There’s a chill in the air and a ghoulish grin on faces young and old as holiday festivities continue around Central Iowa. Catch some family friendly fun at Blank Park Zoo’s Night Eyes or the Pumpkin Walk in Valley Junction. Or enjoy the adult festivities at Night of the Living Drag and Stranger Queens! Top pick of the weekend? Don’t miss the Music U showcase Sunday evening featuring Dessa and Open Mike Eagle.
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Blank Park Zoo
Oct 20 – 5:00pm
One of Iowa’s sweetest family Hallowen traditions, Night Eyes returns to Blank Park Zoo.
Inspired by the infamous witch trials, Ballet Des Moines’ ‘Salem’ stages a raging fire of fear
by Courtney Guein, Sep 19
Ballet Des Moines pulls from a moment in history this fall to show that different doesn’t mean dangerous. Taking a history lesson from the Salem witch trials, choreographer and Ballet Des Moines Artistic Director Tom Mattingly was certain that people need to be reminded to not judge a book by its cover.
Des Moines Playhouse aims to fund new addition with Tomorrow Begins Today campaign
by Lily DeTaeye, Oct 19
The Des Moines Playhouse is about halfway to their goal of raising $3,500,000 to create a new facility for the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre. The “Tomorrow Begins Today” capital campaign is accepting donations that will be used to upgrade theater technology, equip the theater with more comfortable and accessible seating, and expand dressing rooms to accommodate all genders and age groups, among other goals.
Five questions with author Adib Khorram, who explores queerness through the lens of a boy band in his latest YA novel
by Lily DeTaeye, Oct 13
The Kansas City native is the bestselling author of the YA series Darius the Great and a 2021 picture book, Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story. His 2022 release, Kiss and Tell, is a YA novel about Hunter, the 17-year-old queer lead singer of boy band Kiss and Tell. Although Hunter has always been comfortable in his skin, chaos ensues when his ex leaks personal details about Hunter to news outlets just as the band begins their national tour. What follows is a reckoning on ego, stereotypes, and our duty to the narratives outsiders create around us.
Sherman Hill’s neighborhood-wide Halloween celebration will rise from the grave on Oct. 31
by Courtney Guein, Oct 19
The oldest neighborhood in Des Moines is back with their beloved Halloween tradition after a two-year hiatus. Halloween on the Hill returns to the Sherman Hill neighborhood on Oct. 31, larger than ever.