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03-30-2015

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...

Bricks 4 Kidz - Pirates Quest

March 02, 2015 to March 30, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Four Mile Community Center
  • 3711 Easton Boulevard
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Admission: $39 or $20 for those living in the 50317 zip code
  • Phone: 248-6330
  • Email | Website

Registration for the March session ends February 26. Registration is now open for “Bricks 4 Kidz,” a building series with an imaginative, 3-dimensional, hands on learning experience. During each class, participants will build a LEGO model using Bricks 4 Kidz unique project kits and model plans. With a new model each week, these simple machines are sure to excite you...

Iowa's Own Monuments Man: George Stout

March 30, 2015
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Historian Nancy Trask will present slides about the Monuments Men, focusing on George Stout, who was born and raised in Winterset. George Clooney's character in the movie was based on Stout. Nancy's slides were collected from correspondence with George Stout's granddaughter, Winterset resources, and various publications.

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!

The Good Lie

March 30, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University - Olmstead Center
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 - 9:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-418-2987
  • Email | Website

The Good Lie stars Witherspoon as a U.S. resettlement employee helping Sudanese Lost Boys relocate. A discussion with caseworkers and refugees will follow. Co-sponsors: Drake’s Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

Wedding Crashers

March 30, 2015
  • Location: Flix Brewhouse
  • 3800 Merle Hay Rd. Ste.1300
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $5.00
  • Phone: 515-612-9200
  • Email | Website

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

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 ...

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.

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!

Historic Home Tours - Meet the Flynn’s: A Guided Mansion Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; One hour program
  • Admission: $8 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 or over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Domestic Spaces Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Mind Your Manners Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. OR 1 - 3 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Making Art Public

December 19, 2014 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • 600 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon to Sat; Noon - 4:30 p.m. Sun
  • Admission: Free

Making Art Public explores the beauty and history of public art in Iowa. Photographs, museum artifacts and original artworks highlight the earliest beginnings of public art in the state, significant artists (including Grant Wood), major themes, the creative process and where it is found in Iowa. Visitors will gain an appreciation for how public art connects us to our natural an...

The Departure of the Argonaut: Prints by Francesco Clemente

February 27, 2015 to May 17, 2015
  • 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

Francesco Clemente's double-spread lithographs for The Departure of the Argonaut comprise one of the most visually compelling artist's books produced during the second half of the 20th century. The 34 color and 16 black-and-white prints respond to a wartime diary written in 1917 by the Italian writer and artist Alberto Savinio (1891-1952), who composed this text when, as a ...

The Des Moines Big Band

March 02, 2015 to May 25, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Palacio Events Center
  • 8900 Hickman Road
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. every Monday thru May 25
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-210-4230
  • Email | Website

Come enjoy the progressive sounds of one of Iowa's longest running jazz orchestras. We play every Monday evening from October through May at 6:30 at El Palacio, 8900 Hickman Avenue. Drinks and light dinner items are available, restaurant-style seating is first come, first served. See calendar for cover fees and special events!

Trees: A Different View

November 24, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Trees: A Different View by artist Jeana Maier. These works take a moment out of a busy day to enjoy the wonder of small things as significant. Drawing has always been Jeana's first and favorite expression. Her interest in trees stems from growing up in tree care; hearing and seeing botanical names of trees. Her pieces are of small, often overlooked views in our busy times. Autu...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opened featuring 12 fully animated exotic dinosaurs.  Many of the dinosaurs are unfamiliar to most North Americans, officials said. "Exhibitions like this are exactly what SCI is looking for in terms of achieving our mission," said Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa President & CEO. &...

Wall of Iowans Exhibit Opening/Spring Break

Started March 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The new Wall of Iowans interactive exhibit display uses a large projection to show images and biographical information of nearly 30 Iowans – from Peggy Whitson and Meredith Willson to Carrie Chapman Catt and Alexander Clark – who made important contributions to our state, nation, world, or respective fields of work.

03-31-2015

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...

Chris Tomlin - Love Ran Red Tour

March 31, 2015

Grammy and Dove® award-winning, Christian worship sensation Chris Tomlin hits the road again this spring for his "Love Ran Red" Tour,featuring Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective. The highly anticipated night of worship will feature new songs from Tomlin's new release,Love Ran Red album along with an array of hits from the past. With nine albums, 12 No. 1 rad...

Cooking with Alessandra - Easter Brunch

March 31, 2015
  • Location: Alessandra's Kitchen
  • 333 East Grand Ave., Loft 103
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $40 per person
  • Phone: 515-508-9474
  • Email | Website

Spiced Mimosas, Hot Crossed Buns with balsamic jelly, Balsamic glazed ham & Fancy lemon bars! Sign up online at www.cookingwithalessandra.com.  

Iowa Jazz Championships

March 31, 2015

The Iowa Jazz Championships are a unique event that brings together 60 of Iowa's finest high school jazz ensembles (15 from each of the four IHSMA classes) to Des Moines for a great day of jazz. The event was founded by Iowa jazz educators over 30 years ago & continues to be an important event on the Iowa high school band landscape each spring.  For more informa...

Midwest Traveler Dan Kaercher

March 31, 2015
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine, will share favorite destinations, insights and often-hilarious tales gleaned during decades spent roaming the twelve-state Midwest region as a travel writer, author, and public television personality.

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!

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