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Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide

5/3/2017

N1412P37006HThe city’s summer fun scene has never been better, and CITYVIEW’S annual list of events has grown to nearly 30 pages. We stuffed as many fun things in this issue as possible, but getting everything central Iowa offers is an unattainable task. As always, enjoy these pages, but remember to checkout www.dmcityview.com whenever you want to see more of where the entertainment is. Enjoy.

MUSIC

With the cold weather finally behind us and hot summer days and nights ahead, there is no shortage of indoor, outdoor, free and paid concerts to attend. Whether it’s local, regional or national big-name touring acts, you’ll find live music in nearly every nook and cranny in the greater metro area.

This summer is so packed with live music that you might even happen upon it by chance at your favorite farmers market, winery or outdoor event, be sure to check out 80/35, celebrating its 10th year, any of the acts at the Iowa State Fair or a local band at your favorite watering hole.

Grab a friend and see an old favorite or an up-and-comer. Whatever you do, get out and feel the vibrations. Below is a gathering of many area events, but is not a complete listing. Check back with Cityview every month for additions and changes.

Thursday, May 4

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4 p.m. Daniel Deal, PJ Gartrell and Jeremie Malotke at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Rocky Raccoon at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Craig Morgan with Jason Brown and Jesse Allen at Seven Flags — $25-$30

7 p.m. Adam Bruce at Des Moines Social Club — FREE

7 p.m. Sam Salomone at Noce — $5

8 p.m. Scott McCreery at Hoyt Sherman — $45-$65

Ed Sheeran plays Wells Fargo Arena on June 30. Photo credit: Reese Strickland.

Ed Sheeran plays Wells Fargo Arena on June 30. Photo credit: Reese Strickland.

Friday, May 5

4 p.m. Daniel Deal, PJ Gartrell and Jeremie Malotke at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

4:30 p.m. Upon a Burning Body, Within the Ruins and Kublai Kahn at Lefty’s — $17-$20

5:30 p.m. The NOLA Jazz Band at Des Moines Social Club — $7

6 p.m. Kinky Friedman with Brian Moinar at Vaudeville Mews 7 p.m. Music at the Winery: Crosswind Band at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5-$30

6:30 p.m. Vinyl Vagabonds at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7 p.m. G.B. Leighton at Wooly’s — $10

8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Max Wellman at Noce — $20-$50

9 p.m. Delta Bombers at Gas Lamp — $10

Saturday, May 6

4 p.m. Daniel Deal, PJ Gartrell and Jeremie Malotke at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

5 p.m. Hallowed Hysteria (CD Release) with More Than Blood, Slyde and Dire Wake at Lefty’s — $6-$8

7 p.m. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Pork Tornadoes at Wooly’s — $10-$12

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: The Miscellaneous at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. NOLA Jazz Band at Noce — $15-$50

Sunday, May 7

2 p.m. Bob Pace Band at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

6:30 p.m. Burnin’ Sensations at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Monday, May 8

7 p.m. Daryl Hall and John Oates with Tears for Fears at Wells Fargo Arena — $35-$129.50

Tuesday, May 9

7 p.m. Jazz on the House at Noce — FREE

Wednesday, May 10

7 p.m. The Des Moines Big Band at Noce — $5-$50

7:30 p.m. Barenaked Ladies at Hoyt Sherman — $35-$75

Thursday, May 11

4 p.m. Daniel Deal, Jon Li and PJ Gartrell at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Randy Burk and the Prisoners at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Ade and the Soul Brothers at Jasper Winery — FREE

6:30 p.m. Moonshine Bandits at Wooly’s — $15

7 p.m. Sam Salomone at Noce — $5

Friday, May 12

4 p.m. Daniel Deal, Jon Li and PJ Gartrell at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

7 p.m. 2 if by C at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — FREE

6:30 p.m. According to Hoyle at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

6:30 p.m. RaeLynn at Wooly’s — $15

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

8 p.m. John Krantz at Noce — $15-$50

John Mellencamp plays the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 19. Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Fair.

John Mellencamp plays the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 19. Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Fair.

Saturday, May 13

4 p.m. Daniel Deal, Jon Li and PJ Gartrell at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

6 p.m. Hinder and Nonpoint at Seven Flags — $20-$75

7 p.m. Chad Elliott and The Redemptions with Anne McCue and Dang Felton at Gas Lamp — $10-$15

7 p.m. Nothing More with Black Map and Hell or Highwater at Wooly’s — $18-$125

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tanner Taylor at Noce — $15-$50

9 p.m. The Big Joe Kinser Band and Aaron Short at Lefty’s — $5

Sunday, May 14

2 p.m. Bill Martin Group at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

2 p.m. Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

5 p.m. Goatwhore with Agrinex, Viscera and Grossfacekilla at Vaudeville Mews — $15

Tuesday, May 16

7 p.m. Jazz on the House at Noce — FREE

Wednesday, May 17

7 p.m. The Des Moines Big Band at Noce — $5-$50

7 p.m. Pert Near Sandstone with Dead Horses at Wooly’s — $15

Thursday, May 18

4 p.m. Papi Sorrels, Jeremie Malotke and PJ Gartrell at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Sumpin’ Doo at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Brazilian 2wins at Jasper Winery — FREE

6 p.m. Chase Rice at Brenton Skating Plaza — $25-$50

7 p.m. Jimmy Eat World with Beach Slang at Wooly’s — $32.50-$35

7 p.m. Sam Salomone at Noce — $5

Friday, May 19

4 p.m. Papi Sorrels, Jeremie Malotke and PJ Gartrell at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

4:30 p.m. Commons off the Clock: Boogie Wonderland at Cowles Common — Free

5 p.m. Deterioration with Traffic Death, Nak’ay, Make Your Mark and Say Uncle at Vaudeville Mews — $5

6 p.m. Lil Uzi Vert at Seven Flags — $30-$75

6:30 p.m. Brick “One Man Band” at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7 p.m. Heatbox at Wooly’s — $10-$12

7:30 p.m. Danielle Nicole at Temple Theater — $36-$46

8 p.m. Jeremy Mohney’s Hot Jazz Trio at Noce — $20-$50

8 p.m. Primus at Hoyt Sherman — $45-$75

Saturday, May 20

4 p.m. Papi Sorrels, Jeremie Malotke and PJ Gartrell at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

8 p.m. River Glen with Elizabeth Moen and Courtney Krause at Lefty’s — $10

Sunday, May 21

2 p.m. Heath Alan Band at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

5 p.m. Old School at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

8 p.m. Neil Diamond at Wells Fargo Arena — $39.50-$129.50

Tuesday, May 23

7 p.m. Jazz on the House at Noce — FREE

8 p.m. Red Hot Chili Peppers with Irontom and Jack Irons at Wells Fargo Arena — $50-$100

Wednesday, May 24

5 p.m. Greyhaven and Modern Color at Lefty’s — $5

7 p.m. The Des Moines Big Band at Noce — $5-$50

Thursday, May 25

4 p.m. Jon Li, PJ Gartrell and Marc Van Lue at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Fahrenheit at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Brother Trucker at Jasper Winery — FREE

6 p.m. Everclear with Vertical Horizon and Fastball at Brenton Skating Plaza — $31-$225

7 p.m. Sam Salomone at Noce — $5

Friday, May 26

4 p.m. Jon Li, PJ Gartrell and Marc Van Lue at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

6:30 p.m. Opus Taylor at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7 p.m. Hairball at Simon Estes Amphitheater — $20-$25

8:30 p.m. Foxholes (album release party) with Gloom Balloon and Tires at Vaudeville Mews — $5

9 p.m. Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash with Glovebox Whiskey at Lefty’s — $7-$10

Saturday, May 27

4 p.m. Jon Li, PJ Gartrell and Marc Van Lue at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar — FREE

7 p.m. Pallbearer with Inter Arma, Gatecreeper and Green Death at Vaudeville Mews — $15-$18

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sam Fazio at Noce — $15-$50

7 p.m. Travis Scott at Seven Flags — $45

9 p.m. Kaleena at Lefty’s — $5

Sunday, May 28

2 p.m. Sons of Gladys Kravitz Band at Summerset Winery — $5

2 p.m. Soul Searchers at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7 p.m. Tech N9ne at Val Air Ballroom — $35

Tuesday, May 30

7 p.m. Jazz on the House at Noce — FREE

Wednesday, May 31

7 p.m. John Kizilarmut with The Des Moines Big Band at Noce — $5-$50

Alabama plays the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17. Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Fair.

Alabama plays the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17. Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Fair.

Thursday, June 1

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Decoy at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Jasper Winery — FREE

8:30 p.m. Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel with Goldblums, The Vanhevants and Odd Pets at Vaudeville Mews — $7

Friday, June 2

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

4:30 p.m. Commons off the Clock: Abby Normal at Cowles Common — FREE

5:30 p.m. The NOLA Jazz Band at Des Moines Social Club — $7

6:30 p.m. Tony Valdez Duo at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Saturday, June 3

6 p.m. Euforquestra with The Maytags and Mr. Baber’s Neighbors at Simon Estes Amphitheater — $15-$20

6:30 p.m. Kevin Fowler at Wooly’s — $10-$15

Sunday, June 4

2 p.m. Get Off My Lawn at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

2 p.m. HOLD ON at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

5 p.m. Xasthur and Johanna Warren at Lefty’s — $10-$15

7:30 p.m. Byrne and Kelley at Temple Theater — $37.50

Monday, June 5

7:30 p.m. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Wells Fargo Arena — $39.50-$129.50

Tuesday, June 6

8 p.m. Joan Shelley with Jake Xerxes Fussell at Vaudeville Mews — $15

Wednesday, June 7

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Pianopalooza at Blank Park Zoo — $14

7 p.m. Brother Trucker at Gas Lamp — $5

7:30 p.m. Son Volt at Wooly’s — $20-$25

8 p.m. Electric Six with Nothern Faces and The Rumours at Vaudeville Mews — $15

Thursday, June 8

5 p.m. The Toasters with Jewel Thieves and DJ Cosmo at Lefty’s — $10-$15

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: The Blue Band at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Damon Dotson Band at Jasper Winery — FREE

6:30 p.m. Cody Jinks with Ward Davis at Simon

7 p.m. Split Lip Rayfield at Wooly’s — $12-$15

7:30 p.m. Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus at Temple Theater — Price TBA

Friday, June 9

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

6 p.m. Turnpike Troubadours with Charley Crockett at Simone Estes Amphitheater — $20-$25

6:30 p.m. John Conlee at Wooly’s — $28-$30

6:30 p.m. Hot Tamale and the Red Hots at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7:30 p.m. Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus at Temple Theater — Price TBA

8:30 p.m. The Fattenin’ Frogs at Des Moines Social Club — $7

Saturday, June 10

6 p.m. The Nadas with Tom Fuller Band at Simon Estes — $20-$25

6:30 p.m. Apathy Syndrome with September, Murder Earth, Katastrophe’s Tomb, ghosthive at Wooly’s — $8-$12

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: Keifer Brandt and Scott Larsen at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

7:30 p.m. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at Wells Fargo — $69.50-$119.50

Sunday, June 11

2 p.m. Brian Holtz Band at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

2 p.m. Hot Tamale and the Red Hots at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

2 p.m. Toney Rocks at Lefty’s — FREE

Wednesday, June 14

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: The Sheet at Blank Park Zoo — $14

6 p.m. Drive-By Truckers with Pokey Lafarge at Simon Estes Amphitheater — $25

Thursday, June 15

5 p.m. Johnston Green Days: Brian Holtz Band at Johnston Library west parking lot — FREE

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Abby Normal at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Decoy at Jasper Winery — FREE

Friday, June 16

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

6:30 p.m. An evening with Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham at Wooly’s — $17-$20

6:30 p.m. Old School at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

8 p.m. Johnston Green Days: Faculty Lounge at Johnston Library west parking lot — FREE

MGMT will headline 80/35 on July 7.

MGMT will headline 80/35 on July 7.

Saturday, June 17

5 p.m. Johnston Green Days: Boomerang at Johnston Library west parking lot — FREE

5 p.m. Bruise, Pains and Bungler at Lefty’s — $10

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: Crosswind Band at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

8 p.m. Johnston Green Days: Sons of Gladys Kravitz at Johnston Library west parking lot — FREE

Sunday, June 18

2 p.m. Bob Pace Band at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

2 p.m. Code Blue at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7:30 pm. Michael McDonald at Hoyt Sherman — $60-$95

Monday, June 19

6:30 p.m. Delta Rae at Wooly’s — $15-$18

Tuesday, June 20

8 p.m. Joe Jackson at Hoyt Sherman — $30-$75

Wednesday, June 21

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Heath Alan Band at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Thursday, June 22

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Ctrl C at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: The Maytags at Jasper Winery — FREE

Friday, June 23

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

4:30 p.m. Commons off the Clock: The Flying Marsupials at Cowles Common — FREE

6:30 p.m. iNFUZiON at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Saturday, June 24

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: Flipside at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

Sunday, June 25

2 p.m. Freestyle at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

2 p.m. Nice Bangs at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7 p.m. Miike Snow with Klangstof at Wooly’s — $25

Wednesday, June 28

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Rocky Raccoon at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Thursday, June 29

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Toaster at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: The Nadas at Jasper Winery — FREE

Friday, June 30

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

6:30 p.m. Boomerang at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7:30 p.m. Ed Sheeran at Wells Fargo Arena — $39.50-$89.50

8:30 p.m. The Deltaz at Des Moines Social Club — $10

Saturday, July 1

8 p.m. Okilly Dokilly at Vaudeville Mews — $15

Sunday, July 2

2 p.m. Burnin’ Sensastions at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

2 p.m. Tony Valdez and the Big Band at Summerset Winery, Indianola — $5

Wednesday, July 5

5 p.m. Thou with Cloud Rat, False, Moloch and Closet Witch at Vaudeville Mews — $15

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Trio Aceto at Blank Park Zoo — $14

7 p.m. Brother Trucker at Gas Lamp — $5

Thursday, July 6

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: The Tighten Up at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Dueling Guitars featuring Brian Congdon at Jasper Winery — FREE

7:30 p.m. The Mountain Goats at Wooly’s — $26

Friday, July 7

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

4:30 p.m. Commons off the Clock: Randy Burk and the Prisoners at Cowles Common — FREE

5:30 p.m. The NOLA Jazz Band at Des Moines Social Club — $7

6 p.m. The Band Perry at Simon Estes Amphitheater — $35

6:30 p.m. HOLD ON at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

7:30 p.m. Loretta Lynn at Hoyt Sherman Place — $59-$99

All day — 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park — $42-$65

Saturday, July 8

All day — 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park — $42-$65

Sunday, July 9

2 p.m. Vinyl Vagabonds at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Wednesday, July 12

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Toaster at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Travis Scott plays Seven Flags on May 27.

Travis Scott plays Seven Flags on May 27.

Thursday, July 13

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Rocky Raccoon at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Flipside AKA (Write) Back at ‘Cha at Jasper Winery — FREE

Friday, July 14

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

6:30 p.m. Rocky Raccoon at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Saturday, July 15

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: Tony Valdez at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

Sunday, July 16

2 p.m. According to Hoyle at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Wednesday, July 19

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Decoy at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Thursday, July 20

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: James Biehn Band at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Pianopalooza Band at Jasper Winery — FREE

Friday, July 21

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

4:30 p.m. Commons off the Clock: The Punching Pandas at Cowles Common — FREE

6:30 p.m. Code Blue at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Saturday, July 22

6:30 p.m. Phillip Phillips with Marc Scibilia at Simone Estes Amphitheater — $29.50-$35

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: Chad Elliot at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

Sunday, July 23

2 p.m. Tony Valdez Duo at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Wednesday, July 26

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: The Array at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Thursday, July 27

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Final Mix at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Dazy Head Mazy at Jasper Winery — FREE

7:30 p.m. Mary Chapin Carpenter at Hoyt Sherman — $39.50-$75

Friday, July 28

4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp — $5

6:30 p.m. Planetpassengers at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Saturday, July 29

5 p.m. Jazz in July at Valley Junction — FREE

Sunday, July 30

2 p.m. Get Off My Lawn at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Wednesday, Aug. 2

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Plastic Apartment at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Thursday, Aug. 3

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Jimmy the Weasel at Valley Junction — FREE

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Final Mix at Jasper Winery — FREE

Friday, Aug. 4

5:30 p.m. The NOLA Jazz Band at Des Moines Social Club — $7

4:30 p.m. Commons off the Clock: Brazilian 2wins at Cowles Common — FREE

6:30 p.m. Hot Tamlae and the Red Hots at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

All day — Hinterland Music Festival at Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater — $95-$599

Saturday, Aug. 5

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: iNFUZion at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

All day — Hinterland Music Festival at Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater — $95-$599

Sunday, Aug. 6

2 p.m. Tropical Steel at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Thursday, Aug. 10

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Monday Mourners at Valley Junction — FREE

8 p.m. For King and Country with Matt Maher at Iowa State Fair — $30-$45

Friday, Aug. 11

8 p.m. Nickelback at Iowa State Fair — $52-$72

Saturday, Aug. 12

8 p.m. Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio, Young MC at Iowa State Fair — $27-$35

Sunday, Aug. 13

2 p.m. According to Hoyle at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

8 p.m. Pentatonix at Iowa State Fair — $30-$50

Wednesday, Aug. 16

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Jesse Allen at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Thursday, Aug. 17

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Boomerang at Valley Junction — FREE

8 p.m. Alabama at Iowa State Fair — $42-$57

Friday, Aug. 18

6:30 p.m. Brian Holtz Band at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

8 p.m. Little Big Town at Iowa State Fair — $32-$52

Saturday, Aug. 19

8 p.m. Flash In A Pan at Gas Lamp — $7

8 p.m. John Mellencamp with Carlene Carter at Iowa State Fair — $50-$85

Sunday, Aug. 20

2 p.m. Burnin’ Sensations at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

6 p.m. Michael Franti at Simon Estes Amphitheater — $30-$35

Wednesday, Aug. 23

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: The Maytags at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Friday, Aug. 25

4:30 p.m. Commons Off the Clock: Tony Valdez Large Band at Cowles Common — FREE

6:30 p.m. HOLD ON at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Thursday, Aug. 24

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Brother Trucker at Valley Junction — FREE

Friday, Aug. 25

6:30 p.m. HOLD ON at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Saturday, Aug. 26

6 p.m. Blue October at Simon Estes Amphitheater — $30-$35

7 p.m. Music at the Winery: Brick Imerman at Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset — $5

Sunday, Aug. 27

2 p.m. FreeStyle at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid — FREE

Wednesday, Aug. 30

5:30 p.m. Zoo Brew: Standing Hampton at Blank Park Zoo — $14

Thursday, Aug. 31

5:30 p.m. Music in the Junction: Royce Johns Band at Valley Junction — FREE ♦

THEATER

Repertory Theater of Iowa and Shakespeare on the Lawn will perform “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Salisbury House and Gardens, June 15-18. Photo credit: Andrea Markowski.

Repertory Theater of Iowa and Shakespeare on the Lawn will perform “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Salisbury House and Gardens, June 15-18. Photo credit: Andrea Markowski.

No CGI and green screens here; it’s a live performance on a stage. Returning to Des Moines for the second summer in a row is “The Naked Magicians” at The Temple Theater. Get tickets before it sells out. If you’re looking for a classic play, check out Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in the gorgeous setting of the Salisbury House and Gardens. There’s even something for the kids at the Playhouse: “Fancy Nancy The Musical,” based off the children’s book series “Fancy Nancy.”

Whether it’s local theater with local favorites or a national touring act with actors you’ve seen on the screen; the greater metro area offers a variety of genres and price ranges. So you can still take in a show if you’re on a budget. To celebrate the Des Moines area theater troupes, the summer theater season will culminate with the third annual Cloris Awards at the Des Moines Social Club. Below is a gathering of many area events, but it is not a complete listing. Check back with Cityview every month for additions and changes.

April 28 – May 21 — “Fancy Nancy: The Musical”

Des Moines Community Playhouse Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre, 831 42nd St., 515-277-6261

www.dmplayhouse.com

When it comes to being Fancy, Nancy believes the fancier the better. From laced socks to speaking French, Nancy loves any opportunity to be fancy. But when she finds out she was not picked to star in her dance recital as a mermaid, and is instead relegated to playing a tree, she learns the importance of making the most of every part in life. Based off the “Fancy Nancy” book series by Jane O’Connor. $15-$22.

May 5-6 — Comedy Xperiemnt

Stoner Theater 221 Walnut St., 515-246-2300

www.comedyxp.cpm

See Des Moines’ premiere improvisational performers in a show where suggestions are taken from the audience for an act that’s always fresh. $12-$25.

May 12-21 — “Hir”

StageWest Theatre Company, Ninth and Cherry Street, 515-309-0251, stagewestiowa.com

Isaac returns home from of a tour of duty in the Middle East to find his family in a very different place than when he left. His sister is transitioning to a male and now goes by Max. In the wake of his abusive father’s stroke, his mother has become crazed and leaves the house in a constant state of disarray. Isaac now has no choice but to navigate his new familial landscape in this comedy. $20-$33.

May 13-14 — Masterworks 7: Season Finale-American Gothic and Bolero

Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., 515-246-2300, www.dmsymphony.org

The Des Moines Symphony’s season finale features cellist Matt Haimovitz making his Des Moines symphony debut. The program features music from France, Spain and Iowa. $7.50-$65.

May 13 and 20, June 3 and 24 — “The Dinner Detective”

Embassy Suites, 101 E. Locust St., Des Moines, www.thedinnerdetective.com/desmoines/schedule/

See America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show. In this four-course dinner the show takes place between courses with performers dressed like everyone else, making it hard to know who is part of the show and who isn’t. The improvised comedic murder mystery takes place throughout the entire room, and a special prize package is given to whoever solves (or comes closet to solving) the crime. $69.95

May 16-21 — “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., 515-246-2300

www.desmoinesperformingarts.org

When his neighbor’s dog turns up dead, 15-year-old Christopher is the prime suspect. While he is exceptionally smart, Christopher is inept at handling day-to-day life. Christopher’s quest to find the real killer leads to a life-changing conclusion. $35-$103.

May 27 — Cirque Bon Appétit

Kum & Go Theater at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., www.cirquebonappetit.com

Experience a meal unlike any other. Enjoy multiple courses while being entertained by cabaret, cirque and comedy artists form all over the nation. Cirque Bon Appétit boasts it “is part circus, part dinner theatre and always entertaining!” $50-$85.

June 2-18 — “The Middle of Yesterday”

Ankeny Community Theatre

1932 S.W. Third St., Ankeny

www.anknenycommunitytheatre.com

Enter the mind of Kilby Fleming, an ex-war hero struggling with Alzheimer’s. As the aging Kilby battles with the disease, those around him work to save him. $10-$15.

June 2-18 — “Steel Magnolias”

Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., 515-277-6261, www.dmplayhouse.com

In a small southern town, six women — Truvy, Annelle, M’Lynn, Shelby, Clairee and Ouiser — form an unlikely friendship. The women can often be found in Truvy’s local beauty salon, where they talk, laugh and navigate life’s up and downs together. Tickets start at $25, with discounts for seniors and students.

June 9-25 — “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

ACTORS Ames Community Theater, 120 Abraham Drive, Ames, 515-292-2073, www.actorsinc.org

Based on the 1988 film of the same name. Suave British conman Lawrence Jameson joins forces with American con man Freddy Benson. The two scheme, egos collide and fun times are had in this comedy and jazzy musical.

June 10-11 — “The Naked Magicians”

The Temple Theater, 1011 Locust St., 515-288-4700, www.desmoinesperformingarts.com

This Australian duo is amusing audiences around the world. The title is exactly as implied, featuring risqué attire (or lack there of) and magic tricks. It’s tough to have a trick up your sleeve if you aren’t wearing any.

June 15-18 — “The Taming of the Shrew”

Repertory Theater of Iowa and Shakespeare on the Lawn, Salisbury House and Gardens 4025 Tonawanda Drive, 515-244-2771

www.rtiowa.com, www.salisburyhouse.org

This classic, witty Shakespearian tale centers around Katharina, a woman deemed unfit for marriage. This becomes a problem when several men long to court Katharina’s younger sister, Bianca, only to discover their father will not allow Bianca to marry until Katharina does. The men of the town plot and scheme to find a suitor for Katharina in order to get to Bianca. $5-$25.

June 18-25 — “Andrew Lloyd Webber”

Des Moines Young Artists Theatre, 214 Grand Ave., www.dmyat.org

This musical revue features an all-star lineup of local legends alongside Des Moines Young Artist Theatre alumni singing all the hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber favorites like “CATS,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “School of Rock” and more.

July 14 – Aug. 6 — “The Music Man”

Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., 515-277-6261, www.dmplayhouse.com

Written by Iowa’s own Meredith Willson, this play follows con man Harold Hill after arriving in River City, Iowa. Hill sells the town instruments and band uniforms, promising to create a boys’ band, but plans to take off after the sale is finalized. His plan becomes muddled when he meets the town librarian Marian.

Tickets start at $29, with discounts for seniors and students.

July 18-23 — “An American in Paris”

Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., 515-246-2300

www.desmoinesperformingarts.org

In the aftermath of World War II, an American veteran makes a new life in Paris and begins a romance with an enigmatic French woman. $35-$103

July 21 – Aug. 6 — “The Amen Corner”

Pyramid Theatre Company, Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St., 515-246-2300

www.pyramidtheatre.org

After finishing her Sunday Morning sermon, Margaret receives an unexpected visit from her estranged husband, Luke. While Margaret led everyone to believe Luke abandoned her, it soon becomes clear the circumstances weren’t exactly as she claimed. She is then forced to face the reality of her past relationship and answer to her congregation and her and Luke’s son, David. $26.50.

July 21-30 — “School of Rock”

Des Moines Young Artists Theatre, 214 Grand Ave., www.dmyat.org

Based on the 2003 film of the same name, the musical centers around kooky rock music obsessed Dewey Finn pretending to be his substitute teacher friend Ned Schneebly. Dewey has just been kicked out of his band when he accepts Ned’s substitute teaching job — unbeknownst to Ned — at the prestigious Horace Green School. Dewey soon realizes his young students have real musical talent and forms a band, with the ultimate goal of entering and winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands competition and besting his former band. $15-$20.

July 27 – Aug. 6 — “Mississippi…”

Pyramid Theatre Company, Stoner Theater 221 Walnut St., 515-246-2300

www.pyramidtheatre.org

Jackson, Mississippi, tensions are rising in 1963 and sides are taken as stress continues to mount in the hours leading up to the murder of activist Medgar Evers. $26.50.

Aug. 4-20 — “Unnecessary Farce”

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

Cops, criminals and a crooked mayor all descend upon the same small motel, and madness ensues. $10-$15.

Aug. 11-13 — “Adolescent Anarchy”

Des Moines Young Artists Theatre, 214 Grand Ave., www.dmyat.org

In this theatrical collaboration, high school students take full creative control of the theatrical production and all aspects leading up to it. The students choose the script, design the set, direct the play, do all of the marketing and take on any and all other tasks leading up to opening night.

Aug. 27 — The Cloris Awards

Kum & Go Theater at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., www.desmoinesocialclub.org

The third annual local theater award show “The Cloris Awards” is Des Moines’ own version of the Tonys. Local theater participants receive awards like “Best Actor” and “Best Costume Design.” Named after Iowa’s own Cloris Leechman, the actress has attended the awards before; keep your fingers crossed she makes another appearance. ♦

ART

Moberg Gallery’s Jordan Weber exhibit opens on July 14. Photo courtesy of Moberg Gallery.

Moberg Gallery’s Jordan Weber exhibit opens on July 14. Photo courtesy of Moberg Gallery.

Art is for everyone, and the local powers that be have made it a point to make it accessible. Almost all Des Moines museums and galleries are free, leaving you no excuse for not enjoying all the visually and culturally stimulating entities available.

A highlight for the art inclined is the Des Moines Arts Festival, nationally recognized as superb, but if you’re looking to purchase some art and not totally break the bank, check out any local show.

If you want to take a more active approach, peruse the plethora of public outdoor art scattered around the city. See loads of it at once at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park or check it out at night for a different perspective.

Lastly, “First Friday” has become huge for art in the metro area. Check your local art hub to find out where and what’s coming up. Below is a gathering of many area events, but is not a complete listing. Check back with Cityview every month for additions and changes.

Special Events

Des Moines Arts Festival — June 23-25

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival. Stroll through the Western Gateway Park and feed your soul with all the works of artists from around the globe. Then feed your body with one of the many food and drink options.

www.desmoinesartsfestival.org.

ArtFest Midwest — June 24-25

Beat the heat for this event, which is held at the state fairground’s air-conditioned Varied Industries building. “The Other Art Show” holds the title for most artists, showcasing more than 250 artisans.

www.artfestmidwest.com.

Too Broke for the Arts Festival Fest — June 24

Can’t afford fine art? Fear not, as this event showcases local artists with budget-friendly prices. This year’s event is a video game theme, play on one of the multiple gaming systems and enjoy live video game music in the evening.

https://allevents.in/des%20moines/too-broke-iv-the-arts-festival-fest-2017/1122748261155834

Des Moines Metro Opera Summer Festival Season

June 15, June 17 Peanut Butter and Puccini

June 10 Thread and Thrills

June 23, June 25, June 30, July 8, July 13, July 16 — Turandot. Set in Imperial China, ruling Princess Turandot is the object of affection of suitors near and far. Each suitor faces three riddles, and if they lose then it’s off with their heads, until one suitor wins.

June 24, July 2, July 5, July 7, July 15 — A Little Night Music. This six-time Tony Award winning Stephen Sondheim musical tells the tale of famous actress Desiree Armfeldt and a very strange weekend. The actress entertains guests that include her current boyfriend, an ex-lover and his young bride. Madness ensues, featuring sets and costumes designed by the iconic Isaac Mizrahi.

July 1, July 9, July 11, July 14 — Billy Budd. Adapted from the Herman Melville novel by the same name, Billy Budd is a charismatic young seaman enlisted with the British Royal Navy who soon finds himself the center of controversy.

July 6, July 13 — María De Buenos Aires. Sung in Spanish, this production follows a young prostitute named Maria who becomes enamored with the tango and navigates her way though a new world of religion, rebirth and dance. 

July 12 — Stars of Tomorrow.

Fairfield First Fridays Art Walk

Many local stores and galleries participate. http://www.fairfieldfirstfridays.org

Galleries

The Viaduct Gallery at the Des Moines Social Club

900 Mulberry St.

http://desmoinessocialclub.org/viaduct-gallery/

April 22 – May16 — To(get)her by Jessica Pleyel

May 19-30 — PedalArt. A poster show featuring submitted art celebrating Des Moines bike culture.

June 2-14 — RunDSM Summer Fam Jam. Showcasing art from Des Moines high school students in Urban Leadership.

June 16-20 — Plein Aire. French for “open air,” this event invites anyone in the community to sign up, grab a canvas and go paint. Participants have 48 hours to paint a scene from Des Moines, bring it back and have it displayed for purchase.

June 22-25 — Urban Visionaries. A show celebrating the seminal works of urban and street artists from around the world.

Kavanaugh Art Gallery

2020 Grand Ave. #800, West Des Moines

www.kavanaughgallery.com

Olson-Larsen Galleries

203 Fifth St., West Des Moines

www.olsonlarsen.com

April 21 – June 10 — New Works by Time Frerichs, Wendy Rolfe and Debra Smith

June 16 – July 29 — Annual Landscape Show featuring David Gordiner, Gary Bowling, John Preston, and Matthew Kelly.

Moberg Gallery

2921 Ingersoll Ave.

http://www.moberggallery.com

June 2 — Bart Vargas, Conn Ryder, Jeffrey Thompson and Justin Beller.

July 14 — Jordan Weber

Aug. 25 — Bill Luchsinger and Karen Strohbeen

Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room

500 E. Locust St.

www.stevenvailfinearts.com

The Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room has recently acquired works by Alex Katz, Alix Lambert, Bernar Venet, Beverly Semmes, Carmen Calvo, Francisco Goya, Gary Hill, Jaume Plensa, John Armleder, John “Crash” Matos, Josh Smith, Liza Lou, Lizzi Bougatsos, Mike Bidlo, Pablo Picasso and Richard Meier. Business is conducted locally, nationally and internationally. Services offered include the sales and acquisitions of American and European Modern and Contemporary arts, USPAP certified fine art appraisals, management of private and corporate collections and estates.

Yellow Door Gallery

2121 Wakonda Drive

www.yellowdoordsm.com

May 13 — Salon No. 3 featuring art by Gyon Shrosbee and Jim Shrosbee

The Polk County Heritage Gallery

111 Court Ave.

www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org

Museums

Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave.

www.desmoinesartcenter.org

Ongoing studio programs, workshops and classes for summer.

April 21 – Aug. 13 — Planetarium. Featuring work inspired by space from the Art Center’s permanent collection by artists such as Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Robert Rauschenberg.

April 28 – Aug. 20 — Studies, Drafts, Sketches. Featuring drafts and practice work from the Art Center’s collection, giving an intimate insight into artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Gustav Klimt, Robery Henri and Rosa Bonheur.

June 3 – Sept. 3 — Ruptures. Featuring contemporary work inspired by today’s harsh cultural climate by nine artists; Annie Wilson, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Beth Lipman, Cornelia Parker,Doris Salcedo, Lauren Fensterstock, Mona Hatoum, the Propeller Group, Roger Hiorns and Steven Young Lee.

Ankeny Art Center

1520 S.W. Ordnance Road, Ankeny

www.ankenyartcenter.com

June 6 – July 26 — Jessica Quinn

June 6 – July 26 — Cecelia Comito, Jacquelin Comito, Laura Comito and Kelsey Hall, “We Are Family”

Aug. 1 – Sept. 27. — Matt Strelecki, “Iphone Photography”

Aug. 1 – Sept. 27 — Bethany M. Kilburg

Iowa State University Museums

Ames

www.museums.iastate.edu/art

Jan. 9 – Aug. 4 — RED, the exhibition. Christian Petersen Art Museum

Jan. 17 – July 30 — Creative by Nature: The Bohan Collection of Inuit Art. Brunnier Art Museum

Jan. 17 – July 30 — Parallels: The Architecture of Impermanence Exhbition. Brunnier Art Museum

Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College

1108 Park St., Grinnell

www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery

April 14 – June 4 — Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs. Grinnell album Robert Hodierne (’68) completed two tours of duty in Vietnam in the late ‘60s, one which he was assigned to Stars and Stripes, this exhibit features his published and unpublished photos from that time.

April 14 – May 7 — BAX. A student-run exhibit featuring the work of third- and fourth-year art students as well as students not in the art program.

May 15 – June 4 — Selma and Lowndes County 1965/1966: Civil Rights and War Protests: Photographs by John F. Phillips ’67. This exhibit features photos from 1965 when students  from Grinnell’s newspaper, The Scarlet and Black, went to Alabama to document the Civil Rights marches.

June 10-18 — The Jewelbox Quilters Show.

July 1 – Sept. 10 — Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Arts and the Senses. This exhibit examines the sensory experience of the Pop Art movement.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

410 Third Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids

www.crma.org

Oct. 22, 2016 through Aug. 6 — Iowa + Taiwan: The Fourth Iowa Metals Guild Exhibition

Feb. 4 – May 14 — America on Paper: Prints from Associated American Artists

May 13 – Aug. 27 — The Watercolors of Tara Moorman: Letters to My Ancestors

June 3 – Sept. 10 — Unchartered Waters: The Fine Art of Watercolor Painting

Aug. 26-Aug. 31, 2019 — Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

303 Second St. S.E., Mason City

www.macniderart.org

May 5 – Aug. 16 — In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

May 12 – July 15 — 37th Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show ♦

Film

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation

Iowa summers are well known for being some of the hottest and most humid around. Seeing a movie is the perfect way to beat the heat. Why not nurse that sunburn in a cool, dark theater? Hello, air conditioning, ice-cold pop and delicious, buttery, salty popcorn. While there are a fair amount of reboots, sequels and adaptions, there’s also a few animated and original films. In the next few months, there should be a film for everyone, including the snobbiest of film buffs.

If you’re looking to switch up the theater experience, take in a film at Flix Brewhouse or the Cinemark Theater in Altoona. In the Cinemark Theater, every single seat is a large, cushy recliner, making it easy to sit back and get comfortable. If typical theater fare isn’t cutting it anymore, purchase tickets to Flix Brewhouse and order a restaurant-quality meal off their menu.

May 5

“Chuck” (d. Philippe Falardeau with Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Moss)

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (d. James Gunn with Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone)

May 12

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (d. Guy Ritchie with Charlie Hunnam, Annabelle Wallis, Hermione Corfeld)

“Lowriders” (d. Ricardo de Montreuil with Melissa Benoist, Eva Longoria, Theo Rossi)

“Snatched” (d. Jonathan Levine with Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz). Slated for a Mother’s Day weekend release, this would be an ideal choice to treat mom to. Comedian Amy Schumer and the iconic Goldie Hawn team up for this comedy romp. When Emily’s (Amy Schumer) boyfriend dumps her right before they’re supposed to go on an exotic vacation together, she convinces her overly cautious mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to come with her in his place. They soon are living every tourist’s nightmare when they get kidnapped and must come together to survive, all while working through their differences in this hilarious jungle adventure.

“The Wall” (d. Doug Liman with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Spencer Thomas)

May 19

“Alien: Covenant” (d. Ridely Scott with Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup). This is the action-packed sci-fi follow-up “Alien” fans have been waiting for. Ridely Scott returns to direct this sequel to 2012’s “Prometheus.” The second installment of the “Alien” franchise prequels picks up shortly after the demise of the spacecraft Prometheus. Crewmembers on the ship Covenant are traveling to a remote planet on the other side of the galaxy to start a new colony but happen upon an undiscovered paradise on the way. It is later revealed David (Michael Fassbender), a crewmember from Prometheus, is still alive. Paradise turns dark and dangerous when a non-human life force threatens their safety, sending the crew into a panic and desperately looking to escape.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (d. David Bowers with Alicia Silverstone, Charlie Wright, Alexa Blair Robertson)

“Everything, Everything” (d. Stella Meghie with Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose)

May 26

“Baywatch” (d. Seth Gordon with Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario)

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (d. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg with Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem)

June 2

“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” (d. David Soren with Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, Kevin Hart). Based on the beloved Scholastic children’s series by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks brings Captain Underpants to the big screen. In this animated film, best friends George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) are the class clowns at their elementary school and have worn the patience Mr. Krupp, the principal, (Ed Helms) patience thin. When they find themselves once again in the principal’s office, George hypnotizes Mr. Krupp and turns him into Captain Underpants, a comic book character the two boys created who runs around in nothing but his underwear and a cape. The feebleminded Captain Underpants becomes the target of villains Professor Poopypanyts (Nick Kroll) and Melvin Sneedly (Jordan Peele), with the boys trying to stop the evil powers from taking over the world.

“Wonder Woman” (d. Patty Jenkins with Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright)

June 9

“It Comes at Night” (d. Trey Edward Shults with Riley Keough, Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo)

“The Mummy” (d. Alex Kurtzman with Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis)

June 16

“All Eyez on Me” (d. Benny Boom with Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham). Hip-hop fans have been impatiently awaiting a Tupac biopic ever since 2009’s “Notorious” spotlighted the life and times of Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. East Coast hip-hop legend The Notorious B.I.G. Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., a dead ringer for the late West Coast artist Tupac Shakur, the film follows Tupac’s life and work as a musician, activist and poet all the way up to his death in a fatal shooting in a car along Las Vegas Boulevard in 1996. Released on what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday, the film looks to be a touching ode to one of the pillars and tastemakers of the hip-hop community.

“The Book of Henry” (d. Colin Trevorrow with Lee Pace, Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay)

“Cars 3” (d. Brian Fee with Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, Owen Wilson)

“Rough Night” (d. Lucia Aniello with Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz). With wedding season comes wedding-themed comedies, and this year’s film dujour is “Rough Night.” When Jess (Scarlet Johansson) gets engaged, her best friends from college reunite with her for a bachelorette weekend in Miami. In the 10 years since they graduated, the five friends have followed different paths, but they come together again for what is supposed to be a fun, hard-partying weekend. The trip takes an unexpected turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper mid-performance. In a bid to avoid jail time, the friends work to cover up the murder and become closer in the process. Brides and bachelorettes take note.

June 23

“Tranformers: The Last Knight” (d. Michael Bay with Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Chan)

“47 Meters Down” (d. Johannes Roberts with Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine)

June 28

“Baby Driver” (d. Edgar Wright with Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacy, Jamie Foxx). Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a baby-faced getaway driver with a sweet disposition. Known for constantly having his ear buds in and listening to music — getting him flack from his cohort named Bats (Jamie Foxx) — the music becomes even more essential when he drives. Baby meets a waitress (Lily James), falls in love and decides he wants to give up his criminal life. Crime boss (Kevin Spacey) doesn’t want to lose his best driver and tells Baby he needs him to make the inevitable last perilous drive. When the heist goes awry, Baby’s dream of a crime-free, love-filled life becomes uncertain.

June 30

“Amityville: The Awakening” (d. Franck Khalfoun with Cameron Monaghan, Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh)

“The Beguiled” (d. Sofia Coppola with Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst)

“Despicable Me 3” (d. Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin with Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell)

“The House” (d. Andrew Jay Cohen with Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas)

July 7

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (d. Jon Watts with Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei

In the third Spider-Man reboot since 2002, Marvel’s latest go-round finds Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Returning home to live with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sans Uncle Ben. Father-figure-less and living in a post-Avengers world, Peter idolizes the super hero friend group. Soon after an imposing spider bite, Peter develops powers of his own and dons a slightly different Spidey suit than his predecessors. He comes under the mentorship of none other than Iron Man himself, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who advises Peter to keep a low profile. Still navigating high school, it isn’t long before Peter’s Spidey instincts take over and he joins the world of superheroes and villains.

July 14

“The Big Sick” (d. Michael Showalter with Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter)

“My Cousin Rachel” (d. Roger Michell with Rachel Weisz, Sam Clafin, Holliday Grainger)

“Midnight Sun” (d. Scott Speer with Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle)

“War for the Planet of the Apes” (d. Matt Reeves with Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer. Andy Serkis). Twentieth Century Fox brings the third installment of the blockbuster “Planet of the Apes” reboot with “War for the Planet of the Apes.” The newest film picks up shortly after where the second film, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” left off. As Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the other apes continue to band together and become a threat to humans, a crazed colonel (Wood Harrelson) vows to take out the ape population for the good of mankind. When apes suffer losses, Caesar prepares for a battle like no other that will ultimately determine the fate of both species, and the future of Earth.

“Wish Upon” (d. John R. Leonetti with Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Sherilyn Fenn). High school student Claire (Joey King) receives a strange box as a gift from her dad (Ryan Phillippe), who found it discarded in the trash. While the box plays music, she soon discovers it has another function. When she wishes upon it, her wishes come true. The box brings her love, money, revenge and anything else she wishes for. When she comes to the startling realization that the wishes are  granted at a deadly cost, she struggles to give it up and lose the power it holds.

July 21

Dunkirk” (d. Christopher Nolan with Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh)

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (d. Luc Besson with Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen). Based on the popular French science-fiction comics following the dynamic duo of special space agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne), the movie centers around the planet Alpha, a utopian place where thousands of species from all over the universe live together in harmony and share their knowledge with each other. An unknown force threatens this peace, with Comander Arün Filitt (Clive Owen) charging Valerian and Laureline with the task of finding and eradicating it before it’s too late. The stakes are stacked high as the fate of Alpha and the universe rests in their hands.

July 28

“Atmoic Blonde” (d. David Leitch with Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella)

“The Emoji Movie” (d. Tony Leondis with Patrick Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Coolidge). Featuring emoji favorites like ice cream and poop, this animated film finds the emojis you use on your smartphone living in their own world inside the phone. Textopolis is where the emojis live and eagerly await every text message, hoping to be selected. All emjoi faces and objects available are limited to one emotion per emoji — except for one. Gene (T.J. Miller) was born without a fixed expression and can pick to be any emotion he wants but longs to be normal like the others. With the help of his emoji friends Hi-Five (James Corden) and Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer), Gene goes on a quest to become a singular emotion like everyone else.

Aug. 4

“All I See Is You” (d. Marc Forster with Blake Lively, Yvonne Strahovski, Wes Chatham)

“The Dark Tower” (d. Nikolaj Arcel with Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba). Sony has mostly kept fans in the dark about the details of this epic film and has pushed the release back a time or two. Based on Stephen King’s eight-book series by the same name, and similar to the book, the movie takes place in a setting with multiple universes. A precocious child named Jake (Tom Taylor) discovers clues of the existence of a universe known as Mid-World and is transported there. Upon his arrival, he meets Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), also known as The Gunslinger. Roland is on a mission to another place, End-World’s Dark Tower, in the hopes that he can save this world from destruction. Together the pair work against the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) in a race to claim the tower.

“Wind River” (d. Taylor Sheridan with Jon Bernthal, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner)

Aug. 11

“Annabelle 2” (d. David F. Sandberg with Miranda Otto, Javier Botet, Stephanie Sigman)

Aug. 18

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (d. Patrick Hughes with Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson)

“The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” (d. Cal Brunker with Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph)

Aug. 25

“Polaroid” (d. Lars Klevberg with Madelaine Petsch, Kathryn Prescott, Javier Botet)

“Villa Capri” (d. Ron Shelton with Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo) ♦

Outdoors

Summer power. Beaches. Bathing suits. Arts. Parks. Racing. Sports and entertainment. The city’s outdoor event schedule is packed, so be sure you plan accordingly.

Central Iowa comes alive when the days grow longer and the wintery gray is finally gone. It’s time to get outdoors, breathe in a big breath of fresh air and get some sunshine. Music is somehow sweeter when in the summer season. The same can be said for fireworks, bratwursts and getting together with your community and friends. With that in mind, don’t forget to make the most of 2017. Get off the sand and into the water. Be sure to bask in a summer day’s aftermath with perfectly bronzed skin — or even a sunburn. Dance under the moonlight. Indulge in the dramatic scenery and glorious landscape that tantalizes the eyes, and allow the good times to be filled with an unending stream of smiles. After a long winter, you’ve earned it.

But most of all, be sure to remember the old adage: “Time flies when you’re having fun.” So make the most of this season — it will be over before you know it. Whether it’s biking you like best, or maybe it’s running, hiking, canoeing or any number of the family-oriented festivals our central Iowa towns are gearing up for, the dog days are always too short.

Power up and enjoy the outdoors. Below is a gathering of many area events, but it is not a complete listing. Check back with Cityview every month for additions and changes.

REVVED UP

Mechanized events, shows, cruises and rides

All summer — The Bad Boyz Mustang Club. Remember the open road? How long has it been since you inhaled the sweet aroma of hot asphalt? When you are driving a Mustang, it’s always a sunny day. It’s time to turn up the octane with The Bad Boyz Mustang Club, a brotherhood of Ford Mustang lovers who love to ride and restore classic cars. The club offers car shows and cruise races all season long. Find more details at www.badboyzmustangclub.com.

Through Sept. 16 — Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series. The Knoxville Raceway has many events scheduled through the entire season including races for point series 305, 360 and 410. The cup series is the premier weekly sprint car event in the United States and is sponsored by Lucas Oil. Fun fan festivities, autograph sessions, simulator car rides, contests and many other activities take place all season long. www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

Through Aug. 12 — Figure 8 Races. Fun figure-8 races happen every other week at the Dallas County Fairgrounds. A racing fire suit is mandatory, in this form of racing the track purposefully intersects itself to increase the level of difficulty. You can find more information by visiting www.dallascountyfair.com/racing.

June 4 — Mustang Car Show. The 38th Annual Mustang Club of Central Iowa Car Show & Swap Meet will once again arrive in West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. The show is open to all Ford powered vehicles, and many top-notch show cars will be on display from all over the Midwest. www.valleyjunction.com/event/mustang-car-show.

Third Friday of the Month — Bike Down to I Town. Billed as the Midwest’s Largest Bike Night, this summer event began in 2005 and draws motorcycle enthusiasts and fun seekers from all around. Bike Night happens in Indianola’s town square from 6-10 p.m. The family-friendly event is said to draw up to 6,000 bikes and a crowd of more than 10,000. www.bikedowntoitown.com.

July 9 — Iowa Corn 300. The Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 continues to demonstrate that the Iowa Speedway is the “fastest short track on the planet.” The event returns to celebrate its 11th year of partnership with Iowa Speedway. Racecar driver Josef Newgarden dazzled fans last year, winning the event after leading for 282 of the 300 total laps, which is the most ever in an IndyCar race. www.iowaspeedway.com.

July 29 — U.S. Cellular 250. The NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 returns to close the season at Iowa Speedway for 2017. The race is slated to feature some of the up and coming stars in NASCAR, and the intensity is expected to be high. www.iowaspeedway.com.

TASTY TREATS

Food and drink events

Starting May 4 — Des Moines Vintage Bike Night. Vintage Bike Night will be the first Thursday of each month. Join the Historic Valley Junction for the event on Fifth Street between Walnut and Elm. Bike Night takes place from 6-8 p.m. and offers closed street parking from 4-8:30 p.m. The event includes a free concert, farmers market, beer garden and food for purchase.

June 2-4 — Greek Food Fair. The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George will host its 39th annual Greek Food Fair, and as always, the fair will endeavor to fill you up with Greek food, fun and games. The event is put on by Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, in Des Moines which is located at 1110 35th St. Visit www.stgeorge.ia.goarch.org for more details.

June 2-3 — Celebrate Waukee. Celebrate the third annual Waukee festival by attending the Movies in the Park showing of “Storks” at Centennial Park at dusk on Friday night. Then you will want to follow that up on Saturday morning as the festivities begin in the historic Waukee Triangle with a pancake breakfast and a 5K run. Activities continue with a parade that will take the fun from Triangle Park to Centennial Park where a wide range of activities for all ages will include inflatables, food, drinks, live music, fireworks and more. The free event is located in Centennial Park and the Downtown Triangle. Visit www.waukee.org/celebratewaukee for more information.

June 3-10 — Winefest Des Moines. Winefest has been part of the metro area since 2003, and it has aged like… fine wine. Winefest celebrates fine food and wine while attempting to better the community. www. winefestdesmoines.com/events.

June 16 — Altoona’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest. This is one of Altoona’s favorite festivals. Wines from all over are paired with craft beer forming one fine event at the Altoona Enabling Garden. Entrants will have access to wine and beer samples, gourmet cheeses and crudités, as well as entertainment. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $25 at the entrance on the night of the event. Visit www.altoonachamber.org for more information.

June 18 — Iowa Craft Brew Festival. The Iowa Brewers Guild is hosting its seventh annual Iowa Craft Brew Festival in downtown Des Moines’ East Village — 200 block of East Third Street, the entry gate will be at the intersection of Walnut and East Third. This year’s fest is said to feature more than 50 Iowa breweries, along with a host of regional and national craft breweries. Participating breweries will be pouring beer samples of approximately 300 brews, including a variety of limited release brews. Designated driver tickets are available for $5. Visit www.iowabeer.org/ iowa-craft-brew-festival for more information.

Aug. 18-27 — Des Moines Restaurant Week. The top chefs in the Des Moines metro area create special fixed-price menus for the week. Diners pay only $28 for two lunches or one three-course dinner. For a list of participating restaurants, visit www. desmoinesrestaurantweek.com.

LET FREEDOM RING:

Fourth of July events and other patriotic celebrations

Decoration Day — Living History Farms. Celebrate Memorial Day on the Saturday before the fourth (May 27) with a procession to Living History Farms’ town cemetery — the procession starts at 1 p.m. After the cemetery, root, root, root for the old team at an 1870s-style baseball game. Guests can see one of America’s early Memorial Day traditions in action as the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30 p.m. www.lhf.org.

Yankee Doodle Pops. Celebrate Independence Day the old-fashioned way… for free. The 24th annual Yankee Doodle Pops is Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline. On July 3, spectators will listen to live music by the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and witness an amazing display of fireworks on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol. www.dmsymphony.org/events.

Urbandale. The Urbandale Fourth of July celebration is one of the largest in the metropolitan area. The 2017 theme is “Celebrating the Centennial,” which is a reference to Urbandale’s 100th birthday. The celebration will feature a carnival, pancakes, charity events and much more. The festivities begin on June 30 and end on July Fourth with a bang — a fireworks display will be held at Walker Johnston Park. Visit www.uniquelyurbandale.com for details.

West Des Moines. Celebrate America at West Des Moines’ revamped celebration of the United States and all things Iowa. Food and drink from local Iowa vendors will be on hand along with crafts from Iowa crafters, Bill Riley competition, music from Iowa bands and more. The event runs from 4–11 p.m. and will feature live music, food and fun for the entire family. The celebration will be held in Railroad Park at the 100 block of Fifth Street before, during and after the completion of the West Des Moines Independence Day Parade — which ends at Fourth and Maple in Valley Junction. Check www.valleyjunction.com/event/ independence-day-street-celebration for the parade route and entertainment schedule.

IT’S PARTY TIME

Fairs, festivals and other celebratory events

All summer — Commons Off The Clock. Des Moines has a new way to say, “Hello, Weekend!” with Commons Off The Clock. The new free-to-attend event launches on May 19 and will be bringing bands, brews and bites to Cowles Commons on select Fridays this summer in downtown Des Moines during happy hour — 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Through June 24 — Chill on the Hill. Pleasant Hill’s annual Friday night series of fun music events is back for another season. Chill on the Hill will be held at Copper Creek Lake Park, admission is $8, you must be 21 years old to enter, the 2017 lineup will feature Decoy, Double Barrel, Gimikk, Plastic Apartment and Cold Filtered. Chill on the Hill dates are Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, the event is from 6-9 p.m.

Through August — Summer on the Hill. The Des Moines Art Center invites visitors to enjoy free movies on the lawn. The cinematic display happens on the first Thursday of each month in June, July and August. All films begin at dusk or approximately 9 p.m., and are viewed on the Art Center Lawn at 4700 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. In the event of rain, the film will be canceled. Find movie titles and other details at www.desmoinesartcenter.org.

Through Sept. 28 — Farmers Market and Music in the Junction. Music in the Junction is held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday night in the Historic Valley Junction. The music starts at 6 p.m. The event is free to attend, with food and beverages available throughout the district. Visitors can also enjoy the weekly farmers market — home to more than 100 vendors — which is also on Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit www.valleyjunction.com/events for more details.

Through July 28 — The Belin Quartet Summer 2017 Concert Series. The Belin Quartet will be improving downtown’s lunch hour for the 18th season with its free Friday concerts during the noon hour, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The first event will take place in downtown Des Moines at the People’s Plaza, located at the base of the West Terrace at the State Capitol. Check civicmusic.org/belin-quartet for locations, dates and details of the other weekly concerts.

May 6 — Cinco de Mayo Festival. Travel west of the Des Moines border into the Historic Valley Junction for the 13th annual festival, Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 6 from noon to 10 p.m. The event will be located in the 200 and 300 blocks of Fifth Street in West Des Moines. Visitors will enjoy Mexican foods, artwork, live music, dancing and family activities. Visit www.valleyjunction.com/event for details.

May 20 — City Sounds Season Opener. The City Sounds Public Piano Project begins this summer and according to Larry James, co-founder, it has the purpose of generating life on the street and generating activity. “In other areas where they have done this, it has been a real boon to business because it gets people out on the street,” he says. The After Party following the season opener will be held in the Conservatory Room at 315 E. Fifth St.; the entrance fee is $10, and the event will run from 1-11 p.m. Visit dsmpianos.org for details.

May 21 — Valley Junction Arts Festival. The Junction’s two annual art festivals have been combined and refocused into one fine art show. The show’s primary focus is the exhibition of fine arts and crafts to accompany musical entertainment, festivities, children’s art activities and artists’ demonstrations. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.valleyjunction.com for details.

May 26-27 — CelebrAsian. For the 15th year, central Iowa is celebrating Asian cultures with authentic food, dance, fashion, games, demonstrations and more. Experience more than a dozen Asian Villages where you can delight all five of your senses from the authentic Asian food. Join thousands of others in Western Gateway park from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 26, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 27. www.iowaasianalliance.com.

Starts June 2 — Ames on the Half Shell. The Ames Jaycees are at it again with this annual live concert series — Ames on the Half Shell. The event is held on Friday nights and starts at 5 p.m. at the Durham Bandshell Park. Admission is $5. This year’s lineup kicks off with Gimikk on June 2.

June 8-10 — Governors Days. Governors Days is a grand celebration held in the Governors District in Grimes. The event is complete with concerts, parades, carnivals, car shows and much more. This “funtastic” event is organized by volunteers and the Grimes Chamber & Economic Development. Admission to the festival is free. www.governorsdays.com.

June 11 — Summer Antique Jamboree. Take a time machine to a simpler time, or visit this outdoor antique show in Historic Valley Junction. The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest, it’s free and the event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fifth Street area of West Des Moines’ Historical Valley Junction. Visit www.valleyjunction.com for details.

June 16-19 — Johnston Green Days. Green Days began in 1996, and it has been held every year since. 2017 will be no exception, and the event will include Johnston Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast, the Johnston Police Department’s annual spaghetti feed and safety expo, and the annual Green Days parade and carnival. Green Days will be held in Johnston Commons — the grassy area located near the Johnston Public Library. For more details visit www.cityofjohnston.com/607/green-days.

June 23-July 15 — ISE’s summer 2017 headliner show: “Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan” “Funny, oh-so-funny… and oh-so-insightful!” That’s what people are saying about this Iowa-born show heading this August to the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival — the largest arts festival in the world. The show comes to town this summer as part of The Iowa Shakespeare Experience’s annual Shakesperience Festival, and gives Iowans a rare chance to relish a live Edinburgh Fringe Fest play. The best part? It’s free, and outdoors, under the stars . Playing in unique venues on three nights during the summer, the play is rated PG-13. Find the select dates for performances as they are announced by ISE at www.IowaShakespeare.org.

June 23-25 — Des Moines Arts Festival. The Des Moines Arts Festival features visual arts, performing arts, live music, interactive arts and a film festival paired with plenty of food and fun for the whole family. The festival is located in the Western Gateway Park. For more information, visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.org.

June 24 — Hope Fest 2017. This is the inaugural Hope Fest and will become an annual celebration of friends, family and community. Join your neighbors for an afternoon of food and music at Altoona Civic Plaza. Hope Fest seeks to raise funding and awareness for ongoing suicide prevention activities.

June 24-25 — ArtFest Midwest. Billed as Iowa’s largest fine arts show — ArtFest Midwest is “The Other Art Show” and it is in its 15th year. Local artists and talent from around the country participate in the show, and it contains quality similar to that found at the original “Art in the Park” show held several years ago at the Des Moines Art Center — before moving to the Fairgrounds. Fest will be held in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. www.artfestmidwest.com.

July — Metro Arts Jazz in July. This annual jazz festival has been engaging Des Moines’ music fans for more than three decades. The events are packed with great music, inviting neighborhoods and parks, and it offers free admission. The events are held at various locations spanning the metro area, visit www.metroarts.org for details.

July 3 — All Iowa Bash. Held in the Historic Valley Junction, the All Iowa Bash is a celebration of America and Iowa. The event starts at 3 p.m., and it will offer local food, art, live music and family fun. The event will happen at Railroad Park and the 100 block of Fifth Street after the completion of West Des Moines’ Independence Day Parade. For details, visit www.valleyjunction.com.

July 7-8 — 80/35 Music Festival. Can you believe it’s been 10 years of 80/35? Well here comes the fun again. This year’s extravaganza is again put on by the Des Moines Music Coalition, and the event will feature a wide range of acts in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway. Ticket prices vary, visit 2017.80-35.com for more information.

July 12-16 — Dallas County Fair. The county fair is moving its schedule back a week to accommodate the Fourth of July celebration that lands on a Tuesday. But when the shindig gets going, a queen will be crowned, a lawnmower championship will be won, and art, livestock, live music and carnival rides will all be available. Visit www.dallascountyfair.com for more information.

July 7-10 — Ankeny SummerFest. Heroes unite. Ankeny SummerFest is celebrating everyday local heroes. Two of the highlights of this year’s event are the grand parade — Saturday, July 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. — and the Miss 16 contest, which was originally known as Miss Ankeny. The community-based pageant will highlight Ankeny students around the age of 16 in the three categories of Miss Community, Miss Scholastic and Miss Photogenic. Ankeny’s annual summer celebration has been going on for 51 years. For more information, visit www.ankenysummerfest.org.

July 14-20 — Jasper County Fair. This year’s fair features arm wrestling, a BBQ contest, a rodeo and family fun. Visitors can participate in livestock showings, games, a carnival, a parade and more. For details, visit www.jaspercofair.com.

July 19-24 — Polk County Fair. Free admission and free parking are coupled with cows, goats, sheep and pigs at the Iowa State Fairgrounds to form the Polk County Fair. For a full list of activities and times, visit www.polkcountyfairiowa.com.

July 20-22 — Clive Festival. The docket for this year’s Clive Festival is full and it includes a new geocaching activity for the kids, the popular Kid’s Corner, inflatables, two giant slip-and-slides hosted by the Clive Fire Department, and the Mayor’s Bike Ride — consisting of a 29-mile ride or a family-friendly 8-mile ride. Visit www.clivefestival.com for more information.

July 21-26 — Story County Fair. Onlookers abound as Future Farmers of America and 4H students descend upon the Story County fairgrounds for the annual agricultural fair which showcases everything from flowers to animals. For more information, visit www.sc-fair.com.

July 21-23 — 48-Hour Film Project. The challenge? To make a film in only 48 hours. Are you ready? Get set… Film. Des Moines area directors will attempt to best one another to win the right to go up against other films from around the world in the Filmapalooza 2017 contest. For more details, visit www.48hourfilm.com/en/desmoines.

July 26-31 — Warren County Fair. The Warren County Fair has been bringing old-fashioned farm fun to Indianola for more than 150 years. This year’s fair will feature Knights of Valour Medieval Jousting as well as many grandstand events, livestock showings, live music and fun for the whole family. Visit www.warrencofair.com for more details.

July 28-29 — Italian American Heritage Festival. Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut, unless of course you are at the Italian American Heritage Festival. Central Iowans have always wanted to eat Italian goodness, and every summer it’s time to open up and dig in at this annual celebration with authentic food, live music, contests, bocce ball and more. www.italianfestivalofiowa.com.

July 28 – Aug. 5 — National Balloon Classic. Central Iowans enjoy nine days of colorful balloons of varying shapes and sizes floating on the face of the clear blue sky. The event also offers parades, food, kids activities, balloon shows, races and fireworks. The National Balloon Classic launches at 1601 N. Jefferson Way in Indianola. Admission varies. www.nationalballoonclassic.com.

July 28, 2017 – Pleasant Hill’s Jazz in July. Copper Creek Lake Park hosts Jazz in July in Pleasant Hill, the event is to be held at 6 p.m. The music is suitable for all ages. www.pleasanthilliowa.org.

July 29, 2017 – Family Fun Fest. The fest features a parade scheduled for 10 a.m., a Movie in the Park at dusk, and fireworks to follow, this is a family-friendly event. www.pleasanthilliowa.org.

Aug. 18-19 — 515 Alive Music Festival. This is a big year for the 515 Alive Music Festival as it changes its location to Water Works Park to allow for camping — Water Works Park is located on Fleur Drive directly across from Gray’s Lake and covers nearly 1,500 acres of open wooded areas. The festival will feature dozens of national and regional acts on multiple stages. The festivities also include art, food and merchandise vendors. Find ticket prices and see the music lineup at www.515alive.com.

Aug. 10-20 — Iowa State Fair. Nothing compares to state fair thrills. Iowa’s fair has developed into a state treasure with a duration of 11 days full of excitement offering livestock shows, entertainment, cooking contests, carnival rides, fried butter, food and more. For details, visit the Iowa State Fair website at www.iowastatefair.org.

Aug. 11-12 — The Adel Sweet Corn Festival. Adel’s signature event is now in its 31st year. The festival begins by shucking seven tons of sweet corn on Friday night before hosting a Saturday morning parade and then capping off the event with succulent flavors of Iowa’s bumper crops. Bring your floss and dig in. www.discoveradel.com/annual-events.

LET’S GET PHYSICALLY FIT

Participatory competitions, games and sports

June 23-25 — Interrobang Film Festival. The film festival combines a traditional film production festival with public screenings. Films play at various times throughout the three days spanning the Des Moines Arts Festival. Visit desmoinesartsfestival.org/interrobangfilmfestival for film descriptions and schedules. The event is located at the Central Library.

Through Sept. 24 — Yoga in the Park. Outdoor yoga practice invigorates the mind and rejuvenates the body. This program is geared for both beginners and experts so anyone who is willing in the community can come out and enjoy some yoga on Saturday mornings at The Band Shell on 410 W. First St. in Ankeny from 8-9 a.m. Breathe in. Breathe out. And visit www.ci.ankeny.ia.us for more information.

May 6 — Relay for Life — Johnston, Urbandale and Grimes. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The relay takes place in 5,200 communities and 27 countries with the goal of taking action against cancer. These events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, patient care programs and to make a difference in communities. Find more details at RelayForLife.org.

June 3 — Dam to Dam, Iowa’s Distance Classic. Make a run for it during Dam to Dam’s 38th year. The races are open to all ages. The half-marathon spans the distance from Saylorville Dam to downtown Des Moines. www.damtodam.com.

June 2-3 — Park Play: in a Local Way. Park Play is a new summer event put on by the Waukee Parks and Recreation Department. Park Play will include games, crafts, activities for all ages and it will be provided free of charge. The event will take place at an assortment of parks on various Wednesdays this summer. Check www.waukee.org/860/Park-Play-in-a-Local-Way for details.

June 2 — Relay for Life — Ankeny. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay takes place in 5,200 communities and 27 countries with the goal of taking action against cancer. These events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor all cancer survivors and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, patient care programs and to make a difference in communities. Find more details at RelayForLife.org.

June 21-25 — Iowa Senior Games. The Iowa Senior Games celebrates its 31st anniversary with an expected 1,000 athletes ages 50 or older from around Iowa and the nation. The athletes will compete in 30 sports and nearly 100 events. The event is for men and women ages 50 and older who want to remain active and have fun. A complete list of dates, times and details for each event is located at www.iowaseniorgames.org.

June 10 — 2017 Central Iowa Tour de Cure. The American Diabetes Association celebrates its 26th

anniversary of the Tour de Cure starting at Life Time Athletic, which is located at 11911 Hickman Road in Urbandale. The ride does have a registration fee of $25 with a fundraising minimum of $200. Route Distances includes 25-, 50-, 75-mile route options. Visit main.diabetes.org for more information.

Through August — Stand Up Paddleboarding Lessons. Stand Up Paddleboarding is a great way to exercise and have fun with the family. Warren County Conservation is providing instruction and equipment at Annett Nature Center on 15565 118th Ave. in Indianola. Lessons are held at various times and dates listed at www.warrenccb.org/locations/annett-nature-center.

July 22 — Clive Running Festival. Enjoy a local community racing event featuring a scenic course winding through Clive’s neighborhoods and Greenbelt Trail. The festival offers a 5K, a 10K, a one-mile run and a Tadpole Trot, so family members of many shapes and sizes can participate. Admission rates vary. For more information, visit www.fitnesssports.com.

June 10-11 — Tour the Raccoon. The Des Moines Cycle Club is at it again. The group will host its ninth annual “Tour the Raccoon” ride during the weekend of June 10-11. The ride begins and finishes in Waukee, with an overnight stay scheduled for Jefferson corresponding with the annual Bell Tower Festival. Visit www.dmcycleclub.com for more details.

June 17-18 — BACooN Ride. Watchout. The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival collides with a bike ride to bring about BACooN RIDE 4. This year’s event begins with a Friday night filled with live music and games. On Saturday morning, the 71-mile ride loops down the Raccoon River Valley Trail from Waukee, through Redfield, Panora, Jamaica, Perry and then back to Waukee. The ride begins at 6 a.m. Registration is $50. Visit www.bacoonride.com for more details.

June 17 — Mud Run. The Iowa Games Mud Run takes place at James Cownie Soccer Complex at 2600 Hartford Ave. in Des Moines. The trail is carved through a grassy and wooded stretch along the Des Moines River. Racers age 6 and older are welcome to enter the long run, and kids age 5 or older may participate in the shorter run. A Little Muddy Buddy Trot will be open to kids ages 5 and under. www.iowagames.org/Events/mudrun.

June 24 — Bike MS: Iowa Ride 2017 Presented locally by C.H. Robinson. What makes this cycling event special? For starters, it’s the more than 300 riders who take the challenge — riding through central Iowa for a good cause: a world free of MS. Cyclists celebrate the finish line with a post-ride party at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny. It’s a win-win scenario for Iowa cyclists and sick Iowans. For more details visit main.nationalmssociety.org.

July 8 — Color Run. The Color Run is also known to many as the Happiest 5k on the planet. This amazing race attempts to bring people together while making the world happier and healthier. The run is said to be the single largest event series in the world. Visit thecolorrun.com for tickets, times and other details.

July 14-17 — Iowa Games. The mission of the Iowa Games is to provide sports and recreation opportunities for all Iowans through Olympic-style festivals, events and programs. The games originally began in August of 1987 as a weekend event with only 16 sports. The summer games have grown to more than 60 sports. All Iowans are eligible. The opening ceremony is open to the public and is slated to begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, July 14 at Jack Trice Stadium on the campus of Iowa State University. Proceeds from the opening ceremony will benefit the Iowa Food Bank Association. For a complete list of events, dates and times, visit www.iowagames.org.

July 15 — Altoona Tune-Up Ride. Altoona Road Riders is hosting its seventh annual tune-up ride with multiple distances available. The journey begins and ends at Brewhouse 25, registration is at 7:30 a.m., and the ride starts at 8:30 a.m. Cyclists may ride at their own pace through the beautiful terrain of eastern Polk County. This year’s event features a poker ride along with a bike raffle. For more information, visit www.altoonatuneup.com.

GO TEAM!

Spectator sporting events

June 22 — IHYC Golf Classic. This is not your average tournament. The event is put on to benefit Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and the kids it serves. Golfers will get the chance to feel what it’s like to be homeless while playing 18 holes at Copper Creek Golf Club. After the tournament, awards and prizes will be handed out at lunch in the clubhouse. The tournament will recognize an outstanding individual with the “Stand Up Award.” The event will take place at Copper Creek Golf Course, 4825 Copper Creek Drive in Pleasant Hill.

June 6-11 — Principal Charity Classic. Witness the exciting quiet of The Principal Charity Classic. This family-friendly event brings in professional golfers from around the nation every year. The Classic is a great way to raise money for local nonprofits — contributing nearly $10 million to children’s charities in recent years. The event will be held at Wakonda Club. Kids 15 and younger receive free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Visit www.principalcharityclassic.com for details.

July 15 — Polo on the Green. One of Des Moines’ more unique events, Polo on the Green is a fun celebration for the whole family that includes a polo match, face painting, pony rides, hay rack rides, a bounce house and more. This is the 21st annual polo on the green event, and it will be held at Powder River Ranch. Prepare to see some divot stomping. www. varietyiowa.com.

Iowa Cubs 2017 Home Schedule — dates and times subject to change

Principal Park

www.iowacubs.com

Tickets are available for purchase at www.iowacubs.com or at the door. All times CST.

May 1 vs. Col. Springs, 12:08 p.m.

May 6 vs. Memphis, 7:08 p.m.

May 7 vs. Memphis, 1:08 p.m.

May 8 vs. Memphis, 6:38 p.m.

May 9 vs. Memphis, 12:08 p.m.

May 19 vs. Tacoma, 7:08 p.m.

May 20 vs. Tacoma, 7:08 p.m.

May 21 vs. Tacoma, 1:08 p.m.

May 22 vs. Tacoma, 12:08 p.m.

May 23 vs. Reno, 6:38 p.m.

May 24 vs. Reno, 12:08 p.m.

May 25 vs. Reno, 6:38 p.m.

May 26 vs. Reno, 7:08 p.m.

June 1 vs. Nashville, 7:08 p.m.

June 2 vs. Nashville, 7:08 p.m.

June 3 vs. Nashville, 7:08 p.m.

June 4 vs. Nashville, 1:08 p.m.

June 5 vs. Okla. City, 7:08 p.m.

June 6 vs. Okla. City, 7:08 p.m.

June 7 vs. Okla. City, 12:08 p.m.

June 7 vs. Okla. City, 7:08 p.m.

June 8 vs. Okla. City, 7:08 p.m.

June 17 vs. Omaha, 7:08 p.m.

June 18 vs. Omaha, 1:08 p.m.

June 19 vs. Omaha, 7:08 p.m.

June 20 vs. Omaha, 12:08 p.m.

June 26 vs. New Orleans, 7:08 p.m.

June 27 vs. New Orleans, 7:08 p.m.

June 28 vs. New Orleans, 7:08 p.m.

June 29 vs. New Orleans, 12:08 p.m.

June 30 vs. Round Rock, 7:08 p.m.

July 1 vs. Round Rock, 7:08 p.m.

July 2 vs. Round Rock, 7:08 p.m.

July 3 vs. Round Rock, 7:08 p.m.

July 7 vs. Omaha, 7:08 p.m.

July 8 vs. Omaha, 7:08 p.m.

July 9 vs. Omaha, 1:08 p.m.

July 17 vs. Nashville, 7:08 p.m.

July 18 vs. Nashville, 7:08 p.m.

July 19 vs. Nashville, 12:08 p.m.

July 20 vs. Nashville, 12:08 p.m.

July 21 vs. Okla. City, 7:08 p.m.

July 22 vs. Okla. City, 7:08 p.m.

July 23 vs. Okla. City, 1:08 p.m.

Aug. 3 vs. Fresno, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 4 vs. Fresno, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 5 vs. Fresno, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 6 vs. Fresno, 1:08 p.m.

Aug. 7 vs. Sacramento, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 8 vs. Sacramento, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 9 vs. Sacramento, 12:08 p.m.

Aug. 10 vs. Sacramento, 12:08 p.m.

Aug. 15 vs. Colorado Springs, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 16 vs. Colorado Springs, 12:08 p.m.

Aug. 17 vs. Colorado Springs, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 18 vs. Colorado Springs, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 24 vs. Memphis, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 25 vs. Memphis, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 26 vs. Memphis, 7:08 p.m.

Aug. 27 vs. Memphis, 1:08 p.m.

Des Moines Blaze

Homes games listed are played at the Spring Creek Sports Complex — 7600 N.E. 38th Ave.

www.desmoinesblaze.com

May 20 vs. Midwest Titans, 6 p.m.

June 3 vs. Kansas City Bulldogs, 6 p.m.

July 1 vs. Sioux City Stampede, 6 p.m.

July 22 vs. Omaha Stockmen, 4 p.m.

Des Moines Menace — men

www.menacesoccer.com

All home games start at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines.

May 10 — 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, first round. Location TBA.

May 20 vs. WSA Winnipeg

June 3 vs. Minneapolis City SC

June 17 vs. Thunder Bay Chill

June 24 vs. Chicago FC United

July 1 vs. Saint Louis FC U23

July 7 vs. Sporting Kansas City U23

July 8 vs. St. Louis Lions

July 14 vs. Saint Louis FC U23

July 15 vs. Chicago FC United

Des Moines Menace — women

June 4 vs. Kansas City Courage at Grimes Sports Complex, 4:30 p.m.

June 11 vs. Minnesota TwinStars at Grimes Sports Complex, 4:30 p.m.

July 15 vs. Chicago Red Stars Reserves at Valley Stadium, 4:30 p.m.

July 16 vs. GSI Pride (KC) at Johnston Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.

Iowa Barnstormers home schedule

www.theiowabarnstormers.com

May 13 vs. Cedar Rapids, 7:05 p.m.

May 26 vs. Green Bay, 7:05 p.m.

June 9 vs. Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

June 17 vs. Sioux Falls, 7:05 p.m. ♦

 

 

 

 

 

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