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2015 Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide

8/19/2015

As we say goodbye to summer once again, at least we have the satisfaction of knowing we are not saying goodbye to the fun and entertainment that we’ve enjoyed for the last three months. The fall calendar in the metro is almost as jam-packed as the summer one, thanks to the creative minds and talented people who reside here.

We’ve compiled an extensive list of movies, live music, theater, sports and art shows happening in and around Des Moines from now through January. From poignant exhibits like “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache” at Moberg Gallery, to classic shows like “Dirty Dancing” at the Des Moines Civic Center, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this fall in Des Moines.

 

Theater

 

Another summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your entertainment options have to do the same. The Des Moines theater scene is hotter than ever, with popular shows like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Newsies” and many, many more. This may not be Broadway, but for anyone who thinks Des Moines can’t do drama, one need only buy a ticket and step into one of the metro’s many auditoriums. The talent — both of regional and traveling stars — is of such a high caliber that no one could argue the capital city’s value in the arts after seeing a show here. From comedies and dramas to musicals and holiday productions, there is a show suitable for every audience. As the weather gets colder, the stage only gets hotter.

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Des Moines Community Playhouse
831 42nd St., www.dmplayhouse.com

Sept. 11 – Oct. 4 — “Into the Woods” (Main Stage)

Oct. 15-18 — “Yesterday and Today” (Main Stage)

Oct. 23 – Nov. 15 — “Junie B. Jones, The Musical” (Children’s Theater)

Nov. 27 – Dec. 20 — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Family Holiday Classic)

Jan. 8-24 — “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (Children’s Theater)

“Dirty Dancing” plays at the Des Moines Civic Center Sept. 15-20.

“Dirty Dancing” plays at the Des Moines Civic Center Sept. 15-20.

 

Des Moines Performing Arts
Civic Center/Stoner Theater/Temple Theater/Cowles Commons
221 Walnut St., www.desmoinesperformingarts.org

Sept. 15-20 — “Dirty Dancing” (Civic Center)

Oct. 23-25 — THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – Live from Broadway (Civic Center)

Oct. 29 — “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” (Civic Center)

Nov. 10 — Pilobolus (Civic Center)

Nov. 28 – Dec. 5 — “The Bridges of Madison County” (Civic Center)

Dec. 8 – Jan. 3 — “Dixie’s Never Wear A Tube Top” (Temple Theater)

Dec. 15-20 — “The Wizard of Oz” (Civic Center)

Jan. 9 — “Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny” (Civic Center)

Jan. 12-17 — “Newsies” (Civic Center)

 

Des Moines Social Club
900 Mulberry St., http://desmoinessocialclub.org

Through Aug. 22 — “A Soldier’s Play” (Kum & Go Theater)

Sept. 18, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Dec. 18 — Beta Test, comedy show (The Basement)

Sept. 26 — The Quarterly Revue Comedy Showcase (The Basement)

Sept. 27, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21 — Story Mob (The Basement)

Oct. 2 — Haiku Deathmatch (The Basement)

 

Repertory Theater of Iowa
Des Moines Onstage Building
2124 Grand Ave., www.rtiowa.com

Sept. 11-27 — “Broadway Bound” (Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater)

Nov. 25-29 — “The Thanksgiving Visitor” (Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater)

Jan. 15-24 — “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry (Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater)

 

StageWest Theater Company
www.stagewestiowa.com

Oct. 9 — “Bad Jews” by Joshua Harmon (Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater)

Dec. 11-20 — “Straight White Men” by Young Jean Lee (Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater)

 

Tall Grass Theater Company
Rex Mathis Auditorium
1401 Vine St., www.tallgrasstheater.org

October – November — “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon

January – February — “Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat Happy Ending” by Wendy Weiner

 

Ballet Des Moines
www.balletdesmoines.org

Oct. 23-25 — “Ovation: A Triple Bill” (Hoyt Sherman Place)

Dec. 10-13 — “The Nutcracker” (Hoyt Sherman Place)

 

Drake University Theatre Arts
www.drake.edu/theatre

Oct. 8-11 — “Blood Wedding” (Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 — Student Theatre Productions Showcase (Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center)

Nov. 19-22 — “Fiorello!” (Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center)

 

Simpson College Theater
www.simpson.edu/theatre

Oct. 15-18 — “Marisol” by Jose Rvera (Barnum Studio Theatre)

Nov. 20-23 — “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn (Pote Theatre)

 

Iowa State Center
Stephens Auditorium/Fisher Theater/Scheman Building
www.center.iastate.edu/events

Sept. 30 — Last Comic Standing (Stephens Auditorium)

Oct. 4 — “42nd Street” (Stephens Auditorium)

Nov. 3 — “VeggieTales Live!” Little Kids Do Big Things” (Stephens Auditorium)

Nov. 5 — Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Stephens Auditorium)

Dec. 3 — “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Stephens Auditorium)

 

Iowa State University Theater
www.theatre.iastste.edu

Oct. 2-11 — “Treasure Island”

Dec. 4-13 — “Love and Information”

 

Ames Community Theater
120 Abraham Drive, www.actorsinc.org

Sept. 18-27 — “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin

Nov. 12-22 — “Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas

 

Ankeny Community Theater
1932 S.W. Third St., www.ankenycommunitytheatre.com

Oct. 2-18 — “Deathtrap” (drama/thriller)

Dec. 4-20 — “The Regifters” (holiday)

 

Boone Community Theater
106 S. Webster St., www.boonecommunitytheatre.org

Sept. 18-26 — “Agatha Christie’s Cards on the Table” by Leslie Darbon

Dec. 4-12 — “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon

 

Union Street Players
712 Union St., Suite 202, www.unionstreetplayers.com

Nov. 29 – Dec. 6 — “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” by Joseph Robinette

 

Iowa Shakespeare Experience

Oct. 14 – Nov. 1 — “Dracula: Diaries of the Undead” CV

 

 

Summer classes at Des Moines Social Club

American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Level I. Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m., through Sept. 2 and Sept. 16 – Oct. 21. Instructed by Dawn Grey. $15 for drop-ins or $60 for a six-week session.

American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Level II. Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m., through Sept. 2 and Sept. 16 – Oct. 21. Instructed by Dawn Grey. $15 for drop-ins or $60 for a six-week session.

Advanced American Tribal Style® Belly Dance. Mondays from 6-7 p.m., ongoing — does not meet the first Monday of the month. Instructed by Dawn Grey. $15 for drop-ins or $60 for a six-week session.

Intro to Japanese II. Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sept. 12 – Oct. 17. $90 for a six-week session.

Brush-up Japanese. Saturdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m., Sept. 12 – Oct. 17. $90 for a six-week session.

Beyond Waist Hooping. Thursdays from 7:15-8:45 p.m., ongoing. Instructed by Leah Barber $5 for drop-ins.

Sunday Circus Jam. Sundays from 4-6 p.m., ongoing. Instructed by Leah Barber. FREE.

Craft Collective Skill Building Workshop. Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1:30-3 p.m. Facilitated by Maria Sanchez. $20 per session. Most supplies are included.

Advanced Figure Drawing. First and third Sundays of every month from 2-3:30 p.m. Facilitated by Carrie Latovic. $10 at the door.

 

“Newsies” plays at the Des Moines Civic Center Jan. 12-17.

“Newsies” plays at the Des Moines Civic Center Jan. 12-17.

The thrill of Broadway in Des Moines

Des Moines has pulled in some big shows to entertain the theater-loving residents of Iowa in the past, and the 2015-16 season might just be one of the biggest lineups yet. The Des Moines Performing Arts is bringing in award-winning show after award-winning show, including the smash hit “Newsies.”

Unlike many musicals, the stage production of “Newsies” was based on the 1992 musical film of the same name, which received mixed reviews and failed to regain its $15 million budget at the box office, grossing only $2.8 million domestically. Despite the movie’s lackluster reception, it went on to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

“Newsies” was inspired by the true events of the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City and follows the story of Jack Kelly and his fellow “newsies,” many of whom are homeless orphans. When the publisher of the New York World increases the cost of newspapers to the delivery boys to outsell his competitors, Jack is outraged and organizes a protest.

The musical continues from there with a problematic love story between Jack and a reporter, unveiled secrets between both of them and a local refuge and a final rebellion by the newsies.

The popular Disney musical played on Broadway from 2012 to 2014, after the success of the limited engagement previews caused Disney to announce “Newsies” would have an open-ended engagement.

“Newsies” won Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography in 2012 and two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Music. It was nominated for 12 other awards that year, including six more Tony Awards, four more Drama Desk Awards, one Young Artist Award and one Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The musical soundtrack consists of 17 songs between the two acts, six of which were added to the stage adaptation. The story, the music and the high-energy cast of “Newsies” will leave audiences wishing for more long after the last curtain falls.

 

Outdoors

 

The days of soaking up the sun by the pool are coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean all outdoor activities are stopping. The fall calendar is full of events that will get you outside and enjoying the cooler weather. From races and walks to markets and wagon rides, there is no shortage of fun to be had in the next four months. Head out to Blank Park Zoo for family-friendly holiday events, or check out all Living History Farms has to offer. Summer may be winding down, but the Des Moines activities list is still as busy as ever.

 

IT’S SHOWTIME

Exhibitions, shows and contests

 

Saturday, Aug. 29 — Seventh Annual Stomp Ride. The Fahrrad bike ride includes the Stomp Ride, legendary FUN STOPS, a Stomp Ride Bondiband, logo wine glass, a pancake breakfast and a post-ride bash at Snus Hill Winery, featuring live music, food, drinks and grape stomping. Registration is $40 through Aug. 27 and $45 on the day of the event. New this year are Gravel Grinders — start and end the ride at Snus Hill Winery and tackle the gravel from the winery to the trail. It’s less than one mile, and Gravel Grinders will be rewarded with a bottle of wine upon returning to the winery, along with special pricing for further purchases. Participants must register in advance as a Gravel Grinder for this special. Proceeds go to Easter Seals Iowa. Find more information at www.flattirelounge.com/events/fahrrad-2015.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20 — Rustique Ranch Flea and Vintage Market. For anyone looking to fill their home with antique and vintage goods, this is the event for you. This weekend flea market is only held one weekend a month during the summer, and this is the last one for 2015. The 30-acre venue will be packed with vendors selling all kinds of goods. Admission is just $5 per vehicle. Located at 33240 Ute Ave. in Waukee, exit 117 off I-80. Visit www.rustiqueranch.com for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 26 — Head of the Des Moines Regatta. The Des Moines Rowing Club is back with its annual rowing race, a 2.87-mile row from the Botanical Center upstream to Prospect Park. Rowing crews and clubs come in from all over the Midwest to partake in the Regatta, which features a new design and color theme each year as a nod to the club’s colorful history. Gold and silver medals will be awarded for the top two finishers in each event, with traveling trophies for select races and categories. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Find more information at http://headofthedesmoines.org.

Friday — Sunday, Oct. 16-18 – Built to Amaze. Come out for a day the whole family will enjoy when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Built to Amaze at Wells Fargo Arena. You’ll see elephants performing tricks, a motorcycle on a high wire, a comedy dog act and much more at this unique circus experience. This circus travels all around the country, and it’s one you definitely won’t want to miss. For tickets and other information, visit www.ringling.com.

Monster Jam returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 1-2.

Monster Jam returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 1-2.

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 1-2 — Monster Jam 2016. Once again, the Iowa Events Center brings two days of motorsports entertainment, featuring 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound Monster Jam trucks. Visitors will have the opportunity to get a close look at these monster trucks, as well as the chance to mingle with the drivers during the Party in The Pits, from 4-6 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Pit Passes are only $10 and available at the Wells Fargo Arena box office, online and at participating Hy-Vee store ticket outlets. The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, and the event begins at 7 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday for the 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for kids, ages 2 to 12. All tickets have an upcharge of $3 on the day of the event. For more information, visit www.iowaeventscenter.com/calendar/wells-fargo-arena/538-monster-jam-2016/.

 

BE A GIVER
Fundraising and charity events

 

Sunday, Aug. 23 — Fourth Annual Pedal for the House Bike Ride. This annual fundraising bike ride benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa Inc. and takes place on the scenic High Trestle Trail. The ride is from 1-6 p.m. and begins and ends in Madrid. There are prizes to win and bike raffles to enter at Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill and the Whistlin’ Donkey, which will all have tickets available up to the day of the event. Registration is $30 until Aug. 22, and $35 the day of the event. This is a family-friendly event, and one child (12 and younger) registration is included with each adult. Additional child registrations are $10. Every kid with a decorated bike receives a McDonald’s gift card good for one free dessert. Find more information and register at https://rmhdesmoines.org/fundraiser/pedal-for-rmh/.

Friday, Oct. 2 — Take a Chance on Me Fashion Show. The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Iowa presents the Take a Chance on Me Fashion Show once again featuring rescue and adoptable pets. Animals will strut down the runway wearing stylish accessories while being escorted by their owners and the ARL’s volunteers. The event includes cocktails, a cash bar, food and music by Melanie Wright. Tickets are $60/individual or $480/ table of eight through Sept. 15, or $75/individual and $600/table of eight Sept. 16 – Oct. 1. The show is from 5:30-9 p.m. at Adventureland Palace Theatre in Altoona. Find more information at www.facebook.com/events/1061050587255728/.

Saturday, Oct. 3 — 2015 Komen Iowa Race for the Cure. Show your support for the fight against breast cancer by registering for the Komen Iowa Race for the Cure. There are three event categories: 5K walk/run, 1 mile Walk and Talk, and the Sleep in for the Cure/Proud in the Crowd. Registration is $35 through Sept. 30 and $40 Oct. 1-3. Kids ages 2-10 are also welcome to participate, and registration is $15. The event is a great way to join together with survivors and supporters, even if you don’t like running. The Sleep in for the Cure/Proud in the Crowd category is for everyone who can’t participate in the run or can’t be there on the day of the event, and all registrants will still receive a T-shirt and packet. The race is located at the State of Iowa Capitol Grounds. Help us get to our state fundraising goal of $175,000 by registering now and participating in this uplifting event. For more information, visit iowa.info-komen.org.

Saturday, Oct. 3 — 2015 NAMIWalk. The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting its annual walk this fall, beginning at the Iowa Farm Bureau Lake. The 5K run benefits Iowa families connected to a mental illness. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the race starting at 10 a.m. Register online at www.namiwalks.com. Call 319-768-8252 or email rangel.chloeb@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 17 — Reggie’s Sleepout 2015. Iowa Homeless Youth Centers is hosting the 10th annual Reggie’s Sleepout to benefit homeless youth in Iowa. Last year, Polk County had almost 1,500 youth with no place to call home. This event raises funds for programs to help these youth transition to adulthood as a successful and productive member of the community. Named for Reggie Kelsey, the fundraiser has raised more than $7,000 so far this year. Reggie’s Sleepout has donated more than $1.1 million for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers since its inception. Participants in the fundraiser gather at Drake Stadium to sleep under the stars. Fundraising efforts start at $50, and rewards will be given to the top two teams that raise the most. Register online at www.reggiessleepout.org.

 

FAMILY FUN
Fair and festival celebrations

 

Thursday – Friday, Aug. 28-29 — Dallas Center’s Annual Fall Festival. This annual celebration is filled with tons of fun. Visit a variety of food vendors, participate in contests, try out the carnival rides and plenty of other activities. A leapfrog half-marathon, 5K and 1-mile fun run, volleyball, dodgeball and bags tournament are just a few things to look forward to at this year’s festival. Don’t miss out on the parade, BBQ contest and fireworks. See the rest of the schedule at http://dallascentercelebrations.com/fall-festival.html.

Thursday – Sunday, Sept. 10-13 — Pufferbilly Days. Visit Boone this fall for the annual Pufferbilly Days celebration, which is even more special this year as it marks Boon’s Sesquicentennial. Celebrate 150 years of Boone with four days of entertainment and activities, including live music, a BBQ contest, craft fair, parade, car show, tournaments and much more. Located in downtown Boone. Visit www.booneiowa.us/en/chamber_of_commerce/pufferbilly_days/ for more information and a calendar of events.

Friday, Sept. 11 — Thunder Nites in Newton. Newton’s annual motorcycle rally occurs on the second Friday of every month from May to September, and this is the last chance to see it this year. From 6-10 p.m., visitors can check out the bikes, food and live music by Gimik at the Downtown Newton Square. A beverage garden is hosted by the Newton American Legion Post 111 along with the American Legion Riders, American Legion Sons and American Legion Auxiliary. Find a schedule of events and more information at www.thundernitesinnewton.com.

Saturdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 17 — Harvest Wagon Rides. Living History Farms knows the perfect way to welcome fall is a horse-pulled wagon ride. Bring a blanket and the family to enjoy an evening of country rides in the crisp fall air. Refreshments will follow the rides, which are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Find more information at www.lhf.org/en/programs__events/harvest_wagon_rides/.

Living History Farms offers several activities in the fall months, including Harvest Rides, Applefest and the annual Corn Harvest.

Living History Farms offers several activities in the fall months, including Harvest Rides, Applefest and the annual Corn Harvest.

Thursday, Sept. 24 – Zooktoberfest. It’s Zoo Brew meets Oktoberfest for this one-of-a-kind annual event presented by Blank Park Zoo. Bring your friends and stop by the zoo for a fun-filled day of live music, seasonal beers, Oktoberfest-style food, pretzel necklaces and, of course, animals. This is a 21-and-older event. Zoo members gain free access, and non-members must purchase a ticket. Find more information at www.blankparkzoo.com/en/events.

Thursday – Sunday, Sept. 24-27 — Oktemberfest 2015. Marshalltown’s annual fall event is a premier festival for family fun. This year’s theme is “Loving Life in Marshalltown,” and the weekend will be filled with activities that demonstrate why. Join the community for the crowning of Little Miss and Mr. Oktemberfest on Thursday, The Classic Car Show on Friday, the Grand Parade on Saturday and many more fun events. Live music will be provided by Diamond, central Iowa’s classic rock band, on Friday night and Blackjack Billy, Natilie Stovall and The Drive and Loose Neutral on Saturday night. Other events include carnival rides, food vendors, craft merchants and a pancake breakfast among many others. Find more information at www.oktemberfest.com.

Saturday, Sept. 26 — Applefest. Fall means apple season, and Living History Farms is hosting its annual Applefest celebration in honor of the fruit. Tour the Farm sites in the morning, then spend the afternoon in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill as you try your hand at stirring a copper kettle of apple butter or take a turn cranking the cider press. Games and crafts will be available for children throughout the day, and fresh local apples and other goodies will be on sale in the Visitor Center. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with activities starting at 11 a.m. Visit www.lhf.org for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 3 — Corn Harvest. Have you ever wondered how corn was harvested in the old days? Now is your chance to find out. Visit Living History Farms to see the process of picking corn as you walk through the cornfields and help farm interpreters decide on harvest readiness. Take a horse and wagon ride and view demonstrations of corn-picking machinery. Visitors can witness a traditional farmhand’s dinner and turn the crank on the corn sheller. Demonstrations are weather- and crop-dependent. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find more information at www.lhf.org/index.cfm/30925/66291/corn_harvest.

Oct. 15-18, 22-25 – Night Eyes. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this central Iowa tradition. Celebrate Halloween in the weeks leading up to the holiday as you visit Blank Park Zoo for a train ride, to see magical characters and to eat as many sweet treats as you can. Find more information at www.blankparkzoo.com/en/events.

Oct. 22-25, 28-31 — Family Halloween. Celebrate Halloween with the whole family and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin bowling, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays in Walnut Hill. This non-scary event is put on by Living History Farms and runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. each night. Children ages 12 and younger can trick-or-treat through town, and refreshments will be available for free for everyone. Advance ticket prices are $6 per person or $4.50 for Living History Farm members; day-of prices go up by 50 cents. More information is available at www.lhf.org/index.cfm/30925/66294/family_halloween.

Friday, Nov. 20 — Opening Day at Brenton Skating Plaza. The public ice skating season starts at noon on Nov. 20 when Brenton Skating Plaza opens its doors. Monday through Thursday admission is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for seniors and children ages 6-12. Skate rental is $4 per pair. Friday through Sunday and holiday admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are always free, plus $4 skate rental. Visit http://brentonplaza.com/public-skate for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 21 — Holiday Stroll & Tiny Tim Tree Festival. Marshalltown Central Business District presents the community’s annual Christmas celebration. Festivities include a parade, lights on Courthouse trees, a live nativity scene, carriage rides, caroling and Santa’s workshop. Visit. www.MarshalltownMainStreet.com for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 5 and 12 – Santa at the Zoo. The whole family will enjoy the holiday cheer of spending a day at the zoo with Santa Claus. Get a photo taken with Santa, write a letter to the North Pole and enjoy hot chocolate as you explore the zoo, both indoors and outdoors. Don’t forget to bring a scarf and hat while you visit the animals outside. Find more information at www.blankparkzoo.com/en/events.

Saturday, Dec. 5 — Living History Farms Family Christmas. It’s time to celebrate the holidays with an open house and a horse-drawn wagon ride through Walnut Hill. Visitors can tour the Flynn Mansion, an original 1870 Victorian home, as it’s decorated for the holiday season. Guests can even help trim the tree with Victorian-style ornaments. Print a holiday greeting card in the Advocate Newspaper Office and stop by the Church of the Land for an old-fashioned holiday social with dancing and music. Then head downstairs to the church basement for refreshments and cookie decorating for the kids. Children’s crafts, music and Santa Claus will all be at the Visitor Center, and gifts can be purchased in the MarketPlace Museum Store, open from noon to 8 p.m. for holiday shopping. Events take place from 3-7 p.m. Advance ticket prices are $6 per person and $4.50 for Living History Farms members; prices go up by 50 cents on the day of the event. Visit www.lhf.org/index.cfm/30925/66296/living_history_farms_family_christmas for more information on the event.

 

FEEL THE GROOVE
Live music and concerts

 

Saturday, Sept. 5 — 23rd Annual Bowlful of Blues. The South Skunk Blues Society presents the Annual Bowlful of Blues concert featuring blues bands performing live all afternoon at Maytag Park in Newton. This year’s event features Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band, Mississippi Heat, Del “Saxman” Jones and Finam Mix, Lamont Cranston Band featuring Bruce McCabe on keys, James Biehn Band and Rob Lumbard and Matt Woods between sets. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Guests are invited to bring coolers with food and drinks, though no glass or pets are allowed, and food vendors will be available on site. Bowlful of Blues begins at noon. Find more information at www.southskunkblues.org.

 

FANTASTIC FOODIES
Food and drink events

 

Friday – Saturday, Aug. 28-29 — Back to Back To The Park BBQ Bash. Marshalltown’s second annual barbecue event is free for the public and promises a great time for the whole family. BBQ food vendors will be present throughout the two-day event, as well as the Iowa Street Rod Association Car Show, a band on Friday night and Kid’s Q Friday night. The BBQ contest is limited to the first 50 teams. Located at Riverview Park, 402 Woodland St. Find more information at www.backtobacktothepark.com.

Saturday, Aug. 29 — Beats, Burgers, Brats, Brews & Bicycles. Explore the Old Creamery Nature Trail as you bike your way to Dysart from either Vinton or Garrison. The event begins at 10 a.m., and the Full Circle Band plays from noon to 3 p.m. Burgers, brats and brews will be available to quench post-ride appetites. Family activities, a raffle to win a TREK Verve 1 bicycle and a craft beer tasting for $10 are some of the fun ways to participate in the annual event. Email sassys@fctc.coop for more information.

Friday – Saturday, Sept. 25-26 — Des Moines Oktoberfest 2015. The 12th annual Oktoberfest begins at 3 p.m. on Friday with a performance by Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen. Get free beer at the Tapping of the Golden Keg while it lasts starting at 4 p.m., listen to music from Bob Malek & His Fishermen Band at 6:30 p.m., watch the Bier Maiden Contest at 9 p.m. and finish off the night with Swing Crew at 10 p.m. On Saturday, Barefoot Becky is back at 3 p.m., along with polka lessons from 3-5 p.m. A Charity Stein Holding competition and three more bands fill the evening with entertainment to end the weekend. Tickets are $7.50 in advance for one day and $12.50 in advance for two days. General admission will be $10 at the door per night. Buy tickets and see the full schedule at http://oktoberfestdsm.com.

 

The Iowa Wild begins the 2015-16 season on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Iowa Wild begins the 2015-16 season on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Wells Fargo Arena.

GAME ON
Spectator sports

 

Iowa Wild

The Iowa Wild’s 2015-2016 season has not been released in full at press time, but it has released the dates of six upcoming home games that will take place at Wells Fargo Arena. Opening night is Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets can be purchased online at www.iowawild.com or www.iowaeventscenter.com or by phone at 1-866-553-2457. Tickets start at $9.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Saturday, Oct. 24

Friday, Nov. 13

Saturday, Nov. 14

 

Des Moines Buccaneers

Join the Buccaneers as they enter their 36th year of hockey in Des Moines. All home games take place at the Buccaneer Arena, 7201 Hickman Road. Season tickets are available online at www.bucshockey.com.

Sept. 25 — at Lincoln

Sept. 26 — vs. Omaha

Oct. 3 — vs. Omaha

Oct. 9 — at Omaha

Oct. 10 — at TriCity

Oct. 16 — vs. Cedar Rapids

Oct. 17 — vs. Lincoln

Oct. 23 — at Sioux City

Oct. 25 — at Omaha

Oct. 27 — at Lincoln

Oct. 30 — vs. Dubuque

Oct. 31 — at Cedar Rapids

Nov. 6 — vs. Fargo

Nov. 7 — vs. Fargo

Nov. 13 — at Sioux City

Nov. 14 — at Omaha

Nov. 20 — at Waterloo

Nov. 21 — vs. USA 18

Nov. 25 — vs. Sioux City

Nov. 27 — vs. Green Bay

Nov. 28 — at Lincoln

Dec. 4 — at Youngstown

Dec. 5 — at Youngstown

Dec. 12 — vs. Lincoln

Dec. 18 — vs. Omaha

Dec. 19 — vs. Lincoln

Dec. 31 — at Fargo

Jan. 2 — at Omaha

Jan. 3 — at TriCity

Jan. 8 — vs. USA 17

Jan. 9 — vs. Sioux Falls

Jan. 15 — at Bloomington

Jan. 16 — vs. TriCity

Jan. 18 — at Bloomington

Jan. 22 — vs. Omaha

Jan. 23 — vs. Muskegon

Jan. 30 — vs. Sioux City

 

Football:

Drake University

All home games will be played at Drake Stadium at 2719 Forest Ave. in Des Moines. Visit www.godrakebulldogs.com.

Sept. 5 — vs. William Jewell. 6 p.m.

Sept. 12 — at North Dakota. 5 p.m.

Sept. 19 — at South Dakota. 2 p.m.

Sept. 26 — vs. Stetson. 1 p.m. (Parents and Family Weekend)

Oct. 3 — at Campbell. 5 p.m.

Oct. 10 — vs. Valparaiso. 1 p.m. (Homecoming)

Oct. 17 — at. San Diego. 3 p.m.

Oct. 24 — vs. Jacksonville. 1 p.m.

Oct. 31 — at Morehead State. Noon.

Nov. 14 — at Butler. Noon.

Nov. 21 — vs. Dayton. 1 p.m.

 

Grand View University

All home games will be played at Williams Stadium at 1591 E. University Ave. in Des Moines. Visit www.gvvikings.com.

Aug. 29 — vs. Baker University. 11 a.m.

Sept. 5 — at Central Methodist College. 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 — vs. Evangel University. Noon.

Sept. 19 — at Avila University. 1 p.m.

Sept. 26 — vs. Missouri Valley College. Noon.

Oct. 3 — at MidAmerica Nazarene University. 6 p.m.

Oct. 17 — at Graceland University. 2 p.m.

Oct. 24 — vs. Peru State College. Noon.

Oct. 31 — vs. Culver-Stockton College. Noon.

Nov. 7 — at Benedictine College. 1 p.m.

Nov. 14 — at William Penn University. Noon.

 

Simpson College

All home games will be held at Bill Buxton Stadium at 605 N. C St., Indianola. Find more info at www.simpsonathletics.com.

Sept. 5 — vs. Wisconsin–River Falls. 1 p.m.

Sept. 19 — at Illinois–Wesleyan. 1 p.m.

Sept. 26 — vs. Elmhurst. 1 p.m.

Oct. 3 — vs. Buena Vista. 1 p.m.

Oct. 10 — vs. Dubuque. 1 p.m.

Oct. 17 — at Coe. 2 p.m.

Oct. 24 — at Loras. 1 p.m.

Oct. 31 — vs. Central. 1 p.m.

Nov. 7 — at Wartburg. 1 p.m.

Nov. 14 — at Luther. Noon.

 

Iowa State University

Home games will take place at Jack Trice Stadium at 1800 S. Fourth St., Ames. Find tickets and more information at www.cyclones.com.

Sept. 5 — vs. Northern Iowa. 7 p.m.

Sept. 12 — vs. Iowa. 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 — at Toledo. 7 p.m.

Oct. 3 — vs. Kansas. (time TBA)

Oct. 10 — at Texas Tech. (time TBA)

Oct. 17 — vs. TCU. (time TBA)

Oct. 24 — at Baylor. (time TBA)

Oct. 31 — vs. Texas. (Homecoming — time TBA)

Nov. 7 — at Oklahoma. (time TBA)

Nov. 14 — vs. Oklahoma State. (time TBA)

Nov. 21 — at Kansas State. (time TBA)

Nov. 28 — West Virginia. (time TBA)

 

University of Iowa

Home games will be played at Kinnick Stadium at 825 Stadium Drive, Iowa City. Visit www.hawkeyesports.com for more information.

Sept. 5 — vs. Illinois State. 11 a.m.

Sept. 12 — at Iowa State. 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 — vs. Pittsburgh. 7 p.m.

Sept. 26 — vs. North Texas. (time TBA)

Oct. 3 — at Wisconsin. (time TBA)

Oct. 10 — vs. Illinois (Homecoming). 11 a.m.

Oct. 17 — at Northwestern. 11 a.m.

Oct. 31 — vs. Maryland (Family Weekend — time TBA)

Nov. 7 — at Indiana. (time TBA)

Nov. 14 — vs. Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21 — vs. Purdue (Senior Day — time TBA)

Nov. 27 — at Nebraska. (time TBA)

 

University of Northern Iowa

All home games will be played at the UNI-Dome, 2501 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. Visit www.unipanthers.com for more information.

Sept. 5 — at Iowa State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 12 — vs. Eastern Washington. 1 p.m.

Sept. 19 — at Cal Poly. 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 — at Illinois State. Noon.

Oct. 10 — at North Dakota State. 1 p.m.

Oct. 17 — vs. Western Illinois. 4 p.m.

Oct. 24 — at South Dakota State. 2 p.m.

Oct. 31 — vs. South Dakota. 1 p.m.

Nov. 7 — vs. Indiana State. 4 p.m.

Nov. 14 — at Missouri State. 2 p.m.

Nov. 21 — vs. Southern Illinois. (time TBA)

 

Other sports

 

Aug. 28-30 — The Mat Games. Hosted by CrossFit 8035. Friday evening events are free to spectators. More info at www.thematgames.com.

Sept. 4-6 — Des Moines Triathlon. Friday, noon – 7 p.m. at the Des Moines Marriott. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Des Moines Marriott and Gray’s Lake Park. Sunday, 5-8:40 a.m. at Gray’s Lake Park.

Oct. 16-18 — Des Moines Marathon. Friday, 3-8 p.m. at Hy-Vee Hall. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Hy-Vee Hall. Sunday, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Locust Street Bridge.

Jan. 10 — Xtreme Spirit National Championship. Cheerleading and dance national championships. Tickets available at the door on the day of the event. Iowa Events Center. CV

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Things to do in Valley Junction

Thursday, Sept. 3 — DSM Vintage Bike Night at the Farmers Market. Valley Junction’s monthly bike night returns from 6-8 p.m. and features a free concert, beverage garden, restaurants, shopping and the Valley Junction Farmers Market. Parking is available from 4-8:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Fifth Street.

Sunday, Sept. 13 — Fall Antique Jamboree. Find thousands of old treasures at this nostalgic event that is perfect for the whole family. With more than 100 antique dealers from around the Midwest, a wide variety of antiques will be on display, including vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, linens and quilts, glassware, toys and more. Food vendors will be on site, and the antique show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fifth Street area. The Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique events in the Midwest, and admission is free.

Sunday, Sept. 20 — Fall Art & Upcycle Market. Valley Junction presents a juried art show with a wide variety of items, including paintings, prints, photography, sculptures, pottery, furniture, clothing and more. Repurposed and upcycled items are a large part of this unique market. Live music and food vendors will be available, along with children’s art activities and artist demonstrations throughout the day. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

Thursday, Sept. 24 — Scooter Night in the Junction. If you’ve ever wanted take your scooter on a ride with a group of likeminded scooter enthusiasts, this event is for you. The Valley Junction created Scooter Night this year, and it’s been held on the last Thursday of each month since May, and this is the last chance to join in on the fun before the season ends. From 4-8:30 p.m., scooter lovers can bring their rides and enjoy everything the Valley Junction Farmers Market has to offer.

Sunday, Sept. 27 — Henry Gregor Felsen Tribute Car Show. Registration ($20-$25) for the car show is from 9 a.m. to noon, and awards will be announced at 3 p.m. Awards will be given to the top 25 hot rods, along with six special awards. Food vendors, a DJ, pinstriping and Valve Cover Races will be featured at the event.

Sunday, Oct. 25 — Pumpkin Walk. Kids can come in their Halloween costumes an enjoy activities, trick or treating and free pumpkins from 2-4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10 — Jingle in the Junction. From 5-9 p.m., Valley Junction businesses will be lined with more than 150,000 twinkling lights, along with free horse and trolley rides, live reindeer, Santa, live ice sculpture carvings by Bill Gordish and caroling.

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Lots of fun at the zoo

Animal Days. From July through September, Blank Park Zoo offers themed Animal Days for visitors to share in new learning experiences with each event. Aug. 29 is National Bat Appreciation Day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Sept. 5 is Vulture Day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Sept. 19 is World Rhino Day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sept. 26 is Red Panda Day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Learn about all of these beautiful animals with keeper chats, interactive stations and a special craft each day. Collect trading cards to remember each experience. On Sept. 15, STEM Night (5-7 p.m.) is full of activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Every station is hands-on and represents the importance of STEM fields at the zoo.

Zoo Brew Finale. The 2015 season of Zoo Brew is coming to a close. Standing Hampton is the featured band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m., while the event lasts till 9 p.m.

Walking Club. Zoo members who are looking to spice up their usual exercise routine can get a few more sessions of the zoo’s Walking Club in this year. Come early at 8 a.m. every Thursday morning until Sept. 3, with no charge to zoo members. Walkers can get a glimpse of the animals an hour before the zoo opens to the public to see how the animals start their day. The trails are quiet and calm before the crowds arrive.

Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival. The second annual Monarch Festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. Meet and greets with local butterfly and bee experts, puppet shows, a “Bug Parade” and other activities will be available. Kids can dress up as their favorite insect for the Bug Parade, and then take home a free seed packet to start their own butterfly sanctuary. This year’s festival is themed around the monarch migration to Mexico.

Night Eyes. The 25th year of this annual event will have plenty of magical characters, a ride in the train and sweet treats for everyone. Night Eyes is the sweetest Halloween event in the area, so don’t miss out on all the fun from Oct. 15-18 and 22-25.

Buckcherry is headlining at Wooly’s on Sunday, Sept. 20, with Saving Abel, The Zealots and Hazer.

Buckcherry is headlining at Wooly’s on Sunday, Sept. 20, with Saving Abel, The Zealots and Hazer.

 

Music

 

Thursday, Aug. 20

5:30 p.m. – Papa Proffitt Band – Valley Junction – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Earphunk – Wooly’s – $8-$12 – all ages

8 p.m. – Papi Sorrelis, Philly Williams and Tony Baragona – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – FREE – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Alabama with Chris Janson – Iowa State Fair Grandstand – $40 – all ages

9 p.m. – Ames Circle Pit: Monthly Metal Night – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $5 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Josey Todd and Dang Felton – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $5 – all ages

 

Friday, Aug. 21

4:30 p.m. – Work Release with Bob Pace and Dangerous Band – Gas Lamp – $5 – 21-plus

5 p.m. – DJ Nighthawk – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

6 p.m. – Rose Colella with Max Wellman – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Freestyle – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – Boomerang – Penoach Winery, Adel – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – Orkes and Trolles – Chocolaterie Stam – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Party Gras – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $5-$10 – 19-plus

8 p.m. – Papi Sorrelis, Philly Williams and Tony Baragona – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – FREE – 21-plus

8 p.m. – The Fray with Andy Grammer – Iowa State Fair Grandstand – $38 – all ages

9 p.m. – Aeon Grey with Nasa, SKECH185 (from Tomorrow’s Kings) and MarKaus – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Holy White Hounds – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $5 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Dolls on Fire – Gas Lamp – $5 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Field Division with Host Country – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – $5 – 19-plus

9:30 p.m. – Aquamarine Dream Machine with Goodcat – Lefty’s Live Music – $5 – 21-plus

 

Saturday, Aug. 22

2 p.m. – Flying Pig Fiddle Jam – Java Joes – FREE – all ages

6 p.m. – Bob Malek’s Fisherman Band – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – Aaron Kamm and The One Drops – Wooly’s – $5 – all ages

7 p.m. – Ingersoll Live! – Chocolaterie Stam – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Papi Sorrelis, Philly Williams and Tony Baragona – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – $5 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Maids – Gas Lamp – $5 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – DJ Abilities with Uncommon Nasa, Skech 185 and Aeon Gray – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $7-$10 – 19-plus

9 p.m. – Chris Falcon – Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee – FREE – 21-plus

9 p.m. – The Hollowmen Reunion Show with Squidboy, North of Grand and Easy Fruit – Lefty’s Live Music – $8 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Pets with Human Names with Hazer, Saul and Dead Man’s Hand – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Aug. 23

1:30 p.m. – Central Iowa Music Lab Recital and Rock Band Concert – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

2 p.m. – Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

2 p.m. – Beaver Creek Jazz – Java Joes – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Sons of Gladys Kravits – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

4 p.m. – Sunsets at the Social Club featuring DJs Lyndon Michael, Gumbi and Modise – $5 – all ages

5 p.m. – The Wyldz with The Wych Elm – Vaudeville Mews – $10 – all ages

5 p.m. – Flipside – Live at the Creek, Jordan Creek Town Center – FREE – all ages

6 p.m. – Big Head Todd & the Monsters with JJ Grey & Mofro, G. Love and Special Sauce – Simon Estes Amphitheater – $35-$40 – all ages

6 p.m. – Rock-A-Thon featuring Dee Snider, Dokken, Warrant, FireHouse and Host Eddie Trunk – Iowa State Fair Grandstand – $30 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Jonny Lang with Guthrie Brown and the Family Tree – Hoyt Sherman Place – $56-$63 – all ages

9 p.m. – $ip Wilson – Gabe’s, Iowa City – FREE – 19-plus

 

Monday, Aug. 24

9 p.m. – A Piece of Wood with The Texas Toothpicks, We Hate Chilos and Bitchslap – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $2 – 19-plus

 

Tuesday, Aug. 25

8 p.m. – Brit Floyd: The Pink Floyd Show – McGrath Amphitheater, Cedar Rapids – $39.50-$54.80 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Aug. 26

5 p.m. – Epic Rap Battles of History – Vaudeville Mews – $25 – all ages

5:30 p.m. – Zoo Brew Finale featuring Standing Hampton – Blank Park Zoo – $12 – 21-plus

6 p.m. – W.A.C. Off Wednesday featuring Brian Congdon – Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee – FREE – 21-plus

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Papi Sorrelis – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – FREE – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Circuit des Yeux – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $8-$10 – 19-plus

 

Thursday, Aug. 27

5:30 p.m. – Burning Down the House – Valley Junction – FREE – all ages

5:30 p.m. – Slightly Stoopid with The Dirty Heads and The Expendables – Simon Estes Amphitheater – $35-$40 – all ages

7 p.m. – GWAR with Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Apathy Syndrome – Wooly’s – $20-$25 – all ages

7 p.m. – Dan Tedesco with Crystal City – Lefty’s Live Music – $8 in advance/$10 DOS – all ages

8 p.m. – Jeremie Malotke and Papi Sorrelis – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – FREE – 21-plus

 

Friday, Aug. 28

4:30 p.m. – Work Release with Bob Pace and Dangerous Band – Gas Lamp – $5 – 21-plus

4:30 p.m. – King Conquer with Here Comes the Kraken, Adaliah, Dealey Plaza and Enterprise – Val Air Ballroom – $13 in advance/$15 DOS – all ages

5:30 p.m. – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Fridays at The Fountains with Final Mix – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Infuzion – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Fridays at the Fountain with Final Mix – West Glen Town Center – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Simon Estes Amphitheater – $25-$30 – all ages

7 p.m. – Bill Tillman – Chocolaterie Stam – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Jeremie Malotke and Papi Sorrelis – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – FREE – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Particle – Wooly’s – $15 – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Danika Portz – Java Joes – $10 – all ages

8 p.m. – Run DMT with Kage, Spliff and Ankou – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City – $8 – 19-plus

8 p.m. – Green Death with On A Pale Horse and The Impulsive – Lefty’s Live Music – $6 – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Tanya Tucker with Rebyl Road and Dakota Park – Seven Flags Event Center – $25-$35 – all ages

9 p.m. – Stephen Simmons, Andy Flemming and Josh Davis – Gas Lamp – $7 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Low Forms with Skin Of Earth – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Soul Phlegm with GoodcaT – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – $5 – 19-plus

 

Saturday, Aug. 29

2 p.m. – According to Hoyle – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

2 p.m. – String ’em Up! Old-Time Music Hangout – Java Joes – $7 – all ages

4 p.m. – Ingersoll Live featuring Brother Trucker, The Maytags, Sonny Humbucker Band, Los Parranderos, Elegant Gypsy and Faculty Lounge – Ingersoll Avenue, 28th and 29th Streets – FREE – all ages

6 p.m. – Sonny Knight & The Lakers – Vaudeville Mews – $15 – all ages

7 p.m. – King of the Tramps – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $5 – all ages

7 p.m. – CW Smith – Chocolaterie Stam – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Jeremie Malotke and Papi Sorrelis – Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar – $5 – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Bonne Finken and the Collective with The Lucas Jack Band and Author – Lefty’s Live Music – $7 in advance/$10 DOS – all ages

9 p.m. – Matt Woods – DG’s Tap House, Ames – 21-plus

9 p.m. – The Barrelhouse Rockets – Gas Lamp – $5 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Lunden Reign – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $8-$10 – 19-plus

9:30 p.m. – Narco States with Easy Fruit – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Aug. 30

2 p.m. – Burnin’ Sensations – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Tony & The Large Band – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

5 p.m. – Deerpeople – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – all ages

5 p.m. – Final Mix – Live at the Creek, Jordan Creek Town Center – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – First Fleet Concerts presents X – Wooly’s – $20 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – X with Dead Rock West – Wooly’s – $20 – all ages

8 p.m. – Schaffer the Darklord with Coolzey, Maiden Mars and Mars Muesic – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $8-$10 – 19-plus

 

Monday, Aug. 31

8:30 p.m. – Mimicking Birds with Dang Felton – Vaudeville Mews – $10 – 21-plus

 

Tuesday, Sept. 1

6 p.m. – Daniel Romano – Vaudeville Mews – $12 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Sept. 2

6 p.m. – W.A.C. Off Wednesday – Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee – FREE – 21-plus

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

8:30 p.m. – Colleen Green with Punani Huntah, Karen Meat & the Computer, and Ramona and The Slimdudes – Vaudeville Mews – $7 – 21-plus

 

Thursday, Sept. 3

5 p.m. – Avatar with Gemini Syndrome, Huntress, First Decree, Murder Earth and Katastrophe’s Tomb – Seven Flags Event Center – $20 – all ages

5:30 p.m. – Dick Danger – Valley Junction – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Nashville Pussy with Valient Thorr and Superchief – Vaudeville Mews – $15 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Sept. 4

5:30 p.m. – The Nola Jazz Band – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $5 – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Elegant Gypsy – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

9 p.m. – KHOI Communicty Radio presents Tom & Doug with Indigo Monks – DG’s Tap House, Ames – FREE – 21-plus

9 p.m. – River Glenn with Joe Stevens and Lion’s Mouth – Lefty’s Live Music – $7 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Extravision with Brooks Strause – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Surrounded by Giants – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – $5 – 21-plus

10 p.m. – A Modern Disco Dance Party hosted by DJ Omatic – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Sept. 5

5 p.m. – Gurnfest 2015 with Jinnouchi Power, Goldblums, Trendsetter, BTFUFAM and Phillip Peyton – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – all ages

6 p.m. – Bob Malek’s Fishermen Band – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

9:30 p.m. – The Plott Hounds with Jack & The Coax – Vaudeville Mews – $10 – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Sept. 6

2 p.m. – Fat Tuesday – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Reverent Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

8 p.m. – The Good Life with Big Harp – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $14-$16 – 19-plus

 

Monday, Sept. 7

9 p.m. – Next to the Tracks – Gabe’s, Iowa City – FREE – 19-plus

 

Tuesday, Sept. 8

5 p.m. – Jon Writer – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Bayside with The Early November and Better Off – Wooly’s – $16.50-$20 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Byrne & Kelly – Temple Theater – $40-$60 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Sept. 9

5:30 p.m. – Zuul with Fetal Pig and Ghostbusters – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – all ages

6 p.m. – W.A.C. Off Wednesday – Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee – FREE – 21-plus

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Thursday, Sept. 10

5 p.m. – Abiotic with Desecrate Ethereal and Ghosts – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

5:30 p.m. – Plastic Apartment – Valley Junction – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Horse Feathers – Vaudeville Mews – $14 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Maximum Ames Music Festival: Grandmaster Flash – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $25 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Dan DiMonte and The Bad Assets with Abbie and the Sawyers – Lefty’s Live Music – $5 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Magic Beans – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – $8 – 19-plus

 

Friday, Sept. 11

5 p.m. – Aspen Hourglass and Morning Bear with Electric Jury – Lefty’s Live Music – $5 – all ages

5:30 p.m. – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Box Brothers – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – El Dorados – Penoach Winery, Adel – FREE – all ages

9 p.m. – Maximum Ames Music Festival: Jon Wayne & The Pain with Dead Larry – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $15 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Jewel City Sound Presents: Under the Bridge – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

9:30 p.m. – Yamn – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – $7 – 19-plus

9:30 p.m. – This is Me Breathing with Murder Earth and Hours of Decay – Lefty’s Live Music – $6 – 21-plus

 

Saturday, Sept. 12

5:30 p.m. – Lucca Soria – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – all ages

6 p.m. – Bill Koncar – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

9 p.m. – Nest of Snakes with Hong Kong Sleepover and Heavy Weight – Lefty’s Live Music – $5 in advance/$7 DOS – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Maximum Ames Music Festival: Charlie Parr – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $7 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – EGI – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – $5 – 19-plus

 

Sunday, Sept 13

2 p.m. – Dixie Slicks – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Tony Valdez Duo – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

4 p.m. – Sunsets at the Social Club featuring DJs Lyndon Michael, Gumbi and Modise – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $5 – all ages

4 p.m. – Mayday with Pretty Girl Hate Machine – Lefty’s Live Music – $15 in advance/$17 DOS – all ages

4:30 p.m. – Full Devil Jacket with Bridge To Grace, Nevermind The Riot, Days Left and Kickstart The Sun – Vaudeville Mews – $15 – all ages

 

Tuesday, Sept. 15

4:30 p.m. – Arkona with Heidevolk, Helstott and Agrinex – Lefty’s Live Music – $15 in advance/$18 DOS – all ages

5 p.m. – Jackson Boone with Grandchamp – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Sept. 16

6 p.m. – W.A.C. Off Wednesday – Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee – FREE – 21-plus

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

8:30 p.m. – Bonehart Flannigan with Luke Fox and Courtney Krause – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – 21-plus

 

Thursday, Sept. 17

5:30 p.m. – Sumpin’ Doo – Valley Junction – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – Alloy Orchestra Live with Metropolis – Hoyt Sherman Place – $16-$100 – all ages

9 p.m. – Ames Circle Pit: Monthly Metal Night – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $5 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Sept. 18

5 p.m. – DJ Nighthawk: Oldies but Goodies – FREE – all ages

6 p.m. – Linn Street Block Party – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Brian Holtz – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – Alice Unchained: The Ultimate Alice In Chains Tribute Band with Nevermind: The Nirvana Tribute Band – Wooly’s – $10 – all ages

9 p.m. – Fistful of Ska featuring The Uncouth – Lefty’s Live Music – ticket price TBD – all ages

9:30 p.m. – Zeta June with The Jauntee and Mighty Shady – Vaudeville Mews – $8 – 21-plus

 

Saturday, Sept. 19

Noon – Fistful of Ska featuring Monty Neysmith of Symarip, The Pietasters, The Crombies, The Bishops, The A-Oks, The Invaders, 1952, Rude King, The Holophonics, The Mishaps, CCDE and The Tarakis – Lefty’s Live Lounge – ticket price TBD – all ages

5 p.m. – Motorcycle Camp Out featuring Nightrain (Guns N Roses tribute band) with Alchemist and Brother Grey – Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater, St. Charles – $10 per motorcycle, $20 per car load – all ages

6 p.m. – Jim Kucera Band – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

 

Sunday, Sept. 20

1 p.m. – Code Blue – Penoach Winery, Adel – FREE – all ages

2 p.m. – Tony Valdez and Don Jaques – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

6 p.m. – Buckcherry with Saving Abel, The Zealots and Hazer – Wooly’s – $20-$25 – all ages

7 p.m. – Benny Lackner Trio – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $6 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. – First Avenue Club, Iowa City – $14 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Sept. 23

6 p.m. – W.A.C. Off Wednesday – Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee – FREE – 21-plus

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Thursday, Sept. 24

5:30 p.m. – North of Grand – Valley Junction – FREE – all ages

6 p.m. – Aaron Lewis – Simon Estes Amphitheater – $29.50-$35 – all ages

8:30 p.m. – Malcolm Holcombe – Vaudeville Mews – $10 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Sept. 25

5 p.m. – One Eyed Doll with Stitched Up Heart, Run 2 Cover, Switchblade Saturdays and Anticonscience – Vaudeville Mews – $15 – all ages

5 p.m. – Oktoberfest 2015 – Hessen Haus – FREE – 21-plus

5:30 p.m. – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – After Hours – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Hot Buttered Rum – Wooly’s – $12-$15 – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Sleep Study with Holy White Hounds and Eric Pettit Lion – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City – $10 – 19-plus

9:30 p.m. – Aaron Kamm & The One Drops – Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City – $7 – 19-plus

 

Saturday, Sept. 26

2 p.m. – String ’em Up! Old-Time Music Hangout – Java Joes – $7 – all ages

5 p.m. – Oktoberfest 2015 – Hessen Haus – FREE – 21-plus

6 p.m. – Las Cafeteras – Vaudeville Mews – $15 – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Toro Y Moi with Astronauts, etc. – Wooly’s – $16-$18 – all ages

6:30 p.m. – ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke – McGrath Amphitheater, Cedar Rapids – $44.90-$162.15 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 1: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket price TBD – all ages

9 p.m. – Transidiomatic Progressions – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $5 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – Levi Parham with Field Division – Vaudeville Mews – $5 – 21-plus

9:30 p.m. – The Pork Tornadoes – Lefty’s Live Music – $6 – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Sept. 27

2 p.m. – Hot Tamale & The Red Hots – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Brian Holtz Band – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 1: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket price TBD – all ages

8 p.m. – Nick Diamonds – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City – $10 – 19-plus

 

Monday, Sept. 28

5 p.m. – The Vibrators – Lefty’s Live Music – $10 – all ages

 

Tuesday, Sept. 29

8 p.m. – Goddamn Gallows – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $10 – 19-plus

8 p.m. – Funk Volume Tour 2015 featuring Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Brenton, DJ Hoppa and more – Seven Flags Event Center – $25 in advance/$30 DOS – all ages

9 p.m. – Fruition – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $5 – 21-plus

 

Wednesday, Sept. 30

6 p.m. – W.A.C. Off Wednesday – Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee – FREE – 21-plus

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Punch Brothers with Gabriel Kahane – Hoyt Sherman Place – $29-$39 – all ages

8:30 p.m. – Head For The Hills – Vaudeville Mews – $10 – 21-plus

 

Thursday, Oct. 1

5:30 p.m. – Randy Burk & The Prisoners – Valley Junction – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Narek Arutyunian – Martha Ellen-Tye Recital Hall, Ames – $20 – all ages

8:30 p.m. – Maybeshewill – Vaudeville Mews – $10 – 21-plus

9 p.m. – The Dawn Drapes with Pets With Human Names and Foxholes – Lefty’s Live Music – $5 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Oct. 2

5:30 p.m. – The Nola Jazz Band – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $5 – all ages

6:15 p.m. – Five Finger Death Punch with Papa Roach – U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids – $36.75 – all ages

6:30 p.m. – According to Hoyle – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

10 p.m. – Preferred Blend: A Modern Disco Dance Party featuring DJ Omatic – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Oct. 3

7:30 p.m. – Harmony Central Chorus – Hoyt Sherman Place – $12-$20 – all ages

8 p.m. – Philly B – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $14-$17 – 19-plus

9 p.m. – Von Stranz and Mississippi Jake – DG’s Tap House, Ames – FREE – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Oct. 4

2 p.m. – Infuzion – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Hot Tamale and the Red Hots – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

8 p.m. – Mick Jenkins with STWO – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City – $13-$45 – 19-plus

 

Monday, Oct. 5

9 p.m. – Jennifer Hall with Jessica Villegas (of Foxholes) and Eden Stokka – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $6 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Oct. 7

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Thursday, Oct. 8

7:30 p.m. – Taylor Swift with Vance Joy – Iowa Events Center – $39.50-$129.50 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Chamber Orchestra Kremlin – Stephens Auditorium, Ames – $25-$59 – all ages

 

Friday, Oct. 9

5:30 p.m. – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – El Dorados – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

8 p.m. – Little Big Town with Drake White and The Big Fire – Stephens Auditorium, Ames – $35-$45 – all ages

9 p.m. – Legendary Shack Shakers and Joe Fletcher – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $12 in advance/$15 DOS – 21-plus

9 p.m. – Jewel City Sound Presents: Under the Bridge – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Sunday, Oct. 11

2 p.m. – High Society Big Band – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Tony Valdez Duo – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

6 p.m. – Jelly Roll with Alexander King, Bordeaux, Isaac, Lazie.C and Hoozia – Seven Flags Event Center – $13 in advance/$15 DOS – all ages

 

Monday, Oct. 12

5 p.m. – Soulfly with Soilwork, Decapitated and Shattered Sun – Val Air Ballroom – $25 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Oct. 14

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Thursday, Oct. 15

6 p.m. – Andy Mineo with Mali Music and Propoganda – Wooly’s – $20 – all ages

9 p.m. – Ames Circle Pit: Monthly Metal Night – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $5 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Oct. 16

5 p.m. – DJ Nighthawk: Oldies but Goodies – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Old School – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Celtic Women: 10th Anniversary World Tour – U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids – $35-$115 – all ages

8 p.m. – Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt – Hoyt Sherman Place – $59-$66 – all ages

9 p.m. – Maximum Worker Labs: Tri-Label Expo – DG’s Tap House, Ames – FREE – 21-plus

 

Saturday, Oct. 17

2 p.m. – Hot Tamale and the Red Hots – Penoach Winery, Adel – FREE – all ages

4 p.m. – DigiTour featuring Matthew Espinosa – Seven Flags Event Center – $25 in advance/$30 DOS – all ages

6 p.m. – Tyler Ward – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City – $18-$20 – all ages

6 p.m. – Bob Malek’s Fishermen Band – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 2: Capriccio Espagnol & Beethoven’s Pastoral – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket prices TBD – all ages

8 p.m. – Show Me Your Fangs Tour: An Evening with Matt Nathanson – Wooly’s – $28.50 – all ages

 

Sunday, Oct. 18

3 p.m. – Freestyle – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

6:30 p.m. – The Oh Hellos – Wooly’s – $15-$18 – all ages

7 p.m. – Mary Chapin Carpenter – Hoyt Sherman Place – $39.50-$49.50 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – The Hot Sardines – Stephens Auditorium, Ames – $25-$59 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 2: Capriccio Espagnol & Beethoven’s Pastoral – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket prices TBD – all ages

8:30 p.m. – Teen Daze with Heavenly Beat – Vaudeville Mews – $10 – 21-plus

 

Tuesday, Oct. 20

4:30 p.m. – Carnifex with Black Tongue, Lorna Shore and The Last Ten Seconds of Life – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City – $14-$16 – all ages

6:30 p.m. – SOJA with J BOOG and Dustin Thomas – Wooly’s – $22.50-$25 – all ages

8 p.m. – Flux Pavilion with Loudpvck and Diskord – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City – $25 – 19-plus

 

Wednesday, Oct. 21

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – The Black Dahlia Murder with Iron Reagan, Harm’s Way and Maruta – Wooly’s – $18-$22 – all ages

8 p.m. – David Ramirez with Dylan LeBlanc – Vaudeville Mews – $15 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Oct. 23

5:30 p.m. – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Code Blue – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

9 p.m. – The Sundogs – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $5 – 21-plus

 

Saturday, Oct. 24

2 p.m. – String ’em Up! Old-Time Music Hangout – Java Joes – $7 – all ages

6 p.m. – Bill Koncar – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

6:30 p.m. – of Montreal with Diane Coffee – Wooly’s – $18-$20 – all ages

9 p.m. – The Colt Walkers and Moonlight Sorrow – DG’s Tap House, Ames – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Oct. 25

2 p.m. – Planet Passenger Duo – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – all ages

3 p.m. – Get Off My Lawn – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

7 p.m. – Smallpools with Phoebe Ryan and Machineheart – Wooly’s – $15-$18 – all ages

 

Tuesday, Oct. 27

7:30 p.m. – Igudesman & Joo – Des Moines Civic Center – $20-$54 – all ages

8:30 p.m. – The Devil Makes Three with The Deslondes – Wooly’s – $17.50-$20 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Straight No Chaser performs at the Des Moines Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Straight No Chaser performs at the Des Moines Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Straight No Chaser – Des Moines Civic Center – $27.50-$57.50 – all ages

8 p.m. – The Motet – Wooly’s – $15-$18 – 21-plus

8 p.m. – Matisyahu – Hoyt Sherman Place – $29.50-$55 – all ages

 

Friday, Oct. 30

6:30 p.m. – The AP Tour featuring Mayday Parade with Real Friends, This Wild Life and As It Is – Wooly’s – $25 – all ages

9 p.m. – That 1 Guy – Gabe’s, Iowa City – $15 – 19-plus

 

Saturday, Oct. 31

6 p.m. – Annual Halloween Costume Party featuring Fat Tuesday – Snus Hill Winery, Madrid – FREE – 21-plus

6 p.m. – Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

9 p.m. – That 1 Guy – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $15 – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Nov. 1

3 p.m. – Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band – Summerset Winery, Indianola – $5/person, $15/carload – all ages

7 p.m. – Iration with The Green and Hours Eastly – Wooly’s – $20-$295 – all ages

 

Monday, Nov. 2

5 p.m. – Albert Hammond Jr. – Vaudeville Mews – $14 – all ages

 

Tuesday, Nov. 3

5 p.m. – All Time Low and Sleeping with Sirens – Seven Flags Event Center – $29.50 in advance/$35 DOS – all ages

7 p.m. – Jamey Johnson – Seven Flags Event Center – $33.50 in advance/$35 DOS – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Soweto Gospel Choir – Des Moines Civic Center – $20-$54 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Nov. 4

6 p.m. – All Time Low and Sleeping with Sirens with One OK Rock – Seven Flags Event Center – $29.50 in advance/$35 DOS – all ages

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Arlo Guthrie – Hoyt Sherman Place – $25-$72 – all ages

8 p.m. – Stained Radiance: Nels Cline and Norton Wisdom + Sam Amidon – Wooly’s – $15-$20 – 21-plus

 

Thursday, Nov. 5

7 p.m. – Toby Mac – U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids – $28-$78 – all ages

 

Friday, Nov. 6

5:30 p.m. – The Nola Jazz Band – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $5 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Jackson Browne – Hoyt Sherman Place – $70.50-$100.50 – all ages

10 p.m. – Preferred Blend: A Modern Disco Dance Party featuring DJ Omatic – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Nov. 7

6 p.m. – Jim Kucera Band – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony Pops: The Music of Billy Joel – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket prices TBD – all ages

8 p.m. – Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman & Rodney Holmes – DG’s Tap House, Ames – $25 – 21-plus

 

Sunday, Nov. 8

7:30 p.m. – The Fab Four (Beatles tribute band) – Stephens Auditorium, Ames – $25-$59 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Nov. 11

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Thursday, Nov. 12

7:30 p.m. – Robert DeLong with Coleman Hell – Wooly’s – $15 – all ages

 

Friday, Nov. 13

5:30 – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

7 p.m. – Martin Sexton – Vaudeville Mews – $29 – 21-plus

 

Saturday, Nov. 14

6 p.m. – Barry Boyce Band – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 3: Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Beyond the Score: Pure Propaganda? – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket prices TBD – all ages

 

Sunday, Nov. 15

6:30 p.m. – Pokey Lafarge – Wooly’s – $15-$18 – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 3: Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Beyond the Score: Pure Propaganda? – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket prices TBD – all ages

 

Wednesday, Nov. 18

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Friday, Nov. 20

5 p.m. – DJ Nighthawk: Oldies but Goodies – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Nov. 21

6 p.m. – Bill Koncar – Hesen Haus – FREE – all ages

 

Wednesday, Nov. 25

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

9 p.m. – Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag – Wooly’s – $10 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Nov. 27

5:30 p.m. – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Nov. 28

2 p.m. – String ’em Up! Old-Time Music Hangout – Java Joes – $7 – all ages

6 p.m. – Dale Dahmen and Sons – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

 

Wednesday, Dec. 2

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Lorie Line – Hoyt Sherman Place – $49 – all ages

 

Thursday, Dec. 3

8 p.m. – Tommy Emmanuel Classics & Christmas Tour featuring Pat Bergeson, John Knowles CGP and Annie Sellick – Hoyt Sherman Place – $39.75-$49.75 – all ages

 

Friday, Dec. 4

5:30 p.m. – The Nola Jazz Band – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – $5 – all ages

10 p.m. – Preferred Blend: A Modern Disco Dance Party featuring DJ Omatic – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Dec. 5

6 p.m. – Bill Koncar – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

 

Wednesday, Dec. 9

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

9 p.m. – Mountain Sprout – DG’s Tap House – $10 – 21-plus

 

Friday, Dec. 11

5:30 p.m. – Jazz Happy Hour – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

6 p.m. – Barry Boyce Band – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

7:30 p.m. – Mannheim Steamroller – Stephens Auditorium, Ames – $49-$80 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Friday, Dec. 18

5 p.m. – DJ Nighthawk: Oldies but Goodies – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show – Hoyt Sherman Place – $21-$38.50 – all ages

 

Saturday, Dec. 19

6 p.m. – Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen – Hessen Haus – FREE – all ages

7:30 p.m. – Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show – Hoyt Sherman Place – $21-$38.50 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Dec. 23

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Saturday, Dec. 26

2 p.m. – String ’em Up! Old-Time Music Hangout – Java Joes – $7 – all ages

 

Wednesday, Dec. 30

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Thursday, Dec. 31

8 p.m. – Des Moines Symphony: New Year’s Eve Pops: The Texas Tenors – Des Moines Civic Center – ticket prices TBD – all ages

 

Friday, Jan. 1

10 p.m. – Preferred Blend: A Modern Disco Dance Party featuring DJ Omatic – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages

 

Wednesday, Jan. 6

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Wednesday, Jan. 13

6:30 p.m. – Bob Pace and Friends – Lefty’s Live Music – FREE – all ages

 

Friday, Jan. 15

5 p.m. – DJ Nighthawk: Oldies but Goodies – The Basement, Des Moines Social Club – FREE – all ages. CV

 

little big town

Little Big Town continues path of success

Grammy award-winning four-piece Little Big Town will hit Ames on Oct. 9 as part of The Pain Killer Tour, which has been crossing North America since November 2014. This is the third headlining tour for Little Big Town, which has been making its way up the ranks of country music since the band was founded in 1998. With just six albums under its belt, Little Big Town has won four CMA Awards, four ACM Awards, one ACA Award, one Daytime Emmy, and a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the hit single “Pontoon.”

The band’s latest album, “Pain Killer,” was released in 2014, just weeks after the group was invited by Reba McEntire to join the Grand Ole Opry. The four artists — Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook — were inducted by Vince Gill on Oct. 17, and the “Pain Killer” album was released on Oct. 21. Not a bad year for Little Big Town, which is still going strong with the latest No. 1 single, “Girl Crush.”

The band performs at Stephens Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $35 – $45 and can be purchased at www.center.iastate.edu/events/contemporary/little-big-town/.

 

 

Film

 

“She’s Funny That Way”shes-funny-that-way
Friday, Aug. 14
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Owen Wilson, Will Forte, Imogen Poots and Jennifer Aniston
Rated R, 93 minutes

Another full-casted romantic comedy along the lines of “Valentine’s Day” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” is hitting theaters this year. This one stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, along with Will Forte, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans. It’s an interconnected story between all six characters, focusing on Isabella “Izzy” Patterson (Poots), a former hooker who’s now on Broadway. Wilson plays a Broadway director who pays for Isabella’s services, despite the fact he’s married to the star of his newest play. But wait — there’s more! The playwright (Forte) falls for Izzy as well, but he’s already dating Jane (Aniston), who is actually Izzy’s therapist. Confused yet? Maybe watching it all unfold on the big screen will make it a little easier. Maybe…

 

“The Intern”the intern
Friday, Sept. 25
Directed by Nancy Meyers, starring Robert De Niro, Adam Devine, Anne Hathaway and Nat Wolff
Rated PG-13, 121 minutes

Though technically labeled as a comedy, “The Intern” is bound to come with at least a few life lessons to think about once you leave the theater. It stars Robert De Niro as Ben, a widower in his 70s who’s realized retirement isn’t all that great. Jules Ostin (Hathaway) is the founder and CEO of a fashion-based e-commerce company and has agreed to a community outreach program. Enter: Ben. In an attempt to get back in the working game, he becomes the intern at the high-tech company, where millennials rule. Of course, there are doubts all around about Ben’s qualifications for the role, but he proves to be invaluable help at a time when Jules is trying to juggle her booming business with her family life. It seems almost a little “Devil Wears Prada”-ish, so if you liked that one, “The Intern” is right up your alley.

 

“Pan”IMG_3901.DNG
Friday, Oct. 9
Directed by Joe Wright, starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Amanda Seyfried
Unrated

As live-action Disney flicks begin to take over cinema, the only question that remains is which one will be next? The last year has brought audiences “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” so it’s time to take up another classic with “Pan.” But this isn’t the story of Peter Pan (Levi Miller) as most of us know it. The movie focuses on Peter as an orphan and shows his first journey to Neverland. Much like “Maleficent,” it gives us more backstory than we’ve seen before, showing the first meeting between Peter Pan and Captain Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and the mermaids. Peter will find out the fun and dangers of this new world, and he’ll learn about his destiny to become the hero we all know today.

 

“Goosebumps”goosebumps
Friday, Oct. 16
Directed by Rob Letterman, starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage and Amy Ryan
Rated PG

If you grew up reading the 60-some “Goosebumps” books published in the ’90s, this movie is sure to hit that nostalgic nerve inside you. Starring Jack Black as author R.L. Stine, “Goosebumps” is a live-action “horror comedy” that focuses on Stine and all of his made-up monsters, rather than a reboot of just one of the stories. The movie starts with Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), a teenage boy who moves to a small town and befriends his new neighbor, Hannah (Odeya Rush). Hannah’s father is R.L. Stine, the seemingly mysterious author who keeps all of his manuscripts locked up. When Zach and Hannah come across the manuscripts, they unintentionally release all the ghosts and monsters inside, and the three of them have to figure out a way to get them all back in the books before they destroy everything. While not totally unpredictable, the plot is at least different from other movies. That, along with the comedic talents of Jack Black, is likely to make “Goosebumps” — at the very least — worth the cost of admission.

 

“Rock the Kasbah”Rock-the-Kasbah
Friday, Oct. 23
Directed by Barry Levinson, starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Danny McBride

The star-studded movie of fall 2015 hasn’t received as much attention as one might expect a movie with Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson to get, but that’s likely due to the fact that it wasn’t made to appeal to everyone. Murray plays a has-been rock manager named Richie Lanz, who decides to take his only remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) on a USO tour of Afghanistan. The thought of touring Afghanistan doesn’t exactly thrill this would-be star, and she ends up ditching Lanz, taking his money and passport and leaving him stuck in Kabul. Not all is lost for the old rocker, though. He discovers a new young talent and helps get her on TV to compete in Afghan Star, which is the equivalent of American Idol. “Rock the Kasbah” promises laugh-out-loud moments, but mostly in a “Grand Budapest Hotel” sort of way, which is why it might not appeal to the masses. But if you like odd comedies, it’s right up your alley.

 

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2”hunger games part 2
Friday, Nov. 20
Directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman
132 minutes

As another big-budget franchise comes to a close, half the world is awaiting opening day with pre-ordered tickets, while the other half is wondering how Jennifer Lawrence ever has time to make other movies. “Mockingjay, Part 2” picks up with the nation of Panem in a full-on war, as Katniss (Lawrence) prepares to confront President Snow (Donald Sutherland). While Katniss and her team go off to assassinate Snow, she’ll realize it will take more than that to overcome the “game” he’s created. As she attempts to conquer the Capitol, Katniss will risk deadly traps, enemies and moral choices that will challenge her more than anything she faced in the Hunger Games arenas before. The stakes are higher than ever — much like the box office expectations for the $125 million film.

 

“Victor Frankenstein”Victor-Frankenstein
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Directed by Paul McGuigan, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Alistair Petrie and James McAvoy
Rated PG-13

The costumes, candy and fake blood from Halloween will be stashed away in the closet by the time “Victor Frankenstein” hits theaters, but that won’t stop fans of the green monster from buying tickets to see the untold story of the green monster. “Victor Frankenstein” is told from the perspective of the troubled young assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). It shows his dark origins and liberating friendship with young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein (James McAvoy). The film will show how Victor’s obsession turns to madness in a way that audiences haven’t seen yet.

 

“Snowden”snowden
Friday, Dec. 25
Directed by Oliver Stone, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood and Nicolas Cage

Just in time for Christmas comes the heartwarming story of the man who leaked the U.S. Government’s secrets. Or something like that. It’s not quite the type of movie we’d expect to see in theaters on Christmas, but with all the fuss Edward Snowden caused when he leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, people are likely to go see it anyway. Two years later, and Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is still a big name in the news. With a cast rounded out by Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage and Scott Eastwood (yes, he is the son of Clint), “Snowden” at least has strong actors and a newsworthy story on its side.

 

“Kung Fu Panda 3”kung fu panda
Friday, Jan. 29
Directed by Alessandro Carloni, starring Jack Black, David Cross, Seth Rogan and Angelina Jolie

The loveable panda is back, and this time with a few more panda friends. In “Kung Fu Panda 3,” Po is reunited with his long-lost father, and the two travel to a “secret panda paradise,” where they are introduced to new panda characters. But, evil isn’t far away, as supernatural villain Kai is defeating all the kung fu masters across China. Po must learn to train this village of fun-loving and clumsy new friends to become the ultimate group of Kung Fu Pandas so they can defeat Kai and save the country. A laughter-filled movie perfect for the whole family.

 

Friday, Aug. 21

“Hitman: Agent 47” (d. Aleksander Bach, with Zachary Quinto, Rupert Friend, Ciaran Hinds)

“Sinister 2” (d. Ciaran Foy, with Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Tate Ellington)

“American Ultra” (d. Nima Nourizadeh, with Kristen Stewart, Uma Thurman, Jesse Eisenberg and Bill Pullman)

“Grandma” (d. Paul Weitz, with Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Lily Tomlin)

“Before We Go” (d. Chris Evans, with Alice Eve, Chris Evans, Emma Fitzpatrick)

“Learning to Drive” (d. Isabel Coixet, with Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber)

“Mateo” (d. Aaron I. Naar)

 

Friday, Aug. 28

“Max Steel” (d. Stewart Hendler, with Andy Garcia, Ben Winchell, Ana Villafane)

“We Are Your Friends” (d. Max Joseph, with Wes Bentley, Zac Efron, Jon Bernthal)

“Regression” (d. Alejandro Amenabar, with David Thewlis, Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke)

“War Room” (d. Alex Kendrick, with Alex Kendrick, T.C. Stallings, Ashley Bratcher)

“Z for Zachariah” (d. Craig Zobel, with Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie)

“Unsullied” (d. Simeon Rice, with Murray Gray, Rusty Joiner, James Gaudioso)

“The Second Mother” (d. Anna Muylaert, with Regina Case)

 

Wednesday, Sept. 2

“A Walk in the Woods” (d. Ken Kwapis, with Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson)

“No Escape” (d. John Erick Dowdle, with Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Lake Bell)

 

Friday, Sept. 4

“The Transporter Refueled” (d. Camille Delamarre, with Gabriella Wright, Anatole Taubman, Ed Skrein)

“Kitchen Sink” (d. Robbie Pickering, with Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Vanessa Hudgens)

“Jane Got A Gun” (d. Gavin O’Connor, with Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Rodrigo Santoro)

“Dragon Blade” (d. Daniel Lee, with Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody)

“Break Point” (d. Jay Karas, with J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart, Adam Devine)

“Heroes of Dirt” (d. Eric Bugbee, with Joel Moody, William Martinez, Bill Allen)

“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (d. Alex Gibney)

 

Friday, Sept. 11

“The Perfect Guy” (d. David M. Rosenthal, with Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Kathryn Morris)

“The Visit” (d. M. Night Shyamalan, with Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie)

“Sleeping With Other People” (d. Leslye Headland, with Adam Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie)

“Time Out of Mind” (d. Oren Moverman, with Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Ben Vereen)

“Wolf Totem” (d. Jean-Jacques Annaud, with Shaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa)

 

Friday, Sept. 18

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” (d. Wes Ball, with Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Patricia Clarkson”

“Everest” (d. Baltasar Kormaur, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes)

“Captive” (d. Jerry Jameson, with Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Leonor Varela)

“Cooties” (d. Ace Norton, with Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood)

“Black Mass” (d. Scott Cooper, with Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch)

“Pawn Sacrifice” (d. Ed Zwick, with Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Live Schreiber)

“Sicario” (d. Denis Villeneuve, with Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, John Bernthal)

 

Friday, Sept. 25

“Hotel Transylvania 2” (d. Genndy Tartakovsky, with Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Andy Samberg, Kevin James)

“Before I Wake” (d. Mike Flanagan, with Thomas Jane, Kate Bosworth, Dash Mihok)

“The Disappointments Room” (d. DJ Caruso, with Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till, Gerald McRaney)

“The Green Inferno” (d. Eli Roth, with Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Lorenza Izzo)

“Labyrinth of Lies” (d. Giulio Ricciarelli, with Alexander Fehling)

“99 Homes” (d. Ramin Bahrani, with Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, Michael Shannon)

“Mississippi Grind” (d. Anna Boden, with Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller)

 

Wednesday, Sept. 30

“The Walk” (d. Robert Zemeckis, with Ben Kingsley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Badge Dale)

“Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” (d. Michael John Warren)

 

Friday, Oct. 2

“Legend” (d. Brian Helgeland, with David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hardy)

“The Martian” (d. Ridley Scott, with Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Mat Damon)

“Adam Jones” (d. John Wells, with Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Sam Keeley)

“Freeheld” (d. Peter Sollett, with Ellen Page, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell)

“The Keeping Room” (d. Daniel Barber, with Hailee Steinfeld, Nicole Beharie, Brit Marling)

“He Named Me Malala” (d. Davis Guggenheim, with Malala Yousafzai, Mobin Khan)

 

Friday, Oct. 9

“Masterminds” (d. Jared Hess, with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig)

“Steve Jobs” (d. Danny Boyle, with Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen)

“Big Stone Gap” (d. Adriana Trigiani, with Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg)

“Kidnap” (d. Luis Prieto, with Halle Berry, Lew Temple)

 

Friday, Oct. 16

“Crimson Peak” (d. Guillermo del Toro, with Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska)

“Bridge of Spies” (d. Steven Spielberg, with Alan Alda, Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan)

“Beasts of No Nation” (d. Cary Joji Fukunaga, with Idris Elba, Abraham Attah)

“Woodlawn” (d. Andrew Erwin, with Sean Astin, Jon Voight, Sherri Shepherd)

“The Bronze” (d. Bryan Buckley, with Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan, Thomas Middleditch)

 

Friday, Oct. 23

“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” (d. Gregory Plotkin, with Katie Featherston)

“The Last Witch Hunter” (d. Breck Eisner, with Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine)

“Secret in Their Eyes” (d. Billy Ray, with Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Michael Kelly)

“Jem and the Holograms” (d. Jon Chu, with Juliette Lewis, Hayley Kiyoko, Nicholas Braun)

“Suffragette” (d. Sarah Gavron, with Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan)

 

Friday, Oct. 30

“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” (d. Christopher B. Landon, with Tye Sheridan, Halston Sage, Patrick Schwarzenegger)

“Autobahn” (d. Eran Creevy, with Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley)

 

Friday, Nov. 6

“Spectre” (d. Sam Mendes, with Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes)

“The Peanuts Movie” (d. Steve Martino, with Noah Schnapp, Venus Schultheis, Bill Melendez)

“Brooklyn” (d. Nick Hornby, with Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen)

“Spotlight” (d. Tom McCarthy, with Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton)

“The Outskirts” (d. Peter Hutchings, with Victoria Justice, Frank Whaley, Peyton List)

“Trumbo” (d. Jay Roach, with Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston)

 

Friday, Nov. 13

“By the Sea” (d. Angelina Jolie, with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Niels Arestrup)

“The 33” (d. Patricia Riggen, with Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen)

“Love the Coopers” (d. Jessie Nelson, with Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Diane Keaton)

“Rings” (d. Javier Gutierrez, with Johnny Galecki, Alex Roe, Matilda Lutz)

 

Wednesday, Nov. 25

“Creed” (d. Ryan Coogler, with Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson)

“The Good Dinosaur” (d. Peter Sohn, with Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright)

“Midnight Special” (d. Jeff Nichols, with Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard)

 

Friday, Nov. 27

“The Danish Girl” (d. Tom Hooper, with Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw)

“I Saw The Light” (d. Marc Abraham, with Josh Pais, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen)

 

Friday, Dec. 4

“Krampus” (d. Michael Dougherty, with Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman)

“Hitchcock/Truffaut” (d. Kent Jones, with Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich)

“Youth” (d. Paolo Sorrentino, with Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano)

 

Friday, Dec. 11

“In the Heart of the Sea” (d. Ron Howard, with Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Hollander)

“The Lady in the Van” (d. Nicholas Hytner, with Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent, James Corden)

“The Ridiculous 6” (d. Frank Coraci, with Adam Sandler, Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews)

 

Friday, Dec. 18

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (d. JJ Abrams, with Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher)

“Sisters” (d. Jason Moore, with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, John Cena, James Brolin)

“Carol” (d. Todd Haynes, with Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 23

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” (d. Walt Becker, with Jason Lee, Jesse McCartney, Justin Long)

 

Friday, Dec. 25

“Joy” (d. David O. Russell, with Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Bradley Cooper)

“Point Break” (d. Ericson Core, with Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, Luke Bracey)

“Daddy’s Home” (d. Sean Anders, with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini)

“Concussion” (d. Peter Landesman, with Eddie Marsan, Will Smith, Luke Wilson, Alec Bladwin)

“The Hateful Eight” (d. Quentin Tarantino, with Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Zoe Bell)

“The Revenant” (d. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter)

 

Friday, Jan. 8

“The Forest” (d. Jason Zada, with Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken)

 

Friday, Jan. 15

“Ride Along 2” (d. Tim Story, with Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Glen Powell)

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (d. Michael Bay, with John Krasinski, David Denman, Toby Stephens)

“The 5th Wave” (d. J Blakeson, with Ron Livingston, Live Schreiber, Maggie Siff)

“The Nut Job 2” (d. Cal Brunker, with Jeff Dunham, Joe Pingue, Rob Tinkler)

 

Friday, Jan. 22

“London has Fallen” (d. Babak Najafi, with Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett)

“Risen” (d. Kevin Reynolds, with Cliff Curtis, Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton)

“The Boy” (d. William Brent Bell, with Lauren Cohen, Javier Botet)

“Criminal” (d. Ariel Vromen, with Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve)

 

Friday, Jan. 29

“Fifty Shades of Black” (d. Mike Tiddes, with Marlon Wayans)

“The Finest Hours” (d. Craig Gillespie, with Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine)

“The Accountant” (d. Gavin O’Connor, with Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick) CV

 

Jordan Weber’s curated exhibit, “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache,” is on display at Moberg Gallery through Aug. 22.

Jordan Weber’s curated exhibit, “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache,” is on display at Moberg Gallery through Aug. 22.

Art

 

Another summer is in the books, and now it’s time for the art galleries and museums to open a new chapter. Several summer exhibits will continue on for a few months, but most will come to a close as new artists and new works are put into place for the next season.

The rest of 2015 is full of artistic greatness in the metro and throughout Iowa, including several exhibits celebrating the 40th anniversary of the University Museums at Iowa State University, dramatic photos of women in agriculture and an in-depth study of the collections of four artists.

Several special events to mark on your calendars include the 45th annual Octagon Art Festival in Ames and the Northeast Iowa Artists Studio Tour in Decorah. It’s a great time to be an artist in Des Moines, so make sure to check out the great works by local artists this fall.

 

CALENDAR

Recurring Events and Family Attractions

First Friday Art Walks, Fairfield Town Square and East Village of Des Moines.

 

Special Events

Sept. 25-27 — Iowa’s Largest Arts & Crafts Show. Located in the Iowa State Fairgrounds, the largest arts and crafts show in Iowa provides a platform for more than 300 talented exhibitors to sell their crafts. Thousands of handmade items will be available for purchase. For more information, call 563-652-4529, email tcallahan@mchsi.com or visit www.iowastatefairgrounds.org/event-calendar/2015/09/25/547-iowa-s-largest-arts-crafts-show/.

Sept. 27 — 45th Annual Octagon Art Festival. Located in the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames, the Octagon Art Festival is celebrating its 45th year this fall. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE. Learn more at www.octagonarts.org/en/octagon_art_festival/.

Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 — American Quilt Society’s Annual Quilt Week. The largest quilt show in the nation returns to its annual stop in Des Moines, taking over the Iowa Events Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. The event features more than 1,000 quilts, a Merchant Mall, the newest quilt-making supplies and other quilt-related gifts and products. Tickets are $10.08 for members and $12.60 for non-members before Aug. 31, or $11 for members and $14 for non-members after Aug. 31. Find more information at www.quiltweek.com/locations/des-moines/.

Oct. 2-4 — Northeast Iowa Artists Studio Tour. Iowa’s largest and longest-running tour of artist studios takes place in Decorah, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. With 55 artists at 42 locations, 2015 will be the Tour’s biggest year yet, thanks to the Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information and to view the brochure, visit www.iowaarttour.com.

Oct. 8 — Art Walk 2015. The works of various artists will be on display in businesses or even on the sidewalks of Main Street in Marshalltown for the annual Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Stores and restaurants will be open for business during the eent. For more information, call 641-844-2001 or email director@marshalltownmainstreet.com.

 

GALLERIES

 

Ongoing

 

Art Dive, 1417 Walnut St., www.artdive.com. Des Moines’ original alternative gallery, featuring surprising exhibitions.

Fluxx Gallery, 333 E. Grand Ave., Suite 104. Find the latest event news on the gallery’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Fluxx-Collective/115439831873276

2AU Limited, 200 Fifth St., West Des Moines, www.2aulimited.com. Find unique custom jewelry and an art craft gallery.

Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., http://desmoinessocialclub.org. There is more to be seen than live theater at the Social Club, including circus classes, tai chi, belly dancing and many others.

Kavanaugh Art Gallery, 131 Fifth St., West Des Moines, www.kavanaughgallery.com. Fine art, prints and sculptures are just a few pieces to find in the eclectic collections at Kavanaugh Art Gallery.

 

“Oklahoma City Bombing” is one of the paintings featured in the solo exhibit of Brenda Jones, which is at the Octagon Center for the Arts through Oct. 24.

“Oklahoma City Bombing” is one of the paintings featured in the solo exhibit of Brenda Jones, which is at the Octagon Center for the Arts through Oct. 24.

Limited Engagements

 

Olson-Larsen Galleries
203 Fifth St., West Des Moines
www.olsonlarsen.com

Through Oct. 3 — “New Work” featuring artists Mike Baur, Jane Gilmor, Randy Richmond and Doug Shelton.

Oct. 9 – Nov. 28 — “New Work & Gallery Night” featuring work by John Beckelman, Kim Hutchison and Thomas Jewell-Vitale

Dec. 4 – Jan. 23 — “New Work & Small Works” featuring artists Sarah Grant and Tilly Woodward.

 

Moberg Art Gallery
2921 Ingersoll Ave.
www.moberggallery.com

Through Aug. 22 — “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache.” A curated selection by Jordan Weber, this exhibition is a compilation of works based on the notion of “dual consciousness,” in which black people view themselves through white perspectives while maintaining self-definitions. It is a provocative collection of art that poses a critical interracial dialogue of the topic’s historical and contemporary meanings.

Aug. 28 – Oct. 10 — “Karen Strohbeen & Bill Luchsinger.” Opening reception Friday, Aug. 28.

Oct. 16 – Nov. 28 — “4 Solos Exhibit” featuring Derrick Breidenthal, Gary Kelley, Midwest Pressed and TJ Moberg. Opening reception Friday, Oct. 16.

Dec. 4 – January — “Winter Group Show.” Opening reception Friday, Dec. 4.

 

Des Moines Social Club
900 Mulberry St., Des Moines
http://desmoinessocialclub.org

Through Aug. 30 — “In Depth: A Look Into the Mind” by Aaron Martinez and Jose Marentes. Presented by the Des Moines Social Club Viaduct Gallery.

 

Octagon Center for the Arts
427 Douglas Ave., Ames
www.octagonarts.org

Through Oct. 24 — Paintings by contemporary artist Brenda Jones.

Aug. 23 – Oct. 24 — “Invented Worlds.” Metalwork by artist James Bearden.

Oct. 9 – Nov. 14 — “The Uncommon Commonplace.” Paintings and pastels by artist Chris Abigt.

Nov. 13 – Dec. 7 — “Festival of Trees.” Main and Sweeney Galleries.

Nov. 20 – Jan. 2 — “Wild Faces Artwork” by Mona Majorowicz.

 

Heritage Art Gallery
111 Court Ave.
www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org

Through Aug. 27 — “Iowa Exhibited XXX.” The 30th annual show.

Aug. 31 – Oct. 1 — “FarmHer.” Dramatic photographs by Marji Guyler-Alaniz. documenting women in agriculture.

Oct. 12 – Jan. 7 — “GDM Exhibited 22.”

Jan. 11 – Feb. 18 — “Caucus.”

 

MUSEUMS

 

State Historical Society of Iowa
600 E. Locust St., 281-5111
www.iowahistory.org

Ongoing — “Hollywood in the Heartland.” Celebrate Iowa’s legacy in film.

 

Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave., 277-4405
www.desmoinesartcenter.org

Sept. 5 – Jan. 24 — “Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations.” Anna K. Meredith Gallery.

Opening Sept. 17 — “It’s Your Choice.” Blank One Gallery.

Oct. 29 – Feb. 21 — “Iowa Artists 2015: Jessica Teckemeyer.” Lower level, Richard Meier Building.

 

Ankeny Art Center
1520 S.W. Ordinance Road, Ankeny
965-0940, www.ankenyartcenter.com

Through Sept. 6 — “Buildings, Bridges & Sculpture” by Shauna Humrich. Main Gallery.

Through Sept. 6 — “Word Play” by Amy E. Witte. Side Gallery.

Oct. 6 – Nov. 25 — “Moonlighting.”

 

Brunnier Museum of Art
University Museums
290 Scheman Building, Ames
www.museums.iastate.edu

Aug. 24 – Dec. 18 — “(Re)discovering S(h)elves.” Christian Petersen Art Museum

Aug. 25 – Dec. 19 — “40/40.” To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the University Museums, this exhibit showcases the work of significant Iowa artists, which was recently accessioned into the permanent collection.

Aug. 25 – Dec. 19 — “Reflections on Glass: University Museums’ 40 Years of Collecting Glass.” This exhibit is a celebration of Iowa State as a science and technology university, as it takes exceptional scientific knowledge of chemical properties, along with artistic abilities, to create glass. “Reflections on Glass” praises the coupling of science and art that is glassmaking.

Aug. 25 – Dec. 19 — “Legacy: 40 Years of Important Collections.”

Through July 24, 2016 — “Gwynn Murrill’s Sculptures: A Walk on the Wild Side.” Anderson Sculpture Garden.

 

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

Through Nov. 15 — “Chicago Norske Klub.”

Through spring — “Flora and Fauna in Norwegian Folk Art.”

Aug. 22 – April 24 — “From Underwear to Everywhere: Norwegian Sweaters.”

Sept. 19 – April 17 — “Woodcarved Figures, Nordic Roots.”

 

Faulconer Gallery
Grinnell College
www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery

Through Oct. 11 — “A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth.” The once-dominant prairie has become a fraction of what it used to be, and Justin Hayworth’s macro photographs celebrate the intricate aesthetics of prairie life.

Sept. 18 – Dec. 13 — “Start by Asking Questions: Works from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections, Dallas.” Among the most adventurous collectors in the contemporary art world are Vernon and Amy Hamamoto Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky of Dallas, Texas. This exhibit creates a selection from both collections and asks that visitors deepen their engagement through asking questions of the art.

Oct. 26 – Dec. 18 — “Current Styles in African Illustration.” The illustrations in this new exhibit are submissions to the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators. They showcase the current and distinctive styles from various regions of Africa and highlight a diverse selection of some of the continent’s best talents in children’s illustration.

 

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
410 Third Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids
www.crma.org

Through Aug. 30 — “Expressions of Home: The Watercolors of Lela Powers Briggs.”

Through Sept. 13 — “Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth.”

Through April 10, 2016 — “Living with Pots: Ceramics from the Eric Dean and Todd Thelen Collection.”

 

National Czech and Slovak Museum
1400 Inspiration Place S.W., Cedar Rapids
www.ncsml.org

Through Sept. 7 — “Global Shoes.”

Through Oct. 25 — “Beer, Please!” Games, quizzes and activities related to all things beer.

Oct. 10 – April 2016 — “Samizdat: The Art of Czech Resistance, 1968-1989.” This exhibit showcases rarely seen handmade books, journals and other original works that were secretly circulated between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution. It is a multimedia exhibition that includes period footage of underground concerts and even bootleg recordings of Czech bands that were previously banned.

Nov. 21 – March 27 — “Pop Ups From Prague.”

 

MacNider Art Museum
303 Second St. S.E., Mason City
www.macniderart.org

Through Nov. 14 — “Richard Bock: Master of the Human Form.”

Aug. 24 – Nov. 2 — “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home.”

 

University of Iowa Museum of Art
1375 Highway One W., Iowa City
http://uima.uiowa.edu

Through Sept. 25 — “Comics and Graphic Novels.”

Through Oct. 18 — “Exploring the Demimonde: Sin and Temptation at the fin-de-siecle.”

Ongoing — “Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Collections Sharing Project.”

Ongoing — UIMA@IMU Visual Classroom.

 

Figge Art Museum
225 W. Second St., Davenport
www.figgeartmuseum.org

Through Sept. 1 — “Terry Rathje ALLINITOGETHER.” A temporary sculptural installation that uses honeycomb structure to suggest the social cooperation of bees.

Through Sept. 13 — “I [heart] Figge.” The Figge Art Museum reflects on 10 years of community connections with a showcase of art created by local children and families.

Through Sept. 20 — “American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.” This exhibit offers a front row seat to the American art development during one of the most exciting periods in our country’s history, featuring 87 works by 44 artists, created between 1902 and 1962.

Through Sept. 20 — “The Model Museum.”

Through Oct. 4 — “A Gift for the Quad Cities: The Figge Art Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition.”

Through Oct. 11 — “Corn Zone.” The popular installation is returning this summer, with fragile glass corn suspended from the ceiling. “Corn Zone” shows visitors the potential danger of genetic modification.

Through August 2017 — “Legacies for Iowa.” CV

 

 

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