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10-01-2014

Special Events

A Historic Quilt and Clothing Exhibition

October 01, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Weds - Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 12-4 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/Adults, $8.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Enjoy a look at rarely seen historic quilts from the nationally recognized Living History Farms quilt collection and explore the artistry of keeping warm! The Flynn Mansion hosts this display of quilts, covers, historic clothing, and household textiles. Be inspired for chilly weather with this peek at the beautiful items our grandparents made to keep warm. Children's hands-on a...

AQS QuiltWeek® 2014

October 01, 2014 to October 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Weds - Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Single Day: Members $11; General $14; 2-day: Members $20; General $25; Multi-Day: Members $25; General $35
  • Phone: 515-564-8000
  • Website

More than 15,000 people will converge on the Des Moines area to enjoy four days of the best in international quilt and textile artistry. Over 950 quilts will be on display, with more than $50,000 in prizes to be awarded at the event for quilting excellence. In addition, AQS QuiltWeek will be hosting a series of workshops with some of the top talent in the quilt industry &...

Cast of Carrie: Musical from StageWest

October 01, 2014
  • Location: Gateway Outdoor Piano
  • Front of Downtown Library @ 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

City Sounds, which installed pianos two locations in downtown Des Moines in July, is organizing a few end-of-season concerts. The Gateway Piano is located in front of the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Ave. The East Village Piano is at East Fourth Street and East Grand Avenue, diagonal from Zombie Burger. Here are the concerts: Cast of Carrie: The Musical from ...

Funny Bone presents Emily Galati

October 01, 2014 to October 04, 2014
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: See website
  • Admission: See website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Harkin Institute presents the fall Sussman Lecture: A Conversation with Céline Cousteau

October 01, 2014
  • Location: Drake University Sussmen Theater
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Tickets are free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-271-3623
  • Email | Website

Céline Cousteau, a French explorer, education ambassador, and documentary filmmaker, will deliver a lecture on water issues—From the Amazon to the Oceans to Iowa—as part of the Sussman Lecture Series presented by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement.

Hat Day

October 01, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/Adults, $8.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Celebrate the opening of the LHF’s annual fall clothing and quilt exhibition! Wear your favorite hat while touring and receive a special treat at the Visitor Center. Explore the Flynn Mansion where corsets, quilts, and other historic textiles will be on special exhibition. Visit the 1875 Millinery shop for a close up look at Victorian hat stylings and a chat with our mill...

Historic Textile and Quilt Show - October 1-5

October 01, 2014 to October 05, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Closed Mon./Tues; Wed - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $14; Children 2 - 12 $8.50; Seniors $13; LHF members discounted
  • Website

Take a look at rarely seen historic quilts, corsets and clothing from the nationally recognized Living History Farms quilt and textile collections! Explore the quilts and bed coverings, bolsters and pillows that kept families warm and cozy while they slept. Peek at the underthings women and men wore under their fashionable outer coverings! Discover how corsets, bustles, shoes a...

Iowa Wild vs Chicago Wolves - Preseason

October 01, 2014

There will be a full-team autograph session following the preseason game. Iowa Wild season ticket holders (full, 21-game, 10-game) will be admitted to the preseason game free of charge & will also be able to pick up their season tickets starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 8th at 10 a.m. Advanced tickets are $6 until ...

Jay Spence Shelter House Dedication

October 01, 2014
  • Location: Greenwood Park
  • 80 SW 45th Street
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Phone: 237-1472
  • Website

You are cordially invited to join Des Moines Parks and Recreation on Wednesday, October 1 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the formal dedication of the Jay Spence Shelter House.

Natalia Goncharova, Olga Rosanova & The Great War: From Icon to Abstraction - Exhibition

September 26, 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: Tues, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

 September 26, 2014 / 11:00 AM: Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Russian neo-Primitivist artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) created a series of fourteen black-and-white crayon lithographs titled "War: Mystical Images of War." Her prints are rooted in the imagery of Russian icons, history, Apocalypse imagery, folk art, and contemporary...

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.

Stars & Stripes at the Capitol

October 01, 2014

Bring your lunch and bring a friend to this lunch hour sneak peek at Ballet Des Moines' professional and pre-professional dancers performing "Stars & Stripes," from the upcoming 3 + One: A Triple Bill at Hoyt Sherman Place, Oct. 24-26, 2014. The performance is FREE and open to the public. Please join us for a preview of this fantastic ballet choreographed by Bal...

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...

Clavinova Club at West Music Piano Gallery

October 01, 2014 to December 01, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Location: West Music Piano Gallery
  • 3304 100th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-278-1000
  • Email | Website

Want to learn more about your Yamaha CVP series Clavinova? We are now offering free monthly sessions utilizing the CVP User Friendly approach! Clav Club will meet on the 1st Thursday of every month at 4:00PM.

Dialogues:

September 27, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Location: Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room
  • 500 E. Locust, Floor 2
  • Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-309-2763
  • Email | Website

Dialogues: Conversations between African Art objects and Western contemporary prints. Western & African art have been in dialogue most famously since Picasso had his epiphany when seeing African sculpture and masks at the Trocadero Museum In Paris & then painted his 1st Cubist art work, Les Demoiselles d"Avignon in 1907. Contemporary artists incl Calcer, Chen, Le C...

Evening Bridge Club

September 03, 2014 to December 17, 2014 (Every Wednesday)

Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Wednesday evenings. Preregister online or call 515-283-4152. Contact Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.

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...

Geeks Who Drink - Pub Trivia

October 01, 2014
  • Location: Red Monk (Upstairs Royal Mile)
  • 210 4th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-280-3771
  • Email

Free up your Wednesday nights because "Geeks Who Drink" pub trivia is coming to The Red Monk (Upstairs to The Royal Mile). Nearly 70 multimedia questions in two exciting hours! Teams up to six people, free to play, prizes , and there's even a beer round!

Girls Night Out: GNO @ The Brewhouse No. 25

September 03, 2014 to November 05, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: The Brewhouse No. 25
  • 805 17th Ave SW
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 4 p.m. to Close
  • Admission: Free

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: GNO @ The Brewhouse No. 25 The Brewhouse No. 25 presents.... GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Every Wednesday night is time for all the ladies to get out of the house and come by The Brewhouse No. 25 for some M&M&M= Martinis, Mules, and Margaritas all for $5 each!! If that special is too sweet for your tastes we also have our buckets for $12 each which can be filled wi...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition

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...

Hollywood in the Heartland Exhibit

September 01, 2014 to February 01, 2015

Exhibition celebrating Iowa's legacy with the silver screen throughout history. Matinees at the Museum showing the first Saturday of each month.

Local Hero Month

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We thank those who risk their lives to protect us! October is our Local Hero Discount month! Members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency response receive a 10% discount on regular priced merchandise purchased in the store. Some exclusions apply. Must show ID to receive discount!

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...

Thunder Nites Bike Night in Newton

June 01, 2014 to October 01, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Location: Newton Square
  • Hwy 6/First Avenue on the Square
  • Newton, IA 50208
  • Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

Thunder Nites was founded in 2012, we hold 5 events from May through September. Each event has brought 1000+ motorcycles and thousands of people to the town square of Newton, Iowa. Come visit us and check out lots of cool motorcycles, great live music, food vendors and beverages. We have a live radio broadcast each event too! Lots of fun for the whole family! Please like us on ...

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...

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