Weekender Central Iowa! Heathers the Musical | Mr. Softheart | Leo’s Lounge of Burlesque


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

There’s an unbeatable weekend of music coming up in DSM, from an album release party for DSM psych-metal act Druids to a new beer release at Confluence to support Girls Rock!DSM. For the younger crowd, enjoy this top pick: Art & Activism, a free, two-day teen workshop at Des Moines Art Center. Dream big, Des Moines!

Jasper Winery

Dazy Head Mazy

Jul 28 – 6:00pm

Dazy Head Mazy perform at Jasper Winery.

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Des Moines Botanical Garden

Music in the Garden

Jul 28 – 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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Des Moines Civic Center

Heathers the Musical

Jul 28 – 7:30pm

“Ingenious, naughty and very funny.” – New York Post

“A rowdy guilty pleasure.” – The New York Times

“Cue the corn nuts — and much-deserved applause. HOW VERY.” – NY Daily News

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Gary Curtis

Jul 29 – 7:00pm

Gary Curtis | Stand-Up Comedy

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Druids with Curse Of Hail, The Gorge and Dose

Jul 29 – 7:30pm

Druids with Curse Of Hail, The Gorge and Dose at Wooly’s

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The Garden

Leo's Lounge Of Burlesque

Jul 29 – 8:00pm

Join Leo’s Lounge of Burlesque for an evening of tease and sleaze!

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Gas Lamp Des Moines

Mr. Softheart, Blanky, Joel Sires

Jul 29 – 9:00pm

Formed in 2021 by brothers John and Nick Fisher, alongside their long-time creative partner Charlie Patterson, Mr. Softheart’s sound fits most closely within a post-punk ethos.

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Des Moines Art Center

Art, Activism & Community Healing Workshop for Teens

Jul 30 – Jul 31 –

Teens are invited to join the Des Moines Art Center for a free two-day ART & ACTIVISM workshop exploring photography, publication, and installation

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Confluence Brewing

Muse Fest

Jul 30 – 1:00pm

Join us on July 30th from 1-9pm for the Modern Muse Music Festival to celebrate this unprecedented collaboration!

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Comedy Kickback | Laughadependence

Jul 30 – 7:00pm

Come join a chill experience where you get to hangout and enjoy a great evening of comedy. The Black Iowa Streams crew is putting on a showcase featuring some of Iowa’s funniest black comedians

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xBk Live

Karen Meat with The Vahnevants & Dubb Nubb

Jul 30 – 7:00pm

Pop-rock, 80’s beats, and coordinated outfits!

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Not Quite Brothers & Birdchild

Jul 30 – 8:00pm

Wooly’s Presents: Not Quite Brothers & Birdchild

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Cowles Commons

Smoke Out Hunger

Jul 31 – 11:00am

Help Iowans experiencing hunger by joining Food Bank of Iowa for Smoke Out Hunger

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Des Moines

Feminine Wiles: A Teatime Burlesque Revue

Jul 31 – 2:00pm

Classic burlesque performances by local, regional, and national ecdysiasts! Location TBD.

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Swirling guardrails accent Altoona’s new 1st Avenue roundabout as a four-year public art project wraps up

by Lily DeTaeye, Jul 27
Much like Charles Bradley and Ozzy Osbourne, Altoona is going through changes. This year, the city released an amendment to their 2014 Comprehensive Plan that would put in infrastructure to “recognize the potential growth of the community and propose key concepts to be followed as community growth and change occur.”