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04-02-2015

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...

Artist Lecture: Nick Cave - FULL

April 02, 2015

Artist Nick Cave and Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario in a conversation about the aritst's work. Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of media including sculpture, installation, sound, and performance. The exhibition Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa includes Cave's sculpture P...

Drake Theatre Presents "A Flea in Her Ear"

April 02, 2015 to April 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $6; Students/Seniors & Drake ID $4
  • Website

Drake University Theatre presents "A Flea in Her Ear," a new version of Georges Feydeau's farce by David Ives. Directed by Jason Bohon.

Film Screening: "A Little Salsa on the Prairie"

April 02, 2015

Enjoy a free film screening of "A Little Salsa on the Prairie" featuring a Q&A session with the filmmakers, and the opening of Living History Farms' latest traveling exhibit, "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964."

Funny Bone presents Basile

April 01, 2015 to April 04, 2015
  • 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/.

Iowa Prayer Breakfast

April 02, 2015

The Iowa Prayer Breakfast…A long-standing tradition where Iowa’s Governor, legislators, and community and religious leaders ask God’s direction and blessing upon our state. …The reading of the Scriptures, local musicians, an inspiring message from Os Guinness, and prayer for our state. …A hearty breakfast, the company of friends, and a beginning...

IPR's Studio One Live w/The Maytags

April 02, 2015

Iowa Public Radio's Studio One broadcasts live from The Basement at the Social Club the first Thursday of every month. The entire show is broadcast live, plus features alive performance and interview with an Iowa band. Studio One is heard 7 nights a week from 7 PM to 10 PM, featuring a mix of new alternative and independent music, R&B, blues and world music, singer/...

Last Supper Drama

April 02, 2015
  • Location: West Des Moines United Methodist Church
  • 720 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-979-4794
  • Email

Make your Lenten season more meaningful by attending a performance of the Last Supper Drama, presented by the men of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. This drama, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ & his disciples, depicts Jesus announcing that one of them will betray Him. The disciples discuss their ro...

Like Father, Like Son Film

April 02, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University
  • 2507 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-418-2987
  • Email

As part of the International Film Series, Drake University will be hosting the Japanese film "Like Father, Like Son" subtitled in English. Sponsored by Evans Foundation, World Languages and Cultures, and Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship

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!

Speaker Series at Blank Park Zoo - Dr. Karen Oberhauser

April 02, 2015

Due to overwhelming demand, Blank Park Zoo's final On the Front Lines presentation, Karen Oberhauser, has been moved to the Science Center of Iowa. Has winter got you down? Are you longing to see green leaves on the trees & hear the birds sing once again? We've got the perfect event for you! On the first Thursday of February, March and April, join us for our 201...

Storm Circus in Concert

April 02, 2015
  • Location: Inspired Grounds Coffee House
  • 117 5th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 cash @ door
  • Phone: 515-306-7204
  • Email | Website

Corey Martin, aka, Storm Circus, will be sharing his music and stories from life in this intimate setting at Inspired Grounds Coffee House! Bring your friends, family, or just drop in for a relaxing and fun evening. Enjoy a latte, cup a tea, or fruit smoothy. This will be the perfect accompaniment to the end of the day. Get a fresh perspective and enjoy some great music right h...

The Maytags

April 02, 2015

Live from Studio One - Iowa Public Radio - Des Moines Social Club

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 ...

On-Going Events

"Bittersweet Harvest" Exhibit

April 02, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)

April 2- May 17, 2015 Living History Farms is proud to host its first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964.” This free exhibit explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-...

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 ...

Battle Flag Hall Exhibit Opening/Spring Break

March 13, 2015 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Battle Flag Hall exhibit explores the stories behind more than a dozen battle flags from the Museum's collection, including national and regimental flags from the Civil War (including a Confederate flag), Spanish-American War and World War I. These battle flags have been fully stabilized and preserved, and will be on display through summer 2015.

BusinessLaunch!

March 03, 2015 to April 09, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Location: ISED Ventures Women's Business Center
  • 8345 University Blvd. Suite F1
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Admission: $350 (scholarships available)
  • Phone: 515-421-9157
  • Email | Website

In-depth foundation for new entrepreneurs and those in the planning stages. Students will determine feasibility, start-up needs, timeline, and pricing. They will also build skills in financial management, marketing. The instructor will assist the students in writing the business plan. The final product is a business plan draft. Business owners already operating are welcome to...

Comedy Open Mic

November 06, 2014 to April 30, 2015 (Every Thursday)

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater's open mic night allows anyone in the audience to sign up and try their hand at comedy. Stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, funny songs or video, anything comedic is welcomed. Every Thursday, Free.

Conversations and Coffee

March 12, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Venue: Des Moines North Side Library
  • 3516 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

English Language Learners (ELL) are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee while practicing their new language. Adult ELL students and community members wishing to share their knowledge will come together for English conversation and light refreshments. For more information, contact Jon Hobbs at jthobbs@dmpl.org at the North Side Library.

Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available

April 01, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Season pool passes can be purchased ONLINE throughout the summer season. Now through the month of April you can purchase your season passes at a discounted Early Bird price.

Easter Fun at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

March 28, 2015 to April 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-957-5500
  • Website

Create family Easter memories when the Easter Bunny hops in to Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, March 28 through Easter Sunday, April 5! Free 4x6 photos, free crafts, and our popular indoor Easter Egg Hunt! Extended photo hours for Good Friday. Find complete details at www.basspro.com/easter!

Food For Thought Dinners

March 12, 2015 to December 17, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: The Wallace House in Historic Sherman Hill
  • 756 16th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - order off menu
  • Phone: 515-243-7063
  • Email | Website

Locally-Sourced Meals and Conversation every Thursday at Wallace House! Food is a topic that stretches from each individual's well-being to entire cultures, economies & environments. A program developed by The Wallace Centers of Iowa combines changing food themes & local experts with locally-sourced meals to spark conversation about food. The dining expe...

Free Meditation Classes- Sahaja Yoga

January 28, 2015 to June 25, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Location: Various Public Libraries
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 312-919-3801
  • Email | Website

Free meditation clases are held every saturday in alternate libraries across Des moines area. Please check the meetup link for venue

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