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THIS WEEKEND: Juneteenth: the Movement, Art Week Des Moines





THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

It’s Juneteenth this weekend, and there are celebrations everywhere you turn—from art to music to comedy to theater, and more! Add in Art Week Des Moines kicking off, and you have a jam-packed few days of honoring the past and uplifting the future. Top pick: Watch party for the premiere of ‘Juneteenth: The Movement 2022,’ as part of xBk’s Juneteenth Community Celebration.




Drake University Olmstead Center

Community Builders Appreciation Banquet

Jun 16 – 5:00pm

Community Builders Appreciation Banquet at Drake University


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Jasper Winery

The Maytags

Jun 16 – 6:00pm

The Maytags perform at Jasper Winery.


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Mainframe Studios

Under Pressure Opening Night Reception

Jun 16 – 6:00pm

The opening reception for Jami Milne’s “Under Pressure” will take place Thursday, June 16th from 6-8pm at Mainframe Studios.


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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Music in the Garden

Jun 16 – 6:30pm

Don’t miss Music in the Garden, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden summer concert series presented by EMC Insurance Companies. Concerts will be held live and in person in the outdoor Koehn Garden


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Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure

Meet the Poets

Jun 17 – 4:00pm

Bring your friends and begin your Art Week celebration with a poetry reading at Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure on Ingersoll Avenue featuring some of Iowa’s finest poets.


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Mainframe Studios

Black Art Exhibit/Sale

Jun 17 – 5:00pm

Come out and Celebrate Juneteenth with Urban City Magazine as we host the 2nd Annual Black Art Exhibit.


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Wooly's

Cannons w/Windser

Jun 17 – 6:00pm

Music shuffles around the past, the present, and the future. All at once, CANNONS recall warm memories, soundtrack the bliss of the moment, and gaze towards a brighter tomorrow.


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Des Moines Art Center

Artists on Art Tour

Jun 17 – 6:00pm

Experience the Des Moines Art Center’s permanent collection through the minds of area artists.


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Teehee's Comedy Club

Juneteenth Comedy Show

Jun 17 – 7:00pm

The 5th Annual Juneteenth Comedy Jam is a locally produced stand up comedy showcase that features some of best up and coming African American comedians from Des Moines and all over the Midwest.


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xBk Live

The Cactus Blossoms

Jun 17 – 7:00pm

Minneapolis-based brothers, The Cactus Blossoms perform at xBk Live.


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Western Gateway Park

Neighbor's Day

Jun 18 – 11:00am

Venodrs, businesses, and great food at the 32nd Annual Neighbor’s Day in DSM


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Western Gateway Park

Manifestival

Jun 18 – 11:00am

Art, Music, Food and Entertainment will help us celebrate Juneteenth!


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Western Gateway Park

Open Book: A Celebration of Iowa Juneteenth and World Refugee Day

Jun 18 – 12:00pm

Read any good people lately?
Quite literally “check out” your neighbors from a wide range of life experiences at this Open Book event on June 18.


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xBk Live

Juneteenth Community Celebration

Jun 18 – 12:00pm

Juneteenth Community Celebration at xBk


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Slow Down Coffee Co

HPOP Pride Festival

Jun 18 – 4:00pm

HPOP Pride Fest at Slow Down Coffee


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xBk Live

Kalypso Music Festival

Jun 19 – 6:00pm

Akyn is hosting Kalypso Music Festival, a Juneteenth celebration showcasing Black performing artists across Iowa. With support of Art Week, the event will feature dozens of Black artists.


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Des Moines Community Playhouse

Buffalo Women

Jun 19 – 7:00pm

Juneteenth. New lives. new freedoms. A co-production with Pyramid Theatre Company, Buffalo Women is a tale of hidden figures living extraordinary lives on the frontier in 1865.


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Corinthian Baptist Church

Juneteenth Tea Black Woman 4 Healthy Living

Jun 20 – 12:00pm

Black Women 4 Healthy Living presents a time to sip tea and enjoy the spoken word artist Cle Shai Harden and words from Debra Carr as the guest speaker.


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