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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week

1/2/2013

To drink or not to drink: On Dec. 17, KCCI and the Des Moines Register both reported that The Marquee — the former Ingersoll Dinner Theater — was losing its liquor license after a unanimous vote by the city council. The theater space is a landmark and one of the gems in the Ingersoll corridor, but a string of bad business decisions by previous tenants have left the space with a strong reputation for violence and danger, and the decision to deny the license was well received by surrounding businesses, including the Greenwood Lounge and Manhattan Deli. However, on Dec. 20, The Marquee’s Facebook page was updated to say that the venue had not lost its license but had been given 20 days to address some zoning issues. In an email exchange last week, the venue’s web admin, Zack Horvatin, echoed the Facebook post, saying that to the best of his knowledge The Marquee had time to address issues before another hearing in front of the city council. But based on the KCCI video and Councilwoman Christine Hensley’s tone on the matter, it sounds more like wishful thinking. Losing a liquor license wouldn’t automatically doom the venue, of course. But it would certainly make the road incredibly difficult for a place that’s already fighting a bad reputation and a poor relationship with neighboring business. More to come.                

One of the oldest establishments in the city, the Hull Ave Tavern, closed its doors on Jan 1. Fear not, though, because the bar isn’t going anywhere; it’s just getting a facelift. Gradual changes have been apparent to patrons over the course of the past month or so, and now the bar has closed up for two weeks to put the final spit polish on everything. The Tavern is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, Jan. 17, and on Friday, Jan. 18 it’s got Dead Horse Trauma, Mars on Fire and Absolute Power playing a thunderous grand reopening show.                

This week, the Vaudeville Mews has two shows lined up on Friday, Jan. 4. The early show features Free Milo the Pennycat, along with Person Whale and Wild Rumpus, starting at 5:30 p.m. That show is all ages and runs $5 at the door.             

Then in the evening, Dresden Style rocks a show starting at 9:30 p.m. Liana and Mirror Coat open, and that one’s $5 at the door as well.                

Also on Jan. 4, House of Bricks has The Flying Marsupials, along with Joe’s Garage. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8 at the door.               

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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: On Saturday, Jan. 5, Gas Lamp welcomes in venerable east coast punk rockers, The Queers, performing with Des Moines’ own North of Grand and Lipstick Homicide. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $12.                

Finally, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar has Todd Cutshaw rocking out from 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. Mahalo. CV

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