Tickets are now on sale for the Des Moines Symphony’s 2013-2014 season. The schedule starts with the season debut on Sept. 14 and 15 with From Russia With Ilya. Other dates include Scottish Fantasy and Rosenkavalier on Oct. 19 and 20; Beyond the Score: The Planets – Other Worlds? on Nov. 16 and 17; New Year’s Eve Pops: The Hit Men – The Real “Jersey Boys,” Dec. 31; Romantic Rhapsody In Blue: The Gershwin Experience, Feb. 15 and 16; The Moldau and Dvorak, March 15 and 16; Giunta Conducts Beethoven: Eroica, April 12 and 13; and the season finale on May 10 and 11, featuring Brahms 1 and Grosvenor Plays Saint-Saens. Single tickets range from $15-$55 with student tickets starting at $7.50. For more information, check out www.dmsymphony.org.
Audition dates have been announced for this year’s production of “The Nutcracker” at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Interested dancers must be at least 6 years old, and registration begins at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Missy Borton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-294-3347.
Shoot the Chutes, slated for Aug. 24 at Vaudeville Mews, has announced five new bands added to the two-stage lineup, bringing the total number up to 13. New bands added include Gauntlet Hair, The Melismatics, Sleepy Kitty, M34N STR33T and Har-Di-Har. For more info, check out www.vaudevillemews.com.
Speaking of lineup additions, the Maximum Ames Festival has added Jason Anderson, Enemy Planes, Shook Twins, Dubb Nubb, Land of Blood and Sunshine, MR. NASTI, Meth Dad, St. Lenox, Deadnote, MAIDS, Quick Piss, FARMS, Chloe Carson, Johnny Habu and the Rebel Salmon, Phoenix L’Amour and Leo LaFlash, TriggerFish, Doctor Murdock, Kris Clarke and Dylan Boyle to this year’s four-day event. A four-day pass can be had at www.midwestix.com for $100 with individual show tickets available as well. Want more info? Go to www.maximumames.com.
On Thursday, Aug. 15, The Des Moines Social Club is hosting its Fireball fundraiser at Simon Estes Amphitheater. Envy Corps and Iowa City-based The Olympics will perform. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and day-of tickets are $25 through www.midwestix.com.
Also on Aug. 15, the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week is at Gas Lamp, as the Lo Cash Ninjas come all the way from Shiprock, N.M., to rock your faces off. Rumble Seat Riot opens, and it can all be yours for $5.
Then, on Friday, Aug. 16, Columbus, Ohio-based pop rock act The Saturday Giant performs at Ritual Café starting at 7 p.m. No cover.
Also on Aug. 16, House of Bricks has an all-ages show featuring Shady at Best and Madison Ray and All the Single Ladies. Show starts at 5 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door.
Finally, The Hull Ave Tavern plays host to a Burlesque show on Saturday, Aug. 17, as a fundraiser to get the Iowa School of Burlesque performers to Burly Con, which is apparently a thing. Music will be provided by Bad Field Trip. No cover. Mahalo. CV