there are
plenty of horrible-looking films coming this
fall including Adam Sandler playing both a brother
and a sister in the atrocious-looking "Jack
& Jill," Hugh Jackman playing with
robots in "Real Steel," another spin
on "The Three Musketeers" and the
unfunny looking heist flick, "Tower Heist."
Don't forget about one of the most anticipated
films of the year (at least by tweens), "The
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1,"
as well as some unnecessary sequels like "Paranormal
Activity 3," "A Very Harold &
Kumar Christmas," "Sherlock Holmes:
A Game of Shadows" and "Mission Impossible:
Ghost Protocol." Also, it wouldn't be Hollywood
without some ridiculous remakes including "Straw
Dogs" and "Footloose."
Even though the release schedule looks bad,
don't fret, the following 10 films will make
this fall a little more enjoyable. An entire
list of releases follows.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Matt
Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow
Let's start with what could be the best film
of the fall, Steven Soderbergh's thrilling "Contagion."
Packed full of top actors, the film is one part
a "Towering Inferno," one part "Outbreak"
as an airborne virus is released and threatens
to destroy mankind. Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt
Damon star as a married couple who experience
the virus firsthand. Kate Winslet and Laurence
Fishburne play doctors searching for a cure,
Marion Cotillard plays a World Health Organization
official, and Jude Law keeps the public informed
as a blogger covering the spread of the virus.
The trailer is extremely creepy, offering quick
shots of suspense and panic. Plus, how many
times do filmgoers get to see a number of our
favorite movie stars being killed by a virus?
Soderbergh calls this his first horror film,
and I couldn't be more excited to become infected
|Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
'Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star'
Directed by Tom Brady, starring Nick Swardson,
Christina Ricci, Don Johnson and Stephan Dorff
I laugh every time I see Nick Swardson on screen.
The dude is funny, and I've been a fan since
seeing his stand-up and his role as Terry on
"Reno 911." He's been as a bit player
throughout his career, but thanks to his buddy
Adam Sandler (who produced and co-wrote the
script), he's finally getting the chance to
be the lead in "Bucky Larson: Born to Be
a Star." Larson is a loser living in a
small, northern Iowa town. After he loses his
job, he inadvertently watches a porno and discovers
that his parents were famous porn stars in the
'70s. With his life going nowhere, Larson heads
to California to be a porn star like his parents.
But once he gets there, he is taken advantage
of and turns to the kindness of strangers including
Miles Deep (Johnson), a former porn director
who is looking to break back into the business.
"Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star"
might not be the smartest film of the fall,
and it probably won't be nominated for an Academy
Award, but Swardson delivers the laughs and
there are sure to be plenty in this wild and
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring
Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks
and Albert Brooks
Originally intended to be a big budget action
film starring Hugh Jackman, ("Drive")
was recreated into a stylish noir featuring
the tremendous acting of Ryan Gosling. After
meeting director Nicolas Winding Refn and bonding
over REO Speedwagon as Gosling drove them home,
the film took on a life of its own. "Drive"
tells the story of Driver (Gosling) a Hollywood
stunt driver who works as a getaway driver at
night. When he takes a job for a local thug
(Brooks), things go wrong and soon Driver has
a bag full of money and an array of bad guys
trying to hunt him down. Luckily, his driving
skills keep him alive as he tries to set things
right while helping a new friend (Mulligan)
escape a life she doesn't deserve. The director
describes it as "a film about a guy who
drives around at night listening to pop music
because it's the only way he can feel anything."
Let's just hope the general movie going population
can enjoy an action film with brains.
Directed by Jeff Nichols, starring Michael
Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham and
Ever since I saw the trailer and heard the buzz
surrounding "Take Shelter," I've been
anticipating its release. Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary
Road" and "Boardwalk Empire")
is an acting force who doesn't get the chance
to carry films, so it's exciting to see an actor
of his caliber get the opportunity to shine.
Shannon stars as Curtis, an average guy with
a wife (Chastain) and kid, who starts hearing
and seeing storms that may or may not be real.
After numerous dreams, Curtis decides to expand
the tornado shelter in his backyard. But as
he spends more money and time dealing with the
shelter, his personal life falls apart as his
friends and family thinks he's gone crazy. The
trailer shows a range of soft, beautiful and
chaotic scenes that throws viewers for a loop.
I'm sure "Take Shelter" won't get
a huge release (not a lot of big name actors,
small budget), but I encourage people to seek
Directed by David Wain, starring Paul Rudd,
Jennifer Aniston, Malin Akerman and Justin Theroux
Another film flying under the radar is "Wanderlust."
The story follows a couple (Rudd and Aniston)
who after a number of changes are forced to
leave the city and move to Georgia to stay with
family members while getting back on their feet.
On their trip, they stay at what they think
is a bed and breakfast, but it ends up being
a hippie commune. The two are intrigued by the
simple way of life and embrace it. Now, the
story doesn't sound like the best film, but
I am excited because of everyone involved. First,
you have director David Wain ("Wet Hot
American Summer") who was one of the founders
of the iconic comedy group of "The State."
Another member of "The State," Ken
Marino ("Children's Hospital"), helped
co-write the screenplay. Then there is the hilarious
supporting cast including Malin Akerman, Ray
Liotta, Lauren Ambrose, Alan Alda, Joe Lo Truglio,
Kerri Kenny, Todd Barry and Michaela Watkins.
Finally, you have Rudd and Aniston, who have
shown great on-screen chemistry in the past.
Plus, Aniston seems to be stepping down from
her high horse and taking chances. Hopefully
she's realized how hot and funny she was as
a dirty dentist in "Horrible Bosses."
Think of this as "Wet Hot American Summer"
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., starring
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric
Christian Olsen and Ulrich Thomsen
When I first heard one of John Carpenter's
greatest films was being remade, I screamed
in disgust. There is no need to remake "The
Thing," and it should be one of the films
considered untouchable by the talentless hacks
directing today. But then I discovered the film
was not going to be a remake but more of a prequel
as it focuses on the Norwegian scientists who
inadvertently bring the alien to the American
camp at the beginning of Carpenter's classic.
After finding the frozen block of ice, Dr. Sander
Halvorson (Thomsen) and graduate student Kate
Lloyd (Winstead) have different theories, splitting
the camp in the process. While Halvorson keeps
to the research, Lloyd and helicopter pilot
Sam (Edgerton) dig deeper into what was found
and discover the alien life form is more than
they can handle. Hopefully, the effects crew
can create monsters half as scary as the original.
If they do, plenty of people will be afraid
of "The Thing."
|Martha Marcy May Marlene
'Martha Marcy May Marlene'
Directed by Sean Durkin, starring Elizabeth
Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy
Here's another Sundance Film Festival buzz
film that has me intrigued from the description
and spooky trailer. "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
might have a bunch of names in the title, but
it focuses on only one girl (Olsen). The younger
sibling to the Olsen twins stars as Martha,
a girl who struggles to adapt to life after
she flees a cult. She's Marcy Mae to the cult,
led by Patrick, who is played by one of the
greatest actors working today, John Hawkes ("Winter's
Bone"). She's Marlene to the prying outsiders
trying to figure her out, and she is Martha
to her estranged sister (Paulson), who tries
to provide her with a normal and stable life
after escaping the cult. Not only is it a strong
story, but I challenge anyone to watch the trailer
and tell me that seeing and hearing Hawkes perform
an acoustic song for his "family"
doesn't haunt you for days. Filled with paranoia
and painful memories, "Martha Marcy May
Marlene" will be one of the better films
of the fall.
Directed by Lars Von Trier, starring Kirsten
Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland
and Alexander Skarsgard
Although I usually despise director Lars von
Trier and his pretentious films ("Dancer
in the Dark," "Dogville" and
"Manderlay"), I have to admit that
"Antichrist" was one of the most disturbing
movies I've ever seen. So I'm curious to see
his newest film "Melancholia," even
if it won't make my stomach queasy after watching
it. Described as "a beautiful movie about
the end of the world," the story follows
two sisters — Justine (Dunst) and Claire (Gainsbourg)
— whose lives are changed after the planet Melancholia
is discovered to be heading straight for Earth.
As paranoia grows about the planets colliding,
the two sisters find themselves rethinking their
lives and the choices they've made including
their husbands (Skarsgard and Sutherland). After
watching the trailer, I was confused, but in
a good way. The film looks absolutely beautiful,
and Dunst, who has had her problems the past
decade, seems to be back in prime form, winning
the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival
earlier this year. "Melancholia" might
be a complete bomb, or it could be hailed as
Trier's masterpiece. Whatever the case, audiences
should be intrigued.
Directed by Tarsem Singh, starring Henry Cavill,
Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto and Stephan Dorff
I'm not sure what is really going on in the
"Immortals" trailers, but that's the
case with all of director Tarsem Singh's films
("The Cell," "The Fall").
What we do know is the story follows the ongoing
struggle for power after the gods have defeated
the titans years ago. Now, the mad King Hyperion
(Rourke) has built an army and is on a path
of destruction searching for the weapon that
would let him rule humanity. With the gods powerless
against Hyperion (they can't intervene in man's
conflict), they must choose a warrior (Cavill)
to lead an army and find the weapon — the Epirus
Bow — that will unleash the Titans and destroy
Hyperion. The film looks a lot like "300,"
but that isn't a bad thing. Plus, the action
looks crazy, and Mickey Rourke was born to play
a brute leader who declares war on humanity.
Get ready for lots of crazy action, mythical
beasts, flashy gold suits, the sexy Freida Pinto
as a witch and a superpowered bow and arrow.
If that doesn't get you excited, I don't know
|Sound of My Voice
'Sound of My Voice'
Release date not available
Directed by Zal Batmanglij, starring Brit Marling,
Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius and Richard
Admittedly, I don't know when "Sound of
My Voice" will be released this year (or
possibly next), but I'm so enamored with Brit
Marling after seeing her in "Another Earth"
— which is playing at the Fleur Cinema right
now — that I had to get the word out about this
film. The teaser trailer leaves a lot to the
imagination, but from what I've gathered the
story follows two filmmakers — Peter (Denham)
and Lorna (Vicius) — who infiltrate a cult that
meets in the San Fernando Valley. After going
through strenuous health physicals, the two
are finally allowed to meet the leader, Maggie
(Marling), who claims to be a visitor from the
future who is here on a highly important mission.
Maggie never leaves her chambers, and the members
of the cult follow her every word including
growing her food, obsessively cleaning and sanitizing
the house and giving her their own blood for
transfusions. What the couple finds out about
the cult will leave audiences in awe. The recommendation
of this film is on Marling's involvement alone
(she also co-wrote the story as she did with
"Another Earth"), so let's hope she's
not a one-hit wonder.
Movie Release Schedule
"Shark Night 3D" (d. David R. Ellis,
with Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee and Joel
"Apollo 18" (d. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego,
with Lloyd Owen and Warren Christie)
"Seven Days in Utopia" (d. Matt Russell,
with Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Robert Bear)
"Contagion" (d. Steven Soderbergh,
with Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law)
"Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star"
(d. Tom Brady, with Nick Swardson, Christina
Ricci and Don Johnson)
"Warrior" (d. Gavin O'Connor, with
Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte)
"Drive" (d. Nicolas Windling Refn,
with Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Christina
"I Don't Know How She Does It" (d.
Douglas McGrath, with Sarah Jessica Parker,
Pierce Brosnan and Christina Hendricks)
"The Lion King 3D" (d. Roger Allers
and Rob Minkoff, with the voices of Jeremy Irons,
Matthew Broderick and James Earl Jones)
"Restless" (d. Gus Van Sant, with
Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper and Ryo Kase)
"Straw Dogs" (d. Rod Lurie, James
Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard)
"The Whale" (d. Suzanne Chisholm and
Michael Parfit, narrated by Ryan Reynolds)
"Pearl Jam Twenty" (d. Cameron Crowe,
with Eddie Vedder, Neil Young and Chris Cornell)
"Killer Elite" (d. Gary McKendry,
with Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De
"Machine Gun Preacher" (d. Marc Foster,
with Gerard Butler, Michael Shannon and Michelle
"Red State" (d. Kevin Smith, with
Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman)
"Abduction" (d. John Singleton, with
Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins and Maria Bello)
"Dolphin Tale" (d. Charles Martin
Smith, with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and
Harry Connick Jr.)
"The Double" (d. Michael Brandt, with
Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Stephen Moyer)
"Moneyball" (d. Bennett Miller, with
Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill)
"Weekend" (d. Andrew Haigh, with Tom
Cullen, Chris New and Andrew Haigh)
"Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" (d. Eli
Craig, with Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina
"Take Shelter" (d. Jeff Nichols, with
Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham)
"50/50" (d. Jonathan Levine, with
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick)
"Courageous" (d. Alex Kendrick, with
Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel and Kevin Downes)
"Dream House" (d. Jim Sheridan, with
Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts)
"Margaret" (d. Kenneth Lonergan, with
Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo)
"What's Your Number?" (d. Mark Mylod,
with Anna Faris, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans)
"Dirty Girl" (d. Abe Sylvia, with
Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier and Milla Jovovich)
"The Ides of March" (d. George Clooney,
with Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and
"Real Steel" (d. Shawn Levy, with
Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Kevin Durand)
"Texas Killing Fields" (d. Ami Canaan
Mann, with Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain
and Chloe Moretz)
"Toast" (d. S.J. Clarkson, with Helena
Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore and Colin Prockter)
"The Way" (d. Emilio Estevez, with
Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Deborah Kara
"The Thing" (d. Matthijs van Heijningen
Jr., with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton
and Eric Christian Olsen)
"The Big Year" (d. David Frankel,
Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson)
"Footloose" (d. Craig Brewer, with
Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid)
"The Skin I Live In" (d. Pedro Almodovar,
with Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet)
"Martha Marcy May Marlene" (d. Sean
Durkin, with Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes and
"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey"
(d. Constance Marks, with Kevin Clash, Bill
Barretta and Fran Bill)
"Father of Invention" (d. Trent Cooper,
with Kevin Spacey, Heather Graham and John Stamos)
"Margin Call" (d. J.C. Chandor, with
Kevin Spacey, Penn Badgley and Zachery Quinto)
"Paranormal Activity 3" (d. Henry
Joost, with Ariel Schulman, Zayd Jaber and Katie
"Revenge of the Electric Car" (d.
Chris Paine, with Tim Robbins, Danny DeVito
and Jon Favreau)
"The Three Musketeers" (d. Paul W.S.
Anderson, with Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom and
"The Rum Diary" (d. Bruce Robinson,
with Johnny Deep, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart)
"Anonymous" (d. Roland Emmerich, with
Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis)
"In Time" (d. Andrew Niccol, with
Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian
"Like Crazy" (d. Drake Doremus, with
Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence)
"Safe" (d. Boaz Yakin, with Jason
Statham, Chris Sarandon and James Hong)
"Sleeping Beauty" (d. Julia Leigh,
with Emily Browning, Rachael Blake and Ewen
"Another Happy Day" (d. Sam Levinson,
with Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore and Kate Bosworth)
"The Monk" (d. Dominik Moll, with
Vincent Cassel, Josephine Japy and Deborah Francois)
"My Week With Marilyn" (d. Simon Curtis,
with Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Dominic
"Puss in Boots" (d. Chris Miller,
with the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek
and Zach Galifianakis)
"Rid of Me" (d. James Westby, with
Katie O'Grady, John Keyser and Storm Large)
"The Son of No One" (d. Dito Montiel,
with Channing Tatum, Al Pacino and Juliette
"Tower Heist" (d. Brett Ratner, with
Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Casey Affleck)
"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"
(d. Todd Strauss-Schulson, with John Cho, Kal
Penn and Neil Patrick Harris)
"J. Edgar" (d. Clint Eastwood, with
Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnie Hammer and Naomi Watts)
"Melancholia" (d. Lars von Trier,
with Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte
"Immortals" (d. Tarsem Singh, with
Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke)
"Cook County" (d. David Pomes, with
Xander Berkeley, Anson Mount and Polly Cole)
"Jack and Jill" (d. Dennis Dugan,
with Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes and Allen Covert)
"Happy Feet Two" (d. George Miller,
with the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams
and Sofia Vergara)
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (d.
Tomas Alfredson, with Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy
and Colin Firth)
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part
1" (d. Bill Condon, with Kristen Stewart,
Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner)
"Tyrannosaur" (d. Paddy Considine,
with Olivia Colman, Peter Mullan and Eddie Marsan)
"The Muppets" (d. James Bobin, with
Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper)
"Piranha 3DD" (d. John Gulager, with
Ving Rhames, Gary Busey and Danielle Panabaker)
"Arthur Christmas" (d. Sarah Smith,
with the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent
and Bill Nighy)
"The Artist" (d. Michel Hazanavicius,
with Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and John Goodman)
"The Descendents" (d. Alexander Payyne,
with George Clooney, Judy Greer and Matthew
"Hugo" (d. Martin Scorsese, with Asa
Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Lee)
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" (d.
Lynne Ramsay, with John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton
and Ezra Miller)
"Coriolanus" (d. Ralph Fiennes, with
Brian Cox, Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler)
"Outrage" (d. Takeshi Kitano, with
Beat Takeshi, Ryo Kase and Kippei Shiina)
"A Dangerous Method" (d. David Cronenberg,
with Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and
"Young Adult" (d. Jason Reitman, with
Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt)
"I Melt with You" (d. Mark Pellington,
with Carla Gugino, Jeremy Piven and Rob Lowe)
"New Year's Eve" (d. Garry Marshall,
with Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher and Robert
"The Sitter" (d. David Gordon Green,
with Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell and Ari Graynor)
"W.E." (d. Madonna, with Abbie Cornish,
Natalie Dormer and Oscar Isaac)
"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!"
(d. Mike Mitchell, with Jason Lee, David Cross
and the voice of Justin Long)
"The Iron Lady" (d. Phyllida Lloyd,
with Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Harry Lloyd)
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
(d. Guy Ritchie, with Robert Downey Jr., Jude
Law and Noomi Rapace)
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
(d. David Fincher, with Rooney Mara, Daniel
Craig and Stellen Skarsgard)
"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"
(d. Brad Bird, with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner
and Paula Patton)
"The Adventures of Tintin" (d. Steve
Spielberg, with the voices of Jamie Bell, Andy
Serkis and Daniel Craig)
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" (d.
Angelina Jolie, with Zana Marjanovic, Goran
Kostic and Rade Serbedzija)
"We Bought a Zoo" (d. Camneron Crowe,
with Matt Damon, Elle Fanning and Scarlett Johansson)
"The Darkest Hour" (d. Chris Gorak,
with Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella)
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
(d. Stephen Daldry, with Viola Davis, Sandra
Bullock and Tom Hanks)
"War Horse" (d. Steven Spielberg,
with Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston and Emily
"Sound of My Voice" (d. Zal Batmanglij,
with Brit Marling, Christopher Denham and Nicole
By Amber Williams
9th annual Iowa Latino Heritage Festival
returns to downtown Des Moines Sept. 17-18.
Special to Cityview
It's that time of year when it feels good to
slip on a fresh pair of socks and dig your feet
down into snug sneakers or hiking boots. It's
time to pull the old, perfectly tattered jean
jacket out of the back of the closet and venture
into a cooler climate for refreshing outdoor
The rains have washed away the sweltering heat
that likely chased most of us into the cool
confines of air conditioned buildings, and you
can almost feel sunshine sucking the water molecules
back up into the atmosphere around us, so it
may all start again.
Life's a cycle. And year after year, the greater
Des Moines area offers much to do outdoors despite
the heat, the rain or the snow. Here are a few
things to do that will keep you busy until spring
rolls 'round again.
Polk County Conservation Department 323-5300
Sept. 2 — The Mystery River Kayak Trip is just
that: a mystery. The river will remain secret
until the morning of the trip. Naturalists will
guide participants down an Iowa river. Participants
must be at least 16 years old with prior kayaking
experience and should bring food and drink.
The float will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The
$35 fee includes transportation and kayaks.
Departure is from Jester Park in Granger. The
registration deadline is Aug. 26. To register,
go to http://www.mycountyparks.com.
|Fun for all ages at the Beaverdale Fall Festival, Sept. 16-17. Special to Cityview
Sept. 6, 10 — If you like butterflies, consider
signing up for a monarch tagging class. Monarchs
live only eight months, but in that time they
travel more than 2,000 miles and wait the winter
out in Mexico. Learn more about their amazing
life cycles and how to tag them. This one-hour
course reoccurs throughout the fall. Visit http://www.conservationboard.org
or call 323-5300 for times and locations.
Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 11 — Looking for an excuse
to get out of the house, make some new friends,
enjoy a good meal and learn about the exciting
world of nature? Sign up for OWLS (Older, Wiser,
Livelier), a seniors program held the first
Tuesday of each month. The nature program will
cover a different topic every month including
Arctic Adventure, Iowa Wildlife Center and Gladys
Black: The Legacy of Iowa's Bird Lady. Each
starts at 11 a.m. at the Jester Park Lodge,
11407 N.W. Jester Park Drive. An optional luncheon
follows the program at noon for which registration
is required. The cost of the catered lunch is
$8. Lunch registration is due Sept. 2. To register
for lunch, go to http://www.mycountyparks.com.
Sept. 9, Oct. 14 — Check out Wild Night Life
and Hike, an evening of outdoor fun discussing
creatures of the night followed by a hike through
the woods at Jester Park, in Granger, Camp Area
5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 9 and at Brown's
Woods, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.
Sept. 22 — Have you always wanted to catch
a flat head or channel cat? Check out Polk County
Conservation's Catfish Basics class from 6-9
p.m. at the Yellow Banks Park (meet at the boat
ramp at 6801 S.E. 32nd Ave. in Pleasant Hill).
In this hands-on class, attendees will learn
about catfish biology, what and when they eat,
where to find them and more. After the program,
the class will venture out on a sand bar and
fish for catfish. Bait, hooks and sinkers will
be provided. Bring a fishing pole if you have
one, bug spray, a chair or bucket to sit on
and a flashlight or lantern. Participants 16
years and older must have a valid fishing license,
but all ages are welcome. Registration deadline
is Sept. 15. To register go to http://www.mycountyparks.com.
Sept. 23 — Turn your eyes to the sky for a
special Stargazing event from 8-9:30 p.m. at
the Yellow Banks Park, Shelter 1, 6801 S.E.
32nd Ave. View the autumn constellations through
telescopes, which are provided. All ages are
Sept. 28 — Join the City of Energy Bus Tour
from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Departing from Living
History Farms in Urbandale, the tour begins
by exploring the cutting edge, renewable fuels
revolution at the Green Plains Renewable Plant
followed by a tour of the Shenandoah museum
highlighting history of the Everly Brothers
and Earl May. Following lunch, there will be
time to stroll downtown Shenandoah. The next
stop is the KMA Radio Station home of the Kitchen
Clatter Magazine and a viewing of the beautiful
botanical garden. The final stop of the day
will be sampling wine at the Wabash Wine Company.
The $55 fee includes transportation, tour fees
and meals. Registration deadline is Sept. 14.
To register, go to http://www.mycountyparks.com.
Oct. 16 — Learn how to kayak (must be 12 or
older) and geocache at this Do More Outdoors
event. Enjoy a woodland hike, discover pond
life, join in on some family friendly games
or learn how to stay safe in the outdoors from
1-4 p.m. at the Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter
2. All ages are welcome. To learn more go to
Nov. 19 — Do you know what common animals live
in your neighborhood? Learn how to identify
mammals by their tracks. Make tracks, play games
and feel furs during this hands-on program set
for 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Jester Park Equestrian
Center, 11171 N.W. 103 Court. All ages welcome.
Nov. 19 — Everything needs a home, even wildlife.
Lend a hand as building a variety of homes for
birds and bats for this "make and take"
program from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jester Park
Shop, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, in Granger.
Materials, tools and instruction will be provided.
Fee: $15. Minimum age of 12, accompanied by
an adult. Registration deadline is Nov. 11.
To register, go to http://www.mycountyparks.com.
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
Sept. 3-5, 10-11, 17-18 — The ninth annual
Des Moines Renaissance Faire involves three
weekends packed with knights, barbarians and
heroes of Medieval times including character
reenactments of Scots, Brits, Irish, pirates,
scallywags and buccaneers. The faire will be
held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine,
at Festival Park, an 18-acre outdoor event center
located at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park just south
of the Iowa State Fairgrounds at 4051 Dean Ave.
Entry fees vary: ages 5-12, $8; adult, one day
pass, $16; adult two-day pass, $25; and season
passes, $35. All shows and a treasure hunt are
included in the admission price. Call 262-4100
to learn about group discounts. Visit http://www.dmrenfaire.com
to learn more.
Sept. 9-11 — Des Moines Kennel Club Inc. is
hosting its annual dog show at the Varied Industries
Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, East
30th Street and Grand Avenue. For breeder referrals,
contact Larry Shank at 994-2151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's quite a sight to see. Some of these dogs
are better groomed than most people! Check out
to learn more.
Sept. 11 — What is it about a sleek ride that
somehow attracts both the ladies and the gentlemen
to its artful design? Join others who enjoy
the colors and chrome of fine automobiles at
the 12th annual Concourse D'Elegance, from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salisbury House, 4025
Tonawanda Drive. Tickets are $15 for adults
and $5 for students age 12 through college.
Purchase them online at http://salisburyhouse.org.
Sept. 16 — Don't tell the authorities, but
the Gatsby Gala will be luring some scandalous
guests, and you might want to be among them.
It's the prohibition era so on the down low,
you will want to be at Salisbury House and Gardens,
4025 Tonawanda Drive, from 7-10:30 p.m. You
won't want to miss this party. Dust off your
flapper dress and zoot suit and maybe Templeton
Rye will smuggle in the good stuff. Standard
admission price is $150, and adults under age
35 are $75.
Sept. 16 — Leave your black ties and ball gowns
at the cleaners, grab your dancing boots and
mosey on over to the Blank Park Zoo, 7401 S.W.
9th Street, for a wild and exotic country-style
gala, the Uptown Hoedown. This event supports
the educational programs at the zoo as well
as the training, veterinary care and general
operations related to managing the extensive
animal collection. Tickets are $65 for members,
$75 for non-members, and premier tickets are
$150. For more information, call 285-4722 or
Sept. 16-17— More than 20 years ago, merchants
in the Beaverdale area first began the annual
fall tradition now known as the Beaverdale Fall
Festival with sidewalk sales, carnival rides,
music, beer tents and a parade. Holy Trinity
Church also had been hosting a similar annual
event each September. In the 1980s, the two
merged and the event expanded into a single
weekend of neighborhood fun. This year, the
parade will kick off at 10 a.m., starting at
the First Federated Church, on Saturday. See
the map and find out more at http://www.fallfestival.org.
Sept. 17-18 — The 9th annual Iowa's Latino
Heritage Festival is returning to downtown Des
Moines — back to where it all started at East
Walnut and East First Streets. The two-day festival
is an event the whole family can enjoy and is
the biggest of its kind in the Midwest. Saturday
kicks off at 10 a.m., and Sunday festivities
are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with music, exhibitors,
a talent search, children's activities, a poster
contest, food, dance and live entertainment.
More information will become available online
Sept. 23-24 — As usual, the eighth annual Des
Moines' Oktoberfest will bring live music, German
food from Hessen House, a tented beer garden
and various contests to downtown. And don't
forget the traditional tapping of the Golden
Keg at 4 p.m. on Friday. The cost is $10, but
advance tickets can be purchased for $7 at all
Des Moines area Hy-Vee location, which includes
a two-day admission, a commemorative mug and
your first beer. Learn more at http://oktoberfestdsm.com.
Sept. 24 — Dogtown Fest returns to the Drake
neighborhood from 3-11 p.m. at University Avenue
and 24th Street. Admission is free and festivities
will include kids games, food, drinks, a beer
tent, a cruiser bike rally and vendors as well
as live music by Bob Tyler from 3-6 p.m. and
Toaster from 7-10 p.m. Contact "Woody"
Wasson at email@example.com
for more information.
Sept. 30 — Sample the metro's finest martinis
at Cityview's fourth annual Martini Fest, from
5-9 p.m. Enjoy all the fresh cuisine, chic retail
and live entertainment West Glen has to offer
at 5525 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines,
involving eight different bars and restaurants
and 16 available martini flavors. Advance tickets
are $15 and can be ordered online at http://www.dmcityview.com,
or pay $20 at the door.
Oct. 7-9 — Entering its seventh year, the U.S.
Cellular World Food Festival is considered Des
Moines' premiere taste event featuring unique,
mouthwatering flavors. The highlight of the
event, are the restaurants and food vendors
who specialize in small operations — the mom
and pop kitchens churning out family recipes.
All are welcome to the East Village from 11
a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit http://www.worldfoodfestival.org
for more information.
Oct. 12-14 — The 2011 World Food Prize focuses
on "The Next Generation: Confronting the
Hunger Challenges of Tomorrow." The Borlaug
Dialogue international symposium will gather
the top minds and leaders in global agriculture,
food and development this year, as the event
celebrates its 25th anniversary at the downtown
Marriott, where this year's laureates, John
Agyekum Kufuor and Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva
will be honored for their commitment and visionary
leadership while serving as presidents of Ghana
and Brazil respectively. For more information,
go to http://www.worldfoodprize.org.
Oct. 15 — Farmtasia is a casually-elegant fundraising
dinner/auction event, centered on the historic
Flynn Barn and the modern Visitor Center at
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road. This
event combines a taste of Iowa's rich agricultural
heritage with the comforts of contemporary amenities.
Gala attire is casual, and costumes are encouraged.
The winner of the second annual Teacher of the
Year contest will also be announced at the Gala.
Proceeds from Farmstasia support Living History
Farms' extensive education and outreach programs,
which serve more than 30,000 Iowa school children
annually. For more information, call 278-5286
or go to http://www.ihf.org
Oct. 15 — Mysteries of the Castle is a stimulating
Halloween event for the whole family. The historic
rooms of the Salisbury House are ready for you
to explore, including science experiments, story-telling,
face painting and more. See the Owl Lady, bats,
snakes and furry critters galore. It's a day
filled with fun activities and lots to do. Kids
are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
Tickets are $5.
Oct. 15-16 — Hey, animal lovers, the Great
Iowa Pet Expo is returning to the Iowa State
Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday,
to promote the health and well-being of Iowa's
companion animals; to educate pet owners on
the importance of spaying, neutering, and regular
veterinary care; and to encourage pet ownership
as a lifetime commitment. The Great Iowa Pet
Expo shares the joy that our pets offer, while
showcasing a variety of new products and services.
Daily admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors
and $3 for kids age 6-12. Learn more at http://www.greatiowapetexpo.com.
Nov. 22 — The Blank Children's Hospital Festival
of Trees and Lights offers more than just trees
and lights, though both are amazing sights to
get you in the Christmas spirit. There will
be an array of trees — including the Blank Children's
Hospital Wish Tree — festival boutique, shopping,
raffle prizes, concessions, a neighborhood forest
and Santa Claus himself. The gala starts with
a cocktails and social hour at 6 p.m. with a
silent auction followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
with live entertainment and a live auction.
Tickets are $150. Learn more at http://www.blankchildrens.org.
Nov. 23-Jan. 1 — The 16th annual Jolly Holiday
Lights is a holiday tradition for many families
and is also is 100 percent charitable, with
all of the money going directly toward granting
children's wishes who have life-threatening
medical conditions. It's open from 5:30-10 p.m.
daily at Waterworks Park, 2201 George Flagg
Parkway. Learn more at http://www.jollyholidaylights.org.
Nov. 29, Dec. 10 — Creating gingerbread houses
is a timeless holiday tradition. Celebrate the
tradition at the Gingerbread Grandeur Workshop
from 6-8 p.m. at the Salisbury House, 4025 Tonawanda
Drive. The workshop led by master baker Bob
Harmeyer from Hy-Vee, who will teach you creative
ideas and tips while making your own gingerbread
creation. The November workshop perfect for
a girls' night out, date night or a fun and
creative evening with friends and family with
wine and appetizers, while the December date
is geared more for the kids with cookies and
cocoa. After the workshop, take a tour of Salisbury
House and view the spectacular gingerbread creations
from local architects and bakers that will be
displayed throughout the house. Tickets are
$30, $20 for students.
Dec. 1, 8, 15 — Come shop in one of the metro's
most historic niche districts at the Valley
Junction Holiday Open House, from 5-9 p.m. Admission
is free. Learn more at http://www.valleyjunction.com.
Dec. 2-4 — 'Tis the season for the 15th Annual
Holly & Ivy tour at the Salisbury House,
4025 Tonawanda Drive, and Terrace Hill. Enjoy
both historic and picturesque landmarks in their
entire festive splendor, each room throughout
decorated by Des Moines' finest florists, interior
decorators and dedicated volunteers. After the
Salisbury House, the tour takes guest through
the Victorian charm of Terrace Hill, the Chamberlain
home at Wesley Acres and the private home of
Sticks owner and Founder, Sarah Grant. Standard
admission price is $15. Student price is $6,
and there is a $12 admission for groups.
JUST FOR THE KIDDIES
Sept. 6, 19; Oct. 4, 17; Nov. 1, 14 — Join
a naturalist in various "Nature Friends"
programs, a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds
accompanied by an adult exploring a different
nature topic each evening through stories, sharing
time, guided exploration and art activities
from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Topics include Animal Homes,
Spunky Spiders, Autumn, Unhuggable Animals,
Winter is Coming and Oh No Snow. Snacks will
be provided. This program is sponsored by Des
Moines Izaak Walton League and West Des Moines
Parks and Recreation. Call West Des Moines Parks
and Rec to register and to find out the different
locations at 222-3444 Fee: $7 per program.
Oct. 1, 9 — Kids can learn the basics of waterfowl
hunting at Youth Waterfowl Fun Field Day. Sessions
will include dog training, calling, decoy setup,
waterfowl identification, gun and blind safety,
rules and regulations, and waterfowl ecology.
Youth will also shoot clay "ducks"
on a trap range. Door prizes and snacks provided
at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Longhouse, 8700
N.E. 126 Ave., in Maxwell. To register, go to
This event is for youths ages 6-18 (youth must
be accompanied by an adult). To register, go
Oct. 20-23, 27-30 — Living History Farms is
bringing back Family Halloween Nights from 5:30-8:30
p.m. this year with horse-drawn wagon rides,
marshmallow roasts, storytellers, scarecrow
and jack-o-lantern displays all during this
non-scary family event. Children aged 12 and
under trick-or-treat through town, and free
pop and popcorn for all. Prices are $5.50 per
person and $5 for members and pre-sold groups
of 10 or more.
Oct. 20-23, 27-30 — This merry, not scary,
Halloween fundraising festival invites children
and adults to dress in their favorite costume
and trick-or-treat through Blank Park Zoo as
it is transformed into a world of lights, castles,
storybook characters and fun. Ride the train,
scoot down Scarecrow Lane, and dance in the
Pumpkin Patch on Thursdays and Fridays from
5:30-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-8
p.m. The cost is $10.95 and is free for members.
For more information call 285-4722, or email
Dec. 10 — Enjoy a holiday open house with a
prairie feel at the Living History Farms' Prairie
Christmas, from noon to 4 p.m. at 11121 Hickman
Road, in Urbandale. The historic homes will
be decorated for the season and bustling with
party preparations and music. Take a horse-drawn
wagon ride to the general store and the church
for an old fashioned holiday social with music,
games, tree trimming and Santa Claus. Taffy
pulls and children's crafts make this a festive
afternoon on the prairie. The Marketplace and
a special children's Santa's Workshop will be
open for holiday shopping. The cost is $5.50
Dec. 31 — Your non-alcoholic alternative to
typical New Year's Eve parties, GuideOne ImaginEve
is Des Moines' premier free, family celebration
from 4-8 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Hall, Iowa Events
Center. The event features inflatable rides
and bounce houses, a caravan of clowns, balloon
artist, carnival games and prizes, spin art,
a toddler zone and a fireworks finale. This
one-of-a-kind family event encourages family
members of all ages to participate in a wide
variety of activities. All children must be
accompanied by an adult. For more information,
Sept. 3 — Walk to combat homelessness at the
third annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes walk-a-thon
at the Copper Creek Lake and Park in Pleasant
Hill, starting at 9 a.m. Unlike any other event
of its kind, this one is offering an interactive
experience. Along the 1.2-mile path, participants
will see card board testimonies from once-homeless
individuals and families who are current shelter
residents or recovery program graduates. The
display will also include posted statistics
about homelessness, and prizes will be given
to those who complete the fill-in-the-blank
stat sheet. All proceeds will benefit Hope Ministries'
programs and services to homeless men, women
and children. Visit http://www.hopeiowa.org
to learn more.
Sept. 18 — The Out of the Darkness Community
Walk is a 3- to 5-mile walk from 2-4 p.m. at
the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny
campus, Building 7. with the proceeds benefitting
the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
(AFSP). Participants are among thousands of
other walkers nationwide to raise money for
AFSP's vital research and education programs
to prevent suicide and save lives, increase
national awareness about depression and suicide
and provide support for survivors of suicide
loss. Get registered soon online at http://afsp.donordrive.com,
or contact Stephanie McAdam at 225-6585 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Oct. 1 — Sometimes it's good to be B.A.D. Join
the biker nation and the American Diabetes Association
for Bike Against Diabetes support the fight
against this deadly disease. Registration is
$25 per rider and $15 for a passenger and grants
you admission to the event, a commemorative
pin and lunch. The B.A.D. ride was started in
California by Rip Rose, a biker and photojournalist
for Easyriders, who wanted to bring the biker
nation together in the fight against diabetes.
The local event site is at the Gigglin' Goat,
628 Story St., in Boone. Register online at
Contact Doug Bickford to learn more at 276-2237,
or by email at email@example.com.
Oct. 8 — Des Moines' Light the Night Walk will
take place at West Glen, 5525 Mills Civic Parkway,
in West Des Moines. Teams of families, friends,
co-workers and local and national corporations
come together to raise funds for the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society and bring help and hope
to people battling blood cancers. Every Light
The Night walker is encouraged to become a Champion
For Cures by raising $100 or more to help fight
blood cancer. Get more details at http://www.lightthenight.org.
Oct. 8 — Register today for the Central Iowa
Free to Breath 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids' Dash,
a fun event for the entire family that brings
the community together to inspire hope and create
change for everyone impacted by lung cancer.
All proceeds help support the National Lung
Cancer Partnership's vital research, education
and awareness programs. Event registration opens
at 7:30 a.m. and the one-quarter-mile Kids'
Dash starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by a survivor
photo and rally/balloon release. The 5K Fun
Run begins at 9 a.m. at the Raccoon River Park,
2500 Grand Ave., in West Des Moines. Pre-registration
closes on Oct. 5. The cost is $20 for adults,
$10 for kids aged 10 and under. Prices go up
the day of the event. Learn more or register
Oct. 15 — The second annual John's Baby Steps
5K Run/Walk takes participants along a peaceful
route from Kinnick-Feller Park around Adel,
from 7-11:30 a.m. First, second and third place
awards will go to a male and female from each
age group: 19 and under, 20-40 and 50-plus,
and raffle prizes will also be awarded. The
$25 entry fee includes a T-shirt if registered
by Sept. 25. Fees go to $30 after that. Sign
up early at http://www.getmeregistered.com.
Oct. 16 — The sixth annual IMT Des Moines Marathon,
which also includes a half marathon, Bankers
Trust marathon relay, Principal Financial Group
5K road race and Iowa Kidstrong Kids Run. The
races start at 8 a.m. and starts and finishes
at Nollen Plaza, 400 Locust St., except for
the 5K, which has an 8:30 a.m. start time. Learn
more at http://www.desmoinesmarathon.com.
Oct. 22 — The Susan G. Komen Iowa Race for
the Cure at the State of Iowa Capitol Grounds
invites participants to walk or run the race
as individuals or with a team in support of
life-saving cancer research. This race is the
largest series of 5k run/fitness walks in the
world. All registration fees include the official
Komen Race for the Cure T-shirt and race bib.
Find out the many ways to register and fees
online at http://iowa.info-komen.org.
The Iowa Energy basketball schedule was not
released by press time. Find it online at http://www.nba.com/dleague/iowa
in coming weeks, or call 462-2849 for more information.
Des Moines Buccaneers
Bucs Arena, home games are at 7:05 p.m. unless
Oct. 1 — vs. Fargo Force
Oct. 7 — @ Green Bay Gamblers
Oct. 8 — @ Tri-City Storm
Oct. 14, 15, at 7:30 p.m. — vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. — @ Team USA
Oct. 29 — vs. Tri-City Storm
Nov. 4 — vs. Green Bay Gamblers
Nov. 5 — vs. Chicago Steel
Nov. 11 — @ Omaha Lancers
Nov. 12 — @ Fargo Force
Nov. 18 — @ Omaha Lancers
Nov. 19 — vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Nov. 23 — vs. Omaha Lancers
Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. — @ Chicago Steel
Nov. 26 — vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
Dec. 2 — vs. Sioux City Musketeers
Dec. 3 — vs. Team USA
Dec. 9 — @ Tri-City Storm
Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. — @ Tri-City Storm
Dec. 16 — vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Dec. 17 — vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Dec. 28 — @ Tri-City Storm
Dec. 30 — vs. Lincoln Stars
Dec. 31 — @ Sioux Falls Stampede
Jan. 6 — @ Omaha Lancers
Jan. 7 — vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Jan. 13, at 7:15 p.m. — @ Muskegon Lumberjacks
Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. — @ Team USA
Jan. 20 — vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Jan. 21 — vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Jan. 27 — @ Lincoln Stars
Jan. 28 — vs. Omaha Lancers
Jan. 29 — Waterloo Black Hawks
Feb. 3 — @ Lincoln Stars
Feb. 4 — vs. Tri-City Storm
Feb. 8 — @ Dubuque Fighting Saints
Feb. 10 — vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. — @ Sioux City Musketeers
Feb. 15 — @Sioux Falls Stampede
Feb. 17 — vs. Indiana Ice
Feb. 19, at 5:05 p.m. — vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. — @ Sioux City Musketeers
Feb. 25 — vs. Sioux City Musketeers.
March 2 — vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks
March 3 — vs. Lincoln Stars
March 9 — vs. Fargo Force
March 10 — vs. Fargo Force
March 17 — @ Lincoln Stars
March 18 — @ Sioux Falls Stampede
March 23, at 7:35 p.m. — @ Fargo Force
March 24 — @ Fargo Force
March 30 — vs. Sioux City Musketeers
March 31 — @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
April 1, at 5 p.m. — @ Sioux City Musketeers
April 6 — vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
April 13 — vs. Omaha Lancers
April 14 — @ Indiana Ice
Grand View University football
Williams Stadium, all games at 1 p.m. unless
Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. — @ Black Hills State University
Sept. 3 — vs. Marian College
Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. — @ Drake University
Sept. 17 — @ Trinity International University
Sept. 24 — vs. Olivet Nazarene University
Oct. 1 — vs. Saint Ambrose University
Oct. 8 — @ Waldorf College
Oct. 15 — vs. McKendree University
Oct. 29 — vs. University of Saint Francis
Nov. 5 — @ Iowa Wesleyan College
Nov. 12 — vs. William Penn University
Simpson College football
Bill Buxton Stadium, all games kick-off at 1
p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Sept. 3 — @ Bethel
Sept. 10 — vs. St. Olaf
Sept. 17 — @ Coe
Sept. 24 — @ Loras
Oct. 1 — vs. Dubuque
Oct. 8 — vs. Cornell College (Homecoming)
Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m. — @ Wartburg
Oct. 22 — @ Luther
Nov. 5 — vs. Buena Vista
Nov. 12 — vs. Iowa Central
University of Iowa football
Kinnick Stadium, all games are at 11 a.m. unless
Sept. 3 — vs. Tennessee Tech
Sept. 10 — @ Iowa State
Sept. 17 — vs. Pittsburgh
Sept. 24, time TBA — vs. ULM
Oct. 8, time TBA — @ Penn State
Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. — vs. Northwestern
Oct. 22 — vs. Indiana (Homecoming)
Oct. 29, time TBA — Minnesota
Nov. 5, time TBA — vs. Michigan
Nov. 12, time TBA — vs. Michigan State
Nov. 19, time TBA — @ Purdue
Nov. 25 — @ Nebraska
Iowa State University football
Jack Trice Stadium, game times to be announced
unless otherwise noted.
Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. — vs. Iowa
Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. — @ Connecticut
Oct. 1 — vs. Texas
Oct. 8 — @ Baylor
Oct. 15 — @ Missouri
Oct. 22 — vs. Texas A&M (Homecoming)
Oct. 29 — @ Texas Tech
Nov. 5 — vs. Kansas
Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. — vs. Oklahoma State
Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. — @ Oklahoma
Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m. — @ Kansas State
University of Northern Iowa football
Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. — @ Iowa State
Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. — @ Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. — vs. Western Illinois
Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. — @ Missouri State
Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. — vs. Indiana State (Homecoming)
Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. — @ South Dakota State
Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. — vs. Southern Illinois
Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. — @North Dakota State
Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. — vs. Youngstown State (Hall
of Fame weekend)
Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. — vs. Southern Utah (Senior
Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. — @ Illinois State
Adel — This year the Adel Farmers' Market 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.
It runs through Sept. 30.
Ames — The Ames Chamber of Commerce and Main
Street Cultural District introduced a new weekly
farmers' market event this summer, which is
held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through
Sept. 24, at the 400 block of Main Street. Find
out more at http://www.amesmainstreetfarmersmarket.com.
Downtown — The Downtown Community Alliance
downtown farmers' market is 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 286-4928.
Downtown Too — The other downtown farmers'
market is a new addition this year. Spanning
13th Street between Grand Avenue and Locust
Street, this market is on Wednesdays from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m., making it a perfect choice for
the 80,000 people who work downtown to find
a fresh lunch, take a quick grilling, gardening
or fitness class by experts at Meredith Corp.,
or browse the 30 food and craft vendors. It
starts on Aug. 31 and will run through Oct.
5. Visit http://www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com
to learn more.
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 till Sept. 28. 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 runs
till Oct. 9 every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Contact Norm Gilbert at 288-1735 or 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 through Sept. 16 featuring events such
as Jazz in July, hot air balloon rides, cool
cars and sky diving demonstrations.
Johnston — Every Tuesday the Johnston Farmers'
Market sets up at the City Hall parking lot,
at the corner of N.W. 62nd Avenue and Merle
Hay Road, from 3 to 7 p.m. through Sept. 27.
for more details.
Valley Junction — A favorite history 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 until Sept.
29. See entire listing of the concert lineup
Waukee — Every Wednesday until Sept. 28, the
Waukee Farmers' Market gathers guests and vendors
at the triangle in the heart of the business
district. For more information contact Lyn Schafer
with Classic Floral at 987-1552. CV
By Jared Curtis
Repertory Theater of Iowa presents "God
of Carnage," Sept. 9 – 25.
Fall is the unofficial start of the new season,
and theaters around the metro are gearing up
for some great shows. The Civic Center of Greater
Des Moines kicks off its season with "La
Cage Aux Folles" and brings back fan favorite
"Wicked" for a limited run in November.
The Des Moines Playhouse is packed full of shows
this fall including "The Producers,"
"Anne of Green Gables" and "The
Sound of Music."
StageWest celebrates its 15-year anniversary
by bringing back crowd favorite "Hedwig
and the Angry Inch" followed by "Lady
Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."
Keep an eye on shows from Tallgrass ("Lonely
Planet"), Repertory Theater of Iowa ("God
of Carnage," "The Woman in Black"
and "The Santaland Diaries") and a
plethora of shows being presented at the Des
Moines Social Club including "Men of Steel"
and "A Behanding in Spokene." Also,
don't forget about the local colleges and all
of their talented students taking the stage.
Although the touring productions pack a punch,
the local talent in our fair city is immense,
so regardless where you see a performance, you'll
be entertained, so get out there and see a show.
The Civic Center of Greater Des
221 Walnut St.
Oct. 11 – 16 "La Cage Aux Folles"
Nov. 9 – Dec. 4 "Wicked"
Dec. 7 -31 "Caucus! The Musical" presented
by Right Brain Productions
Dec. 14-31 "Utopia: The Iowa Musical Revue"
presented by Right Brain Productions
Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd St.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 2 "The Producers"Sept.
30 – Oct. 16 "Anne of Green Gables"
Oct. 21 – Nov. 6 "The 39 Steps"
Nov. 18 – Dec. 11 "Junie B. In Jingle Bells,
Dec. 2 – 30 "The Sound of Music"
|Sierra White stars as Billie Holiday in StageWest's production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill," Sept. 29 – Oct. 9
At the Civic Center's Stoner Theatre
Sept. 15 – 25 "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Sept. 29 – Oct. 9 "Lady Day at Emerson's
Bar and Grill"
Nov. 11 – 20 "Next Fall"
Tallgrass Theatre Company
Rex Mathis Auditorium, 1401 Vine St. West Des
Sept. 30 – Oct. 15 "Lonely Planet"
Des Moines Social Club
1408 Locust St.
Sept. 9 – 25 "God of Carnage" presented
by the Repertory Theater of Iowa
Oct. 10 – 23 "Men of Steel" presented
by Locust ProductionsNov. 11 – 20 "A Behanding
in Spokane" presented by Mooncoin Prodcutions
Dec 9 - 23 "The Santaland Diaries"
presented by the Repertory Theater of Iowa
The Repertory Theater of Iowa
Sept. 9 – 25 "God of Carnage"
Oct. 25 – 29 "The Woman in Black"
Dec 9 - 23 "The Santaland Diaries"
DMACC Huff Theatre
DMCC Campus, Building 6, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd.,
Sept. 15-16 "Bland Mary" and "Daisy"
Sept. 16 - Auditions for "Office Girl"
Nov. 18-19 "Honour"
Drake University Theatre Department
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 "Dog Sees God: Confessions
of a Teenage Blockhead"
Oct. 7 -9 - Student Theater Showcase (student
Nov. 10 – 13 "A Little Night Music"
Dec. 1 – 4 "Flu Season"
Simpson College Theatre Simpson
Sept. 10 "Love Letters… From Our New Home:
A Grand Theatrical Celebration"
Oct. 7-9, 14-16 "Women Beware Women"
Dec. 2-4 "The Glass Menagerie"
120 Abraham Drive, Ames
Sept. 23 – Oct. 9 "All I Really Need to
Know I Learned in Kindergarten"
Nov. 25 – Dec. 11 "A Tuna Christmas"
|StageWest presents "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Sept. 15-25 Special to Cityview
Iowa State University Theatre Department
Sept. 30 – Oct. 9 "Hedda Gabler"
Nov. 4 – 13 "Love's Labor's Lost"
Dec. 2 – 11 "A Christmas Carol"
Iowa State Center
Season at Stephens Auditorium
Oct. 14 "Blast"
Oct. 29 "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"
Nov. 1 "Macbeth"
Nov. 15 "Dayton Contemporary Dance Company"
Theater1: The Repertory Theater of Iowa presents
"God of Carnage," Sept. 9 – 25.
Theater 3: Sierra White stars as Billie Holiday
in StageWest's production of "Lady Day
at Emerson's Bar and Grill," Sept. 29 –
StageWest celebrates 15 years
By Jared Curtis
|StageWest celebrates 15 years
For 15 years, StageWest has been providing
the local theater scene with an array of shows
and musicals unlike any other company in town.
They strive to provide eclectic theater, and
it shows. With titles ranging from "Angels
in America" to "Jerry Springer The
Opera," they offer something for everyone.
"When we started, I had no idea we'd be
here 15 years later," said Ron Lambert,
Producing Artistic Director. "We've built
long-lasting relationships, with some of our
supporters being involved since the beginning."
Local theater companies continue to grow, but
it was StageWest that set the tone early on.
"When we started, there were only two other
local companies creating shows on a regular
basis. We love theater, and we love Des Moines,
so we thought it was important to do this for
the city," Lambert said. "We try to
offer audiences progressive, new works, and
most of the shows we do are Iowa premiere productions.
It's not that revivals or repeat productions
aren't good; it's important for artists and
audiences to experience something new. I like
to compare us to the Fleur Cinema; you might
not know about the plot of what you're going
to see, but you know it'll be something fresh
Lambert believes live theater is more important
"Our society has become one that turns
to screens instead of connecting face-to-face,
and it's tougher to get audiences involved with
so many entertainment options. But people like
the intimacy of our shows, and we've expanded
that by creating a talk back session after the
first Sunday matinee where fans can discuss
the play and themes," Lambert said. "When
you're sharing something live with other people,
a bond is created between the audience and the
actors that can't be duplicated on a screen.
Opening its 15th season, StageWest is bringing
back fan favorite, "Hedwig and the Angry
Inch," which runs Sept. 15-25.
"The show is a rock concert that details
the life of Hedwig and her journey from Berlin
to America with all of the bumps and bruises
in between. She has a botched surgery that leaves
her feeling barely man or woman, and is left
empty by loves of her past," said Colin
Morgan, who plays Hedwig. "I have never
gotten a chance to portray such a beautiful
character in such a profound setting like a
rock concert. I highly enjoy telling/singing
the story of 'The Origin of Love.' It's a beautiful
idea to think that everyone floats around the
world blindly, but avidly, searching for their
Following "Hedwig" is another show
filled with unforgettable music, "Lady
Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." The show
features one of Billie Holiday's last performances
before her death and is a riveting portrait
of the singer and her music.
"I'm in love with this show and just feel
so privileged to be singing such amazing classics
like 'God Bless The Child' and 'Strange Fruit,"
said Sierra White, who plays Billie. "I'm
so moved by the character of Billie and her
unbelievable strength. She's so beautiful, funny
and sad that I just knew I somehow had to have
a helping hand in bringing her back to life.
I think the show offers audiences a better understanding
of heart and soul behind Billie Holiday's amazing
With two widely different, yet similar shows
kicking off the season, StageWest continues
to raise the bar for local productions.
"We love theater and we love Des Moines,
and I think we're a great fit for the city,"
Lambert said. "It's important to mix it
up from offering serious, issue-related shows
to light-hearted entertainment. We think we're
a unique option for the city and have worked
hard at becoming Iowa's premier professional
theater company for the production of progressive,
contemporary theater in an intimate venue."
theater 2: StageWest presents "Hedwig
and the Angry Inch," Sept. 15-25 Special