Weekender Central Iowa! Ghoulish Gala | Wag-O-Ween | Annie Jr


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Halloween season kicks into high gear this weekend, with the Ghoulish Gala at Salisbury House, Naughty Nerds going bump & grind in the night at xBk and Last Hope Animal Rescue’s Wag-o-Ween at Big Grove! Don’t miss art, music, literature and more as well. Top pick of the weekend? ‘Annie Jr’ at the Des Moines Playhouse—part of the Penguin Project, a nationwide initiative to encourage performance opportunities to young artists with developmental disabilities. You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Peace Tree Brewing Co. – Des Moines Branch

Cards for Humanity Charity Event

Oct 13 – 6:00pm

Calling all card sharks – snag the top spot in our charity Team Spades and UNO Tournaments benefitting The Supply Hive!

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Dog-Eared Books

Books & Beverages

Oct 13 – 6:00pm

Want to talk books without the book club commitment? Join fellow book lovers for wine, beer and a discussion of all our reading ventures.

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xBk Live

Guerilla Toss w/Haploid

Oct 13 – 7:00pm

xBk presents Guerilla Toss w/Haploid

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Des Moines Art Center

Exhibition Opening Celebration: Allison Elizabeth Taylor

Oct 14 – 5:00pm

Join us for the opening celebration of “Alison Elizabeth Taylor: The Sum of It.”

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Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown

Iowa Author Awards Dinner

Oct 14 – 5:00pm

Compelling conversation.
Inspiring insights.
A cause at the core of our community.

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Oct 14 – 6:00pm

First Fleet Concerts Presents:
Widow7 with Archers, Alborn, & Backhand Blue

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Alyssa Allgood

Oct 14 – 7:00pm

Alyssa Allgood is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist, bandleader, educator, and composer.

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Des Moines Community Playhouse

Annie Jr.

Oct 14 – 7:00pm

The Penguin Project Presents Annie Jr

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Scratch & Turntable: Artists From Around the Globe

Oct 14 – 9:00pm

Scratch & Turntable: Artists From Around the Globe at Platform

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Evelyn K Davis Park

Long Shots

Oct 15 – 10:00am

LongShots annual 3×3 basketball tournament brings together DMPS coaches, community members and athletes.

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Christian Petersen Museum, Morrill Hall

Open House Weekend

Oct 15 – 1:00pm

Open Weekend for the Christian Petersen and Farm House Museums

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Salisbury House and Gardens

Ghoulish Gala

Oct 15 – 6:00pm

Descend upon Salisbury House & Gardens for our annual Ghoulish Gala fundraiser, an elegant and ghostly affair you don’t want to miss!

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Gas Lamp Des Moines

No Age, Dream_Mega, Poly Mall Cops

Oct 15 – 7:00pm

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Des Moines Civic Center

Des Moines Symphony: The Music of Queen

Oct 15 – 7:30pm

Back by popular demand! The Des Moines Symphony “will rock you” with the classic music of Queen. Performed by the Des Moines Symphony and a full rock band.

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The Temple Theater

For the Love of Peace! A Jazz Concert

Oct 15 – 7:30pm

For the Love of Peace! A Witness Matlou Jazz concert

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xBk Live

Naughty Nerds Cabaret: Nerds That Go Bump and Grind in the Night

Oct 15 – 8:00pm

xBk and Naughty Nerds Cabaret Present: Nerds That Go Bump and Grind in the Night

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Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

Wag-O-Ween w/the ARL

Oct 16 – 12:00pm

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue for an afternoon of spooky fun at Wag-O-Ween!

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Beaverdale Books

Meet the Author: Adib Khorram

Oct 16 – 2:00pm

Meet the Author – Adib Khorram
Beaverdale Books

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After making a splash at BET Awards weekend, Entre Luche is ready to enter the spotlight at home in Iowa

by Courtney Guein, Oct 10
“It is the biggest adrenaline rush,” R&B artist Entre Luche said of performing. “I feel like I’m my truest self when I’m on stage. … Not being on stage is the hard part. When I’m up there I’m at peace.”

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