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Weekender Central Iowa! 15th Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit | Speak Your Piece/Peace | Victor D.O Santos




THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Eclectic Des Moines is on full display this weekend, with a jigsaw puzzle competition, holiday shopping, the 15th annual Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, champagne & chocolate, and a whiskey festival to go along with the regular mix of can’t-miss performances! Top pick of the weekend? Drop just $5 to see two hours of the best spoken word poetry coming out of Des Moines Public Schools at Say Poetry’s fall showcase Speak Your Piece/Peace, Friday at Temple Theatre.




Christian Petersen Museum, Morrill Hall

Figural Expression through Motion: An Evening of Dance and Art

Nov 17 – 5:30pm

A showcase of ISU dance students inspired by the art of Double Take


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The Loft DSM

Down&Out Homeless Fundraiser

Nov 17 – 5:30pm

Help homeless people survive this winter. Help end homelessness in Polk County.


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Des Moines Public Library

Iowa Author Spotlight: Victor D.O Santos

Nov 17 – 5:30pm

Join us for Central Library’s new series, featuring Iowa authors talking about their books and their experiences as writers


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xBk Live

James Tutson w/ Halley Greg

Nov 17 – 6:00pm

xBk and IPR Studio One present James Tutson w/ Halley Greg


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Twisted Vine Brewery

Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

Nov 17 – 6:30pm

Join in all the puzzling fun with Des Moines’ most exciting and intense jigsaw puzzle competition, Puzzlepalooza!


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Platform

Mr. Carmack

Nov 17 – 8:30pm

Mr. Carmack w/Jon Casey


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Iowa State Fairgrounds

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 18 – Nov 20 –

Make plans now to attend the Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show on November 18th-20th in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


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Des Moines Art Center

Ange Altenhofen’s Braille Series

Nov 18 – 5:00pm

Ange Altenhofen’s Braille Series: Occupation: Coax, Coddle, and Caress


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Lefty's Live Music

Rehtek

Nov 18 – 5:00pm

REHTEK (Des Moines, IA), EXODIA US (Des Moines, IA), VISCEROUS (Omaha, NE), ATARAXIS (Marshalltown, IA)


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Historic East Village

Holiday Promenade

Nov 18 – 5:00pm

Holiday Promenade returns to the Historic East Village for five Fridays of holiday cheer in 2022.


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xBk Live

Allegra Hernandez Album Release

Nov 18 – 6:00pm

Come Celebrate Allegra Hernandez’s Latest Album Release!


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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Champagne & Chocolate

Nov 18 – 6:00pm

Bring your holiday cheer as we celebrate the season with the bubbly, the sweet, and the curious.


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The Temple Theater

Speak Your Piece

Nov 18 – 6:00pm

Speak Your Piece//Peace is Say Poetry’s fall showcase featuring live spoken word performances from Des Moines Public Schools high school students


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The Garden

Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Show

Nov 18 – 8:00pm

The spirit of giving abounds with this generous charity drag performance, co-hosted by Jean Marie Knight Michaels and Jade Michaels.


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Gas Lamp Des Moines

The Stars Go Out: Ben Diesel

Nov 18 – 9:00pm

The Stars Go Out are bringing you a night of beautiful punk/pop punk music, beer, and shots


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The Atrium at Capital Square & Cowles Commons

15th Annual National Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit

Nov 19 – 8:30am

15th Annual National IES


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The River Center

Des Moines Whiskey Festival

Nov 19 – 12:00pm

Des Moines’ Whiskey Festival is BACK and will be taking place in downtown Des Moines, IA at The River Center!


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Wooly's

Amanda Shires

Nov 19 – 8:00pm

First Fleet Concerts Presents:
Amanda Shires with Honey Harper


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Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

Makers Market & Bar Hop

Nov 20 – 1:00pm

Join us in downtown Des Moines to shop 40 makers with a drink in hand!


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Des Moines Art Center

Alison Elizabeth Taylor: Gallery Talk

Nov 20 – 1:30pm

Join Art Center Curatorial Manager, Laura Burkhalter for a guided walk-through of the stunning exhibition “Alison Elizabeth Taylor: The Sum of It.”


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Des Moines Civic Center

Des Moines Symphony: The Planets

Nov 20 – 2:30pm

Experience Holst’s The Planets, one of the greatest symphonic blockbusters ever written.


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The Garden

All Ages Drag Show

Nov 20 – 5:00pm

Join Central Iowa Rainbow Families at The Garden’s monthly all-ages drag show.


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Wooly's

Smallpools and Dreamers

Nov 20 – 7:00pm


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Beaverdale Books

Storytelling Mondays in November

Nov 21 – 6:30pm

If you love to tell stories, don’t miss this chance to share your tales.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Please touch the artwork at Des Moines Art Center’s interactive new exhibit

by Elaine Irvine, Nov 14
Touch is widely considered to be the most intimate of the five senses, one that has been highly politicized and rationed through the COVID-19 pandemic. For a long time, the general public wasn’t able to be physically caring with many of their loved ones, regardless of the need: a hug, a backrub, a kiss, sitting across the table and speaking over coffee.




Album Review and Q&A: Allegra Hernandez — ‘Gift Exchange’

by Michael Roeder, Sep 13
Musician, guitarist and educator Allegra Hernandez returned to Des Moines in 2018 after their stint at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota was cut short when the school closed. That time afforded them a solid basis in music theory and performances at Twin Cities venues like the venerable 7th Street Entry.

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