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09-23-2014

Special Events

Being a Writer in the World/Literary Reading

September 23, 2014

Visiting poets & writers from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa take to the road each fall to share their work with audiences across the state.  In partnership with the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship & the Des Moines Social Club, the Series will feature several 2014 IWP award-winning guests for an afternoon ...

Being a Writer in the World/Panel Discussion

September 23, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Cowles Library
  • 2725 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Visiting poets & writers from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa take to the road each fall to share their work with audiences across the state.  In partnership with the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship & the Des Moines Social Club, the Series will feature several 2014 IWP award-winning guests for an afternoon ...

Beyond Adoption: Pet Preparedness in the Event of a Disaster

September 23, 2014
  • Location: Animal Rescue League of Iowa - Auditorium
  • 5452 NE 22nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-473-9110
  • Email | Website

The ARL is known for pet adoptions, but we do so much more! Join us for a monthly series on hot topics in animal welfare called “Beyond Adoption”. These FREE 90 minute sessions will be geared towards ARL staff and volunteers, but are open to anyone who is interested in the topic that month. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks to share and there will be time all...

Pioneer in Foil Imaging: The Art of Kimberlee Rocca Exhibit

September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Reception will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibit will be up from September 15 - October 30. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Samoyed Club of America - Far From Ordinary

September 23, 2014 to September 28, 2014

The Internet: Past, Present & Future w/Dan Reed

September 23, 2014

Long before Internet memes & dancing cat videos, the University of Iowa's Dan Reed saw up close as students & colleagues at University of Illinois created one of the first Internet browsers in the mid-1990s. Reed would soon become director of University of Illinois's National Center of Supercomputing Applications, the center at which the Mosaic browser was cre...

Young Professionals Connection 9th Annual Volunteer Fair

September 23, 2014
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: Noon - 3 p.m. & 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free - open for any age
  • Phone: 515-286-4950
  • Email | Website

The Young Professionals Connection will gather more than 40 nonprofits in one place for its 9th Annual Volunteer Fair on Sept. 23. Whether you're into zoo animals, fine art, children's literacy or international issues, the YPC will have an Iowa organization on hand looking for your help. The event takes place from 12-3 p.m. and later from 5-8 p.m. at Jasper Winery, ...

On-Going Events

A City at Work

September 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thr...

America's Music 2

September 09, 2014 to September 30, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Every Tuesday, 6 - 7:45 p.m.
  • Admission: Free but registration required
  • Phone: 515-283-4152 x3
  • Website

Music styles that originated in the United States during the 20th century are the subject of America's Music 2, a series of programs running on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning September 9. The Broadway, Latin, blues, and rock genres will be spotlighted. Selected film clips receive expert analysis from Drake musicology professor Dr. Eric Saylor, followed by a lively audien...

Central Iowa Textile Show

August 05, 2014 to September 26, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordinance Rd
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibit at Ankeny Art Center

Conversations and Coffee

September 23, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 12:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

English-learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. This program is open to all levels of English speakers. For additional information, contact Ashley Molzen at armolzen@dmpl.org

Freedom Summer 1964: Two Iowans & the Campaign for Civil Rights in Mississippi

September 18, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thre...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition Opens

September 18, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center, Halston & Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes and ephemera by the two men. Many of th...

Polk County Master Gardener Art Show

September 16, 2014 to November 16, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

If you garden or appreciate the bounty from a garden, whether it is vegetable, herb, flower or foliage, you probably realize that there is an artist’s hand at work. The Master Gardener Art Show is the product of that experience, perspective, gratitude and sense of wonder. The intent is to show the creativity of gardeners and contribute to the education and enjoyment of th...

Psychic Stuff 101: A Course for Muggles

September 09, 2014 to September 30, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Location: Session locations shared when register (2 Sessions in Classroom Setting; 2 sessions Outdoors)
  • Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $124 for all 4 sessions (plus 2 optional outings)
  • Email | Website

A fun, relaxed 4-week course for beginners to learn the basics about “psychic stuff”! Registration ends August 30; only 15 spots available. More information and registration can be found at: http://www.celebrateyourpath.com/together/psychic-stuff-101-course-muggles/.

Thinkin' & Drinkin': Team Trivia @ The Brewhouse No. 25

September 16, 2014 to November 18, 2014 (Every Tuesday)

The Brewhouse No. 25 presents THINKIN' & DRINKIN' Team Trivia Night... Every Tuesday @ 7pm. Register your team the first of every month to have a chance to be crowned "House" Champion. Top three nightly points leaders will win: 1st place: $50 Bar Tab 2nd Place: $25 Bar Tab 3rd Place: $10 Bar Tab Thinkin' & Drinkin' Categories: Sports ~ Music ~ History ~ Pop Cu...

TOON'D IN: Adventure Time Art Show

August 12, 2014 to September 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Art show featuring works inspired by the fun and surreal cartoon Adventure Time.

USS Iowa Panels made by Sticks, Inc.

September 18, 2014 to December 01, 2014

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thr...

09-24-2014

Special Events

Classical Conversation

September 24, 2014

Join Dr. Eric Saylor for an informal and enjoyable class that introduces you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2014-2015 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and ...

Cody Canada & The Departed

September 24, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Website

Tickets available at www.ticketfly.com or Wooly's box office

Funny Bone presents John Bush

September 24, 2014
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. (19 & over)
  • Admission: $10 (19 & up)
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

John's rock solid comedy show covers it all. From his childhood relocation from Hawaii to Minnesota to his UFO sighting in New York City, this thrill ride is filled with rich characters, spot-on impressions & even a disgruntled squirrel. John has performed for audiences of all shapes & sizes. Whether it's opening for Howie Mandel at Caesars Palace or tickling some ...

Pioneer in Foil Imaging: The Art of Kimberlee Rocca Exhibit

September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Reception will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibit will be up from September 15 - October 30. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Samoyed Club of America - Far From Ordinary

September 23, 2014 to September 28, 2014

Secrets of Great Places: East Village

September 24, 2014
  • Venue: HoQ
  • 303 E 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 in advance/ $40 at the door
  • Phone: 515-244-1888
  • Email | Website

Secrets of Great Places: East Village Enjoy an evening experiencing Des Moines’ Historic East Village like you’ve never experienced it before at the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s sixth-annual “Secrets of Great Places” Landmark Party Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, in celebration of the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s 25th Anniv...

SHYP Book Club

September 24, 2014

Join the Salisbury House Young Professionals (SHYP) for a delightful discussion of Donna Tartt's bestselling novel The Goldfinch. The event is free for SHYP members ($5 for non-members), kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and includes an exclusive look at the House's extensive art and literary collections. Drake English professor Jeff Karnicky will lead the discussion for the evening. Ligh...

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