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Summer arts & entertainment

    This issue is your definitive guide to summer fun.


Music Film Theatre Art Outdoors


By Michael Swanger

Looking at the multitude of musical offerings found in Iowa this summer, it might be easy for the casual observer to assume that the state’s live music scene is healthier than ever.

That’s partially true.

Yes, live music offerings increase during warm weather months as makeshift stages (farmers markets, community celebrations), outdoor festivals and seasonal concert series crop up with nearly as much abundance as Iowa sweet corn because event organizers realize that live music helps draw customers. But the empty half of the glass reminds us that people’s disposable incomes are likely being rerouted to help pay for gas and groceries as record-setting oil and food prices will challenge even the most die-hard music lover to reconsider a road trip to see their favorite band.

With that said, if you cherish live music like we do, you need to put your money where your mouth is this summer because it might affect next summer’s lineups. That includes frequenting concerts to show promoters and club owners that you also believe live music is an important part of the fabric of a community, and you can do so by buying tickets, CDs, T-shirts and other things that support musicians and the music industry. Again, we realize times are tough, but the thought of less live music is difficult to fathom — especially during the summer.

The following is a sampling of shows, organized by venue or event that can be found throughout the state through the end of August. It is not an inclusive list, as many shows have yet to be announced. Read Cityview each week for the most comprehensive music calendar in Central Iowa, new announcements and concert previews.


Adel Sweet Corn Festival
Downtown Adel
Aug. 9 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts, Remnant Christian Blues Band, Exit 113, Toaster

Beaverdale Live!
Between Beaver Avenue and Sheridan Drive in Urbandale.
June 14 — Faculty Lounge

Belin String Quartet
Fridays, 12:15 p.m. Free
Downtown Des Moines

May 30, June 13, 20, 27,
July 11, 18 — Nollen Plaza
June 6, July 25, Aug. 1 — Downtown Library Lawn

Big Country Bash
Water Works Park
June 29 — Sawyer Brown, Phil Vasser, Heidi Newfield, The Lost Trailers, Emily West, Jason Brown

Bike Night
Downtown Indianola
6 – 10 p.m. Free
June 20 — Insane Jane
July 18 — The Likely Suspects
Aug. 15 — Station

Bike Night in Baxter
O’Kelly’s Steak and Pub, Baxter, 108 Main St.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Free
(641) 227-3013
June 4 — Craig Swalwell
June 13 — Billy Lee Janey
June 18 — Joe Price
June 25 — Dave Guiternoski
July 9 — Scarlet Runner
July 16 — Legacy
July 23 — Damon Fowler

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival
LeClaire Park and Col Ballroom, Davenport
(563) 324-7170
July 24-27 — High Sierra Jazz Band, Randy Sandke’s NY All Stars, New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra, more

Bluegrass Tuesdays
Warren County Courthouse lawn, Indianola
6:30 p.m. Free
June 3 — Castle Ridge Bluegrass
June 10 — Maalek’s Fisherman Polka
June 17 — Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Fine Line Bluegrass
June 24 — E. Court Hill Street Band
July 1 — Monroe Crossing
July 8 — Faris Family Bluegrass
July 10 — Bluegrass Fools, We’re Fools for Bluegrass
July 15 — McPunk Brothers, Bob Black
July 22 — Bluegrass Pals
July 29 — Bluegrass Fools, We’re Fools for Bluegrass, Bittersweet Revival

Blues Before Sunset
East Locust Street in front of State Historical Building
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free
June 6 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots
June 13 — Andy Schneider One Man Blues Band
June 20 — Blues Bureau
June 27 — Jonny and the Rectifiers
July 11 — Lady Blue
July 18 — The Bob Pace Band with Steve George
July 25 — Erick Hovey Band
Aug. 1 — Bo Ramsey

Blues on Grand
1501 Grand Ave.
June 6 — Ron Thompson and the Resistors
June 7 — Bryan Lee
June 13 — Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
June 14 — Brandon Scott Sellner
June 20 — Pistol Pete
June 21 — Harper
June 26 — Live broadcast Mike Zito
June 27 — Sumpin’ Doo
June 28 — Kevin Burt & the Instigators
July 2 — Ana Popovic
July 9 — Tinsley Ellis
July 10 — Eric Sardinas
July 11 — E.C. Scott
July 16 — Charlie Musselwhite
July 23 — Juke Joint Duo
July 26 —Jason Ricci
Aug. 1 — Nick Moss
Aug. 8 — John Nemeth
Aug. 9 — Perry Weber & the Devilles
Aug. 13 — Candy Kayne
Aug. 15 — Scott Ellison
Aug. 16 — Debbie Davies

Bowlful of Blues
Maytag Bowl, Newton
1 p.m. Tickets TBA.
June 28 — Hot Tamale and the Red Hots, Rob Lumbard, Thunderbird Kingsley, Jeff Banks and the Pain Killers, Sumpin’ Doo, Watermelon Slim and the Workers.

Cityview Brewfest
322 3rd St.
Across from Science Center of Iowa
3-8 p.m. $25.
June 14 — Mooseknuckle, Brother Trucker

Camp Euforia
Lone Tree, 5335 Utah Ave.
$40 two-day pass
July 11-12 — Public Property, Cornmeal, Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Hunab, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Bumpus, The Gglitch, The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Fat Maw Rooney, Family Groove Co., Uniphonics, We Funk, Max Eubank and Friends, The Beaker Brothers, Jim and Mary Grosso, Euforquestra

Clive After Five
Linnan Park, Clive
Fridays, 5 p.m. Free
May 30 — Josh Davis Band
June 6 — Standing Hampton
June 13 — Gimikk
June 27 — Toaster
July 11 — SNAFU
July 18 — 35 South
July 25 — North of Grand
Aug. 1 — The Nadas

Clive Festival
Clive Aquatics Center, 1801 N.W. 114th St.
June 19 — Comfort Zone
June 20 — Toaster
June 21 — The Jesters, Standing Hampton

College Hill Arts Festival
UNI Campus, 23rd and College streets
Cedar Falls, Free
July 18-19 — Acts TBA

Dale Valley Vineyard and Winery
Stuart, 515-523-2199
June 7 — Crosswind
July 12 — “Winestock” with Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts, The Soul Searchers, Shadow Chasers, Bob Saar & Friends, Crosswind
July 14 — Gabrielle Louise
Aug. 2 — Brother Trucker
Aug. 30 — Trouble No More

Des Moines Arts Festival
Western Gateway Park
Downtown Des Moines, Free
U.S. Cellular Stage
June 27 — Truth Be Told, North of Grand, Public Property
June 28 — BeJae Fleming Duo, Barb Miller Band, Little Mojo, Hyentyte, Gumbohead, Josh Davis Band
June 29 — Pumptown, Rob Lumbard, Peter Mulvey, Old School

Meredith Stage
June 27 — Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Horns, True North, Swing Crew
June 28 — Highway Home Bluegrass Band, Roxi Copland Band, Deja Voodoo, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts, Lady Blue
June 29 — Johnny Cash Tribute, Driftwood Fire, Pocket Full of Nickels, Gladys Kravitz
Performing Arts Stage
June 27 — Michael Whisler, Roberto the Magnificent, Hot Club of Des Moines, Java Jews
June 28 — Mundus, Bill Robison, Ryan Collier, Switchback, Lamajamal
June 29 — Ecuador Manta, Des Moines Symphony Academy Flute Choir and String Quartet

80/35 Festival
Western Gateway Park, downtown Des Moines
$30 or $50,
July 4-5 — The Flaming Lips, The Roots, Yonder Mountain String Band, Drive-By Truckers, Jakob Dylan, Andrew Bird, Cracker, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, The Envy Corps, Dirty Little Rabbits, Jade Reed, The Dig Angees, Tim Grimes, Ezra Furman, Brad Goldman, DJ Diverse, The Autumn Project, Maxilla Blue, Public Property, Poison Control Center, Radio Moscow, Euforquestra, Deanna Devore, Jaiser Cartel, Family Groove Co., Colourmusic, Headlights, Ingrid Michaelson, Black Francis

El Bait Shop
200 S.W. 2nd St.
June 1 — Aquamarine Dream Machine
June 4 — Lonesome Traveler Bluegrass Band
June 8 — MooseKnuckle
June 11 — Sour Diesel
June 14 — Cityview Brewfest with Brother Trucker & MooseKnuckle
June 15 — Andy Schneider
June 18 — Lady Blue
June 22 — Truth Be Told
June 25 — Sour Diesel
June 29 — Adobanga
July 2 — Kent Brothers
July 6 — Harmonic Order
July 9 — Sour Diesel
July 13 — NeuMoniker
July 16 — Truth Be Told
July 20 — Uniphonics
July 23 — Sour Diesel
July 27 — Taste of Revival
July 30 — Deep Dickens
Aug. 3 — Pink Monkey
Aug. 6 — Sour Diesel
Aug. 10 — Creek Dwellers
Aug. 17 — MooseKnuckle

Englert Theater
221 E. Washington St., Iowa City
(319) 688-2653
July 1 — Jason Reeves and Friends
Aug. 8 — Mark Shultz

515 Alive Urban Music & Arts Festival
Downtown Des Moines
July 26 — Acts TBA

First Federated Church
25th Street and University Avenue
June 22 — Peter Mayer

Friday Fest
Walker-Johnston Sports Complex
9000 Douglas Ave., Urbandale
4:45-8 p.m. $6
May 30 — Bob Dorr and the Blue Band
June 6 — Justin Kesterson & Rude Mood
June 13 — Deja Voodoo
June 20 — Flipside
June 27 — 3 AM Band
July 11 — Jemstate
July 18 — Small Town Superheroes
July 25 — Throwing Toast
Aug. 1 — Stone Thro
Aug. 8 — Bob’s Garage Band
Aug. 15 — Trips
Aug. 22 — The Heartbeats

Friday Fest Homegrown in Iowa Music Series
Downtown Perry
5:30 p.m. Free
(515) 465-4601
June 20 — Mike and Amy Finders
July 18 — The Black Diamond Band
Aug. 15 — Pocket Full of Nickels

Friday Night Concert Series
Pedestrian Plaza, downtown Iowa City
6:30-9:30 p.m. Free
(319) 337-7944
May 30 — Big Wooden Radio, Euforquestra
June 13 — Grooveship
June 20 — The Recliners
June 27 — Jazz Camp Combos
July 4 — Iowa City Jazz Festival
July 11 — The Beaker Brothers
July 18 — Lake Street Drive
July 25 — The Rod Pierson Band
Aug. 1 — The Mayflies
Aug. 8 — Ben Soltau Project, Dead Larry
Aug. 15 — Orquestra Alto Maiz
Aug. 22 — Samba Noso and The Gglitch
Aug. 29 — The Diplomats of Solid Sound

Fridays at the Fountain
West Glen Town Center
I-35 and Mills Civic Parkway,
West Des Moines
5 p.m. $5
May 30 — Dick Prall
June 6 — Towncrier
June 13 — Bound2Be
June 20 — Hello Dave
June 27 — Jemstate
July 4 — Final Mix
July 11 — Bob Pace Band
July 18 — Fat Andy band
July 25 — Tony Valdez Band

Greens and Blues Fest
Toad Valley Golf Course
6 p.m. Free
May 31 — The Soul Searchers
June 14 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts

Hessen Haus
101 Fourth St.
June 6 — Bill Konkar
June 14 — Stratfor Rhythm Ramblers
June 20 — Bob Pace Band
June 27 — Obsidian’s Dream
July 4 — Dr. Gonzo
July 5 — Bob Malek’s Fishermen
July 11 — Mr. Baber’s Neighbors
July 19 — Barefoot Becky
July 26 — Bill Konkar
Aug. 2 — Barry Boyce Band
Aug. 15 — One Night Stand
Aug. 16 — Stratford Rhythm Ramblers
Aug. 23 — Bob Malek’s Fishermen

House of Bricks
525 E. Grand Ave.
May 30 — The Capote Flat, Cell Division, Just My Luck
May 31 — Odium, Only, Calous
June 5 — The Vandon Arms, Deals Gone Bad, Lookout Loretta
June 6 — Tempest Rose, 3 Pill Morning
June 7 — Agony of Defeat, Dead Horse Trauma, Dying Eyes, Finacl Escape, Sordid
June 8 — Dirty Penny, Lyin’ Heart, Wild Rose
June 9 — Johnnyrook
June 12 — Tub Ring, Divided We Stand
June 13 — Soulever
June 14 — US Air Guitar Championships
June 15 — Valencia, Tready of Paris, Finding the Warren
June 15 — Kristie Stremmel, Betsy West, The Honeybees
June 21 — The Song Remains the Same
June 25 — Psychostick, Powerglove, Look What I Did
June 27 — Spoken
June 28 — June Jam
July 1 — The Big Spank, Ska Band Go
July 9 — Dorian Gray
July 10 — Steve Robinson and the Foundation
July 11 — Sordid, Amerimage
July 12 — Only, Dying Eyes, Blue Felix, Grinwire
July 12 — Croaked Halo, Caustic Vision
July 18 — Douglas Acres
July 19 — Mindrite
July 19 — Only
Aug. 3 — Rieman Music Garage Band Recital
Aug. 3 — Four Word Cause, Avery, JV Allstars
Aug. 9 — The Vandon Arms, Here’s My Chance

Iowa City Jazz Festival
Downtown Iowa City. Free
(319) 337-7944
July 4 — United Jazz Ensemble, Sam Salomone Trio, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Grooveship, Koplant No
July 5 — Euforquestra, Garaj Mahal, Bonerama, John Scofield Trio and the ScoHorns, Oatts Boys, Dave Altmeier Group, Checker & the Blue Tones, Executive Lunch, Fresh Hair
July 6 — Rod Pierson Big Band, Brent Sandy Quartet, Jenny Scheinman, Joshua Redman Trio, Silver Swing Band, Katie Roche, Local Clamor, Three Page Fives, Group X

Iowa Speedway
(866) 787-8946
June 21 — Drake Bell
June 22 — Blue Oyster Cult
July 20 — Firehouse
Aug. 10 — Heartland

Iowa State Fair
Iowa State Fairgrounds
(800) 545-FAIR
Aug. 7 — Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Matthew West
Aug. 8 — Josh Turner, Craig Morgan
Aug. 9 — Rick Springfield, Patty Smyth and Scandal
Aug. 10 — Cinderella, Warrant, Night Ranger
Aug. 12 — Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special, Shooter Jennings
Aug. 14 — Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu
Aug. 15 — Tracy Lawrence, Blake Shelton
Aug. 16 — Def Leppard
Aug. 17 — Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”

Java Joe’s Coffeehouse
214 Fourth St. Free
May 29 — Compass Financial Group
May 30 — Max Wellman Trio
June 2 — Ardent Gathering
June 3 — Nathaniel Seer
June 7 — Back Drop and Love Me Electric
June 13 — Josh and the Empty Pockets
June 17 — The Gypsy Nomads
June 25 — Isaac Hayden
June 27 — Michael Fugitt
June 27 — June Jam with Justin Willis
July 12 — Little Mojo

Jazz in July
Various metro locations
Throughout the month

June Jam
June 1-30
Various locations throughout Central Iowa
June 5 — Not Home Yet (Jordan Creek), Plan to Pull Through (Pella street dance)
June 6 — Dance-a-Cross (Brenton Plaza), Gary Sobbing (Amici coffeehouse, Urbandale)
June 7 — Will Herron, Kelly Van Hemert, Justin Willis, Ken Smalley and Michelle Hoy (Timberline campground), Remnant Blues Band (Iowa Barnstormers pre-game), Rachel Henkle (Café Diem)
June 12 — Tempest Rose (Jordan Creek), New Life Band (Norwalk Aquatic Center)
June 13 — Rely on Christ (Brenton Plaza), Open Road (Blank Park Zoo), Austin Carlson and Stepford (Being There Coffeehouse)
June 14 — Tim Cooper and Friends (Adel Kinnick-Feller Park), Vance Lambert (Amici coffeehouse, downtown)
June 19 — Tina Haase Findlay or Remnant Blues Band (Jordan Creek), Not About Us (Adel Pool)
June 20 — Tim Aaron Band, Phil Harmonica (Brenton Plaza), Divine Intervention, 9th Hour, Michael Fugitt (Freedom for Youth), Andy Klindt (Smokey Row Coffeehouse, Oskaloosa)
June 21 — Earlham Battle of the Bands, Joyful Noise Band, Jefferson (Cutty’s Campground), Will Herron (Smokey Row Coffeehouse, Pella)
June 26 — Heidi Quist & Friends, Michelle Hoy & Ordinary People (Jordan Creek)
June 27 — Bright Light Parade, Hyland (Brenton Plaza), Tina Haase Findlay (Des Moines Arts Festival), Justin Willis (Java Joes Coffeehouse)
June 28 — Fraught, Jason Rich, Michael Fugitt, Plan to Pull Through 2nd (House of Bricks), Piercing the Darkness (Oskaloosa), Suz, Gwen, Lee (Friedrichs Coffeehouse, Urbandale), The Brotherhood (Altoona)
On Thiss Rock, Inner Rain, The Final Pardon, Danny Heggen (Wellspring Indianola Aquatic Center, Midwest ArtFest, Brenton Plaza Triathlete)

Lazerfest 2.0
Indianola Balloon Classic Field
July 5 — Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Hinder, Filter, 10 Years, Five Finger Death Punch, Palmerston

Live at the Creek
Jordan Creek Town Center, West Des Moines
Sundays, 5 p.m. Free
June 29 — Dueling Pianos
July 6 — Final Mix
July 13 — Dueling Pianos
July 20 — Josh Davis Band
July 27 — Dueling Pianos
Aug. 3 — Hello Dave
Aug. 10 — Dueling Pianos
Aug. 17 — Tim Mahoney
Aug. 24 — Dueling Pianos
Aug. 31 — Flipside

Living History Blues Festival
Living History Farms
Aug. 30-31 — Acts TBA.

Main Street Concerts
Tom Evans Plaza, downtown Ames
Thursdays, 5-7:30 p.m. Free
(515) 233-3472
May 29 — Danny Grause
June 5 — Burnin’ Sensations
June 12 — Mike Giles
June 19 — Isaac Norman
June 26 — BeJae Fleming
July 3 — Blue Moon Players
July 10 — Green Oaks
July 17 — Keith McCaulley
July 24 — Dan Ketterer
July 31 — Matt “Sweet Tater” TeRonde

Mars Café
2318 University Ave.
May 29 — John Statz
May 30 — Copernicus Jones
May 31 — Stephen Ites
June 2 — Scented Vinyl with Beati Paoli
June 3 — Why Make Clocks, Boxcutter
June 6 — Scott Allan Knost
June 7 — Aaron Mansfield
June 8 — Bruce Goldish
June 9 — Scented Vinyl with Maxilla Blue
June 12 — Josh and the Empty Pockets
June 13 — My Alumni and The Obstacles
June 14 — Vance Lambert and Namoli
June 15 — Jeannie Mayotte & JoAnn Riedl
June 19 — The Naked Station
June 20 — Steve Kasli
June 22 — The Courtney Janes
June 23 — Scented Vinyl with Lady Blue
June 26 — Post Historic
June 28 — Hanwell
June 29 — Jessica Robbins and Dan Carr
June 30 — Scented Vinyl with The Honeybees
July 3 — Jordan Anderson
July 7 — Scented Vinyl with Midwestern Remedy
July 11 — James Kelly
July 12 — Eliza Bue and Vanessa Torres
July 14 — Scented Vinyl with Talking Mountain
July 17 — Ryan and Jesse Dermody
July 19 — The Threes
July 26 — Lola Johnson
July 28 — Scented Vinyl with John Statz
Aug. 1 — Folk By Association
Aug. 2 — Why Make Clocks, Boxcutter
Aug. 3 — Scott Bravo
Aug. 7 — Chris Shanafelt
Aug. 10 — Emily Louise
Aug. 11 — Scented Vinyl with Soulever
Aug. 18 — Scented Vinyl with The Naked Station

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
Tama, (800) 728-4263
June 21 — Willie Nelson

The Mill
120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City
(319) 351-9529
May 30 — Dave Zollo & the Body Electric
May 31 — Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey
June 3 — Liberty Leg, Miracles of God
June 5 — Jascat
June 6 — Nifty Mountain Pow Wow
June 7 — The Pines
June 12 — The Mayflies
June 13 — Nikki Lunden
June 14 — Grooveship
June 15 — Wye Oak
June 20 — Billy Hoake and the Hoax
June 24 — Whitman
June 26 — Zibra Zibra
June 28 — The Salsa Band
July 3 — Sexual Buddha Allstars
July 5 — Public Property
July 7 — Dave Zollo & the Body Electric
July 24 — Funkmaster
July 25 — Dave Olson
Aug. 18 — Great Lake Swimmers

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
LeClaire Park, Davenport, $18
(563) 322-5837
July 3 — Kinsey Report, Elvin Bishop, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Otis Taylor and the Black Banjo Project
July 4 — Phil Guy, Jimmy Thackery, Koko Taylor, Paul Geremiah, Big Pete Pearson, Billy Boy Arnold with Jody Williams
July 5 — John Nemeth with Junior Watson, Denise LaSalle, Tinsley Ellis, Big George Brock, The Holmes Brothers

Mississippi Valley Fair
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport
(563) 326-5338
July 29-Aug. 3 — Sugarland, Ted Nugent, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Darrel Worley, Ronnie Milsap

Music in the Junction
Railroad Park, Valley Junction
West Des Moines
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Free
May 29 — Freestyle
June 5 — The Heartbeats
June 12 — The Soul Searchers
June 19 — Andy Schneider
June 26 — Haywire
July 3 — Independence Day Celebration with The Heartbeats
July 10 — Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Horns
July 17 — Likely Suspects
July 24 — Exit 113
July 31 — One Nite Stand
Aug. 7 — Jonny & the Rectifiers
Aug. 14 — Faculty Lounge
Aug. 21 — Hold On
Aug. 28 — The Legacy Band

Music Under the Stars
West steps, Capitol Building
Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Free
June 8 — Rob Lumbard, Des Moines Municipal Band
June 15 — Rod Biensen, DM Municipal Band
June 29 — The Rhythm Majors, 34th Army Band
July 6 — Tijuana Brass Tribute, DM Municipal Band
July 13 — Second Avenue Jazz Band, DM Municipal Band
July 20 — Veterans Jazz Band, Iowa Military Veterans Band
July 27 — Tropical Steel, Brass in Blue
Aug. 3 — Classic Jazz with Songs by Judi Brown, DM Municipal Band

Nitefall on the River
Simon Estes Amphitheater
Thursdays, 7 p.m. $8
June 5 — Cornmeal
June 12 — Kelley Hunt
July 3 — Authentic Records Night
July 10 — Vanessa Carlton
July 17 — Matt Nathanson
July 24 — Walter Trout
July 31 — Gaelic Storm

The Picador
330 E. Washington St.
Iowa City
(319) 354-4788
May 30 — You Me and Everyone We Know, Dropping Daylight
May 31 — Nihil Serph, Acceptable Level of Violence
June 2 — Buckethead, That One Guy
June 3 — Russian Circles, Daughters
June 7 — MC Chris, Age of Rockets
June 10 — Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise
June 11 — Roman Numerals
June 13 — Cobra Starship, We the Kings
June 14 — See You Next Tuesday
June 15 — The Whigs, Rosehill Drive
June 20 — Cotton Jones Basket Ride
June 27 — Wolf Eyes
June 29 — RTX
July 3 — Three Inches of Blood
July 16 — Bob Log III, Scott H. Biram
July 18 — The Horde Release Party
July 20 — Lower Class Brats, Time Sgain
July 24 — Shai Hulud, Full Blown Chaos
July 31 — Change of Pace, Houston Calls

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
Altoona, Interstate 80, Exit 142
(800) 325-9015
June 13 — Tommy Tutone
July 20 — Heart
Aug. 7 — Wynonna

The Reverb
204 Main St., Cedar Falls
(319) 277-4404
May 30 — Infandous
May 31 — The Teddy Boys
June 4 — Primer 55
June 13 — Tubring
June 21 — Give Away the Plot
July 26 — Wednesday 13

Rib America Festival
Iowa Events Center parking lot
Free or $4
July 18 — Beatlemania Live!, Dennis DeYoung (performing the music of Styx)
July 19 — The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Marcia Ball, Cowboy Mouth, Hootie & the Blowfish
July 20 — Tab Benoit, Soul Asylum, Jonny Lang

Ritual Café
13th Street between Grand and Locust
May 29 — Kat Darling and Aaron Short
May 30 — Rachel Sage
May 31 — Gay in the Gateway 2008 with The Honeybees, Katie Sawicki, Brianna Lane, Mare Wakefield, Synthia Sanchez, Madison Cavalier
June 5 — Andrew Kem Trio
June 6 — Tubabu
June 7 — Strong Like Bear
June 13 — Steph Hayes, Chris Schutz, Namoli Brennet
June 19 — Mar McAdams
June 20 — Unknown Component
June 21 — 2nd Avenue Jazz Band
June 27 — Martine Locke
June 28 — Abi Tapia, Betty Soo
July 4 — Mind Flow
July 11 — Loren Depping
July 12 — Nicole Torres
July 18 — The Threes
July 23 — Eric Taylor, BeJae Fleming
July 25 — Lola Johnson
Aug. 2 — Karma
Aug. 9 — Paul Storm
Aug. 15 — Far Beyond Frail
Aug. 30 — Kitty Rose

River Music Experience
129 Main St., Davenport
(877) 326-1333
May 30 — Parish Festival
May 31 — Mondo Drag
June 5 — Dirty Dozen Brass Band
June 6 — Bang Camaro
June 7 — Eargasm III
June 13 — Katalina
June 27 — Through Terror
July 12 — Andrew Landers
July 22 — Walter Trout
Aug. 1 — Alto Maiz

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Riverside, (319) 648-1234
June 6 — Hotel California
June 13 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
June 20 — Mustang Sally
June 27 — Joe Nichols
July 4 — Ovation
July 11 — Herb Reed & the Platters, Gary Lewis & the Playboys
July 19 — REO Speedwagon
July 25 — Jason D. Williams
Aug. 1 — Eddie Butts Band
Aug. 15 — The Hitz
Aug. 29 — Final Mix
Aug. 31 — Randy Travis

Saturday in the Park
Grandview Park, Sioux City
(712) 277-2575
July 5 — Phil Lesh & Friends, Janiva Magness, Snakebeard Jackson, The BoDeans, The Nadas, Umphrey’s McGee

Shooters Hideaway
6336 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights
May 30 — Otter and Fatty Geezer
May 31 — Rockin’ For the Youth Benefit Concert
June 6 — Fractal, Mind Asylum, Maxx Menagerie
June 7 — VooDoo 3
June 13 — Fatal Addiction, Rukus
June 14 — Smoking Blindfolded
June 20 — SNAFU, Truth Be Told
June 21 — Dave Thrift Band
June 22 — Million $ Reload, The Black Mollys
June 27 — Second Side, Freaklabel
June 28 — Misfit Toyz, Throwing Toast
July 4 — VooDoo 3
July 5 — Jade Lea, Brian Troster Band
July 11 — Fatal Addiction, Max Menageerie
July 12 — Common Disease of Swine
July 18 — Soulever, GearDown
July 19 — SNAFU, Lady Blue
July 25 — Carjack Lovers
July 26 — MindAsylum, Freaklabel
Aug. 1 — Truth Be Told
Aug. 2 — Sean Bright, The Evicted
Aug. 8 — Carjack Lovers
Aug. 9 — Common Disease of Swine
Aug. 15 — SNAFU, Mooseknuckle
Aug. 22 — Smoking Blindfolded
Aug. 23 — GearDown
Aug. 29 — Acubake System
Aug. 30 — Misfit Toyz

Stir Concert Cove
Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
One Harrah’s Blvd.
(888) 512-SHOW
May 30 — B.B. King
June 1 — The Roots
June 21 — Clint Black
June 27 — Willie Nelson
July 3 — Kenny Wayne Shepherd
July 11 — Sammy Hagar & the Wabos
July 13 — Crosby, Stills & Nash
July 20 — Ween
July 21 — Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo
Aug. 1 — G. Love & Special Sauce, The John Butler Trio
Aug. 2 — Los Lonely Boys & Los Lobos
Aug. 15 — The Black Crowes
Aug. 16 — Alice Cooper
Aug. 23 — Bonnie Raitt
Aug. 31 — Doobie Brothers

Summer Jam
Water Works Park
$30, $125
June 28 — Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe, Nazareth with Manny Charlton, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Bob Dorr and The Blue Band, Hat Trick Heroes

Summerset Winery & Inn
15101 Fairfax, Indianola
Free. 961-3545
May 30 — Fat Twosday
June 1 — Rod Chaffee Band
June 6 — Old School
June 8 — Ashanti
June 13 — Tony Valdez & Don Jaques
June 15 — Tony Valdez & the Retro Rockets
June 20 — Flying Silos
June 22 — Perry Weber & the Devilles
June 27 — Bill Martin Group
June 29 — Bob Pace Band with Steve George
July 4 — Fat Tuesday & the Greasfire Horns, The Soul Searchers
July 6 — Lady Blue
July 11 — Fat Twosday
July 13 — Tony Valdez Large Band
July 18 — Tony Valdez & Don Jaques
July 20 — Bunky Marlow Band
July 27 — Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Aug. 1 — Tony Valdez & Don Jaques
Aug. 3 — Rod Chaffee Band
Aug. 8 — Blues Bureau Trio
Aug. 10 — Ashanti
Aug. 15 — Old School
Aug. 17 — Freestyle
Aug. 22 — After Hours Band
Aug. 24 — Tony Valdez Large Band
Aug. 29 — Fat Twosday
Aug. 31 — Backstage Boogie Band

Sugar Grove Winery
6602 Ginger Ave., Newton
$5, (641) 787-9463
June 14 — 8-Track Band
June 28 — Ashanti
July 5 — Flatland Frank and the Flat Cats
July 19 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
July 26 — World Port
Aug. 2 — Pro Musica
Aug. 16 — One Nite Stand
Aug. 23 — Bob Door and The Blue Band
Aug. 30 — Flatland Frank and The Flat Cats

Surf Ballroom
460 North Shore Dr., Clear Lake
(641) 357-6151
May 30 — Iowa Leisure Suit Convention featuring Christy Love & You Know Who
June 6 — Bernard Allison
June 13 — Barrelhouse Rockets
June 20 —Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult
June 29 — Surf’s 60th Anniversary Celebration with Jack Imel, Tiny Little Jr., Mary Lou Metzger and Dick Dale
July 10 — Aaron Tippin, Randy McAllister
July 25 — Marshall Tucker Band, George Satellites
Aug. 29 — Head East, Styx

Terrible’s Lakeside Casino
777 Casino Dr., Osceola
(877) 477-LAKE
May 30-31 — Blackhawk
June 6-7 — Georgia Satellites
June 13 — Hotel California
June 19-20 — Bryan White
July 3 — Tanya Tucker

Thursday in the Park
Central Park, Grinnell
5 and 7:30 p.m. Free
(641) 236-1626
May 29 — Abi Tapia
June 5 — Grinnell Dixieland Band, Grinnell Community Band
June 12 — Truckstop Souvenir, Grinnell Community Band
June 19 — Highway Home, Grinnell Community Band
June 26 — Grinnell Community Band, Turlach Ur
July 3 — The Blue Band
July 10 — Latin Fiesta
July 17 — Route 66
July 24 — Joe and Vicki Price
July 31 — Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen
Aug. 7 — Monica Leo and Ron Hillis
Aug. 14 — Too Many Strings, Mike Gross and the Coyote Band
Aug. 21 — Daana and Susan Robinson
Aug. 28 — Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Horns

Val Air Ballroom
301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
June 8 — Shinedown
June 29 — John Hiatt & the Ageless Beauties, Rob Lumbard
July 10 — Boys Like Girls
July 15 — Puddle of Mudd
July 21 — Ted Nugent
Aug. 7 — Flogging Molly

Vaudeville Mews
212 Fourth St.
May 29 — SNAFU, The Worlds Tallest People
May 30 — Caustic Vision, Gallows Hill
May 30 — Horizon
May 31 — Poison Control Center, Slaughterhouse 6
May 31 — Poison Control Center, Tyborn Jig
June 1 — Too Pure to Die, With Blood Comes Claensing
June 4 — Leo Rondeau
June 5 — One for the Team, The Teddy Boys
June 6 — Red Ascension, Agony of Defeat
June 6 — Ephraim Zenh
June 7 — Still Ticking, Filth Grinder
June 7 — Dance Party USA: The Future
June 8 — The Dig Angees
June 9 — Krush Klamath
June 9 — The Vivian Girls
June 10 — The Fiery Furnaces, Grand Ole Party
June 11 — Xrepresentx, Knuckled Down
June 11 — Patrick Sweany, Hoots & Hellmouth
June 12 — The Botticellis, Christopher the Conquered
June 12 — The Belleville Outfit, Bob Tyler and the Reckless Hearts
June 13 — Richard Julian, Micah Dalton
June 13 — Qwel, Qwazaar, Silence

Zoo Brew
Blank Park Zoo
7401 S.W. 9th St.
July 2 — Swing Crew
July 9 — Flipside
July 16 — Adam Gregory
July 23 — Monkey, Monkey, Monkey
July 30 — Pianopalooza

DMMC to launch debut 80/35 festival

In what might be one of the anticipated local music events of the summer, the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition will host its inaugural 80/35 music festival July 4-5 in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. The non-profit group has secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations from corporations and charitable groups like the Des Moines Community Foundation to land headlining acts like The Flaming Lips, The Roots, Yonder Mountain String Band, Drive-By Truckers and Jakob Dylan. A number of Iowa bands like Radio Moscow, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, The Envy Corps, Dirty Little rabbits, Maxilla Blue and Jade Reed will also perform.

The DMMC hopes that Des Moines, which is located at the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 35, will be a stopping point for as many as 40 national and local bands as well as thousands of music fans who travel by the Capital City en route to larger destinations. “Many of the top live acts are playing theaters, ballrooms and festivals across the country and driving right through Des Moines, but don’t always stop. 80/35 is giving them a reason to stop,” said Amedeo Rossi, project manager for the DMMC, in a statement.

The festival will host 40 progressive acts performing on four stages — two main stages in a gated paid area and two free side stages. Both areas, officials say, will house interactive art, activities, vendors, resting places and food and beverage vendors. A fireworks display is planned for both nights and organizers are hoping to attract 15,000 people.

Advance tickets for the festival are $50 for two-day passes and $30 for single day passes. Prices increase $5 for each at the gate. For more information, visit or — Michael Swanger



By Jared Curtis

The summertime is the right time for going to your local theater and getting lost in the outlandish popcorn flicks that Hollywood unleashes once the weather warms up. Forgot Oscar season with their drab period pieces and dramatic performances, summer is the time for blockbusters filled with big guns, big action and big heroes that save us from evil. The season started off with a bang thanks to the success of films like “Iron Man,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and the immortal archeologist Dr. Jones returning in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” But along with success comes failure. “Speed Racer” couldn’t finish the race thanks to terrible reviews, and Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher should have listened to the advice of “What Happens In Vegas” stays in Vegas. But even a couple of stinkers can’t stop the momentum of this summer, with big heroes. “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Dark Knight,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” and “Hancock”; standard summertime sequels “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” and “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” and America’s favorite film character, the slackers, “Step Brothers,” “The Rocker” and “Pineapple Express,” all coming to a screen near you. This looks like it could be a summer to remember. The following are 10 films I would recommend seeing this summer, followed by a complete list of films to be released during the next three months. Try to get out and enjoy nature once September rolls around.

“The Strangers”

May 30

Directed by Bryan Bertino, starring Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Kip Weeks and Glenn Howerton

Ever since Jason Voorhees appeared wearing a potato sack with one eye hole cut out in “Friday the 13th Part 2,” I have been scared of people with sacks/masks over their heads. Now, mind you, I’m not scared on Halloween, when neighborhoods are crawling with kids in masks. I’m talking driving down the highway, late at night, when suddenly on the side of the road a man with a mask tries to thumb a ride. That thought would be stuck in my nightmares, and after watching the trailer for “The Strangers,” I have been checking behind all the doors in my apartment when I come home from work. When three tormentors wearing masks (one wearing a sack!) trap a loving couple in their house with no escape, the chills start tingling down my spine. As Liv Tyler looks around for help, a sack wearing man appears and disappears behind her from the shadows without her noticing. Needless to say, I have been sleeping with the lights on ever since.
“The Mother of Tears”

June 6

Directed by Dario Argento, starring Asia Argento, Cristian Solimeno, Adam James and Moran Atias

Italian horror master Dario Argento returns with “The Mother of Tears,” the final film in his “Three Mothers” trilogy. Even though it has taken him more than 40 years to complete the work, “Susperia” (1977) and “Inferno” (1980), fans have been eagerly awaiting his return. Classic slasher films owe their livelihood to the Italian master; even icon George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “The Crazies” and “Knightriders”) has credited Argento with creating stylish and violent tales of terror. For hardcore horror fans, this film is a must; for everyone else, be prepared to peek out of your hands as you’re hiding your face.

“The Incredible Hulk”

June 13

Directed by Louis Leterrier, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt

Didn’t we just see this film a few years ago? Even though “Hulk” smashed into theaters in 2003, it kind of tanked. Marvel didn’t want to let such a good character go to waste, so they made Bruce Banner mad again. This version looks promising. Edward Norton is the man, and there is supposedly a cameo by one Tony Stark (Iron Man), tying the Marvel franchises together aligning the stars for a future Avengers movie (what’s up now Justice League?).


July 2

Directed by Peter Berg, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman and David Mattey

The trailer for this grumpy, drunk superhero film looks amazing. It’s about time we get a superhero who is pissed off that he has to work every day, never getting a break. Whether he is throwing a beached whale back into the ocean only to have it land on a sailboat or tossing mouthy kids’ miles into the sky, “Hancock” looks like it will deliver the laughs. Plus director Peter Berg has delivered an awesome action movie with a cocky hero before (“The Rundown”).

“The Wackness”

July 3

Directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thirlby and Method Man

Let’s go back, way back to the summer of 1994 where a recent high school graduate gets high while peddling weed in New York City. He builds a strong relationship with his shrink (Kingsley), sharing knowledge and joints as well as meeting an amazing female (Thirlby). A winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival will keep the buzz about this film throughout the summer and onto DVD, where I imagine it will acquire cult status. Also, don’t miss Mary-Kate Olsen as a free loving hippie locking lips with old man Kingsley. Marijuana makes people do crazy things.

“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

July 11

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones and James Dodd

The big red badass is back. This time he is fighting an evil elf that is forming an army of mythical creatures to take over the earth. With “Ghostbusters” not available, who you going to call? That’s right, Hellboy and his crew to the rescue. The first film was wild and crazy, and this sequel looks like it won’t disappoint. Del Toro’s films have gotten better each time and after “Pan’s Labyrinth,” he’ll have a tough act to follow. But that’s what he does best, stretching the viewer’s imagination and leaving them wanting more. If you need to find me, I’ll be waiting in line for “Hellboy III.”

“The Dark Knight”

July 18

Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart and Michael Caine

After reinventing the franchise with “Batman Begins,” director Christopher Nolan returns with his revenge-filled superhero, protecting Gotham City from a psychotic bank robber known as The Joker. Everyone knows the tragedy of Ledger’s untimely death. But if there is any good to come out of it, it is his amazing portrayal of Batman’s nemesis. Industry buzz is already calling “The Dark Knight” the hit of the summer and maybe even a post mortem Oscar nomination for Ledger. He is that good. Add in Eckhart playing Harvey Dent (Two-Face), a new Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox creating amazing gadgets for the caped crusader, and this film could leave audiences and Batman fans to ask “Tim Burton, who?”

“Step Brothers”

July 25

Directed by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins.

I laugh out loud every time I see the poster for this film with Ferrell and Reilly wearing matching sweater vests posing for their JC Penney’s portrait. With a simple premise, two slacker adult males who both live with their parents have to learn to live together after their parents become an item, can only lead to side splitting laughs. Reteaming with director Adam McKay (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”) can only mean good things. After discovering they both would have sex with John Stamos if they had to sleep with a man, Reilly ponders, “Did we just become best friends?” I think they did, and I know I’ll go see this movie.

“The Rocker”

Aug. 1

Directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring Rainn Wilson, Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Josh Gad

Rainn Wilson, who plays the very conformist assistant to the regional manager Dwight Schrute on “The Office” each week, gets his first chance to lead a movie instead of playing second banana, and I hope he pulls it off. Wilson plays Robert “Fish” Fishman, a drummer who 20 years ago was kicked out of a metal band right before they became platinum selling megastars. Now a loser (is there any other type of failed musician holding on to the glory he never had?), “Fish” gets a second chance when his nephew’s high school emo band needs a drummer. Hilarity and devil horns ensue as “Fish” gets one more chance to “Shout at the Devil” and become a rock god.
“Pineapple Express”

Aug. 8

Directed by David Gordon Green, starring Seth Rogan, James Franco, Gary Cole and Rosie Perez

I just want you to know “Pineapple Express,” you had me at Aptow, Judd Aptow that is. The king of all things cool (“Freaks and Geeks,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Superbad,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), Aptow has had his hand (writer, director, producer) and funny bone in everything (13 projects) in the last three years. In “Pineapple Express” he returns as a producer with his cast of lovable losers. Rogen stars as a stoner who trolls through life working a crappy job just to make enough dough for that sweet cheba. Franco plays his longhaired dealer who just happens to come across some premium green, pineapple express. While taking a smoke break, Rogan sees a couple of corrupt cops commit a murder. They see him and the hunt is on. After grabbing the necessities, weed and fruit roll-ups, the two head out on an action adventure critics are calling “Cheech and Chong meets Die Hard.” Aptow could take a crap on a plate, and I would throw down my hard-earned money. There is no way I’m missing this film. What a perfect way to end the summer movie-going experience.

May 30

“Sex and the City: the Movie” (d. Michael Patrick King; with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis)

“The Strangers” (d. Bryan Bertino; with Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler and Kip Weeks)

“Saving Grace” (d. Tom Kalin; with Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Dillane)

“The Foot Fist Way” (d. Jody Hill; with Danny R. McBride, Ben Best and Mary Jane Bostic)

“Bigger, Stronger, Faster” (d. Chris Bell; with Chris Bell as narrator)

“Stuck” (d. Stuart Gordon; with Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea and Russell Hornsby)

“The Unknown Woman” (d. Guiseppe Tornatore; with Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido and Claudia Gerini)

June 6

“You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” (d. Dennis Dugan; with Adam Sandler, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Ido Ezra)

“Mongol” (d. Sergei Bodrov; with Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov and Khulan Chuluun)

“The Mother of Tears” (d. Dario Argento; with Asia Argento, Cristian Solimeno and Moran Atias)

“Kung Fu Panda” (d. Mark Osborne and John Stevenson; with the voices of Jack Black, Ian McShane and Angelina Jolie)

“The Go-Getter” (d. Martin Hynes; with Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone and Judy Greer)

“The Promotion” (d. Steve Conrad; with Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly and Fred Armisen)

“Miss Conception” (d. Eric Styles; with Heather Graham, Mia Kirshner and Tom Ellis)

“When Did You Last See Your Father” (d. Anand Tucker; with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Juliet Stevenson)

June 11

“Encounters at the End of the World” (d. Werner Herzog; also narrator)

June 13

“The Incredible Hulk” (d. Louis Leterrier; with Edward Norton, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth)

“The Happening” (d. M. Night Shyamalan; with Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo)

June 20

“Get Smart” (d. Peter Segal; with Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)

“The Love Guru” (d. Marco Schnabel; with Mike Myers, Jessica Alba and Romany Malco)

“Brick Lane” (d. Sarah Gavron; with Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik and Christopher Simpson)

June 27

“WALL·E” (d. Andrew Stanton; with the voices of Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin and Fred Willard)

“Wanted” (d. Timur Bekmambetov; with Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and Common)

“Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot” (d. Adam Yauch; with Jarryd Bayless, Michael Beasley and Tyreke Evans, as themselves)

“Finding Amanda” (d. Peter Tolan; with Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow and Peter Facinelli)

“The Last Mistress” (d. Catherine Breillat; with Asia Argento, Anne Parillaud and Sarah Pratt)
July 2

“Hancock” (d. Peter Berg; with Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman)

“Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” (d. Patricia Rozema; with Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci and Joan Cusack)

July 3

“The Wackness” (d. Jonathan Levine; with Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley and Olivia Thirlby)

July 4

“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” (d. Alex Gibney; with Hunter S. Thompson)

“Diminished Capacity” (d. Terry Kinney; with Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen)

July 11

“Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (d. Guillermo del Toro; with Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair and James Dodd)

“Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” (d. Eric Brevig; with Brendan Frasier, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem)

“Meet Dave” (d. Brian Robbins; with Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks and Gabrielle Union)
“Religulous” (d. Larry Charles; with Bill Maher)

July 18

“The Dark Knight” (d. Christopher Nolan; with Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart)

“Mamma Mia!” (d. Phyllida Lloyd; with Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan)

“Space Chimps” (d. Kirk De Micco; with the voices of Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels)

July 25

“American Teen” (d. Nanette Burstein; with Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens and Megan Krizmanich as themselves)

“Step Brothers” (d. Adam McKay; with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Richard Jenkins)

“The X-Files: I Want to Believe” (d. Chris Carter; with David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Billy Connolly)

“The Longshots” (d. Fred Durst; with Ice Cube, Keke Palmer and Matt Craven)

“Henry Poole Is Here” (d. Mark Pellington; with Luke Wilson, Rhada Mitchell and George Lopez)

“Baghead” (d. Jay and Mark Duplass; with Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis and Greta Gerwig)

“Brideshead Revisited” (d. Julian Jarrold; with Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode and Michael Gambon)

Aug. 1

“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” (d. Rob Cohen; with Brendan Frasier, Jet Li and Maria Bello)

“The Rocker” (d. Peter Cattaneo; with Rainn Wilson, Will Arnett and Christina Applegate)

“Swing Vote” (d. Joshua Michael Stern; with Kevin Costner, Kelsey Grammer and Paula Patton)

“The Midnight Meat Train” (d. Ryuhei Kitamura; with Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper and Leslie Bibb)

“Choke” (d. Clark Gregg; with Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston and Bijou Phillips)

“Frozen River” (d. Courtney Hunt; with Melissa Leo, Misty Upham and Mark Boone Junior)

Aug. 8

“Pineapple Express” (d. David Gordon Green; with Seth Rogen, James Franco and Gary Cole)
“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” (d. Sanaa Hamri; with Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera)

“Hell Ride” (d. Larry Bishop; with Michael Madsen, Dennis Hopper and David Carradine)

“Transsiberian” (d. Brad Anderson; with Ben Kingsley, Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer)

Aug. 15

“Tropic Thunder” (d. Ben Stiller; with Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and Ben Stiller)

“Towelhead” (d. Alan Ball; with Aaron Eckhart, Summer Bishil and Maria Bello)

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (d. Dave Filoni; with the voices of Matt Lanter, Greg Ellis and Anthony Daniels)

“Mirrors” (d. Alexandre Aja; with Kiefer Sutherland, Amy Smart and Paula Patton)

Aug. 22

“Crossing Over” (d. Wayne Kramer; with Harrison Ford, Sean Penn and Ray Liotta)

“The Accidental Husband” (d. Griffin Dunne; with Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Colin Firth)

“The House Bunny” (d. Fred Wolf; with Anna Faris, Emma Stone and Kat Dennings)

“Bangkok Dangerous” (d. Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang; with Nicolas Cage, James With and Charlie Yeung)

“Hamlet 2” (d. Andrew Fleming; with Steve Coogan, David Arquette and Elisabeth Shue)

“Wild Child” (d. Nick Moore; with Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson and Nick Frost)

“Fly Me to the Moon” (d. Ben Stassen; with the voices of Buzz Aldrin, Ed Begley Jr. and Tim Curry)

Aug. 29

“Babylon A.D.” (d. Mathieu Kassovitz; with Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Gerard Depardieu)

“Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (d. Woody Allen; with Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson)

“College” (d. Deb Hagan; with Drake Bell, Nick Zano and Kevin Covais)

“Traitor” (d. Jeffrey Nachmanoff; with Don Cheadle, Guy Pierce and Jeff Daniels)

(All dates subject to change)



By Jared Curtis

Just like an exhausted kid playing all day, the theater scene needs a break. Normally the summer is a slow time for theater, but in the past, it has been filled with festivals, touring shows and auditions. Unfortunately, with the Fringe Festival not happening this summer, Des Moines theater lovers will have fewer choices until September. That’s not to say there isn’t something to go see. The Civic Center hosts “Menopause: The Musical” at the Hoyt Sherman Place as well as “Defending the Caveman,” both in June. The Des Moines Playhouse will be featuring “Leading Ladies” and “Grease.” Theater… For A Change will team up with the Pella Shakespeare Company to present free performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Julius Caesar” at Greenwood and Union parks. Tallgrass Theatre will use the time off to upgrade (improving their control booth, lighting and sound capabilities and increasing the size of the stage) their space at the Rex Matthews Auditorium. The DMACC Huff Theatre will feature its 67th production, “Growing Young” at both its home theater (Ankeny Campus, building six) as well as at the Grand View College Viking Theatre. Even though there is not a production every weekend, the theater scene will be alive and well. Just remember, fall is around the corner and the upcoming 2008-09 line-ups will be inspiring.


Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
221 Walnut St.
(515) 246-2300

June 3-15 — “Menopause the Musical,” four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex and much more. “Menopause the Musical” is a joyful musical parody set to 25 classic baby-boomer songs that will have you cheering. See what 10 million people in 12 countries are laughing about. The show will be performed at the Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets: $30.50 – $40.50.
June 12-21 — “Defending the Caveman,” Broadway’s longest running solo comedy, is a hilariously insightful play about the way men and women struggle to relate to each other. With humorous insights on contemporary feminism and masculine sensitivity, the Caveman has found a way to mine the commonplaces of relationships that go straight to the funny bone. “Defending the Caveman” is performed in The Temple Theater at The Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust St. Tickets: $35.

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

June 6-22 — “Leading Ladies” is a sidesplitting comedy of mistaken identity and harebrained schemes. Leo and Jack are two actors who are so down on their luck that they’re playing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge Circuit in Pennsylvania’s Amish country. When they read about a rich old woman who is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost relatives, whom no one has seen since birth, they decide to impersonate the two men. It’s only when they’re a few minutes out of town that they realize that the nephews are in fact nieces, and that they must appear as “Maxine” and “Stephanie” if they’re to collect the loot. Tickets are $20-$34 and may be purchased at The Playhouse box office or by phone at 277-6261.

July 18 – Aug. 10 — “Grease” a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey will have you dreaming about “Beauty School Dropouts.” The musical, set in 1959 in fictional Rydell High in Chicago, focuses on the romance between high schoolers Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski and tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence. Its themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion, sexual exploration and class consciousness/class conflict. The show’s music celebrates ’50s rock and roll as well as doo-wop and other contemporary styles. Tickets: $20-35.


The Playhouse will be offering a wide variety of classes for adults and children every week during the summer. Visit the Web site for class list and details.


StageWest will be holding auditions for their upcoming 2008-09 season.

July 13-14 — Auditions for “Reefer Madness: The Musical” will be held at the Fitch Building, 15th and Walnut Street, at 2 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on Monday. Details at

July 27-28 — Auditions for “The Little Dog Laughed” will be held at the Fitch Building, 15th and Walnut Street, at 2 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on Monday. Details at

Theatre Simpson
Blank Performing Arts Center, Simpson College
701 North C St.
(515) 961-1647

Under the direction of Ann Woldt, Simpson College is offering two exciting workshop options for youth during the summer of 2008. The institute is designed to give high school and elementary students time to concentrate on the process of creating theater. Simpson faculty and theater professionals teach all of the institute classes and workshops. The camps allow area young people to explore and expand their creative skills within a structured environment led by professional teachers and artists. For information on tuition and fees go to the Theatre Department homepage on the Simpson College Web site,

July 27-Aug. 1 — A weeklong residential camp for high school students will give 15 to 18-year-olds the opportunity to explore both performance and technical theater and will culminate in an “Open Classroom” where students will showcase their work. $430 before June 4, then the price increases to $470.

Aug. 4-8 — A weeklong day camp for youth entering fourth through sixth grades. This afternoon camp focuses on the process of putting on a play. Students will rehearse and perform a play to be presented before an audience of family and friends in the Barnum Studio Theatre on the Simpson College campus. $70 includes all activities and supplies.

Theater … For A Change
Grand View College Viking Theatre, 2811 E. 14th St.

June 6-7 — 711 Theatre Project, seven different troupes each night compete in a unique short play competition. Tickets: $10,

June 19, 21, 22 — “Julius Caesar” in conjunction with the Pella Shakespeare Company, at Greenwood Park, 4510 Grand Ave. 7 p.m. except on June 22, 4 p.m. Free admission.

June 20, 22 — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in conjunction with the Pella Shakespeare Company, at Greenwood Park, 4510 Grand Ave. 7 p.m. except on June 22, 6 p.m. Free admission.

June 27-29 — “Julius Caesar” in conjunction with the Pella Shakespeare Company, at Union Park, 1801 Pennsylvania Ave. 7 p.m. except on June 29, 4 p.m. Free admission.

ACTORS (Ames Community Theater)
120 Abraham Drive, Ames
June 13-14, 20-22, 27-29 — “Leader of the Pack: The Elle Greenwich Musical” the hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the ‘60s charts. The story of Greenwich’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual hit parade of her music including “Chapel of Love,” “Da Do Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” “Do Wah Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me” and the title track, “Leader of the Pack.” Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets: $18, students/seniors $15, doors open 30 minutes before show.

Tallgrass Theatre Company
Rex Mathews Theatre, 1401 Vine St., West Des Moines

No shows scheduled for summer, but visit the Web site for the 2008-09 season announcement and updated audition lists.

DMACC Huff Theatre
2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny

July 17-18 — “Growing Young.” An elderly woman refuses death and reverses the aging process, growing younger each year and rediscovering the innocence of youth and lost opportunity. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. as well as a 1 p.m. matinee on Friday. Tickets: $1. Performance at the DMACC Ankeny Campus, building six.

July 25-26 — “Growing Young,” An elderly woman refuses death and reverses the aging process, growing younger each year and rediscovering the innocence of youth and lost opportunity. Shows start at 8 p.m. with a special matinee on Saturday at 3 p.m. Performance at Grand View College Viking Theatre, 2811 E. 14th St. Tickets: $1.

Urbandale Community Theatre
Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center, 12955 Aurora Ave., Urbandale

June 20-22, 27-29 — “George M!” tells the life story of George M. Cohan, a giant of the American musical theater who gave us such songs as “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Over There,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Cohan also transformed the Broadway variety show into a book-driven musical where song and dance advance plot. “George M!” follows him over a 60-year period from his childhood in Rhode Island on the vaudeville circuit with his parents and sister as “The Four Cohans,” to New York, where he starts his 25-year reign of the Broadway stage. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee’s start at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10.

711 Theatre Project

Community theater is what makes a local scene grow and thrive. It also offers provides opportunities for unknowns to get their voices heard, which is actually what the 711 Theatre Project does.

“We’re pushing Iowa natives to the limit in this extreme, nose-to-the-grindstone type of competition. While we give them the set, a line, a prop and a character, the rest is up to their imagination,” said 711 Theatre Project Committee Co-Chair, Amy Williams. “We were amazed at the ingenuity and talent of the 2007 troupes, and we’re expecting big things from the troupes this year. It’s a great way to network with other theater people, and a way to introduce theater ‘virgins’ into the Des Moines scene.”

The 711 Theatre Project is a unique competition where 14 central Iowa theater troupes compete to produce, direct and stage an 11-minute play in only seven days. The theater, the set, the lights, and the sound system are all provided, so the only thing the troupes need is to create the play. There was such a good response last year, the 711 Theatre Company thought it needed another go-around, and there is a cash prize.

“You never know what to expect. It’s caffeinated theater,” said Williams. “We are very proud that nine of the 10 troupes that performed last year have joined us again this year to compete along with five first-time troupes. During the 711 you will see seasoned veterans of the stage as well as the new rising stars from area high schools and colleges.”

The performances are held June 6-7 at 8 p.m. at the Grand View College Viking Theatre, 2811 E. 14th St. Seven troupes will perform each night with the awards ceremony held on June 8, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St. Tickets are only $10 for each night, and the awards ceremony is free.

“The audience votes for one of the prize winners, and their vote helps determine the ‘Best of Show’ winner. They sit on the edge of their seats wondering if there will be a troupe that goes over the time and gets disqualified, or if something will go wrong on stage. It’s the ultimate reality theater,” Williams said. “The audience response is great. Last year was the first year, and we had great crowds who were really responsive to all the troupes. People told us that they really enjoyed themselves and that they loved the idea of the project.”

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“Personally, I love working with these troupes. They’re not getting much sleep during that week and neither are the committee members, so we’re all a little frazzled,” Williams said. “But I love seeing what they put together in such a short time span, and I love the sense of community that comes from working with so many people with a common purpose.” — Jared Curtis

The Des Moines Playhouse celebrates 90 years and John Viars’ 25th anniversary

If you have visited The Des Moines Playhouse during its 90-year existence, you might have run into someone you knew and seen some changes. But for the last 25 years, the one thing that hasn’t changed is its executive director, John Viars.
“It’s the most exciting job anyone can have,” Viars said. “We have incredible talent and tremendous volunteers that I see every day. I can’t imagine not working here.”

Viars has been executive director of The Playhouse since 1982 and is past president of the American Association of Community Theatre. He is a charter member of the Professional Community Theatre Directors Conference and has acted as facilitator and group leader for its meetings. Viars was national chair of the first-ever International Community Theatre Festival held at The Playhouse in 1990 and is a frequent workshop leader and adjudicator. He has also served as a member of advisory panels at the Iowa Arts Council.

“It’s an incredibly rewarding and complex job,” he said. “Every show is a different challenge, and we have been changing lives for generations.”

Viars enjoys seeing the actors and volunteers grow, not only as humans but also in their professional careers.

“We have multi generations of families that have been a part of our theater community,” Viars said. “There were people here when I started that have gone on to become successful professionals. It’s great to see people grow.”

Viars holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in theater from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The performance bug runs in his family as both of his daughters, Kristina and Stephanie, are actresses living in New York.

“I would love to take credit for all their talent, but they created all of their own personal accomplishments,” he said. “My wife and I got them involved with theater before they could walk. So they got over the fear of the unknown very early in their careers. They have all the passion, and they deserve all the credit.”

The celebration will be a retrospect of the theater as well as Viars. Many special guests will share stories and performances along with media presentations and testimonials.

“It’s a rewarding time. I wanted to celebrate the entire Playhouse rather than just my accomplishments,” Viars said. “It will be lots of fun, and anyone who has a connection to the theater will enjoy the performances. We really are a community, and it’s important to give back.”

“Changing Lives For Generations” will be held June 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now; $250 for dinner and the show, $25 for the show. Tickets can be purchased at The Playhouse ticket office, by calling 277-6261 or visiting — Jared Curtis



By Jim Duncan

Art is big business, yet no one ever hears about “the art industry.” That’s because artists like to believe their calling is anti-industrial, that they are the caretakers of beauty and nature in the post-modern 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.

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, 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 thrives 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. Des Moines’ gallery scene has grown exponentially since Art Fest began. Only Kavanaugh and Olson-Larsen galleries are still around from those days. The latter provides a balancing lightness to the opera’s heavy season, with its annual Summer Landscape show showcasing Bobbie McKibbon’s pastels this year. Summer also dances in lighter, prettier light at Joan Hentschel Gallery where the experimental media of Bill Hamilton, Larry Roots and Alejandro Mazon will change the way we look at landscape and natural objects. Beautiful glasswork will glow at the Brunnier Art Musuem and Iowa icon Wendell Mohr’s latest watercolors will lighten the Moberg summer lineup.

Contrast that to a powerful retrospective of the horrific events of 1968 that rocks the Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids and to Goya’s unforgettable “Masters of War,” which comes to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The Des Moines Art Center straddles all the emotional grounds with “World Histories,” its spectacular 60th anniversary show. That exhibition is a de facto Mid American Art Biennial, glowing in Greenwood Park like a dozen international firefly artists. It also stakes out a position for the city’s art museum on art’s cutting edge.

Besides the venerable Mr. Mohr, Moberg Gallery will also feature two other crack shows this summer: the bright shining colors and personal, rural mythologies of Toby Penney; and the traveling salvation show that is the inimitable Frank Hansen. If that doesn’t heal the psychic wounds of forty years ago today, look to the city’s burgeoning metal and gem art. Susan Noland Gallery and 2 Au have both been busy working with odd stones with magical properties, freaks of nature set in metals too durable to succumb to mortality. The second annual Art Stop event organizes all our attractions into a grand finale worthy of Maestro Larsen — and a tourism event for the city.

(*APT* indicates a special Art Pimp tout)

Recurring Events and Family Attractions

Thursday Night Art Walks in downtown Newton

Special Events


Des Moines Metro Opera (Simpson College, Indianola)

May 31
“Cabernet Night Live”

An evening of standards and show tunes mixed with musical favorites from Broadway and American opera presented by DMMO’s talented Apprentice Artists. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks round out this evening of great entertainment at the Temple for Performing Arts. $75.

June 11
“Threads & Trills Luncheon and Costume Show,” (Wakonda Club, noon)

Guest models strut while principle singers sing arias and duets from the shows. $40.

June 12, 14
“Peanut Butter & Puccini Family Opera Adventure”

Kids and adults take backstage tour of the opera. Learn about wig and makeup application, lighting, etc. $10 includes lunch. *APT*

June 15:
“High Tea at Salisbury House”

Sherry and sandwiches at the gem of Sherman Hill. $10.

June 20-July 13
The 2008 Season
Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” one of the great tenor arias in all of opera, features Jeremy Littlein and crowd favorite Jane Redding in a delightful story of romance, good fortune, and living happily ever after.

Louisiana’s Gwendolyn Jones stars in Marc Blitzstein’s “Regina,” based on the Lillian Hellman play “The Little Foxes.” The score evokes the jazz, ragtime and spiritual flavor of mid 20th century America South.

Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” was last performed when a previous President Bush was being replaced in the oval office. The universal political intrigues of the plot make this relevant again — in the grandest of operatic traditions. *APT*

July 10
“Stars of Tomorrow” concert & dessert reception, (7 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University).
DMMO’s Apprentice Artists perform arias and ensembles at Sheslow Auditorium. $20 and $10 *APT*

Various times

“Apprentice Artist Program Performances,” times vary, Lekberg Hall.

The troupe performs scenes from both popular operas and rarely seen works. Free!

“Chamber Music Concerts,” 8 pm, Lekberg Hall, Simpson

Selections of classical and chamber music played by members of the DMMO Festival Orchestra. Free. *APT*

June 14-15
Iowa Sculpture Festival (Maytag Park, Newton,

The sixth annual event brings big bronze and steel art to Maytag Park for a hands-on experience of meeting artists, picnicking, swimming and watching comedians, magicians, balloon animal makers, etc… $1 and $2.

June 27-29
Des Moines Arts Festival (Downtown)

The only festival grand enough to inspire copycats, critics and loyalists, plus national rankings. We’re No. 5! And, yes, someone does actually rank art festivals, according to sales. The three-day, free event brings national artists of all media to the riverbanks of downtown Des Moines, with all the food and music that a festival needs to turn shopping into a mega-event and source of civic pride. This year the festival hooks up with the Interrobang Film Festival.

June 28-29
ArtFest Midwest (Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds,

Piggybacking on the big shoulders of DMAF, the sixth annual “Other Art Show,” boasts lots of demonstrations (glassblowing, pastel portraits, lampwork jewelry, pottery etc.) free parking and regional chauvinism. More than 225 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.”

Sept. 5-6
Art Stop

The second annual shuttle bus tour of Central Iowa’s art galleries, studios and museums.



Art Dive (1417 Walnut St.)

Des Moines alternative gallery plans alternative exhibitions. Be surprised.

2AU (200 Fifth St., West Des Moines)

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

Susan Noland Studio Gallery (902 42nd St.)
The psychological properties of gems are front and center in this master goldsmith’s repertoire.

Limited Engagements

Joan Hentschel Gallery (835 42nd St.)

May 30-July 13
“New Places - Larry Roots”

Nebraska painter is influenced by origami and kanji and works in the arresting medium of plastic lexan. The wow-factor of these abstractions of nature is in the details.

July 18-Sept. 2
“The Last Days of Eden: Alejandro Mazon”

Cuban-born painter brings a personalized Freda Kahlo look to found-object materials and collage assemblages.

July 18–Sept 2
“Reclamation- Bill Hamilton”

Des Moines painter and urban archeologist show found-object assemblages. *APT*

Olson-Larsen Galleries (203 Fifth St., West Des Moines)

May 30-July 5, (reception May 30)
“Landscape Show”

New works by the gallery’s big picture stars Gary Bowling, Barbara Fedeler, John Preston, Dennis Dykema, Dave Gordinier, Steve Herrnstadt, Bill Innes, David Ottenstein and Eugenie Torgerson. *APT*

May 30-July 5 (reception May 30)

Grinnell’s gentle landscapist Bobbie McKibbon brings a one-woman show to summer.

Moberg Art Gallery (2921 Ingersoll Ave.)

Through July 5 (reception May 30)
“Toby Penney: A Sense of Place.”

Tennessee artist with a growing fan base in Iowa presents her latest sculptures and large paintings. Penney has incorporated more figurative subjects in her art this year, reflecting on personal mythologies from her rural childhood. Her subjects are both realistic and abstract. Her colors are vibrant and arresting. *APT*

July 8-Aug. 23 (reception July 11)
“Wendell Mohr”

Iowa’s venerable water colorist shows his latest meditation on the industrialization of America.

Aug. 26-Oct. 4 (reception Aug. 29)
“Frank Hansen”

Des Moines’ unsubtle humorist blends Basquiat and Goya elements but admits, “I don’t have much control over what I paint. It’s kind of like being on a runaway horse; All I can do is hang on and let the painting decide when it’s done.” His many fans, and he has more than any artist in town, love the wild ride.


Des Moines Art Center (4700 Grand Ave.)

June 6-Aug. 15
Summer classes. Call 271-0306.

May 16–Aug. 31
“World Histories”

Artists working today exemplify the term “global citizen,” often growing up in one region, being educated or working in another, and exhibiting at galleries, fairs, museums and exhibitions in every country possible. World Histories presents approximately twelve artists whose work fits comfortably at the forefront of the international contemporary art scene and its continuing dialogue with aesthetics, formalism, and the influence of the artists that have come before Artists include El Anatsui (Ghana), Sonny Assu (Canada), Dario Escobar (Guatemala), Yoko Inoue (Japan), Shi Jinsong (China), Mustafa Maluka (South Africa), and Angela Strassheim (U.S). *APT*

Special events for World Histories include: June 12, 6:30 p.m., Gallery talk with artists Sonny Assu and Jesse Small

World Histories Film Series July 6 Bamako (Mali); July 13, Offside (Iran); July 20, Lost in Beijing (China); July 27, Jar City (Iceland) — all performances 1:30 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium, free.

May 2–Sept. 7
“Drawing from the Permanent Collections”

This exhibition will present a selection of outstanding drawings from the Permanent Collections to coincide with the Des Moines Art Center Downtown’s exhibition Iowa Artists 2008: Drawing and the 60th anniversary of the Des Moines Art Center.

DMAC Downtown

Through Aug. 9
“Iowa Artists 2008: Drawing”

A survey of the state of drawing in Iowa, this exhibition features 26 artists and 72 works in a variety of media including sketches and finished drawings made with traditional drawing media such as charcoal, graphite, and pen on paper, as well as works in less-traditional media, such as wire and vinyl. It also features illustrations for a children’s book, digital drawings, a sprayed wall drawing, a room-sized sculptural installation, voodoo-themed drawings, a necklace that pierces the skin of its wearer and a skywalk installation.

The 2008 Iowa Artists: Blair Benz, John Bybee, Youngsoon Chon, Erica Duffy, Rebecca Ekstrand, Barbara Fedeler, Peter Feldstein, Amos Goldbaum, Stephen Hay, Anita Jung, Justin Nostrala, Lee Nyquist, Joseph Patrick, Shawn Reed, Chuck Richards, Lee Emma Running, Jean-Marie Salem, Brittany Savolainen, Julia Schwadron, John Siblik, Crit Streed, Jay Vigon, Bruce Walters, Tim Wehrle, Daniel Weiss and Dani Zamora.

Aug. 29–Jan. 25, 2009
“Private Universe”

This show explores the work of artists who use a variety of media and construction methods to create new and often highly personal worlds. Combining works from the Art Center’s permanent collections and loans from private collections, the show will range from early 20th century collage to mid–century box constructions to 21st century photography. Exhibition artists include Joseph Cornell, Anna Gaskell, Charles LeDray, Patrick Nagatani, Charles Simonds and others.

Brunnier Museum of Art (University Museums, 290 Scheman Bldg., Ames, (515) 294.3342,

Through Aug. 11
“The Evolution of American Pressed Glass: 1825-1925”

The rise and fall of an American art form.

University of Iowa Museum of Art (150 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City,

Works from the permanent collection include some Max Beckmann paintings back from starring in Europe.

May 31 - further notice
“African Ceramics”

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (30 16th Avenue S.W., Cedar Rapids,

Through Jan. 25, 2009
“1968: Twelve Volatile Months that Changed the World “

A stunning presentation of Prague Spring and its place in a season that included assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the disruption of the Democratic National Convention, student riots in France and USA, and the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. *APT*

The Vesterheim (523 W. Water St., Decorah,

Through March 29, 2009
“Fire & Wood”

Explores the intersecting traditions of woodworking and metalworking. *APT*

Through March 29, 2009
“Kubbestol: From Seating to Symbol”

Looks at the changing role of the Norwegian log chair, from utilitarian piece of furniture to a symbol of Norwegian-American identity.

July 19-26
“National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition”

A competition and sale of works by contemporary artists in the Norwegian tradition. *APT*

Faulconer Gallery (Grinnell College),

May 28-July 31
“Selma and Lowndes Count 1965/1966”

Photographic portfolio by John F. Phillips.

June 13-Aug. 10
“Works in Progress: Prints from Wildwood Press”

This exhibition will feature prints by fifteen artists who have worked at the press since its founding in 1996.

Aug. 17-Oct. 26
“Return of the Yellow Peril: A Survey of the Work of Roger Shimomura, 1969-2004”

Kansan Roger Shimomura uses his paintings and prints to examine his identity as a Japanese American, with deft humor.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (410 Third Avenue S.E., Cedar Rapids),

Through Nov. 16
“Malvina Hoffman: Rodin’s Last Student”

In 1985 and 1986, the CRMA received a large number of plaster and bronze works by Malvina Hoffman. In 2003, Hoffman’s magnificent Bacchanale Frieze was permanently installed in the Museum’s Carnegie Wing. A substantial exhibition of her work, however, hasn’t happened for some time.

Through July 6
“Mothers in Art”

Mother’s Day celebrates its 100th anniversary by presenting a number of works from the museum’s own collection that represent the ways mothers have been depicted in the history of art.

May 31 – Aug. 31
“All Stars: American Sporting Prints”

In conjunction with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China CMA will present sports-related exhibitions.

July 19-Nov. 2
“Goya’s Disasters of War”

The great one’s unforgettable portrayals of the brutal repression of Spanish rebels against Napoleon in 1808. *APT*

African American Museum (55 12th Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids),

Aug. 22-March 20, 2009

“Gone But Not Forgotten: Black Utopia in Buxton, Iowa”

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (210 Parkside Drive, West Branch),

Through Nov. 2
“Children of the White House”

What’s it like growing up there? Find out.

University Museum (3219 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls),

Through July 10
“Earth from Space”

Interactive fun with cameras beyond the stratosphere.

July 21-further notice
“Visions of Africa”

Spectacular African masks and sculptures.



By Jason Hancock

After a long, hard winter, summer is finally here. So why would you want to waste any time indoors when you can be soaking up the sun? Iowa has no shortage of fun things to do when the temperatures start rising, from sitting back and catching a ballgame to breaking a sweat for your favorite cause, to enjoying a glass of some of the world’s finest wines. If you can’t find something to do outdoors this summer, you just aren’t trying hard enough. We’ve compiled a list of outdoor events that is a mix of familiar favorites and brand new offerings. We’re sure you’ll be able to find something to perk your interests and keep you entertained as the temperatures start to rise. We’ll see you outside catching some rays.
Spectator sports

Des Moines Menace

Home games are played at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines unless otherwise noted. For ticket information, go to

June 14 — vs. St. Louis Lions
June 21 — vs. Kansas City Bass
June 28 — vs. Boulder Rapids Reserve
July 4 — vs. Thunder Bay Chill (at 7 p.m.)
July 5 — vs. Thunder Bay Chill
July 12 — vs. Real Colorado
July 19 — vs. Boulder Rapids Reserve

Iowa Cubs

Home games are played at Principal Park in Des Moines and start at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For tickets, call (800) GO-ICUBS.

June 13-16 — vs. Nashville (1:05 p.m. on June 15 and 12:05 p.m. on June 16)
June 17-20 — vs. New Orleans
June 26-29 — vs. Albuquerque (1:05 p.m. on June 29)
June 30 to July 3 — vs. Omaha
July 7-8 — vs. Round Rock
July 18-20 — vs. Nashville (1:05 p.m. on July 20)
July 30 to Aug. 2 — vs. Colorado Springs
Aug. 3-6 — vs. Salt Lake (1:05 p.m. on Aug. 3)
Aug. 12-15 — vs. New Orleans
Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 — vs. Omaha (1:05 p.m. on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1)

Iowa Crush

June 7 — vs. Detroit Demolition, 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines.

Iowa Corn Indy

Indy Pro Series qualifying takes place June 20 and 21 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. The race and a post-race concert will be June 22. For more information, go to or

May 28 to June 1 — The Principal Charity Classic will be held at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. The tournament will feature golf greats like Nick Price and Hale Irwin. Tickets are $15 for one day, $30 souvenier pack, $40 for a weekend pass, $100 for a 10-pack of single day tickets and $150 for champions club single-day pass. For more information, go to

June 7 — The State Granny Basketball tournament will be held at Valley Southwoods starting at 8:30 a.m. Some of the teams competing include The Great Dames, The Curvaceous Chicks, The Late Bloomers, the Route 66 Motorcycle Grannies and the Cedar Rapids Sizzlers. The games are free and open to the public.

June 14 — “MCC 14: Pride or Fate” at the 95 KGGO/Buccaneers Arena will feature 10 professional mixed martial arts bouts, including many of the most exciting and popular fighters in the Midwest. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Fights start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the arena box office, by calling 278-9757 and on-line at

July 20 — ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models/ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are expected to compete. For more information, go to

Participatory sports

May 31 — Dam to Dam will be held at 7:30 a.m., beginning at Saylorville Lake and ending at Nollen Plaza at around 10:30 a.m. It includes a 20K, 5K and youth races. For more information, go to

June 8 — Pride Ride 2008 will be held at noon at Water Works Park. The event includes a 2-mile, 20-mile and 40-mile bike ride, with proceeds going to benefit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Central Iowa and Capital City Pride. For more information, go to

June 22 — The 2008 Hy-Vee Triathlon festivities begin at the State Capitol. The final member of Team USA will be selected at the conclusion of the men’s and women’s races. For more information, go to
Outdoor events and festivals

June 6-7— Winefest Des Moines’ annual Sips in the City runs 6 to 9 p.m. at Nollen Plaza. Cost is $35 and includes live music, wine from various venders, cheese, bread and other foods. On June 7, the Grand Tasting, a showcase for wineries from around the world, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $65 online and $70 at the door. For more information, go to

June 7-8 — The 2008 Greek Food Fair will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, 35th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Tickets: $12 in advance; $14 at the door for complete Greek dinner that includes souvlaki, keftedes, orzo, green beans, Greek salad and bread. For more information, call 277-0780 or go to

June 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 — The Terrace Hill Foundation’s third season of Victorian Voices will feature Lorenzo Sandoval’s original theatrical production, Twain at Twilight. The play will be staged on the southwest lawn of Terrace Hill, near the carriage house Ticket prices are $50 for all. Call 280-3450 for reservations or for more information.

June 14 — The Gay Pride Parade will be held at 1 p.m. It runs from the State Capitol to the 30th Annual Gay Pride Festival at the Simon Estes Amphitheater. The Festival then runs from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, go to

June 21 — SWINE will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. at Des Moines Area Community College’s Ankeny campus. Samples of wine and pork dishes will be available, as well as live music. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Admission includes one bottle of wine and a commemorative glass. For more information, go to

June 27-29 — Des Moines Arts Festival will be held at Western Gateway Park, 13th and Locust Street. Admission is free. For more information, go to

June 28-30 — Art Fest Midwest will be held at the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The event includes 200 artists from Iowa and the Midwest. Admission is free. For more information, go to

July 3 — Valley Junction Independence Day Celebration featuring a Fourth of July parade and music by the Heartbeats. For more information, go to

July 18-20 — Rib America will be held at the Iowa Events Center from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event includes barbecue by master grilling teams and live music, including a performance by Hootie and the Blowfish. For more information, go to

Aug. 7-17 — The Iowa State Fair. This year’s theme is “U Gotta Love It.” Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, and $5 Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, go to

Sept. 1, 67, 13-14 — The Renaissance Faire, a celebration of European history and culture, will take place at Festival Park, 4501 Dean Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, go to

Farmers markets

Ames Farmers Market— May – October, Thursday 2-7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Downtown on Main Street. (515) 292-1936.

Capitol Parks Farmers Market— June 3 – Aug.28,Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m.800 E.12th St.262-2024.

Downtown Farmers Market— May 10 – Oct.25, Saturday 7 a.m.-noon. Court Avenue and Fourth Street.286-4928.

Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market — June 4 – Sept. 24,Wednesday 4-7 p.m. First Christian Church, 25th Street and University Avenue.277-6951.

Eastside Farmers Market — June 3 – Sept. 30, Tuesday 3-6 p.m. Collectamania parking lot, 3200 Delaware Ave. 261-4550.

Indianola Farmers Market — June 7 – October, Saturday 8 a.m.-noon and July 2 – September, Wednesday 2-6 p.m. Highway 92 at fairgrounds west gate.961-7031.

Johnston Farmers Market — May 27 – Oct.7, Tuesday 3-7 p.m. City Hall paring lot at corner of Northwest 62nd Avenue an Merle Hay Road.278-0939..

Madison County Farmers Market— May – October, Wednesday 2-6 p.m. and Saturday 7:30-11:30 a.m. Town Square. (515) 462-3894.

North Grand Farmers Market— May 3 – Oct.29, Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. North Grand Mall parking lot, Ames. (515) 232-7930.

Uptown Ankeny Farmers Market— May – September, Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. Corner of Southwest 3rd and Southwest Maple streets.963-1897.

Urbandale Farmers Market — June 2 – Oct.6, Monday 4-7 p.m. Merle Hay Mall parking lot on Douglas Avenue between IHOP and Papa John’s Pizza.278-1038.

Valley Junction Farmers Market— May 1 – Oct.2 (except July 3), Thursday 4-8 p.m. Fifth Street, Valley Junction, West Des Moines. 222-3642.

Waukee Farmers Market — June 4 – Sept. 24,Wednesday 4-7 p.m. Triangle Park, 6th Street and Ashworth Drive. 987-1552.

More than a kick in the grass

The Des Moines Menace has a loyal following. At each of the team’s home games, 3,000 to 4,000 fans come out to support them. And now that the franchise has moved from Waukee to Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, General Manager Todd Meiners sees even bigger things on the horizon.

“I expect we’re going to see crowds increase down the road,” he said. “This is a better location, it’s more accessible and it’s closer to Des Moines.”

Meiners said the franchise has worked hard to create an environment that is both fun and exciting for the fans. From theme nights to weekly giveaways, the Menace try to mix it up to keep people interested and coming back for more.

“And let’s not forget that this is the highest caliber of soccer in the state of Iowa,” Meiners said. “People from around the world are coming to town to compete.”

Most of the players in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League are in the later years of their college career, Meiners said.

“Typically, they have full-ride scholarships and come here for the summer to raise their profile and continue to sharpen their skills,” he said. “And the majority of them have the talent to make it in Major League Soccer.”

Last year, for example, three Menace players were drafted into the MLS, something that speaks to the talent level on the team.

“This is the next generation of soccer stars,” Meiners said.

Tickets, which are priced at $9 for adults and $7 for youths, are constantly being discounted, Meiners said. For example, the team does community nights where if you’re a resident of that particular community and you show your I.D. at the gate, tickets are discounted $5. Or, on ’80s night, which was held recently, if you showed up to the game in ’80s attire, you got the $5 discount.

“We try to make it affordable and fun,” Meiners said.

For more information on the Des Moines Menace, visit their Web site at CV

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