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Weekender Central Iowa! Dessa + Open Mike Eagle | Night of the Living Drag | Pumpkin Walk





THE WEEKENDER

Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

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

Night Eyes

Oct 20 – 5:00pm

One of Iowa’s sweetest family Hallowen traditions, Night Eyes returns to Blank Park Zoo.


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Star Bar

Andrew Fuller Meet & Greet

Oct 20 – 5:00pm

Fundraiser for One Iowa Action and a meet and greet with Andrew Fuller


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Lefty's Live Music

Alluvial

Oct 20 – 5:00pm

Alluvial w/Forever Tormented, Ataraxis & Mutually Assured Destruction


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Willow on Grand

Lunafest

Oct 20 – 6:15pm

Join us for an evening of friends and films benefitting Girls on the Run of the Central Iowa!


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RAYGUNshirts

Therapist Meetup with Stacy Nakell + Goldfinch Counseling

Oct 20 – 7:00pm

Storyhouse is proud to host our first Therapist Meetup in collaboration with Goldfinch Counseling.


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Des Moines Civic Center

Salem

Oct 20 – 7:00pm

Ballet Des Moines proudly presents the world premiere of Tom Mattingly’s SALEM.


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Scare DSM

Night of the Living DRAG

Oct 20 – 7:30pm

ScareDSM’s annual fundraiser makes its return this October promising a night full of kings, queens, and SCREAMS!


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Confluence Brewing

Confluence 10th Anniversary Weekend

Oct 21 – Oct 23 –


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Moberg Gallery

Opening Reception: Ruben Sanchez

Oct 21 – 5:00pm

Ruben Sanchez’s first solo show in the US, Human Nature, brings to Moberg Gallery a celebration of the human condition.


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Lefty's Live Music

Druids, Greg Wheeler, Poly Mall Cops, Glass Ox

Oct 21 – 6:00pm

Join us for an evening of pure debauchery


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Noce

Rachel Eckroth w/Eric Thompson & Co

Oct 21 – 7:00pm

Playing music from Rachel’s Grammy Nominated Album, The Garden


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Teehee's Comedy Club

Ali Macofsky: Stand-Up Comedy

Oct 21 – 7:00pm

Ali Macofsky: Stand-Up Comedy at Teehee’s Comedy Club


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xBk Live

Flashforce University Graduation Show

Oct 21 – 8:00pm

Come see the latest graduates of FlashForce University as they strut their stuff on stage for the first time ever!


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Platform

Stranger Queens: Immersive Event

Oct 21 – 10:00pm

Say hello to Des Moines’ newest immersive event.


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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Pilates and Plants

Oct 22 – 10:00am

Join the Botanical Garden and Club Pilates for Pilates and Plants!


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Alluvial Brewing Company

Oktoberfest

Oct 22 – 5:00pm

Beer + Food + Music


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xBk Live

Coral Thede

Oct 22 – 7:00pm

Writer, performer, comedian, trailblazer and visionary


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Des Moines Civic Center

Des Moines Symphony: The Firebird

Oct 22 – 7:30pm

Award-winning pianist Charlie Albright returns to Des Moines in a brilliant showcase of stunning moments and orchestral thrills.


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Teehee's Comedy Club

Midnight, Moonlight & MAGIC

Oct 22 – 11:30pm

A variety of your favorite magicians all in a single show!


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Drake University Olmstead Center

Music University Conference

Oct 23 – 10:30am

Music University Conference: an annual conference and showcase presented by the DMMC for musicians and music industry workers in Iowa.


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Des Moines Mercantile

Mercantile Market

Oct 23 – 1:00pm

Mercantile Market will take place on October 23 from 1-6pm- a day to support local craftsmanship and curation right in our parking lot!


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Valley Junction

Pumpkin Walk

Oct 23 – 2:00pm

Join the fun on Sunday, October 23 in Historic Valley Junction from 2-5 pm.


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xBk Live

Music University Showcase: DESSA w/ Open Mike Eagle and Colo Chanel

Oct 23 – 6:30pm

Des Moines Music Coalition presents: DESSA w/Open Mike Eagle and Colo Chanel


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Artisan Gallery 218

Meet the Authors: Kay Fenton Smith and Carol McGarvey

Oct 24 – 6:30pm

Meet the Authors: Kay Fenton Smith and Carol McGarvey


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT





Writing led Dessa to hip hop. Her music career brought her back again — and into the Iowa literary world

by Kembrew McLeod, Oct 10
“After like two years of rejections,” Dessa wrote on Twitter in early 2021, “my short story just got accepted into a literary magazine, and I am about to order the fuck out of some takeout.”




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.

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