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03-29-2015

Special Events

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

March 08, 2015 to April 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 1-3 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free & open to Public
  • Website

The 44th annual exhibition showcases work by students from across disciplines. Works selected for the show this year include a diverse array of media and approaches, from small intaglio and lithographic prints, carefully rendered drawings and handmade books to large-scale painting, video installation, sculpture and graphic design. The exhibition will remain on display through A...

Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 5:Giunta conducts Mozart, Chopin & Les Preludes

March 28, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Season ticket subscriptions are available!
  • Website

Joseph Giunta conducts Mozart's sunny and brilliant "Haffner" Symphony, and he has invited his latest discovery, the sixteen-year-old award-winning Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong, to make his Iowa debut in Chopin's Second Piano Concerto. The program concludes with the most popular of Liszt's symphonic poems, the majestic Les Préludes. This program is presented...

Des Moines Symphony: Giunta Conducts Mozart, Chopin & Les Preludes

March 28, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Sat $21 - $61; Sun $21 - $56
  • Website

MOZART Symphony No. 35 "Haffner" CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 LISZT Les Préludes Joseph Giunta conducts Mozart's sunny and brilliant "Haffner" Symphony, and he has invited his latest discovery, the sixteen-year-old award-winning Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong, to make his Iowa debut in Chopin's Second Piano Concerto....

Easter Egg Hunt

March 29, 2015
  • Location: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School
  • 5625 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-8349
  • Email | Website

Annual community Easter Egg Hunt! A non-competitive event for all ages. Come at 1PM for the fun opening (which is mandatory), hunt for eggs, then join us inside for the fun fest with activities and free food.

Edwin Earle Ferguson Event: Ryan Trusdell Presents: The Gil Evans Project

March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public

One of New York's best new big bands is conducted by Ryan Truesdell. Voted the #1 Rising Star Big Band by the Downbeat Critic's Poll.Trusdell's new CD, Centennial Project, delves into the work of Toronto-born composer Gill Evans, who was Miles Davis's collaborator on albums such at Birth of the Cool, Sketches of Spain, and Porgy & Bess.

Flea Market

March 28, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa State Fair
  • E 30th Street & E University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-210-5224
  • Website

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick 5K & 10K Run/Walk

March 29, 2015
  • Location: Sully's
  • 110 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.
  • Admission: $25 through 3/22, $30 through 3/29
  • Website

The Friendly Sons are hosting their 32nd Annual Run/Walk.  Gather at Sully's Irish Pub at 9:30 am for a warm-up drink and any last-minute registrations.  Make Check payable to Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  Online registration at getmeregistered.comRegistration includes an Irish-Design long-sleeve T-shirt & food/beverage served after the race. Results ...

Garden Hose Wreath Workshop

March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa Arboretum
  • 1875 Peach Avenue
  • Madrid, IA 50156
  • Times: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 for members and $15 for non-members
  • Website

Put a smile on your Spring outlook with this make-and-take experience. Guided by floral designer, Sandy Gossman, and Arboretum staff, Nan Bonfils, you'll take home a decorative piece that will brighten the change of season. All materials provided, fresh as well as recycled, for the wreath plus other smaller projects. You just have to bring your imagination. This class will be f...

Geocaching 101

March 29, 2015
  • Location: Annett Nature Center
  • 15565 118th Ave
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 1 p .m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-961-6169
  • Email | Website

Geocaching 101

Great Pig Out

March 29, 2015

Celebrating the opening of the Culinary Loft! Music by Jewel City Sound and beer samples from local breweries.

Greater Iowa RV and Boat Show

March 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Bldg.
  • E. 30th Street & E. University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $6 Adults & Seniors; $4 Seniors FRIDAY ONLY; 12 & Under Free
  • Website

Boats - cruisers, pontoons & fishing! Camper trailers, 5th wheel trailers, motor homes class A & C, diesel pushers, rental units all on display!

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Have a fun, unique and memorable evening at a Living History Farms Historic Dinner! Join us for a dining experience that will take you back in time to Iowa's golden farming years of 1875 or 1900. Served family-style, historic recipes are prepared from scratch on a wood-burning stove. Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. Most of o...

Iowa Energy vs Canton

March 29, 2015

The NBA D-League continues to be a springboard for NBA talent as the official minor league of the NBA.There were 149 players with NBA D-League experience on 2013-14 NBA end of season rosters; that represented 33% of all NBA players, an all-time high. Join the Iowa Energy as they enter their new single affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies.  New Energy Head Coach B...

My Name is Asher Lev

March 20, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $12.50 - $30
  • Phone: 515-309-0251
  • Website

SUNDAY TALK-BACK: March 21st, 2015 at 3:30pm or Immediately following the production My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make ...

Orgy

March 29, 2015
  • Location: 7 Flags Event Center
  • 301 Ashworth Road
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $17 advance; $20 at door
  • Website

Promotions - Super, Supermarket Checkout

March 24, 2015 to April 04, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with a grand prize of $5,000 in CASH! Pick up your free daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. For a chance to check-out with $1,000 CASH Earn double entries on Mondays!

Regional Dance Competition

March 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Location: Indianola High Scholl
  • 1304 East 1st Avenue,
  • Indianola,
  • Times: TBA
  • Admission: TBA
  • Website

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery

March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $3 per person or $10 car load. FREE to Case Club Members (show card)
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Email | Website

Featuring:  Bobcats

Talent on Parade Midwest Regional Competition

March 25, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)

 Talent On Parade is a National Dance Competition celebrating its 18th season! For more information: www.talentonparade.com or www.iowaeventscenter.com.  

The Incoherent Theatre Company Presents Incoherents & Friends

March 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Viking Theatre, Grand View University
  • 2811 E 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Friday & Saturday 7:30p.m., Sunday 2p.m.
  • Admission: $10 Regular Admission; $3 GVU Student w/ID; Tickets can be purchased in advance @ www.theincoherents.weebly.com via PayPal & @ Door
  • Phone: 515-371-6939
  • Email | Website

 The Incoherent Theatre Company PRESENTS Incoherents & Friends! Homegrown Theatre Company Partners With The Whirlygigs On 4 New Scripts. The Incoherent Theatre Company returns to the Viking Theatre, hand-in-hand with The Whirlygigs, beginning on Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29. This one-weekend celebration of original staged performances are written by...

Tour & Tasting

February 05, 2015 to January 30, 2016
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: Every Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 1 p.m.; Sun at Noon. Make your reservations online.
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Website

We are hosting formal tours every Thursday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1p.m. and Sunday at Noon. The price is $20.00 per person and includes: - Cellar Wine Tour - Tasting of Summerset Wines - Cheese Platter - Summerst Logo Wine Glass to take home! - Tours & Tasting is approx 1 hour, but feel free to stay and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck! - Tickets can be purchased ...

Wine & Canvas - Night Paradise

March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 2 - 5 pm
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-829-0661
  • Email | Website

Wine & Canvas - Night Paradise

Wine and Cheese Pairing Experiences Daily at Tassel Ridge Winery

January 23, 2015 to June 28, 2015
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax
  • Website

We usually think of cheese when we think of wine. But, some wine and cheese pairings are more complementary than others. Tassel Ridge has selected four different Iowa cheeses and has paired them with Tassel Ridge wines. Try these pairings and see which your favorites are! Come on out to the Winery for a relaxing hour or two that can include a tasting, tour, and great conversati...

On-Going Events

Adventure Awaits: Victoria Herring, Photographer

February 16, 2015 to April 02, 2015
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Fridays 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Polk County Heritage Gallery is pleased to present "Adventure Awaits - Travel Through the Camera of Victoria Herring. Reception will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibit will be up through April 2, 2015. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Antique Abstraction Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email | Website

With roots in the last years of the 19th century, purely abstract art, with no reference to objects in the material world, began to appear in many countries in the early 1910s, and has now been with us for a century. Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum's collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every ...

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